The Market at Santa Monica Place

May 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

photo taken from the Market site

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.

Despite having some of the best foods in Los Angeles, this market is the first of its kind. It reminds me of the ferry building market in San Francisco or Vancouver’s Granville Island market.

I’m excited it’s here and I hope it’s successful.

Here are the vendors taken directly from the site. 

Ann Ryan, Beth Stockwell & Deb Kimble

A sweet treat from the streets of Malibu, Beachy Cream brings its retro-chic, organic ice-cream sandwiches to The Market.

Aurélie Vachresse

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.

Christian Toxboe

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.

Clémence Gossett & Hadley Hughes

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.

Hans Röckenwagner

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.

Jenny Barker

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.

Julia Faller

At Benedetta, each holistic skincare formula is made in small batches using certified organic and biodynamic ingredients, many California grown.

Mark Cannon & Elliot Rubin

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.

Piero Selvaggio & Nico Chessa

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.

Piero Selvaggio, Cesare Casella & Luciano Pellegrino

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.

Richard Karno

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.

Terry Perretz

Artisan, gourmet chocolates – always handmade by the company’s French chocolatier – star in L’Artisan du Chocolat’s new location at The Market.

Tracy Hof, Molly Brink & Susan Brink

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.


Trader Joe’s Basil Plant

May 12, 2011 § 4 Comments

photo taken after pruning (originally 1.5 ft. tall)

Basil is delicious. I grew up cooking with it and it’s a staple in my kitchen. I love fresh veggies, but the thought of gardening intimidates and bores me at the same time. This is my second plant. I had a tomato plant a year ago. It died not because of harsh weather, but complete lack of care. I wish I had the patience for gardening, but I don’t. Buying this plant was a stretch, but it was only fifty cents more than the pre-packaged basil. I decided to try it out.

Plant at Trader Joe’s: $2.99

Packaged Basil at Trader Joe’s: ~$2.50

The plant did not come with any clear instructions, so I just let it sit there for a day or two. The leaves looked like they were getting long so I panicked. Naturally, I turned to youtube to find my solution. The best I found was this guy.

After watching, I proceeded to prune my plant and was left with about three cups of fresh basil.

~3 cups of fresh basil

I’ve been trying to take care of my plant. We’ll see what happens.

If you do stop by Trader Joe’s, this would be a good buy even if you don’t like gardening.

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Farmers Market

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.

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