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post #2851 of 2982
Jeni's is a great ice cream company based out of my hometown (Columbus, OH). They recently (last year) were plagued by the big L. https://jenis.com/blog/change-listeria-and-the-re-opening-of-our-kitchen/

My girlfriend got it before they found out they had it. She was in a world of pain for the better part of a week. Still hesitant to get Jeni's, but we've had it a couple times since they reopened
post #2852 of 2982
Good to know. Sorry to hear. Glad your girl is better. L is a nasty customer.
post #2853 of 2982
Jeni's has shut down twice due to listeria contamination - they were out in front of it and it was in the news. Posts here aren't going to affect them. Plus, they do have really great ice cream. There's a scoops in my neighborhood and I take my kid there a lot but the ice cream is kinda mediocre. Too icy, not very creamy. Jeni's and McConnells are both great.
post #2854 of 2982
That's the crazy thing about it. It can hide in the most random places for extended periods of time to rear its ugly head again, just when you think you sorted everything out.
Food safety is a young science, and everyone involved is constantly learning. Make your gut healthy(strong), and don't eat somewhere if something looks unhealthy. No reason to be afraid either, just aware or present.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
post #2855 of 2982
Where's a good soft serve ice cream place in LA? I'm tired of premium ice cream and just want magic shell with sprinkles kind of stuff.
post #2856 of 2982
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Originally Posted by brooks23 View Post
 

Salt & Straw was pretty underwhelming the only time I went. I'll stay close to home and roll the dice on some listeria at Jeni's.

 

IMHO, Salt & Straw is very, very overrated. They have a shop in a ritzy/trendy part of Portland (where I lived before LA) and the line is always out the door and sometimes around the block. My wife and I decided to give it a shot and were quite disappointed. I thought this may have been an anomaly, so I tried again a couple of months later and got the same result. What's with all the hype?


Edited by justridiculous - 5/17/16 at 5:18pm
post #2857 of 2982
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Originally Posted by 1969 View Post

Where's a good soft serve ice cream place in LA? I'm tired of premium ice cream and just want magic shell with sprinkles kind of stuff.

What part? There are some Fosters Freezes around.


I'm sure there are also some hipster foodie places that serve it ironically/assholeishly.
Edited by lawyerdad - 5/17/16 at 4:18pm
post #2858 of 2982

A Suitsupply Pop-Up store popped up at 1136 Abbot Kinney in Venice CA last Thursday.  It will be open for ten months.


The Suitsupply product looks better in person than it does on their website or in the pictures people post online.  Travis Pranger, the Made to Measure Specialist at the store, answered all the questions I had about fit and other things.

Went across the street to the Rockenwagner Bakery and had a very good iced ginger molasses cookie that came in a bag with my initial on it.  The cookie was $2.50, which is less than most cookies around here, and it was better than the typical local $3.00 cookie.


Last Friday, my friend and I had lunch at Tra Di Noi in the Malibu Country Mart.  We had pizza and prosecco.  I wanted to have the Pomodoro Fresco Pizza and my friend wanted to have the Margherita Pizza, so we had the Margherita Pizza.  It was a good pizza (but probably not as good as the Pomodoro Fresco Pizza would have been).

post #2859 of 2982
Most LA ice cream is over-rated… and WAY overpriced in my experience. Salt & Straw is a joke, Sweet Rose is okay, Beachy Cream in SaMo also just okay, Mashti Malone's has pretty interesting flavors and decent texture but again pretty pricey for the product. I get the feeling most of the shops around here are like Mast Bros. chocolate … sell a mediocre product at a luxury price to uninformed/careless consumers. McConnell's has to be the biggest joke in this department at over $8 or so a pint it's complete garbage.
Jeni's is good too for flavors but the texture is a bit off … and I've been to the main shop in Columbus, OH many times. I would recommend buying Graeter's (Cincy, OH) from Ralph's and calling it a day…. just make sure it's frozen rock solid when you get it.
Honestly, I had Kroger/Ralph's brand pistachio and honey the other day for $2 a pint and you'd be hard pressed to tell if Haagen Dazs or something else is much better (again for the price).

The two I've been wondering about are Quenelle and Neveux Artisan … anyone tried either of these? Lastly, having attended UCLA do not even mention Diddy Riese … ugh.

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Originally Posted by 1969 View Post

Where's a good soft serve ice cream place in LA? I'm tired of premium ice cream and just want magic shell with sprinkles kind of stuff.

I think Carvel does soft serve. That's another local joint I haven't tried as it looks kinda so-so, but having never been there I don't know for sure. There's one at SaMo Blvd and Sepulveda.
post #2860 of 2982
Price really complicates matters, especially if you're comparing it to your experiences in the midwest. I think Mcconnell's is good, leaving aside the price, both the flavors and the texture. I do love Graeder's, I'm pretty sure I first heard about them from you in this thread earlier.

For a good deal, the Trader Joe's brand premium ice cream in any flavor is great and relatively cheap.
post #2861 of 2982
Ice cream has become the new coffee, exactly what you describe with mediocre products, high pricing and hype not to mention more and more popping up capitalizing on the trend. I was appalled at the prices at salt and straw I think we paid like 11 dollars for two ice creams.

This is the persian bro in me but I will say this (and I forgot to mention) I love saffron and rose in westwood, the classic flavor has the texture by which all others are to be judged. I pick up the golo bol bol at the persian market and it is the heaviest, densest most decadent ice cream ever than you can actually fucking chew. It only has like four ingredients and has super high butter fat so the quart which is heavy as fuck and priced accordingly. It is the only ice cream that is worth it imho and it's relatively small batches. I've had the saffron and rose water at mashti malone and it's some bullshit, doesn't compare to the stuff I buy.
post #2862 of 2982
Competition and creativity are always good for the consumer. Growing up in SoCal there were few places to get a cone. Thrifty's, 31 Flavors, and Foster's Freeze were the regular. For a little more we could go to Swenson's or Carvel. Top of the line was Farrel's.
I like the new flavors, but miss the simplicity of a chocolate on a sugar cone.
post #2863 of 2982
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Originally Posted by Kid Nickels View Post

The two I've been wondering about are Quenelle and Neveux Artisan … anyone tried either of these? Lastly, having attended UCLA do not even mention Diddy Riese … ugh.

I remember Neveux Artisan was decent, but forgettable. I missed it - did anyone mention Carmela? All this 'boutique' ice cream and I don't recall seeing this. Also, any word on ICDC (ice cream donuts coffee on Beverly...not the 'college')?

Also, high-five to a fellow Bruin...but I have to note that as bad as Diddy Reese is, as a poor student, that $1 ice cream sandwich was heaven, paired perfectly with a burrito from Buck Fiddy and a Natty Ice at an apartment party on Landfair
Edited by CityHunter - 5/26/16 at 9:49am
post #2864 of 2982

I had a cucumber and mint sorbet at Carmela that was really great. Tried to replicate it at home but I can't get the texture right

post #2865 of 2982
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Originally Posted by CityHunter View Post

I remember Neveux Artisan was decent, but forgettable. I missed it - did anyone mention Carmela? All this 'boutique' ice cream and I don't recall seeing this. Also, any word on ICDC (ice cream donuts coffee on Beverly...not the 'college')?

Also, high-five to a fellow Bruin...but I have to note that as bad as Diddy Reese is, as a poor student, that $1 ice cream sandwich was heaven, paired perfectly with a burrito from Buck Fiddy and a Natty Ice at an apartment party on Landfair


Diddy riese! You get your money's worth.
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