It is also a rarity, authentic soda shops are like affordable, pristine 1920s dresses, unusual. However, the good news is the craze for artisan food is brining about a home made soda comeback, the New York times published this article on the trend back in 2011. As someone who loves ice cream and history I couldn't be happier about the rebirth of this forgotten American institution.
This Sunday my husband and I decided to make the trek from Jersey City to the Brooklyn Farmacy, the trip takes a bit longer then an hour but is well worth it. Since it was a lovely warm day on Sunday I decided a summery outfit was in order, and since I'm always trying to keep the wrinkles at bay I brought my parasol along as well.
Like the other Hey Day trousers I've tried these pants are super comfortable and the perfect weight for summer. In general I'm not much of a pants person but these and my Freddie's are making me into one. They also pair well with a number of tops, and while they are 1940s style trousers I think they are also reminiscent of the 1930s, my favorite style decade. For our outing I wore them with my yellow Jitterbuggin' blouse, one of my favorite items.
- 1940's Style Ivory Swing Trousers, Hey Day Vintage
- 1940's style Bumblebee Feed Sack blouse, Jitterbuggin
- 1940's style Cherry Brooch, Luxulite
- 1950's Poodle Purse, Rabbit Heart Designs
- Bakelite Bracelet, Thriffted
- Shoes, Mod Cloth
It was a decadent concoction with all of the King's favorites peanut butter, banana chip ice cream, caramel, candied bacon, whipped cream, and a pickle on the side! Yes, it was as good as it looked:
I also had a cherry soda, all their sodas are made with old fashioned syrups that use real fruit and seltzer,
Isn't the color lovely? John had an egg cream and an egg salad sandwich. He was feeling shy and didn't want to be photographed.
If you don't live any where near Brooklyn there is no need to despair for your Soda Shop dreams. Brooklyn Farmacy just published a cookbook.
It is available from Amazon for $14.95 . I pre-ordered it in March and received it in May and I love it. In addition to recipes for all the Farmacy's treats there is a detailed history of soda fountains in general and tons of fun facts. So far I've tried the recipe for marinated pineapple and the egg cream and both were delicious. I don't want to give away the books secrets, but as its a well known classic I think I can safely share the recipe for the egg cream.
Classic Egg Cream
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cold whole milk
3/4 cup cold plain seltzer
3 tbsp Fox's U Bet Syrup (Vanilla or chocolate its up to you!)
Pour the milk into a tall glass and add the seltzer slowly until the froth comes to the top, if you are like me it will always overflow a bit so have paper towels handy. Slowly pour the syrup into the center of the foam and then very gently mix the syrup in using a long handles spoon in back and forth motion. Don't overdo it or there goes your foam!
Just don't make Buster Keaton's mistakes: