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Gosh, it's warm out. Just 2 wet weeks ago all we craved was soup and now our thoughts have suddenly turned to ice cream.Pat Saperstein's blog, Eating LA, gives us the (er) scoop on recent ice cream developments in LA :


Beautiful downtown Glendale has two new ice cream operations, but I can only recommend one. The new branch of venerable Persian ice cream parlor Mashti Malone's has opened a gleaming, clean shop on a little passageway between Brand and Maryland. I've probably been going to the one on La Brea and Sunset almost since they opened 22 years ago, but this one is much more pleasant than fighting the grimy parking lot at the original location. Try the rosewater, the pistachio, the mango, the saffron -- everything we tasted was creamy and divine.
Mashti Malone's
143 N. Maryland Ave.
Glendale Another gelateria (why, all of a sudden, are they multiplying like fruit flies?) has opened at the Glendale Galleria. Don't bother, unless you need to quiet restless children and it's the only way you can avoid a trip to Cinnabon. Melt Gelato looks ok from a distance, with Italian-style cases and a few interesting flavors. But...

And it may be old hat to you folks, but we've discovered that Gelson's now sells Dr. Bob's ice cream. We may be starting a blog war but we don't see what the fuss is all about re this town's near canonization of the Dr. Bob's brand. We still think Blue Bell ice cream is far superior, but we can respect regional favorites.