We well enjoyed last Sunday in Hollywood. First, we at breakfast at the comfy Roscoe's on Gower; then, we spent a nice amount of time at the weekly Hollywood Farmer's Market.
Roscoe's was one of four repeats--the others, Guelaguetza, Falafel King, and Stan's Donuts--Roscoe's was the only one that improved on the second trip (although Falafel King had no where to go, it being "just" as good). Ms. VI did not quite agree with my assessment that the Gower Street Roscoe's tasted better, but I did think this location superior. Also, Gower featured a greeter who had menu's in our hands before we even entered the door, a nice touch, and just better service. Still, I just found the waffle at Gower a bit crisper, a bit better. On the other hand, I also preferred my order this time, the, I believe Manager's Special, which sided the chicken with corn bread, greens and sweet potatoes. Each of the sides was a best of breed. The sweet potatoes a best of show, really sweet but really good.
I've heard much talk that the Wednesday Santa Monica market is the best of the LA area farmer's market. I cannot comment on Santa Monica, but this weekly market in Hollywood was about as ideal as a Farmer's market could be. I had got the impression at Renu, that maybe this was, well maybe too Hollywood, like a Universal Studio's backlot house farmer's market. You know fine on the surface, but nothing behind. No.
It had everything one could want in a farmer's market. First, it was a real market, geared towards neighbors seeking a weekly supply of produce. Second, there was a wealth of interesting and varied vendors, most organic. There was no dominant vendor, like our Nicholl's Farm, but the goods got spread across more stands. One specialized in sweet potatoes, a few had Mexican items, one Asian, a few citrus. Two picks really surprised me. We found plump, sweet, actually with flavor strawberries. In late December. That was odd. Then, we found intensely sweet apples from Taxahapie (sp?) near the mountains. That was a bit depressing. California should not have great apples too, no? Besides the shopping, the Hollywood market features great food and great entertainment.
On the street bisecting the market, several stands offered cooked treats. We sampled good if yuppie blue corn tamales and great, hardly yuppie pupusas. Really, the best pupusas I have ever had. Much better than the ones tried last trip at Grand Central. These were very thick pupusas, with distinct layers of crisp and thick. More deliciousness got tossed on the plate, a highly garliced slaw, "curtado"; a fiery red sauce and a soothing crema. Nearly across from the pupusa stand, a friendly guy sang reggae influenced children's songs. Even better, he had a range of percussion instruments for the kids of all ages, parents too played along. This guy would be great for a birthday party. A jazz trio also gave the market a nice sound. Lastly, I liked the fact that the market is on a real city street, Ivar, making it feel pretty European, not Hollywood.
I'd highly recommend this Sunday morning two-fer.
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