Monday, October 22, 2007

A Tale of Two Caramels

Truthfully, I'm not a huge caramel fanatic. It's nice, but not my usual go-to flavor in the ice cream realm. And yet of late, I've found myself intrigued, seduced, perhaps by the haunting caramels I tasted at Rockpool.

On my first visit to Bi-Rite, I spotted the Salted Carmel flavor. Could the flavor of those transcendent Rockpool caramels be found in frozen form? I had to find out. I loved the salty note, and though they warned that this ice cream was particularly soft due to a high sugar content, I found the texture a bit disappointing in its abouttomeltrighawayness. Still, no complaints about the flavor.

My recent trip to Ici had me sampling three flavors. I hadn't realized just how difficult it is to hang onto three spoonfuls of samples at once (or how D managed four!). Their Burnt Caramel was luscious. And the texture was truly that of an
ice cream. Paired with their Chicory offering, it was a heavenly cone. And as D and I walked down the street with our ice cream treats, I hadn't the faintest idea of where I was walking or that we were talking. The ice cream was that good.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fauxberry Tourism

Four days, three shops. Sadly it's been several months since the Pinkberry control tasting, but I did stumble upon Harmony yogurt mere days after my Pinkberry experience, so I'm using that as my comparison. None of the local flavors has that special Pinkberry zing, but in a pinch, I'd visit Harmony for a tangy frozen treat. I tasted the plain yogurt flavor at each locale to be fair.

Harmony (San Carlos) - It's cold like pinkberry, smooth, and yogurty without being artificial. The shop is also pleasingly clean. I happened upon this while driving to a meeting, did a double take, and then stopped for a snack. I'm starting to like it plain without any fruit toppings. Thumbs up.

(Palo Alto) - I didn't love the extra sweet note in this yogurt.

(Berkeley) - It starts with an exceedingly tart note and ends with lemon. Not my favorite.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Someone Else's Garden

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Of Timpani and Marshmallows

At the symphony on a recent evening, I was again struck by how the mallet one uses to strike the timpani resembles a marshmallow ready to be roasted over a fire.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

My Kind of Sandwich

Sandwiches of the ice cream and cookie variety. It was a bit of a struggle to get the ice cream into sandwiches without incurring giant ice cream thumb prints, and that the cookies were still a bit warm made for extra squishiness. Will see what they taste like frozen. I suspect I will find the giant chocolate chips in the cookie too hard and the cookie itself stone-like. But it's a start.

Where are the cooling racks?

I haven't the faintest idea. It's a bit difficult for me to fathom how I've misplaced two half sheet instruments. In the meantime, I'm cooling cookies on plates, which results in less-than-flat cookies not optimal for stacking. Yes, they're chocolate chip.