Beginning today, the Grand Ole Creamery stores in both Hastings and in St. Paul, on historic Grand Avenue are offering a new ice cream flavor called The Chowhound. This is a toasted coconut ice cream with real bits of shaved and toasted coconut, mango, almond, papaya, pineapple, and a light caramel swirl rippling through it. Buy lots of it!!!! All the money from the sales of The Chowhound benefit The Retreat, in Wayzata. Dollars raised benefit The Retreat Scholarship Fund, helping to provide affordable chemical dependency recovery services to those most in need. The ice cream is for sale through June 30. Please let everyone you can think of know about this great opportunity to eat for a good cause. Buy a few quarts each week and treat your friends and family to a quiescently frozen tropical ice cream taste treat that will put a happy hitch in everyone's giddy-up and raise dollars for some folks who could really use them. And yes, it's named after Chowhounds, the best-tasting radio show on the planet, airing Saturday mornings from 10 to noon on KTLK, 100.3 The FM News Talk—and hosted by yours truly.
Some random thoughts . . . . If tickets at Valleyfair were free, no one would go. Good luck rescuing the summer, they should just shut it all down. What self-respecting mom would take the kids out there regardless of who’s responsible for the Wild Thing crash? . . . . For all the know-it-alls who thought that the Vikes stadium was a done deal, and the Gophers and Twinkies would have to get in line after them, well, I told you so. The only way to get all three done was to push the deal that was the stone-cold lock (the Vikes deal) out a year. That way the two tougher projects could be passed and the easy deal could get done next year when nothing else is on the table. All three would never survive in the same year. This is a football town, and look for the Vikes deal to happen ASAP in the 2007 sessions . . . . I miss A. J.! On Saturday my Bridgehampton, Long Island, homeboy takes a shot to the face after bowling over the Cubbie’s plate minder, then taunts the Cubs pitcher on Sunday, sparking his team to a huge couple of wins over the cross-town rivals. The Twins could use some of his passion. Wow.