Happy National Nacho Day!
Now just watch in awe as this terrifying, delicious mound of chips, cheese and so much more is constructed by the L.A. Times Test Kitchen.
Keep calm, Sriracha production will carry on
A Los Angeles County Judge earlier today rejected a call for the Irwindale Sriracha factory to be shut down due to complaints about fumes it produces, though a final hearing on the matter has been set for Nov. 22.
So you can probably stop stockpiling your bottles of the beloved hot sauce at least until then.
Photos: Nick Ut / Associated Press, Greg Anderson, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Nation’s precious Sriracha supply at risk
Hot sauce fans be warned. The Sriracha factory in Irwindale could be shut down after several complaints from nearby residents that the smell of the factory is so strong that it is causing throat pain, burning eyes and headaches.
Keep track of the latest over at L.A. Now, and follow reporter Frank Shyong, who’s hot on the trail of the alleged Sriracha dangers.
Just stuck my head into this torrent of pepper air for journalism. Slight pepper smell, not too uncomfortable. pic.twitter.com/fWlcGm4Y5m— Frank Shyong (@frankshyong)
Photos: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
The growing swarm of cockroach farms in China
You may think of them as a nasty pest, but in China, raising cockroaches has become an increasingly popular industry. Our own Barbara Demick talked to some of the nation’s most successful roach ranchers to find out what’s behind the bug industry boom.
So where’s the demand for roaches?
At least five pharmaceutical companies are using cockroaches for traditional Chinese medicine. Research is underway in China (and South Korea) on the use of pulverized cockroaches for treating baldness, AIDS and cancer and as a vitamin supplement.
South Korea’s Jeonnam Province Agricultural Research Institute and China’s Dali University College of Pharmacy have published papers on the anti-carcinogenic properties of the cockroach.
Plus, there’s the fact that cockroaches are technically edible:
Many farmers are hoping to boost demand by promoting cockroaches in fish and animal feed and as a delicacy for humans.
Chinese aren’t quite as squeamish as most Westerners about insects — after all, people here still keep crickets as pets.
Photos: Wang Xuhua / For the Times
There’s something very satisfying about a warm, hearty meal to start your day off right, especially if you ended your evening on a particularly boozy note. In Los Angeles, that can often mean one thing: breakfast burritos.
Breakfast burritos are a divisive topic. Some folks can’t even agree on the essential ingredients for a breakfast burrito — egg, tortilla, maybe breakfast meat, maybe potato, maybe cheese — let alone where to find the finest version. Luckily, Angelenos are spoiled for choice, so a decent breakfast burrito of some kind is never far away.
But what about the great breakfast burritos? The one you see when your eyelids close for the night; the one your mouth waters for when you wake up. Here are ten of the best — from Atwater Village to Reseda — that will make you a true believer in the greasy, eggy, deliciously mystical ways of breakfast burritos.
[LA Weekly | farley elliott]
Start your day right, L.A.
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It’s Friday. It’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Treat yourself.
As put by food blogger Tessa Arias, author of “Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich” in an interview with our own Rene Lynch:
"It’s kind of like the ultimate indulgence. It reminds you of childhood memories and summertime.
I think that a lot of people have memories of being outdoors and hearing that noise of the ice cream truck coming around. It’s such a simple pleasure.”
Read more about the frozen treat over at the Daily Dish, if you haven’t already run out to nab one for yourself.
As we pored over the pages, we thought, “How fun would it be to make some of these old recipes?”
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Meet Martin Riese, water sommelier
You read that correctly. L.A.’s Patina Group of Restaurants has its own water expert, who takes his clear beverages as seriously as wine enthusiasts take their own drink of choice.
For just a hint of how straight-faced Riese is about something that, admittedly, seems a bit ridiculous:
He pours a glass of Fiji water and swirls it like a glass of wine. He then takes a sip, puckers his lips and chews on the water for a bit before swallowing. He then pours a glass of Voss water and follows the same tasting procedure.
"Fiji is more in the smooth area and very light when I’m tasting it," said Riese. "Voss has more of a bitter taste to it. Right away I’m getting it on my palate when I drink the Voss. But Fiji, I don’t have that."
And don’t even try to offer him standard-issue H2O:
"Smell this tap water. It smells like chlorine," said Riese with a look of disgust. "As a restaurant person here in L.A., I can say I would never drink that water. When you have good food, good wine and good spirits, you don’t want to contaminate that with this water."
Read more, including why a single bottle of water can cost $20, over at the Daily Dish.
Photo: Jenn Harris / Los Angeles Times
Is Michelle Obama’s health campaign doing all it can?
First lady Obama has long been an advocate for healthy food and exercise during her stint in the White House, headlining the “Let’s Move” campaign and hosting frequent events in her garden to highlight the benefits of quality food.
But when it comes to the marketing of sugary treats and syrupy sodas to children, did she do enough to try and save failed federal guidelines she had previously praised?
…when food and media companies — including many that supported her anti-obesity campaign — mounted a fierce lobbying battle against the guidelines in 2011, the first lady went silent.
It wasn’t until earlier this year, after the guidelines had been blocked, that Obama resumed her call for more responsible food marketing.
And despite her victories in the fight against obesity, Obama is not without her critics:
…some who see themselves as Obama’s allies in the fight against obesity believe her desire to create partnerships with industry kept her quiet when her voice would have counted most. Fourteen companies that back Obama’s anti-obesity campaign helped kill the voluntary advertising guidelines, lobbying reports and other records show.
"The White House got cold feet," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who had championed the guidelines. "It sort of undermines everything that the first lady was doing."
Photo: Olivier Douliery / Abaca Press/MCT
This is real: A functional Sriracha fountain as seen at last night’s launch party for The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook by Randy Clemens.
Guests at the Golden Road Brewery in L.A.’s Atwater Village freely dipped into the deliciousness (Tip: Soft pretzel bites doused with Sriracha are a very good thing).
They also had the opportunity to sample recipes from the book — Jackfruit “Pulled Pork” Sammiches with Pickled Red Onion; Beer Battered Fried Avocado Tacos with Sriracha Curtido — prepared by Golden Road Executive Chef Adam Levoe.
But the fountain of sauce was the event’s hottest topic; even David Tran, the man who introduced Sriracha to the American masses, stopped to take an iPhone photo.
If you are unfamiliar with the history behind the “Rooster sauce” phenomenon, Peter Hong’s 1997 profile is the origin story.
More recently, Frank Shyong caught up with Tran as he prepared to move the family business into a huge new factory in Irwindale, Calif.
The money quote: “Hot sauce must be hot. If you don’t like it hot, use less,” Tran said. “We don’t make mayonnaise here.”