Santa Monica Farmers Market & Lunch at M.A.K.E., Los Angeles

I absolutely love farmers markets. Walking away with a bunch of fresh produce not only makes you feel like a healthy little button, but you forget that you’re also supporting local farmers and shops, so give yourself a pat on the back for being a good person. Well done you.
Okay, it’s mostly because fresh produce normally equals deliciousness. I have a big enough food addiction as it is that I go pretty crazy when I’m at the supermarket, imagine me at a farmers market. I may as well wave a big sayonara to the rest of my holiday money. You can’t really blame me though, everything looked so good. These are only a wee few pictures out of you-don’t-want-to-know-how-many…

Am I right? AM I RIGHT? The beauty of LA is that they let you sample everything. I always take a sample (or a few) then hang around for a bit since guilt overcomes me – I know and they know I’m only there because I’m a greedy bitch who was never planning on buying their stuff in the first place. Everyone knows you have to tactically wait for them to get distracted by another customer to make your great escape. I did however walk away with plane-friendly goodies – sprouted almonds, raw sprouted almond butter, homemade salsa, and bags of the sweetest dates ever. I can tell you’re a bit like whaaat when you read the salsa part, but if you’ve read my Gracias Madre post, I’m dying to have a Mexican night.

I’d say walking around worked up my appetite if I hadn’t scoffed down so many samples. But that’s no excuse to skip lunch. We walked over to Santa Monica Place, where M.A.K.E. was longingly waiting for us in the food hall.

M.A.K.E. is a ‘living foods’ restaurant, aka. raw plants only bitch. It’s by Matthew Kenney, who’s kind of a big deal in the vegan world, which is 100% why I have no idea who he is and Ming does.

The restaurant is pretty beaut…

Since everyday is a gorgeous day in LA, we naturally sat outside. I’m determined for any sort of normal colouring on my skin that isn’t ‘bright and white’.

I was about to eat the ‘future of food’. Shit was getting real.

I was also sat opposite these 3 lovely ladies and the playboy on the end.

I was sat with the guys (and the Guy – ha I make joke).

Mum is absolutely obsessed with Jeri’s little prince. Give her a couple of years and she’ll be selling me off for a bowl of noodles.

I’m always excited to see the juice menu at vegan places (or any places that do juice, really). Vegan places especially always try and spice things up to make theirs different to give them a big juicy edge. I got a Blue Bee with blueberries, banana, coconut water, bee pollen, hemp and spirulina. Dad went for the Malted Chai with banana, dates, coconut meat, coconut water, cinnamon and maca. Both were insanely good. Go vegans.

Ming went for the Clean Green – fennel, celery, cucumber, mint, lemon. She loved it, but, mmmm, not for me. I need some pineapple to cover up the veggies. I’m like a child.

Jeri went for the Thai Green – pineapple, kale, ginger, coconut butter and almond milk, which was also good.

I needed my compulsory please-take-a-picture-of-me-drinking shot. I don’t know what’s up with my pinky though, it seems to happen every time.

I just want to warn you that these are the most gorgeous photographs of vegan food you will ever see.

We shared everything, and the first thing we ordered was their most popular dish, the Kimchi Dumplings, which are topped with ginger foam and coriander. They weren’t exactly proper dumplings, but I see where they were coming from. This was so, so, so good! I can completely see why it’s what their most known for.

It arrived at the same time as the Baja + Ceviche King Trumpets which was with avocado, sweet tomato, radish and pumpkin seed. This was damn good as well.

Next up was the Brassicas (I just had to google this – basically cruciferous vegetables. Basically cabbage and cauliflower) with Coconut Curry and Herbed Quinoa. This was super yummy too. Maybe I should just stop wasting both our time and say everything was a raw vegan haven.

Oh my god, okay, I need to tell you all about this. This was their Black Pepper Kelp Noodles with snap peas, dehydrated olives and pea vines. I can’t even properly explain the beauty of this dish. Kelp noodles are actually my new favourite thing. I never thought I’d see this day come.

Everyone got busy. I love different dishes.

After we’d nearly finished demolishing our little feast, the rest of the food arrived. The M.A.K.E. Quinoa Bowl with kale, avocado, heirloom cherry tomatoes, basil and lemon had me convinced that I could make something like this at home. It looks simple enough. Although I can guarantee mine will taste like Playdough.

Our final dish was the Heirloom Tomato Lasagna with Santa Barbara pistachio (tasted like pesto to me) and macadamia ricotta. I was a massive bitch about this dish since it didn’t look fantastic. I was all “I’m good thanks, I’ll stick to the quinoa”. My negative attitude was eventually weighed down so I tried a little slither. I’m such a people pleaser.

I’m sorry. I take it all back. This was the most insanely delicious little tower of raw food. I don’t even understand. I still can’t wrap my mind around it. I was battling forks away from that point forward.

I don’t understand how raw food fills you up so quickly, but I guess it’s all the nutrients and goodness in it – everyone was absolutely stuffed silly. However, the waitress came and asked if we’d like dessert, and she was so sweet that it would have been rude to say no, wouldn’t it?

The next thing you know, my mouth is open and words are coming out and we’ve got a Chocolate Cake with chocolate cause and peppermint ice-cream in front of us to share. Oops.

A dense, rich chocolate cake that was so beautiful that it couldn’t not have pictures taken of it. This was Instagram gold. But everyone’s down with that since we’re all Asian (sorry, Dad).

I may as well have laid on the ground and had Ming roll me back to the hotel. Another vegan food success!

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