Recently I have been doing some spring cleaning. My dad always playfully refers to my mom as “The Dutch Cleanser” and I suppose I have a bit (or a lot) of that in me, too. A couple of weeks ago I got an amazing rush when I whittled my Gmail inbox down to ten emails and I love a good Swiffer session like no other. So, in the spirit of the season I am going through my drafts folder and sharing some older blog posts that I started and never got around to finishing. I apologize for the delay but assure that these places are still as delicious as ever.
Last spring, I enjoyed an amazing lunch at Farmshop during a visit to LA. Farmshop is located in Santa Monica’s Brentwood Country Mart, an open air collection of shops and restaurants frequented by Jennifer Garner, Gwynnie, and the like. The space is split into two parts: a restaurant and a specialty foods market. The market itself is my heaven and my worst nightmare because I wanted to buy and eat everything in sight. It takes all of the self-control in me not to spend every dollar to my name on artisan fig jam and fresh local cheeses and warm scones and fancy olives. It’s all a scene straight out of a Nancy Meyers film. (Remember Meryl’s bakery in It’s Complicated? I’m pretty sure it was modeled after Farmshop.) I kept expecting to bump into a linen-clad Diane Keaton shopping for a fresh baguette but had no such luck.
The food itself is just begging to be photographed. The simple and classic white dishware provides the perfect backdrop for their beautiful food. We started with the Avocado Hummus and Lavash (a flatbread/cracker hybrid) and the Crispy Artichokes, both of which were really delicious. As you can see, the artichokes were petite and delicate, but packed with flavor.
We then shared the Poached Chicken Salad with Green Goddess Dressing and the BLT. Holy sh*t. This salad was maybe one of my favorites ever. I could have eaten the dressing with a spoon. Similarly, the BLT was just insane. The bacon was made with house-cured lamb (!!!) that was amazing and still managed to feel lean and semi-healthy. The green tomatoes, lightly dressed cabbage, and pillowy poppy seed bun took the whole thing to another level.
Farmshop is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. If you like beautiful environments, delicious food, and want to know what it feels like to star in your very own Nancy Meyers movie, this is the spot for you.
Farmshop, 225 26th St., Suite 25, Santa Monica, CA, (310) 566-2400, http://www.farmshopla.com, Open daily see website for hours and reservations.