House of Mondavi; Beer Chick; Vegan Baby?; Hummus Bar
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Jonathan Gold has the scoop on Israeli hummus, researcher Marcia Pelchat discusses the likes and dislikes of picky eaters, and food writer Nina Planck on vegan baby diets. Author Julia Flynn Siler decants the history of Mondavi, the house that wine built, and beer sommelier Christina Perozzi reveals why beer and women DO mix. Houston restaurant critic Robb Walsh waxes poetic over cowboy food slang like "fluff-duffs" and "pig vests." Jo Robinson promotes the benefits of grass-fed meat, and Laura Avery checks in with this season's freshest in our weekly Market Report.
The Market Report ()
Laura Avery speaks with The Fruit Detective, David Karp, about special Coachella Valley mangoes grown near the Salton Sea by Wong Family Farms. These fragrant, flavorful mangoes are stringless and in short supply. Only available for a few weeks at Santa Monica's Wednesday Farmers Market, this fleshy fruit will sell out quickly, so go and eat 'em!
Heirloom tomatoes are also in season now. Look for the wide varieties, from purple to green to the bright orange "Caltrans."
Music Break-- Chaparall - Orchestra dalle Haensch
The Hummus Bar ()
Garbanzos or chickpeas? Call them what you will. Good Food's favorite omnivore and Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic for the LA Weekly, Jonathan Gold, swipes his pita at The Hummus Bar. This specialty restaurant offers seven varieties of thick and creamy, made-from-scratch hummus, including stewed fava beans, spicy tomato sauce and eggs, or toasted pine nuts.
The Hummus Bar
18743 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
Picky Eaters ()
For some people, trying a new food can be a distressing experience. Marcia Levin Pelchat of the Monell Chemical Senses Center researches picky eaters. A lot of children start out this way, but they grew out of it. For scores of adults, though, this limited food range often affects their social lives. Some picky eaters eat 20 or fewer different foods and may reject an entire class of food. To overcome this problem, parents should invite people over to eat, dine out, or expose their own children to kids who are eating different foods. To find out more about the interesting research on taste, smell, and chemical irritation, visit the Monell website.
Music Break -- Blue Guitars - The Light Crust Doughboys
Vegan Baby ()
Food writer Nina Planck, author of Real Food: What to Eat and Why, discusses the effects of a vegan diet on developing bodies. Some parents have gone to jail for imposing their own restrictions on their kids. A vegan diet for babies may lack cholesterol (used to make nerve cells), vitamin B12 (found only in animal foods) and usable vitamins A and D (found in eggs, fish, meat and butter). Nina discussed the risks of a vegan baby diet in this recent New York Times op-ed article.
Music Break -- Cuban Love Song - Edmundo Ros
House of Mondavi ()
Before the name Mondavi became synonymous with wine, wine drinking was a foreign concept in this country. Robert Mondavi is credited with starting the wine revolution in the US and changing the way Americans view and drink it. Julia Flynn Siler's House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, unearths the secrets of the first family of wine.
Music Break -- Blind Man, Blind Man - Herbie Hancock
Beer Chick ()
Beer sommelier Christina Perozzi carves a unique career niche for herself. Her mission is to dispel the misconceptions many women have about beer and bring beer to the modern woman's dining experience. Considered to be one of the top female beer experts on the West Coast, you can visit Christina at Library Bar in downtown Los Angeles. She blogs about all things beer and is writing a book titled Beer 4 Chx.
630 W 6th St, Suite 116A
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Music Break -- Artistry in Western Swing - Tex Williams
Texas Cowboy Cookbook ()
Robb Walsh reviews restaurants for the Houston Press and is a two-time winner of the James Beard Award. In his latest book, The Texas Cowboy Cookbook, Robb introduces us to some classic cowboy groceries slang, like "fluff-duffs" (fancy foods) and "pig vests" (salt pork) and to cowgirls and black cowboys.
Music Break -- 93 'Till Infinity - Souls of Mischief
Grass-fed Meat ()
Head writer and researcher for Eat Wild, Jo Robinson promotes the benefits of grass-fed meat over grain-fed, store-bought meat. Studies show raising animals on pasture is good for the animals, the environment, farm families, and the health of consumers. There are places here in California where people can buy grass-fed meat.
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Du Vin Wine & Spirits: In business for more than two decades at San Vicente in West Hollywood, Du Vin offers more than 10,000 bottles of hand-picked wine, with staff specialists in the wines of France, Italy, Latin America and California.
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