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02.04.16

ABOUT TOWN / LA ICE CREAM

about town ice cream | designlovefest

thanks for all of your enthusiastic responses to the last posts! we loved hearing your suggestions and we’re excited to continue the series. now, we’re talking about ice cream. there are so many places to try across the city and we’re highlighting our favorites. as a note, this is a round up of shops that serve primarily ice cream and not frozen yogurt or gelato. although, we have nothing against those things it’s an important differentiation. and we know it’s cold most places in the US right now, but LA still has it’s very warm days, perfect for ice cream. – joanie 

about town ice cream | designlovefest

DIDDY RIESE | westwood
fresh cookie ice cream sandwiches made on the spot with your pick of cookie type and ice cream flavor for $2, need i say more? plan to wait in line and it’s cash only, but worth it.

SCOOPS | east hollywood, chinatown, westside
i’m not going to pick a favorite but this place definitely has some of the best ice cream in the city. unique flavors that are changing all the time, free sprinkles to put on top and several non-dairy options. note: this place is cash only.

JENI’S SPLENDID| los feliz
mint chip or the salty caramel are favorites or if you’re feeling really indulgent the tin roof sundae which could easily be shared.

CARMELA |pasadena and beverly grove
you can really taste how fresh the ice cream is here. and it’s amazing. i love that the have a pasadena location that is off the beaten path. their homemade waffle cones are delicious and so is every single one of their flavors. i don’t normally like sorbets but their lemon basil is excellent but cacao nib is my all time favorite.

about town ice cream | designlovefest

MILK | mid-city and silver lake
their macaroon ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorite things, ever. they have so many different types of ice cream concoctions but get the ice cream sandwich or the coffee crunch milk shake.

SWEET ROSE CREAMERY |brentwood, mid city, studio city, santa monica and pacific palisades
their location in the brentwood country mart is a great place to stop on your way home from the beach (if you’re taking sunset blvd). ice cream always tastes better after a long hot day in the sun. their flavors change seasonally but their coffee flavor is a classic, always available and really good.

MASHTI MALONE’S | hollywood
laid back, classic hollywood joint that even has a few parking spots in front of their store (it’s in a strip mall). lots of flavors ranging from the classics to rosewater and friendly staff.

McCONNELL’S | downtown
tucked inside the grand central market downtown this place is known for their smooth creamy ice cream and crowd pleasing flavors like salted caramel chip and churros con leche. three scoop sampler is probably the way to go, it’s $5.50 but can satisfy two.

about town ice cream | designlovefest

SALT AND STRAW | larchmont
i love the idea behind this shop and i think they must have the highest butter fat percentage around because their ice cream is seriously creamy. they get really experimental with their flavors but don’t be afraid to try them, i had one with tomato water in it one time and it was enjoyable. the line can get really long here.

WANDERLUST CREAMERY | tarzana
it’s worth a trip the the sf valley for their super unique flavors like thai tea and honey lavender. top it off with delicious rose sugar crystals!

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02.01.16

ABOUT TOWN / DATE SPOTS LA

eating out at restaurants. can we call this a hobby? it’s definitely a huge part of our lives over in the designlovefest office. we get these two questions a lot, so we figured we would answer them here in our new LA column. and please answer below in the comments with YOUR two faves so we can try some new spots!

date spots LA | designlovefest

WHAT’S A RESTAURANT YOU WOULD TAKE YOUR FRIEND FROM OUT OF TOWN?

joanie: brunch at the commissary at the line hotel. i love that you get to sit inside the greenhouse and that it’s right next to the pool. feels like a mini – vacation

bri: for dinner, i would say  for pasta and wine and a patio full of plants. i’ve had many looooong friend conversations on that patio. they make their own pasta there too! i love the linguini with clams. ps, make sure you get the free almond cookies at the end.

date spots LA | designlovefest

erika: . it’s a great way to show them the city with a good view. , there’s live music from time to time.

wendy: , cute place to experience a fun tea tasting where you’ll select your favorite tea flavor as you pair it with their delightful sandwiches, scones and dessert. perfect for a party of two!

natalie: , they have food if you feel like you need to eat without having to do a sit down dinner (but they have that option too) and there are lots of different areas to post up and have a conversation.

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date spots LA | designlovefest

WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DATE SPOTS?

bri: . this is my NEW favorite date spot. it’s in eagle rock, the food is great and it feels like you’re dining in someone’s cozy house. mushroom risotto, whole chicken, beets and burrata. good for the soul.

joanie: put your name in at , walk next door to for happy hour cocktails (the old fashioned and the fizz are my favorites).

wendy: . ideal location to go for amazing french and japanese inspired dishes, their dimly lit atmosphere creates the romantic mood while the scrumptious desserts complete the night. highly recommend the chocolate bread pudding, order two, you won’t regret it!

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natalie: eat at the taco truck or pizza at and then work it off on the dance floor at at the echo.

erika: . it’s a restored 100-year-old movie theatre and they have a TON of beer taps that are all $6.50. good beer = happy guy.

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01.26.16

ABOUT TOWN / LA COFFEE

our team is filled with LA locals who have lived here for years and keep a running list of their favorite places in town. los angeles can be an overwhelming city to visit (or even live in) with a constant array of new places opening and old classics that can’t be missed. we’re creating a new “about town” column that will cover all things los angeles. if there is something that you want us to touch on leave it in the comments. but today, we have a topic that is close to my heart – coffee. i pulled the team and these are our favorites for sipping, sitting, eating and snapping. they are numbered below but in no particular order. – joanie

los angeles coffee | designlovefest

1. ALFRED COFFEE | melrose place

a classic los angeles coffee shop that coined the phrase, “but first coffee” they have multiple locations but the melrose place shop is my favorite. i order and recommend the half sweet vanilla latte. and they sell pressed juice. 

los angeles coffee | designlovefest

2. DINOSAUR COFFEE | silver lake

simple, straight forward coffee shop. they have wifi and outdoor seating. if you’re looking for an  the plant wall in the back of the shop is calling your name. 

SEE ALL OF OUR COFFEE SHOP FAVES AFTER THE JUMP…

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06.15.15

MUMU BEACH CLUB

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i’m so happy that one of my very best friends cammy lives in california (we went to high school together!) and we got to collaborate on this fun event. her and her lovely partner cologne have a company called , a very beachy clothing brand based in venice. we thought it would be fun to bring our friends to the beach in malibu for a day of shopping for mumus, eating and drinking…it was the perfect summer party!

we let each girl pick their favorite to wear to the party. i loved seeing which ones everyone was going to show up in, and it made the party so festive and colorful!

cologne’s fiance sam brought his australian coffee, , to the party…and i fell in love with those patterned cups! aren’t they so cool?

we set up a room upstairs in the beach house where people could each pick 3 of their favorite and a pair of sunglasses. then the rest of the day we spent on the , lounging on the deck, and catching up with each other. it was my favorite day in a long time!

and how about our coffee boy’s ! COOL.

set up the most beautiful vegetarian spread with an ocean view. beet lasagna cupcakes, fresh crudite, peach gazpacho, spicy peppers…it all tasted just as good as it looked. i am never disappointed with this crew!! the presentation blew me away.

and how funny that out of 100’s of mumus…my best friend jen and i chose the same exact two patterns and mixed them together. when she walked in, i couldn’t stop laughing. we’re soul mates, i guess!

a day i’ll never forget…and here’s to hoping for more summer parties in my future! love you,

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04.03.15

TASTEBUDS TRAVEL / LA!

i really love living in los angeles, i can’t really picture myself moving anytime soon (or maybe ever!). it’s so fun to travel to different cities but coming home is always great because this city is so familiar and comforting to me (i’ve lived here 9 years now.) i love having visitors in town and showing them all of the hidden gems. there are certain local places that just get skipped when you visit a new city, unless you have the inside scoop. that’s why i love what jessica and krissy are doing with their show . they’re traveling to eight cities across america and giving everyone the inside scoop on the local faves.

i took part in the LA episode and we went to one of my favorite little shops, . the owner, whitney, has great taste and stocks both vintage and new. it’s not far from where i live. i love wondering in on a saturday and checking out her finds.

you can watch the whole episode below. which also features some other fun LA spots (one that i didn’t even know about!). check it out!

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