What started off as a small shop in Tarzana quickly turned into a household name (to ice cream lovers at least!) after husband-and-wife team Jon-Patrick Lopez and Adrienne Borlongan opened a booth at Smorgasburg LA, as well as locations in Atwater Village, Venice, Fairfax, Tarzana, Pasadena, and most recently, the Sawtelle area. If you couldn’t guess, the flavors here are inspired by far-flung destinations: Thailand’s famous Mango Sticky Rice dessert is channeled into a rice milk with coconut cream and swirls of Alphonso mango, the Philippines are embodied by an Ube Malted Crunch influenced by Adrienne’s Filipino-American upbringing, and a confection from Montélimar, France, is turned into a nutty, mouthwatering treat with Provençal lavender honey and crunchy almond nougatine. Every flavor (and there are new ones every season!) is conceptualized and crafted by Borlongan, who studied food science and developed her inimitable palate while working as a mixologist.
While Wanderlust’s unique scoops are inspired by far-flung places and cultures around the globe, for the past couple of Octobers, Filipino-American owners Adrienne Borlongan and Jon-Patrick Lopez have honored their heritage with a special range of FAHM flavors. This month, Borlongan has masterminded a handful of seasonal and limited-edition scoops—her personal ode to growing up Filipino in the US—like Sapin Sapin (a Pinoy-style Neopolitan of malted ube, jackfruit, and sticky rice) and Brazo de Mercedes (meringue ice cream streaked with custard ribbons and speckled with toasted rice). From Oct 23-30, look out for Bilo Bilo, a frosty take on the popular Filipino dessert. Made with coconut milk ice cream, sweet potato, saba banana, jackfruit sherbet, and chewy ube mochi, it’s sure to evoke a rush of childhood nostalgia to those who grew up eating the creamy-meets-glutinous snack and pique the taste buds of every customer, Filipino or not.
How to order: Take out or pickup via ChowNow