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Ici Icecream – Berkeley, CA

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Ici Icecream

(1) 510 – 665 6054
2948 College Avenue
Berkeley, California 94705

www.ici-icecream.com

OPEN HOURS:
2:00 pm –   9:30 pm   Monday
12:00 pm –   9:30 pm   Tuesday – Thursday
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm   Friday – Sunday

Highly recommended by trusted friends, we made our way with anticipation to ICI in Berkely.  Immediately our attention was grabbed by a chalkboard notice of “Peppermint Ice Milk”.   Well, it turns out Ice Milk is perfect – lighter then Ice Cream, more luscious then sorbet.  What a simple, taste-altering concept.   So many times, the simple things are the most striking.  The most pure.

Ice creams, sorbets, candies and cookies are made in small batches, ensureing freshness, using Local and seasonal ingredients.  Cones are hand rolled with piped chocolate to cover the bottom hole.  Organic nut spices and chocolates, as well as  Soul Food eggs , Straus Organic and Clover Organic dairy,  compliment the astounding variety treats; and of course NO artificial preservatives.

Flavors in Ice creams and Sorbets while we visited :Brandied Cherry , Green Tea, Coconut, Honey Nutmeg, Vanilla, Creme Fraiche Muscat,  Candied Meyer lemon, Pistachio Rose, Rocky Road, Earl Gray Tea, Cinnamon, Concord  Grape, Maple pine Nut Praline, Lime, Chocolate, Nectarine, Burnt Caramel, Parsley Mint, Honey Lavender…….

Other lovlies are available as well, such as the “Bombes” ice cream cakes, ice cream sandwiches, Bonbons Meringues, Candies Cookies, Macaroons, Nougat, Marshmallows Brittles,  Brownies…. and to compliment, they serve Blue Bottle Espresso

Lead Pastry Chef Mary Canales, formally of Chez Panisse), opened Ici ice cream parlor in September 2006 along with creative Mattea Soreng and Pj Pawalec.  They are tight with their ethic (what else would you expect from Berkeley?) all of the packaging and disposable wares are 100% biodegradable and compostable.

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Nopalito – San Francisco, CA

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Nopalito

(1) 415 – 437-0303
306 Broderick Street
(between Oak and Fell)
San Francisco, CA 94117

www.nopalitosf.com

OPEN HOURS:
Daily 11:30 am – 10:00 pm

Nopalito, the smaller offshoot of Nopa, presents local and organic Mexican cuisine with authenticity.  There are plenty of vegetarian options and the meals are exquisitely tasty without being heavy and greasy.  The ultimate test is passed by the house hot sauce provided with each dish;  peppers are peeled then charred, giving a delicious and gentle smoky flavor.

The service was friendly and fairly attentive.  We loved the fact that they took our cell number so we could wander the neighborhood while we waited for our table.  This is so simple I’m amazed I come across it so rarely.  I poked my head into Nopa (about 2 blocks away) and it looked like the large upscale eatery that it is- next trip to San Francisco!

The dish that surprised us the most was the Sandia con Chile y Limón.  Which is slices of  sweet crimson watermelon, chile de arbol, chile guajillo and lime.  This is one of those combinations that I never would have thought of, but makes oh so much culinary sense.

The Tamal de Queso Estilo Corunda (Housemade masa, queso cotija, grazzini squash, poblanos, tomatoes, manzanos chiles and crema) was another soft delight.  The masa really contains a quality that speaks for dedication.

The dish that we ordered twice was the Quesadilla Azul de Hongos (Blue corn tortilla, mushrooms, corn, poblanos, jack cheese, queso fresco and salsa de molcajete).  The mushrooms were deep and flavorful – and this combined with the smoked hot sauce was stunning.

Mexican cooking is on the west coast is an entire step above that on the east.  We really enjoyed the variety and effort that was put into bringing this wonderfully diverse deliciousness to our plates.  Nopalito a true taste of contemporary culinary artistry!

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Blue Bottle Coffee Co. – San Francisco, CA

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Blue Bottle Coffee Co.

(1) 510 – 653-3394
315 Linden Street
San Francisco, California 94102

66 Mint St. (corner of Jessie)
San Francisco, CA, 94103

1552 Beach St. #R
Oakland, CA 94608

1 Ferry Building, Market Shop #
San Francisco, California 94111

www.bluebottlecoffee.net

OPEN HOURS:
7:00 am – 7:00 pm  Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm  Saturday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm  Sunday

This San Francisco Institution is named after Central Europe’s first coffee house “The Blue Bottle” in Vienna.  It helped pioneer the new coffee era of small-batch artisan Microroasting.  Serving espresso drinks, drip coffee, French Press along side a nice array of cakes, and biscotti, Blue bottle deserves its reputation.  While it has opened many locations, Blue Bottle seems to be staying true to its roots- serving organic Dairy and remaking coffees; we saw the barista remaking a couple of lattes that had gotten cold as the customer had wandered away and left them on the counter too long.

We visited the Blue Bottle in the excellent Ferry Terminal- home to many excellent local, artisanal restaurants and shops.  Aside from their fare, they also offer a very attractive array of coffee accouterments from french presses and packaged foods to espresso makers.

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Pizzeria Delfina – San Francisco, CA

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Pizzeria Delfina

(1) 415 – 437 6800
3611 18th Street
San Francisco, California 94110

www.pizzeriadelfina.com

OPEN HOURS:
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Monday
11:30 am – 10:00 pm  Tuesday – Thursday
11:30 am – 11:00 pm  Friday
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm  Saturday
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Sunday

Since 2005 Craig and Anne Stoll’s neighborhood gem has been serving up their crunchy delightful pizza, along with soups, antipasti, salads and deserts.  As is the excellent trend in the Northwest, they are using local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible.  This is the type of pizza that is so good, you wind up ordering one for dessert!

We were lucky, staying with a friend and ordered a couple pies for pick-up.  I wish we had ordered more.  The star for us was the Broccoli Raab pizza featuring Star Route Farms broccoli raab, caciocavallo, mozzarella, olives and hot peppers.  On our next strip to San Francisco, we will definitely be making a more detailed visit to Pizzeria Delfina!

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Cole Coffee – Berkeley, CA

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Cole Coffee

(1) 510 – 653 5453
6255 College Avenue
Berkeley, California 94618

www.colecoffee.com

OPEN HOURS:
7 :00 – 17:00  daily

We visited Cole Coffee (formerly Royal Coffee) on the recommendation of our local coffee clan at Abraço here in NYC.  This was their “go to” place when they lived out in Oakland.   They make an excellent drip and you can choose from several different varieties.  They offer some baked goods, excellent fresh sandwiches and a simple set of poached eggs.  Outside the cafe, there is a retail store to purchase all kinds of freshly roasted beans.

The real appeal of Cole Coffee- outside the delicious brews of course- is the nice outdoor seating and the excellent social scene.  It was quite obviously the spot for the locals.  There was a great mix of singles and families, straights and funkys, groups of friends who arrived together and groups of friends who met there.  If I lived in the area, I would surely be one of the hangers out!

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