The 40 by 40 Project is written by Angie Teater, a New York-based interior designer & travel writer. The Project begins on Angie's 39th birthday (March 11, 2017) with only 365 days to accomplish everything on the list before turning big Four-Oh! 

Forty goals. One year. Endless possibilities.

#19: Celebrate National Food Holidays / Part 1 of 3

#19: Celebrate National Food Holidays / Part 1 of 3

Does anyone else love the fact that EVERY SINGLE DAY is a food holiday of some sort? There are actual calendars to track them. There are actual celebrations to mark them. It's a rather hysterical oddity of the internet age...and I'm diving in!

My very first (of three) National Food Holidays to celebrate: National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day!!!

I know what you're thinking. Why "soft serve" and not regular Ice Cream Day? 

Well, because soft serve is a totally different experience all together. It's controversial! It sparks debates! It's the redheaded step-child of the frozen desserts and I've always loved a good underdog story!! Soft serve ice cream rarely gets its deserved accolades, considered by some not to even qualify as ice cream, so I decided to let it have its moment. Hooray for Soft Serve!!!!!

I was accompanied on my yummy quest by my friend Tara Mulvihill, who just happens to have a blog dedicated to food holidays. We embarked on a Grand Tour of New York's finest soft serve ice cream locations (may god have mercy upon our tummies!)

First stop: Dominique Ansel Kitchen for this month's soft serve flavor: Peach Tea! It was lovely, and refreshing, and light...perfect to start us off on this decadent journey. We managed to be the very first in line the moment they opened. Can you say "enthusiastic"? 

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Second stop: Big Gay Ice Cream - basically a New York institution for quirky, creamy concoctions. I opted for a Salty Pimp. Naturally. (That's vanilla soft serve encased in a salty chocolate shell...with a little side of sassy).

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Intermission: Balthazar - two ice creams in, we decided we needed something salty. Balance, right? So we hit up this popular French bistro in SoHo for some french fries and mimosas. Brilliant plan! 

Third stop: Taiyaki - this place is an Instagrammer's dream! Soft serve spirals in cookie-like fish cones in the shape of a unicorn. Oh, and with sprinkles if you want them. Hell yeah, we want them! The challenge? Taking a thousand photos of it before it melts. 

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Fourth and final stop: ChikaLicious Dessert Bar - if you put soft serve ice cream into a churro and drizzle it with Nutella you will basically win the day. 

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I basically rolled home fueled by a full-on sugar high. And I will probably have to commit about 18 hours to the gym this week to do penance for all this deliciousness. But it was all worth it!!  And yes, there are countless other soft serve (and actual ice cream) places in NYC so we barely scratched the surface! But I think our choices were grand and I achieved my big goal: celebration!

Happy Soft Serve Day everyone!!!!

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