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A Gastrodad/Gastrokid Cheese Tasting

On our recent “you can pick out anything you want” foodie family field trip to Whole Foods, Five year old Vi picked out these two cheeses. After a half hour in the trunk of my car in Southern California summer … Continue reading

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Dough, Doh

Speaking of fried stuffed doughy latinesque foods, here on the other side of the world we picked up some empanadas at a local Mexican spot called Tere’s Mexican Grill (5870 Melrose in Hollywood). It’s near Paramount Studios and is beloved … Continue reading

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Baskin Robbins V. Pinkberry

The temperature broke 90 degrees fahrenheit in Los Angeles today, leading my wife to offer my wilting children a frozen treat run after school. “Do you want Pinkberry?” she asked, proferring the preposterously popular frozen yogurt that’s proliferating through posher … Continue reading

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Gastrokid Taste Test: Unpasteurized Cheese Tasting

While the fda suggests otherwise (and I’m not going to get into the science or health aspects of it), I side with the French and the Italians and the gastrofamilies of just about every other great cheese country that’s survived … Continue reading

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Strawberry Taste Test

We bought two of pints of strawberries this week: one pint of Camarosas (the pint on the left side of the photo), which are a Southern Californian variety that you see a lot in farmer’s markets around here. And one … Continue reading

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Give Peas (of mind) a Chance

In my twenties I swore I’d never get a microwave nor eat frozen food. I was too in love with the idea of living the European fantasy that my home in Manhattan allowed: buying only what I needed on that … Continue reading

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Crispy Japanoesque Tofu: First Strike. Could it be a strike out?

We jumped into Project Pan-Asia full force this week and decided to try to sneak tofu into our kids’ dinner rotation. The thinking was: we’d do it seamlessly. If they’ve tolerated boneless skinless organic free range chicken breast (marinated in … Continue reading

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The Monday Farmer’s Market Report: Tropical Fruit Taste Test

We hit our local farmer’s market and went to a stand selling a lot of tropical fruit, which is just starting to come in. Back home the kids and I did an impromptu little Gastrokid taste test. Here’s how our … Continue reading

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Parmesan V. Pecorino

In the quest to keep green fibrous vegetables in the diets of our children, we’ve long relied upon copious, blizzard-like gratings of parmigianno reggiano. Tonight, blanched green beans finished with a little butter and a grating of parmesan cemented our … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting for Tots

Okay, not so much tasting as smelling. My kids have witnessed a fair number of glasses of wine swirled, sniffed, and sipped (and quaffed). Of course they’re curious (and of course, at 2 years old and 5 years old we … Continue reading

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