Photo: Gary Paul Nabhan on TheAtlantic.com
Photo: Gary Paul Nabhan on TheAtlantic.com
Evan Funke is the chef at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica. He is using all kinds of figs in everything from appetizers to desserts. He likes to use fig leaves to wrap halibut (a recipe from Epicurious is here). He also likes to pair raw figs with goat cheese for an appetizer.
Ed Munak grows heirloom melons, which he brings to the Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday Santa Monica farmers markets. Right now they are small, but they'll be larger later in the season. Next week he'll have watermelons.
Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic and LA Weekly columnist Jonathan Gold savors Korean budae jjigae at Chunju Han-il Kwan in Koreatown. Budae jjigae is a thick soup with chile, sliced Spam and hot dogs, instant ramen noodles, cabbage and green chrysanthemum leaves. Jonathan also recommends the ultra-crisp seafood pancake and dumpling soup.
Chunju Han-il Kwan
3450 W Sixth St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
All of Jonathan Gold's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Lesley Balla is a food writer in Los Angeles. Her blog is ChowBalla.com. This month she contributed to Angeleno Magazine's Restaurant Awards:
Best New Chef: Jordan Kahn of Red Medicine
Best New Mixologist: Julian Cox of Playa
Best New Restaurant: A-Frame
Best New Restaurant Design: Lukshon
Best New Dish: Porcetto from Sotto
Read the rest of her picks here.
Gary Paul Nabhan is the co-author of Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail, with Kurt Michael Friese and Craig Kraft.
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