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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

Poke Takes Over Pleasanton

By Ryan Harding, Contributing Writer

Pleasanton is now the latest community to take part in a tropical trend that is sweeping the globe: poke. By the end of the summer, Pleasanton will be home to three poke shops dedicated to providing the newest staple in fast-casual dining, a Hawaiian dish with endless variations. Poke, pronounced “poh-kay,” is a raw fish salad that has been enjoyed by native Hawaiians since centuries before European explorers stepped foot on the islands. Originally, poke was served as an appetizer or snack made from leftover fish, but the dish underwent a transformation in the 1970s when it was first sold as a complete meal of fresh fish and seasonings in a takeaway bowl. Since then, poke has spread across the continental US and to metropolitan cities around the world, transforming to reflect the tastes of each location.

In the traditional Hawaiian style, poke is simply sliced raw fish (usually ahi tuna or salmon) topped with soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onions. In modern poke shops, the central proteins range from the traditional fishes to shrimp, octopus, and even tofu, all of which can be served over rice and paired with a variety of toppings like avocado, mushrooms, and chili peppers. The poke bowls served at Pleasanton’s three poke shops, Local Poke, North Shore Poke Co., and Prime Poke, can be customized to fit anyone’s taste, and are always full of vibrant and refreshing flavors.

Poke’s current rise to fame only began about five years ago when cities along the Pacific Coast started to see poke shops pop up by the dozens. Now, there are more than twenty specialized poke restaurants in the East Bay alone. Despite poke’s rapid and recent growth, Chai Lonh, manager of North Shore Poke Co., doesn’t see this culinary trend fading away anytime soon. “Poke is a really healthy alternative to all of those burgers, fries, and other fast foods,” explained Lonh, “People want something that tastes good and is good for them.” As Californians move toward more health-centric lifestyles, raw preparations and produce-filled dishes like poke continue to grow in demand. This poke craze isn’t coming out of the blue, but rather filling the need for more quick, easy, and healthy dining options in the Bay Area. It’s no wonder that Pleasanton has jumped on the poke bandwagon – now it’s just a matter of seeing where it leads.

Local Poke is located at 6700 Santa Rita Rd in the Trader Joe’s/Cort Plaza; North Shore Poke Co. opened recently on July 1 and is located at 6786 Bernal Ave #820 in the Pleasanton Gateway Shopping Center; and Prime Poke is located in Downtown Pleasanton at 349 Main St Suite 140 and currently having their soft opening.  Stop by one of these locations today and get your Poke fix!

Small Business Saturday… #ShopSmall & Support Local Businesses

The City of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Downtown Association, Visit Tri-Valley, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Hacienda, are excited to work together to encourage the Pleasanton community to not only shop in Pleasanton on November 26, Small Business Saturday, but consider shopping “small” to support our local businesses this holiday season and throughout the year.

Numerous organizations have joined the national campaign, founded by American Express in 2010, declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year as Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country during one of the busiest shopping times of the year. In Pleasanton, small businesses having between 1 and 100 employees provide more than 29,000 jobs.

Pleasanton merchants are encouraged to visit shopsmall.com to obtain tools to market their stores. Shoppers are encouraged to visit inPleasanton.com as well as partner organization websites to discover all of Pleasanton’s retail shopping locations, and visit shopsmall.com to find local merchants that have joined the Small Business Saturday campaign by offering special promotions or discounts.

“We look forward to Small Business Saturday. It is traditionally one of our biggest days. It feels like Small Business Saturday is a day on which many of our regular customers express their appreciation and we love hearing that. It’s also a great way to remind people how important small businesses are to our local economy.” – Judy Wheeler, Towne Center Books

Pleasanton Chick-fil-A Grand Opening 11/17/16

More than 70 adults are in line for Pleasanton Chick-fil-A Grand Opening tomorrow, Thursday 11/17/16.  This tradition goes back 13 years, called Chick-fil-A’s First 100 which has given out nearly $27 million in free food and is the chain’s signature grand opening event.  The prize is a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults over the age of 17 with ID in line when the doors open around 6 a.m. on Nov. 17.

Much anticipated, the newest Pleasanton Chick-fil-A location, located at Hopyard Road & 580, marks the first free-standing restaurant in the area and is part of the 104 locations opening across the country creating some 9,000 new jobs. The restaurant is a LEED certified building that efficiently uses water, conserves energy and uses sustainable building materials.  It also has a two-story interactive children’s play area and free Wi-Fi.  The 5,300 sq. ft. building has a dining room that seats 116 indoors and 40 outdoors.  As with all Chick-fil-A locations, it is closed on Sundays but open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The Pleasanton location is operated by Franchise Operator Aaron Clifford, a Bay Area native.  For more information on the Hopyard Road & 580 Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit www.chick-fil-a.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChickfilaHopyardand580/.