During my first week in Los Angeles, I headed over to Brentwood to check out somewhere a lot of people had recommended to me; Brentwood Country Mart, a quaint little shopping complex home to some lovely boutiques, a cute little post office, an outpost of Sugar Paper, some lovely street food vendors and Farmshop, the delicatessen come restaurant which is the number one reason I'll be heading back there sometime soon.
All of this fresh, local and artisan produce gets me very excited. Also, how awesome are the lights hanging from the ceiling? They have managed to put a modern twist on a country farm shop, something I have not seen done so well in a city anywhere in London - it reminds me of a more chic version of Gibson's, for those of my readers who live in and near Canterbury and have been out that way (heads up, I love their lemon infused oil!)
How amazing would these be baked, stuffed with ripe cherry tomatoes and salty anchovies, served with a dash of olive oil and fresh bread to mop up all the delicious and flavourful cooking juices?
This is the restaurant area. It seemed pretty packed, but I'd like to go back with a lunch date at some point.
When I go back I think I'm going to treat myself to one of these rather cool, and super chic recyclable market totes for when I'm out getting my groceries - saves my lugging around the paper bags they give you in Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.
LA readers, are there any other places like this in Los Angeles I need to know about and visit? For my London readers, if you're looking for something similar, you can't go wrong with Daylesford Organics in Notting Hill, which is a farm shop and a restaurant, but you can also buy their food in the Selfridges food hall.