Owner Barb Batiste turns out a plethora of homemade desserts and sweet treats under the heading of her catering company, B Sweet, located on Robertson Boulevard. From cupcakes, cookies, breads and brownies to muffins, pies and parfaits, customers will have no shortage of sugary options to choose from. The chocolate chip banana bread is moist, dense and popular, though most customers tend to see if Barb’s signature bread pudding is available. It usually is, in a variety of flavors like banana chocolate, red velvet and salted caramel. B Sweet’s mobile operation features two black and pink trucks loaded with all sorts of quick-fix dessert bites, while the more expansive catering operation can make sandwiches, hot main dishes and drinks for private events. A brick-and-mortar space is soon to pop up in West Los Angeles as well.
Cookbook is a small grocery store in the heart of Echo Park. They focus on bringing local, fresh and quality products to the residents and take time to cultivate a variety of brands that produce food responsibly, with little to no harm done to the environment and animals. The store is picturesque, with all the fruits and vegetables laid out in angled eye-level wooden bins or placed in bowls on their rustic tables. Prepared sandwiches and baked goods are displayed at the back counter. All the wooden details and quality products make it comparable to the perfection of a movie set.
Rosie Lee Imports owner Susan Malloy, a cheerful expat who grew up on a farm in England, pays edible homage to her British roots with a collection of groceries, teas, and novelty gifts plucked from her old stomping grounds. Dollop Wilkin and Sons Lemon Curd onto bare slices of toast for crisp, palate-pleasing bites, or open a can of Batchelors Mushy Peas ($1.95). Visitors can quench across-the-pond cravings with kettles of Yorkshire tea ($9.50), which pair nicely with Burtons Jammie Dogers biscuits ($3.99). An array of Beatles and Rolling Stones collectables embellishes unadorned mantles better than a framed citation for driving on the left side of the road.