The Current Big Thing taking the Bay Area by (snow)storm: Shaved snow from SnoZen.
I was skeptical when I first heard about this. After all, how can anything top shave ice? But try a coconut snow with mochi balls and black sesame condensed milk. You might not be converted, but you can definitely make room in your icy heart for it.
Shaved snow is the creamier cousin of shave ice, and is made by shaving flavored frozen milk. It is richer than shave ice, but much lighter than ice cream. It’s almost like someone took milk tea, froze it, and shaved it into frozen ribbons.
There are a wide variety of flavors, ranging from the tried and true, like vanilla and chocolate, to the more adventurous, such as Vietnamese Coffee or Thai Tea. But the flavors are just half the fun.
You can also get standard frozen yogurt mix-ins--fresh fruit, mochi balls, or brownie bits, as well as drizzle, such as chocolate syrup or condensed milk. Unlike shave ice, which I prefer purist--ice and syrup only, accessorizing is half the fun of shaved snow.
Baby Birdie maxxed out on snow all winter, but we all will definitely keep eating shaved snow this summer. The favorite store so far is SnoZen, although Snowflake Tea House looks good Yelp and Ohana-er AC recommends Red Hot Wok as well.
Ohana--tell me your favorites!