Sunday, September 19, 2010

Good Friends And Good Ice Cream In LA

In the past couple of years I have become a little bit of an ice cream snob, which is actually quite funny since I am lactose-intolerant. It must have been the year I spent in San Francisco chowing down on the delectable offerings of Humphrey Slocombe, Bi-Rite and the like. I was spoiled. 

Living in LA has been quite a challenge, as far as ice cream goes, nothing I have had here quite hits the mark. And before you comment, "Have you tried Scoops?" don't bother, I have. I found it gritty and not very creamy.

So I resorted to making my own, as you probably have gathered if you are a regular reader, and as a result have been able to fulfill my need for really good ice cream. But sometimes a girl just wants to go out and get ice cream! Sometimes I want ice cream spontaneously and don't want to wait over night for the cream to set! Luckily, I found a solution... Sweet Rose Creamery.

After hearing rumors for months of how good Sweet Rose was, I finally got a chance to taste it for myself. The downside is that it is in Santa Monica, well its a downside if you live on the east-side, therefore it was hard for me to justify battling all that traffic just for a cone of creamy goodness. But I finally had an excuse one September evening as Josh and I had a dinner date with two of our good friends Crystal and Sean in the area. So after filling our bellies with burgers and fries we made our way over. This is Crystal below btw, she is really for peace in general.

The staff was very friendly and let us taste pretty much every flavor, since we were newbs. They had everything from standard vanilla and chocolate, to Earl Grey, Blood Orange Sherbet and Apricot Creme Fraiche. Plus they also had other frozen goodies like homemade fudgesicles, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream pies (below) and much more!

Between the four of us we ended of with three flavors: 

Mint Chip

Banana w/ chocolate covered homemade graham crackers 

and Chocolate Malt with homemade marshmallows and chocolate covered graham crackers. (Mine of course; I love s'mores!) 

Everything was great! The consistency of the ice cream was spot on, creamy and thick, and you could taste the freshness of the flavors in every bite! For example, we decided that the Mint Chip tasted like they used mint leaves they had just picked from their herb garden out back and that there Banana ice cream really tasted like a banana. And do I need to mention the Chocolate Malt was fantastic? It is, after all, chocolate. Did you have any doubts? Plus, with the addition of the mallows and grahams it made me want to go back for s'more! (I make myself laugh)

It was so refreshing to be amongst good friends having good ice cream in LA. So take a little tip from Mrs. Sass and go try it for yourselves, and make sure to bring some good friends with you, it makes it that much sweeter! (I'm sorry, I can't help it)


  1. So besides from Danish bakeries and the word "hygge"- then I don't know if you have tried the Danish ice cream shop in LA called: Paradis? there is a link on facebook to their fan site
    their ice cream is so good..