Category: Sweets in LA

Sweet News: Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken LA

Last week Astro’s first West Coast restaurant opened in Downtown Los Angeles. If you love doughnuts, this place is for you. If you love fried chicken this is the spot too. If you love both, well then you are in luck because both are good alone and even better together. If you get only one thing make sure it’s the crème brûlée doughnut.  Among other accolades, Astro’s crème brûlée doughnut has been named one of 40 “Must-Try Dishes” by The Washington Post, one of the “best fried chicken restaurants in America” by TimeOut, one of the “Best Doughnuts in DC” and “Best Donut Shops in America” by Thrillist, one of the “Hottest Doughnut Shops in America” by Eater. 

516 W.  6th Street Los Angeles, CA 90014  @astrodoughnuts

Where to Enjoy Easter Brunch and Easter Desserts in LA

Easter Sunday is quickly approaching and as you are busy planning brunch may I suggest some of my favorite options. Whether you are looking for a restaurant with a great brunch offering or looking to pick up some sweet additions to your Easter spread, these restaurants are just the ticket.

Paley  Homemade Peeps, Floral Buttercream Cupcakes & Nostalgic Easter Pastries

At Paley in Hollywood, guests can opt for items from the regular brunch menu (including Custard French Toast and the Britt Benedict with proscuitto on brioche) then get to the good stuff – the Easter special dessert menu. The sweet treats include housemade Peeps-inspired marshmallows & a Cadbury-inspired egg-shaped devil’s food cake covered with chocolate ganache and filled with a chocolate-carmel custard, and gorgeous flower decorated vanilla and chocolate cupcakes that will make you want to only receive flowers in cake form from now on.
11am – 3pm323.544.9430; 6115 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 100, Los Angeles CA 90028; @paleyhollywood

photo courtesy of @LoveandLoathingLA

Love & Salt   Spelt Carrot Cake & Rye Toast with Eggs

In addition to Love & Salt’s à la carte brunch menu, chef Michael Fiorelli will be offering wood-oven rye toast topped with griddled mortadella, fontina and fried eggs, paired with a fresh Spring pea tendril salad and a special Spelt Carrot Cake made with house-milled flour from Central Milling. An already amazing brunch got even better.
10 am – 3pm; 310.545.5252; 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; @loveandsaltla

Gwen  Coconut Passionfruit Layer Cake, Hot Cross Buns, and more

Who would have thought that a butcher would be the place to get decadent Easter desserts? You can get butcher items for you Easter meal while also picking up one or all of their incredible Easter take-away dessert menu that includes a coconut passionfruit layer cake, a tray of hot cross buns, strawberry rhubarb pie, and double chocolate cream pie. Easter or not I’m getting myself a pie and you should too! 24 hours notice required for orders; order by April 15th.
10 am – 3pm; 323.946.7513; 6600 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90028; @gwenla

Village Bakery & Café Buona Pasqua and Easter decorated cookies

Village Bakery is always a great place to get holiday themed sweet treats. I’m constantly amazed by their creativity with confections and the fun they have with them. This holiday they are offering a gorgeous braided Easter bread loaf along with an assortment of perfectly decorated Easter sugar cookies. Get the bunnies they are too cute to pass up.
7:30am-4pm; 323.662.8600; 3119 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles 90039; @villagebakeryandcafe

 

 

Sweet of the Week | Gwen


Who knew that a butcher shop and restaurant could have some of the best pastries in LA? Well it’s true – Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant from chef Curtis Stone (of Maude) and his brother Luke Stone serves up some of the best sweet treats in town courtesy of pastry chef Amy Taylor. Swing by for an epic croissant and cup of Aussie coffee in the morning or an incredible cookie to go with one of their butcher counter sandwiches for lunch. But you would be remiss to not enjoy a big slice of their coconut passion fruit layer cake or whatever layer cake they have available at the moment. Their cakes, their cookies, their pastry – it’s good, really (insert expletive) good!

Gwen
6600 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles 90028
@gwenla

Sweet News : Sanrio Hello Kitty Mini Cafe Opening!

Calling all Sanrio fans –  just announced the opening of the first Hello Kitty Mini Cafe at the Westfield Santa Ana mall. No more chasing after the Hello Kitty Cafe truck on its roving stops, the pink and white Hello Kitty adorned fast casual cafe will feature a menu of delectably adorable sweet treats like pies, tarts, cookies, pastries and cakes. It opens to the public Friday April 7.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! The Hello Kitty Mini Cafe is scheduled to open THIS Friday, April 7, at Westfield Santa Ana. Grand opening festivities will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday – with the first 50 people in line each day will receive a  complimentary beverage of their choice and the first 100 people in line each day will receive a commemorative “small gift”, to celebrate Sanrio’s ‘small gift, big smile’ philosophy.

Saveur’s 12 Favorite Dessert and Pastry Instagrams

When a site you love publishes their 12 Favorite Dessert and Pastry Instagrams and you are one of them, you think ‘wait what? me? really? no really?’ then you get excited, then you do the ugly cry because you are excited. An hour later you look at the list again and are in sheer admiration of the amazingly talented people in dessert and pastry and then you think ‘I’m not worthy!’. That was me last week. I’m so incredibly honored and humbled to be on this list.

Check out the full story here!

Last Minute Valentine’s Day (Sweet) Gifts | Los Angeles

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and if you haven’t already figured out what to get the sweetheart in your life here are some perfect last minute sweet treats!The beauty of apps like Postmates and Door Dash is the ease of getting last minute treats like Joan’s on Third. You can get your goodies delivered directly to you so you can hand deliver a gift OR you can set up delivery directly to your gift recipient. So if you haven’t planned out something special for your gal pal, special someone or favorite officemate may I suggest some chocolate cloud cupcakes, sugar cookies, meringue hearts, or Valentine’s Day candies. Be it cookie, cake or chocolate, Joan’s on Third is the ideal one stop shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day sweets!

Cookies By Design

Cookies by Design offers same day hand delivery of their super cute cookie bouquets. Add a Build-a-Bear to your array of sweets for the ultimate give you all the feels Valentine’s Day gift. The best part – you can custom design your cookies too. Something to note for future holidays!

Coolhaus

Who wouldn’t love a delivery of ice cream sandwiches? Give your special someone the gift of Coolhaus ice cream using any number of delivery services like UberEats or Caviar or stop into one of Coolhaus’ locations in Culver City and Pasadena. Chocolate cookies with strawberry ice cream certainly beats chocolate covered strawberries any day.

American Tea Room

American Tea Room’s newest seasonal creation is the perfect Valentine’s Day indulgence: Organic Maraschino Rooibos tea topped with whipped cream, a cherry and a delicate dusting of MAST Brother’s Milk Chocolate. (Think hot cocoa meeting the complexity of tea.) Grab your Valentine and enjoy some time together of a cup of The Chocolate Covered Cherry is available for a limited time at both LA American Tea Room locations (Beverly Hills & Arts District) through February 28.

Napoleon’s Macarons

It goes without saying that the world loves macarons. They’re pretty, petite, and special. And they fit snuggly into a bouquet of flowers for a delicious and creative twist to your Valentine’s Day flowers. Not going the flower route? They work perfectly on their own too and an assorted box of rose, chocolate cherry, raspberry and mandarin from Napoleon’s Macarons at the Americana at Brand are all the sweet shades of Valentine’s Day. There is plenty of parking which makes it easy to run over and pick up a quick last minute gift.

 

 

Best Mochi in Los Angeles

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What I love most about Los Angeles is that even having grown up here there is always something new to discover. LA has so many neighborhoods  and hidden gems to explore. Plus there is such amazing diversity in this city, it makes the neighborhoods and the neighborhood eateries that much more interesting.

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Take for example when I stumbled upon the sweetest fresh mochi shop in Little Tokyo, Downtown LA just a few weeks ago. I’ve been in and around downtown hundreds of times, but this little shop was not on my radar. Then over coffee and catching up with a pal she asked if I had ever been to Fugetsu-Do. I had never even heard of it when she mentioned it and she was shocked. Immediately after coffee I headed down the street to see what it was all about.

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Fugetsu-Do is known for traditional Japanese confections – mochi and manju. It has been operating in Los Angeles since 1903. Yeah 1903 and I only now stumbled upon it! It is run by the Kito family and was opened by Seiichi Kito. It was then managed by his son Roy Kito, and today his son Brian Kito manages it. They continue to supply mochi to Japanese markets, restaurants, and cafes around LA and beyond.

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It is a simple space and when walking in you would think not much has changed, but that is also part of the charm. They have a pastry case full of different mochi and manju.

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You can buy it by the piece or by the box. I got a sampling of 4 to start. Two of which ended up being the same thing whoops, I need to brush up on the Japanese flavor description for my next visit. The mochi was so pillowy soft and delicately sweet. I preferred the just mochi slices to the filled mochi. My favorite of which was the blueberry mochi, make sure to try this if you visit them. They sell other Japanese sweets and treats too beyond mochi if you are looking for more.

I’m now inspired to see what other hidden in plain sight treats await me in my own city! Have a spots like this in your city? Let me know in the comments below or share with me on Instagram @LetMeEatCake.

Fugetsu-Do 315 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Top 10 Sweets of 2016

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This year was filled with so much sweetness it was hard to narrow down a few of the best. I ate cake by the ocean, I devoured my weight in soft serve, I enjoyed new delicious donuts, and so much more. I traveled to new places this year and spent so much time on the road at points it even felt like I was hardly ever home. Along the way I enjoyed some memorable desserts that made 2016 one sweet year!

Here are ten of my favorite confections of the year:

fullsizerender I went to Sydney Australia for the first time this year to visit my good friends that were living there at the time. Beyond what seems like endless beautiful beaches, Sydney has an awesome dessert scene. From my 10 days there it was clear that Sydney was just like me — this city had a major sweet tooth! They have artisan ice cream, nouveau soft serve, elevated lamingtons, pastries galore, and tons of doughnuts. Doughnut Time not only makes small batch, hand-dipped doughnuts, they also have an array of douhgnut shakes. Why have just a doughnut when you can have a milkshake too!

 

fullsizerender_2I know Sidecar Doughnuts opened in LA at the end of last year, but having it even closer than before has been a game changer this year. Now what used to be an occasional special treat has become a monthly pilgramage. I still love their classics like butter salt, but I come in monthly to check out their specials. Sidecar remains my favorite doughnut in the U.S.!

 

fullsizerender_3Being a native Angeleno I have been to Univeral Studios more times than I can count. It has been fun seeing how it has evolved and how the rides and space have changed. This year I got myself an annual pass because: it’s an easy trip to get there, Harry Potter (duh!), and so that I can make donut runs. Yes, I’m not even kidding about the donut run thing. In the Simpsons area of the park there are so many fun themed treats, my favorite of which is Lard Lad Donuts. Despite it being amusement park food, these donuts are legit. They come in regular sized and extra large, the later of which is like a big cake with tons of frosting. For added indulgence walk across the way to Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor and you can get a donut sundae!

 

fullsizerender_5I have a confession to make, I’m not a huge chocolate lover. I’m super picky about it and it’s not often my first choice when ordering dessert. With that said, the chocolate treats aboard Princess Cruises may have changed my chocolate views. In partnership with Norman Love, Princess Cruises offers an exclusive Chocolate Journeys program available onboard fleetwide. There are different chocolate treats at various dining spots on board like this soft serve (which was limitless I may add). My favorites were the select artfully designed deserts available after dinner. This fun and unique offering was one sweet perk of cruising with Princess.

 

fullsizerender-10I visited Scottsdale this Fall to explore their culinary scene. I did not know what to expect having only passed through the Phoenix area in the past. Not only is this city gorgeous, it is bursting with delicious food. From farmers market sweets stalls to fine dining restaurants to holel dining, this is a city that likes to eat. I enjoyed checking out the local flavor from chocolateirs, olive oil producers that make sweets too, heritage grain farmers, bakeshops, and one of the best ice cream shops – Sweet Republic. They have been in the game since 2008 churning artisan ice cream with milk from local dairies in classic and unique flavors. It was so hard to choose, but I opted for a Toffee Banofi sundae. Go big or go home right?

 

fullsizerender-9 While in the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California this October our group enjoyed what for me was one of the best meals I enjoyed this year. It was at Traslomitas, the restaurant attached to the Lomita Winery. I’ve been to the Valle a few times in the past, but somehow each visit I missed Lomita. For what seems like a relatively small place there is seems to be so much to eat and drink. If you make a trip to the Valle de Guadalupe make sure this is on your list and make a reservation at Traslomita. The cooking her is phenomenal set right outdoors next to the winery. And while it may be difficult, save room for dessert because the treats here are GOOD! Pictured dulce de leche banana pudding with fresh whipped cream and toasted pistachios it was gone in 30 secs it was perfection.

 

fullsizerender-8A little over a year ago I took a flight up to San Franscisco for the day because I wanted to try Mr. Holmes Bakehouse’s famed cruffin that I had been seeing all over Instagram. I’m crazy about my desserts and LA to SF was a short flight. So I take the flight, but I didnt’ get said cruffin becuase they had sold out! So i made my way back to San Francisco this year and finally got a cruffin. They I got a few donuts, a croissant, and a pop tart too. The story doesn’t end there. After getting myself back to San Francisco and finally getting that cruffin, Mr.Holmes Bakehouse opened a location in Highland Park a mere 25 minutes away from me just a month later. So I didn’t need to fly back but cest la vie, now I can have Mr. Holmes whenever I please.

 

fullsizerender_6Right after my trip to Australia I went on my first ever cruise. It was a Viking Cruise through Provence and the Rhone Valley in France. Lucky for me I was with the best ever travel companions Krista and Aida. Together we ate our way through every market, hall,boulangerie, and patisserie we could find. My favorite of which was Baking Company Avignon. The quaint shop is tucked away down one of the many tiny winding streets in this provencial town. They have pastries, macarons, and merignues here that are perfect on the go while you are exploring the sites.

 

fullsizerender_1After that trip to France I was lucky enough to get to explore Spain’s Basque country with my best friends. We started in Bilbao for a few days, got a car and drove along the coast. While I loved each of our stops, Bilbao was my favorite and my favorite sweet find in this city were these outrageously gorgeous Carolinas. Carolinas are typical pastries found northern in Spain, specifically Bilbao. They consist of a tart made of puff pastry or pastry filled with cream or coconut cake, and a generous pompadour of meringue. If you are in Bilbao and seek these out, go to Pasteleria Suiza for the good stuff.

 

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When in Rome, don’t miss Pasticceria Regoli. One of the oldest pastry shops in the city, thier sweets still sell out daily. They are known for their maritozzi, a sweet bun topped with heavy whipped cream, which makes a perfect breakfast with a cappuccino at the counter. Cross over to the take-away side of the shop and you’ll be amazed at the variety of beautiful pastries and cakes.

Best Thanksgiving Pies in LA

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I don’t know about you, but to me that means PIE PIE PIE! In Los Angeles we are lucky to have a lot of great places to pick up whole pies for our Thanksgiving celebrations. Most of them have the classic pumpkin, pecan or apple pies and a lot of them have fun alternations like cider roasted apple pie, squash pie with coconut whipped cream, and toasted marshmallow spiced pumpkin.

I’m ready for pie, are you? Below are some great places to pick up your Thanksgiving pie no matter where you are in the city (click on the location name to be directed to their menu)!

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