UMAMI MART MATSURI FESTIVAL
Next time your in Oakland…take me with you to Fenton’s.
You’ll need my help. A Fenton's sundae is larger than your conventional ice cream joint, dripping with sauce, nuts, and whipped cream overflowing. Fenton’s has an unmatched selection of flavors. My favorites are the Swiss Milk Chocolate or the Toasted Almond. The place usually has a line out the door on weekends, but its worth it. And bring a sweater. Its cold inside, and it gets colder when your eating ice cream.

If you head to San Francisco across the Bay Bridge you’ll find the Ice Cream options are astounding. In the Mission you’ve got a few choices. Bi-rite is a clean stylish shop with an ordinary assortment of flavors and additional vegan options. I had a scoop of Soy Chocolate. It was good, creamy and rich, but when I was finished I wanted some real ice cream. If that’s the case you can head over to Mitchell’s, which is also in the Mission. Mitchell’s is less stylish inside but has unusual flavors in wacky colors. My favorite is the Mexican Chocolate. Rich, creamy chocolate with a hint of cinnamon and a kick of spice.

If your on the other side of San Francisco you can still grab a cone. Joe’s in the Richmond district is a quaint little shop on Geary. They serve burgers and hot dogs and they make their own ice cream. The staff is always eager to give out samples and there is usually no wait. South of Golden Gate park, in the middle of the SF burbs, there is a hidden creamy gem. Polly Ann’s is excellent but totally hard to find. I’m eating a tub of their Jamaca Almond Fudge as I write this. Yes, it is spelled Jamaca. Yes, it is all over my keyboard.

One final stop. Further south. My all time favorite Ice Cream shop is in Los Angeles, in a little strip mall near Hollywood. Its called Mashti Malone’s. They’ve got exceptionally creamy flavors and some exotic Persian rosewater flavors too.

Cheers to Ice Cream.
Bump Cones for me.

gouveiaIcecreamillustration

3 comments

  • i used to obsess as a child over ice cream drawings. I forgot about that until I saw these drawings. Let’s go to Fentons next year.

    yoko on

  • i love the chocolate drippings from the sundae.

    gorgeous drawings- great post!

    kayoko on

  • obSESSED! with your illustrations. beautiful.

    erin on

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