A Dosa Hunt; 3-D Printed Food; Jonathan Gold on Chego
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Have you ever been on a hunt for a specific dish? Amrit Singh has. The music journalist and filmmaker instigated a dosa hunt in New York City and chronicled the journey in his short film, Dosa Hunt. Zach Brooks carries out his own food hunt every day as the blogger behind Midtown Lunch LA. He discusses his favorite day-time eats on the Sawtelle strip. Jonathan Gold waxes poetic about the rice bowls at Chego while chef/owner Roy Choi says he couldn't be happier with the restaurant's new digs in Chinatown. Alex Brown and Evan George - aka the Hot Knives - offer advice on throwing a vegetarian summer bash, and Amanda Cohen, chef and owner of the vegetable restaurant Dirt Candy, shares tips for elevating vegetarian cuisine. Plus, technology journalist Christopher Mims reports on a 3-D printer that can print chocolate. At the market, Laura Avery gets artichoke advice from chef Brooke Williamson, and fruit detective David Karp is very excited about apricots.
Banner image: Still from Dosa Hunt, a film by Amrit Singh (That's him in the beige shirt.)
Dosa Hunt ()
Amrit Singh is the Executive Editor of Stereogum. His new film, Dosa Hunt, is a short documentary that follows seven first-generation American musicians on a dosa hunt through New York City. Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Das Racist's Himanshu Suri and Ashok "Dapwell" Kondabolu, Yeasayer's Anand Wilder, Neon Indian's Alan Palomo, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and Singh travel through Manhattan and Queens in a sprinter van outfitted with a disco ball in search of the perfect South Indian crepe. Dosa Hunt is Singh's directorial debut.
Since meeting Singh, the Good Food team has been on their own dosa hunt. Join the hunt on Instagram. Just tag your dosas with #dosahunt and all the photos will feed into the Good Food blog.
3-D Printed Chocolate ()
Christopher Mims is a technology and science correspondent for Quartz. Last month he reported on a 3-D printer that can print chocolate. A Texas based industrial company was given a grant to produce the printer. Potential uses include the 2030 Mars mission and military applications.
Find a video of the printer and a round up of KCRW's coverage of 3-D printer technology on the Good Food blog.
Dirt Candy: A Vegetable Restaurant ()
Amanda Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy in New York's East Village. Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant is part cookbook and part graphic novel and the roller coaster adventure of opening a restaurant.
Find outtakes, a recipe and a preview of the graphic novel (illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey) on the Good Food blog.
The Art of Eating Vegetables and Throwing Parties ()
Evan George and Alex Brown are the Hot Knives. Their latest book Lust for Leaf: Vegetarian Noshes, Bashes and Everyday Great Eats. The Hot Knives Way shows off their lovable (and often irreverent) vegetarian cooking style and epic party-throwing abilities. A recipe for their Elote al Echo Parque - aka street-food style grilled corn - is on the Good Food blog.
The duo will be at Poketo in Downtown's Arts District for a book signing and cooking demo on Sunday, July 14 from 2-5pm.
Chego: It's More than Just a Rice Bowl ()
Roy Choi recently relocated his Westside rice bowl concept, Chego, to Chinatown. The new digs once belonged to the original Mandarin Deli, where Angeleno's were first introduced to hand pulled noodles in the 1970's. Jonathan Gold is a fan of Choi's enormous flavor-bomb rice bowls. He recommends the sour cream hen house bowl, kung pau noodle bowl, ooey gooey fries and the squish and destroy sandwich.
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All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food restaurant map.
Market Report ()
Brooke Williamson and her husband, Nick Roberts, are the chef/owners of The Tripel in Playa del Rey and Hudson House in Redondo Beach. This week Williamson is shopping for globe artichokes from Life's a Choke farmstand. At the Tripel she steams them for 40 to 45 minutes, cleans them, cuts them in half and grills the halves. Then she serves the grilled artichokes with a house-made umami butter that includes olives, anchovies, tomato paste and almost 20 other savory ingredients.
David Karp is a pomologist with the University of California Riverside and he writes the Market Watch column for the Los Angeles Times' Food section. This week he discusses several unique varieties of apricots that Frog Hollow Farms will bring to the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market on June 12 and June 19. Known as CandyCots, the Anya and Yuliya varieties are twice as sweet as other American grown apricots. In this Market Watch article he rates all available varieties of apricots on a scale of one to 10 - Anya received a 10 and Yuliya received a nine.
Roy Choi Talks about the Chinatown Debut of Chego ()
Roy Choi, owner of the Kogi truck, says that he could never have imagined opening his new restaurant, Chego, in Chinatown. He says that all of his neighbors have brought over Buddhas and showered him with good will and generosity.
Eating Lunch on the Sawtelle Strip ()
Zach Brooks is the face behind Midtown Lunch LA and the co-host of the podcast, Food Is the New Rock. He says Sawtelle, often dubbed "Little Osaka," has become his favorite lunch destination in Los Angeles. He recommends:
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