This is it! The place where it all began.
Penny Ice Creamery one year ago, and was greeted with nine beautiful trays of lightly colored ice cream, spotted here and there with bright, fresh berries and flecked with unusual spices.
The Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz is the premier ice cream parlor for unique and delicious flavors. It opened my mind and my palate to ingredients and pairings I had never heard of before, or had never though could be used in sweet treats!
The creativity and possibility that the Penny Ice Creamery presented has been one of the most life altering things I've experienced in my life since living at Shakespeare & Co in 2009.
|Seasonal offerings at the Penny.|
My first tastes:
Tahitian Vanilla Bean
Strawberry Pink Peppercorn from dirty girl farms
Lemon Verbena from route 1
|Fresh Almond Cake, topped with Sweet Cream Ice Cream,|
Blackberry Coulis, and Honeycomb from my mom's bees!
The next day, I was behind the counter.
|Daily production at the Penny- spinning, spinning, spinning!|
|In the open kitchen with Chef Kendra Baker.|
Though this may not be the path I'll walk forever, it's been hugely character building and a wonderful learning experience, not only in the roles in the kitchen, but also in my role as a diner.
I'm off to taste the world!
P.S. With the exception of the honeycomb sundae, these pictures aren't mine.
I never think to take pictures at work (nor do I have time),
so I snagged these from news stories around the web!