Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Out+About -- Farmshop at Brentwood Country Mart in LA


When I lived in Los Angeles, one of my favorite places to hang (especially when the kiddos rolled around) was the Brentwood Country Mart.

It's a little outdoor space in Santa Monica that I've watched morph over many years from super quaint, sweetly charming, looked like a big red barn, with hardly any businesses... to super quaint, sweetly charming, looks like a big red barn, just booming with businesses. It remains one of my favorite stop ins when I visit, boasting boutiques, newsstands, and eateries, such as Calypso St. Bart, Roberta Roller Rabbit, Diesel Bookstore, Poppy, James Perse, Toy Crazy, and local favorite food stand, Reddi Chick, to name just a few. You'll also find coin-op kid rides in constant play, as well as pony rides on the weekend.

Curiously, there has been one spot that seems to continually change out -- a great space that a few years ago was a West Coast annex of City Bakery from NYC, and is now a restaurant/marketplace called Farmshop. It opened the year I moved away, so I made a point to drop in and get more familiar with it a couple months ago when I darted to LA for a quick meeting. I thought it was lovely.

I started with a little twirl around the marketplace...





Then I did a lunch grab in the restaurant...



lots of yummy little sides to choose from and divvy up at the table
and the poached chicken salad was fresh and delicious

Brentwood Country Mart is located at San Vicente + 26th Street in Santa Monica. 

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