Amy Kaplan

  • Culture

    August 16, 2012

    F+ Gallery and the Art of Noise

    'Off the Record' features music-inspired artwork that sometimes sings, sometimes is out of tune

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    10 Great Late Nite Eats In Orange County

    ​If our team of Forkers aren't out eating, we're probably burning the midnight oil writing about it. When all that talk makes us hungry again, what's still open? This week's list will answer that inquiry. From 24-hour spots to meat eater destinations, boiling tofu stews and a hookah lounge, we've ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 22, 2011

    Dr. Sketchy Offers Ink-Stained Hotties

    Scenes from the Anaheim chapter of the alt-girl life-drawing extravaganza

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Jason Quinn of Lime Truck and Hop Phan of Dos Chinos to Host Pop-Up Restaurant at Shark Club Sept. 19!

    Jason Quinn: Ready to go 2, 4, 6 on y'all!​Earlier this year, Aron Habiger of the Crosby hosted Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn for a pop-up night that had the SanTana restaurant slammed. We Forkers welcomed the occasion, not just because we all lover Habiger and Nguyen, but because it also heralded t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Dos Chinos to Open Brick-and-Mortar Location Next Los Angeles?!

    Photo by Amy KaplanDON'T LEAVE US!!! :-(​Long ago, I made Hop Phan--the man behind the brilliant, hilarious Dos Chinos luxe lonchera--promise to let us know first when he finally settled into a brick-and-mortar location where he could hawk his Asian-Mexican fusion. I'm glad to report that Phan kep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    On The Line: Hop Phan of Dos Chinos, Part Three

    Photo by Amy KaplanA-lo-HA!​When Hop was asked to provide a recipe, he was more than happy to share one. When we told him it would be photographed, he decided non-alcoholic nourishment would look better on film. You decide. Remember to review Parts One and Two for the full effect. Dos Chinos would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    On The Line: Hop Phan of Dos Chinos, Part Two

    Photo by Amy KaplanYou can get with this, or you can get with that.​If you didn't already know Hop was a family guy, you will by the end of Part Two. He also provides the Dos Chinos point-of-view on the realities of running a business on wheels. To look back on Part One, click here. And be sure no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    On The Line: Hop Phan of Dos Chinos, Part One

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​What can we say about newlywed Hop Phan? The face behind luxe lonchera sensation Dos Chinos, he's a funny guy who doesn't need cookbooks to inspire their signature cuisine. We could say more, but Hop's thoughts speak for themselves. What are six words to describe your food?Ga, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    On The Line: Dave Dennis of Matador Cantina, Part Three

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​Our final installment of On The Line this week has chef Dave Dennis filling us in on his chili relleno recipe. Deep fried and stuffed with cheese, this is almost as glorious as what an El Torito Grill might serve up.To catch up on previous days, you can click here and here.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    On the Line: Dave Dennis of Matador Cantina, Part One

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​A man who loves his turf as much as surf, Dave Dennis banged out our questionnaire in one day (Thanks, Dave!). Is he hungry to discuss his views or just starving all the time? Only one way to find out what the chef at Matador Cantina is thinking . . . and rocking out to.What ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    On The Line: Brent Palmer of Mesa, Part Two

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​Part two of On The Line provides a little more insight on Mesa's Brent Palmer. Learn what he really thought of the restaurant's infamous unisex restrooms and how influential Thai cuisine is. Stay tuned for Thursday's finale as our chef breaks down a recipe. To view part one, cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    On the Line: Brent Palmer of Mesa, Part One

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​When Mesa first opened, it was like the Skull and Bones Society: a secret society with no calling card, website or markings on the building. Now, the vibe is LA hipster without the commute and better food. Chef Brent Palmer helms the back of this house, and he has allowed us ac ... More >>