LA's Cheap Eats; Raw Milk; Fortified Wine
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Raw milk is legal in California, but the sale is often clandestine. Dana Goodyear sorts through the secrecy and the laws surrounding raw milk in the US. When was the last time you ordered a sherry? Probably never, right? Local wine steward Maxwell Leer is trying our opinion of fortified wines. Joy Wilson (aka Joy the Baker) remembers baking with her dad at four in the morning when he came home from his night shift, and Hank Will expands our knowledge of lard. Lesley Barger Suter curates a selection of LA's top cheap eateries and Jonathan Gold wonders if bacon has finally jumped the shark.
Banner image: Mommom's Chocolate Boubon-Spiked Banana Bread from Joy the Baker by Joy Wilson. Photographs by Joy Wilson. Copyright © 2012 Joy Wilson. Photographs copyright © 2011 Joy Wilson. All Rights Reserved.
Market Report ()
David LeFavre, executive chef and owner of MB Post in Manhattan Beach, says that this is the most exciting time of the year at the farmers' market. He is using stone fruit in several dishes including a Rosemary Cornbread with Roasted White Peaches. He tells Laura Avery how to perfectly grill a peach in this outtake on the Good Food Blog.
David West, owner of Clearwater Farms, sells mushrooms each week at the Santa Monica and Hollywood markets. The morel season was short this year due to an unusual heat wave in Northern California but the hot weather made for an early and prolific Porcini season.
Music: "A Message to You Rudy" by The Specials
Audio clip: Stephen Colbert on Raw Milk/Rawsome Raid
Raw Deal ()
Has Bacon Jumped the Shark? ()
Jonathan Gold visits Black Hogg in Silver Lake. The restaurant's name is actually a reference to a type of sheep, but there is plenty of pork on the menu. The dish that people are talking about most is their "popcorn bacon" and while he enjoyed it, Jonathan wonders if this is the dish where bacon has finally jumped the shark. Among Jonathan's other favorites were fried olives, the lamb burger, oysters with a pickle juice mignonette, Brussel sprouts, sauteed mushrooms and the hot churros for dessert.
2852 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
You can find all of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions on the Good Food restaurant map.
Music: "Sucker Punch" by Connie Price and the Keystones
A New Look at Fortified Wine ()
Maxwell Leer is a Southern California wine steward. His latest project is Wine to Vines and he writes a monthly column for Eater LA called Varying Hues. He recommends the following fortified wines:
For those looking for a dryer fortified wine, he recommends Hidalgo's La Gitana manzanilla or the Famille Dupont Pommeau de Normandie from Victot-Pontfol in France. For something in between sticky and sweet he suggests Joseph Filippi's Ruby Ruby from Rancho Cucamunga. For a surprisingly delicious sweeter fortified wine he opts for a Madeira.
Joy the Baker ()
Music: "New Morning" by Quantic
Hank Will is Editor in Chief of Grit magazine, which recently published the book Lard: The Lost Art of Cooking with Your Grandmother's Secret Ingredient. Will explains why lard fell out of favor after World War II and says it is a great alternative to butter when baking cookies.
The Best Cheap Eats in LA ()
Lesley Barger Suter is the Dine Editor at Los Angeles magazine. The June issue focuses on 101 cheap eats in Los Angeles. Some of her selections are below:
811 S Long Beach Blvd
Compton, CA 90221
8360 Melrose Ave #107
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Boo's Philly Cheesesteaks and Hoagies
4501 Fountain Ave
Hollywood, CA 90029
6024 Hazeltine Ave
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Bruddah's Hawaiian Food
1033 W Gardena Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
529 S Central Ave
Downtown LA, 90013
2019 E 7th St
Downtown LA, 90021
Downtown LA, CA 90016
1818 W Sunset Blvd
Echo Park, CA 90026
10889 Lindbrook Dr
Westwood, CA 90024
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