Viva Nob Hill

Viva Nob Hill

On Double Rainbow Ice Cream and Dessert Café’s opening day our first customer was a prostitute. Our second customer was a doctor. At night, the streets were dark and lonely, the storefronts vacant. That was Nob Hill in November of 1987. Even so, the view from our...
Whole Lotta Love

Whole Lotta Love

Imagine finding a treasure trove of handwritten love letters. We did. They were all written in 2005 – before smartphone communicating changed the world. Back then, we noticed the connections being made in Flying Star Cafes. We invited our guests to tell us about...
1987

1987

By Jean Bernstein As we celebrate Flying Star’s 25th year in business, we can’t help but think back to the world in 1987. On October 19, 1987, just before our opening day, we remember the stock market crashing 22.6%. (That certainly boosted our confidence!) Bill Gates...
Finally, Flying Star Farm?

Finally, Flying Star Farm?

By Jean Bernstein For many years, we had a fantasy of growing all of Flying Star Cafe’s produce on our own land – except we had no land. In 2002 we bought a charming, but completely derelict house in the North Valley on two acres. The land had lain untouched for the...
The Éclair

The Éclair

By Willem Blom Over the years the Éclair always has been a popular pastry with Flying Star Cafe and prior with Double Rainbow. This beautiful and tasty pastry was created by Antonin Careme (1784 – 1833). Careme was one of the great French chefs known as The King of...

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