Decoding the Japanese Supermarket, Zinfandel 101, Queso
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Are you intimidated when you shop at a Japanese grocery store? Cookbook author Andrea Nguyen guides us through the aisles of dried mushrooms, soy sauce and tofu at Mitsuwa Market and kimchi producer Lauryn Chun explains how to incorporate kimchi into familiar dishes. Gustavo Arellano takes us to the oldest Iraqi restaurant in Orange County while Jonathan Gold focuses on the upscale Tex Mex at Bar Ama in downtown LA. Zinfandel gets a new look from Good Food wine-guru Stacie Hunt and food historian Andrew Smith offers a quick history of both beer and soda in America. At the market Chef James Trees tells Laura Avery about the “culinary incubator” called This is Not a Pop Up and notes pomologist David Karp tells the story of macadamia nut farmer Jim Russell.
Market Report ()
James Trees is the current “emcee” at This is Not a Pop Up, a self-described “incubator” for chefs who want to cook creatively without the pressure of owning a restaurant. This weekend Trees will be in the kitchen and beginning next week a rotating cast of chefs including Adam Gertler, Bruce Kalman, Tyler Wells and CJ Jacobson will have stints in the kitchen. The concept is open 4 days a week from Thursday through Sunday.
A recipe for Trees’ Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Broccoli is on the Good Food Blog.
David Karp is a pomologist with UC Riverside and he writes the Market Watch column for the Los Angeles Times Food section. He talks about Jim Russell, a macadamia nut farmer in Fallbrook, CA. You can find Russell Family Farms macadamias at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market.
The Original Iraqi Restaurant in Orange County ()
Gustavo Arellano is the editor for the OC Weekly and frequent contributor to Good Food. He reviews Al Tannour, the oldest Iraqi restaurant in Orange County. He recommends the tashreeb (order extra khubz), masgouf and kobba musilia. Also - you can buy some kjubz when you leave and have flatbread to last you the whole week.
2947 W Ball Rd
Anaheim, CA 92804
All of Gustavo Arellano’s restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Decoding the Japanese Supermarket ()
Food writer and cookbook author Andrea Nguyen guides Evan Kleiman through the aisles of Mitsuwa in West LA. Find photos and a list of Nguyen’s Asian market pantry staples on the Good Food Blog. Plus, find recipe inspiration in her latest book Asian Tofu.
Kimchi for Every Palate ()
Lauryn Chun is the owner of Mother in Law’s Kimchi. Her new book is the Kimchi Cookbook: 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi. Click here to find out where you can buy Mother in Law’s Kimchi or make it home with recipes from the book.
Evan raves about the Scalloped Potatoes with Kimchi recipe which you can find on the Good Food Blog.
The History of Drinking in America ()
Andrew F. Smith is a food historian and prolific author of books on food history. He is also a frequent guest on Good Food. His latest book is Drinking History: Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages.
Zinfandel 101 ()
Stacie Hunt comes to us from Du Vin Wine and Spirits and Splash Productions. Her new e-book is Zinfandel 101. She discusses the history, flavors and reputation of this quintessential California grape.
Puffy Taco and Queso ()
Jonathan Gold reviews Bar Ama, the new Tex-Mex concept from Chef Josef Centeno of Baco Mercat fame. He recommends the puffy tacos, queso, molcajete, cauliflower with cilantro pesto, kale and zucchini calabacita and chicken fried steak. If you are someone who instinctually orders dessert, the tres leches cake is the way to go. He also highlights the extensive tequilla and mezcal selection.
118 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
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