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Mar 28, 2007 03:03 PM

uphill alert: Ici

I've had some wonderful stuff there recently. Their ice cream is still colder than I would like, but it isn't icy anymore, and the flavors aren't as muted.

The coffee-toffee was outstanding last week. A nice round old-fashioned coffee-ice-cream flavor, as opposed to espresso flavor, with a goodly bunch of crunchy bits. Terrific with their hot fudge (which is really hot chocolate sauce but I won't bother about that right now). The peanut butter ice cream was also delicious.

Then today, they had "catalan." It was a blend of lemon, cinnamon, and anise flavors. Crazy good. The pine-nut praline had too few nuts, but as they say, those that were there were choice.

And the chocolate ice cream was their best flavor when they first opened, and it's even better now. This is not gelato: with this flavor above all, you get that faint slick of butterfat sticking to your tongue between bites. It's perfectly creamy and tastes of quality chocolate, not cocoa, very smooth and almost mousse-y.

They always have interesting sorbet flavors, and have been doing a lot of fun-sounding citrus combinations, but I just plain haven't been in the mood. So go there yourself and let us know what else we should be eating there.

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  1. Sounds great, thanks for the report. I love posts that begin with the words "uphill alert" :-)

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      1. re: chemchef

        It means there's an improvement, as opposed to "downhill alert."

    1. I had bergamot, banana and burnt caramel recently. The icy factor I'd read about was not present. The bergamot was very good and it was extra good to have a strange flavor of ice cream that was wholly satisfying. The banana had too light a flavor, but I was spoiled by Bi-Rite's roasted banana the week before. I still liked it. The burnt caramel I should have tasted before investing in, it tasted like the black part of a super burnt campfire marshmallow. I've never thrown away ice cream before.

      1. I definitely that it's gone far uphill: most of my major complaints about it at the beginning (muted flavor, way too small portions for the price, and flimsy cones) are gone, I had some excellent cinnamon ice cream there today, and the cone was great. I just wish the service wasn't still so slow and surly, they really need to be much more efficient there, and more friendly too!

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        1. re: JasmineG

          I went there for the first time a few weeks ago, but they were out of the cones (to my disappointment!) I had the meyer lemon sherbet and the catalan ice cream, which if I remember correctly was lemon ice cream w/ anise. The sherbet was tangy and really lemony, but was indeed quite "ici". I wished the ice cream had a more pronounced flavor though: it was more creamy than lemony, maybe a bit too creamy for my taste since I could feel all the butterfat on the tip of my tongue. I could indeed taste a hint of anise though.

          Overall, it was nice as a first-time experience, but I think I prefer Sketch on 4th Street. I'm still trying to find my favorite in the area though.

          1. re: JasmineG

            So they're becoming more generous with the portions? That was my prior complaint.

            1. re: Agent 510

              Yes, at least from my experience today (and I was really irritated with the tiny portions before). I don't know if it's because I got a cone or what, but the child's size gave me a good sized scoop. Just be prepared to wait a loong time if there's any sort of line.

          2. We finally got there today. We tasted the burnt caramel (too burnt for my tastes) and Irish stout (intriguing, but not quite my thing). DH got candied Meyer lemon ice cream (very good) and blueberry-pluot sorbet (fantastic). I got white coffee ice cream (very good) and rose pistachio (excellent). There were plenty of nuts in latter, btw.

            We'll gladly go back next time we have the chance. I love that they use compostable cups and spoons too, and washable (metal) spoons for tasting.

            1. The honey lavender, which they've had every time i've been there, is very very good.

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              1. re: gemster

                I was just there this weekend. Honey lavender apparently wasn't on the current list. But I did have this cardamon-orange peel that was fantastic. I also tried the burnt caramel. I actually didn't think it was "burnt" tasting as much as coffee-like. I felt the burnt caramel was a bit muted, but still good. The cardamon was my favorite. Other flavors right now include strawberry-rhubard.