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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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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
Locked Owl Kep Cap zoom
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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Flip Mino Camcorder by The Flip Studio comes in lots of different designs

With this fun Floral Arrangement design you'll never get tired of showing off your Mino camcorder but, if this design isn't for you, there are 100s of different designs from which you can chose.  The Mino is $179.99 and the Mino HD $229.99.


This sleek, pocket-sized camcorder has one-touch recording and a built-in flash memory which holds up to 60 minutes of high-quality video.  It comes with a rechargeable lithium ion battery that charges via your USB port.  You can start recording within 3 seconds of power-up and it comes with advanced playback features including pause, fast forward and rewind.  There is a "child safe" mode to prevent accidental deletions of clips.  It has a fast lens for great results in low and bright light and a 2x digital zoom.  The 1.5" color high-brightness, transflective display makes for easy records and super-clear viewing in bright sunlight.  It has a flip-out USB arm that plugs directly into your computer for easy sharing and archiving.  There is also a silent mode for recording in sensitive situations.  The tripod mount fits any standard tripod.


The Flip Mino HD is the world's smallest HD camcorder weighing on 3.3. ounces but, unlike the regular Mino which gets 4+ hours of records per charge, the HD Mino only gets about 2 hours of recording per charge.  The regular Mino video is 640 x 480 at 30 frames per second.  The HD Mino video is 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second progressive scan. 


The Mino has built-in FlipShare™ software with upgraded features: browse, playback, organize and archive your videos; create movies with videos, music and titles; edit clips and save still photos from video; instantly upload to MySpace™, YouTube™ and other video sites and share your videos using email or greetings cards (free and unlimited video sharing).  

Flip Mino Mini Camcorder in Floral Arrangement

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Watermelon sours in a cocktail keg are a refreshing, creative way to cool down this summer

Turn your watermelon into a cocktail keg. Cut the lid from the top and scoop out the fruit. Drill a small hole near the bottom and then use a knife to widen the hole until it's slightly smaller than a keg shank. Attach the shank, then fill the melon with a delicious and refreshing watermelon sour. To find a keg shank, look for the kit at ($30).

It takes about 10 minutes to make the watermelon sours. Puree 4 cups watermelon chunks; strain. Stir in 4 ounces Alize Red Passion or other fruit-flavored liqueur, 8 ounces gin and 2 cups sour mix; chill. Add sparkling rose before serving. Garnish with lime. Makes 10 to 12 drinks.

Watermelon sours in cocktail keg

Source: Food Network

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