Grilled Mango with Vanilla Ice Cream

Dang, snow. It would be so much easier to dislike if only it wasn’t so pretty…

The good news is that it looks as if Lawrence’s snow plowing crew is finally getting its act together — The roads were pretty decent this morning, considering how horrible they were just a few hours beforehand.

This was extra nice for Dan and me, because we already had plans for our ritual Friday lunch: A new sandwich shop in town, “Picklemans.” For no particular reason, I had high expectations for the “gourmet” sandwiches. Maybe this was because Dan’s been bugging me about pronouncing it as “Pinkle-mans” ever since I noticed it was opening.

“It’s got a giant pickle on the sign,” Dan said…

Unnecessary details, if you ask me.

Anyway, the first bad sign was the very limited selection for vegetarian options. Basically, I could choose between a veggie sandwich, pizza or basic salad. I combined two and went with a sandwich and small salad…

Consumed: Small garden salad with honey mustard dressing. Half of a veggie sandwich, sans-mayo, on whole-wheat.

To be positive, the bread was good. Otherwise, it was all just “ehh.” Definitely not worth the money when there are plenty of other options around town — Guess I’m just a little too much of a cheap college student for that. But, at least now I know!

After lunch, I had a few appointments on campus, so Dan and I split up for a while. When we reconvened, I could tell something about Dan was different, but I couldn’t put my finger on it…

Did he get a hair cut?

Did he switch with a twin?

Did he — GASP — shave?

It’s been eight months since I last saw him with a freshly shaven face!

Unfortunately, the day continued to be very eventful for Dan’s face…

After an afternoon run, Dan and I were playing doubles racquetball with a couple of friends. The game was going really well, until one of our opponents accidentally smacked Dan above the lip with a ball flying at full speed. As could be expected, Dan was dazed for a couple of minutes, but he recovered quickly and we were even able to play a few more serves.

Nonetheless, I felt that he deserved a special treat. With that in mind, I set out to combine two of his favorite flavors: vanilla and mango.

Grilled Mango with Vanilla Ice Cream


  • One ripe mango, peeled and sliced
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 2 T warm water
  • Vanilla ice cream


  • Begin heating a grill pan to medium-high.
  • After peeling and slicing the mango, soak it in the brown sugar and water mixture for one minute.
  • Place the mangoes on the grill pan. Cook mangoes on each side for one or two minutes, until there are grill marks. Flip and repeat.
  • Serve with a dollop of ice cream and drizzle with remaining brown sugar mixture.

Perfect dessert for a perfect (freshly shaven, newly beaten up) man.

Questions: Are you more of a chocolate or fruit person? What about your man?

I would choose chocolate over fruit 99 percent of the time. Dan’s just the opposite!


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