Cupcakes and cookies and pie, oh my!
Y’all have no idea how excited I am about this post. I am incredibly passionate about desserts, and I would even go so far as to say that I love desserts just a tad more than I love makeup. Don’t get me wrong, my heart skips a beat every time I walk into a Sephora, but it skips a little bit more when I know I’m going to grab a bite from one of the heavenly places that I list below.
You would think I eat dessert every day by the way I gush about it here. In fact, I’m pretty sure I tweeted once that I ate the same chocolate bar for breakfast, lunch, dinner…and then breakfast again. Let me see if I can find it…
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Well… since then I’ve actually drastically cut down my sweets consumption. Eating sweets all day every day started to make me feel pretty crappy, and after watching the documentary “Fed Up” on Netflix I decided to cut all excess sugar out of my daily diet. I still LOVE sugar, spice, and everything nice, but now I limit myself to just one sweet a week. Shockingly, my world hasn’t ended, either. I’ve noticed that my craving for sugar has gone down by a lot, I’ve lost a couple of inches off my midsection and I feel better, too! Moderation is everything, y’all. I still strongly encourage you to visit these spots the next time you’re in town, just not all in the same day!
So that’s my health-conscious spiel of the day, and now on to the fun stuff! In no particular order, here are my favorite dessert spots in L.A.
1. Sprinkles Cupcakes
I know I literally just said “in no particular order”, but that’s a total lie. The truth is that I moved to L.A. just so that I could be closer to Sprinkles. They make the best cupcakes in the world, and no one can convince me otherwise. Their cupcakes are quite large and very moist. I even had their sugar-free red velvet cupcake once and it was unexpectedly delicious. These guys make sugar-free cupcakes taste like the real thing! My personal favorites are the Dark Chocolate and the Salted Caramel (#TeamSalty) cupcakes. Sprinkles has expanded their line to include ice cream (their red velvet ice cream is NO JOKE), brownies, and cookies, but their cupcakes will always be the best.
2. Diddy Riese
Another SoCal staple, Diddy Riese scoops up some insanely addicting ice cream sandwiches on the cheap. A huge sphere of ice cream smushed between two warm cookies will only set you back about $1.75, and keep you full for a while too. Diddy Riese is a cash only establishment, and I may or may not keep a stash of crumpled dollar bills in my glovebox just so I can satisfy my ulta-sweet tooth there every time I’m in the area. When I first moved to L.A. I visited Diddy Riese multiple times a week, and I quickly learned that you want to avoid the place like the plague on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s not uncommon to see a long line of UCLA students wrapped around the block to get some Diddy Riese. I once stood in line for an hour just to get my hands on these cookies. Worth it.
3. The Pie Hole
I never knew I felt so passionately about pie until I visited Pie Hole. It sits on a little tucked away street in downtown L.A., and they quite covertly serving up the best pies I have ever tasted. The first thing I ever bought at Pie Hole was their seasonal strawberry basil cheesecake, and I already knew after that first bite that this place would become my regular downtown stop. Their menu changes regularly, but there seem to be some items that I see there regularly including their macaroni and cheese pie (just as delicious as it sounds) like their mouthwatering Mexican chocolate pie, which consists of a dense chocolate filling smothered with sweet vanilla whipped cream. I took my friend here once, and as soon as she took one bite out of their Earl Gray pie she paused for a moment to reflect on the fact that she hopes to one day find a partner who is as good as that pie. True story.
4. Primo’s Donuts
Primo’s is an awesome local donut shop on the Westside that puts all other donut shops to shame. When you walk in it’s not unusual to see Mr. and Mrs. Primo hanging around the shop in their clean white aprons, smiling and greeting everyone who enters. Their donuts are superb, and I’m lucky enough to live just a few minutes away. I’ve been to Cali Donuts, DK Donuts, and some other shops (Dunkin’ Donuts does not count, people) but Primo’s is still my favorite. Their donuts just taste so fresh, warm, and real. Their buttermilk bar is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted, and totally worth the thousands of calories.
5. Saffron and Rose
Saffron and Rose is such an interesting place that ice cream lovers around the world need to experience at least once. Saffron and Rose is located in the Persian area of Westwood, and it has some of the most unique ice cream flavors I’ve ever tasted. Their rose ice cream in particular is amazing because it is incredibly fragrant and tastes very floral-ly. It’s hard to describe, but it tastes pretty much the way you’d expect a flower to taste – sweet and airy. They also make a wonderful pistachio that you have to try. I’m personally not a huge pistachio ice cream lover, but theirs is the superb. All of their ice creams have a very creamy texture that softer than soft serve but still easily spoonable. Their range of flavors is incredibly impressive, which makes it one of my favorite ice cream places out there.
So the next time you’re in L.A., you know where to go! What places am I missing? I’d love to visit the dessert spots that you guys suggest. Thanks so much for reading.
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