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. 

Gansevoort Market

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Collaborative food markets are having a moment in this past year. From Gotham West Market, to Hudson Eats, food hall or food court style spaces are housing some great talent all under one roof. The most recent to join this trend is Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District.

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Once occupied by a club, this open space now has an array of food offering with a seating section underneath an incredible skylight and wrapped up in branches and bits of nature. Below are a list of all the vendors, in no particular order. 

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Dojo Sushi is serving authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi.

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Tacombi serves Mexican street food and tacos.

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Champion Coffee serves coffee.

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Heermance Farm Purveyors has organic produce from the Hudson Valley.

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Luzzo’s has coal oven pizza.

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The Bruffin Cafe serves a muffin-brioche-like pastry filled with quality ingredients.

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Pig Guy NYC serves BBQ.

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Yiaourti has a Greek yogurt bar with sheep’s milk yogurt.

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Crêpe Sucre is a French crêpe bar.

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Ed’s Lobster Bar serves New England seafood.

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Gansevoort Bakery is a Greek bakery.

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Cappone’s is an authentic Italian specialties and sandwich shop.

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Our True Roots makes beverages and snacks from tiger nuts.

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Dana’s Bakery makes French macarons.

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Lov Organic has organic teas.

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Feel Food has organic juice and highly nutritious food.

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Donostia serves Spanish tapas.

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Flower Girl has whimsical flower arrangements.

The Shorts:
Name: Gansevoort Market 
Location: 52 Gansevoort Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, there are lots of great vendors here, really something for everyone, in an accessible and open space.
Would I recommend it? For sure. It makes a great pit-stop for a coffee or snack, or, grab a bite and dine in their forest-like dining space. Plus, you’re right by the High Line, so, you can really make a day of it.