Quick Hits: Smitten Ice Cream Opens in Mission, Earth Hour Celebrated at Americano

The new ice cream shop
The new ice cream shop

Smitten Ice Cream has opened its ninth location on Valencia Street right next to Reformation. The bright and airy new shop was designed by Rare Field Design who combined two store fronts to make the warm gathering place. For the first three weeks of business, three special flavors—inspired by Smitten’s new Mission neighbors—will be served with a new flavor debuting each week. The turmeric gold latte, chèvre apricot, and hot chocolate flavors were crafted in honor of Samovar Tea Lounge, Mission Cheese, and Dandelion Chocolate, respectively. “The Mission is where Smitten Ice Cream was born!” founder Robyn Sue Fisher said in a statement. “To be able to open a beautiful shop right next to where I used to set up my rickety old wagon eight years ago really brings the Smitten dream full circle. It couldn’t feel more right or more special.”


Tomorrow, Saturday March 25, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 p.m. is the 10 year anniversary of Earth Hour. For one hour, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks in 178 different countries will turn off their lights in support for action on climate change. To get in on the fun, head to the Marker Hotel or Americano at Hotel Vitale. The two establishments have partnered with Glassybaby to host the 60-minutes of darkness. The Marker’s hotel lobby and restaurant, Tratto, and Americano restaurant will be filled with glowing beautiful Glassybaby votives.

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Although the season has not started yet, the San Francisco Giants have been in the news this week. First, players Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey helped Team USA win the World Baseball Classic. Then, former star slugger Barry Bonds announced that he was returning to the organization as special assistant to CEO Larry Baer. Bonds will serve as an ambassador of sorts and is currently with the team in Scottsdale for the last couple of days of spring training. “San Francisco has always been my home and the Giants will always be my family,” Bonds said in a statement. “I look forward to spending time with the team, young players in the system as well as the Bay Area community.”

Jane Mudge, Matthew Shilvock and Charlot Malin attend the SF Opera Guild's annual luncheon on November 8, 2016
Jane Mudge, Matthew Shilvock and Charlot Malin attend the SF Opera Guild’s annual luncheon on November 8, 2016

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The life of Charlot D. Malin will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 5 at 2 p.m at Grace Cathedral. The philanthropist passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. “As we attempt to grapple with the painful loss of our beloved Charlot, I and my family so appreciate the outpouring of love, friendship and community support—it means a great deal of us,” Malin’s husband Greg said in a statement. “We invite you to join us for a memorial service and reception to celebrate Charlot’s life and her meaningful contributions to our loves and community.” In lieu of sending flowers, Mr. Malin has requested that people donate to the Charlot D. Malin San Francisco Opera Guild Education Fund or the Voss Foundation’s Charlot D. Malin Commemorative Fund.