Jody Maroni, founder of Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom, started linking gourmet sausages in 1979 and now rules over a royal court of meat artisans who assemble more than 20 all-natural varieties. Many of the homemade recipes renounce nitrates and MSG and instead fill the natural pork casings with meat that is naturally low in sodium and fat. Chicken-mole sausages blend chocolate, cumin, and chilies, and the louisiana hot links steep in duck stock and smolder with Boudin-style spices. Like Iowa's delightful airspace, the meaty morsels have drawn bicoastal praise—Splash! Los Angeles argues that they "might just top the Dodger Dog," and Time Out New York thanks the eatery for bringing "rays of sunshine to the food wasteland of Times Square."
Each morning, the artisan bakers at Whole Food For Life carefully craft fresh confections, filling the adjoining grocery store with the sweet smells of miniature cakes and pastries. Guests can create an eclectic dozen of toteable desserts––¬¬such as cappuccino cake, black-forest cake, or caramel-walnut cake––which are the perfect size for sating small cravings or stashing in your pocket to sate future ones. Tortes also abound and come flecked with berries, apricots, chocolate, and vanilla. Or hunker down with an 8-inch cake, which appeases larger, more cylindrical appetites, and sports flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, or mocha.
Golden Flowers offers fresh flower bouquets and plants for whatever emotion you wish to convey, whether it's love, elation, sympathy, or fear of being eaten by a venus fly-trap. Clients can honor someone with a quaint arrangement or request a larger spread for an upcoming wedding or anniversary.
Recently featured in LA Weekly's blog, Silver Lake Natural Food Market proffers nutrient-rich, raw goods, often from local sources, to satisfy organic needs. Polished concrete floors and lofted ceilings with exposed duct work set the stage for perusing market thoroughfares, which are lined with shelves stocked full of grocery goods, vitamin-packed snacks, all-organic produce, and homeopathic remedies. Bag a bushel of fuji apples to replace the ones that fell from your backyard apple factory ($2.29/lb.), or share your deepest secrets with a bottle of Honest tea ($1.75). Half-gallons of orange juice ($7.99) and Silk almond milk ($4.99) enliven boring breakfasts, while Voss water ($2.79) replenishes the body's tear reservoir.
Locali, which means “community” in Italian, is dedicated to their mantra of serving fast, casual food with a conscious, and offering sustainably-sourced artisan products for everyone to enjoy. Part gourmet deli, part take out café, Locali is frequented by hip Hollywood Hills types who lean towards organic, vegetarian and GMO-free food, though anyone is welcome inside. A few tables and benches line the sidewalk out front, where folks sit to soak up the sunshine while sipping organic lattes or noshing on sandwiches made with artisanal vegan breads. Arugula, spinach, kale or quinoa salads are made fresh, and there are plenty of grab n’ go items, from sandwiches and wraps to lush vegan cupcakes and coconut ice cream. To drink, find organic coffees and teas, a variety of kombucha, biodynamic wines and local craft beers.
When co-founders Luis Quismorio, Ruben Perez, and Anthony Bermudez began plotting their market, they envisioned a place where fresh, healthy produce, groceries, and meats met the standards of upscale stores and the budget of an average Joe. At Figueroa Produce, their dream is realized thanks to groceries that, like new slang words for "tractor," are sourced from local farmers and small foreign distributors alike. Colorful bouquets of freshly plucked fruits and veggies claim a big chunk of the shop's floor space, appealing to both the mouth and eyes with organic produce from the South Central Farmers Co-op and regional farmers who form personal rapports with store staff. The grocery section represents exotic locales from New Zealand to Mexico in its bounty of mostly organic and all-natural products, many of which are free of artificial components. At the deli, staff members slice grass-fed beef from Open Space Meats, organic and free-range poultry, and specialty cheeses for at-home use or service in overstuffed sandwiches. Vegan or vegetarian eaters can also get in on the deli action, devouring sandwiches loaded with ingredients from brands including Teese, Diva, and Tofurkey.