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{swoon} Milky Bun at Afters Ice Cream

Afters Ice Cream - Fountain Valley - Milky Bun

Meet the Milky Bun—a brilliant marriage of hot and cold, sweet and quite possibly even sweeter. Imagine a hefty mound of ice cream, embellished with crispety crunchity toppings, sandwiched between a warm glazed doughnut. I dare you not to swoon.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Los Angeles (Los Feliz)

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - Los Feliz - Los Angeles

L.A.’s ice cream scene is on fire. The local offerings have always been superb (see: Fosselman’s, Carmela, and Scoops), but with national superstars like Columbus’ Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Portland’s Salt & Straw coming to town recently, there’s never been a better time to go out for a scoop, take home a pint, or better yet, both.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - Los Feliz - Los Angeles

Founded by Jeni Britton Bauer in 2002, Jeni’s proudly makes every ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt “from the ground up” using milk from grass-grazed cows and local produce from small farms. Quality input means quality output—it’s as simple as that.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - Los Feliz - Los Angeles

Whereas The Astronomer selected light and refreshing flavors on our visit, I desired something far more decadent. For him: one scoop of red raspberry sorbet and another of mango lassi frozen yogurt. Both were tart, tangy, and just sweet enough. Continue reading ‘Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Los Angeles (Los Feliz)’

It’s It Ice Cream

It's It Ice Cream

It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s totally time for It’s It!

It's It Ice Cream

It’s from San Francisco. It’s two delicate oatmeal cookies and one scoop of ice cream, all dipped in dark chocolate. It’s the bee’s knees on a 90 degree day.

It's It Ice Cream

It’s difficult to say which flavor is my favorite. It’s coffee one day and mint the next. It’s hard to go wrong, really.

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Trader Joe’s Mini Sheet Cake


I blame my current obsession with Trader Joe’s Mini Sheet Cakes on my friend Quyen. She posted an enticing Instagram of the product a month and a half ago, and ever since then, I’ve consumed a cake a week. While that might sound like an exaggeration, I assure you that it isn’t—my appetite for super-moist cake iced thick with super-sweet frosting knows no bounds.

Trader Joe's Mini Sheet Cake

The cakes come in two flavors: Dark Chocolate Ganache with a “smooth ganache cream cheese frosting” and Chantilly Cream Vanilla Bean with a “smooth vanilla bean buttercream frosting.” Both taste equally fetching and are irresistibly priced at $3.99.

Trader Joe's Mini Sheet Cake

The chocolaty creation, with its tender base and rich topping, tastes like it was baked in Duncan Hines’ or Betty Crocker’s kitchen, in the best possible way, of course. The ratio of cake to frosting, practically one to one, is just about perfect for someone who appreciates her sweets very, very sweet.

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