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The tastes of summer are distinct and simple.  The warm acid of the perfect late summer heirloom tomato. A chilled glass of sparkling wine during a DC-damp breeze. Iron-tinged water slurped from a garden hose. And, of course, that tongue-full of almost melted, saved from dripping off the cone, sweet ice cream in DC’s hot summer blast.

It is a fact that all ice cream tastes better when enjoyed during a stroll through a scenic neighborhood. This is 100% scientifically accurate; don’t bother looking it up. Why do you think the Italians are so big on their evening strolls (passeggiata) and gelato? For DC’s residents, there are few lovelier walks than Old Town, Alexandria. And if you’re really looking to up the charm, you’re best bet is to head straight for Pops Ice Cream on King Street.  Located a block from the wharf and a stroll from shops and drool-worthy residential neighborhoods, Pop’s is a sweet launch pad for a summer evening of simple pleasures.

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