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To cap off National Ice Cream Month, let's savor the many delicious ice creams and sorbets at Delicieuse in Redondo Beach -- after we have a family-style lunch at Al-Hamra Halal Cafe a few doors down.
Please note that this event is for Al-Hamra Halal Cafe and Delicieuse. You must be able to join us for lunch and ice cream, not one or the other.
Sorry all. I just learned that Delicieuse no longer serves a lunch menu, nor does it operate a cafe. I know that those who have RSVP'd for Delicieuse are really looking forward to ice cream, so we're still going to stop into the shop for a treat.
But to make up for lunch, I found a well-reviewed Halal, Mediterranean restaurant that serves up Medi favorites like hummus, baba ganoush and shawarmas, as well as Pakistani Halal specialities such as lamb biryani.
It's called Al-Hamra Halal, and I've read that it's better than Al-Watan, which is also in the South Bay. It's family-owned and small, but it has an extensive, inexpensive Mediterranean and South Asian menu that we'll enjoy family-style, which means that we'll order a few dishes (yes, it'll still be a "light-ish" lunch) to share. To sample the "greatness" of this place, I'm planning on ordering a couple of mezze items, lamb biryani (if available) and the house specialty, the Poulet a la Mediterranean (which is roasted chicken with carmelized onions and pine nuts).
To learn more about Al-Hamra Halal Cafe and read the great Yelp reviews, click here.
Since our lunch will be family-style, we will share the cost and split the food bill equally. You'll pay for your own drinks. Though the cafe accepts credit cards, please do your best to bring cash so the owners don't spend a bundle from swiping a deck of cards.
After lunch, we'll take a very short walk to Delicieuse, which is on 2503 Artesia Blvd.
Delicieuse specializes in ice creams made the French way, and their goat's milk and sorbet flavors are the best around. They're sold at some Whole Foods markets around town, but you'll find the best and seasonal flavors at the cafe.
Delicieuse is owned and operated by Filipino Francophile Patricia Samson and her family, but the ice creams are distinctly French -- fig, lavender, saffron, cognac, fromage blanc, caramel fleur de sel, William pear and more. There will be 12 flavors in the case, but I'm not quite sure what will be available when we're there.
Here are some hints. The LA Weekly recently profiled Delicieuse for its 30 Scoops in 30 Days series. There may be some that you'll be tempted to take home. I always do.
Again, sorry for the very last-moment change on our lunch and ice cream afternoon. Please make sure you update your RSVP in the next 24 hours. I will be closing this event 10 p.m. on Saturday. Hope to see you there.