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Berkeley hounds relocating to LA, where to live/shop/eat?

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Berkeley hounds relocating to LA, where to live/shop/eat?

indigirl | Apr 22, 2013 10:42 AM

Greetings LA hounds!

My spouse will be at USC health campus (Lincoln Park, not the main campus downtown) for the next couple years & we are looking for the right neighborhood to land in. So far checking out Los Feliz/Silver Lake/Echo, Eagle Rock/Mt Washington, South Pasadena, El Sereno, &c.

I would love to hear more about these places through a foodie lens.

Specifically, we are veggie-leaning (but not vegetarian), farmers market-oriented, tend to eat very healthy. In the spectrum of foodies we are not the pork belly people, nor the foie gras people, but more the kale salad, roasted asparagus, shelling peas, homemade yogurt, farro & beets people. Last time we were in town we were happy eating at Four Cafe in Eagle Rock & Forage in Silver Lake.

I will want to grow at least a small barrel of herbs, but prefer a raised bed worth of veggies & a tripod of sweetpeas.

Which are the best farmers markets in the area for selection & quality of organic local produce? (Santa Monica sounds good but probably too far for regular shopping.) Glancing through farmers market websites, it seems like a lot of them are small, not necessarily organic, & skewed toward prepared food. In Berkeley we get probably 85% of our fruits & veggies from farmers markets, as well as pastured eggs. Possible to live similarly in LA?

We are aware that your Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese food scenes kick Bay Area ass, so are especially eager to hear about any versions of those that source better quality ingredients.

Feel free to throw any other foodie advice our way.

Thanks in advance!

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