Saturday, July 27, 2013

Go Big or Go Home: Lolitas vs. (Mini) Vermonster

Signed as proof.
Lolita fashion makes you do crazy things. If you love the fashion long enough you want to do practically everything while wearing clothes that make you look like a giant cupcake. Whether it's going to the movies, the zoo, to try out a new restaurant, or even going out for ice cream. 

Since a lot of friends were big foodies, I wanted to do something a bit outrageous: I wanted a bunch of us to get together, while wearing Lolita, and eat a Vermonster.  It turned out to be a fun, casual bonding experience. 
For those who are unfamiliar with Ben and Jerry's Vermonster, according to Wikipedia it is a giant sundae containing "20 scoops of ice cream, 4 bananas, 4 ladles of hot fudge, 3 chocolate chip cookies, 1 chocolate fudge brownie, 10 scoops of walnuts, 2 scoops each of 4 toppings of your choice, and whipped cream."  Ideally it is for a group of 7-8, preferably more.  For $38 dollars between that many people is still a good deal.

The plan was to meetup at Rockefeller Center, since this was the only Ben and Jerry's in NYC that carried the monstrous sundae. Due to unforeseen circumstances only 6 (as opposed to an original 10) of us could make it  and the more we thought about it, we wouldn't be able to tackle it. 

Cherry Garcia, Phish Food, Cookie Dough, Milk and Cookies, and Rainbow Sprinkles.

Mint Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Americone Dream, and Cookie Crunch.
Fortunately there was a mini version, appropriately named the "Mini-Vermonster," with 4 scoops of ice cream, your choice of caramel or hot fudge, 1 chocolate chip cookie, 1 chocolate fudge brownie, 1 topping of your choice, and whipped cream. Since the mini-Vermonster was made for 2-3 people, we decided to get two of them.  It was $13.99 for each and between all of is it was only $5!

Can't Believe It's Ice Cream.
We finished them for the most part! It was still a bit much, but more manageable than 20 scoops of ice cream.
No More. No More.

Did I really just eat this?

Yes we did.
Oddly enough we were still hungry and now craved something more savory.  Someone had mentioned a German beer hall that served giant pretzels as big as your head. 

It was very unanimous that we had to go. Especially since we were unable to get an actually Vermonster. 

They even had tofu wurst for vegetarians.
Reichenbach Hall is known as one of the only indoor German beer halls in NYC.  We wanted pretzels and were going to order two, but the waitress told us it was very large. Also that instead of $8.99, it was $18.99. We decide to order one for now and order more if it wasn't enough. 

Behold the pizza pretzel.
It had been the giant-sized food we had been looking for -- served on a large pizza tray, the pretzel was warm, soft and had the right amount of salt.

I volunteered to be the Vanna White for scale purposes.
The end of the story is do something crazy with friends and it will be a memory you can put in a book later.

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