Question: Where is a good stop for an original summer (or anytime) sweet?
Hypothesis: A cornerstone of Beverly Boulevard, Milk has long been serving up buckets of freshly-made ice cream, their famous ooey gooey cookies and blue velvet cake the color of Cookie Monster to Angelenos for half a decade. Whether it’s in their chewy cookie sandwiches or cupcakes shaped like ice cream cones, this is an institution that perhaps goes through a boatload of sugar a day. So should you put aside your visions of wicked sugar plum fairies just to enjoy a scoop on a sunny afternoon?
Findings: Get in line and relax. Practically a rite of passage to claim Angelenohood, you’d be silly not to spend at least one Sunday with blood orange sorbet dripping down your chin. With goods all made in house, the grocery store dessert freezer section will become a lot less appealing once you’ve tried (or retried) any treat from this place. Plus, it’s located on one of the most walkable streets in Los Angeles so you can easily burn a few calories post fill-up by exploring the neighborhood. Worth it, indeed.
Question: Where do I find serious coffee of the house-roasted, no-frills variety?
Hypothesis: Helmed by a trio of coffee connoisseurs with their own roasting facilities on-site (just look through the glass to see the process), Handsome is a brainchild that came from an epic meeting of the minds (and skills). Take a master roaster, a barista champion, and a bean business guy with an amazing mustache, and you have coffee that is smooth, bold and can stand up on its own—no sugary syrup or frothed almond milk required. Is this the place where the art of coffee lives and you’ll leave with a perfectly brewed cup?
Findings: Indubitably. Whether you choose a poured mug of Scout’s Honor or a simple cup of espresso with milk, you are bound to enjoy your selection properly. This isn’t about the fix, but rather about the enjoyment of each sip. Paired with a Proof Bakery chocolate chip cookie (they stock them, but go early) and you’ll never see Sunday morning the same.