The Daily Feed: Never Too Early for Ice Cream

Certain foods are weather dependent. I don’t want hot soup in July, beef stew in August, or a cold fruit salad on a chilly, rainy day.  But ice cream is different.  Logic says I should shun it until the mercury soars, but that’s like asking me to not love puppies year-round.

I recently headed up to Berkeley, Calif., and after dinner a friend took us to Tara’s, a sliver of an organic ice cream shop on bustling College Avenue.  Inside, the line was slow but the people pleasant, as customers tasted their way through exotic flavors.  When I reached the counter, I understood their relaxed pace.  With varieties like black sesame (my favorite), rosemary pear, epazote, white pepper chocolate chip, and orange cashew, how could you not taste them all?  (I couldn’t.)

As we left the shop, we passed another ice cream store just a few doors away.  The line at Ici snaked down the block. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that both venues were doing such vigorous business, even though it was months before summer and they were direct competitors.

If I lived closer, I’d eat my way through both shops’ offerings, come wind, rain, or shine.  I'd simply go from one shop to the other, admiring cute puppies as I walked down the street.


Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.

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