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National Eat What You Want Day: Where to celebrate on Long Island

Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead

Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead Credit: Doug Young

Sandwiched between National Shrimp Day and National Nutty Fudge Day is today: National Eat What You Want Day.

It won't be shrimp or nutty fudge. Or,  looking ahead, apple pie, either. I'm leaning more toward something that would work for May 20, which is World Hypertension Day.

Since it will not be something cooked at home, I have no worries about May 18, which happens to be No Dirty Dishes Day.

My nominations for today come from America's major food groups: pizza and ice cream. The two best slices I've had lately are the "Grandpa Sicilian" at Victor's Pizza & Pasta House in Melville; and the asparagus pizza at Gino's Pizzeria & Ristorante of Williston Park. I may go back for seconds later.

The ice cream may require postponed gratification; I'm heading later this week to downtown Huntington, where Herrell's may have High Definition Vanilla and/or Mexican chocolate with cinnamon. For an immediate jolt: Snowflake in Riverhead, and the intense nostalgia of black raspberry and maple walnut.

Of course, my other two food groups must be addressed, too. They are cheese and bread. Make it a crusty loaf, either a baguette or a seeded semolina; and if neither a great blue nor a fresh mozzarella is available immediately, a French triple creme or Epoisses. Bring along Iberico ham or prosciutto di Parma.

I'll be ready for May 23: National Weights & Measures Day.


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