The Grove and Original Los Angeles Farmers Market is one of the great, atypical places to take out-of-towners or to spend a leisurely Saturday. There are tons of upscale stores to peruse, including the American Girl store, which is one of my favorites. If you haven’t heard of them, they are great historical fiction books and dolls that are age-appropriate for elementary school kids. I wrote an entire term paper for my Children’s Literature class about the flaws (specifically gender and racial inequalities) in these books and I still think they are great, so that says a lot.
Anyway, Eric and I were at the Grove for a free screener of Homefront, starring Jason Statham and James Franco. You basically get exactly what you expect walking into that movie. The actress who played Jason Statham’s daughter was great, though. After the movie, we stopped at the tiny Sprinkles Cupcakes booth so I could try their famous vegan Red Velvet cupcakes.
First of all, if you are going to offer one vegan option – why not more than one? I know that seems like I’m asking a lot, but not everyone likes Red Velvet. I found the frosting to be very fragrant – almost smelling like a sugar cookie. However, it tasted oddly of coconut. Eric got another cupcake with a cream cheese frosting (not a vegan one) and it also tasted of coconut. To me, that is both weird and gross.
The cake itself tasted a little dry. Nothing about the cupcake left me thinking I should stop by Sprinkles more often. After trying a non-vegan cupcake, Eric said that he wasn’t a fan either. He prefers Crumbs Bake Shop, which also has several locations, but sadly no vegan options. I highly recommend No Udder Desserts over Sprinkles. They only have one location, but offer many more flavor choices as well as different desserts in addition to cupcakes. The taste is far superior to Sprinkles. Sprinkles Red Velvet fans – you don’t know what you’re missing! Definitely give No Udder Desserts a try.