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This L.A. hidden gem has perfected the fluffiest vegan donuts that will make you come back for more


LOS ANGELES (Circa) - There’s a new plant-based spot in the trendy Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, and despite opening only a few months ago, the restaurant is already known for its donuts. And yes, the donuts are vegan, but no, you won’t be able to tell from looking at them or eating them.

What sets Jewel's vegan donuts apart from others, first of all, is how fluffy it is -- without being too cake-y. The yeast donuts use flax seeds instead of eggs, treated just like any other donut dough then fried lightly. Chef and owner Jasmine Shimoda developed the recipe to give vegans a little treat. On top of that, the donuts are a feast to the eyes -- the colorful glazing on the donuts are all made from natural ingredients.

"They're amazing," Shimoda said. "They turn into these fluffy clouds of heaven, and people just flip out over them."

Shimoda is a classically trained chef originally from California, who just returned to Los Angeles after working in fine dining in New York for years. She and her wife and manager, Sharky McGee, decided to open the light-filled and cozy restaurant early 2018 with the intention of offering the neighborhood a healthy plant-based eatery.

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