Los Angeles has so many great ice cream options. We set out to try several new places and also review a few of our favorites. We enjoy ice cream in the summer (really all year long). My husband and son were more than willing to help me with research for this post.
Salt & Straw
Salt and Straw started in Portland, Oregon. They have three shops in Portland and three (soon to be four) in Los Angeles. We visited the Venice location. My boys are both vanilla fans and their Double Fold Vanilla did not disappoint. I was more adventurous and tried the Birthday Cake and Blackberries, which was amazing. Overall, we all really liked it.
Sprinkles Ice Cream
Sprinkles Ice Cream is from the creator of Sprinkles cupcakes. You can even get a cupcake split in half with ice cream in the middle. Again my boys love vanilla and their vanilla bean was amazing. I tried the lemon meringue and it was really good.
Magpie’s Soft Serve
Magpie’s Soft Serve was the only soft serve we found and it was amazing.. My son had sweet cream and my husband had vanilla latte. They have interesting toppings. They also offer two non-dairy almond milk flavors daily that we tried and really liked.
Rori’s Artisanal Creamery
My husband and I first discovered Rori’s on a weekend in Santa Barbara. We were so excited when they came to Santa Monica. My son actually enjoys another flavor other than vanilla here – Cinnamon Toast Crunch. They offer a kid’s happy hour everyday from 3 – 5 where you get a free scoop for a child with the purchase of a scoop for an adult.
Sweet Rose Creamery
Sweet Rose is our local favorite. My son is on the wall in their instagram gallery. The boys love their vanilla in a vanilla cone. I am loving blueberry muffin which is a July flavor. Get it while you can!
At home we drink almond milk and do not have much dairy. We really save it for ice cream out. We have tried a few almond milk ice creams and New Barn vanilla almond creme is our favorite. We also found these great gluten free cones. New Barn has a few other flavors and I am a big fan of their almond milk for lattes.
Overall we really enjoyed all the ice cream and the research.
I can’t get enough of gingham in the summer. I love the pop of orange with this turquoise gingham shirt from J.Crew. Did you know that turquoise represents humor and using it visually can ease a tough situation. It certainly is a happy color.
I recently perused the J. Crewsale section (a favorite pastime of mine) and noticed several items that I have previously featured are on sale. Through Monday, July 25, 2016 you can get an additional 40% off sale and 30% off select summer items (with code SUMMER). I have created a summary with links to my previous posts (in case you missed them).
Early Access continues through Thursday, July 21, 2016. In order to purchase during early access you need a Nordstrom credit or debit card. You can apply for one here. Full access begins on Friday, July 22, 2016.
Pineapples make me want to go on vacation. In the meantime, as the fall fashions are coming in, the summer sales are amazing. Everything in this outfit (except the Pineapple tee) is on promotion or sale. I featured these J. Crew Rory pants in navy in this post. They are now on sale (plus 40% off). They are a breezy alternative to skinny jeans or shorts. I have one of my favorite hats on along with my gold espadrilles that have been on constant repeat.
J. Crew Hat (30% off with code SALETIME through July 18th)