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Larder at Maple Drive

Larder at Maple Drive (345 N Maple Dr., suite 100, Beverly Hills; 310.248.3779) is launching tomorrow and its a miniature version of the Larder at Tavern in Brentwood. The tiny cafe is located in the courtyard of 345 N. Maple Dr., and the bakery/cafe/marketplace will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner to-go. I emphasis tiny, meaning it is more of a take out place even though there are a few small tables. Their breads and pastries are all baked on site, and expect farm-to-table sandwiches,...

The Market at Santa Monica Place

Nine months after the launch of Santa Monica Place, (1453 3rd St. Promenade, 90401) some of the biggest news to hit LA is going down…The Market opens! It’s on the 3rd floor and full of  gourmet finds. It’s reminiscent of San Francisco’s Ferry Building and features meats, olive oils, cheeses, breads, fruits, vegetables, plus prepared foods. So far there will be Venokado Wine Shop, The Curious Palate, The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories and N’ice Cream....

La Monarca Bakery

I was invited to go and experience the new La Monarca Bakery ( 1300 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 90403; 310.451.114) in Santa Monica about a week ago and it amazed me. When you walk in, your senses will be enticed, but not overloaded by the sweet Mexican bakery. The interior, with it’s vibrant yellows and golden hues, is homey and uplifting, and that mirrors exactly how the bakery makes you feel. As I sat and sampled the delicious breads, desserts,...