Now that the sun has decided to come back to San Francisco (who cares if our summers won’t actually arrive until 3 months from now), I’ve been obsessing over ice cream. But not just any ice cream. I’m having serious cravings for the Mission District’s quirkily satisfying Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream.
Their Boccalone Prosciutto Ice Cream was featured on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and the shop has been written up in The New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Bon Appetit and Food and Wine Magazine. If you don’t want to take the critic’s word for it, here’s a little slice of life story that happened just this weekend. I was on the 28 bus in the Marina and heard a family from Miami talking about how they were going to spend their Saturday. The mom said, “I don’t care where we go as long as I get my ice cream from that Humphry place in the Mission.” Nuff said.
Be prepared to wait in line once you reach this ice cream mecca. But, you’ll see a wide swath of SF natives and tourists here to help you pass the time. I once met a dog named “Anakin” in line and traded Star Wars trivia and quotes with his owner while I waited. I’ve seen tourists that are either snapping pics of the two-headed cow that is on display inside, or talking about the interesting flavors of ice cream they’re serving up. Don’t expect vanilla, chocolate and strawberry here. Not interesting enough. But, if you’ve ever wondered what red wine & Coke Classic w/cinnamon and star anise would taste like, try their Jesus Juice Sorbet. Or, maybe you’re in the mood for banana ice cream with bacon peanut brittle swirled inside; their Elvis (the fat years) will hit the spot. If that’s a little outside your comfort zone, their Blood Orange Sorbet, Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, Malted Milk Chocolate, Balsamic Caramel, Maple Walnut and Brown Butter are all safe and very delicious bets. My personal favorite is Secret Breakfast, which is a bourbon flavored ice cream with corn flakes. Top that off with a little bit of marshmallow fluff and that’s heaven in a cup.
Humphry Slocombe also develops unique flavors for holidays or memorials. This weekend, they’re serving up Golden Girl Cherry Cheesecake in tribute to Rue McClanahan. To celebrate gay rights activist Harvey Milk’s birthday and Gay Pride weekend, they developed Harvey Milk & Honey Graham Cracker. Guinness Gingerbread made an appearance around St. Patrick’s Day. There’s no end to the inspiration behind their flavors.
Flavors change every day (and sometimes several times a day depending on popularity), so keep up with them on Twitter. If you can’t make it down to the Mission to enjoy it yourself, they recently announced that they were going to be shipping their ice cream, but you gotta wait until the first day of summer. Obsess until then.
Until next week (and my next obsession)!
Graphics by: Michelle
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