James Shanley brings finger limes to the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market. This Australian citrus fruit is oblong and filled with little balls of juice. It's also called "citrus caviar" or "citrus pop rocks." More about the finger limes in the LA Times.
Dan Flynn is the executive director of the UC Davis Olive Center. He also oversees all aspects of olive oil production for UC Davis. His recent study on the authenticity of Extra Virgin Olive Oil found that a shocking number of oils on the super market shelves may not be what they seem. Find a copy of their report on Extra Virgin Olive Oil here. And you can read an excerpt on the Good Food Blog.
Gustavo Arellano is the food editor of the OC Weekly. He also writes the popular Ask a Mexican column. He frequently shares recommendations for where to eat in Orange County. This week he likes Olive Tree in Anaheim's Little Arabia. For large parties, if you call in advance, they'll make a whole stuffed lamb. Gustavo also likes the kabsa and the yogurt sauce.
512 S. Brookhurst St. #3
All of Gustavo's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map. His suggestions are in green.
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Weekly. He joins us on Good Food every week with a restaurant suggestion. This week is he is taking us to Omar's Restaurant in San Gabriel, a Uighur halal restaurant. Jonathan likes the mutton kabobs, the meatloaf sandwich and the hand-pulled noodles. Also, they have great yogurt. The creamy milk tea, is more like a salty tea soup.
Omar's Halal Restaurant
1718 N New Ave
Alhambra, CA 91776
All of Jonathan's restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.
Dinah Bucholz's book is The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike. Find a recipe for Harry Potter's favorite dessert here.
Jeremy Whitsitt and Julie Smith are civilians employed by the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate. Jeremy is Program Outreach Coordinator and Julie is a Food Technologist. They designed a brownie that is made to last for years. Read more about the brownie here and download the "formula" (or recipe) here.
George Cossette is the co-owner of Silverlake Wine (2395 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA). Sherry is a fortified wine, which comes from Jerez, Spain. After fermentation, sherry is fortified with a distilled grape alcohol and then aged. There are two main types: Fino and Oloroso, which are distinguished by their alcohol content among many things. Read more about sherry here.
From November 19 - November 24 Uhuru Pies are on sale in Northern California and the St. Petersburg Florida Bay Area, to raise money for the African People's Education and Defense Fund. They sell apple crumble, blackberry, pecan, sweet potato, and pumpkin pies. Maureen Wegener leads the leads the food/pie productions and market events for Uhuru Foods in Oakland.
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