Pussy & Pooch: A coveted patch of grass for pets in Downtown L.A.’s urban jungle

At the counter, Janene Zakrajsek is preparing a platter of lamb with pureed pumpkin, to which she adds dehydrated chicken and baked cheese, followed by a few dollops of “secret sauce.”
For the second course, she whips up a presentation of salmon with egg, brown rice and kale.
When the dishes are ready, Zakrajsek delivers one plate at a time to her eager, in-house diner. 
It could be the scene in any downtown restaurant — except this one is just a bit more eye-catching because Zakrajsek’s customer is eating his meal on the ground, four paws planted on terra firma.
The hungry guest is her dog Jaxxson, a 3-year-old Jack Russell, who is lucky enough to belong to the co-founders of the modern pet boutique Pussy & Pooch.

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BabyCakes, BabyCakes … bake me a cake as fast as you can

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If these photos don’t make you drool, you’re seriously lacking a sweet tooth (or even a sweet taste bud, for heaven’s sake!)
Erin McKenna, founder of BabyCakes NYC, has brought her brand of healthy baking to a new storefront in downtown Los Angeles.
That conspicuous H-word is not a misprint: BabyCakes products are all-natural confections that can fit deliciously into even the most persnickety of diets. Check the menu and take note: There are gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, casein-free, egg-free and refined-sugar-free goodies. Vegan and kosher items, too!
Virtually everyone can eat here, except for those who don’t like cupcakes. And we honestly can’t confirm the existence of such people.
Mon., day-old stock, all 50 percent off, noon-6 p.m. or until sold old; Tues.-Weds., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 130 E. 6th St., between S. Main Street and S. Los Angeles Street, 213-623-5555, babycakesnyc.com

More images over which to salivate after the jump.

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