For my birthday, H gave me a cookbook I've been wanting, David Leobitz's The Perfect Scoop. After pouring over the recipes, I decided that my first foray into ice cream making would be the Chocolate Raspberry ice cream. The decision was basically made for me since I had some gorgeous farmer's market raspberries that were in the freezer.
The recipe worked marvelously and was quite delicious. Not surprisingly, I had ice cream on the brain when I went back to San Francisco for a week last month.
One of my favorite clothing shops is also in Berkley/Oakland area, so before heading out to do some serious shopping, I stopped by Ici for a scoop of ice cream. It was my second visit to the shop, and I loved the unique flavors like buttermilk and basil. It's cute, charming, and fits right into the neighborhood.
Last time, I had gotten my scoop in a cup. But the ice cream cones stacked up in a jar caught my eye, so I had my scoop of Santa Rosa plum in a cone instead.
It was the BEST ice cream cone I've ever had in my life.
It overshadowed all other cones: waffle, cake, regular. It reminded me a thick fortune cookie, crisp, sweet, and holding up well against the rich ice cream. Peeking into the kitchen, I saw that they stood the finished cones up in bins of sugar as they filled the bottoms with a little nugget of chocolate. The cones looked exactly like the one on the cover of Lebovitz's book, now that I think about it.
On the counter, I spied precious little bags of the cones for sale. Guess I wasn't the only one who had discovered a new obsession. I purchased 4 and lugged my precious cargo back through airport security and a flight to Boston. They arrived intact and I was able to surprise H with a scoop of the chocolate raspberry ice cream in a spectacular cone.
I'm now out of homemade ice cream until I figure out what to make next, but unfortunately, the cones did not last either. Somehow, the plain cones seemed a great idea as a snack, and I couldn't resist.
Maybe someone will send me some more? We'll set up a trade, homemade ice cream for Ici ice cream cones.
2948 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94705