Here in the Bay Area, there are an amazing array of producers and purveyors of deliciousness of all varieties. We really are spoiled with amazing food.
When I first arrived in SF, I discovered that I, once again, have access to my all-time favorite ice-cream: Tillamook’s peanut butter chocolate. I inherited this love from my brother, and suffered for years without any Tillamook while living in the Midwest.
When it comes to ice cream, I have found a new favorite: Three Twin’s Cardamom. Now, before you call me crazy because you’ve never heard of a spice like this in ice cream, just think about the loveliness of vanilla – and imagine it with a subtle spicy kick. Like the nutmeg in my peach pie… Mmm. The smell of cardamom wafts from the container, no matter how hard-frozen the quart. Their tagline is “making inconceivably delicious ice cream” and I couldn’t agree more. You would be hard-pressed to have conceived of a creamier, more delicious frozen treat. While the Cardamom is my most favorite, the Lemon Cookie might just be the second best ice cream I have ever bought from a store in my life. Three Twins tends to be a little thinner than a Ben and Jerry’s, less heavy than Haagan Das, but with lemon flavor, as with cardamom, that lighter consistency is perfect. They also have a glorious salted caramel, that is as balanced a blend of salt and sweet as can be had. You can see plainly that we also like the mocha around here – since it’s one of my closest friend’s favorite flavors, I add it to my basket from time to time just to keep it around for afternoons like this one where you just need a little scoop. And a kit kat.
If you don’t have access to Three Twins, you might just have to find an excuse to visit somewhere they sell it. Seriously. It’s that good. http://threetwinsicecream.com/
I’m sure I’ll write a future post about another neighborhood favorite: Humphry Slocomb….
What’s your favorite local creamery, or flavor? Tag them in the comments!