Oh, you lucky denizens of the San Fernando Valley! Crème Caramel LA could have chosen some fashionable avenue like 3rd Street or Highland to set up shop, but instead they have made their home on Burbank between Van Nuys and Sepulveda in the San Fernando Valley. Previously, you were lucky if you stumbled upon their delicious custard desserts at an artisanal show, foodie event or farmers’ market.
Partners Kristine DeLaCruz and Sean Gilleland started the growing business in 2010, riffing off of her aunt’s Filipino leche flan recipe. After premiering at Artisanal LA, their popularity grew through word of mouth and social media. Besides the brand spanking new shop, Creme Caramel LA also sells online, caters, and hosts pop-ups.
The company is known for its wide array of creme caramel, with exotic flavors like Buko Pandam and Meyer Lemon Lavender as well as their homey bread puddings. The selection has now broadened to include flaky scones, upside-down pies, which are similar to crumbles, and an array of other baked goods.
If you are looking for something more substantial, try the tea sandwiches and quiches. The shop also sells artisanal goods from friends such as Coldwater Canyon’s pomegranite jelly and Le Bon Garcon’s salted caramels. Coffee and agua frescas are available now, with full barista service to come. Next time you are in the valley, treat yourself to a little bite of heaven.