AB&Me Travels: Santa Monica Farmers Market & Pier

[This is part of our AB&Me Travels : US Trip last March 2015. I am in Dubai at the time of this writing]

Santa Monica – 03.07.2015

After a tiring day at Disneyland the day before, we planned to have a pretty much “easy” day so we met up with childhood friends and went to Farmer’s Market. My close friend – Ana – whom I’ve known since we were toddlers, suggested that we go to Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. 

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After brunching at home, we drove to Santa Monica – Arizona @ 3rd street. We should have made more effort to go there earlier because the Farmer’s Market closes at around 1. We got there around 1130 am. 

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The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market at 3rd St. Promenade is the longest and oldest certified organic farmer’s market. It was such a sight to see fresh, organic produce. Leafy greens all lined  up.

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Strawberries came in different hues of red and in different sizes. The air was filled with sweet scent of fruits. I ended up buying some Bokchoy (Chinese Cabbage). Yes, that was it. Ha ha!! I couldn’t decide what to get coz I know I won’t be doing much cooking in the kitchen anyways. We already have our week pretty much planned out. 

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Then we walked a couple of blocks to Santa Monica Palace. It’s a 3 – story, open air mall featuring designer shops and restaurants. I had some Teriyaki at Sarku Japan (at the food court). I kept calling it Sarky’s and my sister was like… whut? No wonder she couldn’t find the store when I told her to order for me. Ha ha!!

There was a lot of catching up with my childhood friends and their husbands while my mom watched B play at the indoor playground. My dad was keeping an eye on our baby boy – Milo. (I have yet to write about my sister’s dog!!) No pets were allowed inside the food court, unfortunately. 

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After lunch, we walked to the pier. My parents and sister decided to stay behind and roam inside the mall (and eat their lunch!!). I found walking very entertaining. There’s a lot happening on the streets. There were performers every few meters. There was even a small petting zoo at the other side of the street on the photo above. There were some pythons, other reptiles and birds!

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Excuse my huge, tired face… 😀

We took photos, bought churros, rode the carousel and watched performers at the pier. It wasn’t spectacular but it was different, at least for me. I don’t see a lot of artists performing on the streets in Dubai so this is really an experience. 

We went back to the mall to fetch my parents. I found my dad holding Milo and talking to some girls! Ha ha!! Milo is definitely a charmer. My sis and mom went to buy some stuff so we waited for them.

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Third Street Promenade  – an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment area in downtown Santa Monica. 

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It was an amazing day spent with friends. It was like we were never apart, only this time we have extended family. 😀 Thanks for taking us here!

And best part? My sister was able to convince my mom to buy me a charm to add to my Pandora collection. LOL. (I’ll do a separate post for that!) Thanks sis.. Thanks mom!! 
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Mom, Partner, Sister, Daughter, Friend. Pinay Blogger currently living in Dubai, UAE. I blog about expat life, beauty, food, being a mom … and everything else in between.

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