April 20, 2007 | BITE: My Journal
Cold Stone Euphoria
Plane Jane ice cream gets a makeover at Cold Stone Creamery. Photo: Steven Richter
After last night’s riotous excess at Daisy May’s BBQ
, today seemed like a perfect moment to begin a modest campaign of restraint for spring. I started early with half the usual amount of Uncle Bob's Five Grain oatmeal. That’s how I diet from time to time: smaller portions, just one taste of everything white, a forkful or two – sometimes it takes two to be sure it’s as awful as it seems - and then pass the plate on to my companions.
Then a young woman from Warner Books, now officially Grand Central Publishing, picked me up in a town car. As I circled Manhattan signing copies of the just-out paperback of Insatiable, I thought how nice to just skip lunch.
Suddenly, there are ice cream boutiques everywhere. When did all those Baskin-Robbins land? I wonder as we whiz by.
“There’s a Cold Stone Creamery around the corner,” my escort notes, as we move in on Barnes & Noble, Astor Place. It is fate. How have I managed to avoid Cold Stone Creamery, with its cookie and candy fold-ins, 'til now? I guess I have never walked by one before. We wait in line as a pair of clerks custom design for the duo ahead of us – clearly savants. The options are dizzying. I order the "Coffee Lovers Only" with roasted almonds, Heath bar smashings, and caramel. “Can you make it chocolate ice cream instead of coffee?” I ask. Yes, of course, yes, it’s about hooking you, however. Even the smallest size seemed to involve a huge mound to start with. I watch as the bored counterman smashes in nuts and chunks of candy bar and stuffs it all into a cup. Not one to let guilt color a moment of sensuous joy, I determine to feel supremely entitled as I take a few bites… “I’ve had enough,” I lie half way through, digging around in case I’ve left some Heath bar behind. And then, just like that, a superior human being. I toss half in the garbage can.
The moral of the story is, you can’t start a diet on Friday.
2 Astor Place 212 228 4600, and various locations throughout Manhattan.