True Food Kitchen, Santa Monica

Posted by Nicole

As you can tell from the title, I’m back in Los Angeles. Let’s rewind…

My last night at home was pretty great. After a delicious dinner with my mom, David, and two of the future step-bros, I finished packing all my boxes and bags for the trip back to USC. Then I drove to Cassie’s house to join her and Jessi for a few fun activities:

  • eating krispy kreme donuts and chocolate covered pretzels (totally don’t count as dessert, right?)
  • watching Pitch Perfect (loved it!)
  • making a list of New Year’s Resolutions (most of which were joking)
  • puppy snuggles!



The only bummer was that I didn’t get to say goodbye to Lauren when she stopped my mom’s house. (Sorry sis!! Hopefully the container of muddy buddies made up for my absence?)

This morning, I woke up early for a trip to the gym.

My legs felt very sore from yesterday’s trail run, and I ended up running two miles and then completing the following moves with the cable machine:

  • 3×10 chest flies
  • 3×12 tricep pulldowns
  • 3×12 trunk twist
  • 3×12 single arm rows

Back at the house, I showered and made a tasty breakfast with one egg (fresh from Dahlia, our chicken), a cup of egg whites with collard greens, and a piece of amazing toast. Dave’s Killer Bread makes delicious bread that tastes extremely earthly and healthy. Try it.


Then I brushed my teeth, went to the dentist for a cleaning, came home, and said goodbye to all the Christmas decorations. Tear.


Fast forward 6 hours and my mom and I safely arrived in Los Angeles.

downtown la

We unloaded the car and then took a little stroll around the USC campus. I had to leave my mom half a mile into our walk because I had dance practice from 5-8 PM. It was a tiring practice complete with running stairs and perfecting a routine for tomorrow’s game.


When practice ended, I was more than ready for food. At 8:45, my mom and I arrived at the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade for a late dinner.

third street promenade santa monica

Remember when I went to True Food Kitchen with dance friends a few weeks ago? The restaurant really made an impression and decided it would be a good dinner spot.

True Food Kitchen

395 Santa Monica Place
Los Angeles, CA 90401

Although the restaurant was closing in 15 minutes, they nicely sat us down at a table. Talk about wonderful service!

true food kitchen santa monica

As we perused the menu, I ordered the Kale Aid Juice – kale, apple, cucumber, celery, lemon & ginger. This was the perfect blend of sweetness and bitterness, and it tasted like drinking handfuls of vegetables (that has to be a good thing…) Even my mom enjoyed it!

true food kitchen kale aid juice IMG_0161

Then we had salads. My mom ordered the Harvest Chop Salad – squash, apple, pomegranates, walnuts, goat cheese & balsamic vinaigrette. This is the same salad that I ordered last time I visited True Food Kitchen and it was just as tasty tonight. I may or may not have stolen a few bites of the goat cheese and pomegranate seeds ;)

true food kitchen harvest salad

I chose the Autumn Ingredient Salad – roasted cauliflower, brussels sprouts, squash, mulberries, pomegranate & horseradish vinaigrette. Though I hoped the plate was a little more full, this salad was perfect. The horseradish vinaigrette was spicy, but also tangy and sweet because of the dried pomegranates. Also, this was my first time trying mulberries, so that was exciting. I would definitely order this again… or try to recreate the dish at home.

true food kitchen autumn ingredient salad

Next up, entrees! My mom chose the Butternut Squash Pizza – walnuts, smoked mozzarella, sweet onion & arugula. She thought the pizza was good, but kind of bland. I stole a couple slices and had zero complaints. I liked that the pizza wasn’t covered in too much cheese and it wasn’t greasy at all. The dough also tasted very fresh, and I saw the chef rolling the dough 5 minutes before this pizza was on our table. Fresh food is great.

true food kitchen butternut squash pizza

For my main dish, I chose the Panang Curry – brown rice, potato, broccoli, ginger, carrot, mushroom & coconut shellfish broth. (Oops, totally just realized this is not vegetarian…) Anyways, I was very happy I ordered the curry. There were a lot of vegetables and the curry was a little spicy and full of that signature thai flavor. We used the curry as a dip for the pizza crust and it was yummy. I’m glad I have leftovers!

true food kitchen panang curry

There are many more dishes on the True Food Kitchen menu that I want to try. Let’s hope there are many more trips to TFK in the future.

And…… it’s almost midnight. Busy day, time for bed!

– Nicole

Question: What’s your favorite “healthy/natural/local ingredient” restaurant?

Question: What are some of your 2013 resolutions?

Comments (8)

  1. Sugar Coated Sisters (Post author)

    no, the muddy buddies did NOT make up for your absence. i wanted to hang out with you. grr. maybe you can take me to TFK next time in LA? ok sounds good.


    1. Sugar Coated Sisters (Post author)

      Passive aggressive much?

  2. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Glad you made it back safely to LA but sorry you had to go to dance practice right when you got back! That must have been brutal! Everything at TFK looks amazing once again! I really need to go next time I’m in LA. And that bnutt pizza looks incredible… now if only it was GF! My favorite healthy restaurant is Plant in the city! It’s the best!
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    1. Sugar Coated Sisters (Post author)

      They can make all of their pizzas gluten free for $1.50 extra! I haven’t been to Plant yet, but maybe this summer!
      – Nicole

  3. Olivia @ Life As Liv

    Wow, those salads look incredible! That harvest salad is right up my alley for sure. Haha, also love the name of Kale Aid Juice– I always appreciate a good spin on words. ;)
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    1. Sugar Coated Sisters (Post author)

      The juice was amazing and the play on words made it even better!
      – Nicole

  4. Kaitlin

    Oh my goodness, Pitch Perfect is AMAZING! Seriously, can I be in it? ;) I have never been to TrueFood Kitchen, or any healthy restaurant like that but am hoping to do some exploring. Most of my family/friends aren’t into that sort of thing, so deciding on food options is tough :( The salad and drink both look divine! One of my resolutions is to just live each day to the fullest and not sweat the small stuff. Sounds like a cliche, but sometimes I get so worked up if I don’t achieve the numerical resolutions, so this one works for me.

  5. Natalie @ ThatFoodieGirl

    I am OBSESSED with True Food Kitchen. I got the kale aid juice too and I seriously dream about it. Best part about it is I found out we’re getting a TFK in Dallas! Woo! That curry looks pretty bomb too.
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