Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Summer Heat Antidote: Cold Creamy Custard
With temperatures once again forecasted to spike into the upper 90s and (gasp, sigh, whine) the low 100s over the next few days, I think this an opportune occasion to profile one of my favorite summertime DC treats: the Dairy Godmother. This whimsical custard shop in the heart of Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood focuses almost exclusively on custard. They offer vanilla, chocolate, and a rotating flavor of the day. This summer I have already enjoyed the caramel heath paired with chocolate (pictured above) and, my favorite, Bordeaux cherry.
The Dairy Godmother is not metro accessible, but is worth the drive. The custard is rich and provides instant (if temporary) heat relief. Plus it is a low budget summer splurge at $2.75 for the ample-sized small. And unlike other DC originals the line does not extend around the block and moves quickly, so it is much easier and more seasonal than a cupcake fix.
If you are on the hook to bring dessert to a dinner party, they do make custard ice cream sandwiches and custard cakes to go. And being Del Ray, a dog lover's paradise, they also offer a variety of homemade dog treats. According to their website they have also branched into homemade popsicles, but I am more of a milk-fat girl myself.
Dairy Godmother is closed on Tuesday, so plan accordingly to avoid disappointment.