The frozen fellowship

Delish Mexican popsicles

On this eve of gluttony, I thought I’d look back at some of the lesser-known highlights of my USC/Annenberg Getty fellowship. And that’s when—in between the many, many treasured cultural venues we were lucky enough to visit—I managed to locate the finest gelato and ice cream across this great city of Los Angeles.

Caramel fig and pumpkin at N'Ice Cream!

On one of the first nights of the fellowship, after visiting artist studios in Venice, I was thrilled to finally stop by N’Ice Cream, the amazing little gelato shop on Abbot Kinney (which is so amazing, it drove out the Pinkberry alongside it). I got caramel fig, pumpkin and a peek of Abbot Kinney’s incredible gentrification transformation.

Coco from La Michoacana

The only thing better than coconut ice cream from La Michoacana at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood was a very special unknown rocker to share it with.

Smoky, citrusy mezcalada

Technically not gelato, but my goodness, the mezcal margaritas at Guelaguetza in Koreatown are good to the last scorpion.


After a 360-view of LA at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and before a quick stroll down La Cienega to visit some art galleries, we stopped by Ugo in Culver City where I am happy to say they give you three flavors per cup, no matter what size (this is a critical factor for gelato etiquette). That bright blue is a delectable black licorice.

Dole whip!

And of course, a trip to Disneyland would not have been complete without a cup of pineapple soft serve enjoyed outside the Enchanted Tiki Room. Sponsored by Dole™.

More about the USC/Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship. More photos here.

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