Monday, March 7, 2011

Our Yumologists have been out of the test kitchen this weekend, getting groovy with their taste buds in the city of Angels. Stars, stripes and everything in between can be found in this fast-paced movie Mecca, where the golden oldies of an age gone by collide with the glitz, glamour and edge of a new generation.

As a cultural melting-pot L.A.'s cuisine is very diverse: one minute you're in China Town sipping Oolong Tea, the next you're in Malibu enjoying cocktails with today's freshest catch.  But one area our Yumologists did not expect to discover was the agricultural land north of town between Thousand Oaks and Camarillo.

Nestled amongst the hills between the Pacific Coast Highway and the 101 freeway is Pacific Arbor Nurseries and a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables you'd never imagine to find in one of the country's largest metropolitan areas! Lemon trees, tomato plants, strawberries, lettuce, cabbage and much more are all grown, harvested and sold right in the center of suburbia. No wonder L.A. restaurants can boast the freshest ingredients, it's all picked and plated within minutes of each other.

After a long day of exploring the harvests at Pacific Arbor Nurseries our Yumologists decided to chow down and sample the supporting role of L.A. local produce in great feature recipes at some of the finest and funnest eating establishments in town:

Fred 62:
Located in the heart of Hollywood, Fred 62 is an awesome all-night diner with a menu set to satisfy any appetite. Breakfast specialties are served all day and include dishes like "The Dime Bag" or "Billion Dollar Pancakes." For those in the mood for something slightly more adventurous Fred 62 also offers a combination of "Tower" sandwiches, measuring over 6" in height as delicious to eat as they are to look at. Lighter fare can also include the Thai Cobb salad square or a variation on your favorite burgers and dogs. No matter what you order you're guaranteed the leave Fred 62 looking forward to your next visit.

Echoing an era of days gone by, Moonshadows in Malibu is one of the most relaxing spots in this cozy coastal hideaway.   Moonshadows' Blue Lounge offer a luxurious evening on the water, sipping cocktails by candlelight as the sun sets on the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy sophisticated seafood at its best from Italian-born chef Andrea Bullo who has mixed his inherent passion for food with the eclectic styles of Southern California.

Hidden in the hills just north of Burbank lies the romantic Castaway Restaurant. Boasting breathtaking views of DeBell Golf Course and the San Fernando Valley, the Castaway is a great spot to relax above the lights of L.A.  Voted one of the 10 Best Brunches in L.A., the Castaway's Champagne Weekend Brunch Buffet offers a wide variety of specialties guaranteed to energize your day.

There are obviously THOUSANDS of YUMMY options to explore in L.A. and our Yumologists wish they would have had the time and the tummy to squeeze in more, but that's where we rely upon contributing Yumologists such as yourself.  Help us know what to look for next time and tell us where your favorite L.A. eatery is.



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