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Berkeley: Ici Ice Cream

After we walked off our lunch, we drove to Ici on College Avenue, a quaint ice cream shop known for fresh ice creams and sorbets with different flavors served daily.  The line was out the door despite the cold and rain.  There were 3 servers, each helping a group of people from tasting, to scooping, and ringing up the bill.  Definitely not very efficient!  I ended up trying 6 flavors: pumpkin candied oatmeal, hazelnut, malted vanilla amaretto cherries, honey pistachio, huckleberry, and passion fruit.  My favorite was the malted vanilla!  The ice cream was sweet but not overpowering and quite refreshing.  Their cones were also delicious, fresh and crunchy, with a hint of sugar.  For a single scoop costing $2.85 or double scoop at $3.85, it was worth it.  Besides ice cream and sorbet, they also serve other delightful sweets and baked goods.  I would definitely come back and try their other flavors.  It was a pleasant way to end our short adventure in Berkeley.

Enjoying my malted vanilla amaretto cherries.

Pumpkin and honey pistachio

These are definitely my favorite ice cream cones!

Other goodies

Berkeley: Café Rouge

Krystal, my sister-in-law, wanted to take us to lunch in Berkeley while we were in town.  Both Vu and I have never been to Berkeley even though we have lived in the bay area for a long time.  We all piled in the car and headed up north despite the pouring rain.  Our first stop was Café Rouge, on 4th street.  The restaurant was filled with people even at 11 A.M.  Known for its fresh meats and house-made charcuterie, we ordered coq au vin (Central Coast Farms chicken), baby back ribs, and grilled hanger steak.  I did not have the coq au vin but was told it was delicious and saw Krystal’s friend inhaled it.  Vu tried the baby back ribs but was not impressed.  No one can beat Phil’s BBQ baby back ribs!  If you know of a place, please let me know!  I had the hanger steak with French fries and aioli.  The steak was juicy and tender, but not as memorable as Ruth’s Chris in La Jolla, Celadon in Napa Valley, or LB Steak at Santana Row.  Overall, Café Rouge has a nice atmosphere for lunch if you are in the area, but definitely not worth an hour drive.

However, we did like the meat and pasta shop next door where you can find a variety of aged meats and international products for cooking and baking.  We ended up trying the “jamon iberico,” a type of cured ham produced in Spain from the black Iberian pig.  The first “jamones ibéricos” were released for sale in the US in 2007.  For $185 per pound, it definitely tasted better than prosciutto, buttery and smooth.  You need an acquired taste for dry-cured ham.  Personally, I have not acquired that taste and did not appreciate the “jamon iberico” as much as Vu did.  For the price, I was a bit disappointed.  If you get a chance, try it once!

The Bar

Bread Station

Daily Menu

Chamomile Tea

Kale Caesar Salad

Coq au Vin (Central Coast Farms chicken)

Baby Back Ribs

Grilled hanger steak

Jamon Iberico

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