The charming patio of this new mid-city restaurant is the ideal setting for this dessert that I’m confident you too will become obsessed with. The Ponte is a soulful Italian restaurant from chef Scott Conant known for signature dishes like his famed spaghetti pomodoro. Since we are really here for the sweet stuff be sure to order dessert in addition to of course the spaghetti. The banana budino with rum caramel and toffee is decadent, rich, and delicious – it will be hard to share this one so maybe get two.
The Museum of Ice Cream is a real thing. So are ice cream fairies and rainbow sprinkle pools. Basically this museum is one big Instagram dream, you will hardly notice the art you will be taking so many pictures. If you love ice cream and you love pop culture-esq art then the Museum of Ice Cream is for you. It’s a fun Willy Wonka like 10 room gallery of ice cream fun. Here are some highlights from my preview visit last week. To keep some of the fun alive I’ve left out a lot that hopefully you will get to experience yourself.
You are greeted at the entrance and invited to enjoy some chocolate before entering through a perfectly pink door into the first exhibit of the museum. Don’t miss this pink telephone room. Seriously, pick up a phone because you are in for a silly and rather hilarious treat on the other end of the line. (see the full highlight video below)
There is in fact ice cream here. You can enjoy a scoop of McConnell’s ice cream shortly after entering, but it must be consumed in the room in which you receive it before you move on. No problem here because we love ice cream!
And there are other treats too like a handful of gummy bears with accompanying gummy bear inspired art. This is just some of the many thoughtfully curated and definitely ice cream themed rooms! Treats abound in this sensory overload of color and sweetness. It is definitely something to experience if only to jump into the 100 million plastic rainbow sprinkle pool.
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
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.
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 – 3pm; 323.544.9430; 6115 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 100, Los Angeles CA 90028; @paleyhollywood
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
GwenCoconut 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 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
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!
Calling all Sanrio fans – just announced the opening of the firstHello 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Whether you’re looking to for the perfect sweet treat for your sweetheart, Galentine, or even just yourself, LA’s best bakeries have got you covered, and they’re only a Lyft ride away. I’ve partnered with Lyft to bring you some of my favorite Valentine’s Day sweets.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.