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Tuesday, January 15, 2013


I have a Bay Area bucket list. In the time we have lived here, we actually ticked off a lot of the items on the list, but not everything. Like Alcatraz…we never went to Alcatraz. And Chez Panisse. My heart hurts just a bit knowing I never ate there. One day…

Last week I was hanging out with my dear friend Rachel, talking about how fast my departure date was approaching. She suddenly exclaimed, “And we never made it to Fentons!” And I exclaimed right back, “Well, let’s go this week!” And so we did! Another Bay Area bucket list item checked off!

Rachel grew up in Oakland, where Fentons is located. Fentons is famous, a Bay Area staple. It’s been around since 1894, which in California is OLD. They make delicious, homemade ice cream. And it’s where Carl Fredrickson and Russell grab a cone at the end of Up. How could you not want to go to Fentons, I ask you?

We had a great time. We had to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ about 14 times, which was actually really fun. The restaurant has a busy, happy vibe. And the ice cream was, in fact, delicious. I got the Fudgeanna sundae with vanilla and dutch chocolate chip ice cream. Oh, that dutch chocolate chip ice cream was heavenly. I want more. Now.

The sundae was a bit top heavy and when the waitress handed it to me, I didn’t get a good hold on it and my giant scoop of dutch chocolate chip ice cream rolled onto Owen. He was NOT happy…until we filled him with ice cream. Then he was very happy! So, fair warning, the sundaes are HUGE and may attack you if you’re not careful.


  1. 1

    Mmmm, that brings back some good memories. Glad you at least made it there. Just remember Alcatraz is cold, Fentons is yummy.

  2. 2

    Ooh, I want one of their sundaes! We lived around the corner from there for several years. We also never ate at Chez Panisse while we lived in the Bay Area, but made it a Christmas present to us on a visit year. Still something for you to look forward to.

  3. 3

    How fun! I love Up, AND I love giant ice cream sundaes with unpredictable scoops of the good stuff. 😉

  4. 4
    Jenny D.

    We are moving to that area in just a few months, back to CA woohoo!!!! I’m making a list of all your suggestions! You aren’t missing much with Alcatraz, in my opinion anyway.

  5. 5
    Kim Mercer

    Love Fentons! That was always a post seeing-the-Christmas-lights-at-the-temple treat.

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    Nikki CB

    Looks like lots of fun! And delish. We never made it there!

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