I was super stoked when I found out Portland based Salt & Straw had opened a location in Los Angeles. I no longer needed to plan a trip to Portland just for the ice cream (don’t worry, Portland is still on top of my list of cities to explore next)! When Molly and I started planning her visit to Los Angeles, I knew we would have to check out Salt & Straw, so on Saturday that’s exactly what we did.
We started Saturday by checking out the James Perse sample sale. Molly had never been to a sample sale before so we thought it would be fun to check out. There was quite a line when we got there but luckily we only waited about 45 minutes. The warehouse was on the small side but still had quite a few selections. I picked up a simple white t shirt (I can always use another white t) and a loose fitting white tank while Molly found a cute black long sleeve dress and the same white tank I got. They even had wine and appetizers at the sale and a couple ping pong tables on the way out.
After the sample sale we headed over to Larchmont Village for lunch and ice cream. We went to the Larchmont Village Spirits, Wine, and Cheese shop and bought baguette sandwiches for lunch. I had a prosciutto and mozzeralla half sandwich which was the perfect size since we were planning on having ice cream. The sandwich was pretty good. It was a cute little shop with a variety of unique food items for purchase including gourmet flavors of honey and fancy proscuitto.
Finally after lunch, it was time for Salt & Straw. The ice cream parlor was a little smaller than I expected and quite crowed with people sitting inside as well as ordering. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long and the employee who helped us, offered us samples right away to help decide what to get! I sampled the Salted, Malted, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Toasted Coconut with Candied Macadamia Nuts. Both of which were really good but the Toasted Coconut was amazing! It’s even made with coconut milk and totally vegan friendly. I went with a double scoop of the Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and the Toasted Coconut. After the girl helping us put the first scoop of the Sea Salt in, I realized how massive a double scoop was and asked if my second scoop could be smaller! Next time I will definitely go with a split scoop; which it turns out is just two smaller scoops of different flavors. Molly went with the split scoop and it was like the perfect size. She went with the Chocolate Gooey Brownie and the Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons. All of the ice cream flavors were amazing! Their ice cream is thick and creamy and they have amazing unique flavors. I really liked that the flavors were different than what you get at a standard ice cream shop. I can see myself quickly becoming a regular at Salt & Straw!