There are soo many bites (pun intended) from California waiting to be shared with you that I barely know where to begin. After counting them out (eeny meeny miny moe...), I decided to start with Yamashiro Farmers Market in Hollywood, LA. It's a farmers market which takes place on Thursday evening during summer (yeah, right, as if there was such a thing as winter in LA...) on the parking lot of Yamashiro, a Japanese restaurant. Don't even try to get there by car, follow the valet parking signs instead. There is a free shuttle bus taking you up the hill to the market which runs every 5 minutes.
We were heading home (haha, funny, as if I lived there) from San Diego and were stuck in traffic for like two hours so by the time we finally got to the farmers market, I almost peed my pants. So the first stop were the Yamashiro restrooms...
Since Yamashiro sits on top of a small hill, the view is spectacular! If it's not a hazy evening, you can see all the way to Santa Monica, it's almost, yet not quite as impressive as the view from Griffith Observatory. It easily wins the award for a farmer's market with a view, though.
Don't expect Yamashiro to be a regular farmers market. It's more a food truck market with a few stalls, selling fruit and pies.
We shared a delicious salad with feta cheese, beetroot and chickpeas as well as two portions of different kinds of ravioli. Portion sizes were small and prices steep, but the food tasted great. I had the obligatory lemonade (love good old American lemonade!!) to go with it.
For dessert, we shared a Dolce Monachelli's butter rum cake. Oh my. That clearly was one of the best cakes I have ever had. Moist, buttery, with the perfect amount of rum, yuuuummmm!
The crowd at Yamashiro Farmers Market is very young and hip, and to someone from Berlin, they look like they are trying very hard to appear all laid back-European, as in: hey, let's bring a bottle of wine and drink it there with friends, without a brown paper bag covering the bottle. I mean they really celebrate this, as if it was something special. One is of course also considering the environment, which is why the food is served in wooden disposable bowls. And then everyone drives home in their huge gasoline guzzler, aka SUV...
Don't let those last sarcastic comments put you down. If you have the chance to be in LA on a Thursday, go there. The view, the food, THE CAKE and the atmosphere are really worth it!
Farmers Market after dark equals blurry photos, sorry (I' m not yet a food photography nerd enough to use a tripod...)!
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1999 N. Sycamore Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068Open in 2012: April 5- September 27