Sunday, August 30, 2009


About 6 years ago, I got hooked on gelato here in Berkeley.  I think it was Mondo Gelato at 2106 Shattuck.  There was always a lineup and they would offer up samples with tiny spoons.  I'm not sure if it's the same owners, but now it's Naia.  In May, the Beat Cop Poet blew my mind with La Casa Gelato in {I think} the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC.  I really liked their system.  There were at least 3 long display cases with gelato and you could flag down the staff to get a sample.  When you were ready to buy, you paid first with and received a token.  From a retailing perspective, I found this system efficient.

Update:: 1 Sept 2009:: Video Footage from YouTube

Gelato makes me think of Paul Weller's Style Council and the summer of 1983.  I heard "The Long Hot Summer" {see song below} on the local LA/Long Beach indie. station, KNAC, which later went heavy metal.  What a shocker.  Being a fan of The Jam, it wasn't too hard to warm up to The Style Council.  Part of me wanted more edge, but it was 1983, the "New Romantic" era of this latest British invasion was in full swing.  Post-punk was giving way to something else.  The Style Council wasn't just music, it was about a lifestyle.  On an album or 12", I recall some blurb about Paul and Mick Talbot eating gelato.  I had to try the stuff.

Late August was hot and sticky in LA in 1983.  Remnants of a hurricane brought up rain and drizzle, which I always liked.  The idea of warm and rainy was foreign to me, as rain was a winter phenomenon.  This might explain my soft spot for East coast summers.

I wouldn't see Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward in the film, The Long Hot Summer, until 1985 or 86 on late-night local TV.  {BTW, Orson Welles is in the film.} It fed a minor Tennessee Williams kick in high school.

Twitterversion::  Thoughts of gelato in #Vancouver & PaulWeller's The Style Council. @Prof_K


Officer Mazaltoff said...

You are correct, La Casa Gelato is located in Strathcona on Venables at Glen Drive. Their gelato is, in my opinion, the best in the city.

Kenneth M. Kambara said...

OM:: You're the man for taking us here. You have any fave flava' flaves? I forgot to mention the patio area across the street {Glen Dr.} which is perfect on a warm day.