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Bae: Swirled with Love

Bae: Swirled with Love

Little Tokyo’s newest addition to L.A.’s sweet gang lives by the motto of putting customers before anything else. On the inside wall, written in cursive and illuminated by neon reads a signed love letter to all that enter: “with love, from bae.” Their crown jewel — a mesmerizing black and white swirled soft-serve — might go by the name Mixed Feelings, but its stunning presentation and satisfying flavor will leave your feelings anything but mixed.

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The dense yet delicately swirled art of stark, contrasting colors comes intertwined in a sugar cone of your preference — green matcha, red valentine or black OG — and provides both a bit of health, a lot of indulgence. The deep black color is derived from the addition of activated charcoal, which boasts a range of health benefits from whitening teeth, to lowering cholesterol by extracting the toxins from your body. Going through a break-up? Their pure black “Heartbreak” might just have enough to remove any leftover toxicity.

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And don’t worry about leaving your mouth looking like a black abyss or tasting like a BBQ pit. The taste of pineapple is not overwhelming and gives off strong Dole Whip vibes. Even if you’re not a fan of pineapple, you might be pleasantly surprised. Beyond the cone, Bae also has doughnuts on deck which come from their sister company the Doughnut Society. The decadent goodies are decorated in-house, ensuring that the frosting and cream fillings are as fresh as can be.

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The menu separates the sweet pastries into “Classic” and “Premium” categories, but the choices are nothing short of top shelf. The classics include your usual glaze and maple bacon that is surprisingly light and fluffy, but also some more exotic flavors like purple yam, or ube. The premium churro doughnut has a ratio of horchata cream filling to dough that is truly out of control in the best way possible.

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Those preferring to sip decadence will be delighted by their gorgeous array of coffee drinks. From the bright yellow golden latte infused with turmeric to the lover’s latte colored with beets and coconut. But if your body craves darkness, you can engulf yourself in the charcoal latte. While it’s guaranteed you’ll to be darting straight to the register to feast your eyes upon what goodies await, the atmosphere built to enjoy the wondrous concoctions shows the same craft and care as their desserts. The interior employs a similar black and white motif with a cookies and cream marble countertop, dark slab stone tables and comfortable modern chairs with white leather and a starry lit ceiling.

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The simple and tasteful aesthetic oozes with luxury not typically found, or expected, in your neighborhood confections purveyor, but it stops short of feeling gaudy. So if you have had a hard week, or are about to, or if you just want to treat yourself — stop; and let Bae treat you instead.

baebae.co | 369 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Written by Brian Chernick | Photography by Rebekah Lemire

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