JustDessertsLA

Last weekend I was in LA for my Mother-In-Laws birthday. So, of course I had to go to a few places I have been hearing about. I packed a lot of desserts in in three days…thank God the NYSC was waiting for me back in NYC!
sdc10388sdc10386sdc10393One of my first stops was Yummy Cupcakes in Santa Monica. After shopping around the Promenade, I needed a pick me up. My friend Katie, who also LOVES desserts, was with me so we were able to try two cupcakes! I loved the many flavors Yummy Cupcakes had to offer. From Apple Pie, Chocolate Coconut, Brown Sugar, you name it…they’re bakin’ it! We tried the Brown Sugar with Cream Cheese Frosting and the Fudgey Honey. Baked fresh everyday and only with wholesome ingredients, you can tell these cupcakes are made with love. The Brown Sugar cake was almost identical to a coffee cake with a cinnamon swirl and a crunchy top. The cream cheese frosting was a perfect match and an excellent consistency. It was a wonderful afternoon cupcake! The Fudgey Honey (I think that was the name) was an extremely moist chocolate cake, filled with chocolate, frosting with a whipped chocolate buttercream, and covered in chocolate sprinkles!!!! This is a chocolate lovers DREAM!! I think the filling inside the cupcake contributed to its moistness. You could definitely tell it was just made.
sdc10395 The next night I headed to Milk. WOW! Milk has sundaes, milkshakes, cookies, cakes, pastries…everything! Luckily I was in a big group so we ordered A LOT! The first up was the Blue Velvet Cake. That’s right, it’s just like Red Velvet, but BLUE. I had to try it seeing that I love the original. I ordered an extra side of frosting just in case there wasn’t enough on the slice. The cake itself tasted exactly the same, as did the cream cheese frosting. What was different was frozen blueberries mixed into the frosting layers and a chocolate covered blueberry on top. In my opinion they should name it Blueberry Velvet Cake to make it stand out more. I LOVED the blueberry addition and there was totally enough frosting… so I used that to frost my cookies!!! Cookies…we had the chocolate chip and snickerdoodle. The snickerdoodle was absolute perfection. It was crunchy on the outside and oh so chewy inside. Thick, sweet, and dusted with cinnamon this cookie was even more delicious dipped in the frosting. The chocolate chip was also fantastic. Nice size, good thickness, and lots of chocolate!! We were two for two!
sdc10423sdc10418Next up was the Milky Way Milkshake. “Milk” did a play on words here because it ended up being a malted milk ball milkshake, instead of the candy bar Milky Way. I am not a huge fan of Whopper candies, of which was a main ingredient in the shake, so this was not my favorite. (My husband picked the flavor, not me :)) However, this shake was very good. In no way did I not enjoy drinking it. It was very rich and blended with many malt balls! Every sip had pieces of candy in it. The glass is swirled with chocolate sauce before the shake is poured in and then topped with real whipped cream and more sauce! My brother in law swears by the Triple Chocolate Shake here, so if I get back here I will have to try it! Milk Bar is a MUST STOP if you are in LALA land!
sdc10429 sdc10431Last but NOT least…the OOEY GOOEY COOKIE SUNDAE! Ladies and Gentleman this sundae was brilliant. The ooey gooey cookie is a Milk speciality…double chocolate chip with an inbetween brownie and cookie density. They were out of the coconut gelato that normally comes in the sundae so we opted for Banana Dolce De Leche. The gelato blew our minds. Each bite tasted like you were eating a whole banana split. The flavors exploded in our mouths. The cookies were cake like and gooey, just like their name. Topped with the mound of whipped cream, this sundae was like a chocolate frozen banana popsicle. AMAZZZZING!!!!!
sdc10439 I had one more stop that I had to make it to…Millions of Milkshakes. I had never heard of this place until my friend Katie kindly filled me in. Honestly, just hearing the name I was sold! All of their speciality milkshakes here are named after their celebrity cliental. But, you can also choose between regular soft serve, frozen yogurt, or soy soft serve and a whole toppings bar with every kind of candy you know and don’t know. They also have a variety of sauces and fresh fruit! Ok, so what did Blondie choose? After debating for several minutes I decided to go with a speciality shake, the Miley Cyrus. Apparently Miley orders this creation…peanut butter cups, chocolate chip cookie dough, and whipped cream. Watching them make my shake, I was in AWE! Very generous portions of cookie dough and PB cups are dumped into the blender. Then they dispense the fro-yo in and start blending. No milk here folks. The result…and extra thick, you could eat this thing with a spoon, creamy, chock full of candy milkshake! They top it with whipped cream and a chocolate flake bar and on my way out I stop to add sprinkles at the sprinkle station. (Sidenote…Sprinkle station=GENIUS!) I am not a big fan of Miley, but I am a fan of her milkshake!!!

Hey guys, it’s Brownie!  I just recently spent a little time in LA doing a fabulous show called Minsky’s!  While I was there, I tried many fantastic sweet treats!  I thought I’d share them with you!

The Griddle Cafe
7916 Sunset Blvd.,
Hollywood, CA 90046
(Corner of Sunset and Fairfax)
(323) 874-0377
www.thegriddlecafe.com

The best breakfast place on Earth has been found!  I know, this is breakfast we’re talking about, but it’s dessert breakfast!  Never in your wildest dreams could you imagine the brilliant concoctions this diner style eatery creates.  On my trip to LA, where I was doing a show, I found some great West Coast sweets.  I was very lucky to be introduced to The Griddle Cafe.  It’s a loud and crowded atmosphere that usually includes a wait to be seated, but what I found was it is all worth it.  Pancakes are enormous and mouth-watering in unique flavors.  Actually, everything is huge portions.  I don’t know who could finish the pancakes; not even Brownie and Blondie!  Let me just zoom through the sweet breakfast treats!

dscn2128
“Banana Nana”- brown sugar-baked bananas in their buttermilk batter.

dscn2130dscn2140
“Eyes Wide Open”- a shot of espresso and semi sweet chocolate chips in their buttermilk batter.

dscn2131dscn2132
“Tis The Season”- their “Good Ol’ Fashioned” pancakes mixed with pumpkin fillling topped with whipped
cream, powdered sugar, and pumpkin filling.

dscn2133dscn2134
“The Golden Ticket”- “Banana Nana” pancakes filled with caramel, walnuts, and streusel, then topped with
real whipped cream, caramel, and streusel!  SO GOOD!

dscn2135dscn2139
“Peanut Bubba” Crunchy French Toast- their “Mom’s Franch Toast” dipped in a peanut butter crunch (which is
crushed Nutter Butters), then grilled and topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream!  MY FAVORITE DISH!

Aroma Cafe
4360 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, California 91604
818.508.0677
www.aromacoffeeandtea.com

This is an adorable cafe with delectable food and dessert.  You order at the counter and they serve it to your table.  You have a choice of eating in their outdoor library or outdoor garden.  With the sun shining bright, my friends and I decided to sit in the garden.  Not only was the food amazing and fresh, the atmosphere was relaxing.  I must compliment them on their fantastic peanut butter mousse pie.  The bottom was a graham cracker crust, then a chocolate fudge layer, and the top was peanut butter mousse.  The different textures were perfect together, and the crust just crumbled in my mouth.  I tried their peanut butter cookie, which was generous in size and nutty in flavor.  A nice change from the popular sugary version.  I do have to say though, steer clear of the red velvet cake if you’re a connoisseur of the treat like Blondie.  The cream cheese icing was well, cream cheese.  It seemed not whipped with enough sugar, and well just not whipped enough.  Overall though, this place is  a MUST when visiting LA!  Cute place with a cute shop inside in a cute area!

dscn2191dscn2190
Peanut Butter Mousse Pie
dscn2181dscn2182dscn2183dscn2192

Diddy Riese
926 Broxton Avenue
Westwood, CA 90024
310-208-0448
www.diddyriese.com

What could be better than getting to choose any two cookies and any one ice cream flavor to put between them, making your own ice cream sandwich?  Well, that would have to be the whole thing costing only $1.50!  That’s right, Diddy Riese located in Westwood, caters to the students of nearby UCLA.  With lines out the door, this place is in high demand.  Their cookies are delicious!  They use Dreyer’s Ice Cream, which isn’t too bad either.  I chose a Chocolate Chip cookie and a Candy Chocolate Chip cookie with Strawberry Cheescake Chunk ice cream in the middle.  Delish!  My friend chose two White Chocolte Chip cookies with Cookie Dough ice cream in the middle.  They get quite messy, so they’re served in a cup.  I ate mine fast, and I could have had another, but my friend let me devour a good chunk of his:-).  What a fun, tastey, and cheap treat on a hot and sunny California day!

dscn2168dscn2176dscn2172

Sprinkles Cupcakes
9635 Little Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310-274-8765
www.sprinklescupcakes.com

So I’ve heard that these cupcakes are the “Magnolia” of the West Coast so I had to try them!  My conclusion is yes, they are…but better!  Mind you, I tried seven kinds, and they were all fabulous (except for the cinnamon sugar…too plain).  Blondie and I are icing fanatics, so we have high standards!  This place definitely hit the bullseye in my palat.   The cake was moist in every flavor, and the icing was thick and creamy.  My favorite flavors were the banana with creamy vanilla icing, red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and chocolate cake with fudgey milk chocolate cream cheese frosting!  I wish we had this place in NYC!  But oh guess what?……It’s coming to NY soon!  YAY!

dscn2196dscn2197
dscn2195dscn2201dscn2200dscn2207

Ca Del Sole
4100 Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91602
818.985.5596
www.cadelsole.com

When out to dinner with friends, I was pleasantly surprised by the “dolce” of the evening.  I usually don’t have high expectations for desserts at Italian restaurants, so I felt the need to tell you about a particular one here.  The Cioccolato is warm chocolate and almond cake served with vanilla cream sauce.  I’m not a fan of chocolate almond cake so I opted just for vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.  My friend ordered the cake, and I’m very glad she did.  It was actually just topped with shaved almonds instead of an almond flavor in the chocolate.  It was so fudgey, like a chocolate molten cake.  Seriously, this was amazingly rich and fabulous like a gooey brownie is right out of the oven.  The shaved almonds added a nice contrast in texture without giving it too strong of an almond taste.  My ice cream paired perfectly with the dessert, making it a spectacular finish to a wonderful Italian meal!

dscn2256dscn2258
dscn2257

Tortilla Jo’s Downtown Disney

After a long and happy day at Disneyland, my gang and I went to Downtown Disney for a Mexican dinner.  Most Mexican restaurants have a similar array of desserts, just like this one had listed.  Fried ice cream sounded pretty good, so I ordered it.  Man, this was the BEST fried ice cream I’ve ever had!  It wasn’t hard to dig in to like most, and it wasn’t plain like most.  It was soft chocolate chip ice cream covered in crumbled Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, then fried and topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce!   I was so impressed by the unique take on the dish!  I couldn’t get enough of the taste either.  It was definitely a “Diamond in the Rough” as Jafar in Aladdin would say.  Well, they are right when they say it’s the happiest place on Earth.  For me, that place is where there’s good dessert!

dscn2158dscn2159

Candy Store on Main Street in Disneyland

Ok, so my friend mentioned she always gets this treat when at Disney, so of course I had to try it!  I am giving a big shout out the whoever invented the chocolate covered marshmallow on a stick!  I got the dark chocolate one.  Between the chocolate and the marshmallow, is a layer of caramel.  It makes the whole thing so many fabulous levels of chewiness:-).   This is such a unique treat, and I definitely wish I had gotten a box to take home to the East Coast!

photophoto2

The Standard Hotel
550 South Flower at Sixth Street
Los Angeles CA 90071
(213) 892-8080

8300 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood California 90069
(323) 650-9090

www.standardhotels.com

For a night out after the show, I went with friends to The Standard Hotel in Downtown LA.  It’s a very chic and posh hangout, where they have an amazing rooftop bar/lounge.  There are waterbed pods, a swimming pool, a dance floor, and lounge chairs all over.  Their nosh menu intriqued me when I saw they had a peanut butter, banana, and marshmallow sandwich with a side of chocolate dipping sauce.  Well, I was getting hungry so I thought it was a perfect way to combine dinner and dessert!  I have to say this was a great sandwich.  All of the ingredients were even in portion, and the chocolate dipping sauce was the perfect amount. I appluad The Standard for making something off-the-eaten-path at cool nightclubs.

dscn2141dscn2142

Sweet Lady Jane
8360 Melrose Ave.
LA, CA 90069
323-653-7145
www.sweetladyjane.com

What an adorable little dessert shop!  What I liked about this place was the service.  I was helped by a very friendly employee, and what’s unique is that it’s a “sit down” dessert place.  With pretty  doilies on the table, you can order and have dessert and coffee served to you on beautiful dishes!  I ordered a red velvet cupcake with a cappuccino, and my friend ordered a piece of Triple Berry Shortcake with a cappuccino.  The icing on the red velvet cake was THE BEST cream cheese icing I’ve ever had!  I could have eaten a tub of it!  The cake was good, but the icing made the cupcake.  I’m telling you, there is no better cream cheese icing than theirs.  The delicious Triple Berry Shortcake was first, an enormous piece, and also refreshingly light.  The yellow butter cake was the perfect texture for a shortcake.  So crumbly, it was filled with whipped cream and berries (they use seasonal berries).  They definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to cakes!  The coffee was a perfect finishing touch to the experience.  I highly recommend you stop by this fairytale-looking spot!

dscn2115dscn2119
dscn2114dscn2118dscn2116