James Shanley brings finger limes to the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market. This Australian citrus fruit is oblong and filled with little balls of juice. It's also called "citrus caviar" or "citrus pop rocks." More about the finger limes in the LA Times.
Dan Flynn is the executive director of the UC Davis Olive Center. He also oversees all aspects of olive oil production for UC Davis. His recent study on the authenticity of Extra Virgin Olive Oil found that a shocking number of oils on the super market shelves may not be what they seem. Find a copy of their report on Extra Virgin Olive Oil here. And you can read an excerpt on the Good Food Blog.
Gustavo Arellano is the food editor of the OC Weekly. He also writes the popular Ask a Mexican column. He frequently shares recommendations for where to eat in Orange County. This week he likes Olive Tree in Anaheim's Little Arabia. For large parties, if you call in advance, they'll make a whole stuffed lamb. Gustavo also likes the kabsa and the yogurt sauce.
512 S. Brookhurst St. #3
All of Gustavo's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map. His suggestions are in green.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. He joins us on Good Food every week with a restaurant suggestion. This week is he is taking us to Omar's Restaurant in San Gabriel, a Uighur halal restaurant. Jonathan likes the mutton kabobs, the meatloaf sandwich and the hand-pulled noodles. Also, they have great yogurt. The creamy milk tea, is more like a salty tea soup.
Omar's Halal Restaurant
1718 N New Ave
Alhambra, CA 91776
All of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Dinah Bucholz's book is The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike. Find a recipe for Harry Potter's favorite dessert here.
Jeremy Whitsitt and Julie Smith are civilians employed by the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate. Jeremy is Program Outreach Coordinator and Julie is a Food Technologist. They designed a brownie that is made to last for years. Read more about the brownie here and download the "formula" (or recipe) here.
George Cossette is the co-owner of Silverlake Wine (2395 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA). Sherry is a fortified wine, which comes from Jerez, Spain. After fermentation, sherry is fortified with a distilled grape alcohol and then aged. There are two main types: Fino and Oloroso, which are distinguished by their alcohol content among many things. Read more about sherry here.
From November 19 - November 24 Uhuru Pies are on sale in Northern California and the St. Petersburg Florida Bay Area, to raise money for the African People's Education and Defense Fund. They sell apple crumble, blackberry, pecan, sweet potato, and pumpkin pies. Maureen Wegener leads the leads the food/pie productions and market events for Uhuru Foods in Oakland.
The Water Show Water may be the essence of life but it’s subject to near-constant misuse. Journalist Mark Arax profiles a couple running a water monopoly in the Central Valley. A once abundant Cambodian lake is in decline, leaving fisherman and half the population scrambling for fish. We’ve heard of using less water but what about eating less water? And Mark Gold (Jonathan’s brother) shares tips on water conservation in LA.
Mark Bittman on grilling, the business of beef, and historic Filipinotown It’s summer cookout season, and Mark Bittman has some essential grilling tips. Third-generation butcher Katie Flannery talks life in the beef business. English chef James Whetlor wants us to consider eating more goat. As Filipinotown gentrifies, the owners of a new bar are trying to reach out to their neighbors. Jonathan Gold talks food-centric cinema. And a peculiar vegetable is popping up at the farmers market.
Nigella Lawson, peaches, and reimagining Jewish food at Freedman's Fine dining is nice, but sometimes the best bites are those that remind us of home. Nigella Lawson wants to celebrate home cooks in her latest book. Jonah and Amanda Freedman are recreating the bagels of their childhood at their modern Jewish deli, Freedman’s. Beyond the bagels, Jonathan Gold says the rest of the menu at Freedman’s is delicious and nostalgic in ways difficult to explain. Also, peaches at the market.
Ramadan's culinary traditions, what's next for the Farm Bill, and avocados Congress failed to pass the Farm Bill last week. What tanked the legislation? London author Anissa Helou discusses some foods traditionally eaten after sundown during Ramadan, in addition to other foods of the Islamic world. And how is one of LA’s best chefs secretly running a clothing line? Plus, Jonathan Gold returns from Japan with a deepened respect for chef Yoshihiro Narisawa.
Serving Cocktails and Culture in LA’s Historic Filipinotown Some say new developments and gentrification are threatening LA’s Historic Filipinotown. A new neighborhood gin bar is trying to do things differently. Contributor Paola Mardo brings us their story. Read More
Try Nigella Lawson’s easily elegant chicken and pea traybake Just because a meal is low maintenance doesn’t mean it has to compromise on taste. Ask celebrity food personality Nigella Lawson! She says this traybake recipe is a favorite from her book “At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking,” because of its simplicity yet maximal flavor. Read More
Ramadan recipes: Saudi roasted lamb shoulder on a bed of fragrant rice Ramadan is underway around the world. The month-long observance began on May 17 and will last until June 15. After sunset, many observant Muslims will break their fasts with customary meals. Anissa Helou shares a recipe from her latest cookbook “Feast: Food of the Islamic World,” to enjoy after dusk. Read More