A Taste of Americana

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Nothing says summer like ice cream. And as good as regular soft-serve is, sometimes you need something a little more authentic. That’s why I’m glad I live near a place like Jaxson’s. It’s a local ice cream parlor that opened back in 1956. I don’t go very often, but it’s always awesome when I do. There’s always a line to get in, even just to get ice cream to go. The restaurant is decorated with¬†kitschy decorations and vintage license plates.

Inside Jaxson's
Really cool ceiling.

Last night, a group of my friends and I went to Jaxson’s. We had an absolutely great time, laughing and catching up. And eating. The food is all sorts of fabulous. It’s served in generous, greasy portions. Jaxson’s takes classic American dishes and makes them that much better. Plus, since you’re enjoying your meal in a carnival-like atmosphere, there’s no reason¬†you wouldn’t enjoy yourself.

Fries
Chicken Ceasar Wrap

And did I mention the ice cream?!? That’s practically the reason Jaxson’s exists. There’s way too many flavors to choose from- I took my sweet time making sure I picked the perfect flavor. I choose vanilla cherry, topped with caramel and whipped cream. The whipped cream was unreal, and the sundae as a whole was just delicious.

Heaven on Earth

Here are some other snapshots of our evening:

At a time when people seem to be yearning for simpler times, lots of places sell “nostalgic” experiences. Jaxson’s is the real deal though. It reminds me of an America I didn’t have a chance to see, a relic of our past. (And those old license plates make me want to road trip on Route 66.) Old-school experiences should be appreciated, because they don’t make them like this anymore.

Do you know places like this back home? What’s your favorite thing about them?

I hope all my American readers enjoy their holiday weekend!

~ Sarah

Goodie Bag

My goodies from Colombia!

This week, my mom returned from a short trip to her native Colombia. It’s always great when she comes back home. Even when I was kid, I’d love to sit with her and watch her unpack her suitcase, telling stories and uncovering gifts from our far-away family. Even the dingiest hand-me-down seemed like a small treasure. Another highlight of my mom coming back home? Definitely the candy!

Mentas

These are basically your typical, chewy mints with a hard coating. I was actually pretty disappointed though because I have a soft spot for the extra-chewy Snow Mints. Bummer, but these mints are still yummy.

Supercoco

These are kind of like those toffee candies- but with coconut. And I’m definitely one of those weird people that love coconut.

Frunas

Frunas are a classic Colombian candy. They’re very similar to Starburst but probably not as juicy. Still a family favorite. (And what happened to the pink ones?? This package only came with yellow, green, and orange. What’s up with that?)

Millows

Marshmallows. But so much better. They taste great, and are colorful and fun to play with. (Or is that last part just me?) Fluffy goodness.

Chocolatinas Jets

Another ubiquitous candy. Pretty similar to Hershey’s. I’m not really a chocolate person, but these were cool because in the wrapper came small pictures of all these really cool, obscure animals. What more could a kid want?

Barriletes

Fruity, gum-flavored candy. And each piece comes in rainbows!! One of my favorites.

Gelatina de Pata

I practically grew up munching on gelatina de pata during my summers in Colombia. It’s delicious. I won’t explain to you what it is exactly… but it is delicious. For real.

Arequipe

Arequipe. Dulce de leche. Caramel. Whatever you call it, this stuff is good. Especially with obleas, which are kind of wafer thing. So good, and so messy. And now I’m really craving a spoonful of some arequipe.

Bocadillos de Guayaba

Bocadillo usually means sandwich for Latinos, but Colombians are weird, and for us it means guava paste or cubes or whatever. Bocadillos are actually sold in a lot grocery stores in South Florida (gracias a La Cubanita) but nothing beats the real thing. Especially covered in sugar. And served with cheese.

So much food! My mom outdid herself this time. (Although I should’ve asked for bons bons– what was I thinking?) What are your favorite candies, American or foreign? Let me know in the comments!

Happy eating!

~ Sarah