Saturday, June 20, 2009

President Obama As Custardian In Chief: A Visit To The Dairy Godmother, With Malia And Sasha

It was very hot and humid in DC today, and President Obama took Malia and Sasha out for frozen custard at The Dairy Godmother in Alexandria, Virginia (above: The President and Malia in action). The small, independently owned shop is in the Del Ray neighborhood, and the food concept is based on old-fashioned frozen custard made in Wisconsin. Owner Liz Davis outed the Obama order to the media: The President ate vanilla custard with hot fudge and toasted almonds in a cup. Sasha, 8, ordered a brownie sundae with vanilla custard, hot fudge and chocolate sprinkles. Malia, 10, had a waffle cone with vanilla frozen custard. Less than an hour after the First Family visited, their order was posted on the store's chalkboard, since staffers were being flooded with inquiries:

Of course an excited crowd gathered outside the store (in pic below), and the President paused and chatted with the citizenry for about fifteen minutes--public presidential food outings are often as much about spreading the love as they are about enjoying an awesome burger and creating mini economic stimulus events. And before the criticism starts that the President is promoting bad eating habits by going on a treat run, please keep in mind that White House messaging about healthy eating and nutrition is all about lifestyle balance, not about being on a strict "diet" that excludes entire categories of food. That being said, the frozen custard at The Dairy Godmother is a swell alternative to brand-name ice cream because it's lower in fat, fat calories, total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

Custard-maker-in-Chief Liz Davis was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, and subscribes to a fascinating theory of restaurants as important community spaces. She's also created some very unusual treats; the available sorbet flavors are very creative, and the shop sells dog treats. The Obamas were given some Puppy Pops to take home for Bo, which are made from peanut butter, banana, and plain yogurt with active cultures to benefit digestion. Even better, a dime from the sale of every Puppy Pop is donated to an animal companion charity.

The Dairy Godmother is located at 2310 Mount Vernon avenue, Alexandria VA. 22301. Phone: 703.683.7767. Watch the live Webcam inside The Dairy Godmother here. Follow The Dairy Godmother on Twitter to find out about daily specials. Obama Foodorama is on Twitter, too.

*Related: Blackboard photo by Jeff Zeleny, New York Times. Dairy Godmother exterior pic from Why I Like. Top photo via Getty.