Beans and Legumes

  • Food

    February 20, 2014

    Pita Hot: A Pita Under Any Other Name

    [Hole In the Wall] This Fullerton restaurant serves awesome Middle Eastern food despite its drab name

  • Food

    September 5, 2013

    Lark Creek a Lark

    The Northern California-based chain's dishes are delicious, if a bit gentrified—which means it's perfect for Fashion Island

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Callaloo Caribbean Kitchen

    Authentic Trinidadian restaurants--hell, Trinidadian anything--are about as common in Long Beach as Uzbeki cafés are in Mission Viejo. Yes, the Venezuela-adjacent Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago also has sandy beaches, nearly year-round sunshine and the occasional palm tree, but a kitchen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    On The Line: Alfred Prasad of Tamarind of London, Part One

    Learning about a subject's interests outside of the kitchen always interests us. When Alfred Prasad isn't traversing between his Michelin-starred London flagship and his outpost in Newport, Alfred keeps active with tennis, sketching and exploring local neighborhoods with his wife. When we bring the ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 13, 2012

    Todd Selby: Edible!

    [Trendzilla] The über-hip photographer (and OC boy!) comes out with a food book

  • Food

    June 28, 2012

    Al-Omda Lets You Eat Like an Egyptian

    [Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove restaurant is just the second place in OC to serve Egyptian food

  • Columns

    June 14, 2012

    Why Are More Mexicans Starting to Migrate to Canada?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And are black beans of a higher class than Mexican beans?

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Recipe of the Week: Koshari, the Egyptian Lasagna!

    ​There's that old saying about doing as the Romans do when in Rome. But when you're in Cairo, don't mimic the Egyptians like you would the Romans--at least when it comes to eating street food. The number of food carts in the country's capital is as many as the warnings you'll receive from fellow E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    On the Line: Michael Rossi of THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon, Part Three

    ​Our interview concludes with something meaty. Foods need not be fired over a grill to release their flavors, as chef Michael Rossi demonstrates in this week's featured plate. Mushrooms and Tennessee truffles socialize with savory sirloin, only to be enticed by Pecorino Romano and fava beans. We c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Eating in the Horn of Africa: Abyssinia Ethiopian Cuisine

    Dave Lieberman​Anaheim is continuing its reputation as the most multicultural city in Orange County; it's hard to think of another city that is home to so many ethnic enclaves, from Middle Eastern to Samoan, from Korean to Mexican.One of the growing communities in West Anaheim is what I'll call Ho ... More >>

  • Food

    October 20, 2011

    Midan Al Tahrir Rocks the Khaleeji

    [Hole In the Wall] Maybe the Reg will get around to reviewing this Little Arabia gem in 10 years or so

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    On the Line: Lindsay Smith-Rosales of Nirvana Grille, Part Three

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Unofficial ladies month at On The Line finishes the week with a little scallop love; although we think the asparagus got camera shy for this particular shot. Chef Lindsay shared some news with us as well: Nirvana Grille celebrates their newest seasonal menu by offering it a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Five Canned Goods That Deserve Pantry Space

    Flickr user frightenrabbitThis is not one of the five.​Living in California means being surrounded by the best produce in the United States. Fruits and vegetables burst forth from every grocery store--even bodegas, long scorned by New Yorkers on a rant about food deserts, have plenty of produce.Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    QSR Magazine: Middle Eastern Arabic Eastern Mediterranean Food Now "In"

    ​QSR Magazine is the bible of the fast-food and fast-casual industry, one that's usually good in its reporting. But an article in this month's issue shows how advanced we are culinarily in Orange County, how the rest of the United States, even in this globalized age, is still rather clueless when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Punjabi Tandoor Opens In Anaheim

    Dave LiebermanIt was pouring rain (no, really) when we left, so I couldn't get a good shot of the front.​For a time, you could get refugiados (guava-cheese rolls) and outstanding café con leche in Anaheim at Café Contigo, the only Cuban coffeeshop in the county. Times were hard and signage was d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    #90. Beans on Toast, The Olde Ship

    Hail Britannia beans!​Because ustedes gentle readers love lists, and we lazy scribes love easy hits, behold the latest entry in our Top 100 dishes list that continues until Best Of--at which point, we'll give you MORE lists! Now, on with the show...Traditional British pub food isn't meant to be nu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Learning to Trust Hannibal Lecter: Fresh Fava Bean Puree

    Dave Lieberman heralded the arrival of fava beans at local farmers' markets back in April, and the somewhat elephantine pods are still being found in stacks as the spring and early-summer legume continues its season. Favas aren't the easiest vegetable to prepare--and not because you need to score so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Braised Lentil Soup

    Willy Blackmore​As a grammar snob, misused quotation marks on restaurant menus drive me a bit crazy--or perhaps make me [sic]? "Confit" and "braised" are two I've seen used often, when in fact the items listed haven't gone through a cooking process even slightly resembling, respectively, being sim ... More >>

  • Food

    May 21, 2009
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    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 6, 2008

    Eats and stuff at Smokey's in Dana Point

    A large, leafy tree stands in the middle of the room. Near the queue to the register, there are two booths made up as jail cells, complete with metal bars and wanted posters. It's corny. It's kitschy. It's the kind of interior design cribbed straight out of the Walt Disney playbook on Western ... More >>

  • Food

    April 19, 2007

    The Gentrifying Gourmet

    Learning to like Ambrosia

  • Food

    April 20, 2006

    Persian Paradise

    Enjoying Darband with the Farsi fanatic

  • Food

    December 18, 2003

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Rasthal Vegetarian Cuisine

  • Food

    March 13, 2003

    Ferdussi Fetish

    Santa Anas home for passionate Persian cuisine

  • Food

    February 13, 2003

    Noorani Nosh

    Gobbling down beef brains in Garden Groves Little Karachi