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Best Summertime Desserts In Los Angeles

July 10, 2013 7:00 AM

(credit: Michael Gardner)

(credit: Michael Gardner)

(credit: Michael Gardner)

(credit: Michael Gardner)

Plums, apricots and peaches are at the top of everyone’s fruit list this summer. Chefs throughout Los Angeles are braising, poaching and grilling all sorts of fruit under the sun, all while creating interesting yet delicious seasonal desserts. Refreshing sorbets and chilling ice creams, Italian puff pastries and gourmet braised peaches showcase a variety of dessert interpretations. Don’t miss out this summer.

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Public Kitchen & Bar
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-7000

Public Kitchen & Bar presents a special dessert menu just for the summer utilizing seasonal berries and fresh ingredients. You can’t go wrong with the dessert summer doughnut. Designed to be eaten with two forks, dessert dishes, which are prepared by executive chef Tim Goodell, include a warm passion fruit doughnut complemented by a pomegranate and kaffir lime sorbet. Freshly squeezed lime juice is used in the kaffir lime sorbet and Goodell adds fresh pomegranates as the finishing touch for topping this dish.

(credit: Michael Gardner)

(credit: Michael Gardner)

FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place
8490 Melrose Place
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100

The French Riviera-inspired FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place welcomes the season with light and refreshing desserts. The restaurant’s sorbet duet is a perfect way to complete the meal. Green apple sorbet alongside mango sorbet sit atop a bed of fresh summer berries and are served with coconut mousse, crunchy meringue and passion fruit caramel. In line with the restaurant’s culinary philosophy to serves dishes that are crafted without the use of butter and cream, this dessert specialty highlights the best of Los Angeles’ local summer produce.

(credit: Chef Eddie Rodriguez)

(credit: Chef Eddie Rodriguez)

Olives Gourmet Grocer
3510 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 439-7758

Head chef Eddie Rodriguez of Olives Gourmet Grocer relies on the art of braising for one of his distinctive summer dessert options – orange cinnamon braised peaches with vanilla ice cream and strawberry couli. After halving and pitting fresh peaches, Rodriquez brings out the natural sweetness in the peaches by braising them in orange juice and adding spices including cinnamon and star anise. Olives Gourmet Grocer is a neighborhood store featuring grocery staples and homemade specialty foods, and great for packing a picnic dinner.

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(credit: Innovative Dining Group)

(credit: Innovative Dining Group)

9201 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060

Today’s hot foodie destination RivaBella serves an Italian millefoglie – an exceptional ending to an al fresco meal on the restaurant’s Sunset Strip patio. Honoring traditional ingredient-based Italian fare and classic techniques, chef Gino Angelini creates a light and refreshing interpretation of the Napoleon puff pastry dessert. Layered with rich cream and assorted fresh summer berries, the millefoglie is drizzled with white and dark chocolate.

Sweet Rose Creamery
225 26th St., Suite 51
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 260-2663

Completely made from scratch, right down to its dairy base, the artisansal ice creams from chef Shiho Yoshikawa (and owners Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan) of Sweet Rose Creamery are fun seasonal flavors for summertime. On the board this summer, ice cream fans will swoon to cherry sorbet featuring Sequoia cherries and candied Brooks cherries paired with granola and sweet cream ice cream, candied mandarinquat with vanilla cake, rose geranium with raspberry ripple and a dairy-free apricot sorbet.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at


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