Thursday, April 14, 2011

LA: Diddy Riese Cookies

Instead of doing one big post on food from this LA visit, I'm going to split things into several entries, because I think each of these food experiences deserves its own post.  Here's the first!

After a fantastic faculty meeting / lab visit this afternoon, I decided to celebrate by going to Diddy Riese for an ice cream sandwich.  This place had been strongly recommended to me during my interview visit, but I didn't make it there even though Diddy's is located right across the street from where the post-interview-day dinner was held.  Today, however, I was determined to succeed, and succeed I did.  Here's the outside of the store; as you can see, there was a small line.

The inside of the store is quite cheery, and even more so because of the prices: $1.50 gets you an ice cream sandwich with two cookies of your choice (a pretty standard repertoire of chocolate chip permutations, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle, etc, all baked in-house) and ice cream (Dreyer's).  You can also get just cookies (3 for $1, and more discounts for larger quantities) or brownies ($0.45 each).  Apparently I wasn't supposed to take pictures of the inside, which I found out as I was snapping away....Anyhow, I chose chocolate chip and chocolate chocolate chip with walnuts as my two cookies, with espresso chip ice cream in between.  The cookies are fresh and fantastic, and even better when paired with ice cream.  It's easy to see (and taste) why so much cash - and be aware that Diddy's has a cash-only policy - flows from the pockets of UCLA students to this fine establishment.