yesterday, i was fortunate enough to get to reconnect with gigi, one of my friends i met in residence life while working at scu during grad school. one of the reasons why i used the word fortunate is because this girl has been traveling the world while teaching yoga so we have not been together in person for at least the last 2+ years. but hey, the best friends are those you can go awhile without seeing and pick up right where you left off.
we knew coffee was on the agenda but it had slipped my mind that gigi has been vegan for quite some time now. even being in la, not every place caters to different dietary needs. the first place we went to looked good but only offered an assortment of gourmet doughnuts with different types of coffee. i remembered passing a place just a couple of doors down that looked like it could accommodate both me and gigi. let me introduce you to kreation – a place i will definitely be going back to.
first things first – my vanilla latte was to die for. so much so that i had two (and this is as someone who no longer drinks caffeine daily). i appreciated that no matter your milk choice, the price of the latte is set.
the bruschetta was perfectly marinated and i enjoyed every single bite.
i am a sucker for a good yogurt dip. this one was zesty and the dill really popped.
all of their dips are served with this whole wheat lavash. i love how you still get the carb fix without it being as heavy as pita bread or as unhealthy as chips.
i had to snap a picture of their napkin because it truly embodies their mission of being an organic establishment without the consumer feeling deprived in the process. i truly felt like i indulged yet i consumed about half the calories i would at a happy hour. i was also floored with how reasonable their prices were. typically, it is more expensive to eat healthily and so this was a pleasant surprise.
even though both items i ordered did not have meat, there were several options that included meat, making this a great place for anyone, regardless of dietary restrictions.
there are several locations but we went to the one in venice in abbot kinney. the vibe was super cute yet relaxed and the customer service was great. 10/10 would return.
if you are in a hurry, they also accept to go orders online. this is something i will definitely consider the next time i am in venice to go to the beach as opposed to eating something i might later regret.
have you been to kreation? if so, what’s your favorite thing to order?