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Sugar Rush: Gelato Crepes at Ciao Bella Grand Central

The Dulce de Leche Crepe ($6.75) features smoky sweet caramel brushed over the crepe, which is then folded into quarters and finished with an extra drizzle of caramel and dusting of cinnamon and powdered sugar. It comes with Ciao Bella's vanilla gelato, but I prefer substituting it with their matcha gelato; the slight bitterness from matcha tempers the sweet caramel, a lovely pairing my books. More

Is There a Lemon Sorbet You Love?

The San Francisco Chronicle food section tasted eight lemon sorbets on Wednesday in search of that perfect sweet-tart ratio, smoothness, acidity, and real lemon flavor. What they found is not pretty: "Too much sweetness, off textures and strange, artificial-seeming flavors ... at least in the opinions of our five tasters." The national brand that fared best was Häagen-Dazs (72 points out of 100). Häagen-Dazs finished second to Draeger's Sorbet Classico (78), an upscale Bay Area store brand. Ciao Bella (45) finished a distant third. Sharon's Sorbet, a national brand I root for because it's still independently owned and operated, totally tanked. On the Chronicle's one to 100 scale, it received an 11. Ouch! The Chronicle's tasting inspired me to do... More

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