Vogue Article 82017

Vogue: This Summer's Most Unique Ice Cream Flavors

"Los Angelenos head to Carmela’s for handmade, small-batch treats made from all-natural ingredients, and her selection of fruit and vegetable sorbets are the answer to summer heat. The cucumber sorbet is a light twist on the savory trend of summer frozen treats. Pair it with the Lemon Basil for an ultra-summery twist, or go daring with the heirloom tomato sorbet."

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Upscale with Prentice Penny: Summer

Prentice Penny upscales the way he does summer cookouts. He visits a local butcher shop, discovers proper grilling techniques, finds out what beers pair well at a brewery, and whips up his own batch of ice cream.

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Wh Mag Delicious Desserts

Woodland Hills Magazine: Your Sweet Tooth is Calling

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La Weekly Best Ice Cream

LA Weekly: The Best Ice Cream in Los Angeles

"The shop carries goodies such as cones, toffee and cookies, made in its creamery and original shop in Pasadena. The sorbet flavors, from cucumber to blueberry thyme, follow the seasons. Popular picks include salted caramel, made with homemade caramel, and mint with cacao nib. The secret to the in-demand mint flavor: fresh mint leaves steeped in the milk."

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Darling: The Ice Cream to Eat in LA

A Summer Night at the Farmers Market

What started as playing with recipes after hours at a DTLA pizzeria has landed Carmela three storefronts and weekly farmers’ market gigs. Mint Cacao Nib was the flavor that stole our hearts. They use fresh mint leaves, giving a heightened potency to the cooling taste alongside the most incredible cacao bits we’ve ever tasted. If only they sold the nibs by the package.

At the W. 3rd St. location, there’s a freezer door that leads to a room furnished with a vintage photo booth, disco ball and on occasion, a cozy movie night.

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Eater La 23 Outstanding

LA Eater: 23 Outstanding LA Ice Cream and Gelato Shops, Summer 2017

"The salted caramel at Carmela Ice Cream on West Third is the stuff of legend, but that shouldn’t deter customers from trying any of the other seasonal flavors on the menu, like lavender honey and strawberry buttermilk."

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Pasadena Independent Churn Down For What

Pasadena Independent: Churn Down For What?

"The Pasadena location is elegant, friendly and fragrant with the scent of toasted waffle cones. Homemade vanilla bean marshmallows and fudgy chocolate sauce are on hand for patrons looking to dress their pints in style. Buttery cookies, coffee, tea? It’s all here too. As one of the few artisanal ice cream shops to pasteurize their own ice cream bases, each element complements the effort she and her staff sink into their craft."

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Time Out Best Ice Cream

TimeOut: The Best Ice Cream in Los Angeles

"The ever-popular Carmela—which is also sold in a few specialty food shops around L.A.—rides the locavore trend by incorporating fresh herbs and seasonal fruit into flavors like Rose Petal and Spiced Strawberry sorbet."

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Female Foodie Best Ice Cream

Female Foodie: Best Ice Cream Shops in Los Angeles

"Carmela is pure simple beauty when it comes to ice cream – you just want to eat it because it is so pretty."

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The Culture Trip 10 Best

Culture Trip: The 10 Best Ice Cream Shops In LA

"Walk into Carmela and be charmed by neatly jarred hot chocolates and packaged cookies stacked on the country-style wooden shelves. Listings for classic flavors like Rocky Road and tempting ones like Spiced Strawberry Sorbet are written on framed chalkboards. Pick the most tempting flavor and have it in a cup, cone, waffle cup, or turn it into an ice cream sandwich. Carmela is located just down the street from the Grove shopping mall, making a fun shopping day that much more delightful."

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San Gabriel Valley's Best 2016

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La Mag Off La Classes

LA Mag: These Offbeat L.A. Classes Are Guaranteed To Make You a More Interesting Person

"Never wait in that ridiculous line at Salt & Straw again. Learn to make your own ice cream with Carmela Ice Cream founders Jessica Mortarotti and Zachary Cox in their creamery in Pasadena ($125). Get the scoop (see what we did there?) on making tasty treats and walk away with two pints of the finished product."

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Foursquare 15 Best

Foursquare: The 15 Best Ice Cream Shops in Los Angeles

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Ventura Blvd Magazine

Venture Blvd Magazine: Carmela Ice Cream Helps Cool Woodland Hills

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Life Thyme

Life & Thyme: California Ice Cream, Pure and Simple

Read the feature article on Carmela Ice Cream at the Life & Thyme website.

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La Times Where To Get Ice Cream

LA Times: Where to get ice cream and gelato in and around Los Angeles

Jessica Mortarotti started Carmela by selling her ice cream at local farmers markets. She now has three shops in L.A.: the original in northern Pasadena, a second near the Grove and a third in Woodland Hills, all selling her market-driven ice creams and sorbets.

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Tastemade 10 Best Ice Cream Shops in America

"With flavors like brown butter sage, lavender honey, and Meyer lemon olive oil, this ice cream menu screams Southern California. Made with organic dairy and farmer’s market produce, these gourmet offerings approach the (only slightly) changing seasons with proper ingredients—though their salted caramel remains the all-time favorite menu mainstay. The best part is that ice cream is practically year-round in the City of Angels."

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Taste The Style Where To Get

Taste The Style: Where To Get The Best Ice Cream In Los Angeles

"There is a reason that salted caramel is listed first on Carmela’s menu — it’s their most popular (and delicious) flavor. Carmela offers handmade ice cream in flavors ranging from Lavender Honey to Brown Butter Sage & seasonal sorbets made with only organic dairy and farmer’s market produce. Carmela prides itself on using the best seasonal ingredients — luckily LA has some pretty great flavors all year round."

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PBS Parents - Farm to Table Family - Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream w/ Carmela Ice Cream

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Locale Best Ice Cream Sandwich

Locale Magazine: 6 of LA’s Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

"In addition to the regular menu items there are also seasonal items such as the strawberry buttermilk ice cream with a brown sugar cookie, which will soon be disappearing from the menu to make way for the upcoming gingerbread cookie with cardamom ice cream. Customizable ice cream sandwiches are also available. The ice cream sandwiches at Carmela cost $5.75, but there are special discounts available for larger purchases such as ice cream sandwiches by the dozen."

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Travel Mag 2016

TravelMag 2016

"Ice cream is practically an art at Carmela, unquestionably Pasadena’s best spot for this deliciously cooling dessert. The smell of fresh-made waffle cones lures customers in, while unusually complex flavors like brown sugar vanilla bean, strawberry buttermilk and lavender honey keep them there. Their artisanal focus on organic dairy and seasonal flavors over artificial extracts makes a noticeable difference in flavor; one that can be replicated at home thanks to their in-house ice cream classes."

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Business Insider 2016

According to travel app Gogobot, Carmela came in at No. 3 of the best-rated ice cream shops in the nation.

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Bon Appetit 2014

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Zagat Ice Cream Sandos

Zagat: 12 Ice Cream Sandwiches To Try Now in LA

"The ice cream is perfect between two thin and crispy cookies (buttermilk strawberry and chocolate wafers is one of our favorites), and you can find them premade at the shops and the markets or create your own combo."

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Thrillist Best Artisan

Thrillist: The Best Artisan Ice Cream and Gelato Shops in LA

"Want plain, old-fashioned strawberry or chocolate? Then don't go here! This ice cream shop -- which is run by a married couple who sources locally grown & organic herbs, spices, and flowers -- does up far more inspired flavors like rosemary with toasted pine nuts."

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E News 2014

E! Online July 2014

"It's time to get fancy with some Earl Grey Tea ice cream at Carmela Ice Cream, located in Pasadena, California with a second location in Los Angeles. They were named the #1 Ice Cream Shop by LA Weekly in 2011 and have been voted Best Ice Cream by Pasadena Weekly two years in a row."

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Zagat Las Must Try

Zagat: LA's Must-Try Ice Cream and Gelato Spots

"What started out as a farmer's market stand has turned into a full-fledged ice creamery, with two locations - the original Pasadena shop and a new location on West Third Street. Flavors like lemon verbena vanilla, strawberry buttermilk and cucumber sorbet are based on the seasons and blended with herbs, spices, flowers and seasonal fruit."

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Travel and Leisure: Best Ice Cream Shops in Los Angeles

You might feel like you're biting into a garden at this ice cream parlor where fresh herbs, spices, flowers, and fruits guide the flavor creations. Rose petal, lavender honey, and lemon verbena vanilla are just a few seasonal examples. If you're not a floral fan, try salted caramel or dark chocolate cacao.

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Inthe Mix Carmela Ice Cream

Sugar and Charm: In The Mix with Carmela Ice Cream

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Huffpost Chef Speak

Huffpost Chef Speak: Jessica Mortarotti of Carmela Ice Cream

"But in terms of purity of flavor, not to mention charm, the small batch company Carmela Ice Cream, owned by Zachary Cox and Jessica Mortarotti, stands out amongst the impressive crowd. The husband and wife team has been selling their “garden-inspired” flavors at various farmer’s markets and specialty food shops around Los Angeles since 2007. Flavors like Strawberry Buttermilk and Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean taste classic with a twist. And their Chocolate Sea Salt cookie/ Mint Cacao Nib ice cream sandwich has to be one of the tastiest desserts in the city. We chat with flavor developer Mortarotti about her culinary inspirations."

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The Infatuation: The LA Ice Cream Power Rankings

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