When I moved to the Santa Monica Promenade, I didn’t realize all of the perks associated with the neighborhood. Sure, I knew that I would be able to run on the beach in the morning and that I was walking distance away from a twice-weekly farmers market as well as Whole Foods. However, I had no idea that I was moving do close to the source of fresh-baked baguettes. Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica bakes their bread fresh daily, and sometimes as often as every hour. On the weekend, I like to walk down and pick up a hot loaf of bread, either their thick Italian loaf or the more traditional, thinner baguette.

In the interest of maintaining the looseness of my jeans, I only go over once a week to get my carbohydrate fix. While I usually enjoy the bread slathered with soft avocado in place of butter, I have also been known to make killer garlic bread with it. My trick is to use no less than 4 cloves of garlic for every quarter loaf of bread, which makes it a really romantic dinner option. Hey, my breath may reek but at least I don’t have to worry about vampires. If Buffy taught us anything, it’s that Southern California is teeming with the undead. You could always break out the holy water, or you could just check out this recipe after the jump.Killer Garlic Toast

A quarter loaf of the freshest baguette you can find

1 TBSP. earth balance

4 cloves of minced garlic

1/2 TBSP. vegan Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast

garlic salt

1. Cut the bread into 1″ thick slices

2. Lightly butter one side and lay them un-buttered side down on a baking sheet.

3. Divide the minced garlic and spoon it over every slice.

4. Sprinkle with vegan Parmesan or nutritional yeast

5. Sprinkle with garlic salt and broil for 2 minutes until light brown.