9:00 am – 9:00 pm Sunday – Thursday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday – Saturday
After studying macrobiotic cuisine for fourteen years, executive Chef Tachibe was certified as a Kushi Macrobiotic Chef Premier by the Kushi Institute International. This combined with his formal French technique, brings us his delicious Contemporary Macrobiotic Cuisine in this deli-style restaurant.
The M Cafe offers a good selection of breakfast items as well as yummy soups, macro-sushi, rice bowls, salads, sandwiches, pastries and the best of healthy side dishes; like Kale with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Scarlet Beet Quinoa, Grilled Vegetables, Kabocha squash,
Sesame Soba Noodles, Broccolini Pepperoncini, Sesame Seaweed… quite an appetizing list. We especially liked the Rice Milk Corn Chowder and all of the sides that we tried. The 4 side plate is an excellent heaping of color.
We searched pretty hard for truly healthy and tasty food in LA. This was actually much harder then we thought it would be. By chance, we found theM Cafe and it was a happy ending. 🙂
10:00 am – 10:30 pm Sunday – Thursday
10:00 am – 11:00 pm Friday – Saturday
We believe the Raw food world can be divided into two distinct camps- both of which have excellent representation in Santa Monica, California. The first group is focused on the lifestyle of raw and is expressed well by many restaraunts; the second, spearheaded by Planet Raw, is a Culinary perspective.
At Planet Raw, the shakes were phenomenal. Hands down the best we’ve ever had. And add in an extra superlative for good measure! We started with Kreamy Electrolyte Lemonade (lemons, honey, ginger, Strawberries, & electrolytes). Then continued with the Vanilla Protein Shake (nut mylk, sapote, ice, honey and Juliano’s protein powder which consists of pumpkin & hemp seeds, super enzymes, maca, spirulina, blue & crystal mana, mesquite, tocos, sprouted buckwheat, bee pollen, bio culture and silica). And then for dessert, the blueberry instant cleanse with blueberries, gogi berries, maca, bee polen and we added bioculture (lactobacillus micro organisms of L. salivarus, & l. plantarum). All the shakes we tried where topped with a granola and were just really special!
The Tahini Salad was full of tomatoes , seaweed, buckwheat sprouts, avocado, leafy greens and was topped with an excellent tahini dressing.
The Cheezy Pasta is made with kelp noodles; a nice change from the omni-present zuchinni strings- and much more comforting. Combining excellently with the nut cheese sauce the dish was a true delight. We followed the recommendation from our lovely waitress and ordered the side of marinated mushrooms to mix in. Bliss, just bliss!
Everyone working at Planet Raw shown with the light of health. No gray wasted vegans here, only sun-filled smiles and hearts. Having been tooling around the health food world for a while, it is easy to see places where the staff is under-nourished. Here the food gave them all a joy and happiness that you want to tap into. Our waitress shown with an interior sun that made us delve into the menu!
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.
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 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!
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.
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 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
Salad of warm artichoke hearts filled with mashed sun-dried tomatoes, and prawns sautéed in sweet & sour sauce on mixed Mediterranean greens at Kanyon