Like most Los Angeles residents, I spend far too much time in my car and I'm always trying to dial it back. Rather than trek all the way home between two of my private client classes, I often just stop somewhere nearby for a coffee or breakfast to kill the time. I had the brilliant idea of stopping in at Rawvolution in Santa Monica on Thursday, only to arrive and discover that they don’t open until 10 am. I would love to start work at 10 am, but most of us are already up and about well before then so I continued on down the road to Venice to go to Café Gratitude.
I’m in the Rose Avenue Café Gratitude location fairly often because I love their raw vegan dessert counter. This time I actually stayed for a meal for the first time in a long time, perching at the bar and enjoying some hot tea and a bowl of chia seed porridge.
Gratitude is not my favourite place for vegan food in LA but when you’re looking for something healthy and energising on the West side early in the morning, it is one of your best options. It kept me going for my next two classes anyway!