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Celebrate National Ice Cream Sundae Day with a simple, classic ice cream sundae at Fair Oaks Pharmacy in Pasadena, CA

The sundae is an ice cream dessert. The classic hot fudge sundae is often a creation of vanilla ice cream, hot chocolate sauce (hence the "hot fudge"), whipped cream, nuts, and a single bright-red maraschino cherry on top. A hot fudge sundae can be made with any flavor of ice cream; though, as a chocolate sauce is generally favored, non-chocolate ice cream flavors are preferred.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the term sundae is obscure. Various American localities have claimed to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae. These claimants include Ithaca, New York; Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Plainfield, Illinois; Evanston, Illinois; New York City; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York. In recent years, officials in Two Rivers and Ithaca have used the controversy to gain publicity for their cities.

Of the many stories about the invention of the sundae, one frequent theme is the sinfulness of the ice cream soda and the need to produce a substitute for the popular treat for consumption on Sunday. In Peter Bird's book The First Food Empire, it is stated as fact that the name 'sundae' for ice cream with toppings was adopted from Illinois state's early prohibition of ice cream consumption on Sundays, but ice cream with a topping that obscured the main product was not deemed to be ice cream.

Pasadena, CA, may be best known for the Rose Bowl, but the Fair Oaks Pharmacy has been around much longer. Back in 1915, Fair Oaks Pharmacy used to be just a pharmacy with a gift shop. Today, it is home to an old-fashioned soda fountain. In addition to its ice cream sodas, Fair Oaks Pharmacy is famous for its simple classic ice cream sundaes, lime rickeys, egg creams, ice cream sodas, All-American banana splits and milkshakes. So, if you'd like a taste of yesteryear, head to Fair Oaks Pharmacy.  The Travel Channel included the Fair Oaks Pharmacy as one of the shops in its special on Ice Cream Paradises.

In one case, the original recipe had to be adjusted. The egg cream had to be adjusted because it was made with real eggs but since you are no longer able to serve raw eggs this had to be cut out. Now it's just milk, soda water and chocolate syrup.

There is a vintage soda fountain and a nostalgic look. In the 1940s, 75% of all pharmacies in the country had a soda fountain but, sadly, today these drugstore delights are nearly extinct.

Fair Oaks Pharmacy

Sources: Wikipedia

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Shrink premiered at the Sundance Festival and opens today in New York and Los Angeles

What happens when the people we count on to hold us together ... are barely holding it together themselves? Jonas Pate's Shrink is a striking, fast-paced expose of the "other" Hollywood, featuring folks living outside their comfort zone and the people who put them there.

Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) is a psychiatrist with an A-list clientele, including a once-famous actress (Saffron Burrows), an insecure writer (Mark Webber), and a comically obsessive-compulsive superagent (Dallas Roberts). Henry is not in a good place, however. He has been asked to take his first pro bono case, a troubled teenage girl from a neighborhood far from the Hollywood hills. Considering his present state of mind, is he ready for the real-life troubles of a young woman who loves the world of movies he has become so jaded by?

At its core, Shrink is a study of control and our endless need for it, even when it grows increasingly impossible to obtain. Writer Thomas Moffett uses classic archetypes in this modern Hollywood tale, but never pushes them over the edge of credibility. Performed by a well-matched cast at the top of their form, the result is both satisfying and exhilarating. Watching Shrink makes us feel like voyeurs looking through a window into the lives of people who look great, feel worse, and end up behaving badly. (Synopsis by John Cooper in the Sundance Film Guide)

Shrink movie poster
Run time: 110 minutes
Screenwriter: Thomas Moffett; Director: Jonas Pate
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Keke Palmer, Mark Webber, Dallas Roberts, Saffron Burrows, Robert Loggia
MPAA Rating:  Rated R for drug content throughout, and pervasive language including some sexual references.

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Adorable owl key caps help organize your keys

These adorable owl key caps slip easily on top of your car or house key and make any homecoming so much cuter! The Little Hootligan key caps have mischievous grins while others are pretending to be asleep, but they're all super cute.

Locked Owl Key Cap ($5.99 at ModCloth)

Little Hootligan Key Caps ($9.99 at ModCloth)

Emerald Owl Key Cap ($5.99 at ModCloth)

Emerald Owl Key Cap
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Little Hootligan Key Caps
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Locked Owl Kep Cap

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Honey lavender gelato from New York's Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Il Laboratorio del Gelato's honey lavender gelato costs more than a frozen treat usually does ($60 for 4 pints), but the rich handmade gelato is made with buckwheat honey and organic lavender. You can even have it shipped overnight! Il Laboratorio del Gelato opened in August 2002 in Manhattan, New York by Jon F. Snyder and is dedicated to producing the finest ice cream and sorbet.

Their gelato comes in 75 flavors including, but not limited to, the following: vanilla, vanilla saffron, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate kahlua, chocolate chocolate chip, chocolate cinnamon, thai chili chocolate, toasted sesame, ginger, green tea, red bean, wasabi, maple walnut, chestnut honey, nutmeg, rose petal, tarragon with pink pepper, peppermint stick, green fig, raspberry, blackberry, lemon, orange, peach, mango, apple calvados, pear, cheddar cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, olive oil, dulche de leche and avocado. The sorbet comes in such delicious flavors as lemon verbena, lime basil, tangerine, blood orange, green apple, cactus pear, papaya, passion fruit, kiwi, coconut, watermelon, black or red plum, strawberry, red cherry, black currant (cassis), black grape, champagne and dark chocolate. For a complete list of flavors, see the Il Laboratorio del Gelato's website.

Il Laboratorio del Gelato makes their frozen desserts by hand in small batches to ensure the highest quality. They source the world for flavors of purity and excellence and when possible they source locally and organically.

As the name suggests, they call themselves a custom lab where chefs and caterers are encouraged and welcomed to help develop unique flavors for their individual menus.

For more information and an interesting article on the history of Il Laboratorio del Gelato and Jon Snyder, I refer you to the New York Times article by Alex Witchel entitled, "For This Guy, Gelato Is The Answer."

Il Laboratorio del Gelato logo
Il Laboratorio del gelato lab
Il Laboratorio del gelato

Source: Food Network

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Elsa Peretti's "Diamonds By The Yard" Necklace

Tiffany round diamonds catch the light and make it dance. Necklace with round brilliant diamonds in sterling silver. 16" long. Original designs copyrighted by Elsa Peretti. Carat total weight .09 ($450)

Tiffany Diamond by the Yard Necklace

Source: Lucky

Posted by Amanda, in Jewelry.

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