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Thu
17
Apr
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Dreams Vs CREAM: The Battle of the Ice Cream Sandwich

2.	The line for the popular ice cream shop CREAM in Berkeley regularly extends around the corner and down the block. Photo by Dawn Maxey/MS3

By Dawn Maxey
Staff Writer

CREAM is a Telegraph Avenue staple, serving a big scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two freshly baked cookies for the bare bones price of $2. The line regularly extends around the corner and down the block. In January, a competitor shop named Scoop Dreams opened up directly across the street, offering its own homemade ice cream sandwiches for the same price.

Battling ice cream sandwich joints? This was an opportunity too good for The Scoop team to pass up. With special guest reviewer pediatrician Abhay Dandekar, we traveled to Berkeley to assess the competition.

Thu
10
Apr
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A Hike and A Hearty Brunch in the East Bay

Alem's Coffee in Rockridge serves this Ethiopian specialty, shiyan phool, on weekends. Photo by Akshay Govind

By Akshay Govind
Associate Editor

Having been given the good fortune of sunshine on a much needed weekend off, I decided to head out to the East Bay for a casual hike and a hearty Eritrean brunch, both recommendations of my sister.

 Redwood Regional Park, lying in the hills just east of Oakland (about 35 minutes from UCSF), was our first stop. The park, part of the East Bay Regional Park District, contains several miles of nicely maintained trails that wind their way gently enough to allow for mountain biking, trail running, horseback riding or hiking. The part district website (ebparks.org/parks/redwood) is a little clumsy, but the park itself is quite easily navigable, with plenty of maps available at the various parking lots.

Thu
10
Apr
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Spring Brings Wild Greens: Miner’s Lettuce

By T. Booth Haley
Staff Writer

The rain has come, the equinox has passed and California is green again.  While our water reservoirs are still alarmingly low, local wild plants are now proliferating.  You might be surprised how many of those fresh green leaves and shoots are edible.  Recently I sampled one that is new to me, but will be familiar to anyone who was around in the Gold Rush days: miner’s lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata.

While the ubiquitous wild fennel has a strong licorice taste and the ever-abundant nasturtium can be bracingly spicy, miner’s lettuce is mild enough in flavor that it’s pretty much unobjectionable to all but the pickiest child. Its closest domesticated analog would be spinach, and they can be used in all the same ways: raw in a salad, steamed, quick-fried with garlic etc.  It is high in vitamin C, which those malnourished miner’s appreciated for warding off scurvy in the days before California became a citrus paradise.

Thu
13
Mar
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The Scoop: An Easy Breezy Inner Sunset Dessert

At the new Easy Breezy on Irving St., hardwood floors and chalkboards listing the flavors in bubbly handwriting set a very organic and homey vibe. Photo by Dawn Maxey/MS3

By Theresa Poulos
Staff Writer

When I saw the sign heralding the coming of Easy Breezy to the 9th and Irving corridor, I stopped in my tracks, my heart aflutter. Finally, a dedicated frozen yogurt shop in the Inner Sunset! My first visit was a whirlwind; I can hardly recall how many flavors or toppings I amassed in my cup. Clearly a return trip with the entire Scoop team was in order, with an eye towards quality reporting.

Thu
27
Feb
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A Charming Pizzaria Opens Near Kezar

Kezar Pizzetta specializes in pizzettas—smaller, personal-sized pies that can be customized with an array of toppings. Photo by Angela Castanieto/Tetrad5

By Angela Castanieto
Staff Writer

Sitting near Kezar Stadium at the intersection of several park-side neighborhoods, the location of Kezar Pizzetta might be considered by some to be no-man’s land. The only restaurant on the block, it’s evident the owners rolled the dice when selecting this location, formerly New Ganges, to open a restaurant last year.

Kezar Pizzetta is full of character, from the original art on the walls to the throw pillows lining the back benches. It’s a homey, neighborhood restaurant — perfect for groups of students to gather for weekday happy hours ($1 off draft beers from 4-7 p.m.).

Kezar Pizzetta offers eight beers on tap, including several from Speakeasy and Deschutes breweries, but the restuarant specializes, of course, in pizzettas—smaller,

Thu
20
Feb
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The Scoop: Three Twins Scoop Shop Returns to the Haight

A “single”-sized order of Dad’s Cardamom and Pistachio from the Three Twins Scoop shop in the Lower Haight. Photo by Dawn Maxey/MS3

By Dawn Maxey
Staff Writer

The Three Twins Ice Cream Scoop Shop that tragically burned down in September of 2011 has risen from the ashes to serve ice cream to the masses once more.  Three Twins Ice Cream, which got its start in the Bay Area in in 2005, quickly became a San Francisco staple.

Already familiar with the quality and taste of the brand, the Scoop team decided to check out the newly-rebuilt shop with the hope of tasting innovative new flavors. The first thing we noticed was that we almost missed the tiny, nondescript shop completely. Located at the intersection of Fillmore and Haight, the storefront is no larger than a few paces wide. The interior has room for only a handful of people. There are no tables or chairs.

While waiting outside in a line that was a dozen people deep, we were disappointed to find there were no signs displaying the day’s selection anywhere.

Thu
13
Feb
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DIY Lemoncello

Lemoncello is an Italian liqueur that strikes the perfect balance between tangy, sweet and boozy. Photo by Matthew Nordstrom/MS2

By Matthew Nordstrom
Staff Writer

In the last year I may have unknowingly boarded the DIY train and now I’m not sure how to get off, or even if I want to.

It started off simple with some home-infused vodkas. I then upped the ante by making my own citrus and old-fashioned bitters. Then about a month ago I started two projects at the same time: kombucha and lemoncello. I’m not sure why all my DIY projects are things I can drink. Strange.

Lemoncello is a wonderful Italian liqueur that strikes the perfect balance between tangy, sweet and boozy — making it one of the few liqueurs that I can enjoy sipping straight, yet flavorful enough to mix with some fizzy water for a refreshing cocktail.

It’s the perfect liqueur to have hanging around the house. It can just sit in the freezer and when people come over you can effortlessly offer them a drink that takes about two seconds to make and you come off fancy as hell.

Thu
06
Feb
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My Traditional Lunar New Year Away from Home

Jason Barca, a third-year pharmacy student, and girlfriend (not pictured) enjoying a Chinese New Year’s meal of Shanghainese nian gao at China North Dumpling in San Francisco. Photo by Steffi Tu/P1

By Steffie Tu
Staff Writer

Growing up Chinese-American, I found myself caught between two cultures: the American culture I was born into, and the one that I inherited, the Chinese culture. 

At an early age, my parents taught me to embrace both, but most importantly, to hold onto the good morals and positive celebrations from each culture.  Thus, they put me in weekend Chinese school for a couple of years, although I do not recall much.

Thu
30
Jan
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SF Beer Week 2014: When It Rains, It Pours

By Eric M. Pietras
Contributing Writer

It’s winter in the Bay Area again, which means two things: rain and SF Beer Week. Despite the unfortunate lack of the former, the latter appears on the calendar with clockwork regularity, this year from February 7-16.

It’s the usual expansive deal with hundreds of events: beer-food pairings, brewery tap takeovers, brewer meet-and-greets and the like. For beer fans in San Francisco and beyond, this is annual heaven on earth. And like every year, there are always events worth highlighting.

Here are a few notable dates for the 2014 event, so you can start planning any days off (and your excuse for taking them) early:

 

Thu
23
Jan
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The Scoop: Tin Pot Creamery

If It Weren’t So Far Away, I’d Be Enormous

By Theresa Poulos
Staff Writer

Fellow Scooper Dawn Maxey and I were feeling adventurous over the holiday break, and decided to make a trip to the burgeoning metropolis of Palo Alto for some ice cream at a local creamery named Tin Pot.

Given the distance, Tin Pot Creamery hadn’t been on my radar until Dawn, whose hometown is nearby Mountain View, mentioned it. Because it is a bit far away, I was not anticipating writing it up for The Scoop; but when a scoop of ice cream lingers on your mind and tempts you to drive 45 minutes again the next day just for a second indulgence, it most definitely merits a five-star review.

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