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Ep. 117 - This past weekend we ate and podcasted our way through the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. Here is the first of the three episodes we recorded, featuring Eric & Bruce Bromberg- owners of the Blue Ribbon empire and Brooklyn Bowl, plus the curators of all the food at the festival. We talk about their fried chicken (which was hands down the best thing to eat at the fest), plus how the original Blue Ribbon in NYC was originally meant to be a late night spot for musicians to eat after playing in the clubs.  We also talked about their college bands, their extensive guitar collection, and how Bruce played on a Melvins record.  

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Special thanks this week goes out to The Cosmpolitan Las Vegas, who made it possible for us to be at Life is Beautiful.  Stay there next time to you go to Vegas... you won't regret it.  http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Direct download: Episode_117-Eric__Bruce_Bromberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10 PM

Ep. 116 - New York Times columnist Mark Bittman took 30 minutes out of his book tour to talk music with us last week by the pool of his hotel in West Hollywood. He takes us through his childhood, from the Beatles (and knowing a bunch of the screaming girls in those classic New York photos), to Hendrix (who he saw five times.) And then talks about some of the music he listens to now, like tUnE-yArDs (yes, Mark Bittman dropped  a Tune Yards reference on us.)  Naturally we also talked about how much more political food has become, while at the same time music has seemlingly become less political.  

Mark's new book "How to Cook Everything Fast" is out now. 

Direct download: Episode_116-Mark_Bittman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:50 AM

Ep. 115 - This week we welcome Carnie Wilson to the podcast, who might be known best as 1/3 of the band Wilson Phillips and as host of one of the greatest daytime talk shows of all time (well, to Zach anyway.) But did you know she's also an accomplished cook, having won Chopped and come in 2nd on Rachael vs. Guy's Celebrity Cook Off.  Her latest project is making desserts at Vitello's in Los Angeles, where she was recently named the Executive Pastry Chef.  She tells us about the role food played in her life growing up (including one memorable bowl of cereal she had with her dad) and tells Zach what it was like to both win and lose on Chopped- and that's when the podcast gets dirty...  

Direct download: Episode_115-Carnie_Wilson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:04 AM

Ep. 114 - Curious to hear how a globe trotting, food loving, expensive sake drinking DJ lives?  Ali Shirazinia aka Dubfire (aka half of the house duo Deep Dish) is this week's podcast guest.  We talk to him about the Persian food he ate growing up, the restaurant he plans on opening with a chef from Tsujiki Fish Market in Japan, and his recent trip to Copenhagen to go to the MAD Symposium.  Plus he tells us the sad story of how he lost his extensive list of recommended restaurants after a phone sync gone bad.  Our friend Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA and the Black Crystal Wolf Kids joins as guest co-host.  

Direct download: Episode_114-Dubfire.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50 AM

Ep. 113 - Joe Kwon is not just the cellist for the Avett Brothers, but he's also their resident cook and food blogger.  We talk to him about his Korean food filled weekly "family reunions" growing up in North Carolina, Dave Matthews' catering, and his favorite places to eat in Nashville, Raleigh, Portland and more.  Plus he weighs in on what BBQ is the best.  Spoiler: His favorite is from eastern North Carolina (which apparently is completely different than western North Carolina BBQ.) 

Direct download: Episode_113-Joe_Kwon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31 AM

Ep. 112 - It's our very first podcast recorded live in front of audience!  This past weekend Zach went to Chicago for Food Network in Concert at Ravinia, and podcasted live on one of the side stages w/ Chef Wylie Dufresne (WD-50), Food Network personality Jeff Mauro, Chris Carrabba (from Dashboard Confessional & Twin Forks), Josh Kaufman (Winner of Season 6 of the Voice), and Lori Majewski (author of Mad World: An Oral History of the New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.) We talk more Grateful Dead and Lou Reed w/ Wylie, hear about Jeff's first concert, find out what Josh feeds his kids, and hear about the kind of food Chris grew up eating. And then, towards the end, the discussion devolved into vegetarians vs. the meat eaters as we discussed the politics of food.  Can you guys who was on which side?

Direct download: Episode_112-Food_Network_In_Concert.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06 AM

Ep. 111 - You likely know Alex Guarnaschelli from her triumph on Next Iron Chef, or as a judge on Chopped, or as the Executive Chef of Butter in New York City. But did you also know she is a huge fan of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden? And her mom, the famous cookbook editor, had a kick ass record collection? She also tells us about cooking for Prince (eat your heart out Marcus Samuelsson!), the time Nile Rodgers played at her restaurant The Darby, and the time she saw the Jerry Garcia Band at the Garden and left early to get a burger at Big Nick's on the Upper West Side. And then, her 7 year old daughter plays drums at the end of the episode to close things out. 

Alex will actually be one of the many chefs appearing with us at Food Network in Concert at Ravinia this weekend in Chicago, along with Anne Burrell, Jose Garces, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Jeff Mauro.  Plus musicians John Mayer, Phillip Phillips, Twin Forks, Josh Kaufman and more. We'll be podcasting live in the Bennet Gordon Hall from 3:45 to 4:30pm w/ Chef Jeff Mauro, Chris Carrabba (from Twin Forks and Dashboard Confessional), Josh Kaufman and more- so come say hi if you're in the Chicago area!  Get more info at http://www.foodnetworkinconcert.com

Direct download: Episode_111-Alex_Guarnaschelli.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:34 AM

Ep. 110 - Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz comes to Bronson Island this week to talk food with Zach and guest co-host Jeff Miller.  We talk about New Orleans, San Francisco burritos, and the beauty of lengua and tripe.  Plus we talk to him about his good friend Giada De Laurentiis and he tells about the greatest New Year's Eve dinner date of his life.

Direct download: Episode_110-Counting_Crows.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00 PM

Ep. 109 - Matt Mira, Michelle Branch and Andy Milonakis are just a few of the friends that stopped by to podcast with us this week, our very first episode recorded live at an event.  It all went down this past friday night at the opening night party of L.A. Times' The Taste.  In addition to Matt, Michelle and Andy, we also talked to L.A. Chefs Bruce Kalman (Union) and David Lefevre (MB Post), Cofax owner Jason Bernstein, our pal Ray Suen (from Childish Gambino's band), and L.A. Times editor Russ Parsons, who rivaled Jonathan Gold with his stories about Muddy Waters and Buddy Holly's mom.  At the very end our guest co-host Jeff Miller stopped by in between sets, with his band Black Crystal Wolf Kids, to close out the show. 

Direct download: Episode_109-The_Taste.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42 PM

Ep. 108 - Zach Carothers & Jason Sechrist from Portugal the Man are this week's podcast guests.  We started the show talking about food at Summer festivals, and they confirmed what Warpaint and Grouplove told us on previous podcasts, and that is that Osheaga in Montreal is the absolute best.  Jason tells us about his stint as an oyster shucker in Portland, and Zach gives us recommendations for eating in El Paso and Alaska.  They're on the Honda Civic Tour w/ our pals Grouplove through September.  

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Come hang out with us at L.A. Times' The Taste opening night part, this Friday night August 29th at Paramount Studios. Our good friend Jeff Miller (who is a frequent guest co-host on this podcast) will be playing live with his Indie Rock cover band Black Crystal Wolf Kids, and there will be tons of great food and great booze.  Plus we'll have a booth onsite where we'll be recording a podcast during the party!  Get more info and tickets at http://events.latimes.com/taste 

Direct download: Episode_108-Portugal_The_Man.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:56 AM