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Rise and shine at Break of Dawn 5 MIN, 58 SEC

Break of Dawn is back open in Laguna Hills. At Dee Nguyen's diner, Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly and host of KCRW's Orange County Line, recommends you try the créme brûlée French toast and bison sausage with white rice. Don't forget the hot sauce.

Break of Dawn
24291 Avenida De La Carlota, #P-4
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Music: "Cities in the Air" (instrumental) by Pepe Deluxé  and "Clint Eastwood (instrumental)" by Gorillaz

Behind-the-scenes at Noma Australia 8 MIN, 7 SEC

Chefs are always looking for a new challenge. But where do you go when you've been named best restaurant in the world four times? If you base your culinary thinking on your natural surroundings, you change localities.

That's just what René Redzepi, forager extraordinaire, did in December. He picked up shop and moved Noma from Copenhagen to Sydney for a ten-week run. Tienlon Ho went along for the ride and wrote about how the team developed its Australian menu.

Noma Australia is serving lunch and dinner through April 2. The waiting list is impossibly long, but you can read Tienlon's article in California Sunday Magazine to get a flavor of what's on the menu and listen to an interview Evan did with Redzepi in 2013.

Music: "Did You Miss Me"

Asparagus growers keep it old school 6 MIN, 53 SEC

In the last 50 years, robots have taken farming by storm. But asparagus growers are keeping it old school. Workers harvest plants by hand and yields are affected by the waxing and waning of the moon, says Roscoe Zuckerman IV, who grows it in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. This week, Laura Avery also talks to chefs Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery about how they're working asparagus into the menu at Osso in downtown LA. Find Osso's recipe for grilled asparagus with spring onions, pistachios, and ricotta on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Fall All The Way"

The inspirations of Dominique Crenn 10 MIN, 43 SEC

In 2013, Dominique Crenn became the first female chef in America to receive two Michelin stars for her San Francisco restaurant, Atelier Crenn. After the publication of her new cookbook, Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste, Dominique told us her parents, along with writers, artists and composers, inspired many of the recipes.

Dominique recalled her mother used to often made Kir Breton for guests back home in Brittany. Her version calls for the cider to be frozen into spheres that are then encased in shells made from cocoa butter and white chocolate. The shells are dotted with crème de cassis and at the restaurant, Chef Krenn serves the flavor bombs on small pedestals so guests can enjoy them in one bite. Sign us up. Find the recipe on the Good Food blog.

Music: "On Shoulders" (instrumental)

Atelier Crenn

Dominique Crenn

Jonathan Gold dines at Otium, where the high meets the low 7 MIN

Tim Hollingsworth is another chef with some serious kitchen credentials. He was schooled by Thomas Keller as the chef de cuisine at the French Laundry before opening his own BBQ joint in Studio City. Hollingsworth's new restaurant, Otium, a throwback to the Latin word for leisure, is in the Broad Museum complex in downtown Los Angeles.

From the foie gras funnel cake to the black cod with charred onion, clams and Maggi seasoning, Jonathan Gold says there are a number of thought-provoking dishes to try. Read his LA Times review to get more menu recommendations at Otium.

222 S. Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Music: "Don't You Love (featuring Banks)" by Lil Silva

A BBQ crawl through Texas 16 MIN, 37 SEC

SXSW 2016 kicks off this weekend. In honor of the annual music and film festival in Austin, Jonathan Gold takes Evan to Texas for some 'Q.

Music: "Barbecue Any Old Time" by Brownie McGhee

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