more nitrogen ice cream!!!

For someone who claims to be lactose intolerant, I sure do eat a lot of ice cream ( ̄。 ̄)~zzzAnywhooooo, these lovely creations are from another liquid nitrogen ice cream parlor called Ice Cream Lab. Fortunately there are many different locations! They have locations in Pasadena, Beverly Hills, and in Little Tokyo.

On the left, I purchased the Blue Velvet ice cream which is essentially vanilla bean ice cream with chunks of blue velvet cupcake and cream cheese topping mixed into it. On the right, I purchased the salted caramel which had bits of pretzel and salted caramel mixed in, with a pretzel to top it off. Both were suuuuper creamy since it was made with cream (how redundant…) and the liquid nitrogen. I don’t know what it is, but I’m just not the same after trying liquid nitrogen-made ice cream. The texture is just to die for, ugh.

The sizes I got are considered a medium and they really do pack it in, so if you’re coming on a full stomach and you want to try it, I recommend sharing with someone. It’s so rich that you might get full faster, but it’s definitely one of my favorite places to get ice cream… next to Creamistry, of course.

So there were three twins– wait what?

Another ice cream post, because frankly, you can never have enough ice cream. I had never really heard about Three Twins Ice Cream before, but Diane and I had made plans to hang out… but with no secure destination in mind. With my handy-dandy friend, Yelp, we found this place. Located on Main Street in Santa Monica, Three Twins is smack dab in the middle of the block, but no worries there was lots of street parking when we went (but we went in the middle of the day, mind you).

Three Twins is famous for their Lemon Cookie ice cream and I was super excited to try it but they were unfortunately out. We both settled on a raspberry sorbet… which says a lot because you’ll never find me getting a sorbet. I got my scoop in a funfetti cone (literally like those funfetti cupcakes we all used to make in middle school) and it was actually so good. I do plan on returning sometime soon to try the Lemon Cookie though!

For those aesthetic/mural Instagrammers, this super cool Buddha mural is located directly across the street on the side of an acupuncture/massage parlor. The mural is literally in the midst of a parking lot, so you may get a few weird looks– but if it’s for the ‘gram, who cares?! After you’ve snapped your pics, take a stroll down Main St., it’s super chill and you’ll rub elbows with a few scurrying businessman, but for the most part, it’s another quick ice cream run~

konnichiwa ≧◡≦

Little Tokyo, located in downtown LA, has become one of my favorite places to bring friends when we’re in the mood for some bomb green tea ice cream and freshly made mochi. While I mostly go for the green tea ice cream and mochi, there’s a bunch of other attractions here. There’s great ramen, the Japanese American National Museum, and a cool thrift shop located on the back side of Little Tokyo.

Little Tokyo is literally one block of all things Japanese. It’s not as big as Chinatown or Koreatown but I think the quaint plaza is just enough. The Japanese American National Museum is super interesting and you can even get in free on every third Thursday of each month. Outside, there’s this super cool, mirrored Rubix cube– great for some not-so-basic mirror selfies. My friend loves going to Mr. Ramen but I have yet to try it myself!

Not to mention, they have those amazingly delicious green tea Kit Kats, so why not?!

There is now a parking structure to park in, rather than parking in those $8 flat rate lots even though you’ll be in Little Tokyo for a max of 2 hours. You can always try to find parking on the street, but it’s often pretty busy and you don’t want to worry about your meter running out. The ice cream shop and other restaurants in the Little Tokyo plaza will validate your parking structure ticket for you too, so no worries!

It’s definitely a fun little adventure away from the typical Urth Caffe or Americana/the Grove outing~

Did someone say ‘Creamistry’?!

Followers of my Instagram already know that my love for ice cream literally knows no limits. None. Especially this ice cream shop in particular. Creamistry, at least the one I visited, is located 50 miles out from the SFV in the city of Rowland Heights. I had only heard a couple things about Creamistry, none particularly good nor bad, but I figured it was worth a try. Creamistry uses liquid nitrogen in order to make their ice cream and attracts quite the crowd in the evening until their late closing hours.

I’ve visited about 2-3 times now and every single time, I get the Cookie Butter with Captain Crunch cereal mixed in. I can’t give it up… it’s just too good!!!!! Price-wise, it’s more expensive than a single scoop at your local Baskin Robbins or Thrifty’s, but the texture is so creamy and uGH, TO DIE FOR.

A newer location opened up in Beverly Hills near Urth Caffe so I guess it’s a relief I can just drive 26 miles out there… instead 100 miles round trip (~ ̄▽ ̄)~ This is one of my highly recommended visits… don’t let the 626 kids tell you it’s overhyped! VALLEY KIDS NEED THIS.