* The food critic is host of "Feed Your Face" on KLSX-FM (97.1) Saturdays and Sundays, 5-7 p.m. He is also an author of several cookbooks and co-editor of the Zagat Survey.
Absolute Favorite: The place I would go as much as possible if I could afford to would be Matsuhisa on La Cienega in Beverly Hills. Every time I go there, it's like I've never eaten before. They do uni, which is sea urchin, wrapped in a shiso leaf and then tempuraed, which is unique and seemingly impossible. Yet it comes out perfectly. The shrimp in pepper sauce is amazing. Basically, I put myself in the hands of the chef and say, "Surprise me," and they always do.
Slippery Shrimp: Consistently, the Chinese place that I eat at the most often is Yang Chow in Chinatown. I love the slippery shrimp, which is a dish of battered, deep-fried shrimp in a sweet and peppery sauce. I think everyone at Yang Chow gets it. I don't think there is a table that doesn't have slippery shrimp. I also like the cold noodles with sesame and chicken. It's a taste that's so unique that you never tire of it.
Amazing Apples: Just about every Sunday, I am at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Main Street. My daughter goes there for the pony rides, and I go there for the lady who sells the amazing Fuji apples. Actually, my all-time favorite stall, which is only around part of the year, is at the Saturday morning Organic Farmers Market, the one on Arizona in Santa Monica. There's a tomato guy named Ed who sells heirloom tomatoes and they are amazing.