By: Deanna Linder
I love to shop. I admit it. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember myself. I just recently got back from one of my annual L.A. trips, and while I was there, one of my first stops was at L.A’s uber-trendy outdoor shopping center, The Grove. I was there for a purpose- to pick out a bridesmaids dress at Jcrew for one of my best friends (and avid Matkonation reader) wedding, this summer. I had a mission to get the dress, and had to make that my first stop, but on the way there were so many of my favorite stores, that I already made a map in my head of which ones I was going to hit up… Pottery Barn Kids, Anthropology and obviously Nordstrom.
Something strange happened after I got the dress. My mom and I were hungry so headed on over to The Original Los Angeles Farmers Market, which is connected to the shopping center. It was there I learned that my love for food, has now trumped my love for shopping. Walking around the farmers market, I was a cross between a kid in a candy store, a deer in the headlights, and a wanna-be photographer. I had been there once before many years ago, but now it was a whole different experience.
The Los Angeles Farmers Market was established in 1934, and many stalls in the market look as if they haven’t changed much since. It is probably one of the few establishments in the city where history as opposed to innovation has triumphed. The first stall that caught my eye was the seafood stand, where they sold fresh oysters for 1.49 dollars apiece. I ordered one to start of my meal.
I get lost sometimes when there are too many places to choose from, but the hot heat didn’t give me much choice- either spicy Mexican (Loteria Grill) or a South East Asian curry spot (Singapore’s Banana Leaf). My mom chose the Mexican so I went for the Asian. I went for an Indonesian style curry called Rendang Beef, that was served with coconut, ginger and chili. Served with rice and a cucumber pickle- it so much reminded me of the street food I would eat when in that part of the world.
The bakery with cookies larger than Frisbees was definitely tempting, but the heat called for ice cream from Bennets, a real old school ice cream/ soda parlor, like the kinds you see in movies from the fifties.
With my mom on kid patrol, I was snapping shots of the market like a photo student, hoping that at least a few would come out worthy enough to share with our readers. Next time Danya will have to come with me….Needless to say, I never made it back to shop.
So if you are a foodie and ever visit Los Angeles, this is one the places you must go.
The Original Los Angeles Farmers Market
6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Monday – Friday: 9 am to 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm