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Host a Farmer during ‘Carmageddon’

Host a Farmer July 15th-18th

The 53 hour closure of a 10 mile stretch of the 405 freeway beginning in the evening on July 15th and ending at 5 AM on Monday is being dubbed ‘Carmageddon.’  Images of gridlocked city streets and clouds of choking smog have already been painted by officials like Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky who warned people to “stay the hell away from the 405 corridor.” Freeway signs throughout LA have been warning drivers to expect big delays over a month in advance and Santa Monica residents are being urged to ride their bikes and ‘stay local’ that weekend.

But even with freeway closures and congestion, the show must go on. A new program was announced today, urging people to host local farmers so that they can still supply area farmers markets with food that weekend, even as travel comes to a stop. The city of Santa Monica will be allowing farmers to park their trucks all weekend in city lots and the program aims to get the farmers in before the closure and provide them with a place to stay during it.

While Santa Monica residents will be greatly impacted by the closure of the 405, they are also in a prime position to host anyone that normally commutes into the city that weekend, farmer or otherwise.

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Now Open: Red Rooster Bakery

Freshly baked bread makes all the difference. And after 25 years of baking all the bread and pastries found at Capo (Santa Monica), Cora’s Coffee Shoppe (Santa Monica), Brentwood Restaurant and House Café, Chef Bruce Mader opened the Red Rooster Bakery to the public.

The majority of the Red Rooster Bakery is devoted to producing the baked goods served at all of Chef Mader’s restaurants, but customers can sit outdoors on the small patio with a cappuccino and a bagel, muffin or scone, all pulled fresh from the oven, just a few feet away.

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Please see the website for catering and wholesale information.

Mon-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm

Red Rooster Bakery
(310) 399-1033
1013 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Now Open: California Monster Salads

California Monster Salads is not the first green monster. Godzilla and Frankenstein were green long before, but California Monster Salads is one of a few truly green businesses. The food itself is green, it’s served in recyclable green-friendly bowls, to be eaten with recyclable utensils, and even the restaurant was built with recyclable materials.

California Monster Salads opened today on Santa Monica blvd. between 4th and 5th and serves up its own soups and salads as well as giving you the option to create your own for $8.50 (which includes up to 5 toppings.) The salad dressings are original recipes created by co-owner Stacy Simon and there are even rumors of a portable ‘salad cone’ that you’ll need to see for yourself until we can get a picture that does it justice.

Salads are $8.50 – $10.00
Soups $5.50

Mon-Sun 11am-5pm

California Monster Salads
411 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 587-2523

11th Annual Summer Soulstice

Main Street’s 11th Annual Summer Soulstice

Sidewalk Sale Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th
Free Music Event Sunday June 26th 11:00am-7:00pm
Main Street, Santa Monica, CA
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Buy Local Market & Buy Local Santa Monica will be at the Buy Local booth all day. Come say hi!

The Largest Free Music Event on the West Side! Over 20 live bands on 7 stages throughout Main St. Tentative line-up; schedule subject to change:

(South to North)

Pier Ave.

1pm – Cubensis – The Grateful Dead Tribute

3pm – Southbound (Allman Brothers tribute)

5pm – Surfin’ USA (Beach Boys tribute)

Kinney Ave.

1pm – Highway 61 Revisited (Dylan tribute)

3pm – Neil Deal (Neil Young tribute)

5pm – Petty Theft (Tom Petty tribute)

Wildflour Lot (east side of Main, between Ashland & Hill)

1pm – Gilbert Hurricane

2pm – Ben Vaughn & The Lost Mind Ramblers

3pm – The Ghouls

3:30pm – Helios Jive

5:15pm – Elviss Simmons & The Memphis Strutters

New Orleans Bldg. Courtyard (presented by Agabhumi)


Museum Lawn (presented by The Basement), 2640 Main

3pm – The Devil’s Box

4pm – City Fritter

5pm – Dustbowl Revival

6pm – The Get Down Boys

Edgemar Courtyard (2443 Main)

2:15pm – The Texas House Party

4:30pm – Dr. Wu (Steely Dan tribute)

Elias Lot (NE corner Main & Strand, presented by Euphoria Loves RAWvolution)

Between 1pm – 7pm: Tom Freund, DJ Drez & Ensemble, Rock the Shakti with Micheline Berry, and more.  Performance times TBA.

Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

A.D.D Comedy for the Bay

A.D.D Comedy for Heal the Bay
June 14th
7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Tickets are $15 and include drinks and hors d’oeuvres
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
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ADD Comedy Tour
hosted by Ian Foley and featuring:

Michael Malone (The Bob and Tom Show)
April Macie (Last Comic Standing)
Warren B. Hall (Comics Unleashed)

Reserve your seat at 312.401.1957 or

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk
Under the Carousel Building
Santa Monica, CA 90402

Now Open: Charm City Cakes

Details are still few and far between, but according to Charm City Cakes’ blog, the long-awaited, much anticipated West Coast location is now open and accepting orders for their famous cakes. Based in Baltimore, MD, Charm City Cakes gained a national following with their hit show, Ace of Cakes starring Duff Goldman. Watch a snippet below.

The Baltimore location will remain in tact and operational. The Charm City Cakes team will be splitting in two with Duff reportedly spending the majority of his time in Santa Monica. Like the Baltimore location, the Santa Monica bakery (located on 19th st.) will be available by appointment only and no cakes will be sold on-site.

Take a virtual tour of the Baltimore location

Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions from the Charm City Cakes website:

Can I visit your shop?
Sorry, but no.

We are a very small, very busy shop. Every cake we make is handcrafted to order, and while that makes for some really spectacular cakes, it doesn’t leave us with a lot of time for visitors and jibba jabba. So we can’t have people stopping in to watch. We do realize that you are special, but we simply do not have the time or resources for visitors.

How much are your cakes?
Because our cakes are completely custom made, and priced individually by the complexity of their design, we do not have a standard price list.

Wedding and tiered cakes start at $7 a serving. We find that most of our clients choose designs that start at about $15 per serving. There is a 50 serving minimum on wedding and tiered cakes.

3D, sculptural cakes start at $1000.

For more information on the Santa Monica Charm City Cakes, please contact Ken at (323) 642-7237 or email ken

Now Open: Stella Rossa Pizza Bar

Stella Rossa’s dimly lit, wooden interior and exposed brick create the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of wine and one of their Neapolitan style pizzas any night of the week. The 12” thin crust pizzas at Stella Rossa are baked at high temperatures and feature fresh, locally grown ingredients acquired from the Santa Monica farmer’s market.

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“Our pizza is influenced by the ideas of old world traditions, some of the world’s best pizza makers and artisan bread bakers.” – Jeff Mahin, Chef Partner

But pizza is only half of the story. Equal to the charm of the pizza is the restaurant itself. The 15 seat bar is located in the center of the dining room and surrounded by high tables and wine bottles overhead. In addition to a full selection of wine, the bar also carries locally brewed draft and bottled beer. The back of the restaurant features a pizza bar facing an open kitchen where you can watch your pizza bake.

The crowd is eclectic, the pizza delicious, the ambiance just right. Stella Rossa Pizza Bar is a perfect fit and a welcome addition to Main Street.

Early Feedback

“Amazing friends, great wine, good food, attentive service. What more can a gal ask for?” – Jean L. (Yelp)

“Love this new addition to the neighborhood. ” – Jordan L. (Yelp)

M-Th 5:00pm-12:00am
Fri-Sat 5:00pm-1:00am
Sun 4:00pm-12:00am

Stella Rossa Pizza Bar
2000 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

10 Free Summer Concerts At The Santa Monica Pier

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The 27th Annual Twilight Dance Series on the Santa Monica Pier
Every Thursday night from July 7th – September 8th
Santa Monica Pier
*Free and Open to the Public
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The Twilight Dance Series, a production of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, will again present 10 free concerts on the deck of the Santa Monica Pier this year, beginning July 7, 2011. The concerts will feature high-profile artists from all over the world.

Performance Schedule:

July 7
The SaMo Mambo

July 14
80’s Pop Rock: The Bangles and Caracol

July 21
Australia Rocks the Pier! (presented by the Australian Consulate and Cotton On): Missy Higgins and Kim Churchill

July 28
Reggae / Ska: Slackers and Starpool  (hosted by Chef Evan Kleiman)

August 4
Cirque du Soleil presents “Rock of the Bay”

August 11
La Monica Ballroom Then & Now: Royal Crown Revue, Orgone, and Ameera

August 18
Making Waves: A Night of Surf Guitar: Duo-Tones, Slacktone, and The Eliminators

August 25
Tango on the Timbers: Milongatron, (tango lessons start at 6 pm)

September 1
Americana: Dawes (plus the winner of Rusty’s Surf Ranch emerging artist competition)

September 8
Jon Cleary‘s Philthy Phew, Donald Harrison Electric Band, Wanda Rouzan

Concert organizers have also put the “dance” back into Twilight Dance Series by including a dance floor on the deck of the Santa Monica Pier for The SaMo Mambo, La Monica Ballroom Then & Now, and Tango on the Timbers.

“We believe the 27th Annual Twilight Dance Series will be a fantastic concert production and will please the Santa Monica community and concert fans,” said Kent Smith, chair of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation. “Free summer concerts on the pier have become a cultural and historical phenomena and we made a collective effort to deliver the quality and community experience that has come to define this cultural institution.”

The ten-concert season is presented in partnership with OneWest Bank, the largest Southern California-based bank, as part of their organized effort to support local initiatives that contribute to a more vibrant California. Additional sponsors include the Australian Consulate and Cotton On, Cirque du Soleil, Bloomingdales, and media partner KCRW 89.9 FM.


To encourage cycling, bicycle valet will be available. Real-time parking info in Santa Monica available here.

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(310) 458-8786
200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite A
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Now Open: Blue Daisy Cafe

Blue Daisy Cafe just opened near the corner of 23rd and Wilshire Blvd.  Their menu is full of fresh, health conscious soups, salads and sandwiches, but their crepes, which come in a variety of sweet and savory options is where they shine brightest. Two of their most popular crepes are their Florentine crepe, which has spinach, eggs, 3 types of cheeses, green onions, cilantro, walnut and béchamel sauce and their Classic crepe with Nutella, bananas and strawberries.

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The Blue Daisy Cafe is family-owned and feels that way. The restaurant has a warm charm that makes it a great choice for enjoying a late breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning in Santa Monica.

Early Feedback

“Everything was fresh, the extra touches were everywhere. I highly suggest the lemon and ricotta crepe.” – Mary I (Yelp)

“This place just opened a few weeks ago and it’s fantastic!” – TK (Yelp)

Mon-Sun: 8am-9pm
*Except Tues: 8am-3pm

(310) 453-7777
2303 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Now Open: The Market at Santa Monica Place

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Santa Monica Place continues to distinguish itself as a truly unique destination and the recent opening of The Market continues in that vein. In the same way that Santa Monica Place broadened the notion of what a mall was when it re-emerged less than a year ago, The Market is changing the perception of what food inside a mall can be.

The Market occupies nearly 15,000 square feet on the Dining deck and is a wondrous showcase of more than a dozen local merchants offering a variety of hand-made chocolate, spices, cured meats, cheeses, wine, fresh baked goods, a florist, coffee and more. It is truly a sight to see.

Meet the Purveyors

Early Feedback

“I will have to make an effort not to go back there every day, but I can’t make any promises…”
-Johan Mengesha (Facebook)

“Loved visiting/eating today! Beatiful, Tasty, and Variety all in one!” -Chef Lori (Facebook)

Mon-Thurs: 10am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 10am-10pm
Sun: 11am-8pm

395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401