It's Friday ladies and gents, but before you go out and drink yourself to oblivion or find something more productive to do, let's take a look at this week in food. Edwin went to Two 40 South in Brea and experienced a wine fountain! I don't mean an actual fountain, which would really be in poor tast ... More >>
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit with Carme Ruscalleda, the renowned Catalan chef. Enjoy!
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit to Barcelona, where Sebastian Mazzola is making his name at 41°. Enjoy!
In the latest installment of Clay Oven chef-owner Geeta Bansal's interviews with master European chefs, she sits down with Albert Adrià, the younger brother of Ferran of El Bullí fame and the man behind the legendary restaurant's magnificent desserts.Enjoy!
We fondly remember when our team was stalking the progress of Pizzeria Mozza off PCH. Vague answers to inquiries and liquor license delays kept us waiting for what felt like forever. Now that they've been open a while, we are able to catch the attention of Emily Corliss. Plucked from the LA locale, ... More >>
Sonar On Tour Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall November 10, 2012 To test its international appeal, Sonar, one of the worlds most prestigious electronic music festival promoters, recently teamed up with Goldenvoice to debut its brand in North America with a highly-anticipated to ... More >>
On Saturday November 10th, "Sonar On Tour"--Barcelona's international and world-renowned festival of electronic music and new media art-- ends it's eight day circuit at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. While the tour had an abrupt cancellation due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy at the New York ... More >>
Geeta Bansal doesn't sit still. Her travel plans to visit chefs Europe are around the corner, and they've just finalized plans for another dinner collaboration-- and that's just for October. Most recently, they served wild boar at Taste of Newport. Plans to prep their signature Thanksgiving turkeys ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana strip-mall delight offers Spanish dishes and sausages—and the cheese!
As we ease into summertime, everyone finds a excuse reason to gather. Our lineup includes two BBQ, one luxe lonchera, and Placentia's answer to Top Chef. If your schedule allows, check one out.Friday - Bistango's "Great American Grill-Off"To kick-off the weekend, this business lunch mainstay is thro ... More >>
We met Keba Parker less than a month ago while following up on a lead regarding his new luxe lonchera, A Bite Truck. Our initial meeting might as well have been the chef interview, since there wasn't much left to ask. Now that we think about it, most of the conversation was Keba singing the praises ... More >>
I'd be shirking my duties as a food blogger if I didn't snap pictures of newsworthy food stories during a stroll I took yesterday afternoon in downtown Fullerton. Whenever I get the chance (and the time), I do this: I put rubber soles to the ground and do cursory visits to check the pulse of places ... More >>
The OC Great Park -- yeah, the one with the balloon -- is hosting an Artisan Food & Arts Festival on Saturday, April 28. According to the website, you could "learn how to bake your own bread, make your own jam, prepare a delicious fresh dish and . . . to create a more sustainable community."The ... More >>
Chapman University today and tomorrow hosts what is billed as "a major international conference" on religion, economics and culture. Participants include Chapman's Nobel laureate in economics Vernon L. Smith and academics not only from the Orange campus and UC Irvine but Yale, Harvard, Notre D ... More >>
Zambrano, ready to lay down some tacos chingónesAt the end of every semester, I make my students at Cal State Fullerton give their finals before an audience at the Fullerton Public Library to prepare them for life outside the academic bubble. And we can't have a symposium without food, you kn ... More >>
At the end of every semester, I make my students at Cal State Fullerton give their finals before an audience at the Fullerton Public Library, to prepare them for life outside the academic bubble. And we can't have a symposium without food, you know? Last time around, I invited Barcelona on the Go ... More >>
It's beginning to look a lot like . . . Peppermint Pinkberry season! Your weekend food itinerary. TODAY Pinkberry Introduces its Holiday Flavor: Peppermint What: Sure, it's cold and rainy today, but somehow in SoCal, it's never a bad time for fro-yo. The new flavor is minty a ... More >>
Photo by Kimberly ValenzuelaMariela Rebollo and the Barcelona on the Go gang: ready to serve your tapas needs, che!UPDATE #2: Dos Chinos gets a shout-out for me in this week's dead-tree edition of the paper. Better yet, they recently created Vietnamese-style menudo--AWESOME! But whither my challe ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Asian-Latino luxe lonchera represents the present-future OC
Photo by John GilhooleyStopped by the bakery this morning to munch on some carb delights. Found out Rachel Klemek and the gang are scheming something new in their kitchen laboratory.The last open house I attended showcased their love of wine flour. Penne pasta caberneti and nutty noir Cabernet ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioLast week, more than most weeks, was a food truck lover's week. I got wind of three events bringing together roaming luxe-loncheras at three separate venues. And all seemed to have gone as planned. Rachel Klemek of Blackmarket Bakery tells me that the Saturday thre ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhat is anything these days without a whole bunch of food trucks. This post marks, I think, the third, maybe fourth, food truck gathering I've mentioned on the blog this week. The next happens Sunday, October 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., which also happens to be the inaugural launch of The ... More >>
Dave Lieberman"Tell me how to make allioli," I implored the olive oil seller in the Mercat Sant-Josep, Barcelona's famous Boqueria."You English can't make it. Even most Catalans can't make it," she sniffed.I switched to my limited Catalan, hoping to stir nationalist pride. "Si us plau, senyora. J ... More >>
Niyaz and Jeff at the Register's Food Frenzy blog have posted their list of picks for tomorrow's OC Foodie Fest at the Honda Center in Anaheim, and for the most part, we agree. Since there will be 50 trucks, obviously no single person can try all of them. Here are our choices.
Courtesy of Barcelona on the GoHey OC! Are you jealous of the food truck lots up in LA, where several trucks join to create a tasty, mobile food court? Languish no more in your envy: Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., OC will host its first food truck lot.
Dave Lieberman Grab yourself a second helping of this week's food news after the jump!
Edwin GoeiBarcelona OnTheGo, the OC-based Spanish/Argentinean food truck, announced via Twitter and Facebook that they've been selected by Disney's California Adventure out of "an extensive list of truck/vendors." Their job? To cater to crowds at the park's new World of Color event.
Flickr user DoxieoneThis week Stick a Fork In It featured everything from more food abominations to the opening of restaurants you'll want to be first in line to try!Find out what you missed after the jump!
Photo by Kimberly ValenzuelaWe've been teasing you with the promise of a recipe from Chef Mariela Rebollo of Barcelona on the Go, but the day is here: if you head out to Santa Monica Seafood (the chef's recommendation for your octopus needs), you can make pulpo a la Gallega, or Galician-style oct ... More >>
Photo by Kimberly ValenzuelaThis week, On the Line is featuring Chef Mariela Rebollo of the mobile tapas bar Barcelona on the Go. If you missed yesterday's questions, you can find them here. Tomorrow, Chef Mariela gives us a recipe for octopus cooked with wine and potatoes.
Photo by Kimberly ValenzuelaWe've interviewed the chefs of fancy places, we've interviewed the chefs of hidden holes in the wall, but we've never interviewed the chef of a food truck until now. Mariela Rebollo is the force in the mobile kitchen of Barcelona on the Go, a Spanish food truck that's ... More >>
The problem with wine tasting is that the palate-cleansing oyster crackers they give out are short on flavor (which is probably the point). Wine lovers in Costa Mesa, however, have an option, at least Fridays in April.Dave Lieberman
Dave LiebermanThe food truck frenzy continues apace: this weekend saw the launch of the Barcelona On the Go truck at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. When I arrived at 3:30, the line was about twelve people long; when I got to the front, the line had grown to about twenty, and when I left at a ... More >>
You didn't think that this food truck thing was even close to being done, did you? Our friend Brekkie Fan has tipped me off that Barcelona On The Go is making their debut this Saturday, February 20th, from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. at Hi Time Wine Cellars 250 Ogle Street, Costa Mesa. Among their menu it ... More >>
We've posted already about the wonders of baby garlic; its flavor when raw is actually stronger than its bulbous, papery big brother, but when cooked mellows to a slightly grassy sweetness. Scallions are common, but can actually be sharper than new onions; leeks are well-known but are not really mea ... More >>
The Alice Walker school of California cooking--the immaculate, jewel-like vegetables, the artisan oils and vinegars, the painstakingly sourced meats--has at times been leveled with the criticism that it is not, in fact, cooking, but assembling. How much talent or skill does it take to make the best ... More >>
Dave LiebermanAs I was scarfing down empanadas today at El Gaucho #2 in Anaheim, my eyes were drawn to cases and cases of wine below the all-fútbol-all-the-tiempo big-screen TVs. Cases of wine are not exactly out of place in an Argentine market with a fantastic sandwich counter, but somehow this ... More >>
Nick Jr.'s Yo Gabba Gabba! isn't a typical kiddie fare and anyone that's into music should know that by now, and it's not just those oddly appealing monsters and robots like the Gary Baseman-esque Muno. The show--co-created by Huntington Beach resident/Aquabats lead singer Christian Jacobs, by th ... More >>
Oh, Wednesdays. To paraphrase Kris Kristofferson, there's something 'bout a Wednesday that makes a concert-goer feel alone. There's never too much going on 'round the ol' county on a Wednesday, but tonight there is this show at Chain Reaction: Virginia's Mae, pictured, along with Barcelona, Person L ... More >>
*Updated, with new info on the bottom...**Moved up, 'cause it's timely!The colonization of downtown SanTana by Costa Mesan pioneering hipsters is complete. Both the Gypsy Den and Memphis have long successfully operated branches in the city's Artists Village, which always made us wonder why the other ... More >>
In the most awesome co-headlining tour since 2004's "The Independent Tour" with Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken, buzz-building Seattle-originated bands Low vs. Diamond (who were here last month opening up for Santogold) and Barcelona are currently on the road together. Cool, right? What's cooler is t ... More >>
Day 2 of SXSW In my last post, I predicted Holy Fuck's set would be very hard to surpass. Well, I think it was at least equaled by a few artists on the bill at Barcelona—all instrumental hip-hop artists, in fact (Nosaj Thing, Free the Robots, Gaslamp Killer and Flying Lotus). Who would've thought ... More >>
Via Coachella.com: FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does it Offend yo ... More >>
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