Monday, May 27, 2013

Sweet Rose Creamery: Handcrafted Ice Cream in Creative Flavors at Brentwood Country Mart

Sweet Rose Creamery comes with a pedigree: its owners, husband and wife team Josh Loeb & Zoe Nathan, also own and run Milo & Olive, Huckleberry Cafe, and Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen. Its chef, Shiho Yoshikawa, worked in the kitchens of Tartine (where she met Zoe).

But its pedigree is not what drew me (and the persistent lines of frozen treat seekers) there. 

The ice creams, sorbets and dairy free treats are made small batch, from scratch daily using organic milk, cream, antibiotic and hormone free eggs, plus fresh seasonal ingredients from the reputed best farmers market in the city: Santa Monica Farmers Market.

You can taste all the care they put into their products - and they also definitely keep their menu interesting with unusual flavors from Rose Geranium with Raspberry Ripple to Honey Goat Cheese.

On my recent visit I had to try:

Loquat Compote: great little bursts of brilliant orange loquat.

Dessert Tomato: love savory ice creams and this had a nice balance of sweet and slightly tart - though I'm glad I tried it, it's not one I would repeat.

Cherimoya: this one was hands down my favorite - first time I had seen this flavor in ice cream I think - and after sampling it I not only got a scoop but snagged a pint to go! 

Apparently I had just caught the end of the cherimoya season and wanted to stock up before the flavor went off rotation.
Though the ice cream is in texture not as smooth and creamy as Neveux, the flavors are unique and the location is convenient for Westsiders (and especially for me).

The adorable location at Brentwood Country Mart is just the next complex over from Pressed Juicery - a must stop for me at least once a week for my Greens in liquid form. Couldn't believe it had taken me this long to hit up Sweet Rose Creamery when it is practically right next door. On any given day/ night of the week there are throngs of people in line in & out the door, or enjoying their treats on the patio tables. 

Will definitely be adding it to my itinerary for my ritual stops at the neighboring complexes especially this summer: Pressed Juicery, Farmshop (for croissants/pain au chocolat), Sweet Rose Creamery. (Love that they - SRC - are open late too - til 11pm daily).

Now that we're in cherry season - can't wait to go back to check out what chef Shiho does with them!
Sweet Rose Creamery
225 26th St, Suite 51, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Parking: In open air lot surrounding Brentwood Country Mart complex
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