2019 was a year of changes for Long Beach’s evolving food scene: Homegrown chefs launched brick-and-mortars, more than a few classic local restaurants shuttered and new hi-rise apartment buildings added residents and retail space (both of which are still figuring out what they want to eat). From Milk Barn pizza to gold-crusted salmon burgers to the power of Long Beach as a regional food destination, Sarah and Brian take an hour to tackle the openings, closings and experiments that defined the last year of eating across our city in transition. They talk about what’s working, what’s not and what can we expect from restauranteurs and residents in 2020. Yes, there are lots of tangents!
Season 1 Episode list:
- Episode 1: Bamboo Club’s Chef Melissa Ortiz and Tiki History w/ Kelly Puente
- Episode 2: Let’s Get Critical — Why it Matters When A Restaurant is “Overrated”
- Episode 3: How LB’s Food Makers Are Growing Out of Home Kitchens w/ Paul and Dana of Primal Alchemy
- Ep. 4: Get to Know Your Local Beer Scene w/Dennis Trilles of Craft Beer Long Beach
- Ep. 5: Why Filipino Food Is History on a Plate w/ Chefs AC Boral and Janice Cabaysa of Rice & Shine
- Ep. 6: Mini-history of booze and Portuguese Bend’s uniqueness w/ distiller Simon Haxton
- Ep. 7: Belmont Shore’s identity crisis & being a woman in the food world w/ Chef ‘Roq’ Jubran
- Ep. 8: Your trash food is another’s treasure and the classism within food culture
- Ep. 9: Has the East Side food desert found an oasis in the Long Beach Exchange?
- Ep. 10: Mexican cuisine’s complexity—and how that translates into the food we experience in SoCal
- Ep. 11: Chef Philip Pretty is reinventing his restaurant (and our connection to farmers markets)
- Ep. 12: How The 4th Horseman carved its own drunk-pizza-shaped niche in Long Beach
- Ep. 13: Cold brew, canning coffee, and the third wave w/ Wade Windsor of Lord Windsor
- Ep. 14: Why all SoCal food is fusion food w/ Chef Beeline Krouch of Chinitos Tacos
- Ep. 15: Long Beach’s growing popup & food truck scene w/ Jairo Bogarín of Hamburgers Nice
- Ep. 16: Be like Wonka and step into the world of sugar w/ Candy Warehouse’s Nicole Marte
- Ep. 17: Downtown’s changing bar culture (and holiday miracle) w/ The Ordinarie’s Christy Caldwell
- Ep. 18: Former LA Times food editor Russ Parsons talks all things food
- Ep. 19: Long Beach is a breakfast (and drinkin’) town w/ The Breakfast Bar peeps
- Ep. 20: The Vegan Revolution w/ one of its warriors, Dennis Dean
- Ep. 21: The beauty & pain of being a restaurant industry vet w/ Chef Arthur Gonzalez of Panxa
- Ep. 22: Brian and Sarah’s Epic 2019 Food Year in Review Episode
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