Vanillas in the Mist

Finding the best local grocery-store ice cream.

Food Reviews & Stories
“Vanilla” has become a dirty word. It’s now synonymous with bland and uninspired, but the ancient Totonac people believed the vanilla plant sprang from the spilled blood of a beautiful princ   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Scoops' out For Summer: Day 1

What's the Scoop?

scoops out for summer logo

Food & Drink
All the best stories have a time peg, so we're kicking off our Scoops' out For Summer series with the newest addition to Portland's frozen confectionary scene: What's the Scoop?, which opened on North Williams Avenue just yesterday.What's the Scoop?4540 N Williams Ave., 971-266-1787, whatsthescooppdx.comPrice per scoop: $3.50Most popular flavor: It was only the first day but, so far, ...   More
Sunday, July 1, 2012 by Ruth Brown

Salt & Straw

A frosty reception.

Food Reviews & Stories
But what do the children eat? “Oh, they like the vanilla,” answers the knit-capped woman behind the counter at Salt & Straw. This is suspicious. As a child, I remember screaming for bubble   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

First Bite: Salt and Straw Ice Cream

The best publicized ice cream in Portland


Food & Drink
New ice cream scoop shop Salt and Straw only opens its doors on Northeast Alberta Street today, but you've probably already heard about it.Since May 2011, the ice cream company—which has been operating a small cart on the same street for three months—has been featured on Eater PDX, KPTV, Fox 12, the Portland Monthly (three! times!) the Washington Post, OPB, Serious Eats, KOIN, the Oregonian, the ...   More
Friday, August 12, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Fifty Licks Finally Gets an Ice Cream Truck


Food & Drink
For a city with 40 gazillion food carts, Portland is severely lacking in the most quintessential of mobile food vendors: the ice cream truck. Some might argue that's because the city is cold and wet most of the year, but that's exactly the kind of defeatist attitude that keeps delicious cones of sunshine and butterfat from brightening our streets.Thus, we were excited to read that one of the city's ...   More
Friday, April 1, 2011 RUTH BROWN

SUMMERGEDDON: Winners and Losers in Helter Swelter 2009

While we'd be hard pressed to argue the oppressive heat of the last three days has actually been good for anyone, some Portland businesses are doing better than others. Here are the winners and losers. LOSERS: Concert-goers. The two Willamette Week employees who attended Tuesday night's Sonic Youth concert at the Roseland swear it was 110 degrees inside the (non air-conditioned) theater, moving ...   More
Thursday, July 30, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

UPDATED #2 I melted with you. Summergeddon: Let's play "Will It Melt."

UPDATE: Scroll down for photos mid-Fat Boy melt. UPDATE #2: Scroll down for photos Fat Boy's final meltdown. It's 100-and-3-freakin' degrees out there! In honor of what we've come to dub SUMMERGEDDON '09, we've decided that our most pressing journalistic assignment today is to play "WILL IT MELT." The object of the game? Tell us how long you think it will take for this Fat Boy chocolate ...   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Alma Chocolate Starts CSI—"Community Supported Ice Cream"

Oh, my. Sarah Hart, mistress of Northeast 28th Avenue's delicious Alma Chocolate has emailed with a new potential addiction. Portland has a ton of CSA farm-share programs. But she's launching a CSI—community supported ice cream—program this summer in order the finance the purchase of a $4,000 Pacojet ice cream maker. She says a $150 share gets you a pint of ice cream in flavors like ...   More
Monday, June 14, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

EAT: We All Scream

Summer is finally here, and it's time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month the way our forefathers intended—with FREE ICE CREAM and the first annual Ice Cream Churn-a-ment! This Friday, July 9 five local chefs will compete in a vicious battle to establish dessert-preparation dominance from noon to 1 pm at Pioneer Square. Witness these frozen treat titans go head-to-head as Portland temperatures ...   More
Thursday, July 8, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

EAT: Ruby Jewel Scoops Opens on North Mississippi Avenue

I stopped by the pre-opening event at Ruby Jewel Scoops last night, and ate the lovely cone above. Owner Lisa Herlinger, creator of the now-ubiquitous Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwich, offers way more flavors of her excellent ice cream at the spumoni-toned shop than you'll find between the cookies at farmer's markets and premium grocers across the city. As of yesterday, Ruby Jewel scoops offers ...   More
Thursday, July 15, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE


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