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New Orleans Sno-Ball Shop Chills the Valley

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There's no better time to open the city's first New Orleans snow-ball shop than during a heatwave. Tucked between two of the many small restaurants in Sherman Oaks' restaurant row is Nola Ice, a product of two entertainment publicists with Southern origins and aspirations to bring the Big Easy treat to the West Coast.

A New Orleans sno-ball is the refined and more delectable version of a streetfair sno-cone. The ice is finely shaved (it really makes a difference) and flavored with basics such as Strawberry to specialties like Red Velvet to eccentrics including Mardi Gras King Cake. Owners Erin Earls and Jillian DeFrehn have brought a Louisiana staple to LA and boy, is it good. Nola Ice opens its doors on Saturday, June 21st at 11:00 a.m. (if you happen to be near tonight, there's a chance they'll be doing a soft opening)