A couple months ago, I was cruising up Rose Ave. in Venice, on my way to Whole Foods, when I saw a sign that caught my eye, hanging from a newly built building. The sign seemed to read “Cafe Gratitude.” I kept driving, thinking that I must have misread it. That would be just way too good to be true. A Cafe Gratitude? So close to my house? And my Whole Foods? I couldn’t believe it. I had been to a Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco a couple of times, before moving to LA, and I loved it. I had tried going to the other LA location, on Larchmont, but after driving for 20 minutes to find parking, we were told there would be a 45 minute wait for seats so we left and went elsewhere. Cafe Gratitude is an organic vegan restaurant chain (who grows all of their own produce on their farm in Vacaville) with raw and cooked cuisine, that celebrates positivity and love for yourself and towards the world around you. With vegan dishes titled “I AM DAZZLING” or “I AM WHOLE,” how can you not love this place? I AM IN LOVE.