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Carolina Miranda meets a donut-slinging luchador, Wolfgang Puck tells us what's on the Oscars menu and Charles Babinski instroduces us to a hops tea that's brewing at Grand Central Market.

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Down South

Donald Link

Producers:
Gillian Ferguson
Laryl Garcia
Sarah Rogozen
Caroline Chamberlain

Donut Man of East LA 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Carolina Miranda is an arts reporter who wrote a feature on Abel Nabor Campos in the winter edition of Lucky Peach magazine. Her story details how Abel Nabor Campos, hailing from Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, accidentally fell into doughnut-making upon crossing the border with some bakers. Doughnut-making is not his only talent, however, he's also a wrestler and fittingly refers to himself as the donero luchador.

Music: Los Luchadores

20 Years of Cooking for the Red Carpet with Wolfgang Puck 8 MIN, 21 SEC

This year marks the 20th year that chef Wolfgang Puck has catered the Oscars extravaganza -- an endeavor that requires Military-like organization to ensure one of the great parties of the year is perfectly tasteful. He shares this year's menu and discusses how the meal has evolved over the years.

Music: "On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons

Market Report 6 MIN, 19 SEC

Miles Thompson is the executive chef at Allumette in Echo Park. He and Serena Herrick, Allumette's bar manager, are shopping for late winter and early spring vegetables this week.

Eric Swannon works with Flora Bella Farms where chef Thompson purchases some of his flowering herbs and greens. Flora Bella is also bringing some wild greens, including miner's lettuce, chickweed and stinging nettles, to the market this time of year.

A Rare Craft Beer that's Never Been Bottled: Pliny the Younger 6 MIN, 52 SEC

Last month, fifteen thousand beer fans made a pilgrimage to Russian River Brewing Company.'s small pub in Santa Rosa California for the annual release of a triple IPA called Pliny the Younger. It's expensive, strong and extremely rare. It's only served on tap for just two short weeks in February, instigating enormous lines wherever it's offered. When a few lucky bars in Los Angeles got their hands on a keg, KCRW's Evan George set out to discover if a single beer can live up to that much buzz.

Music: "Got to Give it Up" by Marvin Gaye

Maltose Falcons 7 MIN, 58 SEC

The Maltose Falcons is the oldest home brewing club still in existence in America and the group celebrates their 40th anniversary this year. Evan Kleiman talks to Drew Beechum, one of the club's board members.

Music: "Tennis Court" by Lorde

Hops Tea at Grand Central Market 6 MIN, 33 SEC

Charles Babinski is the co-founder of G&B Coffee, and he's also behind Go Get Em Tiger on Larchmont. He talks about a hops tea that you can get at the G&B outpost in the Grand Central Market.

Music: "Healing" by Bloc Party

Jonathan Gold Reviews Rustic Canyon 7 MIN, 12 SEC

gf140301rustic_canyon.jpgJonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the Los Angeles Times. This week he reassesses Rustic Canyon, a wine bar in Santa Monica, now that Jeremy Fox is the chef. He recommends the lavender almonds, the beets and berries salad, marinated olives, baby radishes, green pozole, raclette on toast and the pee wee potatoes in chicken giblet gravy.

Rustic Canyon
1119 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica
310-393-7050

Find all of Jonathan's restaurant recommendations on the Good Food restaurant map.

Music: "Rollerblades" by Eliza Doolittle

Tasty Pozole in Santa Ana 4 MIN, 12 SEC

Gustavo Arellano is the editor of the OC Weekly. This week he joins Evan Kleiman to talk about Potzol den Cano in Santa Ana where he loves the white pozole. The restaurant is also known for their burritas (not burritos - these more closely resemble quesadillas). Arellano also likes the enfrijoladas

Music: "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit

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