Anne Marie Panoringan

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    August 6, 2014

    Taco Maria Extending Hours To Brunch And Late Nights

    If you know me, then you know that the way to my heart is through my favorite meal. So when I learned that Carlos Salgado was not only extending hours, but including Sunday brunch, I made time to visit their first service. While Edwin is the official restaurant reviewer, I have no problem admitting ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Food Porn From Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach

    When friends invited us to attend Taste of the Nation Los Angeles, we couldn't say no to a collection of great restaurants all in one spot. Then I realized the Orange County event was around the corner, and covering it only made sense. While it was a much more intimate setting, the caliber of expert ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Taking A Shot At Puck's Tavern at the Honda Center

    If you originally thought a restaurant by the name of Puck's Tavern was a play on words, that's understandable. I didn't expect to see a celebrity chef, much less Wolfgang "I cater for the Oscars" Puck launching a culinary experience inside a sporting/concert venue--ever. Yet he did, late last year. ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Ube!

    At the beginning of this month, a local bakery in Orange collaborated with Buttermilk Inc., formerly The Buttermilk Truck luxe lonchera, to exclusively sell an ube (a.k.a. purple yam) doughnut in Orange County using a custom baking mix. The color purple may stir up thoughts of eggplant or even dinos ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    Five Ways to Make the Most of OC Restaurant Week

    If you haven't already checked out the 2014 Orange County Restaurant Week selections, now's the time. Recommending five good places is like listing 10 great (fill in the blank), it will generate the kind of commentary that makes me wonder if people know how to read intros. It's a list, people. Like ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Kolache Factory Now Open In Tustin

    We discovered the Texas-based chain planting roots in Orange County a couple of months ago. Tuesday was Kolache Factory's grand opening, and we stopped by after our workout to check out their wares. Above you'll notice an assortment of baked goodness. All items are under four dollars. The ones tha ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Checking In: Sunday Brunch At Lark Creek

    When Irvine Spectrum began updating their dining selections, we were pleased with the results. Better wine options, spacious patios and a greater range of quality cuisine revitalized the plaza. However, one thing that didn't work so well was brunch. Besides the endless dim sum at Capital Seafood, we ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    The Five Greatest Things Tasted At Decadence 2013

    There were many bites to be consumed at Friday's Decadence. The key was to arrive early and explore deep. If you got stuck following the same line of people, you missed out on some lip-smacking eats. Here were our favorites of the night.

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    September 14, 2013

    Bruxie Is Coming To Costa Mesa!

    When we broke news of Bruxie coming to Irvine, it was luck. We spotted the teaser printed on the back of their Huntington Beach take-out menu when they opened. Finding out about this one was happenstance, but more on that later. It's about time we start classifying The Bold Fold as a chain, because ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Gaufree, Irvine Waffle Restaurant of Sweet and Savory Persuasions, Is Now Open

    Some foods are able to cross over boundaries we don't realize exist. We cook eggs for dinner, have steak for breakfast. Kale is no longer a mere garnish; we eat them as chips. In recent years, waffles evolved from morning meal to dessert holder, then from chicken cohort to sandwich basic. They are t ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    First Look: Fleming's Sunday Brunch

    We have many vices-- most of them involve sleep or shopping. Yet our strongest has to be brunch. So we could not resist the opportunity to learn more about Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar's most recent addition. Launching this weekend, they're upping the ante to our favorite meal. Why wasn't ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Pie Society Bar Opens Behind Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa

    Somehow, after many, many months of successfully dodging media events and previews and other assorted occasions where I actually have to behave myself in front of my esteemed colleagues, I ended up at four events in a week. The one I was looking most forward to, because I have this dream of being a ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Slapfish Serves "Summer Of Sustainability" Weekly Specials

    It's no secret that we love our Slapfish. Best fish & chips and seafood restaurant in our Best of 2012 make them legit. Edwin is a fan of their oysters, while this Forker stops for chowder fries. After surviving their freshman year in Huntington Beach, co-owners Jethro Naude and Andrew Gruel want to ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Valenza Chocolatier Making Things Sweeter In Costa Mesa

    We stepped into a kitchen space known as The Hood (conveniently located down the street from our offices) for a ribbon cutting. This commercial rental space is now the home of Amy Jo Pedone. Her chocolate journey began with the passing of her dear cousin to ovarian cancer. Despite her finance degree ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Ryan Carson's Wanderlust at Playground 2.0: Filipino Edition

    When Manila Groove shut down last year, it was one less Filipino option in a sea of ethnic cuisines. Growing up in Daly City (where the fog is so thick from all the rice cookers hard at work), the only times my family went out for Filipino food were after church and en route to a party to pick-up a ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Dispatch From Costa Mesa: Sidecar Announces Opening And Greenleaf Gets Busy

    Sidecar who? Ah, yes. The buzz going around in December was Sidecar Doughnuts' test kitchen cranking out full-sized samples for anyone who could get up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday. We were originally told a January launch date. Then we waited. And waited. And then they dropped off our radar.After months ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    New Irvine Food Court Features Intelligentsia Coffee & Nick Stef's Burgers

    We used to love heading into LA for dinner but over time, that tolerance for Sig alerts and traffic waned our patience. Nowadays, we're mostly content with a 25-mile radius of somewhat predictable traffic, and surface streets we can navigate (with minimal help from Google maps). When we were made aw ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Pie-Not Opening Soon In Costa Mesa; Get Ready for Aussie Food!

    When asked what our favorite restaurant is, we tell them that's a loaded question. However, we're not afraid to admit our favorite dining city is Costa Mesa. There's something brewing in nearly every nook and plaza, and our latest find is a prime example.We're not taking all the credit for this one. ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Now Open: Slater's 50/50 In Lake Forest

    We can't speak for San Diego or Pasadena, but the bar at Slater's 50/50 in Lake Forest is loooooooong. Like slide a pint across the countertop, Coyote Ugly dancing long. And full of male bartenders (not that we minded). Rodrigo, Bean and Tony can recommend what's on tap anytime. Our task: remember w ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    First Look: ARC Food & Libations At OC Mart Mix

    ARC held a pillow soft opening during dinner service this week. No formal invites, just enticing photos to lure you in. We pulled up to the bar with our partner-in-crime to taste the goods and make friends. Don't know what to order this weekend? We can offer a few suggestions.We quickly migrated fro ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    First Look: LinX Artisan Sausage

    LinX Artisan Sausage welcomes the public this Thursday, but in the meantime . . . . some food porn! We were some of the first paying customers lined up to taste a limited menu. Scott Brandon, Jared Cook and a nonstop stream of servers, hosts and kitchen crew helped crank out orders last Friday.Of th ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    First Flight: A Visit To Valiant Brewing Company

    Before Valiant Brewing Company officially opens for business Saturday, we hopped in for a drink (or four). Our guide: Jack Thomas, Assistant Brewing Technician. He gave us the lowdown on our four samplers featured above. This way, you'll be plenty informed about what to order come the weekend. Per J ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Getting Our Slapfish Brunch On In Huntington Beach

    When someone mentions the word brunch, we immediately say, "Where?!" It is our meal of meals, the bacon atop our mac and cheese. Brunch can be a Vegas AYCE extraordinaire, or a highbrow prix fixe served at Cafe Hipster. The interpretation may vary, but one thing remains consistent: eggs. Glorious eg ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Anne Marie's Top Five Drinks of 2012!

    Here's the thing about me and drinking-- from the time that I was "of age", I drank primarily wine. And champagne. My perception of beer was what I saw in commercials and bottles or cans at wedding receptions. It was crap. If I wanted different, it was some stereotyped cocktail in a martini glass.In ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Anne Marie's Top Five Restaurants of 2012!

    If last year was spent finding our footing, this year was spent embracing our petiteness concentrated awesomeness. On the Line got a nip/tuck, and our subjects had more to discuss than ever (We're talking to YOU, Matt Strickland and Dean Kim). Our culinary crew discussed comings and goings, but we a ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    The Lost Bean Wine Bar Now Open In Tustin

    Back in July, Edwin reported news of a local coffeehouse expanding. We assumed it would be more seating for the cozy Lost Bean. We even experienced some of the demolition first hand, as dishware crashed from a shelf while they pounded on walls. However, they had something else in mind (not that we'r ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Aw, Shucks: Checking In At The Newest Eatery Inside OC Mart Mix

    Where do Forkers spend a lazy hump day? One answer is at OC Mart Mix, where Chowdown Champion Dave and I ended up to sample the seafood at Shuck Oyster Bar's grand opening. Of course, we're leaving the formal review to our illustrious Edwin. This is more eye candy and first look.Similar to that othe ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Chowing At THE RANCH Saloon: Hearty Eats Minus The White Linen

    If you think a review of THE RANCH Restaurant also speaks for its saloon, it doesn't. Even though they share a parking lot and culinary team doesn't mean anything else is alike. And we're not only talking atmosphere-- although getting your 10-step on isn't completely out of the question.We initially ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Some Pig: Images From Pig Out 1.0

    Cocktails, glorious cheese, fresh coconut water and swine served 15 different ways. Or as some of us called it, Sunday at Newport Dunes. While we bounced between cocktails and pork, occasionally we remembered to take a photo. Here's a taste of what stopped us in our tracks.Dee Nguyen's Break of Dawn ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Japonaise Bakery Reopened! The Cafe, Not Quite

    I had a Japanese wax today. What's a Japanese wax? It's a regular brow wax, but it hurts so bad I treat myself to Japonaise pastries when it's over. Seriously.They shut down the cafe a while back, leaving Cream Pan takeaway while the adjacent space went under remodel. It's been forever, right? Well ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Game of Burgers: Gastropub Gentry, Second Round

    Here's the thing about gastropubs-- the simple definition is that they are bars with really good food. So to strip them down to bun and meat wouldn't even be a playing field, in my opinion. These worthy gentlemen are all trying to prove a point with their fried eggs, pickled vegetables and aiolis: t ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Game On: Culinary Competitions And $2 Fridays At OC Fair!

    Our friends at the Fair packed so much action in this year's edition, it's almost meatier than La Super Costilla! We can't possibly cover everything....or can we? Whether you're the competitive type or more of a spectator, food-related activities are going on all around. And after all the blood, swe ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    Now Showing: New Menu Selections From TAPS

    Proprietor-founder Joe Manzella of TAPS Fish House & Brewery sat down for a meal as executive chef Manny Gonzalez, Tom Hope, director of culinary, and brewmaster Victor Novak took turns offering our luncheon the backstory on some seasonal specials.Chef Manny reincarnates a fashion plate of veget ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    The Iron Press in Costa Mesa: Toothsome Waffleliciousness!

    First reported by Michelle, we ended up at South Coast Collection's The Iron Press last week for a friends and family unofficial opening.  Beer taps and waffle irons abounding, we took a seat at their counter to check things out.In a building directly across from OC Mart Mix, the windowed, corn ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    SLAPFISH: Brick and Mortar Preview

    "We want to change the way people think about and choose their seafood" says SLAPFISH co-owners Andrew Gruel and Jethro Naude. "The idea is to get people to eat more seafood, but the right types of seafood, because sustainable tastes better."When we interviewed Andrew for On the Line last summer, we ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Ten Great Italian Restaurants In Orange County

    ​When we initially began compiling our list, it appeared relatively easy. But when we got to talking to others about their love of all things pizza, pasta and marinara, there were so many more places to consider. We're certain your place for that perfect slice is missing from our ranks, so make it ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Five Fabulous Courses At Ryan Carson's Pri-ve Pop Up

    Anne Marie PanoringanAll things oyster​Modernist cuisine isn't just about foams and liquid nitrogen slathered on a plate. Creativity and humor are often conveyed, making a dish more conversation piece than "elf food". We spent Valentine's avoiding the 405, excited to sit down at Taco Asylum for so ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Class 302, Taiwanese Shaved Snow Restaurant, Now Open in Irvine

    Anne Marie PanoringanThat's me on the right, after drinking from that monstrous cup.​Something made us turn the other way at the 405 Culver offramp and head towards UCI yesterday. Call it female intuition, but we found ourselves at University Park Center, watching the door to Class 302 swing open. ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Dining at Disney's Club 33: The Good, The Bad and The Shopping

    ​There is a special population obsessed enamored with all things Disney, and a completely unrelated group that wants to be a part of all things exclusive. Rarely do these two collide, except when discussing a certain door adjacent to the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square, its only marker being thei ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    A Look Inside CUCINA Enoteca, The Latest High-End Eatery to Hit the Irvine Spectrum

    ​A test run at lunch was the final exam for waitstaff at CUCINA enoteca before they opened for business Tuesday evening. The morning was spent in classic Extreme Home Makeover fashion, as crews raced to stage dual patios. We roamed the front of their 8,800 square foot house, snapping photos of the ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Testing The Waters At 2 (Two) Fishermen Grill & Rolls

    ​While my SAFII co-horts were entertaining Evan Kleiman at our most recent Happy Hour event, I manned the bar, making friends with raffle winners and even my bartender's significant other. It was he (the boyfriend, not the bartender) who suggested a seafood joint just a hop, skip, and jump from h ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Hockey Chefs = Charity, A Dux In Tux Recap

    ​We had the opportunity to attend the 12th annual Dux In Tux, a fund-raiser benefiting the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, which funds wellness seminars, hockey tutorials and in-school visits to OC's kiddies and beyond. Chefs are paired with a member of the team to assist in executing a custom menu for ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    FREE Breakfast Sandwich At (Most) Carl's Jr's. TODAY

    Anne Marie PanoringanWatching TV sometimes pays off....​Some of us can spend hours doing nothing. I choose to pass the time catching up on my DVR. Who knew last week's dramedy would be a source of free brekkie news this week? Behold, the free sausage biscuit.Definitely not the first time Carl's Jr ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    A Sneak Peek At Paul Martin's

    Photo courtesy of Lee Healy Marketing CommunicationsFresh salmon, Meyer lemon vinaigrette, chilled quinoa & bulgar wheat salad​We had the opportunity to explore Paul Martin's (American Grill) Orange County debut at the Irvine Spectrum yesterday. All hands were on deck for final preparations: s ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Eat Here, Not There: Soft Serve

    Anne Marie Panoringan​Let's face it, soft serve is generally found at three places: McDonalds, buffets (Vegas, Soup Plantation or otherwise), and the occasional Korean establishment. Sweet, cheap, and appealing to the masses, nothing says "Let's finish our reasonably priced meal" like a dish or co ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Sweet Potato Fries!

    Anne Marie Panoringan​When we were tots, we munched on taters. Then there's the standard McDonald's variety. Criss-cut ones were a luxury, but curly could be found at Jack In The Box. The notion of a french fry was always more combo rather than cuisine...until sweet potato fries entered the pictur ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Slater's 50/50 - Burgers By Design, Huntington Beach Preview

    Anne Marie PanoringanA cross section of awesomeness.​The wait is finally over. Our favorite Slater (not A.C. or Kelly) has launched their bacontastic menu for public consumption in Huntington Beach. If last night's preview was any indicator, then Adams Avenue will never be the same.Those crazy Yel ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Merely Sweets, New Cupcakery, Coming to Downtown Brea

    Anne Marie Panoringan​Spotted off Birch Street, signage for a new cupcakery (and possibly more?) near Cold Stone Creamery and Color Me Mine. There is no website, and property management had no further information other than it expects the shop to be open in the next 60 days. 

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    February 9, 2011

    Food Profiling: Hidden Gelato at Irvine Lanes!

    Anne Marie Panoringan​ At my last job, I occasionally coordinated events. One year, we needed a venue for our Office Safety Team appreciation dinner. Irvine Lanes had conference facilities, so a budget was determined and planning began. Dinner was a "South of the Border" buffet. For dessert, ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    This Week In Food: New Forker, Taco Bell Fake-Beef Allegations and Hungry Monkeys Go Wild!

    Flickr user Phillie Casablanca​The big story in the OC food world was the $5 million class-action lawsuit against Taco Bell alleging the chain sells fake beef, but other, better things happened this week. After the jump!

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