Saturday, April 28, 2012

Farmshop Brunch

Hello spring! Frittata with asparagus, pea shoots and ricotta
Honestly, it's not easy to find a place for an impromptu good meal in Santa Monica / Venice without long waits or some planning ahead of time. Last Friday night, K. and I decided to venture out for dinner, just the two of us, which is a rare occasion, as usually we cook at home. We first tried Abbott Kinney but were soon discouraged by the quoted 2 hour waits at Gjelina and Tasting Kitchen. We ended up at Ado, seated on a misty balcony on a rather cool night, but fortunately got moved inside by the time we ordered and had a wonderful meal. Brunch / lunch is another tricky meal; most places are also packed at peak time. Our default now is Farmshop in the Brentwood Country Mart, which is conveniently walking distance from our place. We always have to wait, particularly on weekends, but usually it's no more than a 20 minute wait and there are plenty of shops around to pass the time at. Food, while not cheap, is always fresh and tasty. Plus, then we can have Sweet Rose Creamery for dessert!
Chicken liver mousse
Smoked trout deviled eggs
Poached chicken salad
Tri-tip steak sandwich
Dungeness crab omelet

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