Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream – food truck, New York

Posted on: Friday 16 September 2011

The weather was spectacular in New York the days after Hurricane Irene. Cornflower blue sky and a gentle breeze was perfect condition for a long walk around Central Park.

I love the urban oasis in the middle of Manhattan, at the heart of the city. Locals run, cycle and walk their dogs, and tourists meander along the paths and follow landmark signs.

I strolled through The Mall and hummed Auld Lang Syne with the statue of Sir Walter Scott on my right and Robert Burns on my left, I paused at the expanse of Bethesda Terrace, and I leisurely looped around the tranquil Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Warmed by the midday sun, I was in need of a rest. I was happy to spot the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck at Tavern on the Green.

Painted a pastel yellow, there is an espresso machine in the truck serving Intelligentsia Coffee and pastries are also available.

A message from the owners is printed in scrawling script on the side of the truck, espousing their ethos.

Neon Post-it notes flag the sold out flavours. My favourite, hazelnut, was unfortunately one of them. A chalkboard listed some intriguing specials – English tarragon, rosewater cardamom, basil black pepper and nectarine.

I ordered Earl Grey and cinnamon in a cup and found a table in the shade. While others munched on tacos from the adjacent food truck, I relished the cold sweet treat.

With the exception of an ice chip, the ice cream was smooth and rich. The Earl Grey had subtle hints of bergamot, and the cinnamon tasted like a doughnut.

Refreshed and cooled, I continued to explore Central Park.

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