Live Well: Ice Cream, Baby

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 Honestly - ice cream has played a major part in my life lately (as you know all too well if you follow me on Instagram). One of the weirder things about San Francisco is that although it is constantly cold, its residents are also constantly willing to stand outside at night in line for ice cream - yours truly included. The result is stiff competition for the title of best ice cream place in town - and a lot of people who are all too willing to play judge.

While we certainly never shy away from ice cream, having two visitors in town who could easily win an ice cream eating contest gave us a good excuse to compare some San Francisco institutions side-by-side. After having ice cream five times in three days, here are our results:

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First stop: Smitten Ice Cream

Location: Hayes Valley

Pros: Super cool production technique (they use liquid nitrogen!), really smooth texture

Cons: You can't mix flavors (although they do have a few toppings)

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Second stop: Bi-Rite Market

Location: Alamo Square / Divisadero (exact same ice cream as the one in the Mission, but no line!)

Pros: To-die-for flavors that go together SUPER well (pictured above: Salted Caramel & Malted Vanilla)

Cons: I wouldn't mind a waffle cone option

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Third stop: Whole Foods to pick up Three Twins ice cream

Location: Whole Foods, Safeway, the corner store, you name it!

Pros: It's delicious and you can buy it at the grocery store! Win-win. Also, I think their Madagascar Vanilla is the best vanilla I've ever tasted

Cons: You'd have to buy your own cone, it's hard to exercise restraint when you can easily eat an entire pint

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Fourth stop: Lappert's Ice Cream

Location: Sausalito

Pros: Awesome dipped waffle cones, tons of flavors

Cons: A little touristy and crowded, but they do have a good system for getting you your ice cream fast

Not pictured: getting soft-serve at the end of our meal at Zero Zero. They give you soft serve, you can choose your toppings, and you can get a side of doughnuts. YUM.

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One of the reasons I'm writing about ice cream today is because I spent all of yesterday looking like a complete scrub - no makeup, hair in a messy bun, wearing pajamas. In public. I had an eye doctor appointment where they dilated my eyes, so I was working from home. Rather than spending yesterday morning getting dressed and, you know, looking presentable, I decided to come back from the gym, take a shower, and then sleep for an extra hour. I regret nothing. But it didn't yield any great blog photos.

And although my scrubby appearance was probably painful for my eye doctor to see, it didn't affect my vision assessment - I have "pristine" eyes, apparently. Is it sad that even reading the letters on the eyesight test feels like a competition I have to win?

Another accomplishment from yesterday - We finished season 1 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine! We really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it if you're looking for something to fill your time while all your normal TV shows are on hiatus this summer.

I'll try to return to outfit photos tomorrow. No promises (you never know when wearing pajamas will strike you as appealing) but I will try!