Milkshakes & Sidewalks. That’s All.

There has been this running joke between Dan and I since we moved down to Durham. It’s how long will it take before I begin on my rant about Durham’s lack of quality milkshakes, and the lack of sidewalks. And if you ran into me recently, it would be the freaking lack of sunshine!!!

But that’s another day another story, and the sun is back, so #winning!

Its one of those things that maybe being a city girl, that the lack of sidewalks make me just boil up inside. I lived in DC for about five years without a car. It was bike, my two feet, and public transportation (& friends who had cars.. haha). There was something that was freeing about it. If only I had a fitbit then!!!

So, when you take this city girl out of the city, and into Durham where there are a few select sidewalks that are centrally located downtown, and nowhere near our neighborhood, I am going to rant a little. Okay… A lot. My poor husband has heard the rant a lot.

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We have a walkway from the STREET to our house, but sorry folks, that is where you get to walk, ON THE STREET. How am I supposed to stay safe in my neighborhood? Okay, that was a joke, but seriously. Its something that I refuse to give Durham any slack on. I even asked someone in our neighborhood about the lack of sidewalks, and he just told me to walk in the streets, its what we do! So, here’s to walking in the streets! #yikes.

Now. I really try not to be a snob in general, and I realize that prefacing the whole milkshake debate with that sentence is going to bring an onslaught of criticism and jokes. Oh well.

It’s the whole saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got until its gone” rings SO true to me when it comes to milkshakes. Good Stuff. Shake Shack. Ted’s Bulletin. Just to name a few are just some of the places that serve delectable milkshakes. Each of those places serve burgers as well, which is just icing on the cake. I mean, who doesn’t love a burger and a milkshake?! No one!

So you could imagine my surprise when I moved to Durham, that the first burger place we went to didn’t serve milkshakes. I’m sorry, soda and iced tea is not enough!! I need that perfect creamy cold treat pairing. A new burger joint opened up and specialized in tea. TEA?!?! Really?!?!

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In this process, I did discover several things that are essential to a delicious milkshake in my humble and honest opinion:

  • Real Ice Cream (none of this soft serve stuff, sure it’s good, but not legit),
  • It can’t be just flavored ice cream mixed with milk to make a milkshake,
  • There has to be either additional flavoring or mix-ins.

If you are able to check off those three things, you have a winner of a milkshake, or at least you should!

My time in Durham resulted in making a LOT of milkshakes at home. A girl has got to do what’s necessary to satisfy that desire for a good milkshake!

North Carolinians kept mentioning Cook Out and their BAJILLION flavors and I point people back to the list, number one actually.

Well, now you know the rants that I have been going on here in Durham. There are plenty of great things about this area, Dan’s favorite sweet tea, but this DC transplant could use more milkshakes & sidewalks. Is that too much to ask?

Below is a recipe for my FAVORITE milkshake EVER, a knock off of the Good Stuff Toasted Marshmallow milkshake. I think I am going to run and make one now!



1 bag  jumbo marshmallows
2 cups milk
2 cups vanilla ice cream

  1. Preheat the broiler. On a foil-lined baking sheet, place half of the marshmallows in a single layer; broil until charred, 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Place the remaining marshmallows on the sheet and roast just until toasted, 2 minutes; let cool.
  2. In a blender, mix the milk, ice cream, and charred marshmallows. Serve topped with one or two or FIVE toasted marshmallows. ENJOY!!