Valentine's Day is often a holiday of expectation and disappointment. We asked KCRW staff and volunteers how they would prefer to celebrate Valentine's Day. If you're preparing a meal for your sweetheart, Amy Reiley has a sexy menu that will put you in the mood for love. Haitian-born chef Ron Duprat is celebrating the holiday with Hearts for Haiti, a benefit at restaurants across the country. Nat Bletter loves fruit - and he's tried over 250 kinds. He shares some of the best, and worst. If you're planning on going out to eat, Lesley Balla knows where to go. She's got a list of great date places. Chinese and Vietnamese New Years fall on Valentine's Day. Eddie Lin and Ann Le compare notes on the two celebrations. Jonathan Gold of the LA Weekly and Robert Sietsema of New York's Village Voice square off with an East coast / West coast throwdown. Chris O'Brien calls himself a beer activist. He explains just what exactly that means. Plus Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert has "koodies." What exactly that means, today on the show. And, Laura Avery has the scoop on what's fresh at the Santa Monica Farmers Markets this week.
A Valentine's Love Feast; Tet; Durian; Hearts for Haiti
From this Episode:
Phil Lempert is the Supermarket Guru. He's created a social networking site for kids who are "foodies," also called " koodies ."
3 min, 23 sec
Hearts for Haiti
Ron Duprat is a Haitian-born chef living in Hollywood, Florida. He recently appeared in Season 6 of Bravo's Top Chef . He is organizing a Valentine's Day benefit in...
3 min, 24 sec
It's all about the chanterelle mushrooms this week. Farmer Louie Mello of San Luis Opispo is bringing in lots of chanterelles that grow wild on his property. These mushrooms...
6 min, 57 sec
250 Varieties of Fruit
Nat Bletter is an ethnobotanist living in Hawaii. He travels frequently to Thailand where he samples a wide variety of exotic fruits. On a recent trip he tried Durian, a...
5 min, 22 sec
NY vs. LA Throwdown
Robert Sietsema is the restaurant critic for the Village Voice . Jonathan Gold writes the Counter Intelligence column for the LA Weekly . They are good friends and...
7 min, 53 sec
What We Really Want on Valentine's Day
These are the voices of KCRW staff and volunteers, gathered during KCRW's winter pledge drive. Music break: Squatty Roo by the John Buzon Trio
4 min, 24 sec
Happy New Year!
Eddie Lin writes the blog DeepEndDining.com and he is the author of Extreme Cuisine . He celebrated Tet, or Vietnamese new year with Ann Le, author of The Little Saigon...
5 min, 44 sec