I grew up in Southern California where we had long hot summers, walked slowly in the heat, and spent endless days at the beach with friends. I first moved to San Francisco in April 2000 and spent the first few months crying every day. I couldn't believe that "summer" here was sixty-degree weather, fog, long pants, and jackets. My shorts and skirts went into the back of the closet and didn't come out all summer.
"Wait until September and October," locals would tell me. "That's when we have our summer."
I was scared to hope, but they were right. After a cold, cold summer the calendar page turned to September and the weather was beautiful. Eight years later I am used to this summer schedule. One bonus to this strange weather is that we San Franciscans don't take our sunny, warm days for granted. As soon as it's warm, we're out in the parks, walking the city, and sitting in the few restaurants with patios.
These days, a popular warm-day hang out is Bi-Rite Creamery. To my mind, it's the best ice cream in town and given the increasing length of the lines, I think that many San Franciscans agree with me. The ice cream is made in small batches and features seasonal, local ingredients. The flavors range from salted caramel to balsamic strawberry and each is unique and delicious. My favorite is the malted vanilla with peanut brittle and milk chocolate, but the flavors change so often that it's not always available. Bi-Rite Creamery also features housemade baked goods, and the best of all worlds is their ice cream sandwiches made from fresh cookies and paired with a complementary ice cream flavor.
Next time you're in town, check out the excellent Bi-Rite Creamery. Don't want to take my word for it? Other people who have praised Bi-Rite's ice cream include Confessions of a Restaurant Whore, David Lebovitz, Bay Area Bites, and Forbes.
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