Salt and Straw’s Tyler Malek Profiled in LA Times

Salt and Straw Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek (photo on right by Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times)
Salt and Straw Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek (photo on right by Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times)

Nothing says summer like ice cream, so it’s fitting this weekend’s Los Angeles Times Food section features a profile of ice cream maker Tyler Malek in the Memorial Day edition.  Malek, the inventive mastermind behind the creative flavors at Salt and Straw, draws his inspiration from practically everywhere.  Said the Times:

Tyler Malek finds inspiration for ice cream flavors in a variety of sources, including the Oregon Symphony orchestra. “They came to our Portland kitchen last year and played, and we translated the music into flavors. I saw the musical notes and they read like a recipe,” says Malek. “One was a Bach piece. The way the flavors would transform and melt in your mouth for 1 1/2 minutes follows a particular 1 1/2-minute piece of music.”

To date, Salt & Straw has come up with more than 300 unique recipes, and Malek has played with ingredients as diverse as berries, chocolate and his grandmother’s almond brittle, as well as more unconventional flavorings such as sea urchin and fermented carrots.

Dill Pickle sorbet, photo courtesy of Salt and Straw
Dill Pickle sorbet (photo courtesy of Salt and Straw)

The Buzz stopped in last night to check out the latest flavors for June, which explore fermentation.  They include CA Avocado & Cardamom with Fermented Carrot Custard; Sourdough with Chocolate & Strawberries; Fish Sauce Caramel with Palm Sugar; Cacao Nib & Red Miso; and Dill Pickle Sorbet.  I only tried the Dill Pickle sorbet, but friends tried all the others. Needless to say, we ended up walking out with five pints to take home for the rest of the weekend. 

All the new flavors will be available by the scoop and pint at the Larchmont Village, Abbot Kinney and Studio City locations from May 27th through the month of June.

 

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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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