... what a pity it isn't illegal" An intriguing sentiment from Voltaire, and one of a handful that are painted on the floor of my latest find.
Despite only opening last March, The General Greene's ice cream hut gained a solid reputation this summer and I was told more than once that I had to try their salted caramel. As Holly and I biked up today, after catching the last few reds and oranges of fall in Prospect Park, we found the outside cart shut up. But fear not, inside the bustling Fort Greene restaurant the back corner has recently been transformed into a quaint little parlour- Fort Grace.
With Pippi Longstocking wallpaper, wooden school chairs, blackboards and touches of pink and blue, there's something of a grown-up childishness about this lovely little place. In fact, this is exactly how I want an ice cream parlour to look - stylish and classy design choices, but innocent and sweet at the same time.
Of course we were going to go for the Salted Caramel, but before digging in we sampled a couple of the other flavours. 6-8 varying options are made daily and never last more than a day or two. The ice creams are custard based and are as close to a gelato as an ice cream can get (but with fat content and eggs undepleted!) The Verona Chocolate and Milk Stout was fantastic - a little earthy, slightly tart and crunchy chocolate, and ultimately extremely decadent. The Vanilla Bean was also delicious, a really authentic, grown-up vanilla - you know, where it tastes like it's come from a plant rather than a bottle of essence. The combo we both chose for our little cups was Milk Chocolate Black Pepper with Salted Caramel. The latter was incredible - creamy and seriously buttery, but delicate too. 'I don't want it to end' said Holly, before she'd even finished the first mouthful. The Chocolate was also dreamy, with the lightest tingle from the pepper, and a chocolate which embraced it's milkiness (rather than trying to be the more popular rich, ganache type). Every second bite you're treated to a chunk of their home-made Oreo cookie - everything here is home-made, and as far as we tasted truly delicious.
Oh and we added a little pretzel on the side for no greater reason than we like pretzels (they put them in a sundae).
Full marks all round... so Fort Grace makes it up there in the top 5 (if not higher) on my travels so far... I'm not sure what the Pippi Longstocking link is, but who cares - she'd be proud to be on the walls of this very loveable place.
All that's left is to leave you with some more words of wisdom from the floor...