July is National Ice cream month (7/15/07 - National Ice Cream day)
- rworange Jul 2, 2007 12:52 AM
Don't forget to celebrate.
What's new this year? What are your current favorites?
The newly opened Cici Gelato in Mill Valley is fabulous
Snicker if you will, but Carvel came out with a nice Italian ice
I stopped by Bovolo in downtown Healdsburg this evening for a gelato fix. The apricot sorbetto is sublime, brimming with soft, squishy, ripe fruit pulp. The ginger gelato has quite a kick to it.
Had my first visit to Ici in Elmwood this afternoon. Sampled the chicory-chocolate chip ice cream and it didn't do much for me. Liked the burnt caramel, takes it right up to the smoky edge of charred but without the bitter, and with rich buttery flavors. Liked the Santa Rosa plum ice cream even more (yes, ice cream and not sorbet) but not as fruit-packed as Downtown's seasonal fruit ice creams. Loved the cones, very tasty and cookie-like texture, and the pleasant surprise of gooey chocolate in the bottom (was expecting a hard coating).
Ici Ice Cream
2948 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Downtown Bakery & Creamery
308 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
I finally tried Three Twins Ice Cream because they carry it at Bobby G's Pizza. I loved it! The cookies and cream and mint chip flavors were nostalgic and satisfying; like a gourmet version of the ice cream I ate as a kid. I think they do a much better version of the "upscale Ben & Jerry's" than Bi-Rite, which I found to be obscenely sweet and rather boring. Now that Three Twins is selling at the Tuesday Berkeley market, I imagine I will pick up a pint on occasion.
re: Morton the Mousse
Don't know if you noticed, but Three Twins was selling homemade ice cream sandwiches last week at the Tuesday market. I didn't have dinner yet, or I definitely would've tried one... they looked good. I think the flavors were chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and oatmeal cookie with, oh I can't remember, chocolate ice cream. Either way, check them out and report back.
Slid into Cici tonight at 9:45pm, and it was doing a good amount of business at that time. i tasted the hazelnut (too sweet), peaches and cream (nice but too faint for me), and then strawberry and cream and toasted almond which I picked as my two flavors for a piccolo size ($4.50). Generous serving size here heaped over the top. Eased back on the sugar, clean and pure flavors although I had to stretch to find them somewhat. Serving temperature is too cold, making the gelato too stiff and numbing the tongue excessively. I was in a hurry tonight and didn't take the time to sample much. I'll return to try more some time.
17 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941