Dessert

[Los Angeles] Carmela Ice Cream

Categories: Ice Cream, Dessert
Address: 7920 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles 90048
Hours: Mon-Sun Noon - 11pm
Price: $3.75/one scoop, $4.75/two scoops, $5.75/three scoops
Verdict: One of the best artisan ice cream spots in LA! Try their earl grey and salted caramel flavors. 

www.carmelaicecream.com| (323) 944-0232

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As a huge gelato/ice cream fan, I have been to almost all the ice cream parlors in LA that people claim are worth going to. 

However, I find myself coming back to Carmela again and again for their consistently creamy and flavorful artisan ice cream. Made in house, their ice cream is always thick, rich and smooth. If you're a fan of gelato, you'll like this place. 

 

 

You can different sample flavors but I strongly recommend their earl grey and salted caramel, as well as their chocolate sorbet (it's SO THICK that it's hard to believe it's actually just sorbet! I would have totally believed it's actually gelato.)

Prices here are a bit steeper than other ice cream places but trust me, it's worth the extra buck!

[Shanghai] La Crêperie: A Taste of Brittany

Categories: French, Crêperie
Address:  1 Taojiang Lu, near Fenyang Lu (Xuhui District); 桃江路1號, 近汾阳路 (徐匯區)
Hours:  Monday - Sunday, 11:00am-10:30pm
Date visited: May 2013
Price:  ¥40-65RMB per sweet crepe
Verdict: Not quite genuine compared to those in France, but probably the best in Shanghai; will give it another try

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I’ve wanted to check out this place for a while now. My love for crepes has definitely shot up after having lived in Paris for a few months. Don’t get me wrong though - I’ve always been fond of crepes and you’d think that I’d be sick of eating them by now - but NO, those authentic French crepes are really some life-changing somethings!

Back to La Crêperie. A popular brunch and dessert place for locals and expats, the restaurant opened its first chain in Shanghai in 2007. A second Shanghai store just recently opened in Jing An, but there are also other branches in Hong Kong and Saigon. The concept was to bring Brittany's most famous culinary exports to the Shanghai community (Brittany is a region of northwestern France where crepes originated). La Crêperie did exactly this: its menu has a large selection of salty and savory buckwheat galettes as well as dreamy sweet crepes.

My friend and I decided to walk over for dessert after a healthy lunch at Sproutworks (review coming soon).

Having been here once before, my foodie friend commented that the crepes here are huge and definitely large enough for two to share. She’s tried their signature La Defi sweet crepe last time and thought it was delicious. To try something new, we ordered the L’Ambassadeur crepe (60RMB; Ferrero Rocher ice cream, chocolate sauce, grilled hazelnuts, whipped cream) this time.

L’Ambassadeur (60RMB) -  Ferrero Rocher ice cream, chocolate sauce, grilled hazelnuts, whipped cream

L’Ambassadeur (60RMB) - Ferrero Rocher ice cream, chocolate sauce, grilled hazelnuts, whipped cream

Close up of L'Ambassadeur

Close up of L'Ambassadeur

To be honest, I was fairly disappointed. The crepe itself was too thick and chewy by French standards, and the batter's ratio of flour to water was certainly off by more than just a little. The whipped cream or chocolate sauce wasn’t anything special, and the Ferrero Rocher ice cream wasn’t flavorful enough. I’ve definitely had better. However, keep in mind that I'm definitely biased. I frequently ate crepes in Paris and thus my standards are relatively high. 

I’ll give this place another try though. I still want to try their savory gazettes and my friend did agree that their famous La Defi she had last time was better.

On a side note, the décor was cute, and all the waiters wore sailor uniforms and spoke English!

Cute salt & pepper shakers

Cute salt & pepper shakers

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[Oslo] Åpent Bakeri

Åpent Bakeri means "Open Bakery" in English and they're often regarded as the best in Norway. 

Categories: Bakery, cafe
Address: 
Parkveien 27, Oslo 0350, Norway
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Åsengata 42 (Hans Nilsen Hauges gate), Oslo 0480Norway
Damplassen 24-25, Oslo 0852, Norway
Date visited: February 2013
Price: 60-180 NOK
Verdict: A must. A perfect cozy bakery with the best housemade jam on earth.

Freshly baked scone with housemade jam and cappuccino

Freshly baked scone with housemade jam and cappuccino

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Has a variety of top quality freshly made pastries, bread rolls, cakes, scones, and salads
  • Coffee, tea & juices
  • Good for breakfast or afternoon hangout
  • The housemade jam is the BEST - do not miss out on this (there is a bowl at the counter that you can scoop as much as you want) 
  • Great unostentatious and welcoming environment
  • Very good and cheap option in Norway
  • Recommendations:
    - JAM with anything (scone, bread)
    - Breakfast platter (yogurt with berries, eggs, bacon, etc.)
    - Pain au chocolate

 

[Paris] Le Loir Dans La Théière

Categories: Tearoom, Desserts
Address: 3 rue des Rosiers, Paris 75004 (Marais)
Date visited: January 2013
Price:  8-15 €  
Verdict: : Alice in Wonderland Themed Cute Teahouse? Cute! Will be back to try more cakes.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A cute and quaint little Bohemian-styled Alice in Wonderland teashop in the Marais 
  • Large squishy antique sofas
  • Walls and shelves full of quirky murals and antiques
  • Specializes in baked goods
  • Amazing selection of teas and cakes (huge slices!)
  • Great atmosphere, very cozy, perfect for 
  • Recommendations:
    - Lemon meringue pie

WATCH OUT

  • Closes at 7pm everyday
  • Cakes run out quick! 
  • There may be a long line on weekends