Last night, I had an early dinner at Barclay's. It was wonderful as always, but they only have two desserts. One is an apple crumble which is not for me, and the other is an ice cream and brownie thing which while being excellent is too much for one person.
So I went out looking for dessert in Rockridge.
Now, I get off BART at Rockridge every day, so there are a few things I see every time I go down College. One is Zachary's Pizza, but once I stopped staring at that side of the road, I noticed a fancy light-up sign that simply says "Ice Cream".
So last night, I walked down to a shop called Smitten.
I looked over the flavors and asked if they offered tastings. The cashier apologized and said that since each order was made right then that tasting wasn't possible. That's when the large stainless steel tank that is the size of a beer brewing tank registered; that and the safety placard on it. Then I looked at the flavors stations that had elaborate blenders with little hoses over the bowls. And I asked, "So you make the ice cream with liquid nitrogen?" And she smiled and said, "Yes, liquid nitrogen."
I got the TCHO chocolate ice cream with TCHO chocolate sauce. I also only got two scoops because I was warned. The scoops are a little bigger than the typical gelato scoop (maybe a circle made by my middle finger and thumb), and the ice cream in somewhere between regular ice cream and gelato as well. It was very smooth and really rich. I'm taking Jennifer there this weekend.
And speaking of TCHO chocolate, I was walking past their new factory at the corner of 67th and San Pablo Avenue (yes, it is actually that close to my home), and I could smell the chocolate. I'm so looking forward to the factory being open for tours and tastings.
I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful thing like a chocolate factory only a couple blocks from home. I'm sure it could be a lot worse...