Ben’s Sunday Special

Start your week with Ben and Mark discussing free speech, liberty, the press, etc.

Stout Ice Cream?

haagen dazs spirits stout chocolate pretzel crunch ice cream pint

I thought it would be fun to try a new ice cream flavor last night. I started a quest for Graeter’s limited edition key lime pie. First I went to the local Graeter’s shop and they were out. The manager suggested I try two local supermarkets. Neither one had it. Neither. I was disappointed and dismayed that the June flavor ran out before June 23rd. Seems they should make more.

At the last shop I decided to check out other exotic flavors and saw Häagen-Daz’s Stout Chocolate Pretzel Crunch. I don’t like stout, but my sister and new husband were in town and I thought they’d be up for something extravagant.

Häagen-Daz has a line of Spirit-infused flavors featuring bourbon, amaretto, stout and Irish cream.

The Verdict: We all agreed that the stout taste wasn’t as powerful as we feared and that the mix of chocolate, pretzels and stout was unique and tasty in a small amount. I’d get it again for a party or dinner.

Which Way Challenge


Glenview’s Lake Park

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Sonofthebeach69 blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form. You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets, exits, signs, paths, waterways, you name it.




Kyoto, Japan

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Päntsdrunk (Kalsariänni)


In the new books section at the library, a little book called Päntsdrunk (Kalsariänni) by Miska Rantanen beckoned. The illustrated book reminded me of The Little Book of Hygge so I took it home. Päntsdrunk is a Finnish word to describe the sloth and aimlessness of activities like hanging around the house after work drinking alcohol in your underwear. As that’s not exactly my thing even when I’m stressed, I didn’t love the book. However, it’s written with dry wit and is a quick read so I didn’t hate it either. It’s a gentle poke at Denmark’s hygge culture. It won’t make you laugh out loud and didn’t make me want to book a trip to Helsinki, but it’s cute.