535 Octavia Street (at Ivy)
Phone: (415) 701-0091
Status: Opening today
Just in time for what looks to be the last day of the city's heat wave comes the opening of Loving Cup, a frozen yogurt and rice pudding shop. It's the Hayes Valley sequel to owner Liz Fiedler's Russian Hill original, and replaces the former Taste Tea on a leafy stretch of Octavia Street.
The new spot offers frozen yogurt that's hand-churned to order, with a base of non-fat chocolate or vanilla yogurt that can be blended with mix-ins that include fruit, candy, nuts and granola. Fiedler also has a "secret menu" of sorts (not so secret, as it's up on the wall). It includes flavors like "Dirty Hipster"(vanilla with Nutella and Oreos), "Salty Dog" (vanilla with salted caramel sauce and pretzels) and "Is this Your Homework Larry" (chocolate with toffee and almond butter). (Here's the basic menu.)
Originally slated to have housemade organic ice cream on hand as well as their signature froyo, Fiedler tells us that after experimenting with ice cream, "we realized that our frozen yogurt is too good to share the spotlight."
They do, however, offer eight rotating flavors of housemade rice pudding, with today's menu including toasted coconut, bittersweet chocolate chip and cinnamon rum raisin. Also on hand are extra thick smoothies, frozen yogurt pies, churro Rice Krispie treats, cookies and a vegan soft serve sorbet that contains no dairy or sugar. Called De Ja Fruit, it's just bananas, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.
The new spot is now open, with hours from 11:30am-10pm Monday through Thursday, 11am-10:30pm Friday through Sunday.
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