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Century City Farmer's Market food stalls (thai bad tamales good)

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Century City Farmer's Market food stalls (thai bad tamales good)

sasha1 | Jul 6, 2006 09:29 PM

Please don't do what I did and waste $7 on the most horrible pad thai I've ever eaten. While this amount would get me an entire plate of loaded noodles at any thai restaurant, the folks in the thai/mex stall at the FM give this dish a bad name. Noodles and more noodles, blandly flavored. A stray shrimp tasting a week old here and there. No tofu, no scallions, no peanuts, no carrot shreds, no bean sprouts, no meat. Cheap cheap cheap (as in quality). I hate that this stall is taking advantage of a bunch of semi-affluent, busy working people who don't know the difference or don't have the time during their lunch hour to go get a rendition of the dish worth eating.

Farmers markets have always been a feel good place for me. You don't always get the cheapest price (although you do sometimes) but you get quality. And you go to support the efforts of local vendors and farmers in your mutual quest to overcome the genetic engineering, too early picking, and gassing of produce. Yes this doesn't apply to prepared foods but the same good feelings should. I just felt ripped off.

On a positive note, the tamale vendors immediately adjacent put out a very tasty product (and generously portioned) for $3.50. Your choice of chicken, beef, port, sweet corn, veggie, or cheese.

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