Diablo Dish: Humphry Slocombe Is Scooping in Berkeley
Mixt gets ready for Oakland and San Ramon openings; two new tea spots open in Walnut Creek and San Ramon; Local Food Adventures plans a revamped Grand Lake District tour; prepare for a special wine-pairing dinner at Postino; and more Dish.
Humphry Slocombe’s Berkeley Grand Opening Thursday
We’re not exactly sure how ice cream can be “rebellious” or “unapologetic,” but Humphry Slocombe is staking out that territory with its admittedly unusual panorama of ice cream flavors—now available in Berkeley’s Elmwood district.
The grand opening celebration will run from 1 to 9:30 p.m., and though there will be free scoops, Humphry Slocombe is encouraging a $1 donation to Project Open Hand in lieu of direct payment. Guests will find some of the ice cream company’s classic hits up for grabs including Secret Breakfast (bourbon ice cream with house-made cornflake cookies), Harvey Milk and Honey Graham (raw blackberry honey ice cream with house-made graham crackers), and Sour Cherry Yogurt (a spin on a Push-Up Pop). Beer and booze have been featured prominently on Humphry Slocombe’s 2019 menu as part of a yearlong boozy series, so Berkeley residents can expect to get a taste of cocktail-inspired flavors as well.
The First Move for Mixt is Oakland; The Second, San Ramon
After the expected unexpected delays—it’s never easy to open a restaurant—Mixt and its fast-casual menu of salads, grain bowls, and plates will open its Uptown Oakland outlet Saturday, April 6, followed by the San Ramon’s City Center Bishop Ranch debut on Saturday, April 27.
The Uptown Oakland location (on Broadway) will be the first in the East Bay for the chain, which is California-based and has nine outlets in San Francisco alone.
Two for Tea
Sinceretea premiered on Main Street in downtown Walnut Creek, brewing their sweet creations daily with organic, loose tea leaves. Customers looking for a little pick-me-up can choose from a variety of beverage styles including creamy, floral, bare, and more.
Further down I-680, Teaspoon opened in the Marketplace Shopping Center in San Ramon. Also featuring handcrafted tea drinks, Teaspoon has a megalist of drinks to try, including a house milk tea, a creamy jasmine tea, and a Specialty Snow (tea-flavored shaved ice with all kinds of fun and crazy toppings).
Local Food Adventures and Bardo Seek A Perfect Oakland Saturday
Local Food Adventures and Bardo Lounge and Supper Club are joining forces to create a three-hour-long, five-stop historical food tour of Oakland’s Grand Lake district. (Customers can even conclude the happy day with a discounted ticket to a movie at the Grand Lake Theater.)
The tour begins at Colonial Donuts (named one of Sunset’s top 10 doughnut shops in the west), swings by the samba-filled Caña Cuban Parlor and Cafe, stops off at the Aisle 5 pub, and includes a visit to Oaktown Spice Shop (Food and Wine just named it one of the top 10 in the world). Then comes a bit of time travel with 1950s era-themed cocktails and dinner at Bardo Lounge and Supper Club.
The regular tour is $79, with a VIP upgrade for $99. And the movie tickets are $9.50.
Postino Pairs With Lamborn Wines
Lafayette’s Postino will combine a four-course meal with organic wines from Lamborn Family Vineyards—a 10-acre farm atop Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. The increase in altitude creates a microclimate that produces uniquely flavored cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel grapes, which in turn make distinct vinos.
The total price for the 6 p.m. seating is $130 (including tax and tip), and tickets for these kinds of events always go quickly.