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Carvery Kitchen

lunch - restaurant - salads - sandwich

“Ocean Park Boulevard” in Santa Monica = commercial auditions.  For me, there’s really no reason to hang around that street before/afterwards, but now there might be!

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Carvery Kitchen recently opened, and invited me in to try out the menu.  It kinda reminds me of Lemonade/Tender Greens

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…with my favorite soda machine!

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Roman, the owner, invited me in to try out their menu.  I brought Sam and John “for support.”

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Many, many sandwiches.  They’ve got several dip options, like the roast beef (above) and panini style too.

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This is the Puebla BBQ Brisket – everything in the world crammed inside from Balsamic Onion Jam to Pickled Jalapeño.

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Also pressed – the Chicken Caprese.

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All of their meat is slow-cooked and very flavorful – but there are plenty of vegetarian options as well.

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The L.A. Vegan Club (above) which gets its texture from falafel and potato, and the Grilled Veggie Cheesetta (below) – it includes flax seeds and a side of Tahini Basil sauce.

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You can also order vegan side dishes…

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…including brussels sprouts…

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…and roasted veggies…

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…or big entree salads – this one, obviously had meat on it.

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The Farmer’s Chop features Pastrami Bits – my kinda dish!

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Next time I find myself on Ocean Park Blvd. for a late afternoon appointment, I’ll stick around and wait out the traffic here.

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Free Range LA

food truck - lunch - salads - sandwich

I first met Jesse Furman, the owner of Free Range LA at Coffee + Food a few years ago – back then, then only way to experience his fried chicken was via a stand at The Melrose Place Farmers Market, or if you were lucky enough to attend an event he was catering.

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Now they’ve got a truck – and it’s parked outside the Commissary on Fairfax for breakfast (7-11am), and the one on Sunset for lunch (noon-2:30pm).

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I opted to try the latter, so I could meet up with Abe/Dimitri during their BuzzFeed lunch break…

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…the signature Fried Chicken Sandwich…

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…plus vegetarian options.

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Dressing is a winner!  This salad was mine…

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…but I also tried bites of Abe’s wrap…

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…and Dimitri’s too.

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Ahhhhhh!  Next time I’ll have to order their potatoes, which Abe has eaten before (and raved about).

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FYI you can sit inside the cafe (and order drinks there) – which was very necessary, since it’s still H-O-T.

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This meal was hosted.  Follow Free Range LA on Instagram for the latest updates.

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

crockpot recipe - recipe - sandwich - trader joe's - vegetarian

I usually bake my sweet potatoes in large batches, but in the summertime, I choose to ignore the oven.

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Crockpot, who knew you were my year-round buddy?  Scrub the potatoes clean, pierce them with a fork, wrap in foil, and slow cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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Eat with maple butter

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…or mash it up!  I used Trader Joe’s Boxed Carrot Ginger Soup to thin some out…

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…then spread on toasted bread with Vegenaise

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…baby spinach…

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…and TJ’s Balsamic Glaze.

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I wouldn’t really call this a crockpot “recipe” (<—click for past blog posts) but I’m definitely using this method to make sweet potatoes from now on.