Paleo: we’ve got just the scoop for you! Sweet Ritual makes dairy-free ice cream in small artisan batches from scratch ingredients in our production kitchen on 183 and Burnet Road. Everything served to you at Sweet Ritual scoop shop is compostable: the bowls, straws, cups, and spoons. We compost with Break it Down, a local composting facility. Getting up at 4am to milk the almonds!
After making ice cream out of nuts, coconut milk, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, and avocado, we feel like we could make ice cream out of just about anything! We pride ourselves on pairing ingredients to provide just the right balance of flavors, and we’re always experimenting with new combinations. Sweet Ritual first opened its doors in 2011. Sweet Ritual is committed to making the best dairy-free ice cream and providing an unparalleled customer experience in a way that is sustainable financially, socially, and ecologically to the benefit of the company, its employees, our community, and our planet. We believe in high standards, open communication, and shared prosperity. Bees do it, and birds definitely do it—in all kinds of crazy ways. Here are nine birds and their mating rituals. Male frigatebirds have red kidney-shaped pouches on their chests that they inflate like balloons to attract girls. During mating season, the male sits on a nest and gyrates his puffed-up chest at the females flying overhead. When a female sees a male she likes, she lands beside him.
However, copulation is often interrupted when other jealous males jump on the chosen partner and try to puncture his red balloon. They stretch their necks and flip their heads back and forth while taking tiny, mincing steps. Then they break off in pairs to breed. It’s pretty much the greatest thing ever. Ducks have a reputation for being monogamous, but the reality is more gruesome, as the females are often gang raped by the males. Scientists theorize that she can unblock her oviduct if so inclined, meaning that she usually ends up with the desired drake’s ducklings. Incidentally, the Argentine Lake Duck has the longest bird penis, which is corkscrew shaped and 17 inches long.
The males and females walk 30 to 70 miles to inland Antarctica and meet at a breeding site. White-Fronted Parrots kiss by putting their beaks together and touching each other’s tongues. Then the male vomits into the female’s mouth. To the female, this is a tasty treat that gets her in the mood. The female will sometimes keep a second male on hand, who lurks in the bushes waiting for her mate to turn his back. When he does, she lets him copulate with her, a process that’s more like a bumping of genitals. Then things get weird: When the first mate comes back, she displays herself to him and he pokes at her genitals until the other male’s sperm spurts out. Albatrosses start out with mutual grooming, each tenderly preening the other bird’s feathers. Then they launch into a mating dance where they alternate between tapping their beaks, opening their mouths, and looking at the ground. In the case of the Blue Manakin, an alpha male forms a team of birds to help him attract females.
When an interested female appears, the team begins flying around her, flapping their wings and making a buzzing noise while she looks on in awe. They start out mimicking each other’s movements and then rise out of the water and run along its surface, flapping their short wings and tripping along in perfect unison. Forty years ago, a cup of coffee was nothing more than a caffeine delivery vehicle. It didn’t really matter how it tasted, it just had to slap you awake in the morning or prop you up through a long afternoon. But in the last decade or so, things have changed. A few people scattered across the country discovered how amazing a cup of coffee can be when you source the beans directly from farmers you know. Ritual has been a pioneer in this delicious shift in coffee consciousness since we opened our doors on Valencia Street in 2005 and started what some call a coffee revolution in San Francisco. Our goal then–and our goal now–is to craft the very best cup of coffee available anywhere. We’ve learned a lot over the years, but the care and attention we lavish on our process is unchanged, including tasting every coffee several times before it goes out to our coffee bars and into your cup.
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