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Icicles is on a Roll

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.

Icicles is located at 600 Main Street, Suite F and open every day from 12:00pm-10:00pm.

www.iciclescreamroll.com     (925) 399-8153

Get Your Forkful in Downtown Pleasanton

 

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!

Pleasanton Downtown Association 

(925) 484-2199

Restaurant Bringing Innovation to Stoneridge Shopping Center

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

@3p4shop

(925) 425-7205

Hours:  Monday – Friday: 11am – 9pm, Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Why Shop in Pleasanton?

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It’s good for our Economy, Environment, and Community.

Buying locally . . .
Is more fun with unique, personalized service.  Your merchants get to know our local tastes and select merchandise with the local community in mind. You get personal attention. You feel connected. Pleasanton businesses know our local market and are more responsive to our local market. Customers are merchants’ friends and neighbors.

Keeps dollars in our economy.  Spending locally ensures that our sales taxes are reinvested right here in our community. Of every $100 spent at an independently owned Pleasanton store, $46 stays in the community. That makes our city extraordinary!

Ensures our city stays extraordinary and the place to go.  Our businesses make us special and give us a strong sense of loyalty for our city. The more unique we are as a community, the more we attract visitors, which benefits everyone.

Is more environmentally friendly.  Supporting our local businesses often means you can walk and bike to shop, supporting conveniently located and accessible shops. You get products that are often better-made because our neighbors stand behind them.

 

Secret Somm is Returning January 2016!

This January, California Restaurant Month will celebrate its sixth anniversary with flavor-filled days featuring prix-fixe menus, wine-pairing specials, chef-led events and more at dining establishments across the state.

To celebrate California Restaurant month in the Tri-Valley, the mysterious Secret Somm will build on last year’s buzz by surprising random diners with gifts of local wine and a paid meal tab every weekend January 8-31.

Last year, the Secret Somm gifted more than 30 bottles of wine to restaurant patrons in five cities. These random acts of wine-kindness generated national attention from media outlets such as Good Morning America, Huffington Post, ABC, NBC and CBS News.

Things to know:

  1. Please keep Secret Somm’s identity anonymous
  2. Secret Somm will only visit places that serve wine produced in Livermore Valley. Bottles will be ordered from the restaurant’s existing wine list.
  3. Please share that Secret Somm has arrived at your establishment via social media with photos and/or video of the gift recipients
  4. Secret Somm always pays the bill (plus gratuity!), so no comps are requested
  5. Official hashtags: #secretsomm #secretsommca #visittrivalley

Spread the news, and follow the trail of good will-

Twitter: @SecretSommCA

Instagram: @SecretSomm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/visittrivalley/

Get Involved in Pleasanton

Some of you may have noticed that the Pleasanton website got a little bit of a re-vamping. We’re excited to unveil it! Much like our city wouldn’t be anything without our community, the website needs your involvement as well. So, that being said, our business owners and anyone that provides a service in Pleasanton are welcome to (and encouraged) to put their business biography and contact information on the site. Once you do, you’ll have access to change it as you like! Whenever submitted, your business or service shows up in our list and is available to anyone visiting the site. If you run into any trouble, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

We look forward to hearing from all of you!

Why Connect?

Perhaps adding your business to our site isn’t something that interests you right away. But we’ve got a few reasons that may sway you:

1.  Adding your business means that residents and visitors will be able to easily locate your location, service, or restaurant. This ease of use function encourages users to try new places and that place could be yours!

2.  More visibility means more traffic. Adding your business or service to Pleasanton’s site means that your website, service, or restaurant will see more hits and therefore a possible increase in revenue.

3.  Joining our online community shows that you’re willing to stay involved with the City of Pleasanton as a whole.

4. And last but not least, we want to see you here! We love our city and our community and we want to see your name on our list.

Get connected and stay extraordinary.