Megan & MHT: Pok Pok

Sweet and savory steamed Thai rice cakes in three flavors: cantaloupe, banana with durian, and pumpkin with shallots. We asked his team how they tame smelly durian fruit. "Enough banana and sugar is all it takes," they said.

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Foodspotting: Mr. Keller Inspires More Shoe Pics!

Amped is the only way to describe how I currently feel after briefly talking to the legendary Thomas Keller. You already know what he looks like, but what was most interesting to us was that he looked especially dashing with his fabulous shoes, upon which were inscribed the words "Death" and "Glory." Definitely did not expect that!  ~Fiona

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America’s Classic: Noriega Restaurant and Hotel, Bakersfield, CA

Originally founded as a home away from home for shepherds, today the institution showcases the Basque culture of California’s San Joaquin Valley.

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Immaculate Infatuation: Lifetime Acheivement

Why isn't Kevin Zraly on television? This guy is amazing.

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Megan & MHT: Again with the Pigs

Pigs Are the Whistlepig Whiskey pigs already hitting the bottle? There's still some show, guys!

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Kevin Zraly

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Kevin Zraly, the country’s foremost authority on wine. But Zraly says he’s not slowing down, “Just because this is a lifetime achievement award doesn’t mean I’m done working!”

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Megan & MHT: Rachel Yang's Ultra-Fermented Dish

Rachel Yang, chef at Seattle's Joule created an ultra-fermented dish for tonight's gala, Korean bean paste-cured and cold-smoked walu (another name for Escolar) with fennel kimchi."My mom didn't teach me to make kimchi," Yang jokes, "but I did learn from my grandmother and some other people. You can make kimchi out of anything, cabbage, fennel and apple, shiitakes." She starts her kimchi with ginger, pear, garlic, onion, and fish sauce. The pears serve a dual purpose: their sweetness balances

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Immaculate Infatuation: Next Year, Canlis

Oh well, we were really pulling for our Seattle friends at Canlis for the Outstanding Service Award. Tough competition, though.

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Immaculate Infatuation: Some Decent Music After All

Arcade Fire as background music of this National Food Conference video recap. Could be worse. Oh wow, Foster The People, too? Well done, JBFA.

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Immaculate Infatuation Approves

Love the National getting some recognition, even if it's just for the design. The pork chop ain't bad either.

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