The LA Guide to the Best Pumpkin Pie

The LA Guide to the Best Pumpkin Pie

It’s November, so of course, you want some pumpkin pie. There’s nothing like it after a nice turkey dinner, and in fact, you can enjoy this any time of the year. It’s not really a question of whether or not you like pumpkin pie. The question is if you’re looking for the best pumpkin pie in the general LA area, where do you go?

Lucky for you, we have the answers you’re looking for:

Cake Monkey Bakery

Cake Monkey Bakery‘s honey-braised pumpkin tart comes with graham cracker crust, and it’s also topped with toasted marshmallow fluff both the graham cracker crust and the marshmallow fluff are handmade, which goes to show how much they care about the quality of their pumpkin pies. Location: 7807 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Larder at Tavern

Here at Tavern in Brentwood, the pumpkin pies cost about $30 each. But they’re enough for up to 8 people, and each one will be sated by its delightful mix of spice and sweetness for the filling, along with a crust that’s flaky and light. Location: 11648 San Vicente Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90049

Sweet Rose Creamery

This is where you go for pumpkin pie if you’re in the Santa Monica area, the Sweet Rose Creamery. You get a heavenly spiced pumpkin ice cream pie, with a ginger cookie crust filled with spiced pumpkin ice cream. It’s topped with cinnamon sugar, whipped milk, and pumpkin seeds. Each pie costs about $48, but it’s worth every cent. Location: 826 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Pie Hole

The pumpkin pie is a favorite for this season each year, and that’s due to the 4 generations of the same family tending to the recipe. The Pie Hole located in the downtown Arts District comes with an extremely flaky crust and filling that’s smooth and creamy. It measures 9 inches across, and each square inch justifies the $33 price tag. Locations: 714 Traction Ave Los Angeles, CA 90013

Porto’s

Great pumpkin pies don’t have to be expensive. That’s conclusively proven at Porto’s where you can get pumpkin pies at a little over $10 each. This is a Cuban bakery in Glendale that offers pumpkin pies that resemble creamy custards with caramelized crème brûlée. Location: 315 North Brand Blvd | Glendale CA 91203

Superba Food + Bread

Venice is well-known for its artsy residents, and it isn’t surprising that here you can find a place that offers truly indulgent pumpkin pies. Try Superba Food + Bread’s version, with roasted Cinderella pumpkin filling matched with pumpkin spice whipped cream.  Location: 1900 S Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90291

République

This LA Brea-based French restaurant, Republique, has pastry chef Margarita Manzke offer several types of pumpkin pies for the holiday season. If you want to try something new, get the 9-inch pumpkin pie, which for some reason is topped with toasted marshmallows. Location: 624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Republic of Pie

The coffee is great in this coffee shop in North Hollywood, but it’s great when you also order the right pie with your java. At any time of year, you can enjoy chocolate banana pie, espresso almond pie, or coconut cream pie. But for the season, you ought to try Republic of Pie’s classic 10-inch pumpkin pie. It’ll satisfy your craving for traditional dessert. Location: 11118 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

 

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The Goods Mart – New Spot For Healthy Snacks in LA

The Good Mart - New Spot For Healthy Snacks in LA

Located in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, The Goods Mart is a convenience store for healthy snacks. Parents and millennials concerned with healthy eating are often dismayed when there’s really not much to choose from when they’re at a gas mart. You’ve got greasy pizza, gummies, and soda, none of which are even remotely healthy. The best you can hope for is to find beef jerky or nuts, which at best can be considered somewhat nutritious.

But now there’s The Goods Mart. Described as a lovechild between 7-Eleven and Whole Foods Market, this is the healthy convenience store that very few people even thought possible. Everyone knows that convenience store snacks are unhealthy, but The Goods Mart founder Rachel Krupa didn’t get that memo.

Here are the features that distinguish The Goods Mart from the competition:

  • It is located in the Silver Lake neighborhood in LA. This is a trendy spot for young well-off millennials, with a median age of 35 and an average household income greater than $68,000. The spot is even accessible to walking traffic, which you don’t really find in LA.
  • Like marts, it offers itself as an alternative to the grocery store for shoppers with no time to waste. Yet at the same time, its wares offer healthy snacks, which are items you don’t normally find in places like 7-Eleven. The décor in the store makes you feel like it’s a “normal” convenience shop, though the predominance of health alternatives can make you feel like Alice in Wonderland.
  • Every single item in the mart will not contain health no-nos such as artificial flavors, sweeteners, and coloring. There will be no growth hormones or disruptors.
  • Items with animal proteins come from humanely raised stock, and they’re all free of GMOs, antibiotics, and nitrates. The pork rinds are Paleo-friendly, and they’re healthier because they’ve been seasoned with pink Himalayan salt.
  • Yes, there are processed items here which you can just get on the fly, like chocolate bars, ramen cups, and cheese puffs. But in The Goods Mart, they’re made with healthier alternative ingredients such as chia seeds and quinoa.
  • The slushy machine doesn’t serve soda, but instead produces a kombucha variety with a tropical flavor. Instead of energy drinks, you can instead grab yerba mate.
  • If you’re looking for fresh produce, you can get fruit from LA’s local GrubMarket. You just have to avoid judging the book by its cover, as the fruits are tasty despite their ugly and imperfect shapes. They’re like goofy-looking mutts as the ugly lemons and oranges are placed in huge weave baskets right beside the front door.
  • The condoms here are all made from vegan, certified Fairtrade rubber. You can find your bathroom basics like shavers and toilet paper at the back of the store, and they’re all made from sustainable materials.
  • At the checkout, customers can also check out the iPads that offer info about the mission of each brand they have on their shelves. The mart also provided extended training for the staff so that they can answer questions regarding vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary options.

The Goods Mart will work as a test case. If it does work, then they may eventually become ubiquitous throughout the country. When you stop at a gas mart in the future, you may find yourself looking at healthier snack options instead.

Check out this 16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

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Day of the Dead Playing Cards Made in LA by Local Artist Steve Minty

Day of the Dead Playing Cards Made in LA by Local Artist Steve Minty

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos in Spanish, is a widely celebrated holiday in Mexico and the United States. The holiday actually spans several days when family and friends gather to remember and pray for their deceased loved ones. Most people also visit the graves of their loved ones, and light candles and place flowers on them, as well as enjoy a picnic with their family.

In modern times, it’s celebrated from October 31 to November 2.

The Day of the Dead is the inspiration behind the Muertos Playing Cards. Steve Minty designed the deck of cards while the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) manufactured them.

Every card is designed with the theme of celebrating life and death in the tradition of Dia de Muertos. The history of the Day of the Dead tradition in particular and Mexican culture, in general, is reflected in the design, while the social classes present in the past are also depicted. The deck has a contemporary feel complemented by an elegant look with its gold-on-black design.

Each deck comes with 54 custom playing cards and two gaff cards. The characters and numbers are printed with gold ink on a black background, a combination that makes them pop out. The deck is packaged in a gold foil and embossed tuck box, too, for added luxury.  

Steve Minty drew inspiration for his designs from the message of the Day of the Dead. He was also influenced by Aztec art, the Mexico-American Wars, and the works of Jose Posada.

The cards are then creatively named to reflect characters although the usual card characters – spade, hearts, clubs, and diamonds – are still used. The card characters include El Padre, La Hermana, El Soldado, El Catrin, La Viuda, El Bandito, El Caudillo, La Bailarina, El Campesino, El Azteca, La Catrina, and El Caballero. The Joker cards have the Muertos insignia and the sugar skull (i.e., Calaveras).

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Brew a Perfect Cup of Expresso With This Human-Powered Espresso Maker

Quality espresso is hard to come by, and the good ones are not cheap. So why not make your own espresso? With Flair Espresso Maker you’ve finally got the chance to have espresso specifically just like the way it’s supposed to be.

Flair is easy to use. All you need to do is press a button and you’ve got an espresso. You don’t have to plug the unit in, no need for pods or electronics either. Even with its simplicity you’ve got everything necessary to get that espresso.

You just need to load freshly grounded coffee and pull the lever down. That’s all there is to it. The minimalist design makes it suitable for new users and it’s also durable. The Flair is portable too so you can take this with you.

The detachable brewing head adds to the ease of use as you have full control over the procedure. The stainless steel cylinder can be pre-heated and the temperature can be maintained to the level you prefer.

The chamber does have plastic components so you don’t have to worry about inconsistent results. The entire unit is comprised of die-cast aluminum stainless steel so it’s built to last for decades.

Since there is nothing to plug in you can disassemble this in a few seconds. If you’re going somewhere, just disassemble the Flair and put everything in the provided case. Once you’re ready, put it back together, select your beans and set the pressure accordingly. Adjust the pre-infusion time and you’re ready.

While the Flair is made of die-cast aluminum and stainless steel, it isn’t that heavy and only takes up 13 x 9 inches. When you’re done using it, detach the brewing container for quick cleaning. Water will do, no chemicals or cleaning solutions necessary.

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