Thursday, June 23, 2011

Around Town: Let them eat ice cream!

Summer’s here and it’s time to address my obsession with Bulgarini’s blood orange sorbet.

Or not.

1. Paradis, Montrose

Last Saturday, hoping to dispel my obsession with Bulgarini’s, some friends took us to sample Danish ice cream at Paradis in nearby Montrose.

Paradis is a fresh ice cream franchise. There are 29 Paradis stores throughout Denmark. Montrose was the first Paradis store in the U.S. The second store is in Los Feliz. All of the ice cream and sorbets are made in Montrose.

The Montrose Paradis, run by Danes, uses fresh ingredients. They buy some of the fruit from the weekly Montrose farmers market. Freshness is the key. Fresh ice cream is softer. The texture is smooth, rich and creamy. I sampled several flavors — chocolate, mint with chocolate, Ferrero Rocher and caramel. They also make fruit and berry sorbets and a marshmallow ice cream.

I finally selected the cappuccino ice cream.

My friends tell me that ice cream is a big winter treat in Denmark. It’s actually the best ice cream I’ve ever had. It’s worth the trek to Montrose.

Paradis, 2323 Honolulu Ave Montrose, CA 91020 (818)

2. Froyo Life, Montrose

If it’s toppings you want, Froyo Life is the place. Froyo Life carries a dozen or so frozen yogurt flavors and 35 self-serve toppings, including fruit, Oreos, nuts, chocolates etc.

The base is a frozen yogurt. Not ice cream. Not sorbet. But the voluminous toppings make it a fun place to take the kids.

Froyo Life, 2301 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020 (818) 248-7775

3. Pinkberry, La Cañada Flintridge

For that addictive tangy taste, Pinkberry’s frozen yogurt is the place, plus it’s endorsed by fashionista Rachel Zoe. This well-branded franchise uses active yogurt cultures and fresh fruit to create their trademark “swirled” product. The base yogurt is only 100 calories, sans toppings and swirls.

The Pinkberry concept was developed by co-founders Shelly Hwang, a restaurateur, and Young Lee, a Parsons-trained designer. They are based here in Los Angeles. The La Cañada store is bright, futuristic and fun.

Pinkberry, 712 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada, CA 91011 (818)952-0128

4. Penguin’s, La Canada Flintridge

It’s hard to resist this old standby. Staffed by local teens. Easy parking. It’s in town. There’s lots of toppings and it’s near the local sushi places.

Penguin’s, 711 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 (818) 790-0298

5. Buglarini, Altadena
Still my fav! Strawberry sorbetto is now in season. They show movies in the courtyard.

Bulgarini Gelato, 749 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena, CA 91001 (626) 791-6174

ANITA SUSAN BRENNER is a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and an attorney with Law Offices of Torres and Brenner in Pasadena. Email her at

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