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Warm Night at Rick's Ice Cream, Palo Alto

Melanie Wong | Aug 30, 200511:55 PM

After a not very satisfying first time at Uncle Frank's tonight (just my brisket, the others things were fine), I cajoled my dining companions into some ice cream not too far away at Rick's Ice Cream. I sampled the peach, which had nice chunks of real fruit in it, but something was a bit off in the balance. I liked the next two flavors I tasted and got a mini-double ($3.25) of "Sideways" and White Chocolate Ginger.

Sideways is a new flavor with a cabernet sauvignon (why it isn't pinot noir, I know not) ice cream base, swirls of blackberry, and small bits of bittersweet chocolate. Less sweet than the other flavors, it showed off its red wineyness well and the sweet brambly fruit flavors meshed with the dark chocolate nicely. It had a bit more overrun than usual for Rick's. The white chocolate ginger was another very richly layered combination with a nice bite of gingery heat.

I tried William's picks too. The toasted almond had good flavor, but the nuts were not as toasty tonight. "Frosted cake" was a new one for me. No pieces of cake in it, but somehow the flavor exactly duplicated the taste of old-fashioned white cake topped with fluffy white frosting.

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