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Jul 2, 2007 12:52 AM

July is National Ice cream month (7/15/07 - National Ice Cream day)

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

There are currently uphill reports on Ici

Bi-Rite Creamery opened to strong applause

Snicker if you will, but Carvel came out with a nice Italian ice

National Ice Cream month and day 2006

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  1. I revisited Ici. I've change my mind. Definately worth it. I highly recommend the Santa Rosa Plum sorbet and the cardemon orange ice cream. It is not ice cream, but don't miss the coconut macaroons ... probably the best I've ever had.

    1. 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.

      1. 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

        1. 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.

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          1. 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.

            1. re: chemchef

              Links for the Three Twins shop and Sebastopol Berry Farm:

              Sebastopol Berry Farm
              9201 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472

              Three Twins Ice Cream
              641 Del Ganado Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903

          2. Had my annual blueberry ice cream fix from Sebastopol Berry Farm this morning, $3 per scoop. Won't last much longer.

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              You reall gotta ... gotta try Cici when traveling down that road ... not much of a detour and so worth it.

              1. re: rworange

                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.

                Cici Gelateria
                17 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941