Here’s a Quarantine Freebie!

Inspiration

Today someone messaged me and asked if she could use one of the photos I had recently posted as her phone background, which gave me the idea for a little freebie–because hey, we’re in quarantine and sprinkles make things better.

Here are two computer background freebies:

You can download the cake pop picture here and the cookie picture here. And two phone background freebies:

The three cookies image is here and the closer cake pop shot is here. Enjoy these sweet photos and try not to get hungry while you look at them 😉

These are from a photoshoot I did this week with The Cookie Club and the sweets they have are absolutely delicious! If you’re in the Mid-Missouri area, I highly recommend you stop by and check it out!

If you use one of these photos as your background, take a screenshot and send it to me at @gdeimz on Instagram. Hope everyone is having a good week and staying safe out there!

xx gaby

7 Best Ice Cream Shops in NYC

Inspiration

I’ve lived in NYC for a few years now, and I’ve made my rounds on all the best ice cream shops in the city. So I thought it was time to round up my list of my favorite ice cream places and share them with you guys! Here you go: my professional opinion on the very best scoops in New York City.

Oddfellows

Oddfellows is a cute shop downtown with a handful of flavors–all extremely unique and interesting. I stopped by last weekend to see what they’ve been mixing up lately. John helped me out and scooped up a bunch of different flavors for me to try–including corn bread and mushroom flavors (too adventurous for me). I ended up picking Matcha Rocky Road, which had bits of chocolate and marshmallow in the green ice cream. It was incredible and I highly recommend this spot if you’re ready to risk trying a really unique flavor!

Soft Swerve

This fun little ice cream shop on the Lower East Side is known for its bright colors and candies. They put Fruity Pebbles, Lucky Charm marshmellows and sprinkles on their pink, purple, and green hued ice cream. I was very excited to try this vibrant dessert, and the flavors did not disappoint. The soft serve makes it incredibly creamy, and with flavors like coconut, sesame butter, and Hong Kong milk tea, there’s always something new to try. It’s definitely worth going to, as long as you’re willing to wait in line to snag one of their iconic ice cream cones.

UES.

The fun of this ice cream shop is the secret of it: there’s a hidden speakeasy behind the pint-filled walls of the shop. They make ice cream flavored drinks and desserts, but don’t let the bar distract you from the fact that they make darn good ice cream, too. The shop is tiny but the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a great background for an Instagram photo with your ice cream. I chose salted caramel in a pretzel cone with sprinkles, and it was the biggest sugar rush I’ve probably ever had. The flavors are rich, but the ice cream is delicious. If you’re looking for a top secret, ultra cool environment for a boozy shake or ice cream, UES is the place to be.

Van Leeuwen

Van Leeuwen started out as an ice cream truck in 2008 and has now expanded to over a dozen brick and mortar shops in NYC and LA. The artisan ice cream is the perfect spot for my vegan, nut-free and gluten free friends, with flavors like Rocky Road, Cookie Crumble Strawberry Jam, Cookies & Cream Caramel Swirl, and their most popular, Honeycomb. I took my friend Elysha and we each tried a different flavor, with a waffle cone of course. I liked the Cookies & Cream and Peanut Butter Marshmallow Crunch, but you really can’t go wrong with any flavor!

Milk Bar

Christina Tosi is basically a household name in New York City, but if you haven’t heard of her yet, she created Milk Bar, which is the fun-loving dessert cousin of Momofuku Noodle Bar. She took favorite desserts she had as a child and gave them a twist, and her ice cream is no exception. The soft serve at Milk Bar has one flavor–cereal milk. She soaks the milk in cereal to get that iconic after-breakfast cereal taste in her ice cream, and tops with corn flakes or sprinkles. This is a very unique flavor, but worth checking out, along with her other array of delicious desserts like Birthday Cake Truffles, cookies and pies.

Morgenstern’s

Morgenstern’s is a dream of an ice cream parlor on the Lower East Side. They also have about 88 flavors, and even more toppings and add-ins, so the options are nearly endless. I went with traditional American Classics, Butter Pecan and Cookies and Cream, which had amazing carmelized pecans and a perfect topping to texture ratio. They also have Parlor Classics like Burnt Sage, Green Tea Pistachio, and Salt & Pepper Pine Nut, and seven varieties of Vanilla seven of chocolate, and five different caramels! It’s insane how many flavor profiles they have. Go in and sample a few first before you decide which ice cream to choose!

Bonus: Ice Cream Trucks

There are dozens of gourmet ice cream shops in NYC, and they’re all amazing in their own way. But I thought I’d mention one that place that’s often overlooked: the ice cream trucks around the city! Central Park is one of my favorite spots to get ice cream in the city, and the ice cream truck that sits on the corner does the job perfectly. You wouldn’t think so, but it’s really tasty and a perfect on-the-go ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth. So the next time you see an ice cream truck in NYC, give it a try (and get sprinkles on top–because duh!).

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UES. Ice Cream Photoshoot

Inspiration

One of my favorite things to do in NYC is bring my camera to places that have cute backdrops and cause a huge scene doing a mini photoshoot in a public place with lots of people staring at us.

Okay, I’m joking, but seriously, sometimes restaurants, graffiti walls, and NYC popups are too cute to just snap a pic with my iPhone. So I get all dressed up, trudge to the location in heels, bring my wide lens and a flash, and just have a full-on photoshoot wherever we are. Pro tip: You can’t be embarrassed by this in NYC. Everyone is doing mini photoshoots for The Gram, so I just go with it and act like it’s perfectly natural to be staging a shoot in whatever public place we’re at that day.

A few faves: The Pint Shop. It’s a pink paradise with larger than life pints of ice cream and sprinkles. The Gucci photo pop up. It’s a room filled with hundreds of old photographs and Polaroids. And most recently, UES. ice cream shop, well, in the Upper East Side. This place has a twist, though. You have to say a codeword to the shop manager, and suddenly the wall of hundreds of pints of ice cream opens to reveal a secret door that leads you into a hidden speakeasy in the back!

WHAT! Pretty sweet, huh?! When my friend told me about it, I was excited to go and check it out, but I knew that I wanted a cute photo in front of that adorable ice cream wall, so we rounded up a few girlfriends and met outside the shop to get our ice cream and drink on.

When we got there, we realized that the shop was tiny, and only about 4-5 people can fit in there at a time. It was a tight squeeze, but we managed to get a cute waffle cone with sprinkles and snap some fun shots (with strangers onlooking, but you can’t be bothered by that in NYC) before saying the secret phrase: “I’d like to volunteer for your storage room.”

Then suddenly, an attendant whisked us to the back, revealing the speakeasy! We spent the rest of the evening in ice cream bliss, enjoying our sweets, ice cream flavored drinks, and the excitement of the hidden secrecy of the place. If you’re in NYC, it’s definitely worth a visit for the delicious ice cream and drinks in the back.

Check out some of the photos we took below: