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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Minty Muse: LA Fashion Blogger Rubilove

We’re just a little, well actually A LOT in love with Rubi Ortiz‘s style! This stylish fashionista has a bohemian flair that reminds us of summer, fun, music concerts, and festivals. We wish we could steal her wardrobe! Check out how she perfectly styled our Sheer Heaven Floral Kimono with a plain tee, shorts, knee high brown boots, and the perfect accessories.

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Minty Muse: Fashion Blogger Savannah Kneale From Los Angeles

We’re pretty sure that our newest Minty Muse, Savannah, is secretly a real life unicorn. She hails from the sunny land of Los Angeles and you can find her decked out in the cutest outfits and accessories pretty much 24/7 ;) Her style is full of fun, fashion, and color! A little bit of a pin-up vibe mixed with girly kawaii pastels. Check out how she styled our Motel Joni Checkered Jumpsuit and find some more colorful fashion inspo on her Insta here!

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Los Angeles Based FYF Fest Lineup Announced

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FYF Fest  has announced it’s 2015 lineup, and everyone in the Minty Jungle is stoked! For it’s 12th year, the good people over at Goldenvoice bring another awesome lineup to Downtown LA. The two-day music festival will be held at the LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park on August 22nd & 23rd.

Saturday’s headliners include Frank Ocean (our personal fave), Bloc Party, Chet Faker, The Jesus & Mary Chain, and Purity Ring. Not to be outdone, Sunday’s headliners consist of the legendary Morrissey, D’angelo and the Vanguard, Flume, FKA Twigs, and Solange.

Some more of our favorite artists playing the event are Belle & Sebastian, Toro Y Moi, Neon Indian, Title Fight, and Laura Marling. Of course, since Goldenvoice is known to put out great lineups time after time, we’re headed to Spotify to check out every other act on the list! Let us know who you’re set out to see!

Single and two-day tickets go on sale May 8th, 2015 12:00pm (PST).

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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

Minty Muse: Brittany Bao

Brittany Bao from sunny Los Angeles, CA is definitely a sight for sore eyes! This beautiful blogger and model has got it all. From her super sweet personality to her killer sense of style, we just love every bit of her. If there’s anyone that can rock some major ink, it’s this girl. Colorful, cool, and kawaii! The way she styles our United Couture We’re Fucked! Tie Dye Mock Neck Skater Dress is absolutely flawless!

Check her out on her site www.brittanybao.com and show her some Instagram lovin’ here!

Photography by: Adam Rindy // @adamrindy