The Misfit

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Well, after my super short stay in San Diego (say that three times fast and you win a prize), I was off to LA for a couple days. Again, not a long time, but, enough to fit in some tasty food. Now, this was my third time visiting LA, but, since this is the first time post-blog writing, and I only have places documented from that point on, this section will be limited, until my next trip there. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…
My first stop was for some lunch at The Misfit in Santa Monica. Located right outside of the Santa Monica Promenade, you can grab some cocktails and snacks at the bar, or enjoy casual comfort food at a table. 

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They offer a bunch of dishes meant for sharing, so, to start we I shared the Life’s A Choke Charred Broccoli (sweet sambal, crispy garlic, soy). Loved this. The broccoli was wonderfully cooked with that really nice char on the florets. The sauce gets soaked up by the florets, giving it a sweet but spicy flavor, topped with potato chips. Didn’t think at first that they had a place there, but, after eating the combo, yeah, they sure had a place there.  

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Then, for my entree, I had the LGO Cafe Brussels Sprout Salad (almonds, dried berries, manchego) with Salmon. This was such a great salad. It was hearty, yet light, and flavorful. Since I added the salmon, it definitely made it more substantial, but, if you wanted a lighter salad, you could enjoy it as-is. I loved the freshness and texture of the shredded brussels sprouts, with the salted, roasted almonds and the sweet, tartness of the dried cranberries and blueberries. The salmon was glazed in a BBQ type of sauce, which gave it a really nice savory flavor that worked really well with the rest of the salad. 

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Oh, and the best part? At the end of your meal, they come by with a bowl of their Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now, I’m not sure if you can take more than one, I wanted to be polite, but, I’m not sure they’d say no if you tried. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Misfit
Location: 225 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, the service was friendly, the food was great, and, hello? The free cookies!
Would I recommend it? Definitely. The location is great, you can do some shopping along the way, and the food is really delicious. 

This Pie Is Nuts!

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While vending for my company, Squish Marshmallows, I get to meet some great vendors and try their products. One of them was This Pie Is Nuts!, currently at the Bryant Park Holiday Market. 

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These signature, square pies, are exactly what the title states, all made out of nuts. Using natural ingredients, these paleo, vegan, and gluten free pies are made mainly with nuts in the crust and pie filling itself. 

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I got the Key Lime Pie (Raw Cashews, Almonds, Pure Maple Syrup, 100% Key Lime Juice, Dates, Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, Thompson Seedless Raisins, Organic Kudzu Root, Agar Agar, Pure Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt).

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This is a unique and great spin on the traditional key lime pie. The crust, unlike the common graham cracker crust, has great texture, chew and flavor from both the nuts and dates, giving it a fresh, natural taste. The pie filling has a rich, and creamy texture with the zing and tartness from the lime juice, finished with a mild nuttiness. Now, I have a massive sweet tooth and love sweet things, but, I also really enjoy desserts that aren’t as sweet and have a natural, mild sweetness that doesn’t give you a stomach ache. This pie is just that, substantial, naturally sweet, and tasty. 

The Shorts:
Name: This Pie Is Nuts!
Location: Bryant Park Holiday Market, NYC (Until January 4th, 2015)
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, there are staple flavors, along with some seasonal, something for every palate. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, as long as you don’t have a nut allergy, of course, it’s a great dessert if you’re gluten free, or just enjoy a nutritious dessert without the guilt.