Flavors like Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, Earl Gray and Guinness are what grabbed my attention when reading about this charming ice cream shop that had just opened a new location on Third Street in Los Angeles. Carmela is a bright and airy ice cream parlor, scooping up artisan flavors (in the most beautiful waffle bowls ever!) using organic dairy and local ingredients from Farmers Markets. The thing I loved so much about the ice cream was that you can actually taste the flavors right away! With every bite I found myself saying, “Ohh that IS Guinness ice cream!” The flavors are very present in the ice cream, but not overbearing at all. They’re simply perfect. I’m now second guessing my usual plain chocolate choice! And oh, those waffle bowls… it’s like waffle heaven. Handmade daily, printed with a perfect little flower and then filled with a delectable ice cream flavor… does it get any better? Jessica, the owner and genius behind Carmela, took some time to chat with us and told me a little about her story. She is a self-taught ice cream maker and she started Carmela out of her home, selling at Farmers Markets before opening her first location in Pasadena. She is also a mom of three… what? My mouth actually dropped. How does she do it? I have just one and run a business from home and think it’s challenging at times. How she manages to run a family, make amazing ice cream and operate two shops is very inspirational! Thank you Jessica for allowing us to stop by Carmela! What a treat!
Photos by the talented Kimberly Genevieve!