Fairview Gardens lost much of their produce due to the recent rains. They're now back at the market selling fava bean sprouts and seascape strawberries.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. This week he reviews Lucky Noodle King, which serves dan dan mian, a dish made with the spicy and mouth-numbing Sichuan pepper. He also likes the "crazy flavor eel," the fava beans with garlic and chile, the twice-cooked pork, and the Chong-qing fried chicken.
Lucky Noodle King
534 E. Valley Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA
All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Scott Daigre is the man behind Tomatomania, an annual tomato plant sale. Follow Good Food Producer Harriet Ells' progress on the Good Food Blog.
Patrick Gomes is an entomologist and the national coordinator of the USDA's Citrus Health Response Program. More about their Save our Citrus public awareness campaign and how to identify citrus greening here. If you are in California and you want to report a pest, call the California Department of Food and Agriculture: (800) 491-1899.
Evan Kleiman visited El Toro Market, a meat market and grocery store in Santa Ana, where they make fresh tortillas. Pictures from the market are here.
1340 West 1st Street
Santa Ana, CA
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