Although I am neither a Whole Foods advocate or a Whole Foods basher (After all, Whole Foods is a very complicated enterprise) there are certain things I love about Whole Foods. One is their selection of ice creams. They carry Capogiro Gelato and Sorbetto from Philadelphia, which is obscenely expensive ($10 a pint) but often very, very good, in addition to the standard premium brands like Haagen Dazs and Ben and Jerry's.

Last Saturday I was perusing the ice cream case at my local Whole Foods when I spotted a label that read Tosca. When I picked up a pint I discovered that it was actually Toscanini's , from Cambridge, Mass. Gus Toscanini is one of this country's seminal artisanal ice cream makers. I bought a pint of Toscanini Burnt Caramel and miraculously resisted buying a pint of Gus' Cocoa Pudding. The Burnt Caramel Ice Cream has been in my freezer for almost 48 hours now, and I have managed to eat less than a fourth of it. What discipline, what self-restraint. What little I have eaten has been delicious, intensely flavored, creamy, and blessedly unsweet. I am going to see if I can make this pint of ice cream last a week. This is going to be a true test of my willpower and my longterm prospects for maintaining and continuing my weight loss. I'll keep you posted.

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