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When was the last time you ordered a taco or a pupusa from a sidewalk stand? Did you know that that cart is illegal? KCRW's Saul Gonzalez reports on why Los Angeles is the only large metropolitan city in the US to ban sidewalk vending. Hostess Brands announced last week that the company is going out of business, but Twinkie fans don't despair, blogger Jennifer McCann says you can make Twinkies at home (and they're vegan too!). Iraqi native Nawal Nasrallah guides us through the history of the date, and Dave Ritchie educates us on the Parker House roll. Portland chef Greg Higgins shares his experience making sausage in Mongolia, where per capita meat consumption is a whopping 200 pounds per year. Noted cookbook author and pastry chef Alice Medrich has some sweet ideas for homemade ice cream toppings. Plus, Jonathan Gold discovers a Chinese restaurant menu that is as massive and impressive as the September issue of Vogue.

Banner image: A Los Angeles street vendor's pupusas cook on a portable griddle. Photo by Saul Gonzalez

One Good Dish

David Tanis

Guest Interview Market Report 7 MIN, 26 SEC

Chef Evan Funke's new restaurant Bucato is scheduled to open this December. This week Funke is shopping for Hachiya persimmons that aren't fully ripe. He likes to chop them up and sautee them with brown butter and sage. He tosses the roasted persimmons with chestnuts and serves the mixture atop burrata.

Laura Ramirez of JJ's Lone Daughter Ranch brings her Hachiya, Fuyu and Giant Fuyu persimmons to the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers' Market. She prefers the Hachiyas when they are at the peak of ripeness. Ramirez drizzles rum or creme fraiche over the gooey fruit and eats it with a spoon.

Guest Interview Vegan Twinkies 4 MIN, 14 SEC

gf121124vegan.jpgJennifer McCann is the author of The Vegan Lunchbox and The Vegan Lunchbox Around the World which are based on her award-winning blog, VeganLunchBox.com.  When her son came home asking for a Twinkie she was determined to make him a vegan replica.

A recipe for her vegan Twinkie is on the Good Food blog.

Guest Interview The Legality of Street Food Vendors in Los Angeles 7 MIN, 36 SEC

KCRW's Saul Gonzalez talks to Los Angeles street vendors who sell food and beverages from sidewalk push carts. Unlike food trucks sidewalk vending is illegal in LA. He shares the stories of several vendors and outlines the fight to legalize their operations.

See photos and hear his story here.

Guest Interview The History of the Date 7 MIN, 40 SEC

gf121124dates.jpgIraqi native Nawal Nasrallah is the author of Delights from the Garden of Eden: A Cookbook and a History of the Iraqi Cuisine. Her recipe for date sweetmeat is here.

Guest Interview Making Sausage in Mongolia 8 MIN, 30 SEC

Earlier this year, Portland chef Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant visited Mongolia as part of  Mercy Corps' Farmer to Farmer project. There he shared his sausage and charcuterie expertise with local butchers.

Read Higgins' blog posts about his experience here.

Guest Interview Homemade Ice Cream Toppings 7 MIN, 56 SEC

gf121124desserts.jpg Alice Medrich is a pastry chef and noted cookbook author of several books on baking. Her latest book is Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts. She shares some easy ideas for homemade ice cream toppings from candied nuts to a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt.

A recipe from Alice's book is on the Good Food blog.

Guest Interview The History of the Parker House Roll 5 MIN, 35 SEC

Dave Ritchie is Director of Sales and Marketing at the Omni Parker House in Downtown Boston. One of the oldest hotels in America, the Parker House invented several iconic American dishes including the Parker House Roll, the Boston Cream Pie and even the term "Scrod."

Guest Interview A Beautiful Menu and the Best Fried Rice 8 MIN, 36 SEC

Jonathan Gold visits Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village in the San Gabriel Valley. He says this is the most interesting restaurant to open in the SGV in years and gushes about the exquisite menu which is the size of "the September issue of Vogue." His favorite dishes are the Old Alley Pork, Stone Pot Fried Rice, Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumplings), and the Smoked Fish.

Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village
250 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

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

Note: This segment originally aired on February 10, 2012.

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