Interviewed by: Glen Mickowski "Mick" /Adams Avenue Herald
Cold on the palate...warm on the heart
Ok...think back, before Cold Stone or
Hagen Daz or Ben & Jerry's and even 31
Flavors. Remember the local ice cream
parlors of your youth, infused with the
smells of confectioneries and littered
with multicolored trappings which just
naturally brought a smile to your face.
Well, if you.re looking to relive a portion
of your youth, look no farther than
"Mariposa Home Made Ice Cream" on
Adams Ave. and Hawley next to the 7-11
in Normal Heights.
Owned and operated for the past 5 years
by San Diego native Anna, and her
Northern California transplant husband,
Dick Magana, Mariposa offers ice cream
the way it was meant to be...all natural
and totally delicious. Both Anna and
Dick are committed to making ice cream
the way Dick's Grandfather Pete Van
Ransom did 25 years ago in the Catskill
mountains of New York. It's the same
recipe that was taught to Dick at his
Using only natural ingredients, without
preservatives or eggs and with far less
sugar, they concoct their cold, creamy,
elixir right on the premises. Most ingredients
come from local and State sources
which ensures the freshness of this
creamy delight. They also have fat free
and non-dairy Sorbet, as well as a rotating
selection of 16 to 25 flavors of signature
ice creams. Add to this, other offerings
of floats, malts, shakes, sundays,
splits and smoothies and I'm sure you'll
find something that fits everyones taste.
Also in the works is a diabetic ice cream
that will allow that afflicted community
to enjoy the fruits of their labor as well.
One other thing that sets these folks
apart is their willingness to share their
knowledge and hospitality with the community.
They have welcomed school
field trips and Boy / Girl Scout troops
into their parlor to show children how
the manufacture of ice cream is accomplished.
"They actually roll up their
sleeves and pitch in," claims Dick with a
bearded grin, and their walls are
adorned with crayon drawings and photos
to attest to the fun the children had.
Coming up is the Normal Heights blood
drive which takes place on Saturday
March 12th, which will be Mariposa's 3rd
proud sponsorship. So come on down
and give a pint, then visit Mariposa to
take home a few, you won't be disappointed
in either case.
For the Adams Avenue Herald...Mick