chocolate birthday cake
MILK BAR Milk Bar first opened its doors in 2008 in a small shop in New York’s East Village, but their shop has grown into having locations all over the country, including their flagship shop in Los Angeles, and—not to brag—it’s their largest store to date. The atmosphere and dessert creations of the shop are equally as wacky, magical and fun. Where else can you get soft serve ice cream with “cereal milk” flavor? It only takes one second when walking through the doors and seeing the bright pink walls, cookieshaped piñatas and nearly rainbow-colored cakes to know that Milk Bar is packed with a lightning-ina-bottle personality, shaking up the dessert world. This specific location, which was transformed from a laundromat and old Baskin Robbins, includes a kitchen, hands-on classroom and R&D flavor lab that are completely visible behind glass walls. They’re culinary scientists, and they are giving LA the best and latest results of their flavor combination findings to bring a little more celebration into people’s lives. 7150 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 347.577.9504 | www.milkbarstore.com
Ay Bae Bae g Bae’s Waffle Bowls are a new addition to their menu. It’s a great option if you want the taste of a cone but without the mess. Bae’s Pegasus flavor in two words: childhood nostalgia. It’s the combination of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles. Why not have that as an adult as an innovative type of dessert?
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HBD! g Milk Bar’s Chocolate Birthday Cake starts out with the perfect chocolate cake batter, complete with whole chocolate chips. B’day frosting and b’day crumbs are layered between the chocolaty slices, giving the cake a great balance of rich chocolate flavor and rainbow funfetti bursts.
Bae was created by the power of friendship, ambition and the intimacy of dessert. The name itself can stand for a number of things, with CEO Christine Long’s favorites being “before anything else” and “beyond any expectations,” two fitting descriptions for a dessert shop designed with love in mind. The business is adding a twist to the ice cream shop world by rocking a trendy and mysterious minimalist environment on the inside, but packing a punch of fun on its dessert menu. The decor serves to highlight the beauty in simple things, but the ice cream creations are here to encourage awe and social bonds. Long hopes Bae brings a smile to everyone’s faces and adds little positive interaction to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, sharing the spirit that the shop was built upon. Her personal favorite part of the shop is the toppings bar, equipped with everything under the sun, including 24k gold sheets for when you’re feeling a little extra. Grab your bae, get a bae or find a bae and check it out. 369 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 213.266.8899 | www.baebae.co
“We hope people taste our treats and feel nostalgic and like a kid again, but also that their minds are simultaneously blown by unexpected flavor combinations.” — A N N A M C G O R M A N , D I R E C TO R O F C U L I N A R Y O P E R AT I O N S AT M I L K B A R
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