Stax Bakery & Creamery-Irvine

Stax Bakery & Creamery-Irvine

What: Stax Bakery & Creamery

Where: Irvine

For: All Ages

Stax Bakery & Creamery is located in the University Center across the bridge from the University of California, Irvine.  I attended UCI as an undergrad, and I used to go to University Center almost daily between classes.  There are so many stores and restaurants to explore, and my absolute favorite dessert place is Stax.  I took Skylar there a few years ago, and recently I took Ethan there for dessert after our Orange County Staycation.

The Bakery & Creamery

When you walk into Stax, you’re greeted with a clean and modern restaurant.  There are cookies displayed next to the cashier, and tubs of different flavors of ice cream line the wall.  The menu is straightforward, but there are also so many options to choose from!  I wasn’t sure what to get, so the cashier was kind enough to tell me about all the different types of desserts.

There are Thai-Style rolls, which is ice cream that is spread on a cold stone and rolled up and placed in a cup with individual toppings.  My favorite dessert is the cookie sandwich where you can choose any two of your favorite freshly baked cookies and whatever ice cream you want (you can also opt for the fixed cookie sandwich menu).  All the bread and cookies are made fresh and in-house daily.  There are fifteen unique flavors of ice cream, and the employees help you choose which flavor you want by offering you samples.   You can choose to have ice cream in a single/double scoop, ice cream float, milk shake, or sundae.  There are also ten different types of cookies (including vegan options!).

The Food and Drinks

Stax offers sandwiches, paninis, personal pizzas, salads and empanadas.  There is also a variety of coffee available for guests.  Most of the food is available in the refrigerated section to the right of the cashier.  When we went, it was lunch time on a Sunday and the selection wasn’t very big.  They told us that if we picked out a sandwich or panini that they could heat it up in the back.  It reminded me of the grab-and-go food options that Starbucks offers.

The Crowd

Since this is right across the street from UCI, there are many college students here.  You will also see a lot of families with young children at the University Center.  During the week, employees of nearby businesses come here for their lunch breaks.

Cost

The food cost from $4 to $9 with coffee costing from $1.95 to $3.50.  Thai Rolls are about $7, ice cream is from $2.95 to $5.95.  This is a very good price for novelty ice cream, and the serving portions are very big…each time I went I couldn’t finish what I ordered!

Stax Bakery & Creamery Information

4187 Campus Drive M174, Irvine, CA 92612

(949) 861-2055

staxbakery.com

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Sloan’s Ice Cream-Santa Monica

Sloan’s Ice Cream-Santa Monica

What: Sloan’s Ice Cream

Where: Santa Monica

For: All Ages

Sloan’s Ice Cream is a sweets wonderland.  Filled with whimsical decorations, amazing treats and luxury ice cream, it was the perfect place to stop with the kids on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica during a hot day.

The Store

The store is an eclectic group of bright pinks, greens, yellows and purples.  Famous paintings line the walls with ice cream inserted into them.  It reminded me of what a Barbie House would look like in real life.  If I were to give our 4 and 5 year old full reign to decorate a store, this is exactly what they would come up with.

A counter with all types of ice cream is at the front of the store.  More toppings than you can imagine are offered to put on top of guests’ ice cream.  There are assortments of treats offered to the side of the ice cream counter.

Candied apples, brownies, cookies and doughnuts are offered fresh from the bakery.  Desserts of all shapes and sizes are everywhere you look.  A candy wall lines the opposite side of the candy counter.  Bright stuffed animals and toys sit on tables around the store as well.

I tried the kids’ ice cream and it was very good.  It tasted very old fashioned and creamy.  The workers were generous with the amount of candy toppings the kids requested.  Since the scoops were generous, the kids couldn’t finish their desserts.  We would definitely come back to try some other desserts next time we’re in the area.

The Crowd

Although it was extremely hot outside, there was no one in line at Sloan’s Ice Cream.  This may be because there isn’t a very visible sign outside facing the Promenade.  Guests need to walk through two double doors to get into the store.  There is outdoor seating that allows for people watching while patrons enjoy their desserts.

Cost

We told the girls to get one scoop of ice cream each with two toppings.  For the two small scoops and two toppings, the bill came in at $15.  Although this is way more than I want to pay for a small scoop of ice cream, the girls enjoyed the atmosphere of the store.  If you’re looking for a ice cream shop and are on the Promenade, I definitely think that Sloan’s takes the cake.

Sloan’s Ice Cream Information

1315 Third Street Promenade, Unit A, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 394-3940

sloansicecream.com

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Honeymee-Multiple Locations

Honeymee-Multiple Locations

What: Honeymee

Where: Multiple Locations

For: All Ages

Skylar and I recently had a girls’ day spent at the Del Amo Mall when we came across this small space called Honeymee.  There are also other Honeymee locations around the Los Angeles Area.  With quality soft-serve hard to find, we were pleasantly surprised by the taste of the ice cream and atmosphere of the café.

The café is decorated with a clean rustic look, which I absolutely loved.  Although we went during a slow time of day for Honeymee, I know that when I normally walk past the shop there are many people there (especially around breakfast and lunch time).

The Drinks

Honeymee offers both tea and coffee.  I needed some caffeine, so I ordered a Honemee Cold Brew Latte.  I’m a die-hard Starbucks fan, and I have the confidence to say that this cold brew latte was considerably better than Starbucks’.  Hibiscus Tea, Machta, Yuzu Tea, and a Regular Cold Brew are also offered.  The Honeymee Special allows you to choose any drink and add an ice cream topping.

The Desserts

The ice cream that was offered was rich and creamy (and made with all natural ingredients!).  You can spruce them up with a variety of toppings and eat from a cup or cone.  Skylar and I tried a sample of the vanilla ice cream that left her begging for more.  They also serve ice cream toped with natural honey, making a sweet and refreshing treat that gave us energy to spend the rest of the day walking around the mall.

The Babee is a choice of ice cream in a bun.  Colored waffle cones are served in red, green ad black.  Toppings include multi-grain granola, sliced almonds, crushed oreos, coconut flakes, sunflower seed honey oats, liquid honey, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and sea salt.  Varieties of honey milkshakes are also offered to patrons.

You can also add Liege Waffles to your order, with options including original, honey, cream cheese, Nutella, strawberry, blackberry, ice cream, and combination.

Cost

Ice cream ranges from $3.95 to $5.30.   The babe and colored waffle cones are an additional $0.75, with the original waffle cone costing $0.50 more.  Toppings are only $0.30 each.  Milkshakes are $4.75 to $5.25.  Tea and Coffee range from $3.95 to $5.25, with the Honeymee Special ringing in at $1.75 more than the drink price.  Leige Waffles are an additional $4.25 to $6.30 depending on the order.

The Honeymee Information

21540 Hawthorne Blvd, Space 531, Torrance, CA 90503

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Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA (Seasonal)

Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA (Seasonal)

What: Museum of Ice Cream

Where: DTLA

For: All Ages

Ethan and I went to this Instagram-worthy museum last year.  It’s a pop-up museum that makes its way around New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Last year, they extended their dates into Los Angeles so that more guests can come enjoy the experience.  I had to jump on the website the minute ticket sales were opened to the public, and even then there was limited space available.  Next time it’s in LA, I highly suggest that families check it out for the pure joy of unlimited ice cream themed rooms.

Sprinkle Pool

Getting In

The Museum of Ice Cream is by reservation only.  This means that if you walk up, you’ll unfortunately be turned away.  In Los Angeles, there was a waiting area next to the (bright pink!) Museum.  The waiting area contained benches and ice-cream themed yard games.  There was also Top 40 music playing.  It felt as if we were at a yard party.  When your reservation time comes up, there is a tour guide that leads you to the front of the museum to give you the rules about the museum and lets guests in groups of about 20.

The Museum

Without giving too much away about the museum, let’s just say it’s a photographer’s dream. Bright colors line the themed walls that have different types of ice cream.  Every room had attendants that gave out different flavors of ice cream (and candy!).

My favorite was the sprinkle pool!  Although the sprinkles were made out of plastic, it was so fun to jump into the pool.  Fair warning: we were finding sprinkles over a week after we visited the Museum of Ice Cream.  Although we went the first time as a couple, I am definitely taking the kids with us next time the Museum is in Los Angeles.

The Crowd

Surprisingly, everyone that came here dressed up.  I can only guess that it’s for the Instagram photos.  The girls looked like they came from an Instagram Model convention.  The kids were the cutest to watch.  They were overwhelmed with the amount of ice cream they were given (can anyone say sugar high?!) and ice-cream themed rooms that they walked through.

Cost

I didn’t look for any coupons for the Museum of Ice Cream because I knew how quickly it sold out.  We weren’t able to get in during the original dates, so I set a timer on my phone to buy tickets as soon as they went on sale.  Tickets for two people were $62.50.  Although it’s a little on the pricey side, I think the experience was worth it.  At the end of the museum there is a little gift shop.  Also, private tastings are available for a much higher fee.

Museum of Ice Cream Information

hello@museumoficecream.com

museumoficecream.com

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