I can’t believe I’ve lived in Los Angeles for almost five years!!! When we moved here I remember researching vegetarian-friendly cafes to write in. Over and over Literati Cafe in Brentwood kept popping up, but in all this time I never went. Last night we had plans to discuss a potential film project, and guess where we were planning to meet?!
Snacked on a cup o’ figs beforehand…I loved reading all of your comments on the Zevia Giveaway post about the things you’ve broken – there are some pretty hilarious stories!
It’s one of those places where you order/pay at the counter, take a number, and they deliver your food.
So cozy! I imagine it’s pretty packed during the day (we were there at 8:30 pm) because there were signs on the table about limiting your time.
Abe and I split the Veggie Melt, which didn’t turn out to be what it says on the menu. There was no zucchini/red pepper/focaccia – instead, carrots/sprouts/avocado on wheat with mayo and swiss. Came with a very lightly-dressed handful of mixed greens and one tomato slice. It was tasty, but not mind-blowing..not BVSLA-worthy.
The dessert case was glowing like some mythical treasure…I ordered a few for the table.
Definitely ate more than my fair 1/4 share.
For me, Literati’s pastries and teas are where it’s at. I got a perfectly brewed herbal blend – Boston Cranberry – “Cranberry-orange flavors highlighted by hints of cinnamon and clove”
The Apricot Cashew bar seemed to be the overall favorite – “Buttery Shortbread topped with Apricot Marmalade Covered by a Lattice of Shortbread”
The Coconut “White Out” Cake was advertised as a “blend of creamy custard, vanilla bean, and dense cheesecake finished with a layer of caramel glaze.”
I don’t know who writes their descriptions, but you can’t fool me – that’s NOT cheesecake – and I don’t know where that caramel glaze was hiding. I would describe it as fluffy layers of white cake, custard, and coconut icing.
Still, the sweets were stellar! Literati is a good place to write, read, and enjoy dessert if you wanna take yourself on an Artist Date – especially at night.
Abe and I moved here in September of 2005, a few months after my feature debut, “Saving Face” was released. Eight movies later, “The People I’ve Slept With” is opening in that same Los Angeles theater (the Sunset 5) this weekend – I’ll be at the Q&A after the 7:30 pm screening on Saturday, August 28th. There’s also an after-party at Libertine hosted by Audrey Magazine – if you RSVP and attend, you will be entered for a chance to win two VIP tickets to Audrey’s Night Out (which I’ll be *GULP* strutting the cat walk in next month).
It’s been a rocky, winding road these last five years, but I’m happy to say I’m at peace with where my life and career are right now. Where were you five years ago?