Shopper & Diner Report

By Beth Zeigler

Anyone for a bakery on wheels?! Yes please! Mardy’s Munchies, owned by a Montecito Heights baker, delivers desserts (pictured) made from scratch right to your front door. Or, you can scope them out at the El Sereno Farmer’s Market, where you can pick up items like Island Rum Cake and Mad River Rocky Road Brownie. I’m thinking I might just have to wear drawstring pants after visiting their booth.  The Sweet Beat

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  • With all the parking restrictions popping up in Silver Lake recently, I’m thrilled that Silver Lake’s newest eatery will offer valet. Food + Lab has an enticing menu of breakfast choices and a lunch menu that will satisfy almost any craving –  plus lunch boxes to-go. Eater
  • Eagle Rock goes glam with Roobz Eyelash, setting up digs on Colorado Boulevard. Shop owner Ruby is a licensed eyelash extensions artist and also specializes in skin care and skin rejuvenation. Yelp
  • Feeding Birds Boutique has been in business in Echo Park for 100 weeks – which totally calls for a celebration (and a sale). From October 26 – October 31st, all sale items are marked down to $20. Feeding Birds
  • For me, Fall in Los Angeles is usually only signified by the appearance of Starbucks red cups. Luckily, Four Cafe in Eagle Rock just introduced their Fall menu with five signature soups to warm us up at night.Feast
  • What would shoppers do without boutique week? Pay full price–that’s what. Una Mae’s (located in Los Feliz) is on board with my new favorite holiday with a 25% sale off half the store. Huffington Post
  • Who’s cooler than a hipster? Apparently lesbians, according to Gridskipper. Rolling out their guide to Lesbian L.A., a couple of Eastside spots make the list including Highland Park’s Vietnamese joint Good Girl Dinette, where they offer up my favorite Vietnamees dishes like chicken pho and fresh spring rolls.

Send your shopping and store news to Beth Zeigler at hello@theEastsiderLA.com

Photos courtesy Mardy’s


  1. I’ve had Mardy’s Munchies. Not only are the baked goods out of this freaking world, but the dude that bakes them is totally nice. Kudos to them for getting more notice.

  2. Mardy’s Munchies looked good, so I clicked to their website – yow! Those are some expensive cakes! Nearly $4 for a “mini-cake?” $40 for a 10″ round? That’s outta my budget range, I don’t care how good they are!

  3. sara – are you serious? their prices are lower than any bakery in Los Angeles. Less Expensive than Auntie Em’s and definately less expensive than any bakery in pasadena or the westside. Auntie Em’s charges 50 bucks for a 10 inch cake. I will continue to support such a lovely bakery with reasonable prices.

  4. I completely disagree with Sara!! I use Mardy’s as often as I can!
    I have used them to treat for the crews on my shows, for parties, birthday gifts! There prices are FANTASTIC!!! The goods are AMAZING!!?!? You can’t get a better deal in all of LA. Lady, you are so off base! I am so with Ross on this one! Best Red Velvet cupcakes, Best Carrot cake. They have these new chocolate cookies which will blow your mind (They are like a brownie, but still light enough to be a cookie…Heaven!!) Everyone I have referred to them falls in love with the goods and the prices!! INCREDIBLE VALUE!!!!

  5. Ross is right on! This place has the best stuff. Hell, I sent the mini Cupcakes to my girlfriend, instead of flowers. She was blissed out!
    Prices are great and the reaction to the gift even better!

  6. Thank you for the shout out eastsiderla and thank you for the support to everyone who posted here– Sara – I’m sorry you feel the prices are high. My partner and I did a quality bakery tour of LA, the west side, Valley and Pasadena and then looked at our ingredients and labor costs and made a decision to keep prices affordable for everyone. Our Prices are definately lower than other bakeries. We do refuse though to use cheap ingredients or hydrogenated oils – yuck! We are striving for quality with a simple, delicious product. We do hope to see you and everyone who commented at the next Farmer’s Market! Please introduce yourself when you show up. Have a great weekend and thanks again for the support.

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