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2012 Stories by Edwin Goei

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  • Read Stick a Fork In It!

    published December 27, 2012

    So you like our food section in this infernal rag? You don't know the half of it. Every day, our More >>

  • The Attic: Old Folks At Home

    published December 20, 2012

    I'm seated next to an honest-to-goodness fireplace in a Craftsman house built in the 1920s. When a server walks past carrying a tray loaded... More >>

  • Embarcadero: The San Francisco Treat

    published December 13, 2012

    You're on the 241, heading as far east as you can go before hitting the Cleveland National Forest. The LA radio station you're tuned to begins... More >>

  • Au NatuRaw: Cooks Who Don't Cook

    published December 6, 2012

    I respect the dietary choices made by all vegans and vegetarians, but I'm particularly in awe of the commitment required by the raw-food... More >>

  • The Ally Goes All In

    published November 29, 2012

    I nearly choked on my water when a tablemate called his dish of spaghetti with ground beef, bacon and a fried egg "trailer-park food." Since he... More >>

  • Dana Point's the Point: Spot On

    published November 21, 2012

    Who says you can't take your kids to a bar? That's the point of the Point, a new bar and restaurant that pretty much encourages you to do so.... More >>

  • Foxfire's Cougars and Men

    published November 15, 2012

    We've all heard the stories, the anecdotes, the not-so-secret reputation of Foxfire as the hallowed hunting grounds for the species of woman... More >>

  • Surah Korean BBQ & Sushi Will Put You on a Beef Bender

    published November 8, 2012

    The all-you-can-eat deal at Surah Korean BBQ & Sushi is an endeavor that demands steely commitment, stretchy pants and the accompaniment of at... More >>

  • South of Nick's: Cal-Mex Class

    published November 1, 2012

    The first thing you should know about South of Nick's is that it's the kind of Mexican restaurant that inserts a decorative, hole-punched,... More >>

  • Ennar Calasian Grill Puts Japan in Little Saigon

    published October 25, 2012

    Ennar Calasian Grill has gigantic-yet-dainty shoes to fill—Haley Nguyen's, to be exact. Xanh Bistro, Nguyen's Vietnamese eatery, has been... More >>

  • Congregation Ale House: Eat, Pray, Glug

    published October 18, 2012

    When ordering the rib-eye burger at Congregation Ale House, don't expect anything massively portioned or customizable. This isn't that kind of... More >>

  • Danny Godinez, Food Genius

    published October 11, 2012

    Danny Godinez has always been working and learning. Born and raised in Acapulco, Mexico, he helped his mom to make pozole for her restaurant... More >>

  • Shuck Oyster Bar: Shuck Yeah!

    published October 11, 2012

    Leonard Chan might be Costa Mesa's youngest, most prolific restaurant mogul. Though I don't know exactly how old he is, I'm pretty sure Chan... More >>

  • Dublin Down at Dublin 4

    published October 4, 2012

    A tip for aspiring restaurateurs: When you open your restaurant, do it as though you mean it. Follow the example of Darren and Jean Coyle and... More >>

  • Kale to the Chef at Healthy Junk

    published September 27, 2012

    If you're eating dinner at Healthy Junk, you aren't there by accident. You didn't happen to just stroll by and thought you'd try it on a whim.... More >>

  • Battle DIY Pizzas!

    published September 20, 2012

    "I'd like pepperoni, sausage, meatba—" I started to say to the Pieology worker when she cut me off. "No, I only do sauces," she... More >>

  • Early Bird Is Egg-cellent

    published September 13, 2012

    It's said that before you can work in the kitchens of famed French chef Daniel Boulud, he'll ask you to make an omelet. He'll decide whether... More >>

  • Peking Gourmet's Chachiang-Cha-Changes

    published September 6, 2012

    The English spelling of the northern Chinese/Korean noodle called chachiang mein takes many forms. I've seen it as jajangmyun or even zha jiang... More >>

  • Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Café Is the Bread Winner

    published August 30, 2012

    Have you ever heard of a Tropézienne? It's the missing link between sandwich and dessert. On first glance, it looks like a flat,... More >>

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    The Mein Event: OC's Best Noodles

    published August 23, 2012

    When doing a cover story about noodles, the first thing you need to do is get rid of all the bad headlines that quickly pop into your... More >>

  • Feast On Urban Kitchen Grill & Wine Bar's Suburban Splendor

    published August 23, 2012

    There are still some of us in OC who can't locate Foothill Ranch on a map, or we think there's nothing there besides row after row of squat... More >>

  • The Corner Is HB's New Hot Spot

    published August 16, 2012

    If you walked into the Corner cold, you'd swear the place was a dive bar. It's barely lit or decorated, and it reeks of spilled beer and... More >>

  • Juliette Kitchen and Bar: A New Tradition

    published August 9, 2012

    Not long after Pascal Olhats closed his 24-year-old flagship restaurant, Tradition, news came that another Frenchman, Christophe Eme of LA's... More >>

  • Izakaya Ku Plays With Fire

    published August 2, 2012

    According to Izakaya Ku's menu, the mackerel dish would be seared tableside. But I didn't expect the waiter to show up with a hand-held... More >>

  • Lola Gaspar: The Santa Ana Redemption

    published July 26, 2012

    Gustavo Arellano first wrote about Lola Gaspar four years ago, when our food blog was still young and the restaurant had just opened. He weaved... More >>

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