Maybe it was a case of déjà vu meets all my dreams come true.
Because, seriously, you guys, in my dreams, there is a LOT of ice cream.
And possibly an attractive young man or two waiting behind a counter to scoop it up for me.
Or maybe the reason why everything felt so familiar was because I’d been Facebook stalking the ice cream shop for months prior to my visit.
You know, how sometimes you just find yourself on some random person’s Facebook page? And you have no idea who that person is. And how you even ended up there. And why on earth you’ve spent the last twenty minutes looking at photos of their dog. And you suspect this officially qualifies you as a major creeper. But, you just can’t seem to look away because, goshdarnit, strangers can sure be fascinating sometimes. And they can also be pretty lax with their privacy settings, so they might want to fix that.
That’s how reading the Lake Effect Facebook page feels – like you’ve accidentally stumbled into some random stranger’s personal Facebook account. But a really awesome stranger. Two really awesome strangers, in fact — as the shop, along with its Facebook page, is run by two local high school teachers.
Their status updates are long and rambley and completely heartfelt. One day they’re talking about the new tile floor in their restaurant. The next day they’re dedicating ice cream flavors to their family members. This past week, one of the owners posted photos of his new dragon tattoo on their page.
Seriously, you guys, I’m no social media expert, but I think this is what more businesses need on their Facebook pages – ice cream tributes and dragon tattoos.You’d think with all the Internet stalking I’d done prior to my visit, I would have known exactly what flavor of ice cream I wanted to order when I arrived.
After all, it’s not like I hadn’t pored over their menu board on their Facebook page a few hundred times.
But, of course, I had to spend ten minutes hemming and hawing and asking for mini-samples of everything because deciding stuff is hard, guys, and mini-samples are free.
I first tried a sample of the Honey Bleu Cheese. Which was about like what you’d expect a honey bleu cheese ice cream to taste like. In a good way, of course.
I also tried an ice cream with beer in it. Which wasn’t at all like what you’d expect an ice cream with beer in it to taste like. I guess that’s also a good thing.
And then, after a few more mini-samples, I ordered a bowl of the Peanut Butter Epiphany – without even tasting it beforehand. Because sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind. And I’ll pretty much order anything with peanut butter in it.
This turned out to be the most accurately named ice cream ever.
As I dug my spoon in and took my first bite, I had an epiphany – an epiphany that this was the world’s most perfect peanut butter ice cream and that any other peanut butter ice cream on earth is just a sad, colorless shadow of what peanut butter ice cream truly should be.
I also knew instantly that I would be back.
And not just on Facebook.
Or in my dreams.
But I’d probably be back in my dreams, too. Because, seriously, guys, all the ice cream in my dreams has to come from somewhere.
Where have you had the best ice cream ever? What flavor was it? And can we go there right now and get some?
Thank you to Niagara Tourism & Convention Center for sponsoring my trip to Lockport. And thanks to Lake Effect Ice Cream for the best peanut butter ice cream on the planet and the best Facebook page ever. I swear I’m not Internet stalking you guys… much.