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    March 21, 2014

    This Week In Food: Hatin' on Pliny, Cute Things Made of Cookies, and Good God - Not Expensive Limes!

    Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed St. Paddy's Day! Let's see what happened the rest of the week... Edwin went to Boathouse on the Bay for our print review. He told us to try the leche frita at Cafe Sevilla, and announced that HB's Hyatt Regency has a new restaurant.

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    March 18, 2014

    Bobby Flay, on Whether He's Burned Out from Cooking: "No, Definitely Not"

    Take two competitors, have them battle it out, then put the winner toe to toe with one of the top chefs around, and what do you have? It's simple. You have "Beat Bobby Flay." But how simple can that really be? Thursday nights on the Food Network, you'll get to see if this daunting task is possible w ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    On the Line: Scott McVean of PdM Kitchen, Part One

    If you think you know PdM Kitchen, think again. While it may have sister bakeries and cafes, this particular spot near the intersection of Jeffrey and Alton has something the rest do not: dinner. Full-service meals of roasted chicken, flat iron steak, plus beer and wine. This found within a chain no ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    It's All About the Essential's with Cooking Channel's Kelsey Nixon

    We could all use some tips and a little food variation when it comes to the kitchen and if you have thirty-minutes, Kelsey Nixon is here to help you whip up some delicious meals in a super uncomplicated way. Gaining her training from Hollywood's Le Cordon Bleu and the French Culinary Institute, Kels ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    On The Line: Walter Cotta Of Alegria And L'Opera, Part One

    We've heard of chefs operating multiple restaurants, but who frequents more than one daily? When your two concepts are on the same stretch of Pine Avenue in Long Beach, the answer is Walter Cotta. Depending on the time of day, Cotta will bounce between the Latin flair of Alegria and Italian hospital ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    On the Line: Raquel Jubran of the Attic, Part One

    We make no assumptions when meeting a chef -- although we were surprised to learn that the chef who worked at Lasher's (the establishment before the Attic) was the same person we'd be interviewing. Per Raquel, "I get to run with the menu, so I have a lot more creativity." Throw in the fact she's hal ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Mariscos El Pescador: A Snail's Grace

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana lonchera is the only place in OC that sells the spectacular sea snail

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    March 6, 2012

    On the Line: Luis Flores of The Viking Truck, Part One

    ​A year ago this month, El Jefe requested I write On the Line on a regular basis. Not too long after, they began appearing in our print dead-tree edition. With the series taking up real estate, Gustavo Arellano thought it'd make sense to start conducting in-person interviews (in addition to the qu ... 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

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    October 11, 2011

    On the Line: Judy Fleenor of Cafe Chiarini, Part One

    ​There is a dynamic duo adjacent to Santa Ana's courthouse. (It's a trio if you count pastry chef Vicki Schrimmer.) Superfriends Judy Fleenor and Iliana Chiarini win patrons over with charm and a cure for everyday lunches. Part one with the soup Nazi Judy clues us in on their greatness, as well as ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Bobby Flay To Sign Books At South Coast Plaza

    ​As it seems with every Food Network chef that has a book out, Bobby Flay will stop by Orange County on his book tour--a tour that has him signing copies of a new cooking tome entitled Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook. And as with every past book signing by Food Network celebrities have gone, ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    On the Line: Jon Blackford of A Restaurant, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​It's been said we're our own toughest critics. We were reminded of this when we spent time with both chef Jon Blackford and Tony Motakef, director of operations, of A Restaurant for this week's On the Line. Originally from Pittsburgh, Blackford's current stomping ground is ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    On the Line: Renzo Macchiavello of Renzo's A Taste of Peru, Part One

    Photo by Kevin Lara​Trying to sit down with Renzo is a sight to see. Shaking our hand, quipping with a customer, working with a vendor and responding to a text is a post-lunch breather for this social businessman. He runs both a catering company and Peruvian establishment, the latter hidden in the ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    On the Line: Dave Dennis of Matador Cantina, Part One

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​A man who loves his turf as much as surf, Dave Dennis banged out our questionnaire in one day (Thanks, Dave!). Is he hungry to discuss his views or just starving all the time? Only one way to find out what the chef at Matador Cantina is thinking . . . and rocking out to.What ar ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    On the Line: Brent Palmer of Mesa, Part One

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​When Mesa first opened, it was like the Skull and Bones Society: a secret society with no calling card, website or markings on the building. Now, the vibe is LA hipster without the commute and better food. Chef Brent Palmer helms the back of this house, and he has allowed us ac ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    On the Line: Manuel Gonzalez of TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Part One

    Kevin Lara​We head north this week to visit with Brea mainstay TAPS, which locals frequent for Sunday brunch. This is the domain of Manuel Gonzalez. His heart belongs to pho, and his weirdest customer request is NSFW. This certainly makes for an interesting start to On the Line. (Stay tuned for pa ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Three Celebrity Chefs Converge Upon South Coast Plaza This Week

    Photo courtesy of Macy's​This week is turning out to become a sort of food-celebrity invasion at South Coast Plaza. Three noted chefs and cookbook authors are slated to make appearances and demos at various stores there--all this after recent appearances by Rick Bayless and Bobby Flay.First, Micha ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Flickr user gwydasme​ Find out the Weekly's top pick for this year's favorite dish and what the Chilean miners ate after the jump!

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    October 12, 2010

    Five Reasons to Like Bobby Flay

    ​Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is coming to South Coast Plaza this week (see end of blog post for event info!) to promote his latest book, and again: I won't be able to attend a food celebrity's gracing of our backwater 'burbs because the day job beckons. I don't have any pressing questions for the ma ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Gabbi Patrick of Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen, Part Two

    Photo by Todd Barnes​We continue our Q & A with Chef Gabbi, and we ask why there's no signage for their incognito restaurant. Click here if you missed part one. Check back tomorrow for a recipe!

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    August 11, 2010

    Ronnie Arnold of K'ya Street Fare, Part One

    Photo credit: Meg Strouse​Drive up Harbor Boulevard in the Anaheim Resort and you might think the only things to eat are pre-made burgers, dreadful pancakes and fancy-yet-still-corporate steak. You'd be missing something, though, because at the very top of the district, in the Hotel Ménage, lies ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Matching Food Network Stars with their TBN Alter Egos!

    ​​I see Food Network shows occasionally, about as much as I watch the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Maybe I'm just a fool (actually, I am!), maybe I've seen too much of each channel, but some of their star personalities start melding into each other until the TBN and the FN personalities are ind ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    James Foxall of OC Foodie Fest (and Taco Dawg), Part Two

    Photo: Meg StrouseJames Foxall and Virginia Strickland, organizers of the OC Foodie Fest​The success of last weekend's Long Beach Street Food Fest bodes well for OC Foodie Fest, a gathering of fifty food trucks (the final list of which was just published on their website) at the Honda Center on Sa ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Esty Seller SouZouCreationsComplete with veggies and seafood--and a floating pair of chopsticks, of course. $12.50.​Another week of eating, recipes, crime and general food-related goodness has come and gone at Stick a Fork in it, and with Grace off on a vacation, I'm standing in for a roundup of t ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    New Food Competition Series With Bobby Flay Announced

    Photo Courtesy of​Do we really need another food competition show? I'm inclined to think not. The two Top Chef shows are more than enough for me. Heck, we could've stopped at the original Iron Chef. Every show since has proven that the genre suffers from the law of diminishing ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn, Part 1

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Food critics don't always agree on things, but ask any of your Stick a Fork In It bloggers where the best breakfast in OC is, and you'll get the same answer from all of us: Break of Dawn, a stunning hidden gem in a freeway-adjacent plaza next to the Laguna Hills Mall.C ... More >>

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    March 9, 2010

    Tanya Petrovna of Native Foods, Part I

    ​Tanya Petrovna is the chef and owner of Native Foods. Her ever expanding vegan eatery started out in Palms Springs in 1994, but we in OC know her best from her restaurant at The Camp, which is housed inside a yurt. She has two other restaurants in OC, not all of them in yurts, but serving the ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    On the Line: Mark McDonald of Old Vine Cafe

    ​The McDonald brothers, Mark and Brandon, run Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa in a Manichean fashion: be nice, they treat you like gods. Be mean, they'll let the mick in them take over. I like them--otherwise, we wouldn't have named them the best restaurant in OC for 2009. And I'm glad to say they're ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Ehrline Karnaga of Valhalla Table

    ​Ehrline Karnaga and her sister Liz have built a successful bakery at Irvine's Layer Cake. Now they've ventured into making homemade sausages and serving them with beer at Valhalla Table. Here are her answers to our silly survey. 1. Dish you cook that most represents you. Balinese wild boar s ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    On the Line: Bobby Bognar of History Channel's "Food Tech"

    Courtesy of Bobby Bognar​It's ironic that the latest food show to hit the airwaves isn't on the Food Network (they're much too busy showing pointless, boring challenge shows) but on the History Channel.Though the format is a lot like "Unwrapped" and "Follow That Food", the last time Marc Summers i ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    The Worst Show on Food Network

    Food Network​Food Network, Food Network, Food Network, you have really lost your way.You used to teach people how to cook; there were interesting shows like the Two Fat Ladies. Even Good Eats, the best show ever on the network, has lowered its standards and got the preachy diet message going.You'v ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    On the Line: Shewaye Zeleke of Tana Ethiopian

    Dave Lieberman​That Tana Ethiopian Restaurant is on a fairly short list of places I visit frequently is due to a serendipitous trip to Portillo's in Buena Park a few years ago. I saw a sign and pulled a quick U-turn in the road, earning me the ire of a bus driver and the first of many happy dining ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    On The Line: Craig Strong of Studio at The Montage

    ​Top Chef fans may already know that recent winner Michael Voltaggio now cooks at The Langham in Pasadena.  Well, Voltaggio's getting Craig Strong's sloppy seconds.  Strong was the Chef de Cuisine there -- earning both himself and the restaurant accolades from Michelin, Gourmet Magazine, ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    On The Line: Hiro Ohiwa of Cafe Hiro

    Photo by Edwin Goei​ Cafe Hiro is a favorite of mine. It's no accident that since I've been here at The Weekly, it's received with two accolades on two Best Of Issues (Best Japanese Restaurant 2009 and Best Fusion Restaurant of 2007). Psst, I didn't want to push for three wins, or else someo ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    On the Line: Ray White of the Veggie Grill

    Courtesy of Veggie Grill​The first time I heard tell of a group of people who eschewed not only meat but all animal products, I was stunned. I put down the fork and steak knife and said, "Exactly what do these people eat anyway?"As I started dating a woman whose father and sister are strict vegeta ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    On the Line: Wanida Sreewarom of Thai Nakorn

    ​When Thai Nakorn burned down in January 2007, lovers of Thai food the county over were cast adrift. The family opened a branch in Stanton to feed the demand for their amazing food, and finally, after months of delays and haggling with the city, Thai Nakorn returned to Garden Grove this August. If ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    On The Line: Daniel Stevens of Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill

    Courtesy of Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill​When not in the kitchen, Daniel Stevens, executive chef of Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza, can be found surfing the waves in Huntington Beach. This Connecticut native graduated from culinary school in 1996 and has been leading the Costa Mesa ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    On the Line: Santiago Vallejo of Mariscos Puerto Esperanza

    Courtesy of Mariscos Puerto Esperanza​Santiago Vallejo has an impressive résumé: formerly at the Ritz, he left to open his own restaurant, Mariscos Puerto Esperanza, in a tiny shopping center in Orange. It caused an immediate sensation on the food boards (Chowhound, Yelp, etc.) and Edwin himself ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    On the Line: Mark Cleveland of Avanti Cafe

    Cleveland: Ex-cellent!​I'm still mad at Avanti Cafe for stopping their International Tuesdays, so that just means I now try to visit once a week instead of every other day. I usually visit in the evening, when Mark Cleveland relieves his co-owner Tanya Fuqua in a transition as seamless as a Jamaic ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    On The Line: John McLaughlin of At Last Café

    Photo By Russ Roca​Every city should have a chef like John McLaughlin, who at his At Last Café cooks gourmet food but charges diner prices.  Long Beach, you're lucky to have him.  And we are lucky that he agreed to answer our silly survey.1. Dish that you cook that most represents you. ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    On the Line: John Q Humphreys, Chef/Owner of Ramos House Café

    ​San Juan Cap's most famous eaterie has been home (literally) to Newport Beach native John Q Humphreys for the last 15 years. During that time it has built a reputation for low-key yet memorable grub, in particular a stellar brekkie/brunch. While succumbing to our inquisition, he gets fruity and v ... More >>

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    September 22, 2009

    On the Line: David Slay, Chef at Park Ave

    ​Stanton may be an unlikely place to open a destination restaurant, but, with Park Ave, chef and managing partner David Slay has made it work. OK, you may find a burger on the menu, but it'll be sitting alongside the likes of scallops and filet mignon. And those 'fresh-clipped greens (which, as yo ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    On the Line: Aron Habiger of The Crosby

    John Gilhooley​Aron Habiger is the wunderkind chef behind the scenes at the so-hip-it-hurts hangout The Crosby in Santa Ana. Here are his answers to our survey. 1. Dish that you cook that most represents you. Jerk torta. 2. What was the last meal you had at home? Peanut butter and jelly ... More >>

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    August 18, 2009

    On The Line: Rachel Klemek of Blackmarket Bakery

    Tim MelideoRachel Klemek is the owner/chef/instructor of Blackmarket Bakery, her made-from-scratch bakery in Irvine.You'll also see Blackmarket weekly at farmers' markets around O.C., but most especially at the Saturday Irvine Farmers' Market across from UCI. Here are her answers to our survey. 1 ... More >>

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    July 3, 2009

    This Week In Food

    In the last five days in Stick a Fork In It:We worked out that, to the best of our knowledge, no OC restaurants closed in June. That's a first!Edwin chowed down on chicken bowls and rated Flame Broiler's above Yoshinoya's.Chef Steve Samson of Pizzeria Ortica worried us all with his "I would like to ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    On the Line: Chef Florent Marneau of Marche Moderne

    Courtesy of Marche ModerneHe is Florent Marneau, chef and proprietor of Marche Moderne, one of the best French restaurants in the county.  We are food bloggers with a few dumb questions that we've always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.  What do you get when you mix?  You get wh ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    December 3, 2008

    Another Baja Fresh Turns Into a Mesa Grill & Barbeque

    The Baja Fresh on Sunflower near Bristol is now a Mesa Grill and Barbeque. This makes (at least) the second Baja Fresh to be transformed. The first, on 17th St., made the switch earlier this year. At both locations, expect Southwest pizzas, baby backs, the whole BBQ gamut, but also coconut shrimp. ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008

    Iron Chef to Open Restaurant in O.C.

    Orange County's going to be home to a restaurant by an Iron Chef. No, not Batali. No, not Morimoto either. It's Cat Cora -- the lone female Iron Chef. But first, let me clarify that the planned restaurant -- called CCQ for Cat Cora's 'Que -- is actually going to be paired up with Nancy Silverton ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 14, 2001

    The Cutting Board Is Sacred

    Everything I ever needed to know about the Japanese I learned watching Iron Chef

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