Larchmont Village is one of my most favorite neighborhoods in LA. Wedged in-between Koreatown and Hollywood, this quaint little street feels out of place in the best way. Adam and I have history here, rarely missing a farmers market, even adopting our beloved dog Maddie here almost 8 years ago. But the neighborhood has since changed and many of the mom and pop shops are sadly gone. I love coffee too, but I don’t need seven coffee shops on one block. It might actually be eight. But with the eight coffee shops came two ice cream places. And it was time for me to investigate.
We hit up the Farmers’ Market a couple Sundays ago and decided to grab a scoop from Salt & Straw. This place is no Ben and Jerry’s. Black Olive Brittle and Goat Cheese anyone? Not me, I’m a mint-chip kinda girl. I was in luck with some seasonal Peppermint Cocoa, and it was pretty perfect. The peppermint patties gave the ice cream some nice crunch, and the pure peppermint oil made my breath smell good. Although we’re both still working on our adjectives, I could tell Theo was happy.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream moved onto Larchmont last spring and we still hadn’t tried it, but a few weeks after Salt & Straw we were ready. Per usual I was in the mood to sample, we tried both Bangkok Peanut & Brown Butter Almond Brittle. Incredible. I would have kept going but Theo was ready for the main event. I deferred to mint again, their version being Dark Chocolate Peppermint and it didn’t disappoint. It was super rich, almost like a truffle, so sharing the scoop was more than enough. At least for me. Theo was still asking for more when we left. But I may have swindled him.
I can’t tell you which place is better. That’s not what this is about. Really, it’s just an excuse for me to eat ice cream.