You all know how much I love Farmer's Markets, and you should also know how much I love my Running Buddy Selena. When these two things come together, total bliss ensues. We had been talking about going to the Yamashiro Farmer's Market ever since we heard my friend Lynn from Actor's Diet went. I had brought The Boyfriend about a month ago, and he loved it, so naturally I also wanted to share the goodness with one of my best friends.
First stop was to buy a bottle of wine for $25. At $8/glass, this is a bargain if you are as thirsty as we were that night. In addition to wine, they also have Thai Beer:
And free money! (Actually that was just the tip jar.)
We got creative and took our wine to observe the great view up at Yamashiro. We even snapped some pretty cool shots of L.A.
And of course, a close-up of ourselves...
Then it was time to check out the rest of the market's offerings:
Running Buddy Selena loved every minute of it!
We found some great new things to try (and buy) while we were there too. Like Brothers Products, who had amazing Mediterranean spreads like hummus, artichoke spread and olives. I bought the 3 for $10 deal they had going on and I can wait to dig in.
Selena also made friends with Shae, aka the founder of Cobblermania! We of course had to try some and take pictures. Selena made it home with a Blackberry Cobbler. I'm sure it was pretty darn delicious.
We loved everything at the market...except the line to get the tacos...
But when we finally got through after a good 30-minute queue, it was well worth it. I piled on the salsa, and we headed over to find a table to enjoy our dinner.
But of course, no good date is complete with out dessert. So we sampled every (well, almost every) flavor of Bulgarini il Gelato, and finally settled on Goat's Milk Yogurt with Olive Oil and Celtic Sea Salt. I know, I know. But trust me on this one. It oddly tasted like cheesecake.
It was getting really dark, so we headed home. Plus, they were cleaning up the place, and I didn't actually want them to have to physically remove us from the mountain. That would have been embarrassing.
If you go, here's a map of the free parking shuttle lot. Otherwise, you can just pay $7.50 for valet at the restaurant, but I hear the lines to get your car can be outrageous.
If you want to go, here are the deets: Yamashiro Garden Market, Thursdays 5-9 p.m.: 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood; (323) 466-5125.