From last week, my first persimmon of the year. Outside the parameters of my general apathy for fruit is this lone, crazy love for persimmons. I went to the farmers market today and bought an entire bag of giant fuyus, and one hachiya, still unripe. The lady at the stall told me you can ripen hachiyas by freezing them for 24 hours, then letting them thaw to room temperature (or just eating them frozen). There are few things in life that I genuinely crave. This is one of them. Welcome, fall!
In other news, here are random things I'm reading and watching these days:
Outdoor markets around the world, via Kiss My Spatula
Loving every video from Bon Appetempt, including this one on shucking oysters.
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy is talking up the Farm Bill.
First, there was news of Tsujita's famous but yet unseen ramen. Then there was their popup ramen shop at Mitsuwa, only minutes from my door. And now, their brick and mortar restaurant is finally serving it. Ramen! Though not a rabid ramen fan, I can't help but try every place near my apartment. Santouka, then Yamadaya, and next: Tsujita.
Is it too late to start planting these for fall? Doesn't Los Angeles have an eternal summer?
What a beautiful living room, via Design*Sponge.
Amateur Gourmet, new to LA, recommends this Thai restaurant.
I don't love chocolate (which some women seem to find unfathomable), but as you read above, I could eat persimmons for just about every meal. David Leibovitz's chocolate persimmon muffins look deleeshus.
Jacques Pepin is a delight. I wish he would come to my apartment and teach me all his techniques.
Ever hear what it's like to be a death row chef?
This made me long for New Haven and gusts of fall air whispering the coming of snow.
Norton Juster on The Phantom Tollbooth.
After making an inedible vegetable soup, I developed a newfound appreciation for the so-called art of vegetable soup, as described by The Traveler's Lunchbox.
Delicious Days has a thorough list of food bloggers cum cookbook authors, and food writers cum food bloggers.