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In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Rosetta Costantino, author of Southern Italian Desserts, talks about the dishes of her hometown of Calabria, Italy. We discuss the Queen's licorice, the difference between Tuscan dishes and Southern Italian dishes, and the influence of the Swiss and the Arabs.

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What nut was brought to Sicily by the Arabs and is now grown on the slopes of Mount Etna?
  • A: The pistachio.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

  • Where you Fly Into: Lamezia Airport
  • Where to Stay in Southern Italy: Porto Pirgos
  • Favorite Chef: Pietro Lecce of La Tavernetta
  • Favorite Time of Year to Visit Calabria: September
  • Favorite Place for Olive Oil: Dattlio
  • Favorite Place for Cheese: Maiorano (try the Crotonese pecorino cheese)
  • Favorite Places to go for Wine: FerrocintoOdoardiStattiLibrandi
  • Southern Italian Dish for Comparison: Pasta al Calabria

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Direct download: Rosetta_Constantino.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Chef Andy Ricker of Pok Pokin Portland, Oregon, shows us how to take a culinary adventure in Thailand. We discuss mortars and pestles, boiled buffalo fetus and Ike's Vietnamese fish sauce wings.

Regions of Thailand to Explore:

  • The South / Peninsula
  • Central Thailand
  • Isan / Northeastern Thailand
  • Chiang Mai / Northend Thailand

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What is a seasoning that Thai food and Italian food share?
  • A: Fish sauce.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

  • Must-Visit Places in Thailand: Chiang Mai and Bangkok
  • Thai Dish for Comparison: Pad Thai
  • Favorite Chef: David Thompson
  • Thai Drinks to Try: Sugarcane Juice, Hibiscus Juice, Chrysanthemum Tea, White Lightning
  • Best Place in the U.S. to Buy Thai Ingredients: Thai farmers in Florida
  • Where to Buy Mortars and Pestles: Temple of Thai

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Direct download: Andy_Ricker_-_Thailand.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Anita Chu of Dessert First recommends Rich Tablein San Francisco, where Chefs Evan and Sarah Rich serves up New American dishes like lamb and dandelion pasta, salmon with tomatoes and gribiche.

Anita recommends:

  • Sardine chips
  • Douglas fir levain
  • Lamb and dandelion pasta
  • Salmon with tomatoes and gribiche
  • Mint chocolate ice cream

San Francisco Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Mission
  • Financial District/SoMa
  • Hayes Valley

San Francisco Food Events:

Food for Thought:

  • Q: What was the original name of the city of San Francisco?
  • A: Yerba Buena.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks:

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Direct download: Episode_63_-_Anita_Chu_-_San_Francisco_-_EQ.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT