I know I’ve talked about Los Angeles before, but I unexpectedly had a day to visit– and with that came an unexpected adventure! One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to spend some time exploring and immersing myself in the culture around me. I decided to venture a little deeper into one of my favorite spots to shop in LA, The Grove. It’s a beautiful outdoor mall with tons of shops, a movie theater; the Apple Store there is run entirely on renewable resources! I have been to The Grove many times before, but I always with very limited time and never made it to their Farmer’s Market. Shame on me, because I was missing out! Let’s start from the beginning.
Yesterday was a lovely, warm, sunny day. A day that warranted as much outdoor time as possible, especially since we had been traveling so much. Did you know that spending time outdoors can help cure homesickness? With that in mind, I decided to take a walk, which turned into a two-mile walk to The Grove. Why not, right? My first stop was into Anthropologie, where I found new drawer knobs for my closet. That might not sound exciting, but I have been searching for the right ones for months now, so I was kind of pumped. I wandered around for quite a while, and finally reached a place I had never explored, The Farmer’s Market. The Market first opened in 1938 and manages to hold on to that old-timey charm. It was like stepping back into time, where simple is elegant and quality is everything. There was a good mixture of locals and tourist. Three large Italian men sat at a tiny table in front of a deli talking politics, kids ran around in adorable dress-up costumes, restaurant owners said “hello” to each other, and tourists (like me!) snapped pictures while standing in amazement of this endearing place. The Market definitely possesses a sense of community, and it’s beautiful to watch.
I made one full lap of the place checking out all the produce stands and meat counters. As you can imagine, this made me very hungry, so I made pit stop at Fritzi Dog. And boy was this a good choice. Fritzi Dog makes their dogs from prime cuts of antibiotic/hormone-free meat with no added nitrates (aka REAL meat)! Their buns are from a local bakery that makes them fresh every morning, and all the sauces are homemade. If that wasn’t enough, their produce is right from the market! Fritzi Dog certainly lives up to their motto of “No Junk”, both in the food and the drinks. I just love that everything is made locally and with so much care, and I enjoyed every bit of my hot dog and homemade lemonade. I might have dropped a little mustard on my shirt, but it was totally worth it!