Anne Marie Panoringan

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    August 21, 2014

    Capital Noodle Bar Opening This Month

    Edwin reported earlier this year that the family behind Capital Seafood was expanding their empire to include a noodle bar. Their location couldn't be more strategic, as they now share a parking lot with a number of well-received concepts in the last year like Creamistry, Urban Plates (that never-en ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    Cafe Beau Soleil Chef Serving "Breakfast In the Barn" August 9!

    I've driven by signage for Manassero Farms for years, but was never compelled to pull over and check out their produce until I learned of their "Breakfast In the Barn" series. Go figure. Their relationship with local chefs translates to special events under a tented venue across from Irvine Valley C ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Five Father's Day Recommendations For This Weekend

    Let's be honest. Sometimes you want someone to do the thinking for you. Instead of browsing ratings or reviews, an emphatic "Go Here" is enough reason to hit up a place. A place with beer, wine and liquor, plus its share of belt-loosening grub. Keep calm and Chive on-- here are five for your conside ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Now Open: Fireside In Costa Mesa

    While options are aplenty for meeting or eating in Costa Mesa, finding a space to call your own is tough. The popularity of happy hour specials has a direct correlation to your chances of scoring a spot to rest your drink (or your ass, for that matter). Generally, the dining scene within hotels surr ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    10 Essential Newport Beach Restaurants

    ​Last week, Newport Beach's Restaurant Week concluded. But this week, my list of restaurant essentials continues, this time for the city that includes Corona Del Mar, Balboa Island, and the parts of Newport Beach that still feel like Irvine. Some of the listed restaurants participated in last week ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    The Best Drinks in Orange County

    The humble "drink" doesn't get the respect it should. Centuries ago, tea and coffee houses were the centers of philosophical and political discussion. The Age of Enlightenment conveniently corresponded to the rise coffee shops in Europe, and revolutions were planned around steaming glasses and kettl ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Save The Date: Patchwork Show Edible Edition Is Coming to SOCO Collection Oct. 5-6!

    When we think Patchwork, we think arts and crafts. Lots of jewelry. Maybe a few luxe loncheras for good measure. So when they announced an edible edition, we wondered what exactly that meant. Having an editor who writes about hole-in-the-walls and supports the local food scene (ok, and his chica is ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    Creamistry, A Liquid Nitrogen Dessert Joint, Now Open In Irvine

    Creamistry, a sweets spot (and non-chain for once!), opens today in Irvine as OC's first liquid nitrogen destination. What exactly is Creamistry? It's DIY ice cream. Choose your size (starting at $4.75), your base and finally your mix-ins and/or toppings. They add the liquid nitrogen. And Voila, des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    27. Bloody Mary Brunch At Charlie Palmer

    We're now halfway through the Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for us Forkers--an opportunity to ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    The Last Supper at Britta's Cafe in Irvine: Britta's Farewell Message

    Sunday was the final brunch and lunch service, but we made a point of dining at Britta's Cafe Saturday for dinner to say goodbye to her 26 years of culinary bliss. Pulliam wrote a heartfelt letter on the back of her menu, and we wanted to share her thoughts with Forkers unable to stop by these last ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    First Look: Provisions Market In Old Towne Orange

    With 30 beers on tap and another 300 by the bottle, Wil Dee has his work cut out for him. Haven Gastropub's beverage director dropped in as Greg Daniels conducted our tour of the soon-to-be open Provisions Market (formerly The Bruery Provisions). We discussed their menu, changes to the space and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    PIE-NOT Finally Makes It Official Today

    Partner Jai Snowdon (and his Aussie accent), business partner Ryan Lopiccolo and savory chef Samantha Boxer spent last week going full steam ahead to make their May 1 opening date. However, Murphy's Law attacked them from all angles, and they rejoiced in a "soft opening" last Thursday. As of today, ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Sunday Brunch: Morning By Thasos

    In our ongoing quest to locate a solid first meal of the day, we were introduced to the cuisine of Nathaniel Nguyen. We should preface this by mentioning that brunch is served inside a Greek restaurant across from South Coast Plaza. It's offered on weekends from 8 a.m. to noon at this location only. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Checking In To Tea Service At Seventh Tea Bar at the OC Mix

    More often than not, when we think holidays, we think FEAST. Overindulging, eyes bigger than your stomach, "Where's the Aperol?" feasting. But what if your family is a single parent (or comparable mini-family) who wants peace and quality over quantity? Our holiday alternative to the big brunch resid ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    "Slide Into Spring" Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area Burger Bash Recap!

    We had the pleasure of judging a very special tasting event over the weekend. Somewhere between the hosted bar, auctions and food tasting, we helped support the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area in Costa Mesa. Along with Moxxe PR busybody Mona Shah-Anderson and our new friend Rudy Chaney of F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Q & A With Marcus Samuelsson

    We literally had six minutes to converse with visiting chef Marcus Samuelsson before he went downstairs to commence his cooking demonstration. Instead of discussing his memoir or line of cookware, we kept digging. Were we able to learn more about him than his Facebook, website and Twitter feed? Yes. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Best Kept Secret At SoCo: Sourcing Saturday At Fixtures Living

    We admit it. We love The OC Mart Mix. For all the tea, oysters, cocktails and meetings we hold there, you'd think it was our second home. Yet for all the fabulousness within that complex, we discovered something even more engaging. Let us explain.Before N'ice Cream and Deer Lovely, South Coast Colle ... More >>

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    January 17, 2013

    Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop Selects Second OC Location

    With a compound name like Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop, it can be mistaken for vegetarian or carnivore eats. We still can't believe they sprouted last spring. Its spot on the corner of 17th and Westminster streets in Costa Mesa is bustling on a Tuesday, long after happy hour is over. So it's no surpri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Chicken Nuggets!

    It took so long for Burger King to finally come head-to-head with their arch nemesis, even Wendy's started selling nuggets before they did. With last week's overdue announcement, The King has finally stepped up to face off against those golden arches. It's about damn time.We gave ourselves two conse ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Burger Parlor Finally Opens In Fullerton!

    A 35 (or more) minute wait for a burger can only mean one thing-- Burger Parlor is now open in downtown Fullerton! Sunday was the official start date, and we jumped in line to order our O.C. and Royal with Cheese feasts. The purple people eater above is dubbed their Portlandia burger: marinated beet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    The Pizza Press in Anaheim Shows Quick Service Custom Pizza is the New Chipotle

    When three or more concepts are too close for comfort in similarity, us Forkers deem it a trend. Last year, we found Pieology sprouting by Cal State Fullerton, paralleling Chipotle's concept across the way. The "kustom" pizza strategy took off just down the street from where Yogurtland founder Phili ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Battle of the Fast-Food Mexi Bowl: Taco Bell VS. Chipotle

    The chain that El Jefe loves to hate has been on a mission to up the ante. Remember their attempt at breakfast? Those Doritos tacos? Now they want to knock on Chipotle territory. I had a fast food childhood of the Bell, but spent a large part of the last decade chowing Chipotle fare. We were curious ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    A Bite of Chocolate Unwrapped, Awesome Food Exhibit At OC Fair

    If you're taking a break from fried food at the fair, Exhibit Promenade is showcasing a new feature called Chocolate Unwrapped: Beans, Bars & Bon Bons. We dropped in while it was coming together to learn more (and hope for samples). A few of the collectibles they managed to acquire had better st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Introducing The Women Behind Fullerton's Green Bliss

    In Downtown Fullerton's Villa del Sol complex, a new concept is growing. Green Bliss will open its doors tomorrow, featuing locally roasted coffee from Portola Coffee Lab, organic vegetarian food, and a place where diners can sit down and read up on how they can live a healthier, greener lifestyle. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Ten Great Indian and South Asian Restaurants in Orange County

    What a shame the county line lies where it does; the best Indian restaurants in SoCal lie just five minutes from Buena Park, La Palma and Cypress, yet they're in Artesia, squarely in Squid Ink territory. Damn. Still, we have some good contenders, from Afghan to Southern Indian; it's just a tragedy t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Second Eat Chow Eatery Showing Signs of Progress

    ​Don't get confused by Eat Chow's next location. Their current one is off Newport in Costa Mesa. The sequel is going to be off Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach. So when you tell someone "I'll see you at Newport.", be sure to clarify which.As you can see, the PCH outpost is looking spiffy and ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Sushi at Venetian Gentlemen's Club

    ​When a friend requested assistance with a project, I offered to meet close to their Anaheim home. As luck would have it, someone suggested a sushi place near by that I would find interesting. Last seen rolling on the radar in downtown Fullerton, "Sushi Dave" resurfaced about a year ago inside the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Three New Eateries Planned for Irvine Spectrum: Pieology, TavernaBlu, & Luna Grill

    Anne Marie Panoringan​The Fullerton Chipotle-esque pizza purveyor Pieology is planning its second store at Irvine Spectrum. Details are sketchy on where exactly in the sprawling complex it will be located. But it will be joined soon by two other new eateries. Luna Grill is a San Diego-based " ... More >>

  • Food

    December 29, 2011

    South County's Foodie Emergence, Steamed Hams and More!

    What the Stick a Fork In It bloggers learned about food in Orange County in 2011

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    P.F. Chang's (2.0) Reopens Tonight

    ​'Tis the season to reinvent yourself, at least, if you're a restaurant. With more changes in the last two months than we can keep up with, dining at Irvine Spectrum sees yet another update as P.F. Chang's relaunches in the nick of time for holiday crowds and business lunches.A designated testing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2011

    10 Great Breweries in Orange County

    ​San Diego? Oh, please. La naranja is where it's at these days for beer. We've got the space, we've got quasi-libertarian city governments who would love nothing more than to bring in business, and we've got three million thirsty people and easy access to Los Angeles. Here are ten of the best.

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    November 7, 2011

    Tamarind of London to Open at Crystal Cove Nov. 14

    Anne Marie Panoringan​While strolling through Cougar Country Crystal Cove Promenade the other day, we spotted ongoing construction at the future Tamarind of London. When Edwin announced its coastal arrival back in February, our friends at the Irvine Co. had not released a time line, leaving us han ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    East Coast Meets West: Tasti D-Lite Opening In Tustin

    Tasti d-Lite Facebook page​Of all cities in Orange County (even California!), an East Coast-dominating dessert chain is days away from launching on a sleepy corner at Main Street and Newport Avenue. Featured on episodes of The Apprentice and Sex and the City, Tasti D-Lite touts their frozen treat ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011
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    August 8, 2011

    Pizzeria Mozza's Newport Beach Branch to Open Next Week?

    Mozza Facebook ​On Saturday afternoon, Joe Bastianich (business partner to Mario Batali and many, many restaurants) made an appearance at Hi-Time Wine Cellars to promote the soon-to-open Pizzeria Mozza. In addition, the shop held a special tasting featuring the family wineries of La Mozza and Bas ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    No. 65: The Sputnik At Rick's Atomic Cafe

    Anne Marie Panoringan​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry.Favorites come in all forms, and this one doesn't contain any beef, chicken, or other animal meat. Yet it is one of the tastiest lunche ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    No. 67: Bacon Fried Rice At The Loft Hawaiian

    Anne Marie Panoringan​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry.Before folks began to praise the Lard, bacon was a staple for breakfast. Chewy or crisp, Canadian or candied, more versatile than its s ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    No. 68: Charcuterie and Cheese at SideDoor

    Anne Marie Panoringan​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry.When Five Crowns decided to 'convert' their bar into a bonafide gastropub, it was a strategic move that paid off. Ye olde kitchen that ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    No. 69: Burger (With Duck Confit) at Watermarc

    Anne Marie Panoringan​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry.Trying to agree on a great burger is debatable; everyone has their favorite. That combination of doneness of the patty, preferred condi ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Dutch Baby

    by Anne Marie PanoringanPlums​There's something about a Dutch baby. The grandiose brekkie that draws stares from diners as it makes its way to your table. The poofy circumference height similar to a successful souffle, combined with the sunken base of a lackluster one. Then there are the toppings: ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Eat Here, Not There: Quick-Order Falafel

    Anne Marie Panoringan​For years, the only connection I had with falafel was from She's All That when Laney asks Zack, "Would you like to super-size those falafel balls?" Falafels have gained prominence since then, especially in OC, home of Little Arabia and more than a few Greek restaurants. Still ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call for February 2011

    Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan​By now, you should have noticed that we do these "Restaurant Roll Call" posts at every month's end. This month, though short, is no exception. We noticed more openings than closings this time. And those that closed, such as Tapioca Express and Bari Bari BBQ, are al ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Irvine Mexi-Chains Outposts!

    ​Though Irvine has risen in the past decade as one of the county's best dining cities, chains still rule the land of Agran--and they propagate like Tribbles. Proof in point: two Mexican chains opened their doors in the past month: Chipotle in Westpark and Chronic Taco in Woodbridge. Both offer m ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Freebirds World Burrito Landing in Orange

    Anne Marie Panoringan​ If you 1.) are a UC Santa Barbara grad, or 2.) spent any time living in Texas, chances are this will be something to cheer about: Freebirds, the fast-casual burrito chain founded in Isla Vista in 1987, is coming to Orange County.

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    February 8, 2011

    Dylan's Candy Bar Sold At Macy*s Home Store

    Anne Marie Panoringan​ NYC reminds me of SF, but with actual seasons. It's also one of my favorite places to visit. During our first trip, we did the tourist thing and lined up at Serendipity 3 for their Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. With a two-and-a-half hour wait ahead of us, we passed the time st ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Using Coupons Smartly for Super Bowl Sunday

    Anne Marie Panoringan​ >I used to consider just shopping at Costco and Target saving money. I was wrong. So very wrong. Thanks to The Krazy Coupon Lady for showing me the light.Anyway, if you're trying not to dash to the grocery store at the last minute, here's a deal for you. Pull the Sund ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Food Profiling: Noah's Honey

    Anne Marie Panoringan​(Food Profiling is a new feature on SAFII where we get to know locals who run a business  making their own food outside restaurants. If you know a person or product of OC origin that you'd like to see featured, let us know!)A friend asked Fullerton resident Richard Haffk ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Pat' a Chou, Vietnam-Based Bakery Chain, to Make U.S. Debut In Santa Ana Mid-February

    Anne Marie Panoringan​ My internal GPS works best in Orange County. Tell me what mall an establishment is next to, and chances are I'll find it. I also prefer surface streets over freeways (if the distance is short enough) because there's always opportunity for a discovery. Located along Mac ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Stick a Fork In It Welcomes Its Newest Blogger!

    Flickr User Enokson​Those who are familiar with SAFII might know that I and this blog have been the lucky recipient of tips from Brekkie Fan. She has pointed us to discoveries too many to count. Before she became one of our most prolific tipsters, I enjoyed reading her passionate, honest, articul ... More >>

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