I asked my friend Laura, who is about as deep in the food world as you can get, what her favorite ice cream is in LA, and she immediately said "Sweet Rose Creamery in the Brentwood Country Mart". So we had to go and try. It was fantastic, and I would put that on a must-stop on an LA bucket list.
It reminded me of our other favorite ice cream shop in Brooklyn, Ample Hills Creamery, on Vanderbilt, in Prospect Heights. Both have a sense of humor, are not super self-conscious, and somehow their personality comes out in the ice cream. I had a cotton-candy ice cream at Ample Hills, and I don't even like cotton candy, and I swear the experience was so electric I was totally transported back to being at some fair, on a ferris wheel. Both shops use organic ingredients, and both are very generous with giving out tastes, which is very nice, when every single one is intriguing.