Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cake Alternatives: Popsicles

It's going to be hot hot hot this week in Los Angeles.  Which got me thinking about cool refreshing desserts.  Which got me thinking that wedding guests might really love something besides cake after all that dance floor rocking out on a hot summer afternoon or evening.  (I'm really not tied to the wedding cake idea.) So how about some all-natural, local, farmers-market sourced, seasonal popsicles instead?

photo by Renee Anjanette at Tulino Design Group

Popshop is the brainchild of Emily Zaiden, a Los Angeles local who's always loved playing with frozen dessert flavors.  After overwhelmingly positive response to her mojito and lemon ginger flavors from friends at a 2008 birthday party,  she started experimenting with ethnic-infused palattes, using only fresh, farmer's market ingredients to make her gourmet, vegan, preservative-free popsicles. (Read the full LAist profile on her here.)

She has a booth each week at the Studio City Farmer's Market on Sundays (still my favorite farmer's market around town.  I need to find something comparably great in my neighborhood) and can also arrange for special order deliveries ($48 for 24 pops, often including delivery).

I'm thinking an avocado vanilla, nectarine almond, or mango lime popsicle sounds divine for a hot afternoon wedding. Or for the late night post-alcohol, mid-dance recovery break. Or for this Sunday afternoon, when it's 90 degrees out and I just want something delicious.


  1. Oh my goodness, please do popsicles! They are my favourite.

  2. awesome idea. i've never been to the FM up in studio city. i'll have to check it out. i live so close to the one fairfax and 3rd i've never ventured out to see what other markets have to offer.

  3. Fairfax and 3rd is the closest to my new place too, but there's something great about the street fair atmosphere in Laurel Canyon (they have a petting zoo for the kiddies! and a mini train!) But the Hollywood FM on Sunday is probably closer than Studio City and feels somewhat similar. I'm going to check out Larchmont soon too.

  4. Yum yum yum! Oh yes. Fabulous idea. So much better than cake!


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