The husband and I decided to check out the Playa Vista Farmer’s Market since it was on the way to where we were seeing “Inglourious Basterds” (or however Tarantino is mis-spelling it…). This Farmer’s Market is fairly small…only about 20-25 vendors with 1/3 of them being food vendors. The rest are either businesses or fruit and vegetable stands. We browsed around trying to figure out which food vendor we wanted to try. I stopped at the Eat booth while the husband decided on an omelette from a neighboring stand.
Eat’s menu changes every week according to the lady at the booth. This week, they offered up a turkey and swiss sandwich served on a cranberry scone (a refined slider, if you will), bbq chicken sliders and regular beef sliders as well as a yogurt parfait. I couldn’t pass up on the scone sandwich (2 for $5) and ordered that. In the back was a grill that slices of turkey were placed on. Once they were warmed up, the chef placed them with slices of swiss in between a halved cranberry scone and served it with some cranberry jelly.
These sandwiches were roughly the sized of my palm. The scone was a bit on the dry side but did not crumble too much. However, it did overpower the turkey and swiss a little and I didn’t taste too much cranberry. The cranberry jelly was quite nice and had a little bit of spice to it. I wish I had more of it to put on the sandwiches as more “wetness” would have helped. Overall, it was an okay sandwich and it certainly got my creative juices running as to what other types of scone sandwiches could be created.
The omelette my husband got was a simple ham and swiss since he’s so anti-green stuff. Still, it seems that he can’t escape the plants since the cook still put greens on his plate even though my other half asked for it to be omitted. The omelette was quite good; the eggs were cooked to a nice fluffy consistency though I think it was slightly overdone. There was a good amount of ham in each bite but I couldn’t quite find the swiss. With the salt and pepper packets my husband added to the dish, the omelette ended up being quite flavorful. As for the greens, it was a mix with tomatoes. I didn’t taste any dressing on them.
We were still a little hungry and the tamale stand was calling to me. The husband opted to get a huge ear of corn that we saw quite a few people walking around with. The corn was incredible -very moist, buttered and tender. The stand had an array of seasonings one could sprinkle on the ear, salt n’ pepper as well as lemon pepper and paprika. The other half opted for black pepper, garlic salt and Lawry’s seasoning.
The tamale booth seemed to be doing well given how many people I saw eating them and buying them in bulk. The menu boasted about 6 different tamales ranging from chicken to beef to vegetarian fillings. I chose a beef and chile filled one which cost me all of $3.50. I decided to go with their medium salsa which had a very slight kick to it. The tamale was nice and moist, very flavorful and had a good amount of filling. The beef was tender. This was a great tamale. I would have gone back and bought some to take home if we weren’t going to be out for the rest of the day. Maybe next week?
There were other booths that looked yummy. A crepe booth next to Eat was serving up both sweet and savory dishes. The usual Nutella and strawberry/banana crepes were on the menu but there was also a tomato and basil crepe that sounded positively delicious. A booth selling seafood had smoked salmon cakes that I sampled with a very spicy aoli.
This market looked like a good place to pick up local grown organic fruit. I saw a variety of berries, nectarines, peaches, pluots and figs. There was also a flower vendor that was doing very good business. We passed by a booth selling chocolate that was stone ground and used unrefined sugar and had some interesting flavor pairings.
It’s not as big as some of the other Farmer’s Markets around but it is new so hopefully it expands as more time passes and more people find out about it. For right now, it’s a decent place to get some eats and produce and a few other items.
There’s plenty of parking, which is nice, but not a lot of seating if you want to eat. When we went towards the end of the hours, it wasn’t terribly crowded but there was still a steady stream of people coming in and out which was a positive sight as I rather enjoy farmer’s markets and want this one to stick around.
Playa Vista Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday 9am-2pm
Parking lot on Seabluff Drive, just south of Pacific Promenade
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