Ice cream at Sylvan Beach Cafe
Where: 7 W. Preston St. in Mount Vernon
When: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays
Why: Do you ever really need a good excuse for ice cream? Particularly in the middle of August? If so, you can probably find one among the flavors including Key lime pie, strawberry cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake, pistachio and rum raisin. Regrettably, they've discontinued the cicada-flavored ice cream. Cones are priced by weight, and a good size scoop generally runs about $2.