Los Angeles

Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles, Pupusas & Tacos:)

Lunch time in Downtown Los Angeles. A lot of places to eat and try different foods but this time we decided to visit Grand Central Market.

Offering fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry and fresh fish from California and around the world, the Grand Central Market has been a hub of bustling activity since 1917.
Very festive place to be with wonderful aromas in the air. I never saw better prices for fresh produce anywhere around, pint of blueberries are 2 for $1. Unbelievable and great because price is right!
We were very hungry so we decided to try few places where the crowd was waiting patiently and you can tell that the food is fantastic.

Sarita’s Pupuseria, Salvadorean food has amazing pupusas.

Pupusas is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick, hand-made corn tortilla (made using masa de maíz, a maize flour dough used in Latin American cuisine) that is filled with a blend of the following: cheese (queso) (usually a soft cheese called Quesillo found in all Central America), cooked pork meat ground to a paste consistency (called chicharrón, not to be confused with fried pork rind, which is also known as chicharrón in some other countries), squash (ayote), or (pataste), refried beans (frijoles refritos), or queso con loroco (loroco is a vine flower bud from Central America).
The two most common pupusas are pupusa de queso (cheese) and more popular pupusa revuelta with mixed ingredients of queso (cheese), frijoles (beans) and chicharrón.e Pupusas are typically served with curtido (lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar) and a watery tomato salsa.
Made fresh on the spot and filled with variety of fillings (we chose with cheese, queso) with cold horchata, fantastic:)

After little strolling we decided to try tacos at Anamaria’s Mexican food.

Tacos were delicious too. This time we tried tacos with carnitas, fresh onion, cilantro and lemon.

Meat was so tender, juicy and perfectly seasoned.
Dried beans are available and sold in huge bins, same with rice and dry peppers of all kinds.

Many different dry goods like fish and spices are also available and sold here.

Very nice place to visit, try and enjoy wonderful prepared dishes:)

http://www.grandcentralsquare.com/

Westwood Village on the Saturday Afternoon :)




So, this Saturday my kids and I have some serious errands to run in Westwood.
I love this part of Los Angeles. Mix of history, tradition, real city feel and nice places to relax and eat tasty foods.
After quick shopping spree in Aahs store which have amazing eraser collection that my kids love especially food items:), we decided to try something different for lunch, Falafel King.
Falafel plate was ok. Falafels were good and crispy just like pickled beets and hummus. Chips was a little to much for me…greasy.
It was time for sweets so we headed to the Diddy Riese.
That is what I’m talking about! Kids were amazed. Sugar Kingdom. Big selection of freshly baked cookies and different kinds of ice cream. Ice cream sandwich anyone?
It was really delicious. I know it is sugar and more sugar but once in a while it’s fine.
Yes, we had a good time in Westwood Village and we will come back.

The Westchester Farmers’ Market


Well, this morning when I opened our refrigerator I noticed that something is missing.
Colors, fresh summer fruits and veggies.
Our neighbourhood Farmers Market is on Thursday’s so kids and I decided to visit Westchester Farmers Market which is happening every Wednesday morning.
It is fantastic. I was very surprised with the number of sellers and great selection but I have to tell you this – prices are just right!
I got Champagne Grapes, Zucchini and Squash, Chard, Ripe Tomatoes, Plums and Baby Eggplant. All delicious organic produce around two pounds each for less then ten dollars. Amazing.

Westchester Farmers Market, WEDNESDAYS
Westchester Park
8:30am – 1:00pm

7000 W. Manchester Ave
Intersection Of:
Lincoln Blvd & La Tijera
Across from Otis College

FREE PARKING

http://www.westchesterfarmersmarket.com/

LA’s Farmers Market Celebrates 76 Years Today !








What a wonderful day at the Grove and the Farmers Market!
L.A.’s famous Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax is marking its 76th birthday today.
As always cool place to be with great food and cool atmosphere.
Today we visited Loteria Grill. Food was fresh and very tasty.
We has Burritos: Carnitas en salsa Morita – In a Spicy Chile Morita Sauce Served with slices of Fresh Avocado and Finely Chopped Onion and Cilantro.
Second was Carne deshebrada – Shredded Beef Served with Fresh Guacamole, Salsa Chipotle, and Finely Chopped Onion and Cilantro.
I love this place because they make there own fresh squeezed drinks from fresh seasonal fruit, like: Watermelon and Cantaloupe. Delicious!

http://www.farmersmarketla.com/

Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium Manhattan Beach, California





This is a very nice place to visit with your kids while taking a stroll on Manhattan Beach Pier.
Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is dedicated to teaching visitors about oceans.
The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is part of the non-profit organization Oceanographic teaching stations,INC.(OTS)
Inside are several primary aquaria,each representing brilliant selection of marine fish and invertebrates.
Some of displays are:
- Tide Pool Touch Tank housing animals from Southern California tide pool habitats.
- Seastar Tank that houses the largest Sea Star,the Sun Star as well as some large fish eating anemones.
- Arch Way Tank that you can actually walk under, featuring an artificial pier piling habitat.
- Living Reef Tank containing colorful slugs like sea lemons and Spanish shawls, brittle stars, Catalina gobies, sea fans, and sea anemones.

http://www.roundhouseaquarium.org/index.html

Malibu Beach,What a Wonderful Place!



Malibu,with the 21 miles of coastline beauty has many wonderful beaches.Point Dume,Topanga and Zuma State Beaches are very popular and have easy access with available parking.There are also several wild and private beaches,where you can have nice long walks and enjoy lovely sunsets.Just amazing place to spend the day with your kids and family,walking,admiring the ocean and allow your kids to catch those sandy feet.
It is the whole new experience!