It's no secret that Venice's Abbot Kinney is a hot bed for foodies and hipsters alike. A new restaurant seems to open up every month on this street. In the past year alone, there's been Salt Air and Willie Jane and newcomers at the end of Washington like Scopa and South End. You'd think they'd run out of room on this stretch of hot real estate, and perhaps they are, because now new spots are opening up in the spaces in between. You could even say they're coming out of the wood work with two new noshing nooks serving their fare in and under the trees off Abbot Kinney.
The first spot you'll want to stumble across is down a little alley, not far from Tasting Kitchen, and behind Left House. If you're not looking, you might miss the small opening with colorful signs, welcoming you off the beaten path for a new discovery.
The tiny place you'll want to hit in the morning is called Another Kind of Sunrise because they're going to set you off on the right foot for the rest of your day. Just what is Another Kind of Sunrise? I can safely say that this is the first time I've put the following three words together when talking about an Abbot Kinney restaurant = organic cereal cafe.
You can go for a bowl of a childhood fav like Frosted Flakes or Cocoa Crispies, but since you're all grown up now and hanging in Venice, you can pour grass fed whole milk in there or why not see how almond milk goes with Raisin Bran with flax.
Not healthy enough, then you can grab a cold pressed juice to eat with your Chia Porridge or some Paleo Granola with sprouted almond, raw pumpkin seeds and shredded coconut. Pull up a planter, because you are now in the perfect outdoor oasis to enjoy your breakfast.
If you're feeling a little too self-righteous from passing on the Cocoa Crispies, then go further down the rabbit hole off Abbot Kinney to find your own chocolate tree house.
Just around the corner from Another Kind of Sunrise is the fort you always dreamed of making as a kid.
ZenBunni Biodynamic Chocolate has built a wonderful chocolate cave from which you can stare, gape, and peruse their case of unique handmade chocolates, but these aren't just pretty faces. These chocolates are organic, heirloom chocolate bars that are gluten, dairy and soy free. And of course they're using fair trade cacao with organic and raw ingredients hand picked from around the world.
Flavors range from Mucha Maple to Walnut Wishes, and Innsbrunk Peppermint with new combinations being developed on a regular basis, according to whim and available ingredients.
Can't decide because you can't even believe you're in a tree picking out chocolate, then get a pretty packaged sampler of 'em all.
It might, afterall, take you a while to find your way out of the rabbit hole and back to the reality of Abbot Kinney.