If you've ever admired an icon, or studied what it takes to become a legend, or you're on the way to achieving superstar status, or you're currently, as of this typing, a beloved idol at the top of the pop culture heap, then you know that tributes can take many memorable forms.
A star-directed tribute isn't just about a local singer dressing up as his favorite performer and warbling the songs; tributes can, in fact, cover a wide spectrum of enjoyable things, from concerts to clothing to comestibles.
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One such comestible, currently available for purchase at all four of the Salt & Straw Ice Cream shops around Los Angeles, is a tribute of the tastiest sort, and knowing the main ingredients means immediately knowing the particular idol it is tributing: banana custard ice cream and peanut butter bacon cookie dough.
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Indeed, it is Elvis Presley the shops are loving up, and just in time for his birthday month, too. In fact, Sunday, Jan. 8 is the 82nd anniversary of the birth of "The Boy from Tupelo," meaning you can have a scoop of Happy Birthday Elvis! ice cream while you sit in our convertible and crank up "Don't Be Cruel" and "Love Me Tender."
But even if you can't get to a Salt & Straw on Jan. 8, you're in luck: The flavor'll be in the cold cases at regional Salt & Straws through Friday, Jan. 27.
And there's another fact about being a super-legendary icon for the ages: You get a whole birthday month, in honor of your legacy.
That's Elvis, through and through, a legend that starts our annual calendar with memories of music, great style, mega charisma, and the occasional scoop of peanut-butter-y bliss (one that comes with "a ribbon of marionberry jam," the better to complement, sweetly, all of those deeper bacon-forward flavors).