L.A. Foodie Podcast: Duff Goldman, Charm City Cakes West
Ben & Drew hang with the Ace of Cakes himself, Duff Goldman! After some audio food porn of Instagram on The Radio, Duff is blindfolded for another round of “What Did We Put In Your Mouth?” Not only that, Duff reads a one-star Yelp review of Charm City Cakes West as Charlton Heston. WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED? What’s Duff’s favorite burger in L.A.? What’s his beef with Father’s Office? And how does he recover when choking on a hazelnut (hint: easy cheese)? Find out the answers to all these questions and more on the L.A. Foodie Podcast!
Get ready for dinner and a show. (I’m assuming that you’re entirely cool with eating ice cream for dinner.) Ice Cream Lab in Beverly Hills is your new go-to for impressing out-of-town guests with liquid nitrogen frozen ice cream. The stuff is fresh—made while you wait. You’ll know you’re in the right spot if you see clouds of white smoke belching forth from Ice Cream Lab’s custom machines.
The Salt Lick Crunch is my personal fave. Vanilla ice cream is mixed with pretzels and caramel and then topped with sea salt. C’mon, son.
The Banilla reminds me of snack time in preschool. Fresh diced bananas, caramel sauce, and Nilla wafers. I feel for a fleeting moment that I’m eating healthy.
For the David Lynch fan, there’s the Blue Velvet. Vanilla ice cream mixed with a blue velvet cupcake—cream cheese frosting and all. It’s good. It’s real good. It’s…dare I say, hella good.
If you’re feeling especially American, go for the Apple Pie. Vanilla ice cream with cinnamon-spiced apples and honey graham crackers.
Congratulations to our friend Tonya Dooley, founder and chief pastry alchemist at Cutie Pie That!, whose titillating, totally tasty, tiny pies are the latest craft foods to appear at the Crafted Marketplace at The Port of Los Angeles. Support your local pie-maker!
Tonya joined Ben & Drew in January on the LA Foodie Podcast to pimp her pies:
Yes, that’s a pie on a stick. Cutie Pie That! sells those, too.
Ben and Drew made a baby. It’s a brand new video series called 30:SECONDmendations! In each video, we’ll sample a food or a place or a thing and then review it in under 30 seconds. Impossible? HA!
In this episode of 30:SECONDmendations, the Food Dudes try a sweet, sweet candy bar from Roma Chocolates. This locally-sourced, organic candy is too-goo-to-be-true good. You don’t know what you’ve been missing all these years with your Snickers bars (except possibly extra money since these micro-batch treats can’t be cheap).
Monday, we were invited to the final round of a “Flavorology” contest hosted by Yogurtland where any customer could submit their favorite combination of all the various ingredients available at the chain. Out of more than 2500 entries, 12 people made the final rounds with their mounds of deliciousness.
Most fruits and vegetables are available at supermarkets year-round, and it has been that way since I was a little kid. I’ll admit that until I was in my mid-20s I didn’t know which foods were in-season at any given time. I was aware that fresh foods have seasons, but I thought that the concept was outdated and didn’t matter anymore. Well, it does matter. Big time. Take strawberries for example. When they are in-season (which is right now, in case you were wondering), strawberries are sweet, juicy, plentiful, and cheap. At any other time of the year, they are normally pretty bland, and you pay a premium for the privilege of eating subpar fruit. Strawberries only ripen on the vine, so once they are picked they only have a few days before they spoil. It’s a good thing that The Donut Man in Glendora cranks through hundreds of strawberry donuts every day this time of year.