Black Truffles; Fondant; Cocktails on Tap
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Could your next martini come from a tap? Sang Yoon, who popularized wine on tap, is now tinkering with making craft cocktails in large batches. Cookbook author Patricia Wells offers tips on how to make the most of expensive black truffles. Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes admits to hating the taste of fondant, but loves what the marshmallow-like frosting does to his creative cakes. Remember Four Loko? It’s back in the news and Michele Simon is here to explain why. Robert Elofson gives us a look at what will happen to the salmon population in Washington State when two dams are removed. Plus, Jonathan Gold and Gustavo Arellano are here with restaurant suggestions that are not to be missed.
The World's Most Prized Citrus Hits Santa Monica ()
David Karp is a pomologist with the University of California, Riverside and a freelance writer for the Los Angeles Times' Food section, where he writes the Market Watch column. He talks to Laura Avery about the prized Dekopon or Sumo citrus, a Japanese hybrid of a mandarin and an orange, which is available for the first time ever at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. Michael and Jonelle George grown the Dekopon mandarins on their farm in Lindsay, California.
Photo © David Karp
Making the Most of Fresh Truffles ()
Patricia Wells is a prolific cookbook author and cooking instructor. Her latest cookbook is Simply Truffles: Recipes and Stories that Capture the Essence of the Black Diamond.
In order to make the most of fresh truffles she recommends making truffle butter and truffle salt. She also suggests storing fresh truffles with eggs, which will absorb the truffle flavor through their shells. You'll find a recipe for her Scrambled Eggs with Truffles on the Good Food Blog.
California Truffles ()
David West is the owner of Clearwater Farms. He will have both white and black California truffles at the downtown Santa Monica Farmers' Market on Wednesday and Saturdays and the Hollywood Farmers' Market on Sundays until the end of February, and possibly into early March.
Music break: Oh, Look What the Sun Did by Josh Rouse and the Long Vacations
The Best Spring Rolls in Orange County ()
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of the OC Weekly. This week he visits Dat Thành in Little Saigon in Westminster. He raves about the nem nuong cuon, or barbecue pork sausage spring rolls, and the com tam, or broken rice dishes.
10032 Mcfadden Ave
Westminster, CA 92683
All of Arellano's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
The Ace of Cakes Talks Fondant ()
Duff Goldman is the owner of Charm City Cakes. He discusses why he needs fondant to create his imaginative cakes and why he doesn't like to eat it. Check out the Charm City Cakes gallery of cakes. Each one is covered with fondant.
Beer, Wine and Cocktails on Tap ()
Sang Yoon is the owner of Father's Office and Lukshon. He opened the first Father's Office location in Santa Monica 12 years ago this month. Yoon was a pioneer in bringing craft beer to Los Angeles and one of the first restaurateurs to serve wine on tap. Currently he is tinkering with small batch cocktails to see if they too can be served from a tap.
Four Loko Makes Headlines...Again ()
Michele Simon is a public health lawyer who focuses on the food industry and food policy. She is also president of Eat Drink Politics, an industry watchdog consulting firm. Her 2007 report on alcoholic energy drinks led to a federal ban on brands like Four Loko adding caffeine to their beverages.
Simon explains that Four Loko - now caffeine free - is again under fire, this time for its super-sized cans. One can of Four Loko can contain up to 4 or 5 servings of alcohol. The Federal Trade Commission wants to label the cans accordingly, but public health officials believe this could serve as an advertisement to young drinkers.
Date Night in Koreatown ()
Jonathan Gold visits LáOn in Koreatown. He describes the dishes as a modern interpretation of Korean food, similar to tapas. His favorite dishes are the beef tartare, the seven wrap, and the jeon with either fish or vegetables.
1145 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Salmon Win in the Elwha River Dam Removal ()
Robert Elofson is the Director of River Restoration for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Elwha River in Washington State has been dammed for over a century. Because of the dams, salmon populations have declined dramatically, but starting in 2011 the dams are being removed and Elofson hopes that the salmon population in the Elwha River will climb to what it was 100 years ago. The dam removal process will take place over three years.
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