Laura Avery chats up Barbara Whyman of Tutti Frutti Farms about their beautiful organic summer peppers. In addition to a rainbow of red, reddish green, green, yellow, and purple peppers, they also grow gorgeous shiny dark green Poblanos.
Laura also visits with Mike Cirrone of See Canyon Ranch about his red plums and his early pears. Ed Munak of Munak Ranch, who brought beautiful melons from his farm in Paso Robles, spoke with Laura about his Honeylopes and the Rocky Sweet melons.
Jonathan Gold has done a thorough investigation of raw fish and recommends the following restaurants:
Kimiko (310-478-7769) at 11301 Olympic Blvd #102 in West Los Angeles
Lunch Tues-Fri, noon-2:15pm; Dinner Tues-Sun, 6-10 pm
Wa Sushi & Bistro (310-854-7285) 1106 N. La Cienega Blvd in West Hollywood
Dinner Tues-Sun 6-11pm
Providence (323-460-4170) 5955 Melrose Ave (at Highland) in Los Angeles
Dinner Mon - Sat
Cecelia Hae-Jin Lee, author of Eating Korean, gave us some pointers on Korean food. She recommended the following markets.
She also likes these restaurants:
Koreatown Galleria Super Market (213-733-3800) at 3250 West Olympic Blvd (just east of Western) Plaza Market (213-385-1100) at 928 South Western Avenue (two blocks north of Olympic) Chong-s Grocery (213-387-0651) at 3560 West 8th Street (just east of Western) Cosmos Foods (323-221-9142) at 2405 Forney Street (off the 5 Freeway near Elysian Park) I-Clipse, Inc or Pacific Rim Gourmet, a resource for Asian cookware
(800-910-WOKS) at 4905 Morena Blvd #1313 in San Diego
Kgrocer.com, which specializes in -instant- food -- non-perishable items like pastes, spices, dried fish
923 East 3rd Street #115 (near LIttle Tokyo)
iKoreaPlaza.com (510-238-8940) at 2370 Telegraph Ave in Oakland
Kobawoo House for great stonepot cooked rice bowls and mungbean pancakes
(213-389-7300) at 698 South Vermont Ave #109 (just south of Wilshire)
ChoSun Galbee, especially for first-timers
(323-734-3330) at 3330 W. Olympic Blvd (just west of Western)
Mary Fry of the Rose Tree Cottage, at at 828 East California Boulevard in Pasadena, introduced us to Aga Cookers. You can contact Mary at (626) 793-3337 or online at RoseTreeCo@aol.com to inquire about an upcoming Aga demonstration or to learn more about their tea service, gift shop or cooking tours.
Peggy Noe Stevens of Woodford Reserve a master taster -- the only female master taster in the world, with extensive knowledge and experience. She taps a glass of burbon straight from a seasoned barrel and takes note of the deep amber color as well as the appealing caramel and vanilla aroma, looking for clarity, sparkle, and subtle hints of flavors that average drinkers would miss.
Mark Hussman of www.ChocolateShirt.com has some fashion tips -- his new scented chocolate shirts!
Jennifer Morgan has hints about some great-priced wines. Her Colorado Wine Company in Eagle Rock specializes in wines under $25. She mentioned the Brophy Clark Sauvignon Blanc from Santa Ynez, and recommends a German Eiswein by Dr. Loosen called 'Blue Slate' Riesling Eiswein, 2003. You can call Jennifer at 323-478-1985 for more information on Cava and Proseco.