La Monarca: Best Bakery That Might Have Been Named by Nabokov
Were he alive and living in Los Angeles today, writer, poet, synesthete and -- lest we forget -- lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov might have been found at La Monarca. Named for the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), whose annual migration (as VN would know) takes it from Michoac├ín to Northern California, La Monarca churns out dozens of fresh Mexican pastries on a daily basis. French bread, flans, tres leches, Mexican wedding cookies rolled in powdered sugar, cinnamon-tinged polvorones and hojarascas, flaky, buttery orejas and, during the winter holiday season, Rosca de Reyes. All this goodness comes from recipes derived and overseen by Executive Chef Alain Bour, a French native who lived in Mexico for 35 years. After being drawn in or, if you will, "netted" by the name, there is much in this bakery for even a nonsynesthete to savor.
State Library and Archives of Florida A monarch butterfly on a Pentas flower.