We All Scream For Ice Cream: Top 5 Ice Cream Spots In LA

You know what’s perfect for those exhaustingly hot summer days? Of course you do! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Here at Minty Jungle HQ, we looooove to cool down on a hot day with a scoop or two (or three) of delicious ice cream. In LA, there are tons of ice cream shops but we’ll give you a run down of our top five faves!

1.Peddler’s Creamery

Peddler’s is located in Downtown LA. In comparison to some of the other shops on our list, these guys are SUPER unique because the ice cream is churned by bicycle! Yup, you read that right! Customers who come in to the store around 7-8PM get the chance to churned ice cream by peddling on a bike right in the store. If you peddle and help them make ice cream, you get a free scoop of ice cream. We’re so down! Peddler’s offers house-made ice cream, sorbet, and vegan desserts prepared with local and organic ingredients.
Our Fave Flavor: Mint Chocolate Cookies n’ Cream.

2. Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw is originally from the hipster-foodie capital of Portland, Oregon. Thank God it’s now available for us LA natives in Larchmont Village. Salt & Straw puts an artisanal churn on your normal scoop of ice cream. Their classic flavors consists Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, Freckled Woodblock Chocolate, Avocado Strawberry, Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts, along with too many other explosive flavors. They also have seasonal flavors that are unique and dangerously delicious. If you can’t decide on which flavor you want try, their flight plate is only $10 and comes with your choice of four flavors from both classic and seasonal menus.
Our Fave Flavors: Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts (classic) and Peppermint Hot Cocoa (winter seasonal menu)

3. Scoops

Scoops might look plain from their exterior, but it is definitely a must-try! This place known for their unexpected flavor combinations like Guinness Chocolate, Brown Bread, Strawberry Balsamic, Banana Oreo, and Bacon Caramel. They have different flavors everyday, so your favorite might not be there on a daily, but it does give you the chance to be daring and give something new a try! They also have a suggestion board where customers can suggest flavor combinations they want to see. Scoops has many locations in LA, so make sure to stop by your nearest one asap!
Our Fave Flavor: Guinness Coffee

4. Carmela Ice Cream

Carmela Ice Cream is known for their cute interior and refreshing ice cream flavors. They use natural ingredients for some of their ice cream flavors such as Fresh Mint with Cacao Nibs, Lavender Honey, Cranberry Orange Thyme Sorbet, and Roasted Sweet Potato. Carmela also has seasonal flavors and weekly flavors so keep your eyes open for those!
Our Fave Flavors: Earl Grey tea and Fresh Mint w/ Cacao Nibs

5. Saffron & Rose Ice Cream

Saffron & Rose might not look like the fanciest ice cream place from the outside, but exotic ice cream flavors await you on the inside. Saffron & Rose is famous for their organic Persian ice cream. Saffron & Rose’s flavors are really different from the classic flavors that normal ice cream places have. They have one of a kind flavors like White Rose, Saffron pistachio, orange blossom, watermelon, cucumber, and many more. The unique flavors are definitely worth trying, so if your ever in Westwood make sure you swing by Saffron & Rose for a taste!
Our Fave Flavors: Saffron Pistachio and White Rose

Let us know about YOUR go-to ice cream shops and flavors! ;)

Foodie Alert: Sunday Funday Brunch Deals in Los Angeles!

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This Sunday, August 30, is definitely looking brighter! DineLa has partner with FXX and seven popular restaurants to offer brunch specials for only $25! The one-day-only Sunday Funday brunch is to celebrate the second season of the FXX’s hit show “You’re the Worst” which premieres on September 9, 2015.

This event gives brunch lovers the chance to chose from seven LA hot spots, who will have a special menu for this very special Sunday Funday. From each restaurant’s brunch menu, you can select one entree and one side or dessert, plus a bottomless beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) all for $25! *Menus are subject to change*

If you plan on attending this event make sure you make a reservation at the restaurant you plan on going to, because it’s sure to be a busy day!

Check out the link to all of the info and menus for each restaurant here!

List of participating restaurants:
Abigaile
A-Frame
The Church Key
Love & Salt
Maximiliano
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar on Fairfax
Wild Craft

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5 Healthy Breakfast Ideas to Kick Off Your Day

5 Healthy Breakfast Ideas to Kick Off Your Day!

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A great way to kick off your day is the infamous acai bowl! Instead of the usual acai base, try pitaya, a dragonfruit base that’ll turn your bowl bright neon pink! Top your base with some strawbs, kiwi’s, nana’s, and add some granola for some extra crunch!

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In need of something more fulfilling? Try protein pancakes or belgian waffles. Again, don’t forget to add your favorite fruits! To really top it off, add a drizzle of almond butter or Nutella on top! Promise its delish!

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Don’t have time to make breakfast cuz you’re a bust superwoman? No fear! Pre-juice your daily greens (or in some cases, pink!) the day before a fully booked day and package into a super cute container to take to-go as you save the world :)

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Say hello to our old, but healthy friend, the parfait– except the new and improved version! Release your inner decorating skills by getting creative in different ways to present your breakfast! Add some chia seeds, hemp seeds, and a dash of nuts and you have perfection!

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Fruits are the way to go! Watermelons, Apples, Kiwis, Cantaloupe, you name it! Add them to your salads or just eat ’em raw. Package them in a cute mason jar to take to-go. Add a scoop of peanut or almond butter if you need an extra boost!

+ Photos are from @rrayyme

 

Tasty Tuesday: Mexican Fruit Stand

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In honor of Cinco De Mayo, we thought we’d share one of our favorite all-time snacks! As you might know, Minty Jungle is based out of the concrete jungle of Los Angeles, so everywhere we look, we’re sure to find colorful displays of food that makes our tummies smile. One of the best things you’ll find in Downtown LA is the crazy amounts of Mexican fruit stands. It’s so common to walk down the street on a hot sunny day and notice a bunch of fresh fruits staring at you in the face screaming, “Buy me!” It’s quite hard to resist when the vendor has a charming smile on his face and motions you over to the stand. Sweet salvation all while being healthy? Yes, please!

Read on to find out more about our fave munchies!

Have you guys ever heard of Tajin Fruit Seasoning? You’ll often come across it at any fruit stand you pass. Here’s what it looks like sprinkled over some tasty treats:

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Tajin is a Mexican company that produces several varieties of seasoning, most consisting of an awesome combination of chile peppers, lime, and salt. You can throw it on just about any fruits or veggies.

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With warmer days ahead, this makes for the perfect summer snack with a spicy kick! If you guys haven’t tried this delicious treat yet, don’t wave that vendor off next time. Or better yet, cut up your own fruits and veggies at home and throw on some Tajin! You can thank us later ;) Happy snacking! ^.^

Tasty Tuesday: Artesana Popsicles

This is for all of the local La foodies out there hunting for a tasty snack to cool down on a beautiful sunny day, such as this lovely Tuesday. We found this gem during a stroll neatly tucked away along 8th street in Downtown Los Angeles. It’s a small little shop filled with a lot of flavor! These delicious popsicles follows the traditional craft of artisan Mexican paletas (ice pops) and are made to induce drooling by infusing real fruit, herbs, and spices! With friendly service and only $3 a pop, we’re sure you’ll be hooked and you just can’t stop! ;)

More info:

http://www.artesanapops.com/

Address: 220 W. 8th St. Downtown LA 90014.
Regular winter hours:
11am – 1:30pm
2pm – 6pm.
Closed during rainy days
Phone: 213.995.6905
Email: contact@artesanapops.com
Social: @artesanapops

Top 10 Ways To Help Your Monday Blues Melt Away…

I don’t know about you guys, but the struggle is real with the Monday Blues here in the Minty Jungle. Surely most of you out there can relate to this statement every F@#$% Monday…

Well, the tribe may have a few legit solutions for you to fix that salty start of the week. Although some of them seem a bit crazy (like seriously :/) we decided to try them ourselves, so WTH you guys should too!

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1.Coffee in small frequent doses …Duh! Coffee has been the waking up solution for years now, however apparently they are even better ways on how to get the best and most energy from coffee! Ding ding ding! Score! And here is how: Lifehacker.com did an interview with neuroscientist Chris Chatham were he says small and frequent doses will improve your mental and physical performance rather than large doses. So basically one cup per hour would be a good start instead of a whole thermos!

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2.The B Vitamins: Evidently we all need to take our daily dose of vitamins, however they are certain vitamins for the B vitamins serve specifically the purpose of boosting your energy, and more specifically B12. This particular B vitamin will turn your carbs into the glucose that your body uses to keep you more awake and alert.

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3.Bite a Lemon! Sounds crazy, but the sourness in this citric will give you a slap in the face, instantly waking you up and sending signals to all of your body to shake off the feeling

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4.Walk Around: Ok, I know all of us are going to need this one at some point! Studies (and myself) have found that changing your physiology such as your postures or the ways you use your body, will also make your mood change! Apparently they are certain things to improve certain moods according to www.positivityblog.com if you force a smile for about 60 seconds you will actually feel happier, if you wann feel more confident stand up and walk around for a few minutes.

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5.Listen and/or watch inspirational stuff! Maybe some of you peeps are newspaper readers which is cool, however you are constantly bombarding your brain with negative things of what is happening in the world, instead of doing that, fuel up your thought and visual content with things that inspire or things you love!…maybe traveling, food, fashion, and/or cute little animals!

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6.Sun: This is probably the craziest thing i’ve ever heard, however, it does work! Whenever you are at work, at school or just at home feeling lethargic, open a window or open the door and step outside to absorb some sunlight, like a plant LOL.. literally

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7.Music, or more specifically fast tempo music: this might sound a bit cheesy, however upbeat and fast  music will send more signals of alertness to your brain! and besides music is the solution to everything!

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8.Smelling salts: WTF? yes yes I know…. this keeps getting weirder and weirder however, bet you didn’t know this: A while ago police officers would make drunk people sniff salts to wake them up! Now a days, if you sniff a little salt its guaranteed to wake you up, however to this with care, too much sniffing salt can damage your sinuses and even cause brain damage! Yowza!

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9.Exercise ! yes this is one of the oldest tricks to wake you up. I personally dont love it however if you are upt for it a 20 minute jog in the morning will give you the perfect boost you need in the morning ! … until 4 pm when you will crash.

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10.Chocolate yum… yes and this is true, chocolate makes you release endorphins which actually help improve your mood and it also makes you add inches to your waist LOL however, it is an excellent way to improve your temper! For better results try dark chocolates or fusions, my personal favorite, dark chocolate with orange peel!