Local indie favorites and start-up bakeries popped up in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Unique LA had over 300 designers, crafters, and artists gathered at the California Market Center Penthouse. Attendees shopped for holiday gifts, took pictures with a snow monster (courtesy of Oh! Snap Studios), and snacked at the "cafe:" Manila Machine, Flying Pig, and Platine Bakery were among the food vendors.
Artisanal LA, which was a five-minute walk away at the Cooper Design Space building, focused on edible treats and artisanally-made food products. Compared to the light-filled, spacious Unique LA venue, the vibe at Artisanal was cozy (or maybe cramped) and the vendors list was much shorter. Creme Caramel made their debut at the pop-up shop with bread pudding flavors "classic," "chocolate," and "caramelized bacon." The humblest dessert, pie, was presented two ways at Artisanal: Crust by Stephanie Jayne got glamorous with a Fleur de Sel Caramel Tart. Flying Pie Man specialized in savory pies like meat and chili. If you stayed home last weekend, check out what you missed below. Many of Artisanal LA's and Unique LA's treats and gifts are available online: