I loved spending most of 2010 (and maybe 2011?) trying to find the best burger in LA. what I didn’t love was spending so much time on it. I wished I could just do it all in a day, it’d be a better comparison, I’d remember the tastes/the experiences better.
Which leads us to today, and the LA Ice Cream taste-a-thon.
(will field better names, if you got ‘em.)
Dave and I spent the better part of this here fine Memorial Day driving around Los Angeles, hitting as many of The Best spots as we could find.
Now Dave…Dave loves him some ice cream. Has a birthday party every year that revolves around the stuff. Spends a week every year trying various LA ice creams. Makes his own ice cream at home, mad scientist style.
Perfect man to partner up with on this endeavor.
It’s hard to touch on things that Lou hasn’t already said in his write up. We both came to these conclusions. I can say though that I had a great time hanging out with a great guy. Lou has some really fascinating insights into life and really gets you to think about things in a new light - such a cool guy, such a talented photographer, and such a good reviewer of ice cream.
As for ice cream, again I agree with Lou’s write up. I can tell you the Carmella is some of the best damn ice cream that I’ve ever had. All the flavors were fresh and new takes off of old ideas. I brought home honey lavender and strawberry cream, but I could have bought any of the 10 flavors I tried and would have been happy. What did it for me there was the mint. Mint’s not my favorite flavor when it comes to ice cream. It’s good, just not mine. When I had their’s (theirs? not sure here) they told us that they used fresh mint leaves and not extract to make the flavor, and you could taste it. I have never had fresh mint ice cream, and the leafy fresh flavor was all I could think about.
Ice cream week is approaching and there will be some new spots as well as some returning favorites. I guess the biggest question for me right now is Scoops. Scoops has been a traditional LA and Ice Cream Week favorite for years. I even met a special lady there once. But Scoops East was such a disappointment that I want to change it up to Scoops West. But most people live close to Scoops East, so it’s more of a convenience. Do I sacrifice quality for convenience, sentimentality for experience? I don’t know… I don’t think that would be wise. It’s ice cream we’re talking about here.