By Ryan Harding, Contributing Writer
If you’ve spent any time walking along Main Street since March, it’s very likely that you’ve seen a long line stretching from Downtown Pleasanton’s go-to stop for a sweet treat: Icicles
. The unique dessert shop located on Division Street has enthralled locals with its selection of exciting and delectable ice cream bowls and ice cream tacos, but this isn’t your average scoop. Icicles only serves rolled ice cream.
The inspiration for Icicles came from founders Lit Leong and Lynda Huynh who saw street vendors in Bangkok crafting fresh rolled ice cream on frozen pans. They brought the idea back to the US to open the very first Icicles store in San Jose in 2016 where the dessert rocketed into popularity, leading to new stores in Cupertino, Newark, San Mateo, and our very own Pleasanton. The Instagram-worthy dishes are made from a simple base of cream, milk, eggs, and sugar, which is mixed with additional ingredients like fruit, cereal, and cookies depending on which of the fourteen flavors is chosen. The base is spread onto an ice-cold pan until it has frozen and then rolled up into seven spirals that are carefully fit into a bowl. From there, the ice cream can be topped with a variety of drizzles and an unlimited amount of the over fifteen tasty toppings that range from roasted marshmallows to bananas and mochi bits. The Icicles staff says that Oreo Blast and Strawberry Fantasy are the current most popular flavors offered, but that choosing less toppings is the best way to fully enjoy the smooth texture and bold flavors of the ice creams themselves.
Since its opening, Icicles has attracted a wide variety of fans. “Icicles is definitely well-loved by everyone, from young children to seniors,” Icicles employee Sem Leong shared. The store, which is particularly popular with students from Amador Valley High School and Pleasanton Middle School who can walk over after classes, is busiest in the evening until closing and on weekends. Sem explained that Icicles is so busy because it’s the only rolled ice cream joint around and patrons appreciate the positive environment in which employees strive “to be better at each and every roll.” But don’t let the long lines scare you away. Icicles has a large and efficient staff and each bowl only takes a couple of minutes to be made right before your eyes. For $7 plus tax, you can get a large serving of gourmet ice cream customized to your liking and a fun Benihana-style dessert experience unlike anything else Pleasanton has to offer.
is located at 600 Main Street, Suite F and open every day from 12:00pm-10:00pm.
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A brand new event is coming to Downtown Pleasanton
which is sure to be every foodies dream come true! FORKFUL
is on Saturday, September 9 from 3-6pm. Come join in an evening of culinary delight with a unique self-paced tasting experience which will allow guests to stroll through downtown and visit 15 participating dining locations to taste their perfect forkful of deliciousness. An added highlight are complimentary adult beverage tastings along the way. This new event will expose guests to the amazing culinary landscape that downtown Pleasanton has to offer.
“Forkful is something we have been dreaming of for over a year and we are so excited to bring this unique culinary event to Downtown Pleasanton. We have an incredible array of restaurants here – some new, some well-established - and we think Forkful is a wonderful way to give people a taste of what dining in Downtown Pleasanton is all about, “ says Pleasanton Downtown Association Executive Director Laura Olson.
Tickets are $50 and are now on sale online HERE
. Guests must be 21 and over to participate and the event is on, rain or shine with no refunds. FORKFUL goers check in at Museum on Main located at 603 Main Street beginning at 2:30-4pm. Cheers to Pleasanton Downtown Association and Alameda County Fair Fall Horse Racing for sponsoring this unique offering in Pleasanton!
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By Ryan Harding, Contributing Writer
Everyone loves a little comfort food, but for anyone dealing with allergies, fun and flavorful foods can be near impossible to come by. That’s exactly where 3 Potato 4
comes to the rescue. The unique restaurant, which is located on the upper level of the Stoneridge Shopping Center
between Zales Jewelers and Men’s Warehouse, serves a variety of items that are all organic, 100% vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and non-GMO. “We want to make delicious vegan food accessible to everyone, even if they have allergies,” says manager Edan Cohen. 3 Potato 4, which was inspired by CEO Guenevere Blanchard’s experiences living in the Netherlands, brings a healthy twist to fast food.
Though 3 Potato 4 has only been open a short time, it is already garnering strong support. “People love that they can finally get a quick and healthy meal in the mall,” explains Cohen, “Usually the only options are greasy fast foods, but now people can have something light.” Those light and delicious treats include soups, vegan soft serve ice cream, over 50 rotating house-made dipping sauces, tater tots, and a variety of crunchy baked fries. “We bake all of our potatoes instead of frying them, so they’re 99% fat free,” says Cohen. The restaurant’s “always baked, never fried” approach mirrors all of the fun and flavor of European street food with none of the guilt. And since every potato dish is made to order, guests can be assured that they are getting only the freshest product.
If that wasn’t innovative enough, 3 Potato 4 is not only Stoneridge Mall’s first common allergen-free restaurant, but also its first zero carbon footprint tenant. “Everything we are serving to our customer is consumable, compostable, recyclable or biodegradable,” Blanchard confirmed. No waste from the store - from paper cones to potato starch bowls - ends up in a landfill. “We really want to be part of the community,” mentioned Cohen. To the 3 Potato 4 crew, being a part of the community means not only supporting the environment they inhabit, but also supporting the efforts of local charities and organizations. So far, 3 Potato 4 has served as host to multiple fundraisers and has partnered up with Build-A-Bear to provide food for allergy-friendly kids’ parties. As the crew maintains, from club meetups, to fundraisers, to the release of new menu items, there’s always something new and exciting happening at 3 Potato 4.
3 Potato 4, 1 Stoneridge Mall Rd, Pleasanton, California 94588
Hours: Monday - Friday: 11am - 9pm, Saturday: 10am - 9pm, Sunday: 11am - 7pm
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