bakeries/cafes/dessert places

Rita’s West LA

August 27, 2014

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

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

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

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

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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