Salt & Straw!
Apparently, Stumptown Coffee isn’t the only Portland export revolutionizing the way the other half eats here in Los Angeles. Enter the sweetest new kid on the block Salt and Straw. For the past year, Los Angelinos have been lining up around the Larchmont block waiting to try the unconventional flavors of S&S. You want strawberry? No problem, they’ll serve it to you roasted with toasted white chocolate. Ever tried “Green Fennel and Maple” ice cream, or “Garam Masala and Cinnamon Cauliflower?” Neither have I. Reading the names of these ice cream flavors might leave you feeling a little incredulous, but at S&S, tasting is believing.
Yesterday afternoon my beau and I decided to brave the crowds and sample the creamery Kool-aid. Needless to say, after 8 to 10 tasting spoons of heaven, we walked out of there with one cone of “Salted, Malted, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough,” another cone of “Honey Lavender,” and two pints for our freezer (“Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons” & “Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese”). Sometimes it’s good to believe the hype because on the other side of that is a delicious treat!
Cousins Kim and Tyler Malek opened three S&S locations in Portland before venturing west to Los Angeles and according to the LA Times, in Fall 2015 locations on Abbot Kinney Street and in the downtown Arts District will open. The cream itself is made from 100% local ingredients and whatever wacky creations show up on their flavor lists are always seasonally sensitive. The name pays homage to an old school method of making ice cream in a churn packed with sea salt and ice, where upon completion, without freezers, people back-in-the-day would put the freshly churned ice cream into containers insulated by straw and more ice. In a 2012 interview with Joshua Lurie of Food GPS, the Malek’s explain that using a gelato machine with little to no air in the mixing process and 17% butterfat is what creates that rich and creamy texture S&S is known for.
If you’re reading this post and your mouth is watering with envy because you’re not in the vicinity of a Salt&Straw location, do not fret; the company has a Pints Club that you can join. Yes ma’am, five pints of their delicious seasonal, locally sourced creations get delivered once a month to your home! Now if that isn’t “farm to table” I don’t know what is.