We had a restaurant in Los Angeles for awhile. “Norman’s On Sunset”. It was a wild ride for many reasons. One of the things that made it spectacular for a person who loves to cook is their magnificent bounty of produce out there. Oh. Don’t get me wrong. I think in South Florida we live in an absolute wonderland for what our farmers grow. The multi-colored, ecstasy inducing fruits. The fabulous range of tubers that can be cooked and served in so many ways all send me into my kitchen with a smile. The Californian version is another world and one that could be experienced nowhere better than the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. We’d jump in a car with our Chef Craig Petrella and his vivacious wife Paola as well as Chef Michael Bryant, brother to local treasure chef Phil Bryant and brave the nearly frighteningly busy freeways of LA! And then land we’d magically arrive to that beautiful, thriving, market. The size of the Santa Monica market is extraordinary. The farmers literally pour out of the hills and valleys to sell their wares. It is a good way to bump into some of the best chefs in LA who don’t dream of missing out on the rare and pristine offerings to be had.
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