Looks like we’ll soon hear the news about the next move from famously popular San Francisco ice creamery, Humphry Slocombe . It was only a matter of time!
From SF Eater:
“The Trick Dog 3010 20th St. bar from the Bon Vivants crew looks to be opening soon, and it will do so without The Parlour by Humphry Slocombe at its side, as originally intended. The new and unexpected neighbor is Sightglass Coffee, who will move into the space originally slated to be a bakery and cafe project from ice cream titans Jake Godby and Sean Vahey. Vahey says the Parlour idea has been shelved altogether, and an official statement about this development follows.”In the three years since Humphry Slocombe came up with The Parlour concept/project, the Humphry Slocombe business has grown and evolved. Currently, we find ourselves excited to expand the Humphry Slocombe brand and have decided to focus on the opportunities we have to do so versus pursuing an entirely new line of business with The Parlour. Accordingly, were passing the space on to our good friends at Sightglass, who we feel will create a business that is incredibly additive to this unique neighborhood.”Vahey teases that there will be more HumpSlo news coming soon. In the meantime, the opening date for Sightglass on 20th Street is still TBA.
The people of San Francisco really know how to love. Having lived here for 10 years, I’ve seen people practice charity and kindness, from the simple to the grand, to a degree unsurpassed by anywhere else that I’ve lived. So, when I hear about a story like the one told in the following video, a story of different businesses and groups creatively partnering for the purpose of supporting a single, charitable goal, I love to spread the word and in so doing I love to spread, well, the love. ((In fact, where ice cream is involved, I shout!)) Check out the video below for a story about the partnering of two local organizations, a non-profit and a small business, that embody the very best of San Francisco values. And, I encourage you to support both of them because of what they do for our community. Happy Valentine’s Day, folks!
*In the 25 years that Project Open Hand has been serving food, they’ve never missed a single day.
best concert at an ice cream shop, 2010: Jane Wiedlin plays Humphry Slocombe with special guest, Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Humphry Slocombe‘s played host to a birthday party- slash- ice-cream-mashup this summer, 22 August, and the result of this
hot-mess conflagration-of-coolness turned out to be one of the most memorable parties of the year. The birthday boy was Doug Quint of the infamous Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Haven’t heard of it yet? It’s a roving ice cream truck out of New York, and it has a cult following there. The man himself chose Humphry Slocombe’s as the site of his party, and dished up a special flavor on-the-spot, Tranny Smackdown:
(“tranny padding” (shortbread baked by Humphry’s Jake Godby), Slocombe strawberry ice cream and marshmallow fluff, smeared “mascara” (dark chocolate sauce), and smeared “lipstick” (Amarena cherry sauce), all topped with Trix cereal.)
Add to the mix Quint’s long-time friend, rocker and former Go-Go Jane Wiedlin, who lives in the Mission(!!) and who, in the column of coolest. birthday. present. ever. debuted her new song Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, a gift for Quint (which you can download on iTunes here)
Bold, unique flavors, top-quality ice cream, an irreverent aesthetic and the frequency of new flavors (daily) have made Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream destination eating in the Mission. In fact, the store is nationally known, thanks to the New York Times and Food Network.
Humphry Slocombe certainly is emblematic of the neighborhood in which it resides. The Mission is an eclectic place, even for this city. While most SF neighborhoods boast a unique character, I think this neighborhood has not just one personality but three to call its own. The Mission is of course THE latin neighborhood, first and foremost, and home to the original Spanish Mission from whence it derives its name. But, it is also home to a counterculture inked-and-pierced hipster/student/artist/tweeting/coffee-drinking/laptop warrior crowd, riders of fixie-bikes, wearers of vintage clothing and missionaries of alternative lifestyles of all flavors.
Third, the Mission is home to a vibrant and devoted food lovers’ culture, one that values the holy trinity of local, sustainable and organic and evangelizes those values from the neighborhood pulpit.
Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream is where at least the last two of these three Mission profiles converge. Owner Jake Godby himself is certainly inked, with ice cream cones etched on his arm and the Pillsbury Doughboy decorating his leg, and his ice cream flavors include ones that (in current Mission fashion) defy all convention- like Prosciutto, Salt & Pepper, foie gras and cucumber ice milk.
Like the murals on Balmy Alley, kitty corner across 24th Street from his shop, Godby uses every color in the box when devising his ice creams. But while there’s plenty of Mission irreverence and irony in some of the names (like Rosemary’s Baby, Jesus Juice or Elvis, the Fat Years) Godby’s attention to the quality of the ingredients and ice-cream-making process show a reverence of the highest kind. His ice cream is art. Albeit, Dada.
He’s known to make small batches from the best ingredients he can find from blackberries to mushrooms to 100 year scotch and as such, the flavors available change daily. The promise of something truly amazing, or at least a good dare, compels people to follow Humphry Slocombe dutifully on Twitter so as not to miss out on the latest experiment. And followers he has!
All this excitement around the store and of course, the great ice cream make this a favorite spot of mine. I’ve had some flavors that I liked and some I didn’t but I always go back because when it’s good, it’s really good. And, if it’s bad, at least it will probably become a good story for later.
Flavors I’ve tried:
Secret Breakfast, very sweet and rich base, rounded by the alcohol but not overpowered by it. Cornflakes add a nice texture and balance the sweet nicely.
Jesus Juice, sorbet in texture, not milky, rather the intense flavor of wine only slightly curbed by the sweetness of cola. Can be cloying by last lick.
Brown Butter, utterly good, sweet, buttery and rich. You’ll finish it wanting more.
Harvey Milk (Honey, graham crackers), very Milky, very sweet, I’m not much of a honey fan but loved this. The graham crackers really showcase the flavor and add an interesting texture.
Rosemary’s Baby, love the combination of rosemary and pine nuts. Very savory flavor which can be a little cloying after the last bite. The first taste was the best.
McEvoy Olive Oil, the new vanilla. Lovely neutral flavor and not ‘too’ oil-y
Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, intensely bright yet still milky and creamy.
Tahitian Vanilla, this is an incredible vanilla.
Peanut Butter Curry, savory and the best bite was the first. Can be cloying.
Thai Chile Lime, bright and bold, one bite is great but one scoop might be just too much.
Salt and Pepper, try it. It’s a neat flavor but don’t get more than a spoon full unless you love it. A scoop is nearly inedible and the first ice cream I’ve ever thrown away.
Ancho Chocolate, chocolate with pepper. It’s neat!
Hibiscus Beet, totally unique (to me) flavor profile. Didn’t like or dislike. Try it. One spoonful probably enough.
Limoncello Italian Ice, can’t get enough of this one, like a sherbet, milky and intensely lemoney.
Elvis, the Fat years. Peanut butter with banana pieces and bacon bit. Love the combination of peanut butter and salty, bacon. Banana barely noticeable but on the whole a delicious flavor
Sweet Corn, sounds crazy but really, really good. Very milky and custardy, the notes of egg very present, in a good way. The flavor was subtle and rich, but not cloying at all.