Los Angeles, a foodie paradise with diverse offerings — from delicious food trucks, to farmers’ markets, to elegant Michelin-starred restaurants, options are endless.
Unlike Washington, with L.A. situated in the warm area of the country, farmers markets are opened all-year round.
My top 2 locations to visit was the Grand Central Market and The Original Farmers Market, and I was surprised to see that both locations did not have as many fresh produce and meat vendors as I thought, but with lots of food vendors.
It was no joke that Eggslut was popular.
We found the line went around Eggslut’s store parameter.
We stopped and asked folks in line what was good, some said it was their burgers, and other said it was their breakfast sandwich.
I was really there for their “slut” — coddled egg on top of mashed potatoes, poached in a glass jar.
With limited time, my greatest husband in the world volunteered to stand in line for me so I could roam around Grand Central.
Onward to my other stop, McConnell’s ice cream.
They offered many creative flavors included Churro con leche and peppermint stick.
I ended up with the super delicious Eureka lemon and Marionberries, and Turkish coffee.
The lemon was amazingly bright, refreshing and light, it almost tasted like I had sorbet except it was ice cream.
Turkish coffee on the other hand was strong, bold, yet just enough cream to make it creamy.
Both ice cream flavors were excellent and made with great fresh ingredients.
As we were chatting up with the store lady, she mentioned that their other store had direct competition from the newly opened, Portland-based, Salt and Straw.
In my opinion though, they did not have to worry — McConnell’s was definitely better than Salt and Straw.
As we continued to roam, we found these lovely coconut custard cake from the Thai vendor — Sticky Rice.
Touted for their Thai comfort food, we saw the staff making fresh coconut custard cakes in the steamer.
They were delicious!
Lightly sweetened with a hint of coconut flavor and little bits of yellow split peas, warm in the hands, and awesome mochi-like chewiness, they were really great snacks!
We were given free taster Taco with these melt-in-your-mouth pork from Las Moreliana’s — simple, but oh so good!
After our round at Grand Central, I went back and checked in with hubby, he still had a long way to go.
We dashed to Japan Town in lightening speed, and quickly returned to the long-waited slut.
It was SUPER GOOD!
The coddled egg was just poached with creamy and runny egg yolk, on top of super smooth (probably lots of butter) mashed potatoes, lightly salted with fresh chives.
It was an expensive $9 investment but it really was very tasty.
Simple yet elegant, it was a statement to fresh ingredients made right.