Friday, August 13, 2010

Foodie Fridays: Savor Los Angeles Dessert Tasting

Savor Los Angeles

Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of attending a gourmet dessert tasting, the first event in a series which is being hosted by Savor Los Angeles, the dining branch of a new collective called Parallel Lines. It’s safe to say the evening satisfied our sugar fix for the week (maybe even the month…).

The venue was Miauhaus Studios on La Brea, a few blocks south of Olympic. There was plenty of space to move around and mingle, and the studios’ white walls made the already stunning desserts even more eye-catching.

The unique event was chock full of foodies, sweet-lovers, photographers and—of course—other miscellaneous hipsters. DJs were spinning and provided the beats for the fun-filled event. Even FoundTrack godfathers V and Nass made it out to sample the mouthwatering desserts.

Our first stop was the Sweets for the Soul table. Their offering was a variety of bite-sized brownies. My favorite was the cleverly named Obama, a mix of white and dark chocolate. Head to Atwater Village (3169 Glendale Blvd.) if you want to try them for yourself.

XT Patisserie was another standout. They capitalized on the macaron trend and brought a huge assortment of flavors, which were a treat for the mouth and eyes alike. The orange blossom and lavender varieties were delightful. Although the patisserie is based in Orange County, the macarons are available for purchase at locations across LA including Gelsons and Cube.

There were a few refreshing beverage options on hand to help wash down all the sugar. Intelligentsia was passing out their top quality brews; Abby even got lucky and walked out with a free cup of her favorite (and usually very pricey…) coffee beans. We also enjoyed a refreshing ginger cocktail from the Pama Liquer stand.

We were thrilled to find FoundTrack’s old friend, Popcakes, in attendance as well. For those of you unfamiliar with Popcakes, the idea is basically cake in lollipop form, as the name suggests. Moist balls of chocolate, vanilla, and other flavors of cake are enveloped in icing and adorned with sprinkles. Biting into a Popcake is one of those rare feel-good experiences you don’t find in life often enough, so if you have yet to try one, I highly recommend you do.

As you can probably tell by this point, there was a lot of sugar to indulge in all at once. Good thing the No Reservations food truck was also parked outside, selling savory bites like Szechuan tacos and lamb wraps.

While the evening was pretty sweet all around—pun completely intended!—we can’t say that we were totally blown away by any of the participants’ offerings. Everything was great, but nothing was stellar. Perhaps it was just sugar overload. Regardless, we do love the creative ideas coming out of Savor Los Angeles and Parallel Lines, and look forward to attending future events.

Photos by Brian Brown/

COMING SOON on Foodie Fridays: We're tracking down the Manila Machine and Abby will be reporting on her Foodie finds from a recent trip to Italia.

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