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museum of ice cream los angeles: a pastel, treat-filled wonderland

When I heard the Museum of Ice Cream was coming to Los Angeles, I knew I HAD to go. I bought tickets the second they went on sale, to go with some good friends on my birthday in May.

But then my husband got tickets for the opening day! Since he’s out of town during my birthday, he got tickets for just us to go. And after going through it, I am definitely happy to go see it again with my friends.

The Museum of Ice Cream is totally Instagram bait, with all the pink and other bright pastel colors. It’s not really an educational or historical museum; it’s more like a set up of various ice cream-themed art installations. So don’t expect to learn about the history of ice cream or the science behind making frozen treats.

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There’s the ubiquitous “millennial pink,” but it fits with the nostalgic, whimsical feeling of the museum. There were several themed rooms but I didn’t feel rushed at all to go through them. The museum lets you spend as much time as you like in each room (except the sprinkle room, which has a time limit). Many of the rooms have some sort of ice cream sample or sweet treat to try, which is a nice bonus.

museum of ice cream: LA roomPastels and palm trees, in the Los Angeles-themed room

hanhgry.com: museum of ice cream venice cream backdropAn homage to the famous hanging Venice sign

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream banana room

Banana swing room (a great Boomerang opportunity!)

hanhgry.com: museum of ice cream mint chip grown roommint chip grow room

I totally need this sign, as I have so many mint colored clothing items.

Real mint plants, planted in crushed cacao shells

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Rainbow sherbet room

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream behind a rainbow in the sherbet room

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream ross in front of the pink lemonade wall

Ross in front of the pink lemonade wall in the rainbow sherbet room

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream popsicle room

popsicle room

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream artwork by Abel Bentin

artwork by Abel Bentin. Each cone is unique!

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The famous rainbow sprinkle pool!

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream sprinkle pool

An explosion of sprinkles. I basically had sprinkles everywhere and had to shake them off me. When I got home later I realized that a bunch had gone down my bra, haha.

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Neon sign at the end of the museum.

There is also a gift shop by the museum exit and there are a lot of cute ice cream themed knick knacks and clothing.

I didn’t post photos of all the rooms in the Museum of Ice Cream as I’d like to keep some element of surprise for people who have yet to go. But I definitely recommend it if you love cute, quirky interesting artwork. And of course if you love ice cream. Not sure if this museum will travel to other cities, but it’s already been in New York and LA now, so who knows?

Unfortunately, tickets for the Museum of Ice Cream Los Angeles are completely sold out until July. However, more tickets may be released, so keep checking the website or sign up for their mailing list to be notified when additional tickets may be available.

Museum of Ice Cream
2018 E 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tickets: $29, plus additional service charge

Overhead shot of pizza slices

food review: NY style pizza at Gracie’s Pizza in East Hollywood

There are always new places to try in a city this big. Sometimes places open up that fly under the radar and I wonder why it took so me long to try it out. Gracie’s Pizza opened up nearby in the past year and a friend recommended that we try it, knowing that Ross and I are originally East Coasters.

Gracie’s serves New York style pizza, which has a thin and crispy crust, but is still soft enough that you can fold it. I’ve had NY style pizza from a few places in LA that were mushy, or had weird ratios of sauce to cheese, so I’m wary about pizza here. But fortunately, I had nothing to worry about at Gracie’s Pizza.

Gracie’s is located in the neighborhood of East Hollywood, kind of plopped in a more residential area. There is plentiful parking. The inside of the restaurant has a good amount of seating but still feels like an neighborhood place, like the pizza places from back home. We sat down and an employee came by to take our order. We didn’t have to wait long for the food to come out.

Cheese slice: $3

a slice of cheese pizza from Gracie's Pizza

I had just gotten my new camera lens that day and I was testing out taking photos with it, so please excuse the extreme focus here. This slice of cheese pizza was exactly what I wanted it to be; thin crust, crispy at the edges but still soft in the interior. Not overloaded with sauce or cheese, just the right amount. Ross teases me because I never fold my pizza when I eat it and take dainty bites instead. Hey, at least I don’t eat it using a fork and knife.

Grandma slice (pesto, grandma sauce, roasted garlic, burrata): $5

a slice of Grandma's Pizza

So Ross got this slice; I did not taste it. According to him, it was good but it had too many elements going on all at once and he preferred the cheese slice. The burrata was good though, silky and not salty.

Garlic knots with marinara dipping sauce: $5

These garlic knots were delicious; I ate them so quickly. They came out hot and were super soft and fluffy. They weren’t dense or tough at all, which happens to garlic knots sometimes. The parmesan garlic herb mixture on top was a nice bit of crunch and added extra flavor. They didn’t even need the dipping sauce. I wish I had gotten two orders of these.

Overhead shot of pizza slices

I thought this sign in the front window was pretty cute.

Neon red sign spelling out the word PizzaCool neon sign inside the pizzeria.

Overall, I really enjoyed the pizza at Gracie’s and the people working there were really nice. It reminded me a lot of the pizza back East, and we found out the owner is originally from New Jersey, so he definitely knows his pizza.

Gracie’s Pizza
Menu
4330 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029