guys! only five more sleeps until i wake up in france — i can hardly contain my excitement! (and, soon, my inability to pack efficiently & non-emotionally. v pumped for that!) the past few days, i've been working my way through all the france-related lonely planet books. i do this fun thing where i read about a restaurant in a book, google it, compare the write-ups, then decide if it's worthy of a reservation. it's fun but also a little too time-consuming. does anyone else do something similar? what are some of your favorite travel sites? leave them in the comments plz!
last friday, i (somehow) peeled myself away from my captivating travel book/google search game to go meet my girlfriend for lunch. she lives in santa monica and is v pregnant, so when we were deciding where to go, i immediately thought of bondi harvest! bh is a casual, australian-inspired eatery that just opened up a few months ago and happens to be just a couple blocks from my gf's place. when i brought it up as an option, she texted (exact quote): "it's my favorite place on earth!" and with that type of endorsement, how could we not go?
so, as it turns out, my friend was spot on. bondi harvest was everything she promised & more (more = matcha lattes). and because i rarely eat without my camera in hand anymore, i made a little impromptu #onthedfhotspot out of our girls lunch. (ps sarah, if you're reading this, that was our last non-baby-in-tow lunch for a long, long time. so glad we got those fries!)
bondi harvest is located in this cool, fairly-new industrial stretch of santa monica that's filled with startups and studio space (heyyyy tastemade!). the indoor/outdoor restaurant space is filled with sunlight, worn-in wood, & beach house + skater vibes. and unless you come with a big-ish group, communal dining at picnic tables is where it's at.
whirley bowl: chimichurri-dressed cauliflower rice with grilled market fish, slaw, avocado, & hand-chopped pineapple salsa (order it without the yogurt tartar to keep it df!)
on the left: ancient grain salad with farro, turmeric quinoa + chickpeas, heirloom tomatoes, & fermented veg
on the right: surf shack decor inside bondi harvest. that distressed white wood wall would make a a great food photography background!
avo toast tartine: smashed avocado, smoked paprika, sea salt, & evoo. will i ever get tired of this combo? not likely, especially if they all taste this good.
sarah's salad! the cobb salad: mixed greens, chicken breast, bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomato, & balsamic vin (order it without bleu cheese to keep it df!)
my new obession: almond milk ice matcha lattes. this one was pretty good! it was less sweet than other versions i've had around la and the perfect amount of thickness.
which one is your favorite? i want "snacks shark" painted onto my kitchen wall asap.
a few other great df options:
- quinoa breakfast porridge: df white coconut creme tea-infused quinoa with organic acai & granola
- floret salad: chili, lime, ginger, & coconut-dressed broccoli and cauliflower with activated almonds, cilantro & toasted sesame seeds
- peanut butter bomb smoothie: cocoa, peanut, frozen banana, almond milk, & maple syrup
- the rad bowl: chimichurri-dressed cauliflower rice with kale, turmeric quinoa, fermented veg, poached eggs, & dukkah (order it without the halloumi to keep it df!)
- acai breakfast bowl: you had to've known this was coming, right? it's made with gf granola, raw wild flower honey, thyme, & fresh berries. served all day!
until next time, bondi harvest! i will be coming for that acai bowl big time.