When a Slider's a Home Run.

Close on the heels of talking about my love for dessert
come this introduction/tribute/love song 
to the newest dairy delight I've added to my life.

It's pretty tough to introduce me to something new.

... Blizzards, Sundae Drivers, Affogato...

You name it, 
I've eaten it.
... and I loved it, too.

But I was humbled this week when my friend, Rhona,
took me out for a treat in her birthplace of Linlithgow, Scotland.

side note: Linlithgow is also the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, 
... and the lakeside castle ruins are great to explore.

Linlithgow is a charming village
 (somewhere near Stirling & Edinburgh)
full of swans, signets ("baby swans"), 
& golden sunsets...
 that may or may not remind you of The Notebook.

After a walk around the lake,
Rhona took us to Cabrelli's.

As you approach the doors of Cabrelli's,
your senses will be assaulted by the. .. err... perfume
 of their well-seasoned deep fryer.

As the shop is mainly a "chippie,"
serving fish & chips, fried chicken, fried sausages & burgers (!!!),
Cabrelli's has a greasy smell that finds you kind of disgusted... 

kind of reminiscent of Long John Silvers...

... and kind of hungry.

Obviously, the latter won out for me 
after meeting Lawrence Cabrelli.

As the grandson of the shop's original owner,
Lawrence still makes a daily batch 
of his grandfather's secret homemade ice cream.

Only sold in vanilla,
this ice cream will overcome any skeptism 
that your initial impressions of the chippy might have brought you.

And to my delight,
Lawrence offered to make me a slider.

Nope. Not that kind of slider. 

The other kind.

The Scottish kind.

The kind of slider that has
two scoops of homemade vanilla ice cream
sitting prestigiously atop 
a chocolate dipped wafer
 filled with a creamy, marshmallow, center.

So, yeah, basically the best thing ever.

I left a happy customer
who will now be forever scanning ice cream shoppes 
for any mention of "sliders."

Anyone up for recreating a recipe for me?

I may not make it back to Scotland soon enough...


  1. Oh be still my heart - that looks divine!! You had me at only sold in vanilla!!

  2. I live about less than an hour from there and I have never heard that term! It must be unique to Linlinthgow.

    Generally in Scotland that's called a single nougat, if you have two of the thick chocolate dipped wafers then it's called a double nougat.

    Tasty isn't it?

  3. Wonderful. That's where my clan's from (Douglas). Jamais arriere!

    I was in Oxford the other day - did a reading for the Fringe Festival - and you came to mind. Had my phone been smart enough (still haven't embraced smart phones) I would have looked you up.

  4. oh my heaven. i want that right now. it looks like a s'mores ice cream wonderland.

  5. I think I just gained a few just by looking at that luscious thing!
    Wanted to thank you for popping over to Velvet and Linen, Lauren.
    It's a pleasure to meet you and discover your beautiful and yummy blog :)


  6. these look delicious! I am so hungry now!

  7. I come from Linlithgow, and live here still. You forgot to say how divine the ice cream itself is! I love ice cream, and have tried many brands over the years, but Cabrellis make the best, I've never tasted any like it. I might just pop down later tonight and get a wee tub of it. Glad you enjoyed Linlithgow - and Cabbs chippie!


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