Wednesday, November 3, 2010

city wanderings: bi-rite creamery

ever since my good friend Sarah wrote an article for the SF Bay Guardian about explosion of small, homemade ice cream shops in San Francisco, I vowed to myself to visit every one of them, to find out which one was best, the most decadent. The list of six different shops, with detailed descriptions of their most popular flavors was supposed to ease this "difficult" task. Mexican Chocolate from Mitchell's, Saffron Ginger from Xanath, or Goat Cheese  from Holy Gelato - all sounded enticing, but I had my heart set on Bi- Rite's Salted Caramel, which has been one of my long time favorite flavors. Plus, I really wanted to see what the whole hype was about, and why there always seem to be so many people waiting patiently in line, just to get their ice cream.
As it turned out, the Salted Caramel  lived up to its tasty reputation and paired really well with some other amazing flavors they had to offer. I  especially liked  it combined with white chocolate-blackberry swirl  and ricanelas, which is (oh, my!) cinnamon with snickerdoodles. So, when few weeks ago M. and I found ourselves eating Bi-Rite's ice cream in the rain, under the palm tree, we knew we were in trouble. We had become "those" people! Addicted to creamy, sweet, salty goodness.
For months Bi-Rite Creamery kept me from moving down on Sarah's list, but promise is a promise, so Humphry Slocombe, you better stock up on your Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee flavor, because you're next!

their soft serve window offers different flavor each day.

 
not in a mood for ice cream? try their freshly baked cookies and fancy sodas.













for more info on Bi-Rite Creamery head over to their website.
you can read Sarah's article here.

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28 comments:

  1. What great places! Those ice creams looks delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Very, very nice post. Even eating ice cream does not need to be constantly the same: vanilla ice cream, chocolate ice cream, peanut ice cream, etc. I need to look for some homemade ice cream shop. I'm intrigued with the pumpkin flavor (photo no. 4 of).

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  3. kate, their ice cream is anything but boring, so many amazing flavors to choose from...
    and their seasonal pumpkin ice cream is sooooo delicious!

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  4. There's something about a tall, swirly, soft-server cone that gets me every time. Now, I want an ice cream snack. The salted caramel ice cream sounds fantastic--that happens to be my favorite flavor at one of our local gelato shops!

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  5. An ice cream sounds good just about now. Let's go for Salted Caramel!

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  6. salted caramel is my weakness, I just can't get enough of it!

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  7. Bi-Rite has soft-serve? When I lived in San Francisco and missed all the ice cream in New England (seriously, we eat SO MUCH of it here), I would go to Bi-Rite and get a cone with Salted Caramel and Roasted Banana. So so delicious. Now I want Bi-Rite!

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  8. there's nothing like a twisted ice cream cone and oh my god this all sounds amazing. safron ginger sounds really interesting/tasty!! really awesome pictures as well. i wish i lived in the san francisco area to taste some of these :)

    http://dragonfruit-samnegs.blogspot.com/

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  9. Wow, ice cream heaven re-visited! Thanks for the shot-out, that's so sweet. But I have to say your pics are much better! Stunning! I love going to bed craving a sweet tooth, ha ha =)

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  10. I like photos taken by you. This is a cool photo of the girl with mint eyes :-))
    I think you should write more posts.

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  11. There are few deserts i love more than yummy cold and creamy ice cream. I love this post, and I love your pictures daaaaahling (as usual).
    *kisses* HH

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  12. Sarah, thanks for the inspiration :)

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  13. Those ice creams are gorgeous! i got all nostalgic and felt like i was 5 yrs old. I think the last time i had a soft scoop was then. CRAVING THIS BADLY NOW! :)

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  14. fabulous, delicious, love the colour & i want some of that ice cream!

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  15. I love the way you capture people in your food photography. You have a way of celebrating what is unique about each person while connecting us all through your lens.

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  16. Ice cream has go to be one of my favorite treats! This looooooks incredible!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  17. I just sent this to my brother-- he lives in the Bay area. And now I wish I did too. And on a side note, how can I do eyeshadow like that? It looks fantastic.

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  18. hi rebecca,
    doesn't her makeup look great, I'll ask her how she does it, next time I see her :)

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  19. I swoon for salted caramel ice cream every time. What a fun idea to try different locals.

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  20. looks like a super cute place!

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  21. You made me crave for ice cream now! Looks so good!

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  22. don't lead us into temptation . anyway , after all !......

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  23. I've still never been to bi-rite! I'll be up there in 2 weeks. Maybe I'll finally get my chance.

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  24. Oh wow, the ice creams look like heaven!

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  25. ice cream is always soooo comforting...yum..

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  26. M, I am so embarrassed to admit I've never been to Bi -Rite. I have only heard great things and your photos and story make me feel all the more remiss.
    When we get back to the Bay Area, I must go!
    Warm wishes from New Zealand,
    E

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  27. Oh i want to move to San Francisco! I thought i had the best icecream and pizza's in Italy but you Americans....you seem to come up with the best flavors ever! Thanks for sharing this, i want to start my own business now, if i only had time....
    Have a happy weekend
    XX

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