ice cream

Some say that Sweet Rose Creamery has the best ice cream in LA. That may or may not be true, but they definitely have a stronghold in the ice cream game. Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan are husband and wife co-owners of Sweet Rose. They also co-own Rustic Canyon, Milo and Olive, and Huckleberry. That is quite a resume and are some of the best restaurants in Santa Monica. It is no wonder that Sweet Rose Creamery is so popular.

Their ingredients are always fresh and sourced locally. Their organic milk and cream is from Clover Organic Farms, and their eggs from Chino Valley Ranchers. They even get all of their other ingredients from The Santa Monica Farmers Market. All of their ice cream and most of their toppings are made from scratch, in house.

I ordered the usual, of salted caramel. They always ask if I want to top it off with salt as if that is even a question. The saltiness was definitely present, and the caramel flavor was in your face. The burnt sugar flavor was almost smokey and dark — it was reminiscent of a dark roast coffee. Hmm, maybe roasted coffee is one of their ingredients?

Sweet Rose Creamery is a definite favorite of Angelinos. Catch them in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and their original location near Brentwood. They offer an array of house made ice cream flavors and a number of toppings. They even have sundaes, beverages, frozen novelties, and even ice cream pies. I always come here for the ice cream, but will need to try their other treats next time.

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Snow Flower Ice – Shaved Snow “Crumble”

by Franklin on September 16, 2014

The green tea snow itself was smooth and delicious, though you can find much better, creamier shaved snow in SGV. I’d even say Fluff Ice is a little better, and Class 302 just being untouchable. The addition of green tea mochi and mango popping balls made this even more flavorful. The mochi was soft and the mango popping balls were bursts of flavor. This was indeed a nice way to beat the heat.

Snow Flower Ice was a nice stop to beat the heat, but I’d say there are much better places to get shaved snow. Shaved snow has to be “dry” but then still remain creamy when you eat it. Snow Flower Ice interestingly was a bit dry and crumbly. I miss ice cream.

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The first time I tried Frostbites, it was an explosion of flavor. The combination was so subtlety perfect and the balance of fruit and cream was sublime. Sorbet chill and Italian ice is what Frostbites is all about. I would have liked to try their crepes, but their “frozen delights” was what I came for. In the bitter sweet end of the hot summer, these are perfect for the sticky air and warm nights.

The Pineapple passion fruit and cream was the perfect combo. The pineapple was tart and contrasted nicely with the creamy custard. On the other hand, the peanut butter chocolate was more of a sweet indulgence. Both were great in their own way, but the classic flavors of cream and fruit was too good. I liked Frostbites, and was a great dessert for a hot night. It kept me cool and refreshed with a nice mix of cream and fruitiness. Summer needs more of this!

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Nice Cream is actually a gelato and sorbet shop, not ice cream. I don’t know about you, but everything from ice cream, gelato, sorbet, soft serve, and froyo is ice cream to me. Yes, I like to generalize like that. Nice Cream opened its doors in 2008, and are dedicated to freshness and having all organic ingredients. They were so popular, the even opened up a small shop on the Venice boardwalk. The owners came from Denmark to LA with a purpose of opening up a gelato shop. I’d say so far that their dreams are being fulfilled.

The biscotti and salted popcorn were a great match together. The biscotti ice cream was sweet and delicious. The bits of biscotti was nice and texturally pleasing. My favorite was the salted popcorn. It wasn’t too sweet, but the little bits of salt and butter and popcorn are there. It isn’t overpowering as I thought it would be, but perfectly subtle. Half way down my cup, I forgot what I ordered (brain fart). Then, the popcorn hit me and I immediately remembered again.

Nice Cream is a nice spot for ice cream if you are on Abbot Kinney or near Venice. I particularly liked the flavors, but I did have one gripe about something. It seemed like the ice cream was too soft and too melted. Maybe it didn’t have enough time to set and harden, but the ice cream had more of a milkshake consistency. Still, Nice Cream manages to wow customers with their funky flavors and delicious ice cream gelato. Hopefully, they’ll turn up the temperature a tad next time.

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Mikawaya Mochi Ice Cream – 2 Buck Chuck

by Franklin on August 26, 2014

Something about mochi ice cream is so satisfying. That soft dough-like mochi on the outside, and the cold flavorful ice cream on the inside just hits the spot. Its cold, chewy, and delicious. The best part is, you don’t need a spoon — you eat it with your hands and there is no mess.

Little Tokyo’s Mikawaya has them for a dollar each. At those prices, you can scarf them down like popcorn. I got the mango and green tea mochi ice cream. I literally sat there, looked at my two treats, and carefully determined which one to eat first. Mango then green tea, or green tea, then mango… Hmm. Like I don’t have any other more important life decisions to make. In the end, I ate the mango first, then green tea second. That just seemed like the logical order to eat it. Either way, I was happy.

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