Once the weather gets warm, there’s something we love to do: Head to Mamaroneck for Mexican ice cream. We make a few stops long the way, and it’s a guaranteed perfect day. Here’s how it goes…
First, we head to Harbor Island Park. I like to meet friends at the beach and let the kids play in the sand. (And I talk to my friend practically uninterrupted.) When they get hot, they run around in the sprinkler park (which also cleans off the sand) and if I’m really hot, I’ll cool off, too. (Why is it so much fun getting sprayed with cold water?)
When we get hungry, we’ll go to the Harbor Island playground and eat the lunch we packed; you can also grab chili mac or jambalaya at Chef Johnson’s, a tasty Creole food truck that parks at Harbor Island. The kids play more and I get even more mom chat time. The harbor is short walk away from the playground. (I feel like I’m on vacation when I’m staring at the water!) Last, but not least, comes the very best part of my favorite day. Ice cream. But not just any old ice cream: Mexican ice cream.
Paleteria Fernandez (also located in Port Chester) serves up homemade, all natural ice cream and Mexican ice pops. My kids get ice cream, either vanilla with sprinkles (think frozen fresh cream) or vanilla with strawberries (fresh strawberries and cream). Sometimes I get chocolate chip mint that tastes like fresh mint and cream melting in your mouth.
The first time I chanced on the store, I asked for a recommendation and was given a Lucuma popsicle. Imagine mango, cream and a little cinnamon. Heavenly. (Lucuma is a fruit found in some Latin American countries.) Other ice pop flavors include: passion fruit, dulce de leche, coconut and strawberry, cafe con leche, pineapple, tamarinde, watermelon, hibiscus flower and more.
An alternate plan for lunch would be to leave the park and head to Sal’s Pizza, just a few doors down from Paleteria Fernandez. Sal’s Pizza is delicious, fresh and sold by the slice. Beach, pizza and ice cream = the perfect day.
Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck Avenue South & East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
Paleteria Fernandez, 350 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck, 914-315-1598
Sal’s Pizza, 316 Mamaroneck Ave. (Palmer Ave.), 914-381-2022
(Harbor Island Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)