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Temescal shop answers Oaklanders’ scream for Tara’s Ice Cream

on October 12, 2010

Graffiti-covered folding chairs sit outside a narrow shop on bustling Telegraph Avenue. From the window, lined with colorful paper lanterns, an abstract floral painting drapes the wall over thin white benches where people of all ages pause for a minute to indulge in a Bay Area specialty.

This is the Temescal location of Tara’s Organic Ice Cream, a New Mexico-born ice creamery serving all natural, locally made treats with unlikely flavors. Ever heard of garam marsala ice cream? How about basil? Or blueberry mint? You can try those and more at Tara’s, depending on what’s in season. And if you don’t do ice cream, never fear, she also offers an array of fruity sorbets.

Tara moved to the Bay Area from the southwest in 2008 and she brought her ice cream with her. She opened her first location here, in Berkeley and opened the Temescal shop earlier this year. Though small, the new shop is already attracting new fans.

Check out Tara, her ice cream and the folks who love both in the above videos and learn why the funky-flavored ice cream is quickly becoming an Oakland staple.  For more information about Tara’s, including hours of operation and today’s featured flavors, please visit

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  1. […] This North Oakland shop (and its even newer sibling on Telegraph Avenue) offers innovative flavors based on fresh herbs, kitchen spices and unusual hybrids (blueberry mint, anyone?): Temescal shop answers Oaklanders’ scream for Tara’s Ice Cream […]

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