When the Churro Borough opened five months ago, its signature offering, the churro ice cream sandwich, was crowned, by some, as the dessert trend de jour. But 33-year-old, Santa Monica–born Sylvia Yoo, an interior designer who got laid off in the great recession and studied under a French pastry chef, insists that her confections are here to stay. And why not? Yoo's sandwich feels like a staple, like something we were missing without even knowing it. Made with two small discs of flakey, light, freshly fried churros that taste almost like croissants (Yoo describes them as Spanish-style churros with a French influence) and homemade ice cream, it's no wonder lines are still snaking around the block for this thing. The churros also can stand on their own, as can Yoo's cookies and homemade paletas.
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