Eyeball Tacos; Wat Thai Food; Tofu Festival; Meal Plans
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Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert updates us on the honeybee crisis. Thai food expert Jet Tila gives producer Thea Chaloner a behind-the scenes tour of the Wat Thai food court and its uncertain future, while Candice Kumai celebrates tofu and Japanese culture. Author Ann Le bakes to end childhood hunger. Food columnist Mark Bittman fries up soft shell crabs and extreme food correspondent Eddie Lin fixes his sights on eyeball tacos. Jay Brewer hankers for fast food combos, writer Leslie Kaufman advises on family meal plans, and Laura Avery browses for the freshest produce in the Market Report.
The Market Report ()
Laura Avery chats with certified organic farmer James Birch of Flora Bella Farm about his figs and red Bartlett pears. He slices figs in half and tops them with a piece of mozzarella, then grills them until tender.
Laura also speaks with Laurie Semon, co-owner of Olives Gourmet Grocer, a specialty neighborhood food store in Long Beach that provides full service catering, homemade specialties and hot meals every night. Laurie cuts fresh peaches in half and grills them, then stuffs the centers with whipped goat cheese. She also slices zucchini into medallions, then grills them with salt and pepper. She's got tips for fresh squash as well. Dice it up and sautee it with onions.
Music Break -- Dallas Delight - Buck Clayton & Buddy Tate
Honeybee Crisis Update ()
Honeybees in crisis. Colony-Collapse Disorder (CCD). Decreased bee population. Reduced crop yields. For the past several months, these buzz words have become part of our national, if not global, vocabulary. Who knew the potential disappearance of this feared, yet vitally important, insect would sting people into action? Expanding on her recent New Yorker article, journalist Elizabeth Kolbert smokes out the crisis and discusses the discovery of a bee AIDS virus. (Kolbert is also the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, a stunning series compilation on global warming.)
Music Break -- Don't Cha Hear Me Callin' To Ya - Junior Mance
Wat Thai Food ()
You may have heard the rumors circulating on Chowhound that the beloved food court at Wat Thai (the largest Theravada Buddhist temple in the United States) in North Hollywood is closing. Unfortunately, those rumors are true. After the temple's neighbors signed a petition citing issues with
parking and trash, the City of Los Angeles issued a temporary moratorium on
food sales. The food court's closing will affect over 40 vendors and
their families. Thai food expert Jet Tila takes Good Food's Thea Chaloner on a behind-the-scenes tour, where they sampled stewed chicken with black mushrooms with egg noodles, kuay jab (curly rice noodles with a five-spice pork broth, served with fried tofu, pork offals, and fried garlic), chicken satay, coconut sticky rice with mango, and som tum (green papaya salad.)
8225 Coldwater Canyon Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605
Music Break -- Gettysburg - Ratatat
Tofu Festival ()
Konnichiwa! Candice Kumai, spokesperson for the 12th Annual Los Angeles Tofu Festival, celebrates tofu and Japanese culture in Little Tokyo. The festival highlights tofu's versatility in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hawaiian, Thai, Malaysian, Italian or Latin dishes. Sample the mock tofu margarita (non-alcoholic), tofu tostada, vegan sweet potato pie with tofu cream or tofu pizza. Besides tasty tofu bites, this event includes a tofu-eating contest, a beer garden, a Wi-Fi scavenger hunt, and sumo wrestling.
Los Angeles Tofu Festival
237 S San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Music Break -- Ole Babe - Mocean Worker
Great American Bake Sale ()
Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale, a national drive to end childhood hunger in America through bake sales, hits Los Angeles on August 18. Ann Le, author of The Little Saigon Cookbook, is part of No Cookie Left Behind, a Los Angeles-based group of food lovers and bakers, which is hosting the sale. Swing by and try some sweet treats, like fleur de sel caramel cake, white chocolate truffles, brownies, baklava and, of course, cookies. Leave no cookie behind because a cookie is a terrible thing to waste!
No Cookie Left Behind Bake Sale
Saturday, August 18, 12pm - 4pm
Scoops Ice Cream Shop
712 N Heliotrope Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Music Break -- Spreadin' Honey - Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
Soft Shell Crab ()
Mark Bittman writes The Minimalist column for the New York Times's food section. His simple recipes are low on fuss and high in flavor. He shares his scrumptious ideas for preparing soft shell crab, New Orleans style. For his soft shell crab poor-boy ("po boy in the South), he dips the crab in a milk and egg mixture, coats it in a flour and cornmeal blend, and fries it in gently bubbling oil. He serves the fried crab on toasted Italian or French bread with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and hot sauce.
Music Break -- Nuki Suki - Little Richard
Eyeball Taco ()
Tacos are a popular street food in Los Angeles. Most people are familiar with this hand-held Mexican dish by way of beans, fish, chicken, beef or pork. But are we ready for an exotic twist? Extreme-food correspondent Eddie Lin, who blogs for Deep End Dining, travels to Lilly's Taqueria in Santa Barbara to find the holy grail of food, or Apple's latest product, the iTaco. The taco de ojo al vapor (steamed eyeball taco) is prepared by first steaming the entire cow head. The eyes are removed, sauteed, and seasoned with chilies and spices. What results is a creamy and tender delicacy.
310 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Music Break -- Spunky - Johnny Jenkins
Fast Food Combos ()
Jay Brewer is a fast food connoisseur who loves to experiment. He combines meals from different fast food restaurants to create new taste sensations. Having several fast food chains next to each other is important to his mission. Some of Jay's culinary creations are the Froke -- Frosty and Coke (see above), Surf 'n Turf and the fry braid. To discover more fast food cuisine, visit his Fast Food Fever blog.
Music Break -- Almendra - Macondo
Family Meal Plans ()
If fast food isn't quite palatable and homemade is more your thing, New York Times columnist Leslie Kaufman dishes out some time-saving advice on creating family meal plans for working parents. Having such a game takes time, but has great pay-off. Leslie recommends using weekends meals to build a food inventory for the week. One of her techniques is to cook enough for two meals and freeze leftovers. (Combine leftover roast chicken with a noodle dish) Another is to memorize six quick-cook recipes, like meats on a grill or pastas. Leslie even includes take-out as an option in the family meal plan. She orders a take-out meal one night per week.
Music Break -- Good Food theme
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