L’Artisane Creative Bakery in Miami Beach
When I made the transition from a vegetarian to a plant-based diet, there were foods I never thought I would ever eat again. One of those foods was a croissant: that exquisite French pastry known for its buttery layers of flaky baked dough, a crunchy exterior and a chewy melt-in-your-mouth interior. Without butter, how could a croissant be a croissant? And, so I thought my croissant days were over.
Through the years, I’ve often sought out vegan pastries, most of which were sickening sweet, dry as dirt, mushy, or just so-so. Yet, I never gave up because the evolution in plant-based food seems to change daily. Several weeks ago, I heard about a bakery in Miami Beach called L’Artisane Creative Bakery that opened in 2018 by a classically trained pastry chef named Carolina Molea who went vegan and decided to open a vegan bakery for the simple reason that she couldn’t find a great tasting vegan croissant or pastry in one of America’s most vibrant cities.
After winning “Best Croissant in Miami” two years in a row, L’Artisane was put on the map and became the subject of media reports (finally, a world class vegan croissant was available!). I went to the website, followed the bakery on Instagram, drooled over the pictures and quickly decided to take a road trip. I drove 80 miles one day and when I finally arrived at L’Artisane, I was so giddy with excitement until my husband yelled out “they’re closed on Tuesday…..just kidding.” My heart dropped but was quickly restored when I walked through the glass doors and laid eyes on the most beautiful croissants I had ever seen outside of Paris. Big, fluffy oven browned croissants.
I tore a croissant apart and found what I was looking for: lots of flaky layers of pastry dough baked to perfection. But, the flavor is what won me over. I had almost forgotten how delicious a croissant could be.
Lest we forget, the bakery also has muffins with the blueberry being a moist, berryfull creation that simply melts in your mouth.
L’Artisane also serves an array of savory eat-in foods, classical french pastries, cookies, chocolates, and drinks. To read more about L’Artisane Bakery, go to the bakery’s website: www.lartisanebakery.com.