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Yacht Chef looking for best markets/gourmet shops/wine shops....

I am a yacht chef who just arrived in LA on our way down to Newport Beach. We will be in MDR for 2 weeks. As you can imagine my boss is a fan of the finer things; foie, truffles, caviar, kobe, 1st growth Bordeaux etc. Can anyone tell me some of their favorite markets in the area that I could find these high end items. I am also looking for great farmers markets that have unique local produce. Wine shops with mature Bordeaux and Burgundy is also something I am looking for.

Something like a Dean and Deluca or comparable would be great.

Oh yeah, any cheap eats around MDR that anyone recommends would be great while we're at it!! Thanks so much....

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  1. Wally's wines and spirits
    Wine house
    Whole foods SM, Venice ect
    Santa Monica Farmers Market's Wed & Sat on Arizona, Sunday on Main St. (wed being the big one)
    Vicente Foods in Brentwood has a great meet dept including Wagyu
    Surfas in Culver City is a combo restaurant supply/fancy foods store. They have caviar, all butter puff pastry, high end oils, vinegars, pastry supplies..
    Guidi Marcello is an Italian importer / wholesale.

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    Antica Pizzeria
    13455 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

    Surfas Restaurant & Supply
    8777 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

    Vicente Foods
    12027 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Whole Foods Market
    2201 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

    Wine House
    2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

    Wally's Wine & Spirits
    2107 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    Guidi Marcello
    1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

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    1. re: AAQjr

      if i was moored in marina del rey, and wanted to go to whole foods, i'd probably head to either the one in venice (lincoln blvd and rose) or to the one in el segundo plaza (sepulveda and rosecrans), rather than the one on wilshire blvd in santa monica.

    2. Check out La Espanola in Harbor City.

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      1. re: JAB

        This isn't close to MDR, but a worthwhile stop. Great imported meat and cheese. Plus you can grab a quick sandwich (cheap) while you wait.

      2. For inexpensive eats check out Mendocino Farms http://mendocinofarms.com/ right in the heart of the Marina.

        4724 Admiralty Way

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        1. re: Servorg

          Another yes to Mendicino Farms and it's wonderful sandwiches.

        2. 20/20 Wines, west LA
          Guido Marcello, Sta. Monica
          Bay Cities Importing, Sta. Monica

          1. Cheap eats near MDR:

            Alejo Presto Trattoria
            http://www.chow.com/restaurants/9233/...

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            Tamara's Tamales
            13352 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066