Blah blah blah, hot, blah, sweaty, blah. I almost had to turn off the Twitter last week because of all the heat chatter. Almost. But you know me, I'm not just going to sit on my duff with toes dipped in aloe water and ice packs jammed in my bra, I'm going to go out and find something to recommend to all ye who need heat relief!
If you see kids around the lakes with sticky awesome faces, it's likely they are enjoying the treats from Pick-A-Paleta. The cart selling $3 Latin American ice pops is like a hot pink magnet for kids and runners who need a break. The pops are good and include flavors such as coconut cream, lime ice, and sweet corn cream. If you can't find them out and about, they'll be at the Feast & Flick Series at Old Arizona on August 4.
Famished and fiery hot at the Fulton farmers' market? The ladies at 10,000 Licks feel you. Sashay over for some farm fresh ice pops made with all natural ingredients, sourced and made locally. The pops are flavor forward with great combinations such as watermelon mint, sweet corn, strawberry basil, and, my personal fave, bluegrass (blueberry and lemongrass). They are super refreshing, not overly sweet and cloying, and will seriously cleanse any bad mood.
This is going to seem really odd, but soda is so HOT right now! OK, not Big Soda, but small, crafted, natural, flavor-jamming soda is so hot right now. You may have heard about Joia Soda already, or seen it being sampled at the local market, but don't overlook this locally made brand that pushes spice and herb and fruit into gorgeous mashups such as pineapple-coconut-nutmeg, lime-hibiscus-clove, blackberry-pomegranate-ginger, and grapefruit-chamomile-cardamom. Yes, you may add vodka. I think this one is going to give Izze a run for the money.
It's been on the shelves for a while now, but I only JUST got my hands on some Pumphouse Creamery Sea Salt & Caramel ice cream. I always bemoan the fact that I don't live closer to that shop with the queen of ice cream Barb Zapzalka (who has always answered my manic questions about my home ice-creaming issues with a zen calm). The ice cream is subtle and sweet, without kicking you in the head with the salt.
If you're readying yourself for the GMGT, you'll want to know that Kemps has put out a Sweet Martha's cookie dough ice cream, just to get yourself in the groove. When you do get to the fair, you might want to visit and taste and vote for the two flavors vying for the honor of becoming the next hometown favorite: Land of 10,000 Licks or Pubcorn & Peanuts.
I did this little round up on KARE11 with Pat Evans if you need to see action shots, and my dire need of a haircut.