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La Jolla Sweet Life

Cups Lounge in La Jolla offers cooking classes as well as sweet treats.
Cups Lounge in La Jolla offers cooking classes as well as
sweet treats.

In addition to San Diego’s most beautiful beaches, La Jolla offers some of the city’s most delicious desserts.

My husband and I both love frozen yogurt and, while Froglander’s on Pearl Street has been our perennial favorite, a newcomer in La Jolla Shores is giving them some tough competition. Yogurt Escape, tucked among the kayak rentals on Avenida de la Playa offers unusual flavors such as pomegranate raspberry and other fruity delights. Because they are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., lots of locals wander in for an after-dinner treat. Having said that, the peanut butter and the dark chocolate frozen yogurt at Froglander’s is still my definition of nirvana.

When it comes to cakes, the only game is town is Michele Coulon Dessertier on Fay Avenue in the village. Her carrot cake made with organic carrots, walnuts, crushed pineapple and coconut with cream cheese frosting is the stuff of sweet dreams - and I have a friend who feels the same way about her lemon marbled cheesecake.

Cookies? My favorites are made by The Cravery and sold at the Open Aire Farmers Market on Girard Avenue every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Derek Jaeger and his partner Adam Koven offer their signature PB Overload, which contains Reese’s chips and a thick peanut butter crème, a lemon basil cookie made with candied macadamia nuts and dried berries, and several other yummy varieties.

If you are in need of a good cookie and it isn’t Sunday, try Girard Gourmet on - surprise – Girard Avenue. Co-owner François Goedhuys designs decorated cookies that are fun for holidays and special occasions.

Cupcakes? Cups Lounge on Girard Avenue offers “sweet beats and treats.” Customers can sit at the open air bar facing onto the street or at little plastic tables that are just right for pint-sized consumers. Cups’ pastry chefs use organic ingredients and create such delicacies as a pumpkin cardamom cupcake topped with chocolate frostings and pepita brittle. Sprinkles Cupcakes in La Jolla Village Square (across from Whole Foods) opened in January are are giving Cups a run for thier frosting.

And, Michele Coulon Dessertier tied for “Best Dessert” in a recent La Jolla Village News poll, but they offer very different surroundings. I suggest you head to Cups when you’re feeling especially young at heart and visit Michele Coulon when you’re feeling seriously self-indulgent.

I’d love to hear what you think of La Jolla’s sweet options. Will you post a comment and share your experiences?


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  • City: San Diego