The Art of Kaiseki, Lobster Economics, Best Brunches In LA
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Wholesale lobster prices are at an all time low, so why are restaurants still charging high prices? New Yorker financial writer James Surowiecki offers an explanation. Chef Niki Nakayama describes the art of kaiseki dining and chef Edward Lee talks about why fusion food is racist. Jonathan Gold details what he looks for in a savory pie and Gustavo Arellano takes us out for Middle Eastern pastries at Knafeh Cafe in Anaheim. Plus, Lesley Bargar Suter offers tips on where to find the best bottomless drinks, eggs Benedict and French toast in Los Angeles. At the market, Laura Avery talks to Ruben Mkrtchyan about his Uzbek melons and CJ Jacobson shops for peppers at Peacock Family Farms.
Banner image: Autumn mushrooms (eringi, maitake, shiitake, shimeji), Alaskan halibut, cress, onion powder shallot cream sauce and lotus root chip. Photo: Zen Sekizawa
Market Report ()
Ruben Mkrtchyan is a melon farmer in Onyx, California. He grows Uzbek varieties of melons on a small farm near Lake Isabella. He says the melons need dry soil, hot days and cool nights. You can find his melons at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market.
Music: "Can't Keep Rhythm from a Dancer" by Tortured Soul
The Art of Kaiseki at n/naka ()
Niki Nakayama is the chef and owner of n/naka on Overland Avenue in Palms. There she practices the art of kaiseki which she learned while cooking at her family's ryokan in Japan.
She grows roughly thirty percent of the produce for the restaurant in her backyard garden. See photos of her garden and the unique Japanese varieties of produce that she grows on our edible garden profile.
What Jonathan Gold Wants in a Pie ()
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. He will also be a judge at the 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest. He discusses what he looks for in a savory pie and a cream pie.
Music: "Genesis" by Grimes
Smoke and Pickles ()
Lobster Economics ()
Music: "Just Fine" (Treat 'Em Right) Remix by Mary J Blige
Middle Eastern Treats in Anaheim ()
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of the OC Weekly. He is also a weekly contributor on KCRW and a frequent guest on Good Food. He reviews Knafeh Cafe in Anaheim which is known for baklava, maamoul, knafeh and Turkish coffee.
The Best of Brunch in Los Angeles ()
Lesley Bargar Suter is the dine editor for Los Angeles magazine. The Brunch Issue will hit stands next week. Below are her recommendations for the best brunches in LA:
Bottomless Brunch Spots
Best Eggs Benedict-Like Dishes
Best French Toast
Music: "Peripheral Visionaries" by Young Galaxy
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