Sunday, April 25, 2010

Farmer's Market and Healthy Lunch in Mar Vista

The weekend has been more relaxing than most in the recent past.  I look forward to Sundays more than any other day, because I feel like it really is the day that we allow ourselves to be leisurely, but we're also committed to our routine of running all our food errands for the week.
Most Sundays we'll roll out of bed late, and either fix up some eggs at home, or run over to the local Chinese restaurant to get our fix of Dim Sum.  This morning, we didn't do either of those things... but decided to check out a different farmer's market that we'd been hearing about instead.  It was the Mar Vista Farmer's Market!
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I was absolutely astounded at the size of the market, and the variety of foods and produce offered.  We usually frequent the Main Street Santa Monica or Brentwood Farmer's Markets, but were just in the mood for something different today.  So, we headed down to Mar Vista to check things out.  Among the food stands, there were tamales (which were delicious) and kettle corn, which are pretty typical at Los Angeles Farmer's Markets... but ALSO, there was a Oaxacan raw food stand, as well as a gluten free baked goods stand!!!  Now those are NOT typical at the Farmer's Markets I've been to.  Both stands offered some super delicious treats.  In fact, I bought a loaf of Yvonne's banana bread and came straight home to try it.  Aside from the prepared foods I sampled, I also picked up some dandelion greens, kale, strawberries, oranges and avocados.  We went light on the Farmer's Market, because we were still planning on hitting up the Japanese Market for food shopping afterward.  Conveniently enough, the market is across the street from Mitsuwa, where we do most of our food shopping.  I think we'll make the Mar Vista Farmer's Market a frequent stop on our food journey Sundays from now on...

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After the Farmer's Market, I was still hungry (no surprise there).  So, we decided to try a new joint down the street called the Curious Palate before going to the Japanese Market.  The name had me pretty intrigued, so off we went. 

We walked in and immediately I was happy about the choice we'd made.  There was a large blackboard sandwich board on display behind tall glass cabinets of meats, cheeses and desserts.  The high ceilings and exposed wood were reminiscent of sandwich shops I'd visited throughout New England while growing up.  But, the creativeness of the menu was something I hadn't seen in a while.  There was everything from pulled pork to miso marinated kalbi sandwiches, and plenty of vegetarian specialties as well.  I ended up deciding on the Curious Salad, and a side of quinoa w/ currants and scallions.  Both were delicious choices.  The salad consisted of baby greens, Christmas lima beans, feta, olives, roasted peppers & beets tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.  I chose the quinoa as my carb, which was light and had a perfect sweetness to complement the salad. 

I was very pleased with these new food finds!  What an awesome Sunday.

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