Monthly Archives: September 2006

The Monday Farmer’s Market Report: Exotic Fruit for Tots; Jujubees and Sweet Limes

In addition to the welcome late-summer excess of too many tomatoes, super ripe stone fruit, and cobs upon cobs of corn, my little Los Angeles farmers market for some seasonal reason was pushing, stall to stall, produce otherwise usually absent. … Continue reading

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Weekend Wanderer – The Abergavenny Food Festival

Normally, if you’re on a foodie family adventure, there’s no better place to come than New York. However, I’m here on my own this weekend just as the Abergavenny Food Festival is taking place back home in Wales. Even though … Continue reading

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Friday Family Meal: End of Summer Fig and Tomato Feast

This weekend, before night falls quicker than you can get home, before kindergarten turns to first grade, before richly flavored produced turns to root vegetables you have to coax rich flavors out of, you could have a family meal that … Continue reading

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Parmesan: The Cheesewiz of Italy

Real parmesan (I’m talking parmigianno reggiano) is one of those ingredients that makes everything taste so darned good to my kids. What’s great about parm is that’s pretty low in fat and has a junk-food-like ability to keep kids eating … Continue reading

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The Wednesday Gastrokid Restaurant Review: Pueblo Viejo, Los Angeles

We’ve all been there as diners (pre-children or on date night) wishing the family of four at the nearby table would just clear out, taking their trail of spilled sugar, knocked-over water glasses, and unruly offspring with them. And then … Continue reading

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Tuesday News Day – Is there Such a Thing as Bad Food?

Are you sick with guilt when your kids devour a packet of potato chips/crisps? Can you say you’ve never let your little ones feast on the chemical rush of bright orange Doritos? Good food evangelist Jamie Oliver has caused a … Continue reading

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The Monday Family Farmer’s Market Report: Perfect Tomatoes (plus, 3 recipes).

Get ‘em while you can. A fellow father asked me on the way to the market: they got any heirloom tomatoes today? (for that’s the kind of question certain fathers ask each other these days on a Sunday) I answered: … Continue reading

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My Kingdom for Frozen Celery

It’s 4am here in the UK and I’m wide awake longing for celery – it has to be frozen and the harder the better. No, I’m not jonesing for some hardcore iced Bloody Mary, I need something (quick!) to soothe … Continue reading

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A Babbo makes a Babbo Fish Dish…

…and becomes Molto Daddy-o to his children. Ever since Bill Buford wrote about his trial by fire at various stations at Babbo in the New Yorker (repeated in his engaging book Heat), I’ve wanted to subject myself to the vicarious … Continue reading

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Surfas to Heirs

Wherein a family raids a commercial restaurant supply store and cafe… and miraculously comes out unscathed “Still life with NSF-certified cutting board and candied pansies” (at left) It’s that sort of contrapuntal culinary poetry that comes out of Surfas, the … Continue reading

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