Have you noticed a theme with my Things To Do In Los Angeles posts yet? If you haven't-- the theme is freeeee. Gotta love that. My latest greatest "free" find in LA is the Original Farmer's Market and The Grove. When I heard "farmer's market" I thought "super, we can pick up some fresh veggies to use for lunch!" --but when I got there I was so surprised. It wasn't what I expected at ALL (in a good way). Not only were there fresh veggie and fruit stands, there were also meat markets, bakeries, eateries, clothing & jewelry vendors and EVEN a dog bakery where you can bring your pup to pick out fresh gourmet treats! I was a little overwhelmed with all the ethnic food surrounding me. I wanted to make the best decision because husband said I could buy lunch there (sidenote: husband is a stingy dutch person who hates spending money on food because he feels it is a waste, so when he says I can buy food at a restaurant I kind of freak out. Also, what is he thinking? Food is pretty much the reason for breathing.)
I seriously made at least 4 laps around the entire market and even almost stopped to ask random strangers what they were eating and where they got it. After about 30 minutes my hunger took over and I got in long line (hey, if it has a long line, it has to mean that the food is phenomenal and everyone wants it, right?) RIGHT! Turns out, I got in line to La Loteria, one of the top 50 "budget" restaurants in LA. My nachos were $10 dollars of heaven. I literally watched them wash the dirt off the tomatoes, chop them up and sprinkle them on my dish. So, so fresh.
On the way out I spied a Brazilian BBQ stand and I cannot wait to make a return visit to try it out. We will definitely be returning. Right next door is an outdoor shopping center call "The Grove"-- you get two hours of free parking and the third hour is $3.00 and then $1.00 every 20 minutes after ($15.00 max). There are shops, restaurants, a cinema and a TROLLEY. It's a beautiful shopping area and with so much to do you could literally spend the day there. Loved it.
Oh and then we got stuck in nightmare Golden Globe traffic.....
this would be fun to be in the middle of, except you can't even SEE the celebs because they are in their limos and there are crazy protestors, crazy fans, and crazy amounts of security. Next time we will
make sure we know when these things are going on so we can choose a different route home. OYE.