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Portland Ice Cream Shop To Bring Crazy Northwestern Scoops To Larchmont Village

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An ice cream cone from Salt & Straw (Photo by Krista Simmons/LAist)
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Cousins Kim and Tyler Malek's Portland-based creamery, Salt & Straw, has become well-known for their small-batch seasonal scoops. When they first announced their small pop-up inside Joan's on Third last year, we couldn't help but squeal with joy. Their Pacific Northwest cart and shop have always been a must-stop on our trips up to Portland. And now the two are getting their own proper shop in Larchmont Village.

At Joan's, the duo crafted a new flavor just for the L.A. audience—an incredibly delicious Meyer lemon buttermilk custard with ribbons of blueberry jam—that they served alongside some of their classics like the salted caramel ribbon and the snicker doodle. They even did a series of wild Thanksgiving flavors modeled after a five-course holiday meal that included scoops flavored with salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey and mincemeat pie. (We taste-tested every one of them, and they were shockingly good.)

For their Larchmont Village shop, the Maleks are partnering with local farmers, producers, chefs, distillers, brewers and butchers from Southern California to the Central Coast, collaborating on flavors including Santa Ynez Valley Walnut Oil, Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts, Tomato Water & Ojai Olive Oil Sherbet and Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese.

They'll be doing pop-ups around town in an ice cream cart leading up to the August opening of their 240 N. Larchmont Avenue shop. All of the ice creams served will be handmade in Los Angeles using local cream with new seasonal flavors debuting each month. We can't wait to see what they have in store.