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Monday, August 24, 2015

THURSDAY: Three Twins Celebrates 10 Years With "Name Your Price" Special

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 4:34 PM

THREE TWINS ICE CREAM
  • Three Twins Ice Cream

Sometimes the phrase “Name your price” implies that something sinister is afoot, and you’re being asked to come up with a dollar amount for which you will cheerfully sell your integrity. Other times, it’s William Shatner introducing you to the world of discount airline ticket purchasing. Still other times, it’s for ice cream with a charitable twist.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hometown Creamery Goes to Great Lengths for Its Ice Cream

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:30 AM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

There is no question that the Castro has too many cafes, or that Russian Hill has too much beige, but San Francisco can probably never have too much ice cream. With a couple of exceptions, artisanal dairy desserts have clung to the precincts each of Twin Peaks, but the Inner Sunset’s ever-denser foodie corridor now has its own: the fraternally run Hometown Creamery, on Ninth Avenue at Irving.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dole Whips, Beer Floats, and "That's Thats" at the National Ice Cream Day Festival

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 2:30 PM

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We’ve been having a li’l string of nice warm weather lately, and from where my iPhone is sitting, it’s supposed to be 75 degrees out Sunday. If you can pry yourself away from the beach (or from the tUnE-YaRdS show at Stern Grove) for one minute, you may want to consider attending a celebration of the quintessential summer treat: ice cream.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Include This in Your Pride Weekend: Three Twins LGBT-Themed Ice Cream

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM

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Three Twins Ice Cream
will be offering LGBT-inspired flavors next weekend in honor of Pride month. Seeing as how San Francisco Pride Weekend is just around the corner, it should be no surprise that Three Twins, a beloved San Francisco ice cream institution, is doling out special scoops in celebration.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

We Got an Exclusive Tour Inside Smitten Ice Cream's Pacific Heights Shop

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

A “warm little ice cream factory,” in the words of founder Robyn Sue Fisher, Smitten Ice Cream opens at noon tomorrow, June 17, in Pacific Heights in a space that had been a copy store for the last 20 years.

Although this is the fifth location for the company overall, it’s only the second in San Francisco. As each shop is laid-out differently, this one features six Brrr machines (the liquid nitrogen ice-cream-making apparatuses whose contents are -321 degrees Fahrenheit and whose aesthetic might be described as “frostpunk”) plus an open kitchen. For seating, there’s an outdoor area strung with lights that will eventually become a garden with a living wall, and benches made from Radio Flyer wagons, a nod to Smitten’s boostrap beginnings as an un-permitted cart.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Shakedown Treat: The TL Gets Some Fancy Ice Cream

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 11:30 AM

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  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Basil mint chip

Even if there’s nothing shaking on Shakedown Street, there’s something spinning at ShakeDown Ice Cream, now bringing creative frozen desserts in the Bi-Rite/Humphry Slocombe idiom to the Tenderloin.

There are a lot of flavors here, although only ten in the display freezer at any given moment, which is two fewer than many artisanal places. Some are simple (toasted coconut, French roast coffee), but there’s no end to how elaborate they become (jasmine nectarine, and “Squatch Tracks,” a Ben-and-Jerry’s-ish mix of vanilla ice cream with fudge swirls and mini-chocolate-covered peanut butter candies).

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ben & Jerry's Buddies Up With Tesla to Save the Climate

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 4:24 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane


Ben & Jerry’s has a new flavor out, Save Our Swirled. Nominally a raspberry ice cream with marshmallow and raspberry swirls, plus a dark-and white-fudge ice cream cones, it’s really a weaponized treat meant to shake the world out of its apathy (or earnest motivation to do something but confusion about exactly what) regarding climate change.

Ice cream is also a potent visual metaphor for global warming more generally. Melting ice cream, melting glaciers, melting Arctic. Get it?

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Friday, May 1, 2015

You Have Until 7 p.m. to Enjoy a Free Affogatto at Sightglass

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 2:08 PM

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  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Affogatto (front) and Coffee Float (rear)

You have approximately five hours for the best thing to happen to you all day (unless it’s pay day for you, or you’re participating in a march for social justice, or you scheduled a sex date with a hottie for later). Barring any or all of those circumstances, you have until 7 p.m. to get to Sightglass Coffee on Seventh Street for a free affogatto.

If Homer Simpson were particularly worldly, he might tilt his head back and drool, gargling his own words: “Mmm ... affogatto.”

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Humphry Slocombe Created Another Alcoholic Ice Cream

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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  • Peter Lawrence Kane

Almost five years after it won Jake Godby of Humphry Slocombe a profile in the New York Times Magazine, Secret Breakfast (i.e., bourbon and corn flakes) remains one of the ice cream parlor’s best-selling flavors. Not content with merely one booze-based concoction, they’ve put out another.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cole Valley's Ice Cream Bar to Open on Castro

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 11:10 AM

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  • The interior of the Cole Valley location.

News that Cole Valley’s Ice Cream Bar is opening up to the former L’Occitane space on Castro Street could not be more welcome. The Castro just got an Easy Breezy, and Eureka! Café makes affogattos out of ice crea and Blue Bottle Coffee, but considering that approximately 11 coffee shops have opened in the neighborhood in as many months, three places for frozen desserts sounds about right.

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