During the summer months, high up in the Hollywood Hills, the Yamashiro
Farmer's Market has been going strong for three years. It runs every Thursday night and only now did I finally get around to going.
I love Los Angeles so much and a summer evening, with music, food and this view:
...now I wonder why I've been wasting my life for three years.
The market is up in the hills next to the Yamashiro restaurant. The road is tight and hard to get through. Luckily the market provides free (!) shuttle service from the valet parking area down on La Brea! Fantastic for people like me who drive all week and need a break
. However you must get there early. The market opens at 5 but by 7pm it's darn near packed and the line to get the shuttle is long.
I met the Food Librarian
there after work. We love to eat together and also she took all my pictures for this post since I take pics all week, I needed a break
. Do you sense a theme here? I need a vacation.
There were a few fruit and veggie stands as well as a lot of local merchants, but since I get most of my produce at various farmers markets during the week, I was here to concentrate on the dinner food. There was a good mix of stands and food trucks.
For our 'appetizer' er, first meal - we had chicken, pork and beef skewers from Takken
. They grill everything in front of you and it smells amazing. They also had sweet Japanese corn on the cob and Barley Tea.
Next up we had sliders from Yamashiro
. After all this was their
farmer's market, we had to try their food!
These sliders were fantastic! The crab slider was filled with a good amount of fresh crab and fresh corn and the carnitas slider was DELICIOUS. The sliders came with potato chips and my favorite part, there was a homemade pickle bar where you could load up. Just the right compliment to the savory sliders.
We took a break between courses and sat and people watched. Summer weather was incredibly mild which made the evening even more enjoyable.
The market filled up pretty quickly. There were people who just got off work, to families and celebrities. Many people brought bottles of wine with them to complete their outdoor dining experience.
Finally it was time for dessert! I've been wanting to try the Coolhaus
truck, after all they are architects with a passion for ice cream. My soulmates! And since the Food Librarian and I had 'shared' all the other items, I definitely had room for something sweet.
There's a choice of cookie and ice cream to pair it with, and it comes with an edible (yes) wrapper. The Food Librarian
got a snickerdoodle cookie with a strawberry mojito sorbet. Ah, the flavors of summer.
While I had a hard time looking away from the fried chicken and waffles ice cream - the lure of a potato chip + Skor cookie was too much and I filled it with plain vanilla so that I could get the full flavor of the cookie.
The ice cream sandwiches were just what was needed to finish off the evening. Looking out over Los Angeles, the Yamashiro market is why living in LA so wonderful. Good friends, PERFECT weather and amazing food. I would love to visit every week but time's running out, the market ends next month then it's gone until next year...
Yamashiro Farmer's Market
Thursdays - April thru September
Parking and shuttle
at the lot on La Brea and Hollywood
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