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    March 23, 2012

    Sweet Basil Gin Rickey at Capital Grille, Our Drink of the Week!

    ​"Wow, I haven't made one of these in a long time," the cute, raven-haired waitress at Capital Grille confessed as she poured out my Sweet Basil Gin Rickey into a martini glass. I understand why: a Rickey is the Mr. Burns of classic cocktails--none of the Mad Men chic of an Old Fashioned or a Manh ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    The Orange County Bartenders Cabinet Shake It Up

    The group of county libation crafters is teaching you to drink as you've never drunk before

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    January 24, 2012

    How To Drink In a Craft Cocktail Bar: Five Tips

    ​You walk up to a bar to get a drink and you notice they've got six types of rye, one kind of vodka, a lineup of brown-glass medicine bottles with eyedroppers, infusing jars where the line of beers normally sits, and really freaking pretty ice. Congratulations: you've stumbled into a craft cocktai ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012
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    January 9, 2012

    Six Ways to Stop Being a Douchebag at Starbucks

    ​You probably don't know it, but every time you go to a Starbucks, 14 people behind you in line are shooting daggers at you and trying to kill you by modulating their alpha waves . . . and yes, it's your fault. You're the inconsiderate, self-absorbed douchebag, and you infest every coffee shop in ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Ten Great OC Coffeeshops

    ​We're sometimes accused of being too North County-centric around here. We can't help it; even leaving aside the snark about Laguna Engabachada, the fact is the population's up here in the 714, and choice in restaurants tends to follow the population.Coffee, however, is a different story. There's ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Belgian Beers Shine At The Copper Door Tasting Event

    ​The Copper Door brought the creations of nearly 50 craft breweries to downtown Santa Ana when it opened in 2010. The (literally) underground beer bar has approximately six beers on tap at a time but dozens upon dozens bottled delights. Their simple menu is broken down into categories (beer connoi ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle High-End Espresso

    ​Martin Diedrich. The father of the coffee revolution in Orange County, owner of the first coffee shop to make an unapologetic, small, truly Italian cappuccino, as well as the first to introduce la naranja to the idea that coffee needn't be roasted to dust in order to taste like something.Jeff Dug ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    It's LA Beer Week--With Lots of OC Events!

    ​LA Beer Week begins today, and this year, it's two whole weeks of craft beer mayhem. Beer crawls! Beer dinners! Beer workshops! The lineup is extensive with things to do for drinkers of every budget and neighborhood. Here's a sampling of the beer events happening in Orange County and Long Be ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Our Drink of the Week

    ​The Wild Turkey distillery tour in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky isn't the most popular on the Bluegrass State's Bourbon Trail--that would be the Maker's Mark one--or the most-thorough--that honor goes to Woodford Reserve--but in many ways, it's the best. It's absolutely down-home, starting with a docum ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Seventh Home Coffee and Tea House Shows There's No Place Like It

    This teahouse caters to Korean chicks, but you should go, too

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    July 7, 2011

    Soda Jerks (Emphasis on the Jerk): The Next Cupcake/Donuts/Pie?

    Flickr user Mark Crawley​Looks like we now know what's the next food trend hipsters out here will bring back from the dead or, conversely, hijack from the lower classes: sodas! It's no longer enough to merely stock regional brands ala Mello Yello and Cheerwine: now, you have to concoct your own se ... More >>

  • Food

    May 26, 2011

    Patrick Rue Is the Brue-master

    From a Placentia industrial park, Patrick Rue and his Bruery have revolutionized craft-beermaking in Southern California

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    April 8, 2011

    VnC Cocktails, Our Drink of the Week

    Jessica Ford​Some nights, I just want a cocktail delivered to me without having to leave the comfort of my apartment. I've come one step closer to making this a reality with VnC Cocktails--bottles of premixed, just chill-and-serve cocktails.VnC Cocktails include Strawberry Daiquiri, Banana Daiquir ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Brewing With the Barley Bandits, OC's Oldest Homebrewers Club

    Kate Kohl Fancher/OC WeeklyBarley Bandits John Edwards (left) and Spencer Colman enjoy a brew. ​Call them chefs, artists, craftsmen. Or simply call them guys (and some gals) who love good beer.  It's Brew Day for the Barley Bandits, Orange County's oldest homebrewers club. Standing beside a ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Tropical Tea at KDB Long Beach

    Courtesy of KDB​KDB in Long Beach, your "neighborhood kitchen, den and bar," is a Dave and Buster's-esque fun zone for adults. It happens to trump its competitor, however, with two full bars, a bowling alley, karaoke, pool tables, a restaurant, and games that actually give you a decent amount of t ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Cappuccino

    Dave LiebermanKean Coffee's Italian cappuccino​As hard as it may be to believe, I am not a die-hard coffee snob. I do not care to memorize the names of coffee estates as though they were domaines in Bordeaux, I don't trust any place that gives me a palate cleanser before my espresso, and I'm not y ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Homemade Grappa: Don't Tell the ABC

    Rows of homemade grappa in a bar in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.​Grappa. Just the word sends waves of warmth down the esophagus.Grappa is brandy distilled from pomace--the solids left over during the wine-making process; the stems and pips and skins and pressed pulp. The French call this leftover gun ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    German Beer Culture Dying; Will the United States Save It?

    Flickr user InfrogmationThe saviors of Oktoberfest?​The big food story going around the Internet right now is Slate's piece on the decline in Germany's beer culture. It's a relatively well-written piece, with a lot of history and anecdotes thrown in, but something nagged throughout--hadn't I read ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! A Good Mimosa Near the Coast?

    ​From Twitter, from a gal whose name I can't remember, whose question I can't quote verbatim because it's buried under a pile of tweets, but which went like this:Where can I find a good mimosa near the beach?Actually, she first asked about a good mimosa, period. I recommended Memphis at the Santor ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Yuzu Blossom at 320 Main, Our Drink of the Week

    Tobin Sharp​This week's adventure found me at the popular Seal Beach watering hole, 320 Main, a place where the mixologists take the creation of cocktails very seriously.

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    January 14, 2011

    Adult Chocolate Milk, Our Drink of the Week

    ​About two weeks ago, Edwin spotted a pallet of Adult Chocolate Milk in Costco. I also witnessed that same gigantic stack of bottles right by the entrance and had to try it out.It's a 40-proof-vodka beverage packaged in a retro glass bottle with a swing-top lid--the spiked version of your favorite ... More >>

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    January 12, 2011

    Haven Gastropub Expanding to Pasadena

    ​OC's own Haven Gastropub is opening a second, Pasadena location in late 2011. It's not just a clone of the Old Towne Orange restaurant, but an ambitious expansion into their own, on-site beer brewing operation.

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    November 29, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Ecco

    Edwin Goei​The Place: Ecco, 2937 Bristol St., Ste. A103, Costa Mesa, (714) 444-Ecco (3226); The Hours: 5-7 p.m.The Deal: $4-$8 appetizers. $3 domestic beers. $4 import beers. $6 well martinis. $4 well drinks. $5 house red or white wines by the glass. $10 cocktails.

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    October 22, 2010

    El Patron Margarita at Yucatan Grill

    ​Yucatan Grill in Seal Beach is my go-to spot for tasty margaritas. This Caribbean-Mexican restaurant always makes their margaritas stiff (you have to get your money's worth in this recession!) and offers a variety of choices from a Suprema Yucatan (equivalent to a Cadillac Margarita) to a Pomerit ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Turkish Caffè Latte at Kéan Coffee

    ProfessorSalt.comTustin barista Brien Flanagan shows off latte art​It's not the silt-rich cup of mud that is real Turkish coffee, brought to a simmer several times in a traditional ibrik. Kéan Coffee's twist on caffè latte is nonetheless my favorite OC coffee drink of the moment.

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    October 15, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Entourage Mojito

    ​After tasting the Mojito at Brea nightclub/bar Entourage last night, it occurred to me this concoction is slightly out of season. It's a clear drink made with mint leaves and evokes fond memories of summer. 

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    September 29, 2010

    Where Good Apples Go When They Die: Baba au Calvados

    Flickr user jo-h​If you're a regular reader of Fork, you've probably noticed I haven't been around much lately. This is because I am stuffing myself silly doing research on regional French food and drink. While I love Paris, get out into the countryside and French food becomes more approachable, c ... More >>

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    August 7, 2010

    Menagetini at K'ya Street Fare

    Jessica Ford ​The menu at K'ya Street Fare in Anaheim features dishes you'd find from street carts around the world, but the cocktails are far from something you would be able to find on the street. The restaurant is located inside Hotel Menage and the signature drink is the Menagetini--a co ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Mojitos at The Rooftop Lounge

    Tim SeidenMango Mojito​It's not every day you can sip on mojitos and munch on guava barbecue meatballs while watching a sunset--unless you are at The Rooftop Lounge in Laguna Beach, of course.

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    July 22, 2010

    Your Essential OC Happy Hour Guide

    Where to go for the best deals and drinks

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    July 15, 2010

    Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee, Part Three

    John Gilhooley​Yesterday, we called Jeff Duggan a coffee geek. This, it turns out, was not 100% accurate; he is really more of a coffee mad scientist, the Dr. Emmett Brown of java, except, you know, with better hair. On the Line usually features a recipe from the featured chef on the third day; si ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee, Part One

    John Gilhooley​Head into Irvine's Layer Cake Bakery on a Saturday and your senses will be assaulted as soon as you enter. The man responsible for this attack on your nasal passages is Jeff Duggan, proprietor of Portola Coffee. While "On The Line" usually features restaurant chefs, it's not e ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Self-Caffeination As It Was Meant To Be Done

    Our coffee culture, sadly, tends to run toward Starbucks and drive-through at It's A Grind. Largely missing from la naranja is the local, artisanal small-batch roaster whose singular focus on the product raises the coffee bar. Sure, we have Martin Diedrich, and the lines out the door at his two coff ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Fourth of July Cocktails

    Cherry Bomb​Celebrating Independence Day comes down to three simple things: fireworks, barbecues and booze. And since I can only help you with the last one, continue on for two Fourth of July-inspired cocktail recipes.

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    May 6, 2010

    Fiddlehead Cellars Sauvignon Blancs

    Chris A. Michaels/ / CC BY 2.0Santa Barbara Vines​If there was a moment for California wine--one in which it went from being something that only came from Napa and Sonoma or was just two buck chuck--and became something relevant in pop culture, it was the release of Sideways.

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    April 22, 2010

    Wheat Beer Showdown

    cogdog / CC BY 2.0Mothership Wit​With the masses of craft beers now widely available--many coming out of our southerly neighbors in San Diego County--American beer doesn't have quite the same stigma as it once did. There is certainly still the watery, cheap swill to uphold that stereotype, but wit ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Drunk at Dinner: Paso Robles White Wines

    Willy BlackmoreStephanie Anglim at Anglim Winery ​White wine is certainly worth drinking year round, but with the heat making its way back to Orange County, a cold, crisp bottle has become evermore tempting in the past weeks. We've tasted some wines from nearby Temecula in previous editions of Due ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Tranquil's Bodacious Tea

    The proprietors of Tranquil Tea Lounge in Fullerton do it all for the love of the leaf

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    March 8, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Bar Louie

    Dave Lieberman​One day last week, our editor-in-chief came out of his Editors of the Roundtable discussion with a proclamation."Verily, go thou out into the shire and imbibe, that all may be shewn the way of the publican.""Um, what?""Go find happy hours, then write about them.""Did you just tell u ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Real Sugar Soda vs. HFCS Soda

    Dave Lieberman​As we posted at the end of last year, PepsiCo bottlers are making limited-edition "Throwback" versions of Pepsi and Mountain Dew. These are made the old-fashioned way, with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). While OC is no stranger to sugar soda (a lot, but not all, o ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Temecula Sunrise Edition

    Living in California and drinking locally, alcohol-wise, is by no means difficult. From the world-famous wine regions in Northern California to the craft beer Mecca of San Diego County and a few other noteworthy sources of wine, beer and booze (SF's Anchor Distilling makes thoroughly interesting and ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Wine Tasting at Total Wine

    Jessica Ford Will Templin pouring a red blend at Total Wine in Tustin.​To honor the new year, things are changing for this edition of Drink of the Week. Instead of "order this drink at such-and-such bar," we recommend you take advantage of Total Wine's inexpensive wine tasting. At onl ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Real-Sugar Pepsi and Mountain Dew To Hit Store Shelves​Jason Arango at the Daily Fork posted yesterday about Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback, versions of the popular soft drinks that are made with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup, sold in the usual plastic bottles with retro labels.Not to be outdone, the Dr Pepper Sna ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    Recipe: Mulled Wine

    marcoveringa @ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0​Because the farmers' markets are mostly closed this week, here is an extra recipe for you all. Drink enough of this and you won't care that you can't get your Chinese long beans or grass-fed bison.

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    November 19, 2009

    Dueling Dishes: Walking the Plonk

    Dave Lieberman​Remember two weeks ago, when I posted mockingly about 7-Eleven's move into the ultra-budget wine world? I made a snarky comment about not doing one's research about specialty retailers that might also have a decent chunk of the market share for really, really cheap wine, and I threw ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009
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    September 10, 2009

    Free Wine Tastings at Resort at Pelican Hill From Tonight!

    ​It's not often that you'll see "free" and "Pelican Hill" in the same sentence, so grab the chance while you can. From this evening, OC residents can enjoy Vertical Ladder Wine Tastings plus hors d'oeuvres in the resort's Great Room. What on earth is a Vertical Ladder Wine Tasting, you ask? Weeell ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Two Upcoming Wine Events (One Tomorrow)

     First up, Saturday July 25, is the monthly 50 for 50 event at the Next Vintage Wine Shop next to Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's, South Coast Plaza. From 3 to 5.30 p.m., around 30 top wines and champagnes will be sold off for half their original price. Expect some stunners among the bargains. ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    UPDATE: Not A John Lennon Latte In Sight...But Javatinis Still Impresses

    Good independent cafés are few and far between, so I count myself lucky that one of them, Javatinis, is right on my doorstep. Admittedly, the setting isn't the nicest, set in a lackluster strip mall on what feels like the edge of the world. The drinks list is familiar (including frozen drinks with ... More >>

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