Well, on Wednesday, you can donate blood and receive an entire pint of all-natural gelato from Walnut Creek's Gelateria Naia. If anything can get you back on your feet, it will be a pint of this gelato. Our family has been known to indulge from time to time, and it is really good stuff.
Store Manager Kelly Enman says Gelateria Naia is sponsoring this "Pint for a Pint" blood drive, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Wednesday, in conjunction with the American Red Cross. The Red Cross will be bringing their blood drive bus to our store location in Walnut Creek.
"The need for blood is highest around the holidays, so we're trying to reach as many people as we can to raise awareness," she says.
You will have 44 flavors to choose from, which Enman describes in extremely tempting, dangerous ways below. You can make an appointment for the Pint for a Pint blood drive at the store at 1245 N. Broadway (in between Jamba Juice and Il Fornio), over the phone at (925) 943-1905, or online at http://www.givelife.org/, using the sponsor code GelatoWC.
Okay, now the good part. Gelateria Naia has just started its holiday flavor line: gingerbread, eggnog and something called Snowflake (rich white chocolate gelato with sugar crystals and white chocolate flakes). The store also has some of its usual favorites: Dark Chocolate made with Guittard chocolate; Espresso; Pistachio; and the very unusual but wonderful, Rose, which is made with rose petals soaked in water and sugar. Oh, and then there is the store's "king of chocolate" flavor, Cioccolat Mortale, which, yes, means "death by chocolate" in Italian.
Okay, for the more health conscious (not me, but I should be), they also feature non-dairy sorbetto flavors, usually made with locally grown fruit, and gelato made with soy.