|Ice cream sandwich from Scoop and Paddle|
Probably not since the Internet left blogging behind five years ago. But then folks built a spot in Clarksville where they're trying to offer personalized pizzas, gourmet ice cream, and maybe more, more, more.
And you think: People need to know they can eat well here in Howard County.
Then you think: How much ice cream can the kid smear across his face while we're sitting on this bench?
But you're a veteran now. You have handful of napkins, so things will work out okay.
|Scoop & Paddle's current cart|
And we're eating. For summer, we are eating ice cream at the new Clarksville spot where folks are trying to create a food attraction. Already open at the Clarksville Commons -- You Pizza, which I'll write about soon, and Scoop & Paddle -- the best ice cream that I know made in Howard County.
This is rich, often-changing ice cream that used to be sold in the parking lot at the River Hill Garden Center. Strong standard flavors like caramel and chocolate. But the real razzle has been seasonal choices -- fruits in the summer, spice-heavy in the winter like eggnog and gingerbread. This summer, they've been light on selection. Lil' Chow now knows not to expect them to have chocolate. But it's a really nice place to get ice cream and sit out on a bench.
For now, Scoop & Paddle is a stand selling ice cream cups and sandwiches. Sometimes, they park the red VW bus that operates like an ice cream truck. But the plans call for a food hall in the space behind where they're selling ice cream now. Other vendors -- maybe operators with good food to sell, but not enough business to justify a full lease somewhere. I haven't heard details. I'd love to know the plans.
|HowChow For Life!|
It's the not-knowing that gets me blogging again. Two city newspapers have retreated from Howard County. I've tried to keep up with new restaurants and food shops, but I don't know where to turn.
Howard County has cool stuff to offer. Someone has to troll and pimp.
(Update: One of the Food Plenty owners commented on Facebook that they're aiming to open in October or November. They're actually going on the second floor above You Pizza -- plus curbside pickup on the first floor.)
I'm going to try to restart this hobby blog. Life overwhelmed me last year, and I stopped posting. I've been thinking and snapping pictures, and I really want to restart HowChow -- especially because I love hearing from other folks and learning about new places. Always read the comments. Awesome folks have been leaving dozens of tips on my only 2016 post. And please have compassion if this isn't five posts a week. Things happen. As I type this, water is dripping through my hallways ceiling, apparently from my air conditioner. Tough day to get an AC person to visit.
My smart plan was to write a dozen posts before I went public. I've got a dozen ideas, and there are tons of great new places that opened since 2015. But I'm going with the "not-so-smart" option. Write one. Post it immediately. Go eat tacos for lunch. Hope that the fear of embarrassment gets me back to the keyboard soon.