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We found ourselves back in LA craving a taste of Texas, so this week Evan ventures out to find migas and Jonathan Gold takes us out for brisket at Barrel & Ashes. Plus, we linger on LA's street food conundrum. Why is street vending still illegal on Los Angeles sidewalks? And should food writers be writing about illegal vendors?

From Migas to Queso: A Taste of Texas in Los Feliz 9 MIN, 12 SEC

Briana Valdez Parsons is the owner of HomeState, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Los Feliz. She and her sister Andy Valdez are "Tex-Pats" who spent ten years trying to find a good breakfast taco in LA. They never found one, so they decided to open a restaurant serving the best of the food they grew up on. Expect breakfast tacos, migas, homemade flour tortillas and of course, queso.

Briana walks us through how to make migas, a mixture of eggs, lightly fried corn tortilla strips, onions and cheese.

Music: "Tejano Huapango" by Santiago Jimenez

Jonathan Gold Reviews Barrel & Ashes 6 MIN, 45 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week he reviews Barrel & Ashes, a Texas-style barbecue restaurant in Studio City. He recommends the hoe cake, brisket, jalapeño-cheddar sausage, and banana pudding.

Barrel & Ashes
11801 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

Read Jonathan's LA Times review and find all of his restaurant recommendations on the Good Food restaurant map.

Music: "Snowbird" by Chet Atkins

The Fight Continues to Legalize Street Food in Los Angeles 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Rudy Espinosa is the executive director at LURN - Leadership for Urban Renewal Network. He is at the forefront of the fight to legalize street vendors in Los Angeles. Learn more about the campaign on the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign Facebook page.

Music: "Del Ray"

Should Food Writers Write about Illegal Street Food Vendors? 7 MIN, 22 SEC

Javier Cabral is an Los Angeles-based food and culture writer. In an article for Zócalo Public Square, he explains why he refuses to publish articles about LA street food.

Music: "Ciudad del Swing" by Quantic

Market Report 8 MIN, 4 SEC

Laura Avery is the market manager for the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. This week she talks to pastry chef Roxana Jullapat about her spring-inspired breakfast galette she's serving at this Easter Sunday brunch at Elysian. Plus, farmer Peter Schaner tells us how he uses the spent grains from local craft-breweries to feed his chickens.

Find a recipe for Roxana's Dungeness Crab Breakfast Galette on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Hotel Mirador" by Guillaume Cantillon

Brits Fight to #SaveTheCremeEgg 7 MIN, 42 SEC

When news hit in January that Mondelez International, owner of Cadbury UK, had changed the recipe for the beloved Cadbury Creme Egg it seemed as though all of Britain was enraged. Cadbury fans Ruth Le May and Matt Conrad launched a campaign to #SaveTheCremeEgg with a website and a Facebook page. Le May joins us to explain why this is such a big deal for Brits and their Easter baskets.

The Food of Zora Neale Hurston 9 MIN, 4 SEC

Dr. Fred Opie is a professor of history and foodways at Babson College. His latest book is Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies & Simple Pleasures. The book investigates the regional food described in Hurston's novels. He shares a Sweet Potato Recipe from 1935 on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Soul Thing" by the Keith Mansfield Orchestra

Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food

Frederick Douglass Opie

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