I just found a new reason to travel to Oxnard: The Annex at The Collection Riverpark. The first thing comes to mind is that this is the perfect stopping place when you're headed to Santa Barbara, or just want to get away from LA for a day. The Annex is a newly opened food destination with tons of different food vendors ranging from all flavors and cuisines. Food is the center-point here, but there is also a jewelry shop and a soft goods shop with items like Balsamic Vinegar and Oils! Not to mention cute items for your household! Curious to see what's inside The Annex? We outlined our full Food Tour below.
Oh PHO! Love Pho to start on The Annex food tour. We tried the regular beef pho and an amazing vermicelli beef bowl with peanuts, green onions and the works (this was SO good and filled with so much flavor!) It was a great start to a food-filled day.
Now head on over to Seoul Sausage and grab your favorite hot dog and tater tots. Don't forget to pair it with some Bottle & Pint beer, just right next door! There is tons of seating around The Annex so you can go ahead, order a few different things from different vendors and meet back to eat!
Next up! Let's first take a moment to note these stunning, bright, vivid and beautiful red plates and cups from Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters. They serve up some gluten free pastries and we even tried a vegan one :o I wanted to take it home for my sister (she is vegan) but I couldn't help but try myself. ;) Stop by here to grab your daily coffee (don't forget the latte art!) What pairs even better with a daily cortado?! A nice big rock and bracelet from the Sueño Jewelry Studio. You can choose from tons of different jewlery options at the store as well, so you can do some shopping while you eat!
The poke trend is still hot! But at Poke Ceviche, you can top yours off with something a bit special... Taki's! I remember when I was in high school, I would get these for lunch from our vending machine so it's super nostalgic for me. Yes, I didn't eat the most healthy lunch ;) They have other items on the menu in addition to poke, like these poke tacos! Nom!
You can't have a food hall without hand crafted sandwiches and burgers. Head to Scratch Sandwich Counter and get their take on sandwiches and burgers. Including their homemade ketchup, it has a subtle sweet flavor from the fresh tomatoes they use. (p.s you can also pick it up at Whole Foods!)
The Annex is the best of ALL worlds! There is breakfast, dessert, tacos, sandwiches, poke, jewlery and just a sweet vibe all around. After eating your way through The Annex, head out to the other areas and shop around - outside of the Annex is a HUGE shopping center with all of my favorite shops, so you already know I walked around and shopped a bit... and also needed to walk off all this food I ate! Which vendor would you want to go try?!