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Border Grill – Santa Monica, CA

Border Grill

Border Grill

Mexican Restaurant
(1) 310 – 451.1655
1445 4th Street
Santa Monica, California 90401

www.bordergrill.com

OPEN HOURS:
Brunch
11:30 am –  3:00 pm   Saturday and Sunday
Lunch
11:30 am –  5:00 pm   Monday – Friday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm   Saturday and Sunday
Dinner
5:00 pm–  10:00 pm   Monday – Thursday
5:00 pm–  11:00 pm   Friday
4:00 pm–  11:00 pm   Saturday
4:00 pm–  10:00 pm   Sunday

Mary Sue Milliken &  Susan Feniger, the ladies of  the well known television show and book series”Two Hot Tamales”, and architect Josh Schweitzer, bring us a more refined take on Mexican food in a funky colorful environment.  Their adventures on the downtown Mexico City street corners of the mid eighties paid off with their learning the recipes and techniques of market vendors and home cooks- giving their food a full array of flavors textures and colors.  The Border Grill is now headed by  executive chef Raymond Alvarez and continues in this tradition of authentic Mexican.

Border Grill

Border Grill

Be sure to stop by for the great Happy Hour and the polite, cordial service.  The Santa Monica location is more informal than “Ciudad” , the sister restaurant in downtown LA.  On top of the restaurants in Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles and Las Vegas, there is a food truck that wanders around LA and can be found by following @bordergrill on twitter.

The strength of Border Grill really lies in the menu.  As we often do, we rambled through a delectable assortment of appetizers.

As one would expect, the tamales were extremely comforting- and they go great with a Margarita or Tequila.  We really could not decide which we liked best, so we had to keep trying them!
Corn Tamales-  made with sweet corn,  topped with sour cream and  salsa fresca
Chile Cheese Tamale- manchego cheese,  roasted poblano chile,  tomatillo avocado salsa
Chile Cheese Tamale- manchego cheese, roasted poblano chile, tomatillo avocado salsa

We also enjoyed the Poblano Quesadilla with roasted poblano chiles and chipotle salsa.

Another of the great things about Border grill is active sustainable practices.  What we really appreciate is the fact that they just do them, not beat you over the head with the fact that they do them.  Among their ethos is the use of organic long-grain rice, beans, and coffee and ensuring the best possible utilization of local and seasonal ingredients.  They also have biodegradable to go containers and a natural water purification system.  They serve reusable glass bottles instead of bottled water (a major waste as as bottled water is transported from the other end of the world- which in turn avoids waste and transport greenhouse gas emissions!)

Border Grill

Border Grill is part of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program. This ensures that only sustainable seafood is served at the restaurants.  Be sure to pick up the mini booklet with information on what seafood is recommended to avoid and what is safe to consume.  A very tricky subject these days with all the Mercury to be found throughout the marine food chain!  And as a last bit of eco-excellence, as a follower of The Humane Society’s “Protect Seals” Campaign Border Grill does not serve Canadian Seafood.

Santa Monica is a bit of culinary hide-away in sprawling LA.  We found several excellent eateries that will keep us coming back.  Enjoy!

Border Grill

Border Grill

Border Grill

Border Grill

Erewhon Natural Foods – Los Angeles

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Erewhon Natural Foods Market

Erewhon Natural Foods Market

(1) 323 – 937 0777
7660 Beverly Blvd # A
Los Angeles, California 90036

www.erewhonmarket.com

OPEN HOURS:
8:00 am – 10:00 pm   Monday  – Saturday
9:00 am –   9:00 pm   Sunday

Erewhon is a true holistic supermarket, having one of the most extensive collections of health oriented specialty foods, which- in my experience- is only rivaled by Rainbow grocery in San Francisco.  Featuring  an extensive selection of raw foods along side vitamins, herbs and macrobiotic/natural  homeopathic remedies, nut butters, jams, local, foreign… and with some prepared foods Erewhon covers it all.

There is even a Tonic Bar, where you can get a custom remedy prepared for any symptoms you might have- just consult with the onsite juicer!

Erewhon is a bit pricy (though we found most markets to be more expensive on the West coast?), but totally worth the cost for the joy you bring to your body.  Many times after we left LA, we wound up wishing we had brought more healthier with us as we ambled north through the central Californian expanse.

Erewhon Natural Foods Market

Erewhon Natural Foods Market

Erewhon Natural Foods Market

Erewhon Natural Foods Market

Erewhon Natural Foods Market

Erewhon Natural Foods Market

The House Cafe – Istanbul, Turkey

The House Cafe

The House Cafe

(90) 212 – 227 2699  Ortaköy
(90) 212 – 259 23 77  Teşvikiye
(90) 212 – 245 95 15  Tünel
(90) 216 – 368 7764  Caddebostan
(90) 212 – 345 6202  İstinyePark
(90) 212 – 327  1774   Corner-Teşvikiye
(90) 212 – 287 1030   Bebek
(90) 212 – Kanyon

www.thehousecafe.com.tr

The House Cafe is a beautiful restaurant chain with cleverly designed individual locations combined with tasty food and pleasant service. Exactly what one wants from a restaurant.

Architecturally, all  of the House Cafes are designed by Autoban Design Office ,blending antique, modern  and industrial elements resulting a stylish setting.  On the Culinary front, London Savoy trained chef Coscun Uisal blends local and international cuisine; including pizza pasta sandwiches and salads, using organic ingredients from sustainable sources whenever possible.

The Ortaköy location opened in 2005 with a premium view of the Ortaköy bridge and of the mosque on the Bosphorus.  It is the perfect location for brunch and includes a buffet area on its sunny terrace. On weekend evenings, a DJ takes over the bar creating  a pleasant atmosphere  for cocktails.

There are also pleanty of  jams, marinated olives, southern Turkish olive oil,  coffee, biscottis, cookies  and lovely wines.

Cooking classes are on offer at the İstiklal location offering different culinary teachings; including Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Ottoman and French cuisines.

As an aside, there is The House Apart division of the House Cafe, through which one can rent fully furnished luxury apartments scattered around  İstanbul.

The House Cafe

The House light toast: Toasted whole wheat bread sandwich with flax seed marinated light feta cheese, rocket leaves and sun dried tomatoes.
Menemen : Three eggs scrambled with tomatoes and green peppers (a personal favorite all over Arabia) at Ortaköy

The House Cafe

Salad of warm artichoke hearts filled with mashed sun-dried tomatoes, and prawns sautéed in sweet & sour sauce on mixed Mediterranean greens at Kanyon

The House Cafe
The House Cafe at Ortaköy
The House Cafe
The House Cafe at Ortaköy
The House Cafe
The House Cafe at Ortaköy
The House Cafe
The House Cafe at Ortaköy
The House Cafe
The House Cafe at Ortaköy
The-house-cafe_00(above photo THC at Kanyon© The House Cafe)
The-house-cafe_01(above photo THC at Kanyon© The House Cafe)
The-house-cafe_02(above photo THC at Kanyon© The House Cafe)

The House Cafe

Couscous with chestnut mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, spinach and caramelized onion at Kanyon

The House Cafe

Grilled Vegetable salad: Assorted layer of grilled seasonal vegetables, baked beetroot, sautéed Halloumi cheese with tahini sauce at Kanyon

The-house-cafe_03(above photo THC at Corner-Teşvikiye© The House Cafe)
The-house-cafe_04(above photo THC at Corner-Teşvikiye© The House Cafe)