November 20: Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen, Polly’s Pies, The Milky Way, LOLA Wines

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Imram Ali Mookhi, Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen, Fullerton
Segment Three: Polly’s Pies with Jacklyn Mitosinka, Director of Brand
Segment Four: The Milky Way, Los Angeles with Nancy Spielberg and Chef Phil Kastel Part One
Segment Five: The Milky Way, Los Angeles with Nancy Spielberg and Chef Phil Kastel Part Two
Segment Six: Winemaker & Proprietor Seth Cripe of LOLA Wines, Calistoga Part One
Segment Seven: Winemaker & Proprietor Seth Cripe of LOLA Wines, Calistoga Part Two

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

“Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen in Fullerton is a 100% Halal restaurant featuring high-end Desi cuisine paired alongside a menu of alcohol-free crafted mocktails from the award-winning Chef Imran Ali Mookhi. Built on the mission to highlight global cuisine in an elevated and elegant way, Khan Saab’s menu offers bold entrees made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Since its inception, the concept has been recognized by several regional publications and in 2021 was awarded the Plate and Bib Gourmand awards, respectively, by the prestigious Michelin Guide.” “Chef Mookhi and his partners opened Khan Saab in the lively Downtown Fullerton, CA neighborhood in early 2020. A culmination of cuisines from Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan are elevated at this eclectic, 100% halal eatery with an elegant vibe.”

“Founded in 1968 by brothers Eddie & Donald Sheldrake, Polly’s Pies has been family-owned and operated for more than 53 years. The restaurants offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an assortment of fresh bakery items throughout 14 Southern California locations in Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles Counties.”“For 72 non-stop hours, beginning Monday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 24, the ovens at each Polly’s Pies locations will be going non-stop with bakers working round-the-clock to fulfill more than 53,000 pie orders just in time for Thanksgiving. In addition, the culinary team at each restaurant will also be fulfilling some 20,000 total take-home orders.”

Jacklyn Mitosinka (Polly’s Director of Brand) takes a break from all the busy Thanksgiving preparations and is our guest with a signature Banberry pie in hand.

The Milky Way is a kosher dairy restaurant serving New American Kosher food in the heart of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles, which reopened in February 2019 after the passing of its matriarch, Leah Adler. The menu features many of the restaurant’s original family recipes updated with a fresh twist as well as new dishes that have a global appeal, both for the international Jewish community and the general dining public alike.” All are welcome. When Leah passed the four Spielberg siblings (including Steven) made the decision to revamp and refresh The Milky Way as an ongoing, living tribute to their late Mother. Nancy Spielberg became the point person for the Family for the ambitious effort. Well respected chef, Phil Kastel, was engaged as Executive Chef to tweak the recipes and enhance the menu. Nancy Spielberg and Chef Phil Kastel join us to share the story of The Milky Way.

“LOLA Wines in Calistoga was established in 2008, by winemaker and owner Seth Cripe. Seth’s dream of making wine and growing grapes started randomly as a 14 -year old dishwasher/busboy at a restaurant in his native Anna Maria Island in Florida. At the age of 17, Seth left home to pursue his dream, driving across the US in his trusty ‘88 Suburu with $1,200 and arriving in Napa Valley the summer of 1997 where he started work as a harvest intern at Swanson Vineyards, under the mentorship of Marco Cappelli. After 4 harvests at Swanson, 8 harvests at Caymus along with a few others at some of the worlds’ most renowned wineries, in 2008, Seth started making his own wines calling them LOLA. Seth’s dream was to create a winery that stands for people with a passion for wine that represents world class quality, wines of purity and soul at approachable prices. These are the very same ethos that LOLA represents with each wine that they produce today!” Proprietor and Winemaker Seth Cripe joins us to uncork all that is LOLA wines.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Imran Ali Mookhi of Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen

Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen in Fullerton is a 100% Halal restaurant featuring high-end Desi cuisine paired alongside a menu of alcohol-free crafted mocktails from the award-winning Chef Imran Ali Mookhi. Built on the mission to highlight global cuisine in an elevated and elegant way, Khan Saab’s menu offers bold entrees made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Since its inception, the concept has been recognized by several regional publications and in 2021 was awarded the Plate and Bib Gourmand awards, respectively, by the prestigious Michelin Guide.”

“Chef Mookhi and his partners opened Khan Saab in the lively Downtown Fullerton, CA neighborhood in early 2020. A culmination of cuisines from Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan are elevated at this eclectic 100% halal eatery with an elegant vibe. In his tenure as a chef, Mookhi has trained under numerous Michelin-starred chefs in world-class kitchens. His take on traditional Indian flavors have since earned him national recognition at high caliber concepts including Tantra on Sunset, Tamarind of London in Newport Coast, Dosa, and most recently Tumbi, in Santa Monica. Now, Chef Ali and Khan Saab restaurant hold its very own Michelin recognition resulting from years of hard work and a dedication to the team’s vision of bringing high-end Desi cuisine to the West.”

“The menu at Khan Saab consists of carefully crafted dishes using high quality ingredients sourced from local vendors, including a 100% halal Australian Wagyu Bone-In Tomahawk Steak, a cut that is so rare and priced at $150 that guests must call ahead to order and ensure availability. Other favorites include Chicken Tikka and Pomegranate Bhel Puri – authentic street food served on crackers with rice puff peanuts, vermicelli mint, tamarind chili, and garlic chutney. Guests can also opt for a selection of top-quality skewerless Tandoori Jhinga and Smoked Salmon Kabobs, the latter of which is presented in a smoke-filled dome, continuing the smoking process at the table for guests to marvel.”

“The cuisine is complemented by a craft bar program, featuring Desi-inspired alcohol-free mocktails, which at the concept’s inception was the first of its kind in Southern California and fourth in the nation. The innovative mocktail menu features non-alcoholic, handcrafted cocktails including the Smoked Negroni with rose syrup and Palo Santo bitters, the Mango Mojito, and Peshwari Mule, as well as traditional Mango Lassi and lychee “mimosas.””

Chef Ali Mookhi takes a break from the tandoor oven and joins us.

Jacklyn Mitosinka of Polly's Pies

“Founded in 1968 by brothers Eddie & Donald Sheldrake, Polly’s Pies has been family-owned and operated for more than 53 years. The restaurants offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an assortment of fresh bakery items throughout 14 Southern California locations in Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles Counties.”

“For 72 non-stop hours, beginning Monday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 24, the ovens at each Polly’s Pies locations will be going non-stop with bakers working round-the-clock to fulfill more than 53,000 pie orders just in time for Thanksgiving. In addition, the culinary team at each restaurant will also be fulfilling some 20,000 total take-home orders.”

“As much work as it is, the Thanksgiving frenzy we experience really puts you in the holiday mood,” observes Jacklyn Mitosinka, director of brand for Polly’s Pies (representing the 3rd generation of Family-ownership.) “Without a doubt pumpkin is one of our top selling pies during this time of year followed by apple and our own signature Banberry. We also make gallons and gallons of fresh whipped cream as well as cinnamon whipped cream to accompany our pie orders.”

Jacklyn Mitosinka takes a break from all the busy Thanksgiving preparations and is our guest with a signature Banberry pie in hand.

Nancy Spielberg of the Milky Way

The Milky Way is a kosher dairy restaurant serving New American Kosher food in the heart of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles, which reopened in February 2019 after the passing of its matriarch, Leah Adler. The menu features many of the restaurant’s original family recipes updated with a fresh twist as well as new dishes that have a global appeal, both for the international Jewish community and the general dining public alike.” All are welcome.

“Bernie and Leah (Spielberg) Adler opened the doors to Milky Way restaurant (A Kosher Dairy restaurant) in 1977. Their vision was to offer fine kosher food to the Jewish community at a time when such a thing didn’t exist in Los Angeles. Leah wanted to introduce interesting fare to many who had never tasted dishes like Cajun, Mexican, or Thai. Shortly after opening, it was very apparent that the main attraction wasn’t just the food, but was Leah herself! With her unique and exuberant charm; independent and confident style, Leah had the ability to make every guest in the restaurant feel as if they were the most important. People came for the food, but they kept coming back for Leah!”

“Leah disdained being identified as a “kosher deli”! Yes, she served traditional Jewish dishes like blintzes and potato pancakes, but that was where the similarities ended. When Leah would greet each table, she would describe the daily specials with such animation that she would easily convince the table to try them. She was known for her love of classical music, art, denim and Cabernet Sauvignon wine.”

When Leah passed the four Spielberg siblings (including Steven) made the decision to revamp and refresh The Milky Way as a living tribute to their late Mother. Nancy Spielberg became the point person for the Family for the ambitious effort. Well respected chef, Phil Kastel, was engaged as Executive Chef to tweak the recipes and enhance the menu.

For Hanukkah (and beyond) a custom latke kit To-Go (containing 12 latkes) with house-made apple compote and sour cream is now available. Among other menu items The Milky Way is known for are Leah’s cheese blintzes with strawberry preserves and their Halibut, beer-battered fish & chips. Also, trout amandine and other seafood specialties are on the menu. Dessert specialties include a classic cheesecake with blackberry compote and a rich carrot cake with cream cheese icing with toasted coconut.”

The Milky Way is open for Lunch and Dinner Monday through Thursday. Brunch and Dinner on Sundays. Closed for The Sabbath on Friday and Saturday.

Nancy Spielberg (Leah’s youngest daughter) and Chef Phil Kastel are our guests to chronicle the inspiring revival of The Milky Way.

Seth Cripe of Lola Wines

LOLA Wines in Calistoga was established in 2008, by winemaker and owner Seth Cripe. Seth’s dream of making wine and growing grapes started randomly as a 14 -year old dishwasher/busboy at a restaurant in his native Anna Maria Island in Florida. At the age of 17, Seth left home to pursue his dream, driving across the US in his trusty ‘88 Subaru with $1,200 and arriving in Napa Valley the summer of 1997 where he started work as a harvest intern at Swanson Vineyards, under the mentorship of Marco Cappelli. After 4 harvests at Swanson, 8 harvests at Caymus along with a few others at some of the worlds’ most renowned wineries, in 2008, Seth started making his own wines calling them LOLA. Seth’s dream was to create a winery that stands for people with a passion for wine that represents world class quality, wines of purity and soul at approachable prices. These are the very same ethos that LOLA represents with each wine that they produce today!”

“LOLA is a Napa Valley based boutique winery focused on creating high quality, approachable and affordable wines. Their winemaking approach pays tribute to the old-world tradition with carefully selected vineyards and handcrafted wines made in small batches. For LOLA, growing grapes and making wine is about connecting with nature, working alongside the ever-changing elements, year to year, to make wines that represent their true sense of place.”

“LOLA’s portfolio of wines consists of their estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, California Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Rose – all part of their classic collection, mostly sourced from Sonoma county. As well they produce the LOLA Artisanal Series of wines which are a collection of wines focused on purity and uncompromised integrity from Distinct vineyards mostly located in Napa Valley.”

“Today, LOLA produces about 20,000 cases of wines that are distributed in 36 US states and also exported to various Asian countries and Northern Europe. They also have their tasting room, The Lola House, in downtown Calistoga, Napa Valley where they host visitors from all over the world who visit this beautiful wine region each year!”

Proprietor and Winemaker Seth Cripe joins us to uncork all that is LOLA wines.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Imram Ali Mookhi, Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen, Fullerton
Segment Three: Polly’s Pies with Jacklyn Mitosinka, Director of Brand
Segment Four: The Milky Way, Los Angeles with Nancy Spielberg and Chef Phil Kastel Part One
Segment Five: The Milky Way, Los Angeles with Nancy Spielberg and Chef Phil Kastel Part Two
Segment Six: Winemaker & Proprietor Seth Cripe of LOLA Wines, Calistoga Part One
Segment Seven: Winemaker & Proprietor Seth Cripe of LOLA Wines, Calistoga Part Two

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