by Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe Tribe Member
Have you checked out our latest newsletter? If not, you should! It is chocked full of facts, fun stuff, and recipes from our secret stash. In our February Newsletter, we featured 13-year-old blogger, vegan cupcake baker, and lovely lady Clara Polito. Her and her mom Colleen swung by Westwood for a leisurely lunch with me and some delicious pizzas and I really got to pick Clara's super-smart brain. Unfortunately, we could only fit so much on the printed newsletter so I wanted to share the entire interview with you guys.
Where are you from? Moorpark, CA
What is your sign? Pisces
What inspired you to become vegan? I’ve been vegetarian my whole life. A couple of years ago, I read about how eating eggs and dairy really wasn’t vegetarian at all. The baby cows are taken away from their mothers and it is terrible… that just really struck me and I decided to become vegan.
What inspired you to start your blog? Originally, my blog was mostly about fashion and music. But when I became vegan in 2009, I started focusing more on vegan issues. Ideas for my blog come from my monthly playlist of music, politics, and the news in general.
How old were you when you started baking? I have always baked my entire life. When I was younger, I mostly used boxed mixes… But when I became vegan , I started baking from scratch and found it to be just as easy!
What is you favorite cupcake flavor? Neopolitan, Tiramisu, and Ding-Dongs!
If you were to come back as an animal what would you LIKE it to be? A Grizzly Bear
If you were to come back as an animal what do you THINK it would be? Probably a Pig! I love pigs… and I am kind of messy, I like to eat a lot, and I can be moody.
Do you have any pets? Yes! Dogs: Rosa, Juan Pablo, Luna, and Liberty
What do you want to be when you “grow-up”? Journalist, Filmmaker, Record Label Owner, Head of the Native Foods Café Baking Department
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Brooklyn, NY
What is your favorite menu item at Native Foods Café? Chicken Run Ranch Burger
What is your favorite dessert? Definitely the Pumpkin Pie during the holidays.
What are your favorite bands? No Age, Best Coast, La Sera & Radiohead
What was your first concert ever? Gwen Stefani
Check out Clara’s website: www.claracakes.com and order some of these crazy delcious cupcakes!
and her blog: www.clarainveganland.blogspot.com
Stay tuned Chef Tanya Petrovna and Clara Polito interviewing each other... It's gonna be a hoot!
And just cuz Clara likes No Age so much and Dean from No Age has been a long time friend of Native Foods... here is one of their videos. Enjoy!