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JeetJet Aug 5, 2007 12:56 PM

I am looking for fresh made Granola (Hippie food – Maybe from a bakery). I like nuts more than dried fruits but some dried fruits are good too. Also, it may be nice to have a granola and yogurt with fresh fruit breakfast someplace Any good stuff out there?

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    luvgrub Aug 7, 2007 11:52 AM

    Believe it or not, Costco has delicious granola. It's in the bakery section. Seriously addictive.

    1. Emme Aug 6, 2007 10:58 PM

      I love the granola selections at Whole Foods...
      Pumpkin
      Strawberries'n'Creme
      Supernatural

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        SauceSupreme Aug 7, 2007 01:20 AM

        From the Whole Foods bin, I like the vanilla granola -- I'm one of those guys that don't like raisins with my granola. I find myself often getting one of those cup o' granola at Groundwork. Not sure where they source it from, and it wouldn't surprise me if it were just off the shelf granola, but really that's the only place where I'd eat raisin-ed granola. It seems to actually work well with my macchiato.

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        bulavinaka Aug 6, 2007 09:23 PM

        3 Square on Abbot Kinney (Hans Rockenwagner's reincarnation) is supposed to have a killer muesli w/ cream and berries. I haven't tried it, but have heard that it's sublime and definitely not diet food...

        I like the granola at Le Pain Qoutidien as well... Usually get the parfait for breakfast.

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          Jeryy Aug 6, 2007 10:37 PM

          It's so easy to make your own granola, customized to your taste - and amazingly inexpensive.Try it - it's fun. It's especially good when it's slightly warm, fresh out of the oven.

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          running pig Aug 6, 2007 07:08 PM

          Square One in L.A. close to Kaiser has fab homemade granola with huge raisins and home-roasted almonds.....go for it!

          1. aching Aug 6, 2007 06:19 PM

            I LOVE the granola at Urth Caffe. When I lived around the corner from the BH location, you could find me there every weekend chowing down. Lots of nuts and dried fruit! However, now that I no longer live there, I make do at home with granola and Nuts About Antioxidents trail mix from Trader Joe's - not a bad substitute.

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            Urth Caffe
            267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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              sel Aug 6, 2007 09:38 AM

              Numero Uno, at least in my book, is the fresh Granola made by Sumi Chang at EuroPane Bakery. I've heard that she created it long ago when she worked for Nancy Silverton at La Brea Bakery, the LBB version is very similar and about the same price (a bit expensive) nut Ms. Chang's is fresher and I prefer to buy from her than the corporate giant that LBB has become since Ms. Silverton sold it! I think it is available in the bakery for consumption there with yogurt etc. but I've only bought bags of it to take home.

              Euro Pane Bakery
              950 E Colorado Blvd
              Pasadena, CA 91106
              626-577-1828

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                woojink Aug 6, 2007 09:14 AM

                Kind of along the lines of the post about the Irvine FM, there is a guy at the downtown LA Farmers Market - Wednesdays in downtown LA, on south side of 5th St. between Flower and Grand. The granola guy is at at the end of the row almost at Grand. REALLY great granola.

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                  Das Ubergeek Aug 6, 2007 09:28 AM

                  I called Mrs Ubergeek to ask her to read the label on the granola.

                  It's from Sconeage Bakery, sconeage.com.

                  Sunday at Los Alamitos and Pacific Palisades, Tuesday at Culver City, Friday at downtown Long Beach and Huntington Beach, Saturday at Cerritos and Irvine, and 1st and 3rd Saturday at Pasadena. Or, you can order online.

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                    crystaw Aug 7, 2007 11:37 AM

                    I agree wholeheartedly- I bought some granola from sconeage after I sampled some at the Irvine FM. Best ever. I don't live in Irvine anymore so I'll have to check the FMs around here to see if they have it. The granola w/ fruit is $7.50 which is what I got. I thought it was a little pricey (I am a college student :p) but it really is great stuff.

                2. Das Ubergeek Aug 6, 2007 08:39 AM

                  If you ever end up at the Irvine FM, there's a guy there who sells the best granola I've had. Of course I can't remember the name of the place, but he's right next to the gigantic Middle Eastern booth (seriously, that booth is 50 feet long) and across the aisle from Schreiner's sausages. He's usually got two kinds, one with fruit and one without, and they're both fantastic. I believe they're $6 a pound, but that's a LOT of granola.

                  I used to get granola and fresh fruit with yoghurt at the Beverly Deli in the 500 block of North Brand in Glendale... early in the morning it was good, by 10 it was soggy. Also you can get a similar thing at most Mexican juice stores, it's called a "bionico" and usually contains a very thin, sweet, yoghurt topping, granola, various fruit, coconut, raisins. The one sold at the Studio City FM is my favourite but a close second is the "Yogur" at Brianna's Fruit Salads on Ball and State College in Anaheim, followed by the bionico at the place on Van Nuys Blvd., two doors north of Victory, on the west side of the street. You can also get bionicos at any full-service Vallarta, at the juice/yoghurt/crema bar.

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                    glutton Aug 6, 2007 07:20 AM

                    I've had good luck with the granola at BreadBar. They serve it in the restaurant and have to-go bags of it on the counter. Very good...

                    This might not be for everyone, but I too like granola and have some strong preferences as to the ingredients. Therefore, I just make my own. It's so simple and such a better result.

                    1. ipsedixit Aug 5, 2007 02:16 PM

                      For sit down places, I like the granola at Marston's and Pacific Dining Car. Square One also makes a nice granola, but it's a bit two grainy for me.

                      But I think the best granola I've had recently has been at Julienne in San Marino. Just the right balance, not too sweet and tempered with a nice savoriness from the nuts.

                      www.marstonsrestaurant.com
                      www.pacificdiningcar.com
                      www.squareonedining.com
                      www.juliennetogo.com

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                      Julienne
                      2649 Mission St, San Marino, CA 91108

                      Square One Dining
                      4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                      Pacific Dining Car
                      1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                      Marston's Restaurant
                      151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103

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                        Faulkner99 Aug 5, 2007 01:28 PM

                        I don't know if it's still any good (or mass produced now that they've gone big time) but the original La Brea Bakery on La Brea used to have fantastic granola. Le Pain Quotidien also makes a good granola, also as part of a parfait with yogurt and fruit.

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                          ktla97 Aug 6, 2007 11:23 AM

                          I second La Bra Bakery. You can get them at Vons, Gelson's, and Whole Food. They have lots of almonds and nuts. Not too much dried fruits, just the right amount of dried blueberry, cranberries, and currents. Really good! Try them with greek yogurt and fresh berries. I have them every morning for breakfast.

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