OMG, it felt like my world caved in when I drove over to what I thought was Mani’s Bakery on Fairfax the other day only to discover it’s gone, disappeared, pow! The sign above the former shop now reads Trini’s Cafe.
I got out of the car, unsteady on my feet as I walked into Trini’s and asked what happened. The friendly clerk told me it had moved to Maple Drive. I wanted to cheer. Mani’s was still around.
For those of you unfamiliar with it, Mani’s is just about the best healthy bakery in town. They use organic natural ingredients to make delicious muffins, desserts, pastries. I’ve been shopping there for years, first when they were in West Hollywood and then when they moved to mid-Wilshire.
So I’ll be heading over to Maple Drive tomorrow to pick up my muffins and pecan pie. I did check out the new Mani’s on line and learned that they are now a restaurant as well as a bake shop.
Here’s some other tidbits I garnered:
A little history: Mäni’s on Maple was born over 21 years ago and continues to create food that reflects its motto: “Good and Good For You.”
“Driven by a dedicated fan base of “Mäniacs”, Mäni’s moved to Maple Drive in Beverly Hills in September 2010–that’s how long it was since my last visit– expanding to include a full restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) with private and courtyard dining, retail bakery, full bar and event space.”
The copy said they still use wholesome ingredients with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free offerings. and that the bar features custom cocktails using organic fruits and herbs, as well as a wine list highlighting biodynamic, organic and sustainably produced wines.
The bakery, the cornerstone of the Mäni’s concept, continues its two decade tradition of alternatively sweetened and organic pastry. Mäni’s on Maple drives home the notion that unfussy, balanced and healthy food can translate to a gourmet experience.
My favorites cakes are the chocolate cake, with decadent caramel, pecan and coconut filling, is big enough for two. Not available by the slice or as a sheet cake. Agave, maple and succanat for $12 a slice and the Devil’s food cake layered with raspberry and passion fruit crème and topped with fresh raspberries. 4″ and large enough to split with Agave, maple and fruit juice reduction for $14 a slice.
I also love the Golden yellow sponge cake filled with fresh strawberries and lightly sweetened whipped cream. Garnished with toasted almonds and more fresh strawberries. Organic evaporated cane juice.pecan pie, muffins, pralines and chocolate and white heart shaped cookies.
Mani’s on Maple, 345 N Maple Drive, 310-247-0009, www.manisonmaple.com