At the annual Bread Festival at Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. I finally saw the food that Australian millionaire Tim Gurner claims is driving Millennials into poverty and stealing away a comfortable future home for them. It is Avocado Toast. This version was created by Clark Street Bakery, as was the more photogenic ricotta toast set beside it. My reaction was to agree with Gurner. Why buy it? It’s easy peasy to make at home and the money saved can go toward a down payment on a house. Right?
Anyway…overall, the Bread Festival was disappointingly similar to last year: only a handful of bakeries and a couple of jam makers. One of the jam makers is Margaret Greenwood who makes a formidable, if very expensive, Meyer Lemon and Ginger jam. After tucking my annual purchase of a jar of jam in my purse, I decided to explore GCM for changes.
The first thing I noticed was that the entire GCM was uncomfortably packed with people, many were waiting in lines 30 to 50 people long in narrow aisles to place orders at various food stalls. That’s silly! There are too many other places with amazing food in downtown L.A. to waste time waiting in lines that long.
In fact, right next door to GCM is the Horse Thief BBQ where diners ate under the shade of old trees. I haven’t eaten there, but the Horse Thief BBQ has a good reputation, BTW.
Okay, rather than ranting on about the crowds, here are a few photos, including one from a new food stall that sells delicious Mexican moles–a sauce that is so complicated that I would never even try to make it. I bought some based on a little taste and the recommendation of a fellow shopper.