Visiting this gem at the corner of 7th and Grand in Downtown LA has reminded me of all the adventure that really can exist in the city of angels. As a native of Los Angeles, I’ve taken for advantage – even underestimated – its greatest “hideaways” and most luxe downtown spots. Bottega Louie is no exception to the lengthy list of experiences to be had while on the west coast and WILL – BE – MISSED while traveling back to the east coast! The only way to describe this cafe-bistro-gelateria-candy parlor hybrid is to prompt any memories of your thrills as a kid in a Disneyland sweets shop, mixed with the more adolescent sweet tooth that you’ve acquired for fine desserts. Macaroons of every color, flavor, and number greet you as you step into this open and expansive space, begging you to accompany them with the closure of a cappuccino steamed to perfection.
As you guys may or may not know, Whole Foods is my holy place, I used to be a Vegan, and I’m always reading labels. But it wasn’t always this way. Here’s my backstory:
I grew up living within the dietary lifestyle of a chiropractor as a dad and Persian health nut for a mom, who’s saying never failed to remind us that “back at home in Iran, the fruits were our candy and the nuts our junk food.” She has now gone gluten-free, become a passionate advocate for water health across the globe, and my dad a nature enthusiast since forever, backpacking, camping, climbing, and biking always a checkmark on the agenda. But I was the average teen with tastebuds for sweets and creams, buying cookies from school and potato chips from the vending machines. Even worse, I was an addict of soda. I knew somewhere in my subconscious that they were all bad things but I never understood why. It was only until I grasped the reasons against my actions that I finally brought them to a stop.