Coping on Yelp


Chase Compton {yelp profile} writes sentimental Yelp reviews.

Actually, the word “review” is an understatement. Chase is broadcasting his breakup, re-living his favorite moments of a bygone relationship through the germane medium that is the Internet review.

From his 5-star review of Sundaes and Cones in the East Village {yelp}, sandwiched between a 4-star review of the ice cream cookie cake by Charissa I. and a 3-star review by Kristina L. (pro tip: don’t get the green tea flavor):

I stood at the display case and stared intensely at all of the beautiful ice cream cakes. They were so artfully minimalist, and beautiful, and I thought about how easy it would be for me to eat one in its entirety. There was one in particular that stood out to me that was different from the rest. It was a small cake with green frosting that was made to look like grass, with patches of little green icing that looked like shrubbery. Dotted amongst the shrubs were little piles of brown fondant shaped like piles of poop. At this, I laughed.

I wanted this cake with all of my heart, and wished that someone would buy it for me. I wanted this cake to be my wedding cake, because it made all of the sense in the world. Life is shitty. Shit happens. Shit hits the fan, but thank God there is ice cream cake in the world. My relationship Him was the absolute embodiment of this very cake sitting in the case before me. It looked very shitty–it really did. It was covered in poop, and probably not many people would consider it to be something worth craving. But I knew that in my heart that it wasn’t really poop–it was frosting. It was all just freaking frosting. Beneath that shitty visage that the world is tricked into seeing was ice cream. And cake. And I love ice cream and cake.

For more, check out his interview {npr}.

{Image above via Empire Guides.}

Friday Link List

Homemade ice cream hand rolled in a metal cylinder by a street vendor in Yangon, Myanmar {via little baby’s facebook page}

1. Little Baby’s Goes to Myanmar {facebook}.

I’m not privy to the details, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make up a story.

Fine Fishtown ice cream purveyor Little Baby’s has been posting pictures from their trip around the world—or at least to Thailand and Myanmar—on their Facebook page. Seems like a great way to see the world (hello, tax write off) and get ideas for new flavors, methods of delivery, etc.


2. What’s Next for Lance Armstrong {npr}.

Those lawsuits, perhaps further energized by any acknowledgment of wrongdoing by Armstrong, could take a chunk out of his net worth, often estimated at between $100 million and $125 million. And they could unravel part of the web of holding companies, corporations, and investments the former racer and his partners have assembled over the years — a web that’s too complicated to describe here, but is laid out in a flowchart by Dimspace.


3. The Fallacies of Fat {npr}.

Robert Lustig joins Talk of the Nation to promote his new book about the real reasons we’re fat. From the show’s intro:

My next guest says that some of the reasons we are fat is because we’ve been sold a bill of goods about what and how we should eat. For example, he says the health-conscious among you may opt for juice over soda. In fact calorie-for-calorie, 100 percent orange juice is worse for you than soda. He says the corollary to a calorie is a calorie is the mantra: if you’d only exercise, you’d lost weight. Not only is this wrong, he says, it’s downright detrimental.


4. New Podcast from Neiman Journalism Lab

I’m really geeking out over this interview from the second episode of Press Publish, with content strategist Karen McGrane (whose website betrays her reputation as an advocate for user friendly design):

It’s Episode 2 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest this week is Karen McGrane. She’s a content strategist and user experience designer who’s worked with a number of media companies — The New York Times, Condé Nast, The Atlantic, Time Inc., and others. (She was the design lead on the Times’ 2006 redesign — which, with a few accumulated tweaks, is still the basis of what looks like today.)

SCOOPED: Ben & Jerry’s “Key Lime Pie”

Part of Ben and Jerry’s Limited Batch series, Key Lime Pie is “lime ice cream with a tangy lime twist, fluffy meringue swirl & pie crust pieces.”

Light and not too sweet, Key Lime Pie is a nice summertime treat. Although not light in the caloric sense—the second ingredient behind cream is water—meaning it’s the second-most prominent element {fda definition}.

The lime flavor is “subtle,” as my sister described it. However, I would prefer this to the alternative, as alluded to in the opening: ice cream that is too sweet. This isn’t the most flavorful ice cream, but it is creamy and very tasty. The pie crust pieces were lacking in the pint I tasted; but that’s more of an aesthetic preference on my part and wouldn’t have had a great effect on flavor.

The meringue bits were delicious and are the one element of this flavor I wish I had tasted more of.

All in all, I give this ice cream flavor five cones. (See scale.)

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