27 Reasons to Eat Ice Cream

27 Reasons to Eat Ice Cream

I can't think of any reasons not to
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There is usually, noting a few rogue exceptions, a general consensus amongst people that ice cream is one of the best treats in the dessert game. Many people tend to only use this delectable snack to celebrate a particular occasion, or to praise a job well done, in order to avoid overindulging in the special treat. I, on the other hand, have yet to find an inappropriate time to eat ice cream. It has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, so every time the opportunity to eat ice cream presents itself to me, I lack the self-control needed to refrain from eating the creamy snack. I even go out of my way to find excuses to eat ice cream. Here are 27 reasons to eat ice cream (guilt-free).

27. You're sad.

Obviously, this one is pretty self-explanatory. Nothing like ice cold creamery to numb the pain.


26. It's finals week.

No reason to cry over all of the projects you have due. Cry over ice cream, like an adult.


25. Finals week ends.

Celebratory scoop of deliciousness? Make it two.


24. You were dumped.

Calories don't count in matters of the heart.


23. You begin a new relationship.

The calories count, but it's not like you need to impress anyone now.


22. There are sprinkles.

Or any other fantastic toppings that may be lying around.


21. You need a midnight snack.

Chocolate cravings are real.


20. The ice cream is free.

Free is always better.


19. The ice cream is homemade.

Less processing, so its healthier...I think.


18. It's warm outside.

Cool down with a nice sundae.


17. You hear the ice cream bell on the beach.

It's like a church bell. May the fudgie-wudgie man be with you.


16. The ice cream is on sale.

It may not be free, but a fair discount is incentive enough to delight in an ice cream cone.


15. During the winter.

It may sound silly, but if you eat it while bundled up in a heated room you can trick yourself into thinking it's summer.


14. There is a commercial break.

Everybody knows commercial breaks are designated snack times.


13. White shirts are boring.

A nice chocolate stain looks good on virtually anyone.


12. You need more calcium in your diet.

Health comes first.


11. You went to the gym.

You have earned a hardy helping of ice cream.


10. Scooping ice cream builds arm muscle.

Why lift when you can scoop?


9. Scooping ice cream builds character.

Trying to scoop from a tub of frozen ice cream takes some serious determination.


8. You know someone is having a bad day.

Best way to make someone smile is to feed them...with ice cream.


7. It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

Every hour I am eating ice cream is happy hour.


6. Because you only eat dinner for dessert anyway.

No, I am not eating this broccoli for pleasure.


5. When you are trying to woo someone.

Do I want to go for ice cream? SWOON.


4. Because you can't have cake without ice cream.

Well you can, but why would you do that?


3. It's raining.

Eating ice cream is an activity and we all want to feel productive on a rainy day.


2. You pass an ice cream shop.

No one wants to be the outsider looking in.


1. Because you have a spoon.

Mine as well put it to good use!


Lets be real, there is never a reason NOT to eat ice cream. Someone who tells you otherwise is not someone you need in your life.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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February of last year I wrote my very first post about Little Bad Wolf's highly underrated burger in Chicago. Give that one a read, my detail is comical – no joke.

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Since that tasty treat at Little Bad Wolf, there are others to share the spotlight and applaud! Here are my recent and ever-growing list of burgers to try when you are in the Chicago city limits.

Easter came early last year, April 1, and you bet I took full advantage to get a burger right after that day. I set my sights on Southport Corridor Brewery's burger. Listed at a reasonable $14, your plate presents itself with a double-steak patty, mustard herb mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, Detroit pickles, and a sesame bun! Pair that sandwich with a tasty beer on their rotating menu, and its lights out. Beer, burgers, and oh, did I mention their vinyl selection? Make it a top stop the next time you are in the area.

A few months later, enjoying a week away with the boys, we stopped at a local establishment in Richmond, IL called the Richmond Brathaus. They have a Hawaiian-take on what they title, the Maui Wowee, and boy was I floored from that creation. Swiss cheese, sautéed onions, cherry wood smoked bacon, grilled pineapple and cherry chipotle BBQ combine for what is an excellent sandwich – but to top it off, I got the "Haus fries," which contain chili and cheese – savory heaven. If you are just over the border in Wisconsin, map search "Richmond BratHaus," I guarantee you are going to like what you eat.

My last burger of 2018 was at a newer establishment in the West Loop from the West Coast (California), known as Ballast Point Brewery. The Ballast Point beers speak for themselves, from their "sculpin" line to specialty barrel aged, and rose-influenced beers. They are always top quality. On a cold winter night, there was nothing I wanted more than a delicious burger from this establishment. After a thorough look at the menu, my eyes kept wandering back to the West Coast Griddle Burger, which had American cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and "wonder" sauce on a brioche bun. They also offer you the option of three in-house sauces as dipping options for your fries. Do it. Even if it is not for the burger, go to the place, especially in the summer for their rooftop!

After four months, my journey for the best burgers in Chicago continues. I continually check Google for listings and names, making sure I am still on the best path. If you have any suggestions, feel free to shoot me a comment or message – recommendations are always welcomed by this guy. Until next time, keep eating, good eats!

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