September 27th, 2017


Peppers, pomegranates, squash, apples — the joys of farm-fresh fall deliciousness are hitting Marina del Rey. This is the time, friends, to hit the MDR Farmer’s Market and load up on all of the in-season goodness. Plus, you’re going to want to make your way to the restaurants around town to see what fall dishes are waiting to tempt your tummy. Here are a few recipes to try out (after your Farmer’s Market shopping spree), plus a few must-go dining spots with great fall-inspired items on the menu. Ready – set – eat!

Source: Martha Stewart. Image: John Kernick


Farmer’s Market Shopping List: Blood oranges, Cara Caras, clementines, tangerines, red grapefruit, pomegranate

Martha Stewart’s citrus salad laced with fall’s pomegranate bounty sounds so incredibly refreshing, doesn’t it? It has oranges, grapefruit, lemons and tangerines, plus (if you can find it) the Southeast Asian Pomelo. And then, the red seeds of goodness top it off. So good, right? Find the full recipe here.



Farmer’s Market Shopping List: Red, yellow, green & orange bell peppers, avocado, fresh corn

This is such a cozy, fall-inspired dinner — and super healthy to boot! The Minimalist Baker came up with this one and not only is it gluten-free…it’s also totally plant-based. Those delicious, fresh autumn bell peppers are the base of this dish, and the filling is overflowing with quinoa, black beans, corn and a perfect mix of spices. And did we mention the avocado on top? Too much goodness to handle!  Check out the recipe and let us know if you try it.



Farmer’s Market Shopping List: Acorn squash, granny smith apples

This side-dish (or even lunch recipe!) combines two of the best fall finds — apples and squash. You just slice the acorn squash into one-inch rings and fill with this amazing apple-currant mixture that’s cooked in a curry butter. (Sounds unusual but it’s delicious!) Let’s just say the whole thing exudes pure YUM. Epicurious has the recipe. Make it. Eat it. Love it.

Ok, so what if you don’t feel like cooking? Well, you can get your fill of seasonal goodies all over town — like the Warehouse restaurant or Tocaya in Venice. Take a peek at some of the most tempting options on the menu now.

Source: Tocaya Organica


4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

Artichokes are a big fall favorite and the Warehouse’s perfectly steamed artichoke with basil aioli and drawn butter is just the ticket for an awesome starter dish. From there, move on to any of their amazing mains like Pacific Yellow-Fin Ahi Tuna, the Chicken Brie or the Grilled Pasta Primavera (which features red peppers, portobellos, zucchini, carrots and more!).


Tocaya Organica

1715 Pacific Ave., Venice

Tocaya is definitely a favorite spot in Venice (there’s also a location in Playa del Rey) — and the reason is simple: the contemporary Mexican food is downright awesome. First off, indulge in the guacamole there — it’s garnished with pomegranate seeds and lime pepitas that just take it over the top, plus the plantain chips are out of this world. They also have some new seasonal items on the menu that incorporate all of the best fall produce, like their Farmer’s Market Bowl with brussels sprouts, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, yams and some of their new “sweet potato bravas.” Great place for every palette type — meat eaters, vegans and those in-between!


Doma Kitchen

4325 Glencoe Ave (Villa Marina Marketplace Mall), Marina del Rey

Doma’s irresistible menu is bursting with fall-inspired items, like the charred brussels sprouts; the veggie ragu with bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini; and of course, their version of Borscht soup that’s obviously chock-full of beets and cabbage. For dessert, might we suggest (really just for the sinful-quality of deliciousness) the Cake in a Jar – chocolate cake (which is always in season!) topped with seasonal berries, chocolate & raspberry sauce, and whipped cream. You’re welcome.

What fall dishes are tempting you this season? Apple pie? Pumpkin chili? Stuffed Peppers? Let us know. And happy autumn eating, all!