Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:32 a.m.
Vegan vanilla doughnuts
Parlour Vegan Bakery
Fort Lauderdale and its neighboring cities are booming with mom-and-pop places offering plenty of good eats. Bakeries are no exception. Local shops offer everything from rich, buttery croissants to delicious vegan doughnuts to even a whimsical treat that resembles an adorable hamster. Check out these spots for Broward’s sweetest delights:
Lemon Meringue Tart at Amarena Bakery & Bistro.
Alona Abbady Martinez
1. Amarena Bakery & Bistro
Husband and wife Ariel and Daniela Oyarzabal opened Amarena Bakery & Bistro three months ago and already find their shelves empty by the end of the day. They aren’t newbies in the biz, though, having run a successful bakery, also called Amarena, for eight years in Venezuela before they fled violence there. “I woke up with the cold muzzle of a gun to my head,” Ariel remembers. “They wanted to kidnap our young daughters. It was very intense.” Two months later, the family had packed up and left, leaving their business behind and taking their baking expertise to Florida.
Ariel is Argentine, and Daniela is Venezuelan. The bakery is a reflection of both cultures. Find flaky Argentine empanadas ($2.50 each or $25 for a dozen) made from scratch daily in traditional flavors such as meat and chicken, along with more inventive takes like caprese. If you crave the Venezuelan ham bread cachito ($2.50), you’ll find it here. There are also Argentine pastries, or facturas, for $1.15 each or $10 for a dozen. Amarena also offers savory…
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