Is Truth Really Stranger Than Fiction? You Betcha! (Brown Sugar Toffee Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche Swirl)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as America’s most famous literary icon, Mark Twain, once said that truth is stranger than fiction. Many times over the years, especially when I was actively practicing law, I’ve found these words to be quite true. Believe me, I could tell you stories that would make your head spin! Sometimes real life can be so freaking bizarre, that even the most fantastic fiction pales in comparison.

I had planned to write a whole different post today, but something happened to me on Friday night that still has my blood boiling, and I just had to share it with you.

Mini SGCC was off at the movies with friends, so the Hubs and I were on our own. We set out for a hot night on the town! We had a fabulous and cheap meal (under $50 for king crab, fresh oyster stew and jumbo wild Florida shrimp – and beer), at a casual neighborhood seafood place that we like, and were slowly shedding off the accumulated stress of the week. After dinner, being the wildly sophisticated and cosmopolitan couple we are, we decided to mosey on over to Borders to hang out for a while. 

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We arrived at about 7:00 – a little too late for the after school crowd and a little too early for the after dinner crowd – so we had the place almost all to ourselves. We popped over to see what was percolating in the coffee bar (shut up!) and threw back a few double White Chocolate Mocha Macchiatos. We love to live on the edge. Then, we leisurely browsed through the stacks, me in the cookbook section and Mr. SGCC, over by the DVDs. I picked up copies of Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes and The Home Creamery (I’ll tell you about those later.), plus the new Fall fashion issues of Vogue, Elle, Allure and W. What! Did you think that all I cared about was food? A girl still has to look good when she trolls the farmer’s markets, you know!

Later, I headed up to the check-out counter while Mr. SGCC scanned the New Releases one more time to make sure there was nothing he missed. There was only one register open and it was manned by a mild-mannered, pleasant twentysomething girl. As she scanned my purchases, a book on display at the counter caught my eye. It was an adorable children’s book titled How Are You Peeling?. The book was filled with beautiful and enchanting photos of different fruits and vegetables carved into faces reflecting different feelings and emotions. It was delightful and I had to have it! Um…now might be a good time to mention that I have an inexplicable and unnatural fascination with animated and personified food. The clerk had already scanned my credit card and as I signed the receipt, I asked her if she could quickly ring the book up for me as a cash sale. She happily obliged.

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I looked around and there was only one guy behind me in line, flipping through a magazine. I turned to him and said (very politely), “Do you mind? This will only take a minute.” And then, my friends, is when my truth became stranger than fiction. Here are the highlights of the exchange that followed.

Him: Sure, go ahead. I’m just standing here waiting for you to finish so I can get on with my life.

Um…..okay, then. I proceeded to dig out money to pay for my book.

Him: After all, you’re the most important thing here, right? Don’t worry about me. It’s all about you!

Huh! I was a little taken aback. Surely, he must be kidding, so I turned, laughed nervously and said,

“Er…hehe…I guess so. Thank you for noticing…hehe.” I turned back to the clerk.

Him: Yessiree. It’s all about you, isn’t it. You are more important than everyone else. You probably own this store. That’s it. You own this store, don’t you? THAT’S WHY IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!!! NO ONE ELSE IS IMPORTANT HERE, BECAUSE IT’S FUCKING ALL ABOUT YOU!!!

WTF!?!?

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I looked at the sales clerk. The sales clerk looked back at me with an open mouth and wild, frightened eyes. Mr. SGCC came rushing over to the rescue.

Mr. SGCC: What the hell is going on here!

Me: I’m just trying to check out and this guy is yelling at me!

Mr. SGCC (to Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man): Hey, Pal. (Yes, he actually uses the word pal.) What’s your problem?

Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man: My problem? You want to know what my problem is? YOUR FUCKING WIFE IS MY PROBLEM. SHE THINKS EVERYTHING IS ALL ABOUT HER!!!

I looked beseechingly at the sales clerk for help. She and her wild, frightened eyes just stared blankly at me. She was incapable of speech. Where the hell was a manager? Didn’t anyone else in the store have EARS!?!?

Mr. SGCC puffed up his chest and stood up tall. So did Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man. Mr. SGCC is 6′ 2″ and was twice his size. He is a body builder and can bench press 350 pounds. Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man was not only nasty and crazy, he was stupid too. Mr. SGCC could easily trounce his a$$!

Mr. SGCC: LISTEN A$$HOLE. I THINK YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN!

Just then a scrawny little bird-like woman came rushing up. She grabbed Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man’s arm and started talking to him in hushed tones. He just kept yelling expletives at us over her shoulder.

Me: Look. It’s not my fault that they only have one check-out line open. I don’t know why you’re being so insulting!

Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man: I HAVEN’T EVEN BEGUN TO INSULT YOU, YOU COW!!!

And with that, he started towards me. Yikes!!! Both Mr. SGCC and the bird-like woman, who I assumed was Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man’s wife, jumped between us.

Mr. SGCC: (growling) I’m warning you. BACK. OFF.

Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man: OH YEAH…..OR WHAT!

I feel it’s relevant to mention at this point that the poor sales clerk had not moved or uttered a sound since this whole incident began. No other employee or manager had made an appearance either.

Both men were poised to strike – fists raised and nostrils flaring. I even think I saw smoke coming out of Mr. SGCC’s ears. I couldn’t believe what was happening! We were in a book store, for chrissakes!

Just then, Mrs. Scrawny Little Bird-like Woman turned around to face us. She looked completely panic-stricken.

“Please!” she begged, “Don’t do this! Just let it go….. please!”

Me: Hey, we were just trying buy some books. HE attacked US!

Mrs. Scrawny Little Bird-like Woman: I know, I know. But, please just go now. It’s not worth all this trouble. Don’t provoke him. Please!

I looked at her face and I had seen it many times before in my career as a divorce lawyer. It was the face of fear and abuse. I had my suspicions that Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man had taken his frustrations out on her in the past and might even try it again that night. Mr. SGCC saw it too. He spends his professional life dealing with abuse victims. We decided to end it there.

Mr. SGCC: Lady, your husband needs mental help. He has some serious anger management issues.

Mrs. Scrawny Little Bird-like Woman: Yes. Fine. Please, just leave.

The sales clerk was still in a state of suspended animation. No one from management had ever materialized.

Shell-shocked, Mr. SGCC and I walked out to our car. I commented to him that I was pretty annoyed that none of the staff in the store did anything to help. He said that most of those stores have a panic button behind the counter in case of a robbery or other emergency, and that maybe someone had pushed it. I didn’t know that.

As we were driving out of the parking lot, a police cruiser pulled in and parked right in front of Borders. Too little, too late. Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man and his wife had already left the building.

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Let me tell you, after that ordeal I was in need of some serious ice cream therapy! Unfortunately, I was too shaken up to go anywhere else but straight home. The only thing left to do was to take my mind off things by making some homemade ice cream. Either that or drink heavily, and I’m not much of a drinker. And it couldn’t be just any old ice cream, either. It had to be the best freaking ice cream in the history of the World!

So, dear readers, if my story about our encounter with Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes Man didn’t shake you to your core, this ice cream will. In fact, you should probably sit down now, if you haven’t already. Please. It’s for your own good, because once you read about this phenomenally decadent, mind-numbingly delectable ice cream I have created, there’s no telling how you might react. I can’t have that on my conscience, so for heaven’s sake, please SIT DOWN!

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I’ve gorged on gelato in Italy, glace in France and frozen custard anywhere I could find it. I know my ice cream, and this is probably the best ice cream I’ve ever had. It starts with a custard base containing milk, cream, egg yolks, white and brown sugar, fragrant vanilla bean and a generous pinch of sea salt. Once the ice cream is churned, crunchy toffee bits and thick, gooey dulce de leche are swirled in. It is like Prozac in dairy form! After a few bites of this stuff, I was asking myself, “Mr. Nasty Crazy-Eyes who?”.

I started with the French-style vanilla ice cream recipe in David’s book, The Perfect Scoop. From there, I played around with different measurements and ingredients and ended up with what I think is the ultimate ice cream indulgence. I hope you like it. If not…..more for me!

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64 responses to Is Truth Really Stranger Than Fiction? You Betcha! (Brown Sugar Toffee Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche Swirl)

  1. On August 23, 2008 at 10:56pm, PaniniKathy said...

    OMG!! Near-fisticuffs at Borders!! How awful, I’m really sorry that guy had to ruin your night like that. Definitely sounds unstable and I feel incredibly sad for the little bird-like woman. Mr. SGCC sounds like a great guy and that’s great he was there when you needed his backup. That situation most certainly called for some ice cream therapy!

  2. On August 23, 2008 at 10:58pm, flutter said...

    Holy CRAP!

  3. On August 24, 2008 at 12:44am, Cindy Ruth said...

    Well, that was a scary story! I guess you never know who you will run into at the bookstore. I guess one good thing came out of it-the delicious-sounding ice cream! Can’t wait to try it.

  4. On August 24, 2008 at 12:56am, Jen Yu said...

    Don’t you just hate jerks? I’m so glad you are okay though. Good on Mr. SGCC for standing up for you! My word… I hope the ice cream helped settle ya, hon. xxoo

  5. On August 24, 2008 at 1:25am, Tanya said...

    That is really frightening, but at least you’re okay. I shudder to think what could have happened if he was carrying some sort of weapon.

    The ice cream looks so good and I hope it settled you down!

  6. On August 24, 2008 at 1:27am, Farmer Jen said...

    Jeez! Your story had my heart racing! That guy definitely was unstable, and the thought of that poor woman being abused by him makes me shudder. A big Bravo! to Mr. SGCC, though. He’s a good man to have around. Ice cream is always a good, especially when stressed.

  7. On August 24, 2008 at 1:45am, Manggy said...

    What the nasty eyed hell? I’m at least glad you and Mr. SGCC are safe. Here in Manila, security checks are done at the door of most every mall (even if the yield is pretty low since they started). It was more than a bit complacent when I was in the States. Thank goodness he did not have a weapon or anything like that! It’s always something I think about before picking off maniacs.

    Now that that’s out of the way, here’s a few other ways to deal:
    1. “No, not everything is about me, you’re clearly just psychotic.”
    2. (Throw the book at him) “Quick (Mr. SGCC)! While he’s distracted by the animated vegetables!”

    Even if I’d walked away scot-free (or even victorious), I would have gone home trembling. I hate confrontations. I’d need, oh, maybe a gallon of your ice cream!

  8. On August 24, 2008 at 6:02am, Cakelaw said...

    Wow Susan – I have had some hairy shopping experiences, but that one takes the cake. Ouch!

    Your icecream looks like the perfect panacea – I could eat it by the gallon.

  9. On August 24, 2008 at 6:17am, Lovebabz said...

    Some folks just need an all out assk whoopin. Mr SGCC should have knocked the shit out of him. Why? because that SOB is going to continue that behaviour until someone stops it. Now granted that would have cost you some time at the police station, but in the end, that Punk would atleast think twice about shooting off his mouth again.

    I would have opted for tequila…LOL! But then again I am allergic to milk proteins…LOL!

    Great Story…Flutter shared the link on Twitter!

  10. On August 24, 2008 at 6:59am, Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

    I always tell my kids that the bully at school is the child that most likely lacks attention and love. If that is the case then Mr Nasty eyes was in desperate need.. I would most probably have left, wimp that I am. Good for you and Mr SGCC.

  11. On August 24, 2008 at 7:04am, Mary said...

    Oh my goodness, how frightening and how sad. It’s scary how some people can just flip out over nothing. I’m glad it didn’t turn into a worse situation than it already was.
    And yeah, I would like 1 pint of that ice cream shipped to me pronto! It looks fabulous!

  12. On August 24, 2008 at 7:06am, Joanna said...

    What a horrifying experience. Things have happened to me like that, but always with my children with me…. (why?) There are strange and warped people out there that create drama, and I just like to steer away from that.

    I am glad you all are safe and Mr. SGCC….thank you for coming to your lovely wife’s defense so quickly. Clearly your size was no match for crazy-head, but it makes me feel fuzzy inside when couples protect each other. No matter what. See? True love right there at Borders. Who’d-a-thunk? Borders would show (again)how great you are together and what a bond you share. (now do I sound crazy??)

  13. On August 24, 2008 at 7:33am, Andrew's Mom said...

    Good Lord! This kind of stuff never happens at Barnes & Noble :-). I'm glad you are okay. Manggy – so funny. The ice cream looks yummy.

  14. On August 24, 2008 at 8:02am, haleysuzanne said...

    What a horrible story – how disturbing and how sad.

    Now, I have to say that the ice cream is perfect – exactly the kind of flavors I like best. This is worth buying an ice cream maker for!

  15. On August 24, 2008 at 9:01am, mimi said...

    wow, what a crazy story with a deservedly sweet end of ice cream!

    but also makes me a bit sad for scrawny woman (i, too, work in the field of abuse).

  16. On August 24, 2008 at 9:56am, The Food Librarian said...

    Holy crap! You deserve that bowl of ice cream!!!

  17. On August 24, 2008 at 11:36am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Hi Everyone. I see you're all as shocked about this story as I was. I really appreciate the support!I've run into obnoxious people in stores before, but nothing like this! The scariest thing for me is, what If I had been alone? Or with my daughter? That store is only a few blocks from my house and I run in there all the time. My daughter rides her bike there to hang out because I thought it was a safe place and all of the employees know her. Now, I feel uncomfortable letting her go. That's not fair.

    Now, I'm worried that these nuts live in my neighborhood! Can you imagine if I ran into them at Publix!?

    BTW, Mr. SGCC thanks you for all the nice things you've said about him too. :)

    Kathy- Pretty bizarre, huh? I couldn't even believe it was happening! The ice cream didn't even help that much until the next day.

    Flutter- You said it!

    Cindy- Scary, indeed! I'm glad you like the ice cream. :)

    Jen- Thanks! The ice cream does dull the pain! ;)

    Tanya- I shudder to think that too!

    Farmer Jen- You're right. I'll never complain about all the time he spends at the gym again!

    Manggy- It's sad, but true that we've come to a point where stores need to screen for weapons. It happened so fast that I never even thought about that!

    "Throw the book at him". Lol! You are too funny!

    Cakelaw- "that one takes the cake." How fitting coming from a food blogger! ;)

    Lovebabz- Trust me, Mr. SGCC wanted to pound him, but he's got a high profile job and really can't afford to get himself arrested. Sometimes, you have to be practical.

    Nina- I tell my daughter the same thing. It is usually true. I really think that this guy was unbalanced, though.

    Mary- Thanks! Lol, I wish I could ship you some!

    Joanna- You are such a romantic! ;) We've had our ups and downs over the years, but I guess he's a keeper.

    Andrew's Mom- Hehehe! Good one! B&N is right across the street from Borders. Needless to say, they'll be getting our business from now on!

    Haley- Yes, very sad. Especially for that wife!

    Now, go out and get an ice cream maker! ;) You never know when you'll need your own ice cream therapy!

    Mimi- Then you understand why we didn't want to escalate the situation even more. These bullies will take it out on whoever is closest to them.

    Food Librarian- Holy crap is right! ;)

  18. On August 24, 2008 at 11:48am, Andrea said...

    OMG! What a horrible incident! And what that poor woman must be dealing with. I’m glad it didn’t go any further. Your ice cream therapy seems to work very well. :-)

  19. On August 24, 2008 at 11:48am, noble pig said...

    OMG thank goodness your husband was there and I’m so sorry it happened to you…but that woman who knows what happened to her that night. How horrible.

  20. On August 24, 2008 at 12:02pm, Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

    You should have shanked the bloody bastard! Or at least….cut off his balls and then hung them from your rear view mirror.

    I have that book….was given it as a gift. Purrrfect Scoop!

    I have done the dulce de leche ice cream also…..huge globbity globs of it all through vanilla w/dark chocolate shards.

    This definately does look like Frozen Prozac in a Bowl…….I will have 2 please.

  21. On August 24, 2008 at 12:05pm, Sandy Smith said...

    Well, thank heavens for ice cream!

    I think I would have had to go with the “I’m crazier than you are, buddy” camouflage defense. Or perhaps projectile vomiting (which I’m sure wouldn’t have been difficult, under the circumstances).

    Kudos to your husband for playing Lancelot!! I hope he got some ice cream too!:)

  22. On August 24, 2008 at 12:39pm, Chez US said...

    OMG! What a way to spend a date night!!! Glad you are okay as well as Mr. SGCC!

  23. On August 24, 2008 at 12:48pm, PheMom said...

    I hate that shaky, sick in your stomach feeling that an experience like that causes. I am so sorry you went through that but I’m so grateful that Mr. SGCC was with you! So scary! I’m pretty sure I would have reacted exactly like you did too thinking it must be a joke. Sorry that jerk ruined the end of your otherwise wonderful evening!

    That looks like the most perfect therapy ice cream there could possibly be. I can’t wait to try making this. It looks like absolutely heaven!

  24. On August 24, 2008 at 1:28pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Andrea- Yeah, I’ve been thinking about her too. I can’t imagine being married to that nutcase!

    Noble Pig- Agreed. I don’t even want to think about that!

    Obsessive- Ew! Now there’s a pleasant image. ;)

    I adore TPS! It is my ice cream bible. And, I could eat dulce de leche straight from the jar!

    Sandy- Lol! That certainly would have been an interesting way to go! Wish I’d thought of it. ;)

    PheMom- Thanks, Holly. You hit it right on the head. It was a shaky, sick feeling.

  25. On August 24, 2008 at 1:33pm, Jen of A2eatwrite said...

    I’m guessing the guy was bipolar or something similar. How scary for you and especially for his poor wife. I wish the managers had held him until the officers showed up. OTOH, he probably has a record.

    I’m so sorry you went through that!

    BTW… I left you a little something on my blog today – maybe that will cheer you up along with the ice cream, which looks beyond awesome!

  26. On August 24, 2008 at 3:21pm, Loving Annie said...

    SGCC,
    The ice cream sounds incredible !

    I’ve faithfully copied the recipe and am drooling already, although my thighs are looking at me accusingly…

    That man sounds like a total rage-aholic nut-case. Shudder. I have the unfortunate feeling that you are correct – he has abused his wife before and will do so again. Poor thing. I wish she could gather her courage to leave him, and find a safe place where he couldn’t ever find her again.

    Who knew a sedate bookstore could have been the place where fists almost went flying ?

    It is not good that the clerk or another manager didn’t call for help – like even 9-1-1 for this guy. Get his name on a field identification crad at least, so he shows up in the system.

  27. On August 24, 2008 at 4:54pm, Bridgett said...

    Obviously the guy was pissed before you even walked in that store over lord-knows-what. What a jerk! I am so glad your husband was there with you though. I feel for the crazy guy’s wife though.
    I think your ice cream would cure just about anything! I am cured just by looking at it.

  28. On August 24, 2008 at 5:16pm, TKTC said...

    Holy shit. I mean seriously, I don’t really care how this sounds but some people are better off euthanized and the way this guy just lit up at you? He’s on the list. How special for him.

    I think I’d need the ice cream just to stop thinking about his wife and how unbelievably tragic it is that so many women feel trapped in situations like that.

    How is it that I am this worked up? Maybe I should make ice cream too…you’re dead on with that one and it sounds/looks DELICIOUS!

  29. On August 24, 2008 at 5:50pm, Maddie said...

    that is just terrifying!! I don’t know what I would do in such a situation… probably would have ignored him, paid, and ran- and ate ice cream. I have no Mr. RagingAddGirl to come to my rescue.

    It does make me wonder about his wife, she is in a bad place. This is also the exact reason why I am so very against concealed carry for handguns… this could have gone from very bad to much much worse. I’ll say a little prayer for his wife tonight. Hope that she finds the courage and help she needs.

  30. On August 24, 2008 at 6:26pm, RecipeGirl said...

    WoWWWWWWWWWW! What a crazy story! Just another relaxing night in Borders, eh? Serious mental case for sure. I’m glad everything turned out ok… looks like it could have gotten even uglier!

    About this ice cream… you are truly evil. I want to make it and eat the whole thing. I have a serious addiction to Dulce de Leche and toffee bits! This is going on my to-try list :)

  31. On August 24, 2008 at 6:28pm, Judy@nofearentertaining said...

    I swear I’ve met him before…it wasn’t at the bookstore though and I can’t remember where! I thought stuff like this only happened to me! Glad you guys were able to keep your heads…it could have really escalated.

    Great ice cream. The best therapy!

  32. On August 24, 2008 at 7:13pm, Stephanie said...

    Oof, nice job turning a nice night into a terrible one, Mr. Nasty Crazy Eyes! Gawsh, I’m sorry you had to go through that! But I’m sure this ice cream made you feel better. I have book marked it as one of the first things I will make once I get an ice cream maker!

  33. On August 24, 2008 at 8:08pm, una donna dolce said...

    Wow – I can never believe the sort of people that inhabit this world sometimes! It’s really disheartening! I love your recipe though – sounds incredible!

  34. On August 24, 2008 at 8:59pm, Darius T. Williams said...

    So…doesn’t ice cream therapy heal so many things in the world?

  35. On August 24, 2008 at 11:29pm, Proud Italian Cook said...

    Oh Geez! Just a little night out with the Hub’s, and you run into this nut! Where was the manager???
    Thank goodness no one got hurt. I have to say you crack me up Susan the way you tell a story!!

  36. On August 25, 2008 at 3:49am, Mochachocolata Rita said...

    gosh! definitely need scoops of out of this world ice cream after such a day….

    silly me, but i wish mr sgcc kicked his lame ass

  37. On August 25, 2008 at 4:57am, Grace said...

    this is a prime example of why i carry pepper spray with me wherever i go. what a lunatic! i’m glad mr sgcc was there!
    meanwhile, your ice cream sounds delectable. it would certainly bouy one’s spirits after an encounter like that! :)

  38. On August 25, 2008 at 5:46am, Kim said...

    Wow, what a story!
    Wow, what an icecream!

  39. On August 25, 2008 at 6:51am, The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

    Whoa. Some people have issues. That poor wife. You had a brief encounter. She has to live with that monster. I’m glad you’re all okay and nothing came to blows.

    What hypocrisy that this guy accused you of it being “all about you” when he clearly wanted it to be all about him. Obviously HIS needs were more important than yours.

    It reminds me of a time when my mother was attending one of my dance recitals and when she tried to take an open seat, someone told her it was taken. When my mother said there was no indication that it was taken (no one in it and no stuff on it), the woman said, “You want to fight me for it?” Mom is 5′ tall and about 100 pounds. Not to mention as this recital is mostly children, she was one of the oldest parents there. Why anyone would threaten her is beyond me. People are nuts.

    The ice cream looks really good though. At least you got that much out of it.

  40. On August 25, 2008 at 8:39am, FFichiban said...

    Talk about drammmaa 0_o There are so many weirdos in this world!! It is a cute book though… do I dare ask if you ended up getting it?

    Ice cream does look like the ultimate indulgenncee mmmmmmm ^^

  41. On August 25, 2008 at 9:41am, Olga said...

    a few confessions: 1) I usually don’t comment when there are already 40 comments :) 2) I usually just look at the pictures and don’t read the stories, BUT your’s was just too awesome to pass by. People say the most horrible things and think it’s okay.

    Btw, loved the multi-colored ribbon

  42. On August 25, 2008 at 9:49am, veron said...

    OMG, WTF?! all right. I have a feeling that guy is really psycho. Hurray for MR. SGCC to the rescue. Seriously, I think the sales clerk should have dones something… like called the manager. And what a way to cool off, this ice cream sounds decadent!

  43. On August 25, 2008 at 10:05am, diva said...

    he is horrible!! and it’s sad how his wife must be a victim of years of his abuse. and to call you a cow is unforgivable! i love cows. they produce wonderful milk which can be turned into something as wonderful as this ice cream. beautiful. but i’m still awfully disturbed about this bloke.

  44. On August 25, 2008 at 11:01am, Kristen said...

    OMG – I am honestly not sure what I would have done in a situation like that. Terrifying, creepy and… just scary. Your husband is quite the stud though, I do have to say.

    That ice cream… made me completely forget your story though! Yum!

  45. On August 25, 2008 at 11:14am, Patricia Scarpin said...

    Oh, sweetie, there are some really nasty people out there! That poor wife… She should search for help – she clearly needs it!
    As for you and the hubby, I think you did the right thing. And this ice cream would cheer anyone up!

  46. On August 25, 2008 at 11:17am, Patsyk said...

    Wow! I can’t believe that someone would act so aggressive at a Borders!

    You both handled it as well as you could. He definitely needs help, and I feel sorry for the bird-like woman who was probably his wife.

  47. On August 25, 2008 at 11:22am, Deborah said...

    Wow – I’m afraid I would have just started crying if that would have happened to me! But a big bowl of this ice cream is sure to make it all better!

  48. On August 25, 2008 at 11:33am, Brilynn said...

    Seriously, what is wrong with people?

    That ice cream, on the other hand, has nothing wrong with it, it looks amazing!

  49. On August 25, 2008 at 5:43pm, Kevin said...

    That ice cream looks so good! I am certainly glad that I have never been in a situation like that.

  50. On August 25, 2008 at 9:14pm, Simply...Gluten-free said...

    Wow, I guess when you live on the edge (dinner out, coffee at Borders) you are just a magnet for the crazies! The ice cream looks like the perfect antidote!

  51. On August 26, 2008 at 6:57am, Abeer said...

    OMG! I Probably would have started crying! Lucky You – you got urself Mr.SGCC! :P

  52. On August 26, 2008 at 7:45am, CookiePie said...

    YIPES! Well, thank goodness there’s fabulous, delicious ice cream (dulce de leche swirl??? Yes, please!!!) to offset all the icky people out there :)

  53. On August 26, 2008 at 7:50am, Sarah said...

    The ice cream sounds amazing & the incident sounds incredibly awful. I don't know what I would have done. That & I almost cried thinking about that poor woman going home with crazy man that night. I'm sorry you had to go through that! I hope you shared some of the ice cream with your knight in shining armor. :)

  54. On August 26, 2008 at 9:13am, CollyWolly said...

    OH.MY.HAT!!!!!! That is a terrible tale!!!Ive heard of road rage and inflight rage but never book store rage!! What is this world coming to? I hope his little missus is ok…sounds like a real piece of work. Hurrah! for Mr SGCC!! Your ice cream sounds just like what I need this minute!!!

  55. On August 26, 2008 at 4:21pm, Trysha@Toasted said...

    Holy Moly! I’ve been there (recently) with a crazed customer. It scary how people go off the deep end over nothing. I wish the manager would’ve done more for you. What a JERK!!

    You can ready about my crazy eyed guy here:
    http://got-toast.blogspot.com/2008/08/state-of-my-budget-and-other-thingslike.html

  56. On August 26, 2008 at 7:50pm, LyB said...

    My gosh, I never thought going out for coffee and book shopping could be so dangerous! I’m just glad you guys got out OK. I really hope you never run into that guy again, really! Thanks for sharing your ice cream recipe, I might not need it to calm my nerves but I need it anyways!

  57. On August 26, 2008 at 9:19pm, Ginny said...

    WOW!!! that is crazy! You definitely deserve as much of that yummy ice cream as you want! divorce law? I always wondered what type you practiced…I just start my first year of law school…I don’t think I’ll end up in divorce law though…way too emotional for me!

  58. On August 26, 2008 at 10:49pm, My Sweet & Saucy said...

    DELICIOUS!!! What a great ice cream flavor!

  59. On August 26, 2008 at 11:59pm, Emiline said...

    Holy cow! What a story! I would have been shaken up too. You poor thing! What if Mr. SGCC hadn’t been there?
    Who knew Borders had such crazy people.

    WHAT A NUT.

  60. On August 27, 2008 at 6:27am, nicisme said...

    Oh man, how awful! What is wrong with some people?
    I was in a shoe shop with my young son once, and a fight broke out between a granny and a father of a toddler. The granny had said something uncomplementary about the toddler and the father swore at her. The granny then slapped the father right around the face! He walloped her right back and she fell over. It was one of the scariest things I have witnessed between two strangers.
    The episode has stayed with us for a long time so I can imagine how shaken you are over this. Thank goodness you had your husband there.

  61. On August 28, 2008 at 6:18am, Bellini Valli said...

    Mr Crazy has some serious issues. No one should have to put up with such abuse…glad hubs was there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. On February 24, 2009 at 4:34pm, Rebecca said...

    This is seriously the best ice cream flavor ever. I have made this recipe many times now and would make it again in a heartbeat. I just made a post about it on my blog because it definitely deserves to be mentioned!

  63. On July 22, 2010 at 6:06pm, megan said...

    I just googled this ice cream flavor and I’m so glad you have a great recipe. I cant wait to make it!
    Scary story! I just cant believe some people, unbelievable!

  64. On August 16, 2010 at 5:00pm, Cheryl Newton said...

    Hi! I’m new to your blog, and am reading it from the very beginning, because I’m anal like that. I cannot believe your Borders story, but still managed to come up with a question about the actual recipe. I know, right? Anyway, in the very first step, over what level do I heat the cream, salt and sugars? And do I leave the pan on the heat for the entire 30 minutes of steeping? Thanks so much!

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