All Things Foodie

Coconut Milk Worth Talking About

I am always in search of non-dairy milk options and am so often disappointed. Whole Foods had a lot of sample stations yesterday during the lunch hour and anyone that knows me knows I love samples, so I couldn’t resist trying everything.

I saw the set up of three different varieties of coconut milk by Pacific. I tried all three with low hopes and was pleasantly surprised with the blend that was sweetened with coconut water. To be honest, the other two tasted exactly how I thought they would taste, good but plain. The subtle, fresh sweetness of coconut water was the perfect amount of sweet without altering the flavor of coconut and also providing great hydration and a rich texture to the milk. I actually enjoyed a glass of this milk this morning by itself because it was so satisfying. I will definitely be using this milk in smoothies and as a creamer in coffee and tea. The added benefits of this coconut milk are that it is Carrageenan, dairy, soy, and gluten free! It also is a natural source of medium chain fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and is a mere 60 calories per serving. I have finally found a coconut milk luscious enough to share with you. I would love to hear how you are all loving it, so please try it and report back.

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Salt & Straw

There is a new ice cream place in town and you better take note. Salt & Straw has landed on Larchmont and is the cutest ice cream shoppe in town.

You all know my love for sweets and especially this┬áchilly treat runs deep. I went for dessert this week and when we pulled up, the line was quite intimidating wraping around the block. I almost bailed, but am so glad I didn’t. The store offers homemade waffle cones to house your scoops of dense ice cream, floats, sundaes, and pints to take home. You begin by reading the flavors on the chalkboard, some are classic daily offerings, while others are seasonal treats. The friendly staff lets you sample as many flavors as you would like to ensure your happiness with your final selection. The sample spoons are tiny metal spoons, so great for the environment and give a little classic spin to the place.

The top notch ingredients are locally sourced and you really can taste the quality. They even offer some non dairy flavors so everyone can find something suitable on the menu. I chose a waffle cone filled with the Salted Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, which has chocolate ribbons swirled into it and egg less chocolate chip cookie dough chunks. The close second for me was the dairy free Toasted Coconut with Candied Macadamia Nuts. My mom would flip for that flavor.

The place is small but inviting and I definitely think it was worth the wait. The only thing I wish is that I would have gotten a pint to go!

Stop by the store on 240 N Larchmont Blvd in LA. They are open 10am-11pm.