Citizen Cake's Ice Cream
July is National Ice Cream Month.
This afternoon I stopped by Citizen Cake in San Francisco for a cool one, ice cream that is. Mostly sorbet in the case today and only three ice creams: chocolate, corn (yes, that's right), and hazelnut chocolate brownie.
I did give the corn a try and it tasted like a sweet version of buttered cream corn, sans the kernels. I found the hazelnut chocolate brownie more my speed. The very creamy hazelnut and chocolate base was studded with big chunks of chewy dense brownie. While too sweet for my taste, it was very satisfying with both freshness and rich flavors.
Here's the image of the cup. Two bucks for a single scoop.
How come everybody hates Cafe Fanny's ice cream. Makes me feel dumb for loving it. Actually I've only had one flavor several times. The Meyer Lemon Ice Cream. It was creamy, dense, rich and filled with lemony flavor...plus there was some lemon zest.
Sheesh. I don't eat much ice cream and haven't tried any places talked about here except Sketch.
It's the texture. To me it reminds me of cheap supermarket brand ice cream that was left in the aisles to melt and then re-frozen. Like the ice cream that sticks to the lid and tastes ... wierd.
The meyer lemon flavor was fine, but it is that texture that puts me off. I am, however, hell-bent on giving it another try and getting the orange blossom.
Now I realize I've never had ice cream at Chez Panisse. This requires research.
I've probably said this dozens of times (in person & online) and never gotten any feedback/validation but I'll say it again....one of my absolute favorite things, securely embedded in My Top Ten SF Bites list is Citizen Cake's Champagne Float.
Its one scoop of your choice of sorbet in a glass of champagne - I've had the honey tangerine, blood orange and meyer lemon - they are all wonderful and beat the pants of an ordinary mimosa. And its clearly the quality of the sorbet because I've been experimenting at home with various other sorbets and they just aren't as good.
I think their ice cream has a gelato-like texture also, probably because of low overrun (less air mixed in). Last week when it was still hot in the city, I was there to get a breakfast pastry and had to try the nectarine sorbet (or maybe it was sherbet - it looked creamier). Mmmm, ice cream for breakfast.
Citizen Cake's flavors can be very creative, which is sometimes very good and sometimes not so good, IMO.
Interesting. I always thought it was gelato because of the texture.
One thing to remember is that Citizen Cake will make custom ice cream sandwiches ... your choice of cookie and ice cream.
Looking at the dessert menu they are using that corn ice cream in an interesting way:
creamy polenta, sautéed cherries, corn ice cream
Wow, desserts are up to ten bucks now ... yikes.
Anyway, the good thing about Citizen Cake is they allow lots of sampling. Some are just eh, like all places, and some are just memorable ... and I do ... like the lavandar ice cream that had the right touch of that flavor so it didn't overwhelm.
They makes some really good candy too.
I wasn't paying attention. I didn't realize the whole MONTH was ice cream month. I'll have to take advantage of that for what is left of it.
I've, uh, actually been thinking of giving Cafe Fanny ONE more try. I'm still thinking about the orange blossom ice cream I've never tried ... I just can't believe a place as good as Cafe Fanny could make an ice cream that bad. I'm hoping it changed.
Here's some old Citizen Cake ice cream reports. Ignore the word gelato in them. The caramel fleur de sel reminds me ... always go with what the counter person suggests ... at least take a taste. I love the seasonality.
caramel fleur de sel, honey tangerine, blood orange
Strawberry, apricot, rhubarb
french butter pear sorbetto
A perfect ice cream sandwich (choice of chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, chocolate mint, hot wasabi ice cream)