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thanks for all of your enthusiastic responses to the last posts! we loved hearing your suggestions and we’re excited to continue the series. now, we’re talking about ice cream. there are so many places to try across the city and we’re highlighting our favorites. as a note, this is a round up of shops that serve primarily ice cream and not frozen yogurt or gelato. although, we have nothing against those things it’s an important differentiation. and we know it’s cold most places in the US right now, but LA still has it’s very warm days, perfect for ice cream. – joanie 


DIDDY RIESE | westwood
fresh cookie ice cream sandwiches made on the spot with your pick of cookie type and ice cream flavor for $2, need i say more? plan to wait in line and it’s cash only, but worth it.

SCOOPS | east hollywood, chinatown, westside
i’m not going to pick a favorite but this place definitely has some of the best ice cream in the city. unique flavors that are changing all the time, free sprinkles to put on top and several non-dairy options. note: this place is cash only.

JENI’S SPLENDID| los feliz
mint chip or the salty caramel are favorites or if you’re feeling really indulgent the tin roof sundae which could easily be shared.

CARMELA |pasadena and beverly grove
you can really taste how fresh the ice cream is here. and it’s amazing. i love that the have a pasadena location that is off the beaten path. their homemade waffle cones are delicious and so is every single one of their flavors. i don’t normally like sorbets but their lemon basil is excellent but cacao nib is my all time favorite.


MILK | mid-city and silver lake
their macaroon ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorite things, ever. they have so many different types of ice cream concoctions but get the ice cream sandwich or the coffee crunch milk shake.

SWEET ROSE CREAMERY |brentwood, mid city, studio city, santa monica and pacific palisades
their location in the brentwood country mart is a great place to stop on your way home from the beach (if you’re taking sunset blvd). ice cream always tastes better after a long hot day in the sun. their flavors change seasonally but their coffee flavor is a classic, always available and really good.

MASHTI MALONE’S | hollywood
laid back, classic hollywood joint that even has a few parking spots in front of their store (it’s in a strip mall). lots of flavors ranging from the classics to rosewater and friendly staff.

McCONNELL’S | downtown
tucked inside the grand central market downtown this place is known for their smooth creamy ice cream and crowd pleasing flavors like salted caramel chip and churros con leche. three scoop sampler is probably the way to go, it’s $5.50 but can satisfy two.


SALT AND STRAW | larchmont
i love the idea behind this shop and i think they must have the highest butter fat percentage around because their ice cream is seriously creamy. they get really experimental with their flavors but don’t be afraid to try them, i had one with tomato water in it one time and it was enjoyable. the line can get really long here.

it’s worth a trip the the sf valley for their super unique flavors like thai tea and honey lavender. top it off with delicious rose sugar crystals!

image credit: 1, 2, 3, 4



eating out at restaurants. can we call this a hobby? it’s definitely a huge part of our lives over in the designlovefest office. we get these two questions a lot, so we figured we would answer them here in our new LA column. and please answer below in the comments with YOUR two faves so we can try some new spots!

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joanie: brunch at the commissary at the line hotel. i love that you get to sit inside the greenhouse and that it’s right next to the pool. feels like a mini – vacation

bri: for dinner, i would say speranza for pasta and wine and a patio full of plants. i’ve had many looooong friend conversations on that patio. they make their own pasta there too! i love the linguini with clams. ps, make sure you get the free almond cookies at the end.

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erika: the rooftop bar at the ace hotel. it’s a great way to show them the city with a good view. plus, there’s live music from time to time.

wendy: chado tea room, cute place to experience a fun tea tasting where you’ll select your favorite tea flavor as you pair it with their delightful sandwiches, scones and dessert. perfect for a party of two!

natalie: the edendale, they have food if you feel like you need to eat without having to do a sit down dinner (but they have that option too) and there are lots of different areas to post up and have a conversation.


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bri: little beast. this is my NEW favorite date spot. it’s in eagle rock, the food is great and it feels like you’re dining in someone’s cozy house. mushroom risotto, whole chicken, beets and burrata. good for the soul.

joanie: put your name in at silver lake ramen, walk next door to thirsty crow for happy hour cocktails (the old fashioned and the fizz are my favorites).

wendy: maru santa monica. ideal location to go for amazing french and japanese inspired dishes, their dimly lit atmosphere creates the romantic mood while the scrumptious desserts complete the night. highly recommend the chocolate bread pudding, order two, you won’t regret it!


natalie: eat at the taco truck or pizza at two boots and then work it off on the dance floor at funky soul at the echo.

erika: mohawk bend. it’s a restored 100-year-old movie theatre and they have a TON of beer taps that are all $6.50. good beer = happy guy.

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i’m so happy that one of my very best friends cammy lives in california (we went to high school together!) and we got to collaborate on this fun event. her and her lovely partner cologne have a company called show me your mumu, a very beachy clothing brand based in venice. we thought it would be fun to bring our friends to the beach in malibu for a day of shopping for mumus, eating and drinking…it was the perfect summer party!

we let each girl pick their favorite mumu to wear to the party. i loved seeing which ones everyone was going to show up in, and it made the party so festive and colorful!

cologne’s fiance sam brought his australian coffee, vittoria, to the party…and i fell in love with those patterned cups! aren’t they so cool?

we set up a room upstairs in the beach house where people could each pick 3 of their favorite mumus and a pair of sunglasses. then the rest of the day we spent on the beach swing, lounging on the deck, and catching up with each other. it was my favorite day in a long time!

and how about our coffee boy’s cutoffs?! COOL.

heirloom la set up the most beautiful vegetarian spread with an ocean view. beet lasagna cupcakes, fresh crudite, peach gazpacho, spicy peppers…it all tasted just as good as it looked. i am never disappointed with this crew!! the presentation blew me away.

and how funny that out of 100’s of mumus…my best friend jen and i chose the same exact two patterns and mixed them together. when she walked in, i couldn’t stop laughing. we’re soul mates, i guess!

a day i’ll never forget…and here’s to hoping for more summer parties in my future! love you, mumu!

photos by: ryan hebert



i really love living in los angeles, i can’t really picture myself moving anytime soon (or maybe ever!). it’s so fun to travel to different cities but coming home is always great because this city is so familiar and comforting to me (i’ve lived here 9 years now.) i love having visitors in town and showing them all of the hidden gems. there are certain local places that just get skipped when you visit a new city, unless you have the inside scoop. that’s why i love what jessica and krissy are doing with their youtube show tastebuds travel. they’re traveling to eight cities across america and giving everyone the inside scoop on the local faves.

i took part in the LA episode and we went to one of my favorite little shops, Mrytle. the owner, whitney, has great taste and stocks both vintage and new. it’s not far from where i live. i love wondering in on a saturday and checking out her finds.

you can watch the whole episode below. which also features some other fun LA spots (one that i didn’t even know about!). check it out!

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i am so excited when a new restaurant opens in my neighborhood. i’m often very lazy when it comes to venturing out of my hood (traffic avoidance and i’m a convenience addict) so i usually end up eating at the same 5 or 6 restaurants on a regular basis. lately i’ve been pretty tired of the same old same old, so when ostrich farm opened down the street from me in echo park it was a happy day.


so first of all, the decor is STUNNING. every little detail was thought out. it’s such a romantic little spot. 4 of my girlfriends and i went there the other night for dinner and we couldn’t get over how great everything was!


the crab citrus and avocado salad is seriously amazing. the pork ossobuco with roasted fennel and polenta was next level good. i loved the roasted chicken over mashed potatoes, the brussels sprouts with pancetta and egg, and the flatbread appetizers…there wasn’t anything that was just ok on the menu.


delicious and beautifully plated!


i love the brass lights, white brick, and woven elements. and how about those gorgeous bar stools?!


i went in with jesse to shoot these photos for the blog and chatted with brooke, the owner, for a while. she told me they are opening late hours (1am) on thursday-sundays. very excited about some wine nights there. and brunch! they are opening on march 21st for brunch on the weekends, and i’ll be first in line for that.


if you want to follow some of my other favorite food spots you can check my instagram hashtag #dlffavefoodspot. and definitely stop by ostrich farm if you haven’t already.


Ostrich Farm
1525 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

photos by: jesse chamberlin for designlovefest

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