Niyaz Pirani


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  • 1 month ago | Coachella

    Friday, April 14 2:57 p.m. Listening to DJ Khaled on our way to the polo fields and Daniel Kohn says, "This is really the hair metal era of rap and people expect Kendrick to be their Nirvana," (Denise De La Cruz) 3:44 Always gotta drop the pin whe...

  • 2 years ago | 100 Favorite Dishes

    I was fortunate that 2014 was a year of great eating across the country: Spicy Pie slices on the Coachella sprawl; the best steak of my life in Maui; impossible gnocchi in D.C. But there were many dishes to be discovered here at home as well. From...

  • 3 years ago | Eat This Now

    No doubt, pork belly and Brussels sprouts will be on many critic's lists of "Tired Old Restaurant Trends 2014." It's understandable. Little did we know during the bacon craze of 2011 that we'd need bigger, thicker pieces of pork to satisfy our cra...

  • 3 years ago | 100 Favorite Dishes

    Behold the beginning of 2013's ends with our annual critic's roundup of their favorite restaurants and cocktails of the year! Starting today and ending next week, check in each day for a different critic's take on eating and drinking in OC. Enjoy,...

  • 4 years ago | Eat This Now

    Here at Stick a Fork In It, we're used to passing along recommendations, but we're all about following up on a good tip, too. Recently, a friend--who goes by the luchador-like name "El Buche" (The Stomach) for his never-ending appetite--told us ab...

  • 4 years ago | Really?!?!?

    Anyone who dines frequently at the Playground is bound to come across dishes that wow on that particular visit but have vanished upon your return. I can think of many meals instantly: white Zinfandel vinegar-glazed quail with lentils; pork belly n...


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