5 Things I Learned Working at an Ice Cream Shop — Summer Jobs

This month we're looking back on all the strange and wonderful food jobs people have held during the summer. Whether it's a job at a local scoop shop, a grocery store, or the concession stand at a baseball field, the skills and memories you gather in those short, hot months usually turn out to be invaluable. Here's Lisa Freedman on the life lessons she learned from working at an ice cream store.

For a teenager, working in an ice cream shop is better than being a kid in a candy store. I should know: I worked at a popular soft-serve joint in my hometown for a few years. It was a lot of fun. It also — surprisingly — taught me some valuable lessons about real life and adulting.

Here's what I learned working at an ice cream shop during my high school summers.


Next Week’s Meal Plan: The 5 Recipes I’ve Been Dreaming About All Summer — Next Week’s Meal Plan

Every once in a while, I get a week free from obligations — calendar or budget — and can just choose recipes that are new, enticing, or have just been on my to-try list for too long. This is one of those rare weeks, and how it fell in the middle of summer when produce is at its peak I'll never know, but I'm thanking my lucky stars.

This week's meal plan features a bunch of seasonal suppers that have had me drooling. The meals are still relatively quick and easy, and almost every dinner uses one or more peak-season vegetable — making the most of our farmers market haul and overrun from our neighbor's garden.


Recipe: Dill Pickle Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I used to have this feeling of remorse anytime I poured perfectly good pickle juice down the drain. I knew there was something I could and should be doing with it, I just didn't know what. Sound familiar? Well, this is it — the best ever reason to hang on to that leftover brine in the bottom of the jar. Spicy and tangy, it's the one-ingredient brine that makes the most tender and delicious chicken you will eat all summer.


The Best Food You’re Not Eating in San Francisco (but Should Be) — Travel Intelligence

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San Francisco is one of the most exciting food cities in the United States. If you've made the trip, chances are you've filled your belly with everything from clam chowder in a sourdough bowl and Zuni Cafe's roast chicken to horchata bubble tea and toast slathered with homemade preserves at The Mill. Maybe you've even ventured across the Bay to Oakland, which is quietly gaining a reputation as a serious food destination. (Perhaps even better than San Francisco?)

But, there's one regional cuisine you probably haven't tried. I'm talking about Burmese food. As it turns out, San Francisco is home to the largest Burmese population outside of Burma.


This Is Why Your Space Is a Mess: 5 Common Clutter Causes — Apartment Therapy

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From Apartment Therapy → This Is Why Your Place Is Messy: 5 Common Clutter Causes


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