Photo: Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton (Dustin Downing)
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Guavas are in season now in the Southland. Farmer Leti Garcia gives Laura Avery tips on how to eat them: "just like an apple, seeds, skin and all." Garcia Organic Farms has an orchard of 80 guava trees in Fallbrook, California. Gaby Mlynarczyk, the mixologist at Birch, walks us through how to make a refreshing guavatini from the white-, pink- and orange-fleshed fruit. "It goes down like water, it's so tasty." Try the recipe for yourself on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Cerveza" and "Evil Eye" (instrumental)
Until they joined forces to create the Mozzaplex in LA, Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali were like the Tupac and Biggie of carbs. In California, Silverton courted sourdough and grilled cheese fans at her popular La Brea Bakery and at Campanile, while Batali repped the East Coast with his pasta-centric Babbo and Del Posto restaurants. The dynamic cooking duo takes us back to the moment they met, the inspirations behind their new cookbooks, Mozza at Home and Big American Cookbook, and their plans to bring Eataly to LA.
Music: "The French Kiss" and "Glad"
The cover of the May 2012 issue of Time Magazine featured a Los Angeles mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son. The toddler was pictured standing on a small chair. The story about attachment parenting, among other things, stoked the embers of the ongoing debate about how long mothers should breastfeed their babies. Journalist Jennifer Grayson has written a new book on the subject, Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy.
Music: "All You Gotta Do Is Fall in Love" and "Artistry in Bossa Nova"
This week, our favorite food critic Jonathan Gold is sipping martinis and eating Chicken Sidney Beckerman at Dan Tana's. It's his first time back since a high-school date at the iconic West Hollywood eatery went horribly wrong. Hear Jonathan's account of the traumatic date and find out what to order on Dan Tana's menu.
Photo by Peter Christiansen Valli
Dan Tana's: 9071 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069 / 310-275-9444
Music: "Chug-a-Lug" and "Cinco Por Oito"
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