Friday, November 22, 2013

Four Things Friday: Ice Cream edition

scoops, kind kreme, mashti malone's, homemade ice cream
I know it's a total cliche that girls like to eat ice cream when they're sad, but it's actually true.  There were times in my life-- post break-up-- that I was certain the closest I would ever get to being married was the pint of Chubby Hubby I had just eaten all by myself.  But for me, ice cream also represents a time in my life when I was an independent woman raking in the cookie dough (omg, did I really just write that and not delete it?) at Baskin Robbins.  I was fourteen and getting paid $4.25/hour and eating ice cream all day.  I realized then that I didn't need a man to make me happy.   I needed Jamaica Almond Fudge.  So, if you're going through a break up and live in LA, here are the four best places to ease the pain with ice cream.  (Let's be real guys, frozen yogurt is for when we're happy and all is good in the world.  Ice cream is for when shit gets real.)
Scoops (712 N Heliotrope drive, LA 90029)
The ice cream at Scoops is so good that a lot of other popular eateries in LA carry it (see Golden State on Fairfax).  They go a bit on the gourmet side with their flavors, but nothing too crazy or bizarre.  Their east side location is on a cute little strip just north of Melrose and they also double the space as an art gallery.  So, you don't have to feel guilty eating all those calories, because you're expanding your mind at the same time.  I highly recommend trying the brown bread, pictured above.   For $1, Scoops will let you try four different flavors (which is kind of a necessity because it's hard to choose between them all).  For all you westsiders, there's also a Scoops in your neck of the woods.

Kind Kreme (1700 W Sunset Blvd. LA 90026)
For those of you that are vegan or just plain lactose intolerant, but still need to fill the void left by your significant other, check out Kind Kreme in Echo Park.   They use all raw, organic, and vegan ingredients in their ice cream.  Most of their flavors are coconut based, but they use almond milk and cashew as well.  I tried the espresso chocolate chip and it was pretty darn good.  I'm not gonna lie-- it's not as good as the real stuff.  It actually tastes more like a sorbet than an ice cream, but it's gentle on your tummy and won't leave you feeling bloated (which is the last thing anyone needs after a break up).
Mashti Malone's (1525 N La Brea, LA 90028)  
This Iranian-run creamery is a Los Angeles staple.  It used to be called Mugsy Malone's, but when brothers Mashti & Mehdi Shirvani took it over thirty years ago, they couldn't afford to a new sign so they simply changed the Mugsy to Mashti.  They serve standard American flavors (best chocolate peanut butter ice cream I've ever had) but they're mostly known for their Iranian ice creams.  My favorite is the pistachio saffron ice cream sandwich pictured above.  I grew up eating this stuff, but for you non-Persians it might be more of an acquired taste.  At least this way you can eat ice cream + broaden your cultural horizons.
homemade ice cream by my friend Garrett 
It pays to have friends in high places.  I've known Garrett since my old soap days.  He now works for MTV, but makes ice cream as a side hobby.  I'm convinced he'll eventually take over the world with it.  He was kind enough to make me two quarts for this post: brie with caramelized pear & honey bourbon cheesecake with salted caramel.  Shut the front door.  This stuff is so good, it's unreal.  When you're nursing a broken heart, remember: you are too damn good for grocery store ice cream.  Email us at the for Garrett's contact info if you'd like a little taste of heaven. (flavors pictured above clockwise: salted caramel with a dulce de leche swirl,  raspberry lemonade ice cream swirled with deconstructed pink lemon bars,  stone fruit (peach, apricot, nectarine) ice cream, blood orange lime sorbet.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, because I got really fat writing it.  Just in time for Thanksgiving.  Hope everyone has a good weekend and that if there's a break up in your near future, you're the one doing the breaking up. 


  1. Sara, Persian side of me really wants to comment on mashti malone's ice cream ;) real Akbar mashti is in Westwood! Please go if you haven't yet. Best pistachio & saffron ice cream I've had. Only thing I like about mashti malone's is that they are open till very late as far as I remember.... I miss LA :( & u

    1. omg, I will have to try it! next time you are in LA! xo