To start, a pic to show you that San Francisco continues to keep pace with works by the most acclaimed street artists.  This one has just got to be by Eine.

Eine, Octavia at Linden

I’d been reading about Smitten (click on this link!) and thinking, Oh Please.  A little too over the top, a lot too precious.  But my curiosity finally got the better of me and i went to Octavia Boulevard at Linden and stopped at their store made out of a shipping container so i could taste a serving of ice cream prepared to order for me in about a minute in this awesomely high tech liquid nitrogen-cooled machine.

Well, see, the main factor determining the smoothness of ice cream is the size of the ice particles, and the colder the preparation environment, the smaller the particles.  Thus the liquid nitrogen.  And thus the dramatic clouds of water vapor that look like steam when they squirt the liquid nitrogen in.  So watching ’em make your serving is an entertaining show and a tribute to Robyn Sue Goldman, the brilliant young woman who invented the whole thing.

And then you get to taste it.  OMG.   Smooooooooooooooooooth.  Best ice cream on the planet?  Yep.  Most expensive?  Probably.  For the price of two scoops of it, you can buy a gallon tub of Safeway’s house brand.  And that’s why the American poor are mostly obese since it takes a gallon of Safeway’s to provide the satisfaction contained in two scoops of Smitten.

The problem is that the place is just three blocks off Market, and on my way to and from almost everything.  Only four flavors at a time, but all you need is the Tcho‘s chocolate.  Go ahead and worship at the feet of Ecstasy.  Yes, that’s the Smitten store already there at her feet before you.


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