While CK was in the Bay, we tried to fit in as many outings to different landscapes as possible. We did the redwoods and the hills and to round it out, we went to Santa Cruz for some beach action. After a quick hike through Wilder Ranch State Park, we had brunch at Cafe Brasil (which I've posted about before).
There was enough time for an ice cream stop before the Mystery Spot, so Marianne's Ice Cream shop it was:
The place was pretty quiet when we arrived, so we had a lot of time to try ice cream flavors:
Marianne's signature ice cream is the 10-20, which is caramel ice cream with fudge and oreos. CK and I both tried it, but it was a bit too sweet for our tastes.
Instead, CK got a single scoop of the coffee almond fudge ($3.25), while I got a double with oatmeal raisin cookie dough and pistachio ($5):
The oatmeal raisin cookie dough tasted exactly as it sounds like. (The chunks of cookie dough were the best part.) The pistachio contained real pistachio nuts and none of that ultra fragrant perfume-y crap that is oh-so-common with pistachio ice cream. The coffee was also delicious.
Basically, I liked all of them.
We had a lot more success at Marianne's Ice Cream than we did at the Mystery Spot. It was my first time going and I had no idea how popular it is. We didn't buy tickets in advance, which turned out to be a mistake, because we would have had to wait another hour and some for the next available tour.
Uh, thanks, but no thanks. Forget the Mystery Spot. Instead, we went home and made dumplings with my parents and CL.
Marianne's Ice Cream
1020 Ocean St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060