LA-made Dessert Gift... that travels well?
- hhewitt Oct 25, 2011 01:49 PM
Here's a complex one:
I'm going to visit an old friend soon, and I'd love to bring her a gift. She loves dessert/sweets, and I'd love to bring her some sort of LA-specific, locally-made gift... but, it'll have to travel well.
I'm going to be on a plane for almost 6 hours, and then I won't see her until a few days after my arrival. I'm thinking all baked goods are off the table due to the days of sitting around (although I think I will have a fridge available). Ideally, this dessert would be purchasable near the Sepulveda Pass (either end).
Does anyone know of any sort of dessert that's locally-made that'll travel well for hours on a plane, and then sit around for days without going bad?
hrm...that's kinda tough. how about cake monkey?? if u can freeze them, they should be fine for several days. that's what umami does w/their batches. buying directly from cake monkey would be ideal but there is a minimum order. otherwise, u can pick some up @most umami's (tho much much less of a variety) and will be even less fresh. still, it's an option!! :)
I had the same need recently, and brought my friends Santa Monica-based p.o.p. candy co's toffee/butter crunch-type treats. They're tasty and held up pretty well, but started to get a little soft in the humidity of Chicago where I was visiting.
Not sure if they have a real storefront, but I bought them at Curious Palate in Mar Vista.
I recently traveled to France and London with Valerie's chocolates for a several different people - truffles/caramels, toffees and the less expensive bags of treats. I had an ice pack in the suitcase with them just in case. Not only did they travel perfectly, I believe they were/are better than the chocolates I was gifted in return (Maison du Chocolat) and they were quite well received.
My dark horse candidate is J Sweets adjacent to the Mitsuwa in Torrance. They offer premium confections from Japan. Almost all of their products are meant for gifts that do travel well. The reasons I consider them a dark horse in this thread is because the OP specified somewhere near the Sepulveda Pass, which it is not. They aren't made locally, so... Also, I don't know if there's a J Sweets or something similar to it in the islands.
21515 Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
Platine on Washington in Culver City has excellent cookies and other baked goods, but they are not near the Sepulveda Pass as well...
Platine Sweets & Savories
10850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232