Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Best Ice Cream in Los Angeles

Today is National Ice Cream Day! If you didn't know this about me, I love ice cream. Like it is hands down my favorite dessert ever. If I could eat ice cream multiple times a day, every day for the rest of my life without dying of a heart attack, I 100% would. Because of my affinity for ice cream, I consider myself a sort of expert on the ice cream landscape of LA. If there's an ice cream shop you're wondering about, I have probably (definitely) been and have a strong opinion on it. I'm certainly picky, but LA has no shortage of amazing options. If you're in Los Angeles and are looking to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a frozen treat, look no further: 

1. Mother Moo Creamery
Locations: Sierra Madre
What to order: Raw Honey
Why we love it: Their flavors are unusual but simple- think things like avocado, cornflake, and rosewater. Because there isn't much to distract you, they have to focus on the quality and they definitely deliver.

2. Carmela Ice Cream
Locations: Pasadena, 3rd Street
What to order: Lavender Honey and Strawberry Buttermilk in a Waffle Cone
Why we love it: Carmela's first store is out of the way in Pasadena but grew out of word of mouth. Yeah, their ice cream is so good that they managed to build a store out of the way of everything and still generated a cult following. Everything in the store feels so delicate and airy and you will feel like an ethereal fairy floating out on a cloud of lavender and roses.

3. Cool Haus
Locations: Pasadena, Culver City, Food Truck
What to order: Horchata on Snickerdoodles
Why we love it: Do you know of anyone that serves up dessert inspired by architecture with flavors involving both whiskey and fruit loops? No? Well you do now. Nuff said.

4. McConnell's
Locations: DTLA, Santa Barbara
What to order: Churros con Leche
Why we love it: McConnell's is still a family-owned operation that's been serving up quality ice cream for more than 50 years. Now that they've expanded into LA, you can stroll around Grand Central Market with your cone and pretend you're living in a different era. If you can't get downtown, they sell in grocery stores in the most adorable containers you've ever seen.

5. Mashti Malone's
What to order: Rosewater Saffron with Pistachios between wafers
Why we love it: Weekends spent at my grandma's always meant Mashti Malone's ice cream sandwiches. Their ice creams totally capture the flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine, making this an indulgence that is totally unlike anything you've had before.

6. Salt & Straw
Locations: Larchmont Village,
What to order: Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts
Why we love it: Salt & Straw somehow manages to create unique flavors that still remind you of the classic flavors you grew up on as a kid. Plus, I'm a sucker for locally produced goods- I love that they use Stumptown in what is hands down their best flavor.

7. Milk
Locations: Beverly
What to order: Red Velvet Macaron Sandwich
Why we love it: Milk is basically an old-fashioned pharmacy lunch counter- they have classic lunch options in addition to shakes/malts/sundaes/etc.- but they've updated everything to suit the LA set. Also, macaron ice cream sandwiches. Duh.

8. Bennett's Ice Cream
Locations: The Farmer's Market @ The Grove
What to order: Chocolate or Vanilla w/ Rainbow Sprinkles (or Jimmies if you're feeling too grown-up for the rainbow goodness)
Why we love it: It's classic, it's unpretentious, and it's exactly what you need when all you want is some good, old-fashioned chocolate.

9. Sweet Rose Creamery
Locations: Santa Monica, Brentwood, Mid-City
What to order: Mint Chip in a Chocolate Cone or Strawberry and Peaches & Cream
Why we love it: Sweet Rose comes from the culinary geniuses that brought us Huckleberry & Farmshop so you know it's a winner. Everything is made in-house, including the tiny marshmallows that look the tiny jet-puffed things of your childhood (but taste soooo much better). The music is always perfect, everyone is always smiling, and you sort of feel like you've stepped into a perfect parallel universe where there's never any traffic and doctors tell you to eat more ice cream.

Alternatively, pick up a box of cake cones & chocolate malted crunch Thrifty's ice cream from your local Rite Aid and enjoy a cone or 5 at home. Happy ice cream eating!

Yasi "From now on I'll only respond to 'Ice Cream Guru'"

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