Rico Gets a Taste of Food History with Birria

Los Angeles has an insane bounty of Mexican food. And that's the subject of a new book by the James Beard award-winning food writer Bill Esparza. Listen as he and Rico take a trip to an underappreciated food gem in Los Angeles to learn a little more about the Zacatecas community and the braised goat dish.

How a Minneapolis Duo Is Changing the Fake ‘Meat’ Game

What if we told you these two words: Vegan butchers. You might be thinking, "HOW?!" Well, Brendan decided to investigate and talk to Aubry and Kale Walch, who founded The Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Listen as our intrepid host visits Aubry and kale to learn the innovative ways their shop is challenging its soy-based competitors.

The Prime Rib Renaissance

Prime rib, that staple cut of beef favored by many a mid-century restaurant, is enjoying a comeback. It's been showing up on menus in trendy eateries in New York City and elsewhere. So, to learn about prime rib, Rico went to Lawry's The Prime Rib to learn all about the classic dish from executive Chef and fourth-generation employee Ryan Wilson.

The Science of Salt: What to Know Before You Cook Your Next Dish

We were talking about this around the office, and realized we didn't know much about how salt does what it does. To fix all that, Rico sat down with Eric Schulze, a science writer and Senior Scientist at Memphis Meats in the Bay Area. During our chat, Eric taught us everything from salt basics to the science of "dry brining" your next steak.

Menu Mysteries: Wolfdown Edition

This week we launch an occasional Main Course series we're calling "Menu Mysteries." In which we check out a restaurant's menu and have the chef decode some of the lesser known ingredients on it. Listen as Rico raids the pantry of L.A.'s Wolfdown, and learns that skordalia is not a flower.

Beer for Breakfast? We Try the Danish Dish Øllebrød

We've talked before about the rebirth of Scandinavian cuisine, but we've never heard about a common Danish breakfast food that Brendan has been calling "beer porridge." It's is a dish Claus Meyer -- one of the best restaurateurs in Denmark -- has been selling since he moved to New York. Hear Brendan get a lesson on the classical Danish breakfast food and the importance of rye in Scandinavian cuisine from Claus himself.

Partying with Pimento: The ‘Comfort’ Cheese

This weekend's Super Bowl showdown is between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. And since we featured a cocktail made for us at a Boston bar earlier in the show, Rico figured it'd only be fair to represent Atlanta on this episode as well, in form of pimento cheese. Listen our host get schooled on a little history of the cheese, then bite into a tasty twist on the cheesy treat.

Find Out What You Get When You Cross a Cheesesteak with a Scallion Pancake

We've covered tons of hybrid foods over the years: from sushirritos, to cronuts, to Donnolis, and more. After a while, we kind of agreed that we wouldn't heed their siren calls anymore... until we heard a new shop had opened up in Manhattan that was getting a reputation for their scallion pancake cheesesteaks. So, how does the hybrid dish stack up against true cheesesteaks? Our Philly-raised host visited the Lower East Side eatery serving them up to try it out himself.

Get a Sweet Taste of Cuba With Guarapo

Drop in on one of the culinary adventures Rico and Brendan had during their trip to Cuba late last year and get a lesson on the sugar cane-based drink, which Rico and Brendan's tour guide calls "Cuban Red Bull."