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Dr. David Kessler, former head of the FDA knows what it takes to make us all obese -- sugar, salt and fat.  Jonathan Gold gives us his latest favorite restaurant to try. And if you know the password you can get into some LA area speakeasies says Lesley BallaConnie Alvarez takes us along with a group of friends who infiltrate straight bars and turn them gay for a night.  Vodka has taken hold of the US and the Smirnovs have something to do with it according to author Linda Himelstein.  When there's a drought in Las Vegas Patricia Mulroy, manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, has to figure out how to conserve. And Leah DiBernardo is putting gardening into the ciriculum in Temecula Valley schools. Plus Laura Avery celebrates the arrival of stone fruit -- peaches, apricots and nectarines.

Cooking Up a Storm

Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker

Guest Interview Market Report 8 MIN, 1 SEC

David Karp

Summer fruit is flooding the market.  David Karp, the fruit connoisseur, marvels at Southern California blueberries, a fruit native to Northern forests.  The bushes require moist, acidic soil with a certain amount of winter chill.  Thanks to a hybrid variety, 20 million pounds of blueberries now grow in the San Joaquin valley each year.  David thinks SoCal blueberries are just as good as the Northern varieties.  He was researching an article on blueberries for the Los Angeles Times. 


Fitz Kelly Selling PeachesReedly, California, Farmer Fitz Kelly has stone fruit including peaches. Right now he has a yellow peach/white peach hybrid developed by a Modesto farmer.  The flesh is yellow but it tastes like a white peach.  The variety is called Sugarlips.  He doesn't recommend cooking with this variety as it's sweet and not tart enough.









Fitz's Peach

Read Laura Avery's weekly post on what's fresh at the market on the Good Food Blog.


Music Break: Gooden's Corner by Grant Green

Guest Interview The Science of Overeating 6 MIN, 56 SEC

End of OvereatingDr. David Kessler headed up the FDA from 1990-1997, where he fought for better food labels.  He also was largely responsible for putting the tobacco companies under federal regulation.  His latest book is The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

Dr. Kessler, MD is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.



Music Break: Hey Momma Here Comes the Preacher by Eddie Bo

The End of Overeating

David Kessler

Guest Interview Guatemalteca 7 MIN, 7 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic for the L.A. Weekly.  This week he highlights Guatemalteca, a Guatemalan restaurant on Santa Monica Blvd. near Vermont.  The most popular dishes are the snack plates and the quesadilla - a poundcake made with a Guatemalan cheese.  Read Jonathan's review at LAWeekly.com.

4770 W. Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., (323) 663-8307


Music Break: I Love You by Jackie McLean

Guest Interview LA Speakeasies 6 MIN, 12 SEC

Lesley Balla is the Los Angeles editor for Tasting Table, a daily email newsletter.  There are three speakeasies that recently opened in Los Angeles.  The first, located in the back room at Cole's French Dip in Downtown L.A., is The Varnish.  When you're there, Leslie recommends the drink 'Remember the Maine,' made from rye and Cherry Heering.

At The Wine Room at Delancy, you can find flights of three wines for $15.  Finally, The Bar at Muse, tucked inside the hotel, Montage Beverly Hills, is only for restaurant patrons.

The Varnish at Cole's
118 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA - (213) 622-9999

The Wine Room at Delancy
5936 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA - (323) 469-2100

Bar at Muse
225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA - (310) 860-7800


Music Break: Just Wonder by Eddie Bo

Guest Interview Instant Gay Bar 8 MIN, 17 SEC

Medusa Lounge

The Medusa Lounge (Photo Courtesy Gary Mecija)

Good Food Producer Connie Alvarez went on a mission with the folks behind Guerrilla Gay Bar.  On the second Friday of each month, the group takes over a bar in Los Angeles for a night, turning it into a gay bar.

Guerrilla Gay Bar Guys

Justin, Matthew and Chester of Guerilla Gay Bar (Photo Courtesy Gary Mecija)


Producer Connie Alvarez (Photo Courtesy Gary Mecija)


Music Break:  It Ain't Necessarily So by Grant Green

Guest Interview The King of Vodka 7 MIN, 45 SEC

Pyotr Smirnov

Pyotr Smirnov (Photo Courtesy The King of Vodka)

Linda Himelstein is the author of The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire


Music Break: Le Chacha Du Step by Nicholas Errera

The King of Vodka

Linda Himelstein

Guest Interview Las Vegas' Water Shortage 7 MIN, 13 SEC

Patricia Mulroy is the General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Valley Water District.  Southern Nevada gets its water from the Colorado River which is currently experiencing the worst drought in 10 years.   Lake Mead, Las Vegas' reservoir, has dropped by 1 percent each year. 

The Water Authority severely restricts water use among Las Vegas residents and businesses.  There are financial incentives for drought-resistant lawns: residents are paid $1.50 per square foot of lawn replaced with gravel. 

Find out how you can save water here.

Guest Interview The Bounty of Temecula 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Temecula Produce

Leah Di Bernardo is the president of Slow Food Temecula.  The organization's second annual fundraiser is Field to the Fork, held at Leonesse Cellars on May 31 from 1 pm - 4 pm.  They are raising money for the Temecula-area school garden program.  More info and tickets here.

Leah DiBernardo

Leah Di Bernardo and Evan

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