Roy Choi on SPAM; Filipino Food in LA; Sushi Etiquette
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This week we explore the richness of LA's dining scene. Marvin Gapultos shares some of his favorite Filipino dishes from his new cookbook The Adobo Road, and Roy Choi discusses his unabashed love of SPAM. Los Angeles magazine dine editor Lesley Barger Suter offers tips on sushi etiquette and where to find some of the best sushi in LA. Jonathan Gold enjoys a deconstructed eggplant parmesan at Riva Bella, and Jason Neroni talks about his new wave pasta techniques at Superba Snack Bar. Plus, LA Times writer Jessica Gelt takes a new social media ride sharing app for a spin during peak drinking hours. At the market, Laura Avery talks to Matt Strom about the apricots at Frog Hollow Farm and Amelia Saltsman is inspired by a 1911 recipe from the LA Times for a savory cherry salad.
Banner image: Andrea Bricco, Los Angeles Magazine May 2013
Market Report ()
Matt Strom is the farming assistant at Frog Hollow Farm. This is the only week that Frog Hollow will bring Apache apricots to the market, but other varieties will come for the next two weeks. They also have cherries available. Frog Hollow only comes to the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market.
Amelia Saltsman is the author of The Santa Monica Farmers Market Cookbook. She likes to celebrate the cherry season with a Cherry Almond Salad. She recommends investing in a cherry pitter to ease the prep work. Check out her recipe on the Good Food blog.
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The Re-Education of Sushi Eaters in LA ()
Lesley Barger Suter is the dine editor of Los Angeles magazine. The May issue features sushi in Los Angeles. Barger Suter says that David Gelb's movie, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, has changed the way Angelenos consume the Japanese delicacy. No longer addicted to spicy tuna and California rolls, LA sushi eaters are learning to appreciate the art of the sushi master. Hear Gelb talking about his film with Evan Kleiman.
For excellent fish, she recommends the following restaurants:
Plus, you can read more on sushi in Los Angeles magazine.
Eggplant Parmesan Grows Up at RivaBella ()
Jonathan Gold describes the menu at chef Gino Angellini's RivaBella as a collection of the greatest hits from Italy. The restaurant took over the enormous Hamburger Hamlet space on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. He recommends the seared swordfish carpaccio, vitello tonnato, eggplant parmigiana, spinach pappardelle with lamb ragu, linguini with sea urchin, sauteed scallops, the branzino and the veal chop.
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All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food restaurant map.
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Adding Flavor to Homemade Pasta Dough ()
Jason Neroni is the chef at Superba Snack Bar in Venice. He devotes a large portion of his menu to handmade pastas, many of which are flavored with unique ingredients. Right now you can find his Squid Ink Gnocchi, Smoked Bucatini Carbonara, Wakame Spaghettini and Spring Pea Agnolotti on the menu.
Find out how he cold-smokes his Bucatini Carbonara noodles in this video.
Introducing the New Face of SPAM - Roy Choi ()
Roy Choi is the man behind the Kogi Truck and he recently opened a new outpost of Chego in Chinatown. His latest venture, however, is representing SPAM. Choi has teamed up with the makers of "ham in a can" to promote the product and offer recipes. Find out how he makes his SPAM Mesubi on the Good Food blog.
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The Filipino Cookbook You Need to Own ()
A few years ago, Marvin Gapultos hit LA's streets with his Filipino food truck called the Manila Machine. He has since retired the truck and moved on to write a cookbook. It's called The Adobo Road and it's Evan's latest Cookbook Club selection.
Evan raves about his Classic Chicken Adobo. The recipe is on the Good Food blog .
A New Ride-Sharing App Gives Yellow Cabs Serious Competition ()
Jessica Gelt writes The Enabler column for the LA Times. Her column this weekend is about a new crop of ride-sharing apps that offer an alternative to traditional yellow cabs. Lyft is perhaps the most visible and user friendly of the apps, utilizing social media and gimmicks like fuzzy pink mustaches to attract clientele.
Along with KCRW producer Evan George, Gelt tagged along with a Lyft driver to check out how the app works and who is using it.
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