An overview of the ice cream places around LA, continued :)
Salt & Straw
Salt & Straw is in the Arts District in LA, and I believe their salty flavors are what they are famous for. I haven’t been there in a while, since I think their ice cream doesn’t really suit my taste. I once had their strawberry ice cream with smorgasbord coffee ice cream, which was a very good combination, but the second time I went, they didn’t really have any flavors I liked. I know a couple people who think Salt & Straw is the best ice cream place in LA, so it’s definitely worth giving a shot.
For those of you who’ve read my other posts, you know that I go to McConnell’s a lot. Their classic flavor is the Santa Barbara Strawberry, and it has actual frozen strawberry chunks in it, and tastes amazing. Their dark chocolate nibs flavor is also very good, as well as their coffee flavors. They also have flavors like earl grey, lemon & marionberries, and more, and I feel like all of their ice cream flavors are good :P We even bought a pint of the strawberry to eat at home.
Scoops is in LA and feels super retro and cute. I think all of their flavors are very good. It was actually featured in one of Buzzfeed’s #WorthIt videos. They change their flavors every day, except for one: brown bread. It sounds a bit weird, but it’s actually very good. There are small crispy chunks inside the ice cream on a vanilla base. Scoops was the first ice cream shop I went to after coming back from Cambridge, and it became my favorite ice cream shop right after. Now I’m not sure between here and Scoops…but McConnell’s probably still wins.
We’ve all heard that the stomach is the fastest way to someone’s heart^. I never fully understood this until I got to college. While Caltech Dining Services (CDS) does its best to diversify the lunch and dinner menus, sometimes nothing can quite fulfill the craving for your mom’s home cooking. Having grown up in between Venezuela and Texas, home cooking for me looks like arepas, tacos, and brisket (among other things). Thankfully, Caltech’s location, just outside vibrant LA, makes attempts to find close seconds (to my mom’s cooking) easy and exciting. Often, I don’t even have to venture more than a mile or two from campus to find reliable favorites. Here are just a few within walking distance:
On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.