Sunday, May 03, 2009

Summer is Coming! Get Ready for Brain Freeze!

It may look cloudy and cool outside your window today, at least if you live in New York, but that doesn't mean summer isn't on the way. The sure sign is that the Lemon Ice King of Corona is open for business.

For over 60 years, the Benfaremo family has been serving up their own brand of Italian ices at this humble corner in the shadow of Shea stadium (ok, Citi Field). On summer nights, old neighborhood holdouts play bocce in "Spaghetti Park" but last night, with clouds filling the sky, we were among just a handful of customers.

Anyone who has not had the pleasure of trying Benfaremo might be dazzled by the dozens of flavors on offer. "Almond," you might say, adventurously. Or, "I like licorice."

But I'm here to tell you there is really only one right choice here:


It's in the name of the place after all. He's not the Cotton Candy Ice King of Corona. Don't be fooled by the enticement of little chunks of mango or watermelon ... you want lemon. If you really, really want to try something else, I wouldn't suggest going any farther afield than orange or rainbow. Trust me on this one. I speak from several years of experience.

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