We didn’t mean to, but in the past couple of weeks we’ve done a lot of ice cream float reporting. There were the beer floats collaboration between Bottle Bar East and Joe’s Steaks. Then, we told you about the nitro-charged coffee and Weckerly’s ice cream floats collaboration at Rival Brothers and the 2015 affogato road show (because, being made of ice cream and a liquid, affogatos are kinda like floats). So, after all that, we finally just decided to put together a guide to some of our favorite floats around town. Because seriously? There’s just no better way to kick off a season of shore-house-less sorrows than to to drown them in than a tall glass of something frothy and creamy.
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UPDATE [5/1/2015, 4:59 pm]: Big Gay Ice Cream opened a day earlier than we expected. They threw open the doors last night, on Thursday, April 30th. Here, a shot of the Big Gay Ice Cream crew, with owners Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint.
ORIGINAL: Philly food writer Michael Klein stopped in to Philly's Big Gay Ice Cream location this week, and he projects the New York-based treat shop could be open as early as Friday, May 1st. According to the board in the photo they sent, the shop will offer up everything from shakes to sundaes to specialty cones with sassy names like Salty Pimp, the Bea Arthur and American Gloss. It's located near the intersection of Broad and South streets.
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Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint, founders of Big Gay Ice Cream, recently released the book Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats. To celebrate the release, Juniper Commons (the next door neighbor of the Philadelphia location of Big Gay Ice Cream) is hosting them at the restaurant for a book signing on Thursday, April 30th.
From 6 pm to 8 pm, join the authors for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a signed copy of the new book. At 6:30, a Q&A will commence with Petroff and Quint, followed by a meet and greet.
The price is $50 per person, including food, drinks and the signed cookbook. The cookbook is a yearbook of ice cream recipes, starting from freshman year with simple toppings and shoppings lists and concluding with senior year, where you can create your own sorbets and ice creams. It also includes some strange stories from the authors.
You can purchase your tickets online at Juniper Commons website.
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