Food finds 10/31

So today was more foodventure than normal…started out like a Saturday with a trip to Santa Monica farmers market…which blossomed in whole foods (a new location) and Bristol Farms which I didn’t even know what still around!

Leaving home a tad later than normal meant that Starbucks was insane so we had to hit the one at third street promenade inside Barnes and noble.

(He hasn’t had coffee yet)

Which led to me buying the new George RR Martin book and, I believe , my 30th consecutive Food and Wine magazine thanksgiving edition

Santa Monica farmers market Saturday is always one of the biggest around and the weather can’t be beat!  
This week I took some random shots of interesting things:   
Fresh peanuts, some baby jicama near the back    
I just loved the color of these…they weren’t the deep purple of all the others


Notice the quail eggs too…
Picked up some spring hill garlic jack


Kinda the last remaining non hothouse tomatoes…

I ended up with a few things…Thai green onion, garlic jack cheese, tomatoes, eggplant and that about it.   I’m still missing the avocado!!!!

Next stop was a whole foods bigger and larger than the one in downtown Santa Monica for a change…and boy was it a change!  They had things that my uber large new store in Tarzana doesn’t even have and I loved it! This is going to be our new goto Whole foods

 Look!   Mochi !  
The olive bar was large than normal and I left with Castelvetrano olives 

   And the cause of much excitement resulting in it being our dinner tonight—gluten free gnocchi! 
Somewhere I thought I took pictures of cheese–and oh yeah we bought some because this store has samples unlike ours so I end up buying any cheese I sample!

 I grabbed this for dinner or maybe a wine but I couldn’t find any decent lambrusco–last time, I ended up having a case shipped from Italy because it’s so hard to find any here that’s not Riunite…but I digress


The jackfruit faux meat is in many recipes as being yummy so we are trying it out without the elbow grease of making it from scratch  So driving onward towards the 405…I spy Bristol farms  I had no idea one was here…I thought they close down! So in I pulled



Baby cauliflower and romanesco…but 2.99 each I could buy a whole romanesco

Radishes!!!!!  It’s better than the farmers market today!
Gluten free ravioli  

The high end tequilas locked in a case….I have the Don Julio Real and am eyeing the 1942 and the 1800 milennia, and the stuff from San Miguel de Allende (my friend just moved there so I’m hoping for the peso price not the dollar price)


Holiday chocolate treats


I think there is more but I’m simply overwhelmed by the bounty and all the new finds.  We have a whole new way to venture home after the farmers market now….wow!



  1. KIA · October 31, 2015

    everything there looks so tasty. I just want to stage dive right in. -KIA

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    • Brian and Jim · October 31, 2015

      Are you kidding?!?
      Today was a 5 hour food fest and I didn’t eat anything besides cheese samples. It was one of the many days where I realize how blessed I am with abundance


      • KIA · October 31, 2015

        awesome. if I spent time eating that much cheese I’d spend the next 5 in the bathroom

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      • Brian and Jim · October 31, 2015

        Love me some cheese…

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  2. Jae · November 16, 2015

    Oh my gosh, your Whole Foods has mochi!?!?! That is insane!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Brian and Jim · November 16, 2015

      That’s the only one that I know that has it…the big one by my house doesn’t


  3. Beatriz Portela · November 23, 2015

    Gotta love the Creme Brulee Werewolves and Praline Mummies!

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