Show 420, April 10, 2021: Gabor Banfalvi of Taste Hungary & Tasting Table Budapest Part One

“For Gabor and Carolyn Banfalvi (Taste Hungary) travel has been a part of their lives together from the time they met working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean more than two decades ago. They share a special passion (and an appetite) for the food and wine of Central Europe, as well as the people, places, and stories that make this region so fascinating. The Banfalvi’s founded Taste Hungary—their Budapest-based food and wine tour company—in 2008, and ever since have loved doing this deep dive into the foodways and wine culture of Hungary.”

“After spending years researching and writing Carolyn’s culinary guidebook to Hungary—Food, Wine, Budapest (Little Bookroom, 2008)—the Banfalvi’s started Taste Hungary with the intention of sharing their passion for Hungarian food and wine with like-minded travelers who want to experience the region’s authentic flavors and experiences. At their independent wine shop and tasting cellar in Budapest’s Palace District, The Tasting Table Budapest, their team of sommeliers (in post Covid 19 times) leads daily wine tastings, introducing wine lovers’ to the (often unknown) treasures of Hungary.”

Gabor also has a well-stocked, virtual wine store in the United States offering his sommelier team’s picks of the best of small producer Hungarian wines. The prices are reasonable. As a bonus Gabor will even provide specific recommendations if you let him know what styles of wine you enjoy or are seeking a specific food pairing. You can reach out to Gabor via email.

Gabor Banfalvi joins us from Tokay region of Hungary to pull the cork on the joys of Hungarian wine and cuisine for us.

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Show 420, April 10, 2021: Gabor Banfalvi of Taste Hungary & Tasting Table Budapest Part Two

“For Gabor and Carolyn Banfalvi (Taste Hungary) travel has been a part of their lives together from the time they met working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean more than two decades ago. They share a special passion (and an appetite) for the food and wine of Central Europe, as well as the people, places, and stories that make this region so fascinating. The Banfalvi’s founded Taste Hungary—their Budapest-based food and wine tour company—in 2008, and ever since have loved doing this deep dive into the foodways and wine culture of Hungary.”

“After spending years researching and writing Carolyn’s culinary guidebook to Hungary—Food, Wine, Budapest (Little Bookroom, 2008)—the Banfalvi’s started Taste Hungary with the intention of sharing their passion for Hungarian food and wine with like-minded travelers who want to experience the region’s authentic flavors and experiences. At their independent wine shop and tasting cellar in Budapest’s Palace District, The Tasting Table Budapest, their team of sommeliers (in post Covid 19 times) leads daily wine tastings, introducing wine lovers’ to the (often unknown) treasures of Hungary.”

“We believe Hungary and Central Europe are undiscovered culinary gems—a culinary paradise which is slowly being (re)discovered. Hungarian food and winemaking have deep traditions, and a complex (and complicated) history. Decades of Communism caused many of these unique food traditions and industries to suffer terribly. But these days Budapest is a hot restaurant city (it even has four Michelin-starred establishments); local food artisans and growers around the country are reviving old traditions; and Hungarian wines are increasingly available around the world.”

“Our ultimate goal is to show guests that there is plenty of good food and wine here. We want to break down the language and cultural barriers that could make people feel uncomfortable. We want our guests to go home feeling like they discovered things they didn’t even know existed, and that it was well worth their while to dig deeply into new flavors, a new country, and meeting new people.”

Gabor also has a well-stocked, virtual wine store in the United States offering his sommelier team’s picks of the best of small producer Hungarian wines. The prices are reasonable. As a bonus Gabor will even provide specific recommendations if you let him know what styles of wine you enjoy or are seeking a specific food pairing. You can reach out to Gabor via email.

A representative dry white wine enjoyed by the “SoCal Restaurant Show” in the virtual tasting with Gabor is the Szent Donat, Marga (Furmint/Olaszrizling) 2017. “This is a rare blend comprising Furmint (80 per cent) and Olaszrizling (20 per cent), two of Hungary’s key white wine grapes, skillfully crafted by Tomas Kovacs, one of Hungary’s brightest young winemakers.”

A representative dry red wine enjoyed by the “SoCal Restaurant Show” in the virtual tasting with Gabor is Szent Donat, Magma (Kekfrankos), 2018. The grape, Kekfrankos, is Hungary’s most planted grape and is the same variety as Austria’s Blaufrankish. The wine has a vibrant ruby-purple color. It is a medium-bodied wine with fine-grained tannins, lively acidity and minerality.”

Gabor Banfalvi continues with us from the Tokay region sharing the joys of Hungarian wine and cuisine.

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Show 155, January 16, 2016: Cathy Hung, Deputy Director, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, L.A. Office

Taiwan the Heart of AsiaTaiwan’s compact size, geographical and climatic diversity, and advanced transportation system let you go from tropical to subtropical, temperate and frigid zones in a matter of hours. See coral reefs and pebbled beaches, lush teas fields and hot springs, old-growth forests and majestic peaks, all in a single day.

Taiwan hosted some 10 million tourists in 2015. The US visitors are about 480,000 in total (4.53% increase compared 2014). It’s the big breakthrough for Taiwan tourism.

It’s the “Gourmet Year” of Food Tourism in Taiwan. “Time to Eat” is the theme.

CNN has selected many Taiwanese specialties among the “40 Must Eat Foods.” Look for Gua Bao, Pineapple Cakes, Stinky Tofu, and Fried Chicken among other items.

Chef Bruce Chen of Popcorn Chicken in Irvine showcases Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken. His cooking demo is Sunday afternoon on the Taste of Travel Theater stage.

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April 27: Victor Novak, Dean Simon, Nancy Zaslavsky, Wing Lam

Podcasts

Segment One: Brewmaster Victor Novak of TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Downtown Brea
Segment Two: Dean Simon, Managing Partner of BRUXIE Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches Part One
Segment Three: Dean Simon, Managing Partner of BRUXIE Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches Part Two
Segment Four: Nancy Zaslavsky, “A Cook’s Tour to Mexico”
Segment Five: Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Michael Browne, co-founder of Kosta Browne Wines in Sebastopol, CA
Segment Six: Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Michael Cho, esq. of Palmieri, Tyler, Weiner, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP

We’re back…It’s a week of fascinating local success stories from  beverages to great food. There will be a slight detour to Mexico along the way to learn a bit about food tourism there. Please join us for the journey.

Victor Novak of Taps Fish House and Brewery in BreaBack in 1999 when veteran Brewmaster Victor Novak opened TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Brea the craft beer movement was in its infancy. Now it’s the fastest growing segment of the beer business and all the mega breweries are eagerly joining in the fray.

Today TAPS brews some 1,700 kegs annually representing an impressive portfolio of some 31 to 35 styles of European and American ales and lagers. Novak’s beers are so popular they are even featured on tap at other restaurants.

On Saturday, April 27th TAPS is hosting its First Annual Craft Beer Festival showcasing the brews of over 25 of Southern California’s finest craft breweries. There will also be international street food stations to pair with the beer. It’s from Noon to 3:00 p.m. on TAPS patio and bar.

Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney of BruxieBruxie is the fast-growing restaurant empire built on the recipe for a mouth-watering, authentic Belgian waffle. It started with a modest stand in Old Towne Orange in 2010 and the latest, most ambitious, store (the 5th) opened this week in downtown Huntington Beach.

Co-founder Dean Simon is with us to share his secrets for maintaining quality and guest satisfaction when you’re growing fast.

Nancy Zaslavsky is a well-traveled authority on the foods of Mexico, a cookbook author, cooking instructor, and accomplished culinary tour leader.

As Nancy says, “I’m not Mexican. I’m a blond gringa who loves Mexico, its culture, cuisine and people. One of my greatest joys is to share this enthusiasm with those who want to learn more about a fascinating country.”

Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish TacosWing Lam, the co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, needs no introduction to Southern Californians. Wing and his brothers Ed and Mingo are 2nd generation restaurateurs who parlayed a love for surfing into a successful restaurant empire which started in Costa Mesa. Incredibly the ever youthful Wing is celebrating Wahoo’s 25th Anniversary this year. Over the years Wahoo’s has strived to be a part of the communities they serve which now include California, Colorado, Texas, and Hawaii.

Wing also has an appreciation for quality libations including fine wine. He’ll share his wine adventures in Sonoma County from last weekend hanging with some of the legends of California Pinot Noir.

Wing will also provide his insights on keeping Wahoo’s popular when the large chain fast food restaurants are now also selling fish tacos. There is a difference…

Podcasts

Segment One: Brewmaster Victor Novak of TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Downtown Brea
Segment Two: Dean Simon, Managing Partner of BRUXIE Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches Part One
Segment Three: Dean Simon, Managing Partner of BRUXIE Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches Part Two
Segment Four: Nancy Zaslavsky, “A Cook’s Tour to Mexico”
Segment Five: Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Michael Browne, co-founder of Kosta Browne Wines in Sebastopol, CA
Segment Six: Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and Michael Cho, esq. of Palmieri, Tyler, Weiner, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP

October 27: Recipe Rehab, Las Vegas delights, Melting Pot Food Tours

Podcasts

Segment One: JoAnn Cianciulli, Food TV Producer Extraordinaire
Segment Two: JoAnn Cianciulli and Eric Greenspan
Segment Three: Brock Radke of Las Vegas Weekly
Segment Four: Melting Pot Food Tours Part One
Segment Five: Melting Pot Food Tours Part Two
Segment Six: DivBar in Newport Beach

Halloween may be just around the corner but it’s all treats this week on the show.
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes on your favorite food TV show ? One of the best in the business, JoAnn Cianciulli, will be with us. She’s currently Co-Executive Producer of ABC’s “Recipe Rehab” and her long list of impressive food TV credits includes Fox’s “Master Chef,” Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef,” and Bravo’s “Top Chef.” She is also a best-selling cookbook author with two new tomes in the works!

Brock Radke, Food & Web Editor of Las Vegas Weekly, will be along with his insiders’ Las Vegas dining update. He’ll talk about what Chef Gordon Ramsay is up to on The Strip and spotlight all the new happenings in the revived Downtown.

Lisa and Diane Scalia of Melting Pot Food ToursFood tourism is a new trend in travel and one of the most popular and respected food tour enterprises is located right here in Los Angeles. The dynamic Scalia Sisters (Lisa & Diane) are the force behind behind Melting Pot Food Tours. It all started with their popular Original Farmers Market Tour (Third & Fairfax) in 2008. Their “East L.A. Latin Flavors” walking tour (via the Gold Line) really gives you the sights and flavorful tastes of that relatively unknown community. On Saturday’s show they will announce their newest food tour and it’s a grabber!

Talking about incredible flavors Jet will speak about his recent dining adventure at a dive BBQ joint in an unexpected Orange County location.

Podcasts

Segment One: JoAnn Cianciulli, Food TV Producer Extraordinaire
Segment Two: JoAnn Cianciulli and Eric Greenspan
Segment Three: Brock Radke of Las Vegas Weekly
Segment Four: Melting Pot Food Tours Part One
Segment Five: Melting Pot Food Tours Part Two
Segment Six: DivBar in Newport Beach