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Aug 13, 2008 08:28 PM

Ricanelas Ice Cream @ Bi-Rite Creamery

It's been ages since my previous visit to Bi-Rite, so maybe I'm way behind the ice cream flavor roll-out here. In the neighborhood on Monday, I took the opportunity to snack here and had my first taste of "ricanelas". Described as cinnamon ice cream, this tastes like a rich and creamy horchata (rice drink) shot through with a clean burst of canela (mexican cinnamon) and crunchy bits of snickerdoodle cookies.

Monday's warmth made sitting on the sidewalk bench with a cone much more pleasant than usual. A cross-roads of the world, I bumped into friends from Ontario who sneaked into the Bay Area without any notice. Luckily we share a love of ice cream for our paths to intersect.

Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. Ricanelas is a brand of cookies manufactured by Gamesa from Mexico. I'll have to check out the flavor this weekend at Bi-Rite.

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    1. re: Mari

      Yes, I just learned this when I googled for the name before I posted. They're cinnamon graham cookies. Do let us know how you like it. No one told me that it has rice or other horchata ingredient in it, that's just how it tastes to me. Sort of like riso with a Latin twist. So I'm interested if you have a similar reaction. I had ricanelas on the bottom and balsamic strawberry on top of my single cone.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I just had a bite of it, but thought that the strength of the cinnamon flavor was terrific without being overwhelming.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Did it have any pieces of cookie in it?

          1. re: Dave MP

            Yes, some crumbled pieces of snickerdoodle that managed to stay crunchy.

      2. Thanks for the shout-out, Melanie. I imagine that, hanging out on that block, I would eventually run into everyone. Unfortunately I didn't try the Ricanelas, though I think one daughter did. My old faves (salted caramel and roasted banana) were as good as ever. This was after a satisfying meal at Poc-Chuc, where they made the Platillo Maya spectacularly vegetarian on request. --PR

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        1. re: Prabhakar Ragde

          A sample of the salted caramel is a must for each visit to Bi-Rite. Please do tell us about the platillo when you have a break in the chow-action.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Probably not worth a separate thread -- just a note that we ordered one regular Platillo Maya (appetizer plate with five selections) and one to be made vegetarian for our daughter. They replaced the shredded turkey with various vegetables and left off the cotija, making it vegan, though we hadn't requested that. The rest of the table was casting envious glances at it; it looked great (I didn't think to take a photo) and she enjoyed eating it as the main part of her meal. (Our various mains -- poc-chuc, cochinita pibil -- were also quite good.) --PR

            1. re: Prabhakar Ragde


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