May 22, 2011 § 1 Comment
photo taken from the Market site
The Market at Santa Monica Place had its grand opening yesterday. It’s a collection of artisan, gourmet vendors that sell all types of food items.
I’m excited it’s here and I hope it’s successful.
Here are the vendors taken directly from the site.
A sweet treat from the streets of Malibu, Beachy Cream brings its retro-chic, organic ice-cream sandwiches to The Market.
Made with the highest quality organic ingredients, the Cookie Guru bakes cookies that are crispy, yet chewy and gooey. These gourmet delights are paired with delicious flavored organic milk, which provides a unique twist on a classic pairing.
From Denmark to Venice to Santa Monica comes N’Ice Cream, superior gelato and sorbet made fresh every morning with organic ingredients and fresh seasonal fruits.
The brainchild of a French pastry artist and an accomplished Southern cook, The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories offers 3- and 4-hour classes, chef demonstrations, special events, cookbook signings and more.
Long-time favorite L.A. baker, Hans Röckenwagner, brings an enticing soufflé bar and a fresh selection of breads, pastries and more to The Market at Röckenwagner Bakery.
Join her celebrity clientele and experience a fresh take on floral design, including one-of-a-kind arrangements and fun classes, at Jenny Barker’s Magical Blooms.
At Benedetta, each holistic skincare formula is made in small batches using certified organic and biodynamic ingredients, many California grown.
This market, kitchen and café specializes in artisanal foods and farm-to-table cooking – and the results are always delicious. The Curious Palate features unusual culinary items from around the world.
Primi Al Mercato offers small plates of unusual and creative pastas and more, made fresh on the spot – to enjoy at The Market or take home – from Valentino’s Piero Selvaggio.
Joining Primi Al Mercato, acclaimed Santa Monica-based restauranteur Piero Selvaggio brings a second eatery to The Market called Norcino, meaning “The Butcher.” The concept combines charcuterie plates with premium cheeses that will be served in a sushi-inspired fashion.
A Westside favorite, groundwork coffee company brews certified organic, fairly traded, single origin and custom-blended coffees, including Banda Geisha, Black Gold, Bitches Brew and Angel City.
Artisan, gourmet chocolates – always handmade by the company’s French chocolatier – star in L’Artisan du Chocolat’s new location at The Market.
Experience this hip and eclectic wine shop and also discover unusual, beautifully packaged gifts. A tasting room adds to the excitement of this new location of the West Hollywood favorite, Venokado.
May 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Photos taken from L.A. City Farm blog
Yamashiro Restaurant: 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., L.A. CA 90068
Thursday Nights 5:00 – 9:00PM
I’m excited to experience this Los Angeles market. It re-opened April 7th. It’s more than a traditional shop for your food farmers market. You park on La Brea and Hollywood and take a free shuttle up to Yamashiro restaurant. There you should find an amazing view of the city while shopping for veggies and enjoying some wine. I’ve heard you can bring your own for a $20 corkage fee. There are also several vendors that serve food.
If you don’t want to go for the market, it will still be a great place to have dinner overlooking L.A.
Here’s the list taken from the L.A. City Farm blog.
- Yamashiro’s Original Tacos
- Hillside Organic Farms
- Lores Family Farms Fresh Veggies
- Gama Farms
- Sweet Tree Farms
- Alex Dried Fruits & Nuts
- Bolani Afghan Food
- Brothers Hummus
- Heirloom LA Italian Foods
- Long Shot Coffee & Espresso
- Global Soul Food
- GC Crepe Makers
- Best of The Wurst German Foods
- Bountiful Bakery
- Gourmet On Wheels Cheeses
- Sunny Pak Nursery
- CoolHaus Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Mi A-smores
May 2, 2011 § 1 Comment
The reason why I went to the Los Angeles book festival yesterday was to meet vegan chef Tal Ronnen. I was so excited to hear him speak and buy his book because he graduated from my future school (The Natural Gourmet Institute). He cooked for Oprah during her vegan cleanse and for Ellen & Portia’s wedding. I love his new book (the conscious cook) and am excited to try some recipes!
May 1, 2011 § 1 Comment
I am so excited that the festival changed it’s location to USC! It’s free to attend, but might be a pain to find parking. That shouldn’t be a surprise if you are a LA native. I hope you had a chance to check it out. If not, come today!
“The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 140,000 book lovers each year.”
My excitement is not so much for the books, but for the people coming to present on the cooking stage.
It started yesterday, but today is when all the cool presenters come. Check out the program schedule below. I’m amazed by the chefs that are coming. Exciting!
- Kathy Freston & Tal Ronnen, Authors of Veganist & The Conscious Cook
- Cooking Demonstrations
Comment: Tal went to the culinary school I’m going to in the Fall (the natural gourmet institute) and worked for Oprah!
- Thomas Keller, In Conversation with Russ Parsons
- Author of Ad Hoc at Home
Comment: Thomas Keller is a great chef and opened The French Laundry among many others.
- Duff Goldman, Author of Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes
- Talk and Q&A
Comment: Duff Goldman and his team make crazy cakes!
- Fabio Viviani, Author of Café Firenze Cookbook
- Cooking Demonstration
April 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Last year marked the first year of the Artisanal LA event, which brings together local vendors from Los Angeles. It was there that I discovered my favorite chocolatier- chocovivo. Delicious! The absolute best chocolate I have ever had. I’m a fan of pure dark chocolate.
“We stone grind our chocolate using lava stones just how it was done over 2000 years ago. It’s minimally processed to maintain the purity and nutritional value. Our chocolate is made fresh every week. We don’t use any flavorings, extracts or additional cacao butter. It is 100% whole bean chocolate using whole ingredients.” -chocovivo website
I’m so happy that I found chocovivo! Though the price is on the higher end at $6 for under 3 ounces, I’d rather eat chocolate more infrequently if I can have this chocolate.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go to the event this year. I will be in New York! I’m there for a week to check out my future culinary school- The Natural Gourmet Institute. This is where some of the best veg and vegan chefs trained. I will also be meeting Chef Amanda Cohen, who graduated from there and is the chef/owner of Dirt Candy. The only veg chef ever to be invited on Iron Chef. Excited!
photo taken from gothamist
For those of you in town, the Artisanal LA event will be awesome! You should definitely go and check it out! $10 pre-sale and a million free samples when you’re there. Why wouldn’t you?!? Delicious! It’s like Costco, but better and without the lady asking you where your mom is and whether you’re allowed to eat what she’s serving. Or did that only happen to me when I was young? Or was that only at my Chinese dominated Costco. I guess I’ll never know.