July 19th, 2016
You may not be aware of it, but at this very moment, you are under a patriotic obligation to indulge in something you may consider a wee bit sinful. Not just sinful, but cold. Actually sinful, cold and unbelievably delicious. Figure it out yet? We’re talking about ICE CREAM and the fabulous, Reagan-inspired National Ice Cream Month (which by the way, is NOW)! For the entire month of July, you are greatly encouraged to throw your sugar-caution to the wind at least once and dig into the icy, decadent, summery treat you’ve been dreaming about since summer began. The rules of the month-long ice cream homage are flexible — you can go for the premium real deal ice cream for sure, but no one’s going to blink an eye if you opt for a cool gelato, some flavorful froyo or one of the unbelievably good plant-based “ice creams” (have you tried the Ben & Jerry’s “non-dairy” P.B. & Cookies yet? Whoa, it’s fab).
Here are a few nearby spots to check out for a quick indulgence:
Cold Stone Creamery
36 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey
A granite slab, endless toppings and fresh, daily made ice cream come together to create some serious ice cream deliciousness — obviously a prime spot to get your National Ice Cream Month fix. Try the Rainbow Cookie Batter™, Our Strawberry Blonde®, the Apple Pie A La Coldstone®, or your own crazy and amazing concoction… this is where ice cream dreams come true.
Penguins Frozen Yogurt
4023 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey
This cute little strip mall shop is a hometown favorite with lots of great froyo and ice cream flavors, yummy toppings and really good prices. Try the cake batter frozen yogurt with Butterfinger topping if you’re really needing to hit the sweet tooth or if you want to minimally indulge, you can opt for one of their low sugar, low calorie treats.
Bonaventura Gelato Lounge
4724 Lincoln Blvd, Marina del Rey
Mmmmm gelato — ice cream’s lower-fat, super velvety cousin is totally a viable National Ice Cream Month option and the super friendly Bonaventura Gelato Lounge is the place to go. If you want to go with just plain old gelato, you’ll have a great flavor selection to choose from (including flavor of the day!), but the true path to happiness (and calories) lies in the GELADOUGH® because… it’s a gelato in a donut. Come on, is there anything better? Also, don’t miss their famous gelato spaghetti sundae — yeah, you may need to head there more than once.
Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop
2441 Main Street, Santa Monica
Sure, you can pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s at the market but if you want the ice-cream shop experience, you can jet up to Santa Monica and hit the B & J Scoop Shop on Main Street. You know what’s waiting for you — Chunky Monkey®, Vanilla Toffee Bar Crunch, Cherry Garcia® … Bourbon Brown Butter… Oh yes, there is no “wrong order” when it comes to Ben & Jerry’s.
Salt & Straw
1357 Abbot Kinney, Venice
Portland’s Salt & Straw has become an LA staple for ice cream lovers looking for something a little different that’s crazy, jaw-droppingly delicious. Flavors like Avocado & Strawberry Sherbet? Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese? Don’t knock it till you try it, folks. And for the purists, there’s amazing, dependably drool-worthy options like Sea Salt Caramel Ribbons, Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate and Chocolate Gooey Brownie. Oh! And there’s also the “July Berry Series” going on that you’ll totally want to check out.
If you are determined to make the most out of National Ice Cream Month but you’re thinking 31 days of celebrating at ice cream shops is a bit much, then we have a great way to honor the holiday with less guilt. Ready for this? Get some bananas, chop them into chunks and freeze them. Then, plop them in your food processor or blender and blend, blend, blend…. And blend some more. When it looks like soft serve ice cream, you’re ready for the most delicious, zero-guilt treat ever. And if you want to get fancy, you can toss in some fresh strawberries, maybe some chocolate syrup or even some peanut butter to add some extra flavor to the mix. You’re welcome.
In the meantime, what’s been your favorite ice-cream shop splurge so far this month? Have you tried the GELADOUGH? Are you giving one of the non-traditional options a try at Salt & Straw? Let us know.