With the temperatures (supposed to be) climbing soon with spring’s arrival, ice cream is likely going to be on the minds of many Peninsula residents. And that includes ice cream sandwiches. With three popular locations around the Bay Area already, including a location in Palo Alto that routinely has hourlong lines at late hours, Cream now has opened a fourth location in downtown San Mateo. Cream’s centerpiece is everyone’s childhood favorite — ice cream sandwiches. The mix-and-match opportunities are dizzying between the 16 housemade ice creams, 10 types of housemade cookies and various toppings. Is today a day for Pistachio Delight ice cream with white-chocolate macadamia nut cookies, or turtle cookies sandwiching Cinnamon Chill ice cream, topped with Oreo cookie crumbs? You have some time to decide: On weekends, the shop is open until 1 a.m. Malts, milkshakes and floats are also available, and note that Tuesdays are ice cream Taco Tuesdays.
134 S. B St., San Mateo; (650) 344-2736, creamnation.com
Foster City has a new cafe that is more fanatical about achieving the perfect cup of tea than anything the city has ever seen. Chatime is now brewing fresh teas, emphasizing precision in three categories: timing, quality and temperature. The menu features an assortment of tea styles, including milk tea with jellies, tea mousses and fruit teas, and smoothies. In the future, the cafe plans to have snacks, but for now it’s only drinks. Chatime is a worldwide company with locations on four continents but only one in the Bay Area — across the Bay in Oakland. Now the Peninsula can enjoy the black-tea latte from Chatime, just like you can in London or Bangkok.
969A Edgewater Blvd., Foster City; (650) 393-4090, ichatime.com
Palo Alto’s dining growth continues with news that one of the Peninsula’s most talented chefs will be opening a new dining room. Guillaume Bienaime, currently the chef of Portola Valley’s Portola Kitchen and formerly the top toque at the highly acclaimed Marché in Menlo Park until its closure two years ago, is planning to open Zola sometime this year. No opening date has been revealed and the menu and details are still a work in progress. However, Bienaime is sure the focus will be on seasonal ingredients and a French emphasis served in a casual and elegant room. The space previously was home to The Roast Shop.
565 Bryant St., Palo Alto; no phone number or website yet
Unless you haven’t been near an Irish pub in the past few weeks, you’re probably aware that Monday is St. Patrick’s Day. The Little House in Menlo Park will have a fun daytime celebration starting early with a bake sale and Irish coffee, followed by a traditional corned beef and cabbage lunch for $6. Of course, almost every city on the Peninsula will have a pub open for your St. Patrick’s Day Guinness ritual. Just make sure to wear green.
800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park; no phone or website