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The Better Trip to Bottega Louie

January 09, 2013

The best part about living in Los Angeles is that absolutely everything you could possibly want (and didn't even know you wanted) is at your fingertips. Today I took a trip to downtown LA with one of my best friends from college, Rosie. We both needed to get dressed and go out since we had (happily) spent most of our winter break lounging in pajamas yoga pants and watching TV.
We chose Bottega Louie, a chic Italian restaurant/bar/bakery as our destination for the day. 
dessert table
Rosie and I met through a mutual friend a week before we went off to college. Any time we got home sick we'd talk about our favorite LA spots, and she promised she'd take me to Bottega Louie when we returned to California. I am absolutely in love with this place! It's chic without being snooty, and it's luxurious without being overpriced.
Macaron au Crème Brûlée, topped with Sicilian pistachios
This dessert was my favorite. It's a vanilla macaron with a Tahitian, vanilla crème brûlée sitting on top and covered in raspberries and pistachios. I was going to take half home to share with the family, but after the first bite my plan was tossed out Bottega Louie's floor to ceiling glass windows.
latte at bottega louie
box of macaronsbreaking macaron
They also have a wonderful array of macarons. From top to bottom in my box: passion fruit, strawberry, lemon, salted caramel, vanilla. From the first few bites of dessert here I could feel the sugar coursing through my veins, but oh it was so worth it. Absolutely no regrets.
rosie sips latte
open kitchen
As a self proclaimed foodie, I really appreciate the open kitchen that can be seen from the cafe and bar section of Bottega Louie. It treats the chefs like performers, and allows people like me to marvel at the what they make. 
700 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Monday6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thursday6:30 am – 11:00 pm
Friday10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday8:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday8:00 am – 11:00 pm

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