"Everything’s gonna go to hell, and we’re gonna be fine—as long as the doughnuts still taste right."
Let’s take some business advice from Erin McKenna of Babycakes! Business Insider has a neat little profile of the super-successful Ms. McKenna, who confirms she’s opening bakeries in San Francisco and Chicago! Hooray!
BABYCAKES NYC: 2013 AND BEYOND
Hello Dear Friends, and Happy 2013! Gonna be a big and important year for us all, so here goes…
Expandin’: Yes, more bakeries in 2013, two to be exact! One in Chicago, already very much in the works, with a special partner, the finer details for which are coming shortly. The other is in California, in a city we’re hesitant to discuss because it’s coming second, but… it rhymes with Tan Bamtrisco.
Unified Los Angeles!: New bakeries in new towns need lots of love. To free up some of our fine management crew and other resources we are unifying our two Los Angeles bakeries: Our Larchmont flagship will now be our sole Los Angeles storefront, with the downtown Los Angeles location closing its doors. In addition to freeing us up to launch other locations, it also enables us to expand a cheaper, faster, same-day delivery service throughout LA county. We are focusing on this positive note as our hearts heal for the 6th Street location that made BabyCakes possible in Los Angeles in the first place. RIP dear friend.
In More Stores!: We’re also growing the list of fine exclusive grocery stores where you will find our fresh baked stuff as well as our cake, brownie, and cookie mixes. Adding to Erewhon and M Café, we are happy to announce that Monsier Marcel has the goods too! Go there and believe! Also you will find us in better coffee shops on both coasts effective immediately.
Ipad App: Do you have it? It’s real good. And getting better, with quarterly updates! Up next: Spring 2013.
In summary, we are working tirelessly so that BabyCakes NYC is available to more people across a much larger map by mid-year. We regret deeply that this requires that our downtown location will no longer exist as you know it. We aim to make this hiccup-free, enjoyable even. If for some reason it is not, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Important California announcement! Babycakes is decamping L.A. for San Francisco! Sorry, SoCal, you don’t get everything. That means sometime this year we’ll have the finest, most delectable allergen-free baked goods the country has to offer (that we know of) (so far).
In the meantime, let’s follow the Babycakes tumblr and ogle all the porny dessert pictures. Be still my heart.
UPDATE: BabyCakes is NOT leaving LA, they are just closing ONE of their locations. Sorry for the confusion! But they are opening in Chicago and looks like SF too. Yay!
LA’s Pressed Juicery to open SF location in Noe Valley! »
Two weeks ago, on a recent trip in a paradise I like to call LA, I hit up one of my fave spots — Pressed Juicery in West Hollywood! While purchasing a mass amount of juice and trying to make small talk with the register dude, I was told two incredible things: that it was their one year anniversary, so I’d be getting 10% off my order and that they were planning on opening up an SF location. I was very excited upon hearing this, but while walking away I couldn’t help but think of the lip service and broken promises we in the Bay Area have been given about getting our own Babycakes and Native Foods, and so I promptly let it go.
However, it looks as though we actually are getting a Pressed Juicery and soon too! Eater SF says it’s going to be in Noe Vally; that the space is already available! I’m not going to hold my breath or anything, but I’m pretty stoked about this — I think my heart even skipped a beat. I’ll be here waiting for you, Pressed Juicery. I love you so!
Babycakes NYC has a new app; Sally Draper makes gluten-free waffles! »
Babycakes NYC has a new app out and it looks like a lot of fun. I love her recipe book; I actually use it to make the gluten-free snowballs at Source (Jenny-fied of course), so I’m really excited about this app.
[Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansarus.com!]
It features all my favorite things: gluten-free, vegan baking, cute uniforms, hipster music, lipstick AND CELEBRITIES talking about vegan, gluten-free baked goods! The feature everyone seems to be the most jazzed about (including myself) is Mad Men’s own Kiernan Shipka making gluten-free waffles with Ms. Babycakes herself, Erin McKenna! Sally Draper has most definitely become my favorite character on that show, and remember — I haven’t yet seen Season 5 so no spoilers or I will find you, and I will gouge your eyes out. Just kidding! That wouldn’t be very vegan of me, now would it? (I’m not kidding.)
Review: Pressed Juicery in Los Angeles »
Do you know when the best time to travel is? The dead of winter! Seriously, plane tickets are so cheap. I’ve taken it upon my myself to whisk myself away on weekends (like any self respecting socialite) to
eat visit friends near and far. Now, I’m back to report on all my meals from Chicago, to LA, to Reno! But first I gotta get some sleep — I’m not a machine. Jeez! In the meantime (while I’m catching up on SF life), here’s a roadtrip preview!
One of my favorite places I hit up in the last three weeks was Pressed Juicery in L.A. It was the spot I was most excited about checking out; I love vegetable juice, especially when it’s raw, cold-pressed, and unpasteurized. And celebrities go there! I learned of Pressed Juicery from following Hello Giggles, as the editors of that blog are always praising it. [Ed.: Jenny LOVES Hello Giggles!]
I went to the West Hollywood location, which was a long bus ride from Echo Park, but so worth it. Normally I can be kind of shy and nervous, but not when I got to the counter of this Pressed Juicery. I talked the counter guy’s ear off: I told him where I lived and worked, and how I heard about the place; he told me a story about Erin McKenna of Babycakes—all kinds of good stuff. As I felt indecisive about which juices to try, I inquired as to what his fave was, which, as seen below, is Roots 3. I asked for one with beets and he recommended the Roots 3, then told me it happens to be Sophia Rossi’s fave. SOLD!
I’m trying to detox from Reno and am pining for another one of these juices!
Where can I get raw vegetable juice in San Francisco? I always drink the Super 8 at Source and used to down gallons of the Healthy at Café Gratitude. Lately I’ve been hitting up Jamba Juice for wheatgrass shots, but where else can I go? I need reader recommendations, please!
"Blink and you’ll miss it" storefront in West Hollywood.
Pressed Juicery has three locations in Southern California: In West Hollywood at 8714 Santa Monica Blvd.; in Malibu (out of a truck!) at 3939 Cross Creek Rd.; and in Brentwood at 13050 San Vicente Blvd. #120.
L.A. Urban Food Crawl: Eat everything, walk forever, you gotta do this! »
We love Los Angeles! They’ve got insane amounts of delicious vegan food, a delightful temperate climate, and celebrities! Who doesn’t love celebrities? Pretentious assholes/people who lead more fulfilling lives than we do.
On Nov. 11, our pal Jon participated in the L.A. Urban Food Crawl. He said it was an awesome and intense experience, one that led him on a trek in search of good vegan food all over downtown Los Angeles. Like, all over. Like, they walked a long time. Possibly forever. But he didn’t complain! This is more of a food hike than a food crawl. So if you’re in shape and love to eat, and like to burn off what you eat, this is for you. If your goal is to get so large that the only way you can get around is via Lark mobility scooter, maybe take a pass? Or actually, get that scooter and then hop back on the eating train! Either way, it sounds like it was a marvelous, gluttonous, exercise-filled day. These were his findings:
PREPARATION: Wear comfy walk-around clothes and shoes [Ed.: don’t forget shoes!], bring a light sweater or umbrella (depending on the weather, season), and a camera.
THE DETAILS: The tour starts at Pershing Square downtown, and meanders through downtown L.A.’s Historic Core (cultural epicenter of the city until around WWII); ours ran from around 2 to 7:30 p.m. The best way to get there is to take the Metro Rail Red Line to the Pershing Square stop ($1.50 each way!); otherwise, there are plenty of affordable-ish public parking lots. All eating stops were within a few blocks of Pershing Square.
People say to arrive hungry, because you’ll be eating A LOT of food. Lies. Even when you’re stuffed to the gills and think you can’t eat another bite, you’ll find a way to make room for the next tasty vegan dish, because they’re all so ridiculously delicious. Part food experience, part lesson in L.A. history—walkin’ and learnin’ between food stops is a good opportunity to (re)discover downtown (which is estranged from and totally foreign to many Angelenos), and rebuild your appetite.
You’ll make friends if you go alone, but it’s probably better to go with friends—it’s a super-fun experience with a group of pals.
Bring a few extra bucks for booze/treats/distractions (wine and chocolate at Two Bits; tequila at Más Malo; fare for Angels’ Flight cab ride afterward).
Now, onto the good stuff: where and what we ate!
Two Bits Market (210 W 5th St. at Spring Street)
What we ate: Rupee sandwich—white bean puree with artichokes, black olives, squash, and arugula on artisan baguette.
What this place is about: East coast-style corner market and deli. Local! Organic! Fresh! Healthy! Awesome produce in general. Be sure to check out their nice selection of wine.
Nickel Diner (524 S. Main St., between Fifth and Sixth streets)
What we ate: Stuffed avocado with quinoa, pinto beans, red peppers, squash, corn, cilantro, onion, and vinaigrette (from the lunch menu).
What it’s about: Fifth Street is “the Nickel,” hence, “Nickel Diner,” a little American short-order-style diner. The building began as an opera house, then became a burlesque theatre, then a series of restaurants. The owner bought the space during a “transitional” period of downtown L.A.; while the diner was being renovated, they peeled back the wallpaper and discovered the original menu and poetry on the walls, so they restored them. Small space with limited seating; arrive early to beat the lines, rush.
Más Malo (515 W Seventh St., between Grand Avenue and Olive Street)
What we ate: Vegan menudo (chiles, onion, hominy, tofu, lime, tomato broth), crunchy vegan beef taco.
What it’s about: This space was a jewelry store in the 1920s; it has beautiful architecture, including the ceiling and wall adornments; the 400-lb. steel TEQUILA VAULT downstairs has a fancypants tequila tasting room that was the old jewelry store vault. Be sure to inquire about their awesome drink specials—recommended: the Piñata Smash or the Spicy Cucumber margarita)
Pitfire Pizza Company (108 W. Second St. at Main Street)
What we ate: Pumpkin and winter squash pizza (seasonal item!) with Daiya mozzarella, field mushroom pizza with Daiya mozzarella.
What it’s about: Wood-fired artisanal pizzas. Yes, good pizza in L.A. We were all VERY FULL by the time we got to this stop, but the pizza was so delicious that we scarfed it all down in like, 12 seconds. Pretty sure they can veganize any pizza on the menu if you ask. Locations on the Westside and in the Valley, also.
Syrup (601 S. Spring St., between Broadway and E. Sixth streets)
What we ate: Pear and champagne sorbet, Boston iced tea with black tea, cranberry juice, fresh fruit.
What it’s about: Cozy coffee shop with assorted coffees, teas, desserts, etc. People love the sorbet because it’s not too sweet or filling (the not-too-filling aspect is key, ‘cause we had had plenty to eat). Board games and stuff upstairs, wi-fi.
Babycakes (130 E Sixth St., between Main and S. Los Angeles streets)
What we ate: Frozen blondie (frozen frosting sandwiched between two chocolate chip blonde brownies).
What it’s about: All-vegan, gluten-free baked treats, a la NYC Babycakes. New location opening in Larchmont in December. Last stop on the food crawl, so get an extra cookie or three to go. They deliver!
So concludes the food tour. But wait, there’s more! Since you’re already downtown, why not check out this other stuff in the area:
- L.A. Central Library
- Grand Central Market
- Angels’ Flight
- Japan Arcade (Little Tokyo)
- Devil’s Night Drive-In
- Santee Alley/Fashion District
- Redcat Theatre
- Shows at The Smell
- Bars/old speakeasy joints (the Edison, the Varnish, Library Bar, Seven Grand, Perch)
- Downtown Artwalk/bajillions of galleries
For those of you not into going downtown, there’s a new tour on the horizon. Organizers Jen and Sheri are starting a Silverlake vegan urban food crawl around the Sunset Junction, which will probably be a little less walk-y than the downtown version.
Yay! Thank you so much to Jen, Sheri, and Jon! And everyone in L.A., go on an urban food crawl right now!
There’s going to be a vegan cupcake and cupcake-themed art party in LA! »
Cupcakes and art happen to be two of my favorite things (along with elephants, Netflix, and Fla-vor-ice) so I’m so jealous of you L.A. folks! Urban Food Crawl, a vegan food tour company, is hosting Cupcakes + Art: a vegan cupcake competition and cupcake-themed art show! Deets from Urban Food Crawl:
Cupcakes & Art
Sunday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m. at Hold Up Art, 358 E. 2nd St. Los Angeles
The $35 ticket includes entrance to the event, where you’ll be tasting and judging cupcakes from 10 local bakers. Proceeds from the art sales will go to the winning baker’s charity of choice! Stay tuned to our blog for more info on the participating bakers. There are a limited number of tickets available!
Oy, I’m so jealous! You can see the list of bakers and artists on their event page—it includes BabyCakes LA! So. Jealous. Is anyone going? I want a full report! Also, we are sending someone so you’ll get a full report, too. We can give full reports to each other. Good times! Also, they’ll be lots more Urban Food Crawls, so stay tuned to their site to eat so much more. Yay LA!
Top 10 links of the week!: A dashing and daring, courageous and caring bounce through veganism!! »
[Simon the Cat has a kitten friend! Kinda! Saw this on Holy Cuteness]
Hello pals. Been busy again so here is your not really weekly top ten links!
First up! Veganmainstream makes cinnamon rolls for Vegan MoFo! Check it out.
This Dish is Veg has the scoop on a giveaway from my favorite doctor, Dr. McDougall! Win one of his Asian Entrees and an ipad! Holy cannoli.
Here’s the story on Zack Galifianakis’ bday Babycakes order!
Our Rachel has three smart things about banana peels she wants to tell you about over at Wired!
Ad beat: Nestlé is marketing to your dog! Like, directly!
Adorable pygmy owl denied federal protection! Corny.
Lauri Apple at Gawker gives us the story on cops shutting down a highway for a rabbit shaman!
Learn how meat destroys the environment with Care 2! It’s bad news! Yay!
Occupy Wall Street demands corporate abuse of animals to stop! MAN I got to get over there. It’s just hard to get back in the saddle once you been illegally arrested at a protest.
Albino animals from National Geographic! I love these little freaks.
Countless reasons to love Emily Deschanel today! »
I think Emily Deschanel might be my favorite celeb vegan these days. Why, in no particular order:
A.) She comes off very articulate and super-intelligent
B.) Her deadpan sense of humor is hysterical.
C.) Her little sis is Zooey Deschanel, who may not be vegan, but adores and spreads the word about Babycakes, and has the most perfect bangs ever (among many other things).
I’ll come over for a straw-mat-sitting, eating-with-my-hands, raw-vegan-dinner, Emily! CALL ME.
Then, because I am a stalker (Seriously beware, you guys. My expertise scares even myself. Just kidding! Don’t block me from seeing your tweets!) I looked for more Emily Deschanel videos on YouTube. I found this one:
It’s no secret I’m not the biggest fan of PETA, but there are exceptions to every rule! I love that this video is simple, straightforward and gets to the point. Plus, Emily Deschanel is a vegan, so I can totally get behind the believability of this one.
Who needs US Weekly?
Your Vegan Celebrity Correspondent
[Can’t see the videos? Watch them on Vegansaurus!]
Top 10 links of the week: a shuffle board game through veganism! »
First of all, SO FLATTERED: We’re on Carpe Vegan’s neat Vegan 100 list: vote us to the top! Also, the San Francisco Bay Guardian totally gave us a Best of the Bay 2011 award for “Best Righteous Vegan Sass” (WHAT?) and we’re extremely pleased and honored and in very fine company so WOO AWARD WINNERS WHAT?
Apparently in Bosnia, they make bulls fight each other and they used to beat them up first to get them angry. They aren’t going to do that anymore—the beating part at least. A win? Why do people like these crazy events?
Yo! The U.S. (where I keep all my stuff) may impose sanctions on Iceland for whaling! I HOPE THOSE ICELANDIC FUCKERS GET WHAT THEY DESERVE.
Good has a vegan guide to getting it on. Like, sex.
Downer about dead baby dolphins over at HuffPo.
Birds massage each other! Birds are so smart! And kinky!
The emperor penguin Happy Feet (gag on the name, but whatevs) is recovering well, and here’s a video of him passing his penguin physical.
Whaling is a slowly dying form of murder, so we’re happy to see that Japan is hopping on the bandwagon. The country’s Fisheries Agency has released a report with its first-ever mention of discontinuing research whaling as a viable option.
The lovely Sarah M. Smart heavily contributed to these links! Thanks, Sarah!