Hollywood

Who doesn’t love cookies, am I right? Loews Hollywood is lucky enough to partner with local micro-baker David Vanlochem from Duidough Cookie Lab as part of Flavor by Loews Hotels. His cookies and baked goods are out of this world, and if that wasn’t awesome enough, David recently opened a café just steps away from the hotel! Join me as I pig out… I mean check out, the new Duidough Café!

Duidough Owner David Vanlochem

First of all, meet David! I’m not exaggerating when I say he might literally be the nicest person I’ve ever met. During one of my recent visits to Los Angeles, I made a point of checking out his new café and it quickly became my new favorite local spot — you’ll see why. Upon walking up to the café, located just off the corner of Vine and Selma, I spotted David out front with his dog affectionately nicknamed Duidog (get it?). Not only is his new café in a prime location situated at the end of the weekly Hollywood Farmer’s Market, but it’s dog-friendly too.

David greeted me himself and walked me through the menu, which features a wide selection of breakfast and lunch options, all of them organic, healthy and incredibly tasty. And vegans fear not: the menu consists of several clever options so you don’t miss out on LA favorites like Avocado Toast — here, it’s served on slices of sweet potato David calls “potatoasts”. Believe me when I say that this menu is so enticing that I visited three days in a row just so I could experience is all! Here’s a look at some of my favorites.

Pannenkoeken

Breakfast

I’m not a huge breakfast eater, but when I do eat it, I indulge! And what’s even better is when breakfast is an option regardless of the time of day — Duidough Café serves breakfast all day. The breakfast menu is extensive and I was torn between ordering The Millennial (his version of a loaded avocado toast) and the Holla’ Challah, but something about the pannenkoeken (pancakes) was calling my name. Three light and fluffy pancakes came out topped with the most amazing sweet cream and fresh berries. I was in breakfast heaven!

Fried Chicken Sandough

Lunch

Back for round two and the name of the game was lunch. I usually try to eat pretty healthy (“try” being the operative word) so I was all gung-ho to order The Environmentalist off the salad menu, with quinoa and hummus. But then my eye caught the Fried Chicken Sandough (another clever Duidough twist on a name) and the decision was made. Bring on the fried chicken! Usually fried chicken tends to be super heavy with grease but David has managed to make one of the lightest fried chicken sandwiches that didn’t leave me filled with regret. And can we talk about the fries? YUM! So perfectly crispy, I could eat an entire plate of just those fresh hand-cut french fries.

Oatmeal Raisin with Orange Zest & Coffee Cake

Afternoon Snack

Last but certainly not least, I made it back one last time for an afternoon pick-me-up while I worked on my laptop. There was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity to sit back and enjoy some of David’s delicious baked goods! After a busy day exploring LA, I needed a little jolt of sugar and caffeine, and Duidough Café also features a coffee bar complete with… wait for it… homemade nut milks. Yes, nut milks! I’m personally all about that almond milk so I was ecstatic to see this on the menu, as well as cashew date and coconut date milks. I ordered myself an iced vanilla latte with homemade almond date milk, some moist coffee cake, and an oatmeal raisin cookie with orange zest and settled in to catch up on my emails. Talk about the perfect afternoon!

The next time you are in Los Angeles be sure to visit this new local eatery and experience #FlavorHollywood.

Rachelle