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What Does L.A.'s Salt & Straw Have That We Don't?

Salted, Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cinnamon Apple Donuts are just two of the flavors making us jealous.

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Leela Cyd/courtesy of Salt & Straw

Wipe that smug grin off your face. With the opening of Salt & Straw's Los Angeles store, we're no longer the only city with "farm-to-cone" cred.

No big deal, right? Well, unlike other Portland favorites that have spread out-of-state, Salt & Straw's new location is no cookie-cutter outpost. Local ingredients are cornerstone of the business, and that means L.A. gets its own exclusive flavors like California Peaches and Lemon Crumble. What else do they have that we don't? Take a look at the L.A. space (designed by Portland's Osmose Design), drool over the menu, and then don't get mad, get a plane ticket:

L.A.'s exclusive flavors available all year:

  • Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts: Cold-brewed Stumptown ice cream (yes, there's a roaster down there) gets flecked with and chocolate-dipped, caramel-coated pecans (aka "Love Nuts") from Compartes chocolatier.
  • Avocado & Strawberry Sherbet: Avocados create a dense sherbet that's brightened with ribbons of strawberry-vanilla bean jam from Laura Ann's Jams.
  • Salted, Malted, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Salty, homemade cookie dough and malted fudge swirls. (Why can't Portland have this?)
  • Santa Ynez Valley Walnut Oil: La Nogalera Walnut Oil, grown and pressed in the Santa Ynez valley, results in a buttery ice cream with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese: Inspired by the exotic ingredients at L.A. farmers markets, this one uses oil-cured olives from Olivos del Mar farms in a salty candy brittle, which is mixed into an ice cream base that's made with a "really funky goat cheese" from Cypress Grove Chevre.

L.A.'s October seasonal flavors, available through October 23rd:

  • Cinnamon Apple Donuts: They call this one "an indulgently frozen take on an apple fritter." The ice cream base is mixed with a housemade apple pie filling and studded with donuts from Sidecar Donuts in Santa Monica. The cinnamon comes from Oregon's Red Ape, which makes us wonder: Is that cheating? And, more importantly, doesn't that mean we can have that flavor, too? Please?
  • Grand Poppy Sherbet: No, you won't get high from this, but maybe a little tipsy if you eat enough. Grand Poppy is an aperitif distilled by Greenbar Distillery in downtown L.A. using Southern California ingredients like citrus, aromatic herbs, coastal berries, and organic poppy flowers. Greenbar even plants a tree for every bottle sold.