To my amazing luck, I ended up on a 3 day business trip (per se) for my blog in June. I was staying in West Hollywood at the most amazing hotel known to man (Thanks Dole). I got to eat TONS of delicious food and drink lots of yummy alcoholic drinks. It really was a weekend to splurge and by the time Sunday rolled around I was SUPER hungover and looking for something relaxing to do before my plane left for Arizona Sunday evening. My ever faithful friend “Foodie Bear” told me I really needed to hit up the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. It was only 2 miles from my hotel and he told me I would love it. His recommendations have never failed me so I typed the address into my handy Garmin and off I went!
Living in Arizona, I’m always singing praises about our all year round farmer’s markets here, but Hollywood Farmer’s market was the coolest market I have ever been to. I toured the whole market which was about four different aisle ways of fresh produce, flowers, food, and gourmet goodies.
On my way back to the car port I saw the cutest little orange bicycle with a freezer cooler hooked to the front. Two people were passing out mysteriously wrapped packages out of this cart and there was a line…I was curious.
I get closer and I see that it’s a popsicle bike/cart!!! “OMG, how freaking cool;” is what I’m thinking in my head. Also cursing myself because I had just had a mint chocolate cacao chip ice cream sandwich from the Carmela Ice Cream stand. I really couldn’t eat anything else, my stomach was in a bad place already, being hungover, but I still wanted to get the scoop on this awesome popsicle making duo!
Chef Michelle Sallah has been in the food arena her whole life having parents who owned a diner. She’s worked in the restaurant world since she was 12 years old, so culinary school and fine dining was the next logical step. After awhile she decided to become a freelance chef to have more freedom to work on her own projects and this is how Popcycle Treats came about!
The “legs” of this project is John. He rides the bike around everywhere toting these delicious handmade gourmet pops. He even designed and constructed the whole bike himself which I believe is quite an amazing feat!
Michelle makes the pops and she offers many different flavors, depending on what fruits and veggies are in season in their area. When I spotted them they were carrying salty cucumber lime, peach ginger, and lemon mint blueberry organic popsicles. I really wish I would have found them before I found Carmela, but now I have something to look forward to next time I am in L.A. Even as I was speaking to them they quickly sold out, as they do on every trip out. I know they frequent the Hollywood Farmer’s Market, Silverlake Farmer’s Market and the Cinespia screenings in L.A. Just like a food truck, if you want to know where you can find them simply follow them on twitter or fan them on facebook.