Photo: Camellia Tse
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After returning from a revelatory trip in the Philippines, Isa Fabro started making desserts in LA’s Far East Plaza that pay homage to her Pinay roots: rich flaky isamadas, coconut malas that mash up Hawaiian malasadas with Filipino karyokas, and halo-halo, or Filipino shaved ice. Find out what inspires this funny, driven Filipino-American chef as she makes isamadas for KCRW’s video team at Unit 120.
Music: "Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head" by Gorillaz, "Des Knaben Wunderhorn-Revelge" by Mahler & "Immigrant Check" by The Beastie Boys vs. Led Zeppelin
Next we linger at Unit 120 to devour more Filipino food with our favorite food critic, Jonathan Gold. This week, he dines at LASA, the Filipino-American pop-up run by Chase and Chad Valencia that has a weekend residency in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. Find out more about the ingredients and dishes on the menu and try LASA’s recipe for red snapper kinilaw on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Nevada" by Robert and The Roboters
North of Los Angeles along California’s Central Coast, the grape harvest has begun. We phoned Ruben Solorzano, the man whom insiders call the “Grape Whisperer,” at Stolpman Vineyards in Los Olivos to get a report on this year’s crop. Solorzano is a partner at Coastal Vineyard Care Associates, which focuses on putting organic and biodynamic practices into place at vineyards.
Music: "Pass The Timbau (Instrumental)" by Davi Vieira
The average American supermarket carries more than 42,000 items for consumers to choose from. The possibilities are endless. What are the motivations that drive our buying choices and how do our personal values define our eating habits? These questions keep Sophie Egan up at night. She’s a food and health writer who works at The Culinary Institute of America. Her new book is Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies — How What We Eat Defines Who We Are.
Music: "So High" by Tom Maxwell
Eggplants are in season now in our neck of the woods. In this week’s Market Report, Noah Schaner shares tips for how to grow the nightshade on his family farm in Valley Center, Calif. Then Chef Chris Feldmeier has pointers for cooking different kinds of eggplant at his restaurant, Moruno. Find Feldmeier’s recipe for baby eggplant rescoldo on the Good Food blog.
Music: "Bartholomew Fair" by The Toy Band
If you’ve been listening to the show this month, you’ve heard KCRW’s deep dive into wage theft, injuries and retaliation at restaurants throughout LA. Cases of sexual assault and harassment in kitchens are often underreported, according to investigative reporter Karen Foshay, because victims tend to be immigrant women who are afraid to speak out for fear of losing their jobs. It’s also incredibly difficult to uncover instances of labor trafficking in restaurants. Listen to the final installment of Foshay’s remarkable series, Burned: Abuse in LA’s Restaurant Industry. A quick warning here: this segment contains some graphic language.
Music: "Chocolate Lovely" by Amon Tobin
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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.
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