Being Vegan at Bottega Louie 

Unless you’ve been hiding under a blog-free rock, you’ve probably heard of (or at least  have seen) Bottega Louie. It’s a bright and airy pastel paradise filled with beautiful details and decadent desserts.  One of my favorite parts about living and working in Downtown Los Angeles is being walking distance from cool spots like this.

Standing in front of the infamous macron towers visible from the outside.
Sometimes I just buy stuff to get the pretty boxes

As a long time vegetarian, this has always been a solid brunch standby and a great place to grab dinner to add some excitement to a weeknight ( I don’t get out much.)  But dining at BL more recently has proven to be quite the challenge, as there are next to no vegan options available. I mean  like… I almost cried when I realized that I couldn’t bring home a single treat (for myself) from their gorgeous patisserie, which is pretty much my favorite part!

Bottega Louie

Little pink puffs of (non vegan) heaven
Little pink puffs of (non vegan) heaven
Macaron Ranbow
Macaron Rainbow

As someone who is in recovery from a very serious eating disorder (4 years and going strong!) I try not to make any major declarations about my eating habits. Ultimately, like most people, I just desire to be healthy (and still eat as many french fries as I want, obvi).

When in doubt, order the fries! (after you find out how they're prepared. duh!)
When in doubt, order the fries! and broccolini (after you find out how they’re prepared. duh!)

But I decided to be vegetarian a few years ago because I really love animals… like  a lot!  I was eating a turkey sandwich and I realized that, while I was eating it, I had to tune out and sort of “go to another place”. It was something that kept happening more and more… I couldn’t really connect with the fact that what I was eating used to be alive without being creeped out and even devastated at times. I decided to stop eating dairy and other animal products for health reasons, but that no animals are harmed to make my food is a definite bonus!

 

Lots of vegan options at the bar ;)
Lots of vegan options at the bar 😉
Amanda (Studio Mucci Intern) and I being silly at the bar
Amanda (Studio Mucci Intern) and I being silly at the bar

While Bottega Louie is definitely not the place to go for cold pressed green juice and chia seeds,  I always assumed that any establishment so full of whimsical pastel goodness would naturally have a menu fit for a tasselfairy. (don’t event get me started on Pink Berry 🙁 )

Pastry porn
Pastry porn

Amina in lilac dress

Carlos (my assistant) kindly helping me check ingredients and simultaneously buying all the pretty sweets :(
Carlos (my assistant) kindly helping me check ingredients and simultaneously buying all the pretty sweets 🙁
We pretty much blocked all the restroom entrances and annoyed everyone but it was totes worth it!  Amanda, Lauren, Carlos and I
We pretty much blocked all the restroom entrances and annoyed everyone while taking this… but it was totes worth it! Amanda, Lauren, Carlos and I

I guess this is just another reminder that I have to stop being a recluse and explore! For sure there must be tons of beautiful vegan friendly places in L.A.. and maybe even some pretty pastel ones.  What are some of your favorites?

Behind the magical counter

Bottega Louie Amina
I grabbed some marinara on the way out. Gonna be fab with my famous vegan meatballs

Outfit Deets: Dress: Target | Bag: Target | Shoes: Reebok Classics