Michael Biancaniello is the head bartender at The Library Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel. He makes custom cocktails (there is no menu) based on what's in season and the customer's tastes. He shops weekly at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. His recipe for Winter in Jamaica is here.
Asparagus is back at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. It disappears from area markets for about 6 weeks during the winter freeze. Life's A Choke is based in Lompoc, CA. Juan, who works with the farm, says that they pick from the same plant nearly every day. Juan says that the medium sized asparagus is the best combination of tenderness and flavor.
Christina Perozzi is one of The Beer Chicks. Christina says that there are a lot of gluten free beers available now, most made with buckwheat and sorghum.
Here's a list of the beers mentioned:
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. This week he reviews Daisy Mint, a pan-Asian restaurant in Pasadena. He likes the grilled beef salad with lime dressing, the kimchi fried rice, and the Panang curry. For dessert, he recommends the fried ice cream.
1218 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106-1842
All of Jonathan Gold's suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
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Lesley Bargar Suter is the dine editor of Los Angeles magazine. She shares the magazine's list of LA's best new restaurants:
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The Great Tortilla Tournament, nixtamalization, and Guerrilla Tacos Let’s talk tortillas! Gustavo Arellano announces KCRW’s first-ever Great Tortilla Tournament, to choose the best tortilla in LA out of a bracket of 64. Bill Esparza talks tortilla makers in the L.A. area. And did you know that inside your tortilla is an ancient process, perfected over centuries? Also, L.A. Taco’s Daniel Hernandez recalls a Guadalajara taco crawl with Jonathan Gold.
Joël Robuchon, restaurant lines, and Jonathan Gold on N.W.A. This week the world lost its most highly decorated chef, Joël Robuchon. Chef Ludo Lefebvre recalls lessons he learned at the hands of this master. We also revisit Evan Kleiman and Jonathan Gold’s 2014 visit to Robuchon’s Vegas restaurant. Jean Trinh investigates how some diners in LA can stand waiting two or more hours in line. Finally, we recall Jonathan Gold’s coverage of the influential rap group N.W.A.
Omega-3s, 'Downtime' with the Redzepis, and zucchini ice cream Paul Greenberg discusses what the Omega-3 boom means for our planet and lives. Nadine Redzepi talks about cooking for culinary giants like her husband Rene Redzepi in ‘Downtime.’ Crafting a menu takes more than exceptional produce, says writer Diana Henry. Also, a tour and history of LA’s pan dulce scene. Plus: ‘City of Gold’ director remembers Jonathan Gold’s 1992 piece on the LA riots.
Remembering Jonathan Gold (1960-2018) There’s a Jonathan Gold-sized hole in the heart of Los Angeles. The Pulitzer-winning LA Times food critic died on July 21, prompting an outpouring of grief and love from around the world. For this special tribute, we gathered the voices of colleagues, friends, chefs, and listeners to celebrate the man who taught us how to eat and live in LA. We dedicate this show to our former colleague of 20 years.
Why Gustavo is doing a Great Tortilla Tournament for KCRW It’s the perennial question: Corn or flour? We’re putting 64 Southern California tortillas head-to-head in our #MasaMadness bracket to see who will win the Golden Tortilla trophy. Gustavo Arellano fills us in on all the details. Read More
Joël Robuchon: My introduction to the refined world of luxury fine dining In 2014, Evan Kleiman took a road trip to Las Vegas with Jonathan Gold. The highlight of the trip by far was an opulent dinner at Joël Robuchon in the MGM Grand: the most luxurious meal she had ever experienced up until that point. In honor of the legendary French chef Joël Robuchon who passed away this week, we’re resharing Evan’s 2014 reflection on that unforgettable meal. Read More