On the second day of our weekend in LA we woke up bright and early to head for Grand Central Market in downtown LA, a downtown landmark since 1917. There were quite a few spots I was very interested in stopping at and thankfully Grand Central Market definitely has a wide range of cuisines and cultures, which excited me. First on my stops was G&B Coffee, since it was close to triple digits that weekend, the only thing on my mind was a cold brew coffee. The people serving up the coffee were not pretentious at all, which I always appreciate from a coffee shop. They had a steady flow of regulars, another good sign. My cold brew was really rich and bold and was perfection with a splash of half & half as well as their big block ice cubes.
It just so happened the weekend in October that we went to LA was miserably hot. I’m talking 100 degrees, but that is SoCal in Fall. Our “Sweater Weather” does not typically hit until Winter. The sweltering heat only made us more anxious to eat all of the ice cream we could in our 36 hour getaway.
When I learned there was a Salt & Straw scoop shop in Larchmont Village, which is right in the middle of LA, I was as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning (yes, I am that dramatic especially about ice cream). Don’t think I had not considered taking a vacation in Portland, Oregon mainly for Salt & Straw, Blue Star Donuts and Voodoo Donuts, it is nice to know some of these spots are moving West.
Larchmont Village is nestled in a residential area with a quaint and lovely tree-lined street. It had a small town feel to it, that you would not have realized you were in the middle of LA. On Sunday, there was a Farmers Market, which I would have loved to walk through, but we were on our way home. Continue reading