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Personal pie from Apizza Scholls

Image: Karen Brooks

1. Get a scoop of blood orange creamsicle ice cream at Fifty Licks

What’s that? Another heat wave on the way? Sure, our glaciers might be melting, but at least we’ve got another opportunity to eat ice cream before May even hits. French custard-style ice cream purveyor Fifty Licks slays with its Blood Orange Creamsicle, which has a tart buttermilk base and a wallop of citrus flavor. It’s like the classic ice cream bar, all grown up. 

2. Order Apizza Scholls online and skip the line

Online delivery service/laziness enabler Postmates delivers from legendary New York-style, coal oven pizza joint Apizza Scholls. That means you might never have to stand in line at the less-than-hospitable Hawthorne storefront ever, ever again. Order a piping hot mozzarella and padano to your door, like we did, and remember why this perfectly charred pie is still the king.  

3. Snack on rhubarb brioche roll at Maurice

We live for Kristen Murray’s seasonal brioche rolls, just one of her many fika creations baked off inside her whitewashed downtown bakery. First up for the spring season? Super tart rhubarb layered into a yeasty dough, and slicked with a heavy sugar glaze popping with crunchy anise seeds.

4. Crunch into lebneh with fried cauliflower at Mediterranean Exploration Company

Here’s a warm weather pairing that makes summer feel like it’s already here: take one order (okay, maybe two) of the house-made lebneh—a bed of tangy, creamy comfort for salty, golden cauliflower florets. Add one Turkish Delight—a subtle, fresh concoction of sobieski vodka and Ceylon tea with just the right citrus hit. Repeat as necessary while your palate soaks up the sun in every bite.

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