On day three of our trip to Los Angeles, Matt and I were still glowing from the day before, so we were in a great mood as we headed out to Saturday brunch. We returned to Sage Organic Vegan Bistro (where we’d just eaten KindKreme treats a couple days before), as their brunch menu was just too enticing to pass up.
Matt started with a soy latte…
…and I had brewed coffee with a bit of almond milk.
For his meal, Matt ate the Sweet Potato Enchilada: baked sweet potato, plantain, and black beans wrapped in blue corn tortillas, topped with homemade red sauce and served with Mexican rice. We both agreed that everything about it was amazing. (And to think, until he met me, Matt thought he hated sweet potatoes!)
I was somehow still in a pancake mood, but sweet potatoes sounded great to me too. Luckily, Sage has a choice of sweet or savory Sweet Potato Pancakes. I went for the sweet ones, which were served with apple cinnamon chutney, maple syrup, and soy butter…
…along with fresh fruit.
These p-cakes were jaw-droppingly good. So moist, so fluffy, so perfect! I’m going to have to do some experimenting with homemade sweet potato pancakes sometime soon.
Matt and I agreed that this brunch at Sage was our favorite meal of the trip!
Afterward, we spent the afternoon strolling up and down Melrose Avenue, window-shopping and soaking in the beautiful day. At one point, we happened upon a pop-up shop operated by the owner of Spread: The Restaurant, a San Diego establishment. What was he selling? About a zillion different flavors of artisan peanut butter. You know we had to go in. And you know we couldn’t come out empty-handed.
Matt got a jar of the dark chocolate pretzel PB, and I snagged a jar of the white chocolate pretzel variety. These were so good, they were gone before we even left L.A. You can buy them online too—just look at all those flavors! Now I know I have to visit Spread: The Restaurant if/when I ever make it to San Diego.
Also on Melrose, Matt and I had a run-in with some “fashion police”…more on that later. But here’s where we went after our shopping was done: Sweet E’s Bake Shop.
They have daily selections of vegan mini cupcakes…
…and vegan cake pops!
As usual, Matt and I didn’t hold back.
Matt had a chocolate-dipped Rice Krispie treat, a dark chocolate cupcake, and a red velvet cake pop, while I enjoyed a red velvet cupcake and a chocolate chip cookie dough cake pop.
Everything was delicious! And the shop was cute as a button, too.
So, about that run-in with the fashion police…
We ended up in a store on Melrose called “Flasher,” where as soon as we came in, the owner eyed us (and, apparently, our questionable taste in clothing) and asked where we were from. When we said Kansas City, he nodded, grabbed us by the arms, and told us he was going to give us an L.A. fashion makeover.
His name is Cosmo, and he’s flamboyantly gay, dresses in leopard print leggings, chain smokes like a mofo, and has the most colorful personality of just about anyone I’ve ever met. On top of all that, he clearly has wicked taste in clothes. He knew our sizes just by looking at us, and before long, we found ourselves literally playing dress up with this dude we’d just met. It was a riot. We each walked out of there with an all-new outfit, and Matt liked mine so much that he insisted on conducting a little “photoshoot” when we got back to our motel. So here’s me, L.A.-ified.
New “jeggings,” new slouchy boots…
…and a pretty awesome pleather jacket.
The [boring old] tank top’s mine, though.
Matt’s not a bad photographer, I gotta say!
Anyway! We spent Saturday night with my friend Steve from my Europe trip (the same Steve we lunched with last time we were in L.A.), dining at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills (where I ate a killer spelt spaghetti alla arrabiatta, but I was too busy enjoying the company to bother with photos!) followed by drinks at the famous Rainbow Room, before Matt and I turned the tables and took Steve to one of “our” bars of choice, Bar Sinister.
It was another awesome day! But I’ve got one more Los Angeles post left to go, so the awesomeness isn’t over yet.