Saturday, January 30, 2010

Locanda Veneta,

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again.  ~George Miller

Locanda Veneta can be very noisy, cramped, and presentation is simple, very simple. But the food is delicious home style Italian just like mama would've made, if she was Italian 

 Calamari Alla Veneta
Grilled calamari served on light spicy, garlic Swiss Chard.

Veal Scaloppini sautéed in Marsala Wine Sauce.

Torta di mele
Sliced Apple baked in a light puff pastry served with caramel sauce.


Calamari/squid is on the 'all you can eat' list of sustainable seafood, so indulge, just avoid the battered and deep fried cooking methods that obliterate the naturally fab flavor of Calamari

Coming soon:
Lionfish is a recently added 'all you can eat' fish that is sure to entice seafood chefs everywhere, and will be receiving its own post as soon as Om Chef gets her hands on some....and who can resit a name like Lionfish?

Root Vegetables

radishes', beets, carrots and rutabaga waiting for their 15 minutes of fame. Hollywood Farmers Market


Hollywood Farmers Market

Sprouts are not only nutritious they can actually be very tasty.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Santa Monica Seafood, and Favorite Seafood Sources of Los Angeles

Santa Monica Seafood is the source of premium fish for some of Los Angeles' greatest restaurants, and local gourmets since 1939. Family pride, four generations of involvement with international fisheries, and respect for the environment shows in their commitment to sustainability, and is proven by their involvement in a number of wild and farmed certifying agencies. Santa Monica seafood understands that honoring the Seas, and being environmentally conscious is an ongoing process of increasing awareness, and making the necessary changes in all aspects of their business to be 'green'. They support the Seafood Choices Alliance, and recently became involved with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative.
Please support Santa Monica Seafoods dedication to the environment by purchasing seafoods marked sustainable, or ask the friendly and knowledgeable staff to help with your selections.
Wholesale and retail with a fab cafe and oyster bar.
Educate yourself with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Initiative
Santa Monica Seafood has continued to expand its market share by acquiring smaller seafood markets, most recently, Seafood Warehouse Corp in 2006.

Santa Monica Seafood
Santa Monica Retail Store
1000 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310- 393-5244

Premium Sushi Chefs are devoted to Los Angeles Seafood Company, located downtown for 60+ years. Specializing in Kaimin Katsugyo, insuring the freshest fish through forced hibernation of the fish during transportation, fish arrive at their destination not just fresh, but alive.
Los Angeles Fish Company
420 Stanford Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013-2121
213- 629-1213
Mon-Fri: 06:00am-03:00pm
Sat 06:00am-11:00am

Ultra premium sushi chefs keep their sources secret, but the sources are clustered downtown in the wholesale district, 3rd to 7th streets, and Los Angeles to Alameda. To find these secret sources start early, like 4a.m., and note the whsl district is in and around skid row, so bring some blankets or anything else you would like to donate to those less fortunate, consider it an offering to the fish gods and goddess'.

Fish King
A fabulous favorite for those in the foothills,
720 North Glendale Avenue
Glendale, California 91206
818- 244-2161

Santa Barbara Fisherman's Market at the Harbor
This is fish as local and direct as you can get, straight from the fisherman! Every Saturday from 7:30 - 11:30 am in the Santa Barbara Harbor at the Breakwater. And don't miss the SB farmers market at Cota & Santa Barbara Streets also on Saturdays 8:00 am - noon

And Gelson's is the uber easy seafood choice with 18 locations in Southern California's most beautiful places

Fresh Fruit Salad as Entree

Greek yogurt topped with perfectly ripe fruit, add a hand full of chopped nuts for a light summer entree

Spinach Salad

Spinach, radicchio, red onion, tomato, avocado and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Simply  dressed with a balsamic vinegar and Olive oil, extra virgin, salt and pepper.