What could be a better cherry on top of a hazy Seattle heat wave than a cup of delicious ice cream? Not much, you might think. But you'd be wrong because this Friday the ice cream is free and it hails from the fabled Portland-based ice cream shop Salt & Straw.
Calling it a "surprise beat-the-heat ice cream pop-up" on Instagram, Salt & Straw will give away four-ounce cups of ice cream on Friday, Aug. 4, beginning at 2 p.m., in front of its future Capitol Hill location (714 E. Pike St.). This pop-up giveaway will last until the ice cream runs out (and it will run out, so don't dawdle!). While supplies last, you can choose from Freckled Woodblock Chocolate, Double Fold Vanilla and Roasted Strawberry Coconut.
Salt & Straw draws a cultish following at its scoop shops in Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and local ice cream aficionados have been anxiously anticipating its planned winter openings of two new Seattle shops on Capitol Hill and in Ballard. Salt & Straw flavors range from kid-pleasingly sweet, such as Chocolate Gooey Brownie, to more adult palate pleasers, like Pear and Blue Cheese.
It's probably a good idea to show up early for the pop-up if you want to guarantee you'll get a scoop. But if you want to beat the heat with ice cream and skip the line, try one of these new ice cream spots instead. Or if you'd rather sit at home in front of the fan, you can always order Salt & Straw ice cream by mail; a five-pack of pints costs $65.