Summer in the City

As temperatures rise during this summer season, we here at Komodo have found the perfect ways to keep you cool while in the city of angels. Whether it’s spending the day in Santa Monica or on a local hiking trail, there’s no question that summer is the perfect time to head out and take advantage of all that L.A. has to offer. Here are a few recommendations for all the different ways you can enjoy Los Angeles!

1. Visit: The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market
The largest “grower-only” farmers market in Southern California is right here in Santa Monica, and it’s no surprise why  Komodo and the rest of the top restaurants in the city are here every Wednesday morning to choose from the best-of-the-best produce. Currently, we’re seeing an abundance of our favorite berries popping up at the market, which we have added to this summer’s salads and house-made sangria!  In fact, we have just brought back our seasonal Farmers Market Spinach & Berries Salad, which features fresh spinach, strawberries and blueberries. It’s the perfect light and refreshing meal to beat the heat.

Komodo's Farmer's Market Spinach & Berry Salad

2. Read: A fantastic book,  Salt of the Earth celebrates the breadth and depth of our local market and the communities and restaurants involved with them. Chef Erwin of Komodo, along with dozens of other top chefs in the greater L.A. area, are featured alongside beautiful, detailed images of their food. If you or someone you know is a foodie, this coffee table book is a must. Preview some of the images from the book below, or on the Salt of the Earth InstagramSalt of the Earth books

3. Hike: Sandstone Peak, Santa Monica Mountains
This challenging 6.25 mile hike is well worth the effort: reach the tallest point of the Santa Monica mountain range for a perfect view of the ocean and unique rock formations. Highlights include steep cliffs and a stream crossing. As the summer sun is most intense during the afternoon hours, we recommend trekking this trail during the cool morning hours or during the early evening time (as a bonus, you can enjoy the stunning sunrise/sunset view!). Check out the Instagram location tag for images of the stunning views. Photo via Daykations Blog.

Sandstone Peak, Santa Monica Mountains

4. Eat &  Drink: What better way to beat the heat than to sip on something cool and refreshing? At Komodo, customers know us for our delicious nectars (including the ever-popular Lychee Lemonade)!

lychee lemonade

For those over 21, during the weekend, let the ocean breeze cool you down while you sip on our house-made sangria at our Venice location.

The perfect complement to a refreshing drink is obviously something delicious to eat! Take a break from cooking over a hot stove and let Komodo fill your food cravings. If you’re looking for a meal that is a little on the lighter side, dine on any of our fresh salads. Or try any of our seafood dishes, like our Salmon Ponzu plate:

salmon plate

Dinner isn’t complete without dessert! And what better dessert to eat in the summer than ice cream! Try any of our limited-time-only mochi flavors, including Green Tea, Strawberry, and Vanilla – get them before they’re gone!


With such a wide variety of things to do, see, hear, and eat, spend this summer exploring all the “cool” things that L.A. has to offer! Now go out and enjoy beautiful L.A. (and don’t forget the sunscreen)!

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