The History of Ramen; Kimchi; School Lunch
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Ever wonder when instant ramen was invented? Peter Meehan gives us a history lesson on the popular noodles. Jonathan Gold introduces a new menu item: "The Raft." Kimchi isn't just a side dish or banchan. Lauryn Chun incorporates it into cooked dishes like grilled cheese and mussels in coconut milk. Zach Brooks recommends where to go on your next lunch break, and Sarah Wu discusses outing herself as the anonymous blogger behind Fed Up with Lunch and the truth about school lunch in America. Plus, Paul Blumenthal explains how vinegar can help diagnose cervical cancer.
Banner image: Momofuku ramen (pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg). Photo by Noah Kalina
Market Report ()
Casey Lane is the Executive Chef at The Tasting Kitchen on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. He prefers to marinate his beets rather than simply roast them. He serves his marinated beets in a composed salad with shaved fennel, satsuma tangerines and a pistachio nut "salsa." You’ll find an explanation of how to marinate beets on the Good Food Blog.
Alex Weiser owns Weiser Family Farms in Tehachapi, California. In addition to his amazing potatoes and root vegetables, Weiser sells purple and green sprouting broccoli this time of year. He likes to sauté it in olive oil with a little chile flake and garlic or to use it as a topping on pizza.
Introducing 'The Raft' ()
Jonathan Gold reviews Short Order, the new burger joint located at the Original Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax. He recommends the Tuna Nicoise Raft, Nancy's Backyard Burger, The Turkey Burger and the Short Order Spuds. He also says they have a great wine and beer list.
6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Lucky Peach ()
Peter Meehan is the co-editor of Lucky Peach, a quarterly journal from Momofuku in New York. The first issue, which he discusses with Evan, is all about ramen. Subscriptions to Lucky Peach are available in Momofuku restaurants, most bookstores and online via McSweeney's Store.
Mother in Law's Kimchi ()
Lauryn Chun is the founder and owner of Mother in Law's Kimchi. She learned to make kimchi with her grandmother during kimjang, the last cabbage harvest in Korea when families get together and make enough kimchi to last the winter.
You'll find a recipe for her "Kimcheeze Sandwich" on the Good Food Blog.
Midtown Lunch Crawl ()
Zach Brooks is the founder of Midtown Lunch. He blogs about where to eat lunch in Los Angeles. His restaurant suggestions are below:
410 Boyd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
What to get: Captain Kangaraoo Burger
1634 Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
What to get: Tomago Burger
11500 Santa Monica Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
What to get: Koobideh Kabab and rice, Albolo Polo
3833 Main St
Culver City, CA 90232
What to get: All you can eat churrascaria for $15 (only before $12 noon!) and the Brazilian cheese bread
An Anonymous Blogger Reveals Her Identity ()
Sarah Wu recently outed herself as the blogger behind Fed Up with Lunch, a year-long project in which she ate school lunch every day in the Illinois public elementary school where she worked. Her new book is Fed Up with Lunch: How One Anonymous Teacher Revealed the Truth about School Lunches - and How We Can Change Them!
Evan first interviewed Wu when she was still going by the name "Mrs Q." You can hear that interview here.
A Surprising Use for Vinegar ()
Dr. Paul Blumenthal is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Stanford School of Medicine. He pioneered a procedure that uses vinegar, or vinegar substitutes, to diagnose cervical cancer. Read the original article that peaked our interest.
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