bakeries/cafes/dessert places

Rita’s West LA

August 27, 2014
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Ever since Rita’s opened in Redondo Beach last year, they’ve been popping up all over LA!  We’ve driven as far as Santa Monica and La Canada for our fix; the newest store is on Pico (near the Westside Pavillion), and is the closest one yet. The space is smaller, so there aren’t as many flavors as the other […]

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Mateo’s Ice Cream and Paletas

August 15, 2014
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I love that my dear Anna lives in LA again – and we can go on impromptu adventures! My Instagram Feeds have been blowing up with pictures of Mateo’s – they have several locations; this is the one on Pico and Vermont. Aside from Paletas (ice pops made from fresh fruit) they have a dizzying […]

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Window Watchers

August 7, 2014
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I’m getting ready to leave for the anniversary of my father’s death – in tying up loose ends there’s been little time to sit and have a proper meal, which is why I’ve been grateful for places where you can stand (or lean on a stool) and eat quickly. Carmela’s been open for a while […]

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Playa Provisions

August 5, 2014
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I was on the Westside last week and met up with Zach at Playa Provisions. This is a multi-concept space conceived by Top Chef Seattle Runner-up Brooke Williamson, along with her husband Nick Roberts.  King Beach Cafe offered pastries, coffee, and ice cream in a casual space. I ordered breakfast off the menu… …Coconut Chia Seed Pudding, […]

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I Love I Scream

August 2, 2014
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I’ve been familiar with McConnell’s Ice Cream for a few years – via their pints at the grocery store… …now they’ve got a shop in LA – and I can see them “in person!” They just opened at Grand Central Market and were giving out free scoops; you can imagine the line was a bit crazy… […]

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