Photo: Abbie Fentress Swanson runs past the Martin Luther King "Mountaintop" memorial at the Compton Civic Center during her Hollywood Half Marathon training program (Carolina Miranda)
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Tacolandia is the country's largest taco festival, according to our taco correspondent Bill Esparza. He's curating LA Weekly's taco-extravaganza again this year and is bringing more than 100 vendors to the festival from the Baja, New Mexico and... wait for it... London. Esparza tells us what to eat at Tacolandia 2016 and gives us an update on where to find the best tacos in California and abroad. Get your Tacolandia tickets here and find more taco news on Esparza's blog, Street Gourmet LA.
Music: "Oooh" by De La Soul and "Crack a Bottle" (instrumental) by Eminem, featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent
People tell us all the time they listen to Good Food while working out. If you're one of them, this segment is for you. Our supervising producer Abbie Fentress Swanson and her friends Carolina Miranda, an arts writer for the LA Times, and Maria Fellows, a family therapist in Pasadena, share their rather unusual Hollywood Half Marathon training program. Teaser: it involves running 120 miles around LA and eating tasty breakfast burritos, hand-pulled noodles and tiger tail donuts. And they're not done with the training plan yet!
Music: "Drop Girl" (instrumental) by Ice Cube featuring Redfoo and 2 Chainz
Now that we've covered tacos, BBQ in Compton, hand-pulled noodles in the San Gabriel Valley, fried dough in Glendora and Japanese fried chicken in Monterey Park, let's get our Vietnamese food fix in. Jonathan Gold suggests Little Sister Downtown for the lemongrass chicken, the duck congee and the SGV bahn mi. Are we making you hungry yet?
Little Sister Downtown
523 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Music: "American Boy" (instrumental) by Estelle
Over 80% of our nation's strawberries are produced in California. Many farms spray synthetic pesticides on their fields. Not Smith Farms. Farmer McKay Smith relies on an arsenal of certified organic methods to keep pesky bugs and nematodes from eating into his yield.
Top Chef alum Phillip Frankland Lee likes the Camarosa berries from Smith Farms for their firmness and well-balanced flavor. He's using them in a Strawberries and Champagne dish at The Gadarene Swine and Scratch|Bar. Find Lee's recipe on the Good Food blog and tell us how you like it.
Music: "Bye & Bye/Saints" by Gregg Stafford & Dr. Michael White
We've long relied upon Gastronomica founding editor Darra Goldstein for her expertise on Russian and Georgian food. In Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking, Goldstein turns her gaze to Scandinavia. We are chomping at the bit to try these recipes, from the rhubarb tosca cake to the juniper butter. Mmm. Find a recipe for West Coast Salad on the Good Food blog.
Music: "She Came to Give It to You" by Usher, featuring Nicki Minaj
Sunday is Easter and that means many Americans will pull up to tables laden with glazed spiral sliced ham or a roasted leg of lamb coated in herbs. Meanwhile in South Africa, the aroma of sweet-and-sour pickled fish will be in the air. Writer Ilana Sharlin Stone wrote about the dish and its origins for Zester Daily. Stone's blog is Finding Umami in Cape Town.
Music: "Come Together"
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