Ridges Churro Bar has taken the classic churro to a whole other level in Los Angeles!! I first heard of this food truck on Instagram, and every time I'd see a new picture posted from their account, I basically became the heart-eye emoji in real life. I LOVE sweets, and a churro ice cream sundae seemed to good to be true. It's true, though, and super-duper delectable. Ridges Churro Bar offers only a few sundae options to choose from, which made it easy-ish for me to pick my poison. The options you can choose from include fruity pebbles, nutella, traditional cinnamon sugar, salted caramel, and strawberry shortcake, which is what I ordered and pictured above. Every single bite was bursting with sugary sweet goodness. The churro was still warm and gooey inside, and the contrast of flavors of the sweet, warm churro and savory, cold soft serve ice cream made this the perfect sweet treat for a warm summer evening. If the whole ice cream AND two churro deal sounds like too much for you, you can order a churro of any flavor by itself to enjoy, as well as ice cream alone or speciality iced coffee.
Since Ridges Churro Bar is on wheels, it travels all around Los Angeles on a daily basis. Don't miss out on this sugary, churro-y, ice creamy goodness - Click HERE to see where the Ridges Churro Bar truck will be heading to next!
The best mornings are those that begin with a "sweet start," if you ask me. I first heard about Dk's Donuts & Bakery through their Instagram page, and I stopped by while I was en route to meet some friends at the Bungalow in Santa Monica. Dk's Donuts & Bakery is a family-owned bakery, only has one location, and opened back in 1980. I read online that Dk's Donuts has been featured on MANY "top donut" lists in Los Angeles, and that it was home of the double decker o-nut, which is Los Angeles' first twist on the popular croissant and donut hybrid. They also serve waffle + donut hybrids (#wownuts), the world's first ube donut, bacon infused donuts, donut ice cream sandwiches, and so much more. And with an impressive 78K+ Instagram followers, their donut game is clearly just as strong as their social media game! I ordered a large cinnamon roll while I enjoyed my coffee and also ordered an assorted box of donuts to-go. I wasn't brave enough to try the impressive and hearty double decker o-nut this time around, but I guess that means I'll just have to go back again soon! Dk's Donuts & Bakery is OPEN 24/7 (woo!) and is located at 1614 Santa Monica Blvd. Click here for Dk's Donuts & Bakery website in case you want any additional information.
This just in: Peddler's Creamery in Downtown L.A. is quite possibly the most unique ice cream shop I've ever been to. Their locally sourced, organic dairy and non-dairy ice creams and frozen yogurts are churned daily...by stationary bicycles. Yes, bicycles! Their mission is to focus on creative, sustainability-minded ice cream (I'm not sure I've used those words in the same sentence before), and they are proud to feature all local and organic ingredients...entirely churned by their employees. On bikes. So cool! I kept it simple and ordered 1 scoop of chocolate and 1 scoop of vanilla, and it was very tasty + very creamy! Their website shares, "We strive for our customers to leave happy, satisfied, and with a smile on their face and a smaller footprint on the earth." If you're in DTLA and are looking for some delicious ice cream, check out this incredibly unique spot. Peddler's Creamery is open daily from 12:00pm-10:00pm and is located at 458 S. Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Visit their website for more information by clicking here.
As part of my "Inside L.A./El Nino" collaboration with the L.A. Tourism Board last winter, here's a fun rainy day activity idea: cake decorating at Duff's Cake Mix! This is a do it yourself cake and cupcake bakery in West Hollywood. I made an "I <3 LA" cake (but really, who's surprised?), and chose confetti cake for the inside. It was both fun AND delicious - I had leftover cake for days! Click here for more of the L.A. Tourism Board's rainy day activity ideas and click here for more information on Duff's Cake Mix.
Historically speaking, I’ve been known to have a pretty big sweet tooth. Whether I’m offered donuts, cookies, cheesecake, chocolate, or pastries, it’s pretty hard for me to say no – no matter if I’m actually hungry or not. My boyfriend has a pretty big sweet tooth, too, and we are no strangers to fro-yo outings, random pizookie baking, and raiding the candy aisle(s) at 7-11. Because of this, we decided to challenge each other and see if we could go an entire month without eating anything that may be labeled as “dessert.” We both made it (woo! And it wasn’t THAT tough. The first week or so it was hard to resist the temptation, but it got much easier as time went on) and to celebrate, I picked up half a dozen donuts as soon as our challenge ended…naturally.
Colorado Donuts has been on my LA Bucketlist since moving to Northeast LA last month, so I knew this would be the perfect time to try it out. There were MANY options to choose from, which I appreciate because I’ve noticed that sometimes “specialty” donut shops serve limited options. The ube donut was my absolute favorite (so moist, flavorful, and fluffly) and next time I go back, I plan on ordering one of those instead of the variety I indulged in during my first visit. It was about $12 total for the donuts I ordered, pictured below with their various flavors.
P.S. food styling is SOOOO much harder than it looks! Major props to anyone who works for a food magazine, cooking show, or the like. *snaps*
strawberry shortcake donut
chocolate croissant with peanut butter cup baked inside. yummmm.
fresh berry custard donut
DONUT miss out on my new favorite donut shop in Los Angeles, friends. Colorado Donuts is located at 1578 W. Colorado BLVD #14, Eagle Rock, CA 90041 and is open from 4:00am-11:00pm daily. There is free parking in the lot right outside of the shop. Enjoy!
About 95% of the year, Los Angeles affords us with perfect adventure and exploring weather – sun shining bright, a cool ocean breeze every now and then, and a comfortable temperature at around 70 degrees. But, during the other 5% when the sky is gloomy and rain is pounding, most of us (myself included) would rather nix the adventures and stay inside with hot chocolate and Netflix. This winter, though, I’m on a mission to continue my adventures indoors because a little rain shouldn’t stop me from doing what I do best…exploring! I’m excited to share that I am collaborating with the L.A. Tourism Board (@DiscoverLA on Instagram) on their #InsideLA campaign, which includes a “101 Things to Do in L.A. On a Rainy Day” list. I’ll be photographing and sharing a variety of fun experiences with my blog readers and with their 1 million+ social media fans over the next two months. Such a fun and exciting opportunity!
As part of the #InsideLA collaboration with @DiscoverLA, I was able to explore Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in the northeast L.A. neighborhood of Highland Park. Galco’s Soda Pop Stop began as a small Italian grocery store in the early 1900’s, focusing mostly on deli meats and fresh, delicious sub sandwiches. During the 1990’s, Galco’s began increasing their assortment of specialty sodas and decided to build their own collection. Fast forward all these years later, and Galco’s is now home to over 500 varieties of soda, attracting soda lovers and pop connoisseurs from all over the country! America sure does love its soda pop – myself included – so this was an #insideLA outing for the books.
As you walk into Galco’s Soda Pop Stop on York Blvd. you’ll feel like you took a step back in time to the 1950’s, when life was (I imagine) simpler and times were a little less chaotic. You’ll be greeted by aisles upon aisles of unique soda varieties of all types and flavors, making this spot basically like a Bevmo but for all ages to enjoy. Browse the many full aisles, pick out a few (or more) of the sodas that catch your eye, and don’t forget to check out the build-your-own-soda bar! Grab a glass bottle, pump your favorite syrup or two, add a little carbonated water, and wah-lah! You will officially be a soda masta! Galco’s also sells adult beverages if you need a little somethin’ somethin’ to mix with your sodas – including wines, champagnes, beers and more. As if Galco’s couldn’t get any sweeter, you can also choose from a large old time candy supply – think Abba-Zaba, Beemans Gum, Big Hunk, Big League Chew, Bit O Honey, and so much more delicious old time goodness.
I had a chance to talk briefly with the owner, John, and he was super sweet and friendly. He shared with me about the history of the store and gave me advice on which sodas to buy since it was my first time at Galco’s. I ended up buying a variety of soda’s – coconut, oranges ‘n cream, lemon lime, etc., and I'm excited to try them all over the next few days. Overall, I’m so glad to have been able to visit one of the most famous soda shops in the country and treat myself to some delicious goodies, thanks to the L.A. Tourism Board.
“Why Galco's Soda Pop Stop? Because before there were shops, there were stops!” The next time you’re craving a bubbly drink, nix the McDonald’s drive-thru and hit up Galco’s for some old fashioned fun! It’s a great place to escape the rain, get your sugar fix, and be mesmerized by the over 500 soda varieties + old time candies.
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop is located at 5702 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042.
“Donuts Done Differently” is the slogan at this cute little donut shop in the eclectic Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. I had a gal-pal date here on a early morning last week, and let's just say that waking up 45 minutes earlier than usual was toooootally worth it. This spot is amazing because not only are there about 15+ speciality donuts to choose from, but there is also a DYI donut bar, where you can whip up any sort of donut you could ever dream of! Here's how the donut bar works: first, you choose a donut. Then, pick as many fillings and toppings as it takes to create your decadent masterpiece. How easy (and yummy) does that sound? This is the first DYI donut bar I’ve ever come across and personally think it’s a brilliant idea - especially for those who are picky donut connoisseurs and want to be able to create their dream treats. I'd also like to mention that there are also vegan options at Donut Friend, which I'm sure some people appreciate and enjoy.
I ordered the Polar Berry Club (lemon glaze, fresh mixed berries, and mint on top of a traditional donut) for $3 and a delicious iced coffee with almond milk. My friend Ixya ordered the Strawberry Lab (a traditional donut filled with whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and topped with chocolate glaze) for $4 and a coffee on the side. While all of the donut options looked incredible delicious, apparently the Strawberry Lab and the S’morrissey are the two top sellers. The S’morrissey is a chocolate cake donut filled with toasted marshmallows and topped with chocolate glaze and graham cracker crumbs.
Basically, trust me when I say that you DONUT want to miss out on these incredibly unique and tasty treats. Donut Friend, you are absolutely a friend of mine now. Visit Donut Friend at your earliest convenience at 5107 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90065.
Magnolia Bakery, which first opened in New York City, is a classic American bakery, known for its old-fashioned décor and delicious dessert selections. I had been to the Magnolia Bakery when visiting a friend in NYC this past Spring and when I learned there was the same bakery only a few miles from me in LA, I knew I had to bring my out of town guests here! As you can see from the pictures, Magnolia Bakery is bright, cheerful, and decorated with old fashioned touches, making it the ideal spot to enjoy a sweet treat. As you step foot inside this bakery, you’ll feel as if you were transported back in time to the 1950’s. The bakery choices all looked mouth-watering, and it took me more than a few minutes to pick my poison. I decided on a vanilla flower cupcake and my friends enjoyed Magnolia’s famed banana pudding (a rich and flavorful pudding with gobs of creamy vanilla wafers. I’m not much of a banana person, but my friends got cartons to go and are obsessed with this treat – along with so many others around the country!). Overall, I’d say that this L.A. bakery is unique, adorable, spacious, and delicious. It was a very warm and inviting space, and one that I really enjoyed spending some time in. Just like they say - the proof is in the pudding - check out this sweet spot for yourself at 8389 W Third St, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
On a hot summer day in LA, what better way to cool down that to eat some delicious ice cream? This was my second time at Salt & Straw in Larchmont Village, a super cute neighborhood near mid-city LA, and it was just as delicious as the first time around. I honestly think it's the best ice cream shop in LA - or that I've tried so far. I got two mini scoops in a waffle cone for about $6 and chose the salted, malted, chocolate chip cookie dough & the ooey gooey brownie. It was more than mouth-watering and SOO creamy and smooth and rich and...ok, you get the point. It was really delicious. I'd highly recommend any Angelino or tourist alike check this place out the next time you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. You won't be disappointed. Salt & Straw is located at 240 N Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004. Summertime and the livin's creamy.
If you're ever exploring Koreatown or K-Town as the locals call it, please do yourself a favor and grab a sweet treat from Honeymee. Open every day from 12:00pm-12:00am, this walk-up-and-order stand serves soft, creamy ice cream drizzled with pure honey and honeycomb, sure to brighten anyone's day. I ordered the Original Honeymee for $4.85 and while it was a little small for my taste, but it was so tasty! I loved the true milk ice cream - it was sweet without being TOO sweet and was pretty thick and creamy. It almost tasted like the milk at the bottom of your sugary cereal bowl. The pure & fresh honeycomb on top mixed with the true milk ice cream made this delicious treat a one-of-a-kind dessert experience. I also loved that Honeymee's slogan is "Happy Bee. Happy Mee. Happy You." How adorable is that?
Honeymee is located at 3377 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 116; Los Angeles, CA 90017. There's plenty of metered parking on the street and also a lot right next door that you can pay to park. ENJOY, because honey, you are totally worth it!
I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth + love trying new things, which is a recipe for indulgence when you live in L.A. There are countless specialty dessert shops here, all unique in type. A balanced diet is having a cupcake in each hand, right?
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