COOKING CLASS:

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls and Donuts

with Amanda Felt of Black Sheep Baking; Whole Foods Market, Saturday July 19th, 1210 NW Couch, 6-9 pm, $30

You're going to love Amanda's nuts--donuts that is! This vegan chef is going to share all of her secrets for making tasty (animal product free) treats. For all of you carnivore cynics, I dare you to try to tell the difference between her cinnamon rolls and those made from chicken, beef, or pork. But seriously, Amanda will be offering practical recipes and techniques for the inexperienced home baker--namely, you! SL

La Buca

2309 NW Kearney, 40 NE 28th

From my very first visit to the La Buca, I was sold. The pasta comes the way it was meant to be--simple and straightforward, and made from quality ingredients. Their panini are solid, dripping with Brie, jammed with ham or veggies, and perfectly crisp. Plus, the au jus special is fabulous. One time I bought this beautiful little berry tart for dessert, planning to share it with my office cohorts. But after the first bite I guarded that thing like Gollum guarded the ring. KG

Violet's Café

5204 NE Sacramento, 281-7933

Do you remember the character Violet Beauregarde from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Well, I always thought it'd be pretty gross to have a piece of gum that tasted like a whole meal. But honestly, I wouldn't mind a stick of gum that tasted like breakfast at Violet's Café. Maybe a piece that was their spicy, southwest omelet, loaded with sour cream and guacamole. Or perhaps a stick of their Dutch Baby, a buttery German pancake dusted with powdered sugar, and covered with strawberries. My friends, Violet's Café is the Golden Ticket. SL