Ici and The Berkeley Bowl

December 14th, 2011  | Category: Ice Cream & Sorbet, Travel

Ici Berkeley Bowl

To be perfectly honest, I don’t remember much from my visit to Ici. Right after the dinner at Chez Panisse, two of our friends came to pick us up and five minutes later, we were at Ici.

I was still ChezPanisse-struck.

But I never forget that I have a food blog, so I reached for my camera without thinking and somewhere along the line, I heard my friend repeating “Cinnamon Crème Brûlée” after the lady behind the counter.

Instantly sold. And it was fantastic, but the rest is a blur.

Ici Berkeley

I do remember the Blue Bottle sign behind the main counter, but that’s because I had programmed myself to notice that logo wherever I go.

Ici Berkeley 2

Ici Ice Cream Berkeley

Ici Berkeley

And of course, the hand-rolled cones with chocolate-filled tips are quite hard to forget.

Ici Berkeley Cones

But above all else, you simply have to respect a place for using a Mauviel sugar pan as a tip box.

Ici Berkeley Tip Box

Berkeley Bowl - Asparagus

I may not remember much after Chez Panisse, but our visit to the new Berkeley Bowl before dinner, I certainly do.

Another friend picked us up at the BART station and drove us there. Luckily, she had a dinner party planned that night and was going to go shopping at the new Berkeley Bowl.

Berkeley Bowl - Brussels Sprouts

I’ve never seen this many fruits and vegetables under the same roof. According to this article, they carry 40 – 40! – different kinds of tomatoes in season.

Berkeley Bowl - Domates

The raspberry yogurt pretzels were to die for! I have to learn how to make these at home. Any recipe suggestions?

Berkeley Bowl - Pretzel ve Ceviz

Berkeley Bowl - Yumurtalar

Berkeley Bowl - Juice Aisle

Berkeley Bowl - Juice Aisle 2

Berkeley Bowl - Milk

Berkeley Bowl - Mushrooms

Berkeley Bowl - Pineapples

Berkeley Bowl - Shiitake

Berkeley Bowl - Veg

Berkeley Bowl - Veg 2

Berkeley Bowl - Carrots

Berkeley Bowl - Chinese Cucumber

Berkeley Bowl - Seafood

Berkeley Bowl - Seafood 2

… and what almost brought tears to my eyes was the ice cream aisle.

Berkeley Bowl - Coconut Bliss

Berkeley Bowl - Coconut Bliss 2

According to my calculations, it would take me two and a half years to sample everything if I were to try a different flavor of ice cream every single day. And how blissful those two and a half years would be.

Berkeley Bowl
920 Heinz Avenue Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: 510.898.9555
Oregon Street Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: 510.843.6929
Mon – Sat:- 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM; Sun: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

2948 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: 510.665.6054
Mon: 2:00 PM – 9:30 PM; Tue – Thu: 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Fri – Sun: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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  1. 1 - Ece on December 15th, 2011

    never been to CA, but you make me wanna move there! now i’ll have to cook some asparagus for tonight!
    great pics

  2. 2 - Marion on December 15th, 2011

    Beautiful photos as always, Cenk!

  3. 3 - ellen weissbrod on December 15th, 2011

    you would really love rainbow in s.f.

  4. 4 - Sharyn Dimmick on December 15th, 2011

    You missed the best part of Berkeley Bowl: the “rotting rack” where you can buy fabulous produce that needs to be used the same day. You can find baskets of raspberries, boxes of mushrooms, exotic peppers.

  5. 5 - Claudia on December 15th, 2011

    Hello! You may have seen my beautiful niece at ICI! She is working there for the year.
    Your photos of all the produce available at the Berkeley Bowl are just amazing …

  6. 6 - robin on December 16th, 2011

    I want to be there right now!

  7. 7 - meg- grow and resist on December 16th, 2011

    I love Berkeley Bowl. A friend took me there the last time I was in the east bay and I could have spent all day. Fresh garbanzo beans (I hadn’t ever imagined them for some reason) and so much amazing produce. I was a little dumbstruck!

  8. 8 - Helene on December 16th, 2011

    What a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing. I have to take a look at your photo gear now 🙂

  9. 9 - gretchend on December 16th, 2011

    Your posts are always so tempting Cenk. I’m bookmarking this one for a future visit to San Francisco.

  10. 10 - Zuhal on December 16th, 2011

    I came looking for a recipe and now I’m all hungry! What is the easiest meal you’d whip up in 15mins? One that preferably doesn’t have eggs – I love them, but I need to give them a break.

    My list to California is getting longer and longer, thanks for the wonderful pictures and for the inspiration. You’re a star!

  11. 11 - Siri on December 16th, 2011

    Love the post Cenk. Was in CA for 10 months and your post reminded the amazing experiences I had over there.. 🙂


  12. 12 - Didem on December 16th, 2011

    I love Berkeley Bowl’s own brand peanut and almond butters which you can find right under the bulk foods section.. And I must admit; Berkeley Bowl is quite addictive!!!

  13. 13 - katy from diningwithdusty on December 18th, 2011

    I love this post; I live right around the corner from Ici and it’s one of my favorite ice cream spots in the Bay Area…I’m not too far from Berkeley Bowl, either. These places really are fantastic. I’m glad you got to experience them both while you were here.

  14. 14 - melis on January 1st, 2012

    cenk, among those various types of tomatoes, I can see the marvelous pink ones we also have in Dikili. It’s because the very similiar climatic conditions I think. By the way those pink tomatoes can only be found in Dikili, in Turkey.

  15. 15 - Cooking Rookie on January 3rd, 2012

    Beautiful post! I love those hand rolled ice cream cones, and I could volunteer to sample 3 ice cream flavors per day, so I could be done in less than a year 🙂 – would make a great new year resolution. Happy 2012, Cenk!

  16. 16 - ChiChi Fargo on January 5th, 2012

    OK, I must go to the Berkeley Bowl. Two visits to that city and I still haven’t been there. (But I did eat at Chez Panisse each visit.) Your photos of the “multiples” at the BB are terrific, hypnotizing. Happy new year, my friend.

  17. 17 - Ilke on January 5th, 2012

    That looks like some grocery trip you took!
    And no matter how cold the winter is, I am always up for a good tasty icecream. Wanna get some mastic-flavored one when I am in Turkey.
    After seeing these veggies, I can not wait to make a trip to our pazar in Istanbul, when I am there in February… and eat some killer amount of fish!

  18. 18 - kitchenvoyage on January 11th, 2012

    Fantastic shop! I really like the new Gourmet shops. In Brighton(England) we are having a really new wave of Gourmet Shops (http://bit.ly/spZTdi )

  19. 19 - Liz on January 18th, 2012

    Wow! I wonder when I’ll get to go to these awesome places!

  20. 20 - Martina on January 22nd, 2012

    i am so glad that i found your blog! i spent the last hour browsing, tagging and making notes… i am ready to turn my kitchen swag on right now!! thank you so much for sharing!!!!

    Greetings from France


  21. 21 - Julia Becker on February 22nd, 2012

    Ici and Berkeley Bowl are wonderful, aren’t they? You’re making me homesick!

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