A Fiasco

Late last week, a couple of us mamas had the pleasure of bringing our wee ones to The Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick. Not only do they have drop down incredible gelato, they are coffee shop extraordinare, with Wicked Joe’s on drip and in their espresso bar.  Pretty much as soon as we walked through the door, (they open at 11, and we were bound and determined to eat a healthy lunch before we came!) it was moments before 1:00. Having not yet consumed my daily quota (none, in fact!) of coffee I immediately ordered a cafe au lait, which is my cafe beverage of choice.  I do love espresso, in fact, I have been known to dream about it, and theirs is up there on the incredibly amazing bracket, but I was craving my old standby. (When I was 10 years younger and worked for CBD in Portland I discovered that coffee with steamed milk is incredible…)

And thus, gulping my life affirming and delicious beverage, we sat for a moment to wait for our friends before ordering gelato. And the littlest one declared that the ideal moment to nurse. Of course. It’s often hilarious how often she will decide the perfect moment has come to snack in the not so perfect moment. (ie: the flooring store, while looking at floor tiles, the middle of the grocery store, in the midst of talking to prospective plumbers…) In any case, we made ourselves right at home on their incredibly comfy couches, and discussed flavour options. My big girl decided on strawberry balsamic sorbetto, raspberry sorbetto, lemon sorbetto (needless to say, she is a sorbetto fan…) and vanilla sorbetto. The incredible servers have made it their personal goal to squeeze any many flavours in a single cup as you can think up… which is a very brave statement. People like my daughter want it all….  And I had yet to make up my mind. My favourite flavour wasn’t available that day, (caramel with seasalt), but a vast array of St. Paddy’s day influenced variety was. (Irish cocoa, Irish coffee, Green tea with chocolate chips; to name just a few…)

When Blueberry and Buttercup arrived with their lovely mama, I still hadn’t decided. Our big girls promptly ordered and set themselves down to enjoy the most heavenly of treats, side by side and giggling madly.

The mamas ordered and sat down, with babies on laps to try and work out how to finagle the infamous red spoons towards our mouths with out being hijacked on the way by our littlest ones. I had decided on the vanilla bean gelato, which, say what you want, but in no way is boring. Not overly sweet, but VERY vanilla.  Beside me sat Irish coffee and Irish cocoa, which were both slightly spiked with whiskey, and for a dry pallette for the past year and a half, quite the taste experience. (YUM.)

After eating, the big girls decided to play a game (which are stacked in the corner for any and all customer to play!)  They settled on “Candy Land,” which in their sugared up state was rather hilarious. The littlest ones tried as they might to devour the game pieces and the big girls pretended to understand the concept, although neither had played that particular game before.

After a loud few minutes we decided it might be best to take our girls out into the overcast Friday afternoon and let them run their sugars off in the park.

Fun, fun, fun. And we’ll be back, soon of course. This mama has grand high dreams of one day thrifting at the Fort Andross indoor flea market…anybody want to come?!

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