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Ask any chef the one ingredient they can't do without, and chances are they'll say salt.  This week on Good Food, host Evan Kleiman talks to Mark Bitterman, owner of The Meadow in Portland and New York where he sells hundreds of varieties of salt.  Beer Chick Christina Perozzi has some recommendations for gluten-free beer.  We'll go to a pan-Asian restaurant in Pasadena with Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan GoldLesley Bargar Suter of Los Angeles magazine shares her list of the ten best new restaurants in LA.  We'll hit the streets and hear what New Yorkers think of Mayor Bloomberg's efforts to limit soda consumption.  Plus Matthew Biancaniello of The Library Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel is making cocktails with farmers market ingredients.  And, asparagus is back at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. 


One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 7 MIN, 59 SEC

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.  

Guest Interview Legislating Nutrition 6 MIN, 3 SEC

New York City's Mayor Bloomberg is seeking Federal permission to prohibit the purchase of soda with food stamps.  Producer Thea Chaloner hit the streets of New York City to hear what people think.  Read more about it here.

Guest Interview Gluten Free Beer 8 MIN, 3 SEC

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:

Music Break: I Am the Walrus by The Thurston Lava Tube
Guest Interview Daisy Mint 7 MIN, 26 SEC

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.

Daisy Mint
1218 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106-1842
(626) 792-2999

All of Jonathan Gold's suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.  


Music Break: Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis by Funkadelic

Guest Interview LA's Best New Restaurants 10 MIN, 50 SEC

Lesley Bargar Suter is the dine editor of Los Angeles magazine.  She shares the magazine's list of LA's best new restaurants:

  1. 1. Lazy Ox Canteen
  2. 2. Hatfield’s
  3. 3. Waterloo & City
  4. 4. Cleo
  5. 5. Salt’s Cure
  6. 6. Scarpetta
  7. 7. Forage
  8. 8. Savory
  9. 9. Culina
  10. 10. WP24


Music Break: Love Lies Bleeding (Instrumental) by The Ettes

Guest Interview Salt 18 MIN, 9 SEC

Mark Bitterman and his wife own The Meadow in Portland and New York City, where they sell hundreds of varieties of salts.  His book is Salted.  Recipe ideas for the Himalayan salt blocks are here.


Music Break: Know More Now (Instrumental + No Drums) by Zeep

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