For Fortune Cookie Divas, the writing was on the wall for stylish, custom fortune cookies—or was it written on a thin paper slip concluding one of co-owner Katie Chin’s renowned meals? Chin, a Chinese food personality and author of several cookbooks, including ‘Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese,’ has partnered with longtime friend Ann Koh to create colorful, decorative and delicious fortune cookies that have already caught on with several big-name partners.
Fortune Cookie Divas launched in November 2016, when Chin and Koh discovered an open market for fortune cookies during a project with for Chin’s catering company, Wok Star Catering. They began designing cookie concepts from there and have since carved a niche with high-end fashion, cosmetic brands, entertainment groups and Fortune 500 companies.
The chocolate-dipped, sprinkle-covered fortune cookies come cover every iteration of color and texture desirable and cater to company events and galas that seek elevated style. On the retail side, fortune cookie baskets offer a novel gift option for holidays and other celebratory occasions. For more information, visit FortuneCookieDivas.com
The first annual Boots & Brews Country Music Festival is coming to Santa Clarita’s Central Park this June. This family-friendly affair will feature a full day of food vendors, craft beer and, of course, dance-worthy country music.
The lineup includes headliner and multi award-winner Easton Corbin alongside duo Maddie & Tae, Texan trio Midland, whose new song “Drinkin’ Problem” is currently climbing the country music charts, alongside Tennessee native-turned NBC’s The Voice alum Morgan Wallen.
Tickets for this rollicking, rain-or-shine event are on sale now. Discounted general admission tickets are available for a limited time, starting at $25. Children 10 and under may attend for free with a ticketed adult. Visit BootsandBrews.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
CREAM, or Cookies Rule Everything Around Me, has graced LA’s sweets scene with its playful renditions on ice cream cookie sandwiches, brownie sandwiches, waffle sandwiches, and basically any other sweet item that comes out of an oven or iron. Rich, quality ice cream, hot baked goodies and colorful toppings come in huge portions at a very reasonable price point, making CREAM a magnet for anyone with a sweet tooth.
CREAM follows the same customization mantra that allows patrons to make their own decadent dessert from dozens of options, including soy-based, gluten free and vegan selections. They also bake their product in-house daily, adding freshness to the stores’ home feel.
Around two dozen ice cream flavors are ever-changing to keep things interesting, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t try their salted caramel and churro flavors. The waffles, cooked on the spot and sweet as can be, highlight the baked selections, followed by rich brownies and doughy cookies. The do’sant [short for donut-croissant] sounds great on paper but doesn’t necessarily bode well with ice cream.
If you’re really looking for a treat, go for the ice cream taco, essentially a taco shell-shaped cone that houses three massive scoops of ice cream and two toppings. Fruity pebbles and Nutella, anyone? The shakes are excellent as well.
Just be prepared for the line. The late-night rush at CREAM’s North Hollywood location will have people waiting out the door for 20-30 minutes. Wait times and peak periods vary by location, and if you time it right there should be no wait at all.
CREAM has locations across the US, with LA stores in North Hollywood, Northridge, Ontario and the USC area. Hours vary. Average out-the-door price for ice cream sandwich + toppings is ~$6.25/person. For more information, CreamNation.com.
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