Chef/owner Sam Auen is not a conventional character, and Tacopacalypse is not a conventional "Mexcican" restaurant. If you are looking for "Mexican" food replete with tons of beans, cheese, and bad salsa, the good news is plenty of those spots abound in almost any USA town. If you are drawn to good food loaded with creativity and fun, then there are only two places in Iowa where it comes in the form of tacos and burritos laden with asian influences-the original Tacopacalypse now located in Des Moines' East Village, and the new branch in Fairfield at The Orpheum.
During our hour-long conversation Sam and I hip-hopped our way in and around many topics including how his approach to food developed, his daily schedule, upcoming projects, music, and cycling. Listen close and you'll hear the soul of a person who is an outspoken straight shooter with a huge heart.
Eat at Chocolate, Lose Weight is a game-changing look at the world’s most surprising (and luscious) health food: chocolate.
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Enjoying the winter weather? Need a little something that will satisfy and fortify while the winds blow? There's nothing that hits the flavor spot better in the throes of a deep freeze than a hearty soup. We've serving up two different soups in the studio this week and another over the phone.
I have to digress because all this talk of soup reminds me of a funny soup story. I was at an excellent Italian spot in New York, Pepolino, a number of years ago. A friend at the table, Stan, was talking about how he only ate soup if it was steaming hot. When the waiter took our orders Stan made certain to tell him that the soup had to be HOT. I took a good look at that cup of soup when it was brought to the table. The steam was pouring off of it. Stan sent it back saying it wasn't hot enough. I'm not certain what they did to it in the kitchen to get it any hotter, but the second try satisfied. That might have been one of those "you had to have been there" stories, but, trust me, it was hilarious.
Candy Calderon: Holistic Health Coach and Creator of Ñami by Candy
Candy comes from a business background and worked for several years with international corporations traveling the world developing their business, but always felt in her heart that health & wellness were her true calling. After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she took it upon herself to learn everything needed to help her heal faster and naturally. That’s when she learned about the benefits and healing qualities of a plant-based diet, eventually switching to that lifestyle and her journey as a holistic health coach began. She now coaches people on how to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle; she’s an avid plant-based nutrition advocate and educator, chef, plus a yoga & meditation lover. She’s passionate about transmitting her message to everyone in need, but especially to her Latin community both Spanish and English speaking.
You can find her:
· FB: www.facebook.com/NamiByCandy
· Instagram: @candy_nami
· Twitter: @namibycandy
· Email: email@example.com
Click "Read More" to see one of Candy's favorite recipes.
This week Fairfield’s own Shaktea Kombucha, run by the Dowd family, was awarded a $250,000 grant as part of Chase and Google’s Mission Main Street grant program. Though this interview is from a couple of years ago, it’s the appropriate show to run on Great Taste along with our congratulations to the Dowds and best wishes for their upcoming expansion.
"Kombucha flavored soda alternatives pose threat to Coca-Cola and Pepsi." Well, I think this story is only in an early phase of development, but if you sometimes have a craving for a bubbly beverage that goes well with popcorn, look no further than Shaktea Kombucha. For the most part, I have my soda (or pop depending on where you grew up) attachment licked, but I have to admit that last year I went on a Mexican Coke binge for several weeks. A number of pounds later (that exact number will remain confidential), and well-caffeinated, I broke off the relationship. Now, with Shaktea in my life I have no need to rekindle it.
It might even be good for you? That's way crazy. All I know is kombucha is a fermented tea with roots in Russia, China, and Japan. The local product is a delicious drink that comes in five flavors, has USDA Organic Certification, and contains naturally occurring pro-biotic enzymes. The rest of the story we'll leave to the Dowd family, local brewers, who have refined their process over a 10-year period. Deb (Mom), Jack and Meghan (brother and sister) will share the story of how their micro Kombucha brewery began and has evolved.
It was a delicious experience being in Salt Lake City last week. I had excellent meals at the Copper Onion and Pago. More about those meals on the show.
I love chocolate so it was a treat to enjoy in SLC a brief Chocolate 101 session at Tony Caputo's Market and Deli. This "must" destination fine food shop downtown has its own cheese cave, an in-house salame maker, and a overwhelming number (more than 300) of cacao bean products including three types of rich chocolate drinks that should come with some type of government warning label.
The devil lurking behind these temptations is one of this week's guests, Matt Caputo. Here's how one website described him. "Matt Caputo is one of the world's most discerning connoisseur of fine chocolate bars. The award winning chocolate tasting classes he teaches at Tony Caputo's Market & Deli are highly recommended by many media outlets, chefs and even numerous international chocolate experts. His in-depth research is not limited to books and the internet, he has traveled the globe to meet and learn from the most respected chocolate makers in the world."
One of our greatest pleasures in life is starting off several days each week with a cup of black tea from India, Ceylon or Africa. Rachel adds a touch of milk and a little sugar to our cups. We stir, smell, taste, sigh, and sip. It’s a magical experience.
A great espresso is just that, but it’s not tea. The only other liquid that brings me a simillar type of pleasurable experience is when I am lucky enough to enjoy a special glass of wine. Fascinating. A realization just clicked inside that I connect both tea and wine with romance, which means they are intimately intertwined with peak experiences Rachel and I have enjoyed together-quiet, leisurely breakfasts at home, a tea shop in Paris, afternoon tea at the Four Seasons, a dinner in a corner booth at Vetri, dinner with friends in Rome, and many other entrancing moments.
TONIGHT: LAST LIVE GREAT TASTE OF THE YEAR!
HY-VEE CLUB ROOM AT 7PM
It's the Indian Hills Culinary crew along with musician Tom Allen tonight for 60 minutes of delicious radio. Join us for a menu of holiday fare-turkey and turkey dressing, roasted potatoes, cabbage rolls, Christmas mice(?), and maybe an apple tart.
LISTEN on the KRUU STREAM: Wednesday at 7PM
Friday at 7AM
OYSTERS, DONUTS, AND A YULE LOG!
It's perfect listening on KRUU's Great Taste for holiday party ideas as Chef Julia Punj prepared oysters-raw with a riff on traditional cocktail sauce, baked motoyaki style, and pan-fried with a salsa verde.
LIVE AT HY-VEE-Club Room, 7:00 pm
Our most unusual show/food combination ever!
Chef Julia Punj will demo how to open oysters, and also prepare pan fried oysters with salsa verde, butter baked oysters, and oysters motoyaki style. Oysters for a holiday party menu sounds great, right? So what’s so unusual? Well, that brings us to the other part of the show.
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Danielle George shows us how to make a simple and fun yule log. Brandon Neil is going to make his fabulous sour cream old-fashioned donuts. Now you understand? Pretty strange, but I’m looking forward to it.
I’m counting on Tom Allen to ease the transition from seafood to rich desserts with fun music and his droll sense of humor.
See you in the Hy-Vee Club Room at 7:00 pm on Wednesday!
LIVE AT HY-VEE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 AT 7:00 PM
The Club Room lights up with a Chanukah celebration featuring music, food, and fun. Sheila Ross is making chicken soup and latkes. Tom Allen and ladies from Beth Shalom will provide the music, Beverly Merson joins us for her CineBites feature, and who knows what else might happen! Don't miss this live happening!
ON THE KRUU STREAM-WEDNESDAY AT 7:00 pm and FRIDAY AT 7:00 am