Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Smitten Ice Cream started out of a red Radio Flyer wagon in San Francisco and now has outposts in Hayes Valley and Los Altos with more Bay Area spots on the way. Mary Ladd interviews Smitten’s founder, Robin Sue Fisher, about using liquid nitrogen to make fresh and smooth ice cream and what’s coming next from this dessert scientist.
The days of made-to-order ice cream are far from over in San Francisco. A small shop that operates out of an old shipping container uses liquid nitrogen to freeze ingredients together in about a minute for an ultra-fresh, ultra-smooth treat.