Show 236, August 12, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tantalizing preview of this Saturday’s abundant show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

The new The Mar Vista restaurant in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles is a chef-driven, food-first experience with locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients, unusual & rare- label wines and an eclectic lineup of live music. The culinary personalities behind it are Executive Chefs D. Brandon Walker and Jill Davie. It’s dinner nightly and Sunday Brunch. We’ll meet “Chef D.”

Out regular contributor, Anita Lau, “diary of a Mad Hungry Woman” blogger, is just back from a visit to the ever-evolving Hong Kong. She will share a pair of her memorable Hong Kong dining experiences, Haku and Ju Xing Home. It’s the last Weekend of DINE LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week. Anita has her Top 10 picks posted on her Website but provides us with two suggestions for now or future dining.

When we last visited Victor Novak, the accomplished Brewmaster for Golden Road Brewing, he had just started brewing in Anaheim in a new facility located just across the street (E. Orangewood Ave.) from Angel Stadium. In addition to the existing Taproom a distinctive brewery restaurant and expansive outdoor beer garden are moving toward completion. Victor joins us with the effervescent update.

The Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson, are back with us. In the smoker is advancing the great BBQ debate about which rates higher between Brisket and Tri-Tip. The Meatheads have spirited opinions. Also, some good information on the lesser known cuts of beef that are worthy of your attention, versatile and value priced.

Nutritionist & Chef Patricia Greenberg runs The Fitness Gourmet ushering in a new era of bite-size livable health, nutrition and fitness solutions. Her new cookbook, written with her teen-age daughter, Gabriella, is Scrumptious Sandwiches, Salads and Snacks – Simple, healthy recipes, for school, work and home. We’ll chat about healthy eating that also tastes good with The Fitness Gourmet.

CHAYA Downtown has established a popular tradition of hosting an annual summer festival. On now for weekdays through August 31st is the CHAYA Downtown Summer Festival 2017. It’s a Japanese beer garden, yakitori, sorbet cocktails, sake, video games, air hockey, foosball, shuffleboard and more. Second generation CHAYA proprietor Yuta Tsunoda joins us with the celebratory 411.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

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Show 236, August 12, 2017: Chef D. Brandon Walker, The Mar Vista, Los Angeles

Derek Brandon WalkerThe new The Mar Vista restaurant in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles is a chef-driven, food-first experience with locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients, unusual & rare-label wines and an eclectic lineup of live music. The culinary personalities behind it are Executive Chefs D. Brandon Walker and Jill Davie. It’s dinner nightly and Sunday Brunch.

The Mar Vista’s menu, affectionately dubbed progressive Los Angeles cuisine, features renditions of local favorites enhanced by wide-ranging flavors from L.A.’s diverse communities. Walker, Davie, and Chef de Cuisine Jorge Rivas infuse dishes with flavors from North Africa, Central America, Asia, and the Mediterranean to represent the varied diaspora. Daily specials, a Brazilian churrasco, and Davie’s signature Cranked, a tableside device that uses vintage grinders to make “ugly” fruit into granita, complete the offerings.

Further enriching the community-driven concept, The Mar Vista presents live music performances on Friday and Saturday evenings with a late-night menu accompanying the mellow sounds from a bluegrass or jazz band, among others.

We’ll meet the always energetic “Chef D.”

 

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Show 236, August 12, 2017: Anita Lau, diary of a Mad Hungry Woman Blogger. Travels in Hong Kong

Anita Lau of Mad Hungry WomanOut regular contributor, Anita Lau, diary of a Mad Hungry Woman” blogger, is just back from a visit to the ever-evolving Hong Kong. She will share a pair of her memorable Hong Kong dining experiences, Haku and Ju Xing Home.

First we’re in Long Beach highlighting two recommendations (from her Top 10 List) for the last Weekend of DINE LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week. Think Aji Peruvian and Sura Korean BBQ and Tofu House.

On to Hong Kong…

“Haku is a French concept using predominantly Japanese ingredients. The restaurant is a collaboration between Chef Hideaki Matsuo of Kashiwaya in Osaka, Japan, and Chef Agustin Balbi, who is Argentinian. Chef Balbi has spent many years in Japan and his menu is a reflection of the aesthetically stunning cuisine, but is also, well thought out and exquisitely executed.”

Ju Xing Home is where Michelin-starred chefs go when they’re off duty, and wanting a bite before heading home for the night. “Chef/Owner Mr. Ng is a humble man who takes immense pride in preparing dishes for his customers. He is in the kitchen, personally cooking every single dish which hits the table.”

Here’s a lagniappe from Anita’s Hong Kong adventures that we didn’t get a chance to chat about…”Bamboo Noodles (竹昇麵) is a dying art-form, so rare that even in Hong Kong, it is getting extremely difficult to find. Lau Sum Kee in Sham Shui Po is one of the last eateries which still makes these bamboo noodles, a skill passed down by current owner, Lau Fat-Cheong’s grandfather, who brought this tradition from Guangzhou.”

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Show 236, August 12, 2017: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Golden Road Brewing

Victor Novak and his Blueberry Mocha Stout from Golden Road BrewingWhen we last visited Victor Novak, the accomplished Brewmaster for Golden Road Brewing, he had just started brewing in Anaheim in a new facility located just across the street (E. Orangewood Ave.) from Angel Stadium. In addition to the existing Taproom a distinctive brewery restaurant and expansive outdoor beer garden are now moving toward completion.

In a fun historical footnote Victor and his brewmaster team are now brewing in Anaheim on the original 15- barrel brewing system that started Golden Road Brewing in their initial Atwater Village brewery (“The Campus”) in 2011.

The Anaheim Taproom is open 7 days a week. It features a rotating selection of 20 Golden Road styles and beer is also available to-go.

There is convenient & ample on-site parking. Here’s a great tip…On game-days at The Big A guests can park at Golden Road, partake of The Taproom and then walk across Orangewood to Angel Stadium.

Victor joins us in-studio with the effervescent update.

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Show 236, August 12, 2017: Brewmaster Victor Novak, Golden Road Brewing Continues…

Victor Novak and his Blueberry Mocha Stout from Golden Road BrewingWhen we last visited Victor Novak, the accomplished Brewmaster for Golden Road Brewing, he had just started brewing in Anaheim in a new facility located just across the street (E. Orangewood Ave.) from Angel Stadium. In addition to the existing Taproom a distinctive brewery restaurant and expansive outdoor beer garden are now moving toward completion.

Golden Road’s year-round offerings include Wolf Pup Session IPA, Point the Way IPA, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Get Up Offa That Brown and Wolf Among Weeds IPA. Along with the core beers, Golden Road brewers are constantly experimenting with the freshest ingredients through a collection of rotating, seasonal and limited-edition brews including the Custom IPA Series, a line-up of diverse, hop-forward IPAs.

The Anaheim Taproom is open 7 days a week. It features a rotating selection of 20 Golden Road styles and beer is also available to-go.

Ample free-parking is available on site now and in the future when the brewery restaurant & outdoor beer garden launches late this year. Enter the parking area off E. Orangewood Ave. via S. Dupont Dr.

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Show 236, August 12, 2017: The Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry & Jay. For Best in BBQ is it Brisket or Tri-Tip?

Santa Maria style Trip Tip from West Coast Prime MeatsThe Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson, are back with us. In the smoker is advancing the great BBQ debate about which rates higher between Brisket and Tri-Tip.

Terry advances the cause of brisket and Jay champions tri-tip. You’ll hear strong opinions defended on both sides. We’ll take a combo plate, please…

Also, some good information on the lesser known cuts of beef that are worthy of your attention and value priced. The round primal is just one example along with tri-tip and clod heart (from the shoulder clod.)

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Show 236, August 12, 2017: Patricia Greenberg, The Fitness Gourmet. Scrumptious Sandwiches, Salads and Snacks

Patricia GreenbergNutritionist & Chef Patricia Greenberg runs The Fitness Gourmet ushering in a new era of bite-size livable health, nutrition and fitness solutions.

Her new cookbook, written with her teen-age daughter, Gabriella, is Scrumptious Sandwiches, Salads and Snacks – Simple, healthy recipes, for school, work and home. The book contains 50 light and nutritious recipes using ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. It’s a perfect resource for back to school. Also ideal for college students living near campus in apartments or dorms.

As a working parent, a teenager, a busy professional, single parent, young couple, or caretaker, this collection of scrumptious, simple, and healthy recipes will help you learn to prepare foods that taste good and are good for you. For on the go, as well as at home, made with readily available ingredients that are simple to prepare.

As a handy sidebar each recipe has the up-to-date Nutrition Facts label you see on packaged food goods at the supermarket.

We’ll chat about healthy eating that also tastes really good with The Fitness Gourmet.

 

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Show 236, August 12, 2017: CHAYA Downtown Summer Festival, Yuta Tsunoda, President, CHAYA Restaurants

Yudo Tsunoda of Chaya BrasserieCHAYA Downtown has established a popular tradition of hosting an annual summer festival. On now on weekdays through August 31st is the CHAYA Downtown Summer Festival 2017. It’s a Japanese beer garden, yakitori, sorbet cocktails, sake, video games, air hockey, foosball, shuffleboard and more.

To partake of the celebration, come relax and bask in the lantern-covered Japanese Beer Garden located on the CHAYA patio while savoring a rare Japanese Whisky and cold premium Sapporo, or sip a Sparkling Sake or CHAYA Downtown’s special house-made Sangria. For those that want to cool down and indulge, CHAYA Downtown will also be preparing two refreshing and delicious Yuzu and Cherry Blossom Summer Sorbet Cocktails.

For those craving that perfect summer bite, CHAYA Downtown Executive Chef Joji Inoue is firing up the Yakitori Grill and has you covered with his ChickenTsukune and Shisito & Mushroom Yakitori Skewers for just $2.50 each.  Chef Inoue is also preparing his Tako Tacos with grilled octopus, Asian slaw and wasabi Miso for $4, Fried Noodles made with pork belly, cabbage and pickled ginger for $6, Grilled Squid with a chili-miso dipping sauce for $12, and summer’s finest grilled Corn on the Cob with a sweet soy glaze for $4. And for the sweet tooth lovers, there is a choice of three Sweet CrepesMatcha and Azuki BeansNutella and Strawberry or the Banana Crème for just $7 each.

Any guests ready for some good old-fashioned summer fun after a long workday can enjoy a friendly game of air hockeyshuffleboardfoosball or choose from a selection of over 25 classic video games, all while reminiscing summers past.

The CHAYA Downtown Summer Festival will run every Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to close throughout the month of August and through August 31st, 2017 on the patio at CHAYA Downtown

CHAYA proprietor Yuta Tsunoda joins us with the celebratory 411.

 

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Show 235, August 5, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now a tempting preview of this Saturday’s abundant show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

The annual Golden Foodie Awards presented in a black-tie gala on September 24th in Newport Beach celebrate the very best in dining in Orange County in 15 categories. Voting by the dining public happens in 2, one-week waves starting on Saturday, August 5th. Founder Pam Waitt joins us with the details of this year’s voting.

The OC Fair continues in Costa Mesa (Wednesdays thru Sundays) until Sunday, August 13th in Costa Mesa. The Midway Gourmet, Chef Dominic Palmieri, encores with an update on Fair food happenings. How did Chef Dominic’s Fair menu rate at the Concessionaires’ Cup ? How are all the new Flamin’ Hot Cheetos creations doing…?

For some seven short weeks the incredible Hatch Chiles from New Mexico are available fresh. They are a Southwestern favorite. Unusually they can be purchased in a range of heats from mild to hot. Our resident produce guru, Robert Schuller of Melissa’s, steps away from the roaster to give us the piquant specifics.

DINE LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week is set for August 5th through August 13th, 2017. Some 60 diverse Long Beach restaurants spanning 12 neighborhoods will offer special multi-course menus at affordable prices. First we’ll chat with DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant founder, Terri Henry, for the overview for 2017.

New to the DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is Chef Guy’s Crazy Creole Café – “Straight From The Heart and Soul of New Orleans.” We’ll meet proprietor Chef Guy DuPlantier, a.k.a. “The Crazy Cajun.” It’s a real taste of New Orleans right there on Long Beach Blvd.

As Beverly Hills Vietnamese fusion institution Crustacean undergoes a major five-month redesign this summer, Orange County diners will be treated to signature dishes prepared by Crustacean master chef Helene “Mama” An at AnQi, a sister restaurant at South Coast Plaza. Beginning August 1 and through September 30, diners at the upscale gourmet bistro AnQi will be able to savor a sampling of signature dishes from An’s famous Secret Kitchen that previously were not available at the Costa Mesa restaurant. Joining us to explain all the delicious specifics is House of AN’s Executive Chef, Tony Nguyen.

Once a year Zapien’s Salsa Grill in Pico Rivera hosts a series of Hatch Chile-themed events to celebrate the famous New Mexican spicy and savory pepper. Along with Chef Marco Zapien’s Hatch Chile Cooking Demonstration and Dinner on August 10th the restaurant hosts a daytime Hatch Chile Roast (and brunch) on September 9th were supplies of the roasted Hatch Chiles can be picked up by the case. The guest selects the level of spicy desired ranging from mild to hot.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

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Show 235, August 5, 2017: Pam Waitt, Founder, Orange County’s Golden Foodie Awards

Golden Foodie AwardsThe annual 6th Annual Golden Foodie Awards will be presented in a black-tie gala evening on September 24th in Newport Beach celebrating the very best in dining in Orange County in 15 categories. Voting by the dining public happens in 2, one-week waves starting on Saturday, August 5th.

The Golden Foodies are a People’s Choice Food Awards. The event was created to honor extraordinary culinary talent in Orange County. Food lovers vote during the first 2 weeks of August with the winners being announced at The Golden Foodie Awards Gala at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. The event exclusively recognizes chef-driven and independent restaurants.

Week One voting (8 Categories including Rising Star Chef of The Year) is August 5th through August 11th and Week Two (7 Categories including Restaurateur of the Year) is August 12th through 18th. A new award for ”Lifetime Achievement” is determined by The Guild, the advisory board for The Golden Foodie Awards.

Food Network’s Simon Majumdar is the Celebrity Host of the festive affair.

Founder Pam Waitt joins us with the details of this year’s voting.

One of the categories being voted on this week is “Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County.” This includes prominent social media opinion makers, journalists and even radio food & restaurant show hosts. Imagine that…? If you enjoy listening to the “SoCal Restaurant Show” every week Chef Andrew & Andy would humbly appreciate your vote by this Friday, August 11th. We have some very formidable competition in this category who are pretty aggressive about campaigning J…Voting is super easy. Thanks.

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