There's something about the rain that gives me a hankering for ice cream. I know it sounds weird, but stay with me. When you feel those cold drops of water on your face and the sweet chill of frozen cream on your tongue, it's like you're breaking all of the rules and running away to childhood. All that matters is that cold stuff scooped into a ball on top of the cone (I'm a fan of the waffle cone), and trying to eat it all before it drips down your hand. So toss out that plan to have soup for lunch and treat yourself to a walk in the rain with a trip to McConnell's Fine Ice Creams on Monterey Street in SLO. For 70 years, McConnell's has been serving up its rich, velvety flavored creams—elsewhere. It's about time that San Luis Obispo got a little bit of that soft magic. With ice creams made completely from scratch and local, grass-grazed dairy, I'm 100 percent down with what they're putting out in the world. I walked down there the other day and grabbed a scoop of Turkish Coffee for lunch. No regrets, people. If you're extra ice cream crazy, you can join their Pint of the Month Club and receive three pints per month of three different flavors that ship on the third Monday of each month. I, for one, prefer the walk. You can slip in, slip out, and get into that rhythm of footsteps on the sidewalk as your tongue buries itself in a fresh scoop and the flavors release you from all of that adulting going on in your life.
Get scoops, pints, and other tasty ice cream things at 868 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo, Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Δ
Editor Camillia Lanham is ready to be a kid again. Send nibbles and bites to firstname.lastname@example.org.