When Joe Coulombe conceived of Trader Joe’s, he catered to a new customer who was overeducated and underpaid. Horticulturist Shannie McCabe champions heirloom varieties of seeds, sharing their histories and those of the farmers who grow them in the Baker Creek Seed Catalog. Hannah Marler funded her education by selling seeds. Sharon Wee prepares for Lunar New Year and describes the traditions of her Peranakan heritage. Bill Addison has recommendations for modern Filipino wine bar, Lasita. Finally, it’s time to make marmalade with citrus from the farmer's market.
Becoming Trader Joe, growing heirloom seeds, marmalade
From this Episode:
Trader Joe’s Grocery chain was inspired by mai tais and Pirates of the Caribbean
The first Trader Joe’s opened in Pasadena in 1967. Employees wore signature Polynesian shirts and Bermuda shorts, and referred to each other as “captain” and “first mate.”...
Baker Creek Seed Catalog: Dream up a spring garden this winter
Baker Creek Seed Catalog is encyclopedic in its details of the history and stories behind the cultivation of heirloom varieties of seeds. Horticulturist Shannie McCabe...
Reaping what she sowed, Hannah Marler put herself through college
When her father ran across a coffee can full of rare cowpea seeds in her grandmother’s freezer, Hannah Marler was able to grow and sell the seeds to put herself through...
Celebrate Year of the Tiger with fruitcake, almond cookies, and more
Sharon Wee is a fifth generation Peranakan on both her mother and father’s sides. She descended from the earliest generation of Chinese immigrants to Singapore and Malaysia...
Lasita is wonderfully LA, says restaurant critic Bill Addison
Bill Addison visits Far East Plaza in Chinatown, where Lasita is serving chicken inasal and lechon. It all pairs with the bright and acidic natural wine list curated by...