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You go Clara! I wish I was this awesome at 16!
you’re probably already familiar with teenage baking sensation clara polito, who owns & operates her own vegan business in los angeles called clara’s cakes…after all we’ve posted two recipe videos with her in the past. clara went vegan at the age of 12, & frustrated with the animal-free dessert options in her area, she decided to learn how to make her own treats. four years later, she’s got her own bakery with a menu that wows all kinds of eaters. in today’s video, we sat down with clara at her home in LA & learned about her most delicious creations & why she went vegan in the first place.to learn where you can find clara’s cakes in LA, check out her website, twitter feed, & facebook page. i know that right now, you can find her cupcakes at pizzanista which happens to make the best vegan pizza in town. so go get ‘em.
Yesterday, my Mom & I took a day trip up to Los Angeles for an afternoon of vegan food filled fun. First stop was lunch at Real Food Daily in West Hollywood…
Then we headed over to Spork Foods for a cooking class with Jenny & Heather themselves!
The day’s theme - "Fancy Pants!" We learned to make "Truffle Mac & Cheese, Green Beans Amandine with Spicy Gremolata, Tofu & Hearts of Palm Crab Cakes with Lemon Remoulade Sauce"…
Of course there was no way in hell I was getting out of L.A. without a quick stop at the newest BabycakesNYC bakery on Larchmont to pick up some nibbles for the ride home!
Details, recaps & more coming soon!
Just returned from my quick trip up to Los Angeles & don’t feel like hassling with my camera, editing photos, etc. I used my iPhone camera & Instagram quite a bit this weekend…so I’ll share those photos with you here!
Farmer’s Daughter, West Hollywood
"Herb Crusted Tofu" - sautéed with panko, macadamia nuts, lemon & capers
Sunday night we went to Duke’s Malibu for Anne’s friend’s 40th birthday. Great ocean view & a fun atmosphere, but one look at the menu & I thought my dinner was doomed! This is primarily a fish/steak house, with nothing on the menu except for one salad that would be suitable for a vegetarian. I decided to be brave & ask the waiter if there was anything “off the menu” that could be prepared for a vegetarian & he said "Oh yes, any of the fish dishes can be substituted with tofu." Hallelujah! It never hurts to ask & this was surprisingly tasty!
Tart Restaurant at Farmer’s Daughter
"Home Made Granola” - Oats, Flaxseed, Almonds, Walnuts, & Pecans
There is a cute little restaurant at the hotel called Tart & we heard it was great for breakfast, so that’s where we began our Monday. Lots of vegetarian options, but I decided to go vegan & order the home made granola with soy milk & a side of fruit. A very wholesome way to start the busy day! Reminded me that I want to start making granola at home!
"Madras Tempeh Wrap" - masala-baked tempeh, brown basmati rice, toasted almonds, raisins, frizzled onions & crisp vegetables with curried soy yogurt dressing in a whole wheat lavash
We worked up quite an appetite at the museum & headed to M Cafe de Chaya for a light & casual lunch. I had the Madras Wrap & a side of Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing. It was fresh & delicious! I wish we had more restaurants like this in San Diego!
BabyCakes NYC, Downtown LA
Since we had the car out, we decided to make our way over to BabyCakes NYC for dessert! I am quite perplexed as to why they opened in such a dismal part of downtown LA, but of course it was as cute as ever!
"Red Velvet & Lemon Coconut Cupcakes" from BabyCakes NYC
I ordered the above cupcakes to take to my Mom & a thank you treat for watching Lucie Lu & to also make up for not bringing her a roll from Cinnaholic, which she’ll never let me forget. I ordered a Lemon Coconut for myself & a Mocha Donut. Yum, yum & more yum!
Vegan Margherita Pizza - Herb white crust, light red sauce, mozzarella, roma tomato, vegan mozzarella, & fresh basil
For dinner we walked across the street to The Farmers Market. I’d read about Deano’s Gourmet Pizza on Quarrygirl & knew that they had a few vegan menu items & would substitute Daiya cheese on any of their pizzas! As if I could stuff anything else into my face in one day, I went ahead & ordered an individual sized pizza anyway. There was a small fridge at the hotel, & I figured I could save the rest for later! It was good, the crust a little too thick & doughy for my taste (I prefer a crispy thin crust pizza), but I was so appreciative of the Daiya cheese option!
"Kim’s Salad" - romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, sprouts, tomatoes & sunflower greens topped with Ki’s Millet Burger
On the Tuesday drive home, we decided to stop for a much needed healthy lunch at Ki’s Restaurant, one of my favorite veg-friendly spots in San Diego’s coastal gem, Cardiff-by-the-Sea. I enjoyed Kim’s Salad, one of my very favorites! Full of fresh, crispy vegetables, & topped with a millet patty.
Amazing ocean view from Ki’s!
As fun as it was to get away, there is nothing like the comforts of home & I am glad to be back to see my snuggle-pug!