Lighter, healthier whole foods are menu mainstays in waistconcious Santa Monica says food contributor Janeen Laudenback.
1. Locals plan their produce shopping around the Farmer’s Market on Arizona between 2nd and 4th streets. Organic meats, cheeses, and every kind of green imaginable are on display. Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.
2. A second Farmer’s Market happens every Sunday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Main Street and Ocean Park in Heritage Square. The setting is lively with musical performances and childrens’ pony rides providing additional reasons to shop for produce at the weekly fair. Come hungry and sample mouth-watering burrittos. There’s metered parking on the street or ride your bike and leave it with the bike valet.
3. There’s plenty of sand to spread your blanket on, so why not pack or pick up a picnic to enjoy al fresco? Forgo alcohol, which is forbidden on the beach, and opt for a fresh brewed iced tea.
4. Raw, vegan, vegetarian, organic, whether it’s a lifestyle commitment or you’re simply cuisine-curious, these restaurants will even impress your omnivore friends. Try A Votre Sante, Real Food Daily, Chandni Vegetarian Restaurant.
5. Always on a roll, LA food trucks are famous for their variety of fare. Quell midday hunger with a visit to Pennsylvania and 26th streets where you’ll find at least a dozen trucks Monday-Friday. The setting is meh, but $5.00 buys a feast: fish tacos, kogi beef skewers, fish and chips, even a green salad truck.