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Bread

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    20. Vietnamese Baguette from Saigon Bakery

    The right bread can either make or ruin a meal. Sandwich bread doesn't have enough gluten? It's going to fall apart. Crust too crisp? You're going to destroy your mouth. Crumb too, uh, crumby? But that's supposed to be the best part! You guys get the idea. That's why, when you trutly find the perfe ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    The 3 Coolest Finds at Expo Comida Latina 2014

    Food and hospitality industry trade shows are all the rage these days. For the uninitiated, they are exactly what they sound like: huge conventions not usually open to the public, filled with everything from state-of-art restaurant equipment companies hustling their products, to hundreds of hungry, ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Tortilla Tuesdays: Mama's Tortillas

    My hope that good flour tortillas might be on the upswing was buoyed by last week's find of decent, not-awful flour tortillas in a non-Latino grocery store. Unfortunately, they were dashed this week. I bought a pack of Mama's Tortillas at the grocery store (Stater Bros. this time, I think) from one ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    Tortilla Tuesdays: Mi Familia Flour Tortillas

    I sat down as I began to write this article, and I wrote down all the adjectives I would use to describe a flour tortilla from an American supermarket. Gummy, stale, dried-out (which takes talent in conjunction with gummy), oily-tasting, nasty. It doesn't seem to matter who makes the tortillas; whe ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Tortilla Tuesdays: La Tortilla Factory

    I am a gabacho. While I have many non-gabacho food-shopping habits (markets in Tijuana, an intimate familiarity with my local Northgate, a love for nopales, etc.), when time is of the essence, I resort to the dreaded White Folks Supermarket--you know, Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, et al.The problem is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Roberto Gonzalez Barrera, Founder of GRUMA/Destroyer of Mexico's Tortilla Industry, Now Rotting In Hell

    See Also:* "Five Reasons to Hate GRUMA, Makers of Mission and Guerrero Tortillas, Maseca, and Other Tortilla Evil"* Read about REAL tortillas in our weekly feature: Tortilla Tuesdayst's amazing--scratch that. It's disturbing as hell how ill-informed the mainstream media is and how damn laz ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    Tortilla Tuesday: Flour Tortillas at Rubalcava's Market AKA Best Flour Tortillas in Southern California

    In the borderlands, a flour tortilla is sacramental, holy, filling, the true daily bread: fluffy, filling, thick, pliable, toothsome love. In Southern California? Universally, shit.I've eaten tortillas my entire life, and the flour versions have only been consumed out of necessity for quesadillas (d ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Pandor Boulangerie Brings French Breads to Newport Beach

    Though we have lots of great ethnic food in Orange County, great French food is hard to come by. Spurred by the dirth of worthwhile French breads in these Orange Acres, Raffi and Tiffany Sepetjian decided to open a bakery and make their own. Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Café opened Monday in Ne ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    Tortilla Tuesday: Evan Kleiman on El Toro Meat Market!

    Southern California food goddess and host of KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food Evan Kleiman rarely ventures into Orange County, but when she does, she's usually hanging out with my chica. One time for a segment, Evan went to El Toro Meat Market in SanTana, and has never fallen out of love with it, especially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Tortilla Tuesdays: El Super

    I bought a bag--an enormous, three-pound bag, because that was the smallest available size--of tortillas at my local El Super on Saturday afternoon. At 3:30 p.m., when I checked out (and bagged the purchase myself, because that's apparently how El Supers keep their prices almost exactly the same as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Tortilla Tuesdays: La Flor de Mexicali

    9 a.m., Memorial Day. Santa Ana is mostly silent, sleeping off as much of the previous night's hangover as they can before venturing timidly out for extended-weekend menudo and birria. The line at Tortillería Flor de Mexicali looks jarring; it extends out the door and into the parking lot, people w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    On the Line: Jonathan Eng of Le Pain Quotidien, Part One

    Le Pain Quotidien has been around since 1990, but took its own sweet time arriving in Orange County. They transplanted Jonathan Eng from New York's Bleeker Street bakery to helm the daily breadmaking last autumn. Hungry to explore his dining options beyond Fashion Island, we meet up to recharge over ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Tortilla Tuesdays: Northgate González Markets

    Sorry for the loooong delay in this column, but we got a bit...busy 'round these parts, what with the book and the promotion and stuff. But I got a month's worth of different tortillerías in the bag, and I'll restart with the one I was supposed to do before things got a bit...busy--Northgate Gonzá ... More >>

  • Food

    April 5, 2012

    One Nation, Under Tacos

    An excerpt from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'

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    March 14, 2012

    Eat This Now: Cake Donut at Cream Pan

    ​If I need a baguette and I'm in the area, chances are I'm headed to Cream Pan. Fellow Forker Dave Lieberman recently honored the Tustin bakery with the top spot on his "Ten Great Bakeries in Orange County" list for having the best strawberry croissants, baguettes and epi in all the land.I'm not g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2012

    Eat This Now: Cake Donut at Cream Pan

    ​Went in for a baguette at 1 p.m., they were out for the day. Took home a loaf of ciabatta as a consolation prize, but discovered the cake donut, which more than made up for the miss on the baguette. Crispy on the outside, dense and sexy on the inside. Could hear crunch and crackle of the golden b ... More >>

  • Food

    December 15, 2011

    Gourmet Grill Masters Has Chicken that Don't Stop!

    [Hole In the Wall] The famous rotisserie-chicken purveyor opens its first restaurant . . . in Irvine?!

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Tortilla Tuesdays: Diana's Tortillas

    ​Diana's is a chain of restaurants, bakeries and tortillerías in what are loosely termed the "Gateway" cities--in other words, the suburbs south and east of Los Angeles. I've never been to the restaurants, but my wife picked up a package of their tortillas at our local Albertson's.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    On The Line: Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish Taco, Part Three

    Photo by Meranda Carter​What else can we say about Wahoo's co-founder Wing Lam that we haven't already covered? How about that he's teaching at both Chapman and Concordia Universities (this fall and winter, respectively.)? A man that can often be found on his company's taco truck serving the local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Tortilla Tuesdays: Tula Market

    Dave Lieberman​Lake Forest is an amazing place. It's much more like North County than South County (the bizarre subdivision of Foothill Ranch notwithstanding), and it's where the Latinos of the 949 go for their groceries when Santa Ana is impractical due to traffic. This week's Tortilla Tuesday go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    French Baker Creates 24-Hour Baguette Vending Machines

    Flickr user roboppy It's well-known that the Japanese have gone vending machine crazy. Not only can you get a cup of instant ramen (which is child's play) by inserting a few coins into the machines, you can also pick up fresh produce and even lobsters.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Tortilla Tuesday: La Reina Tortilleria

    ​What, you thought your last name had to end in -a, -o or -z to be able to review tortillas? Nope! The humble disk of corn, the legacy of pre-Columbian Mexico, is a staple not just for Mexicanos; they're indispensable even in European-mutt households.La Reina is a market with a bad location: cater ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Tortilla Tuesday: Tortilleria Ruben's, Santa Ana

    ​Our series looking for the best OC-made tortilla continues...tune in every Tuesday for the latest installment!The only problem I see in doing this column is that it takes commitment: most packets of tortillas contain three dozen, and although I eat tortillas with nearly every homemade meal, I don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: Is Irvine or Anaheim the County's Most Integrated Supermarket City?

    ​From Das Ubergeek himself:A white guy (not me) and an Asian guy in the El Super on Anaheim and Ball [in Anaheim] arguing about the merits of gorditas vs. tortillas. Total integration of Anaheim, or sure sign of the Reconquista?Let's use this introductory sentence for my required plug for my comin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    First OC Outpost of Belgian Bakery Chain To Open At Fashion Island

    http://www.lepainquotidien.us​Le Pain Quotidien, a bakery started by a Belgian chef, has conquered the rest of the world, including Bahrain, Japan and India.  L.A. has a dozen already.  Now the first Orange County outpost is planned for Fashion Island, the first in Orange County.

  • Food

    April 21, 2011

    Al Wadee Bakery: As American As Manakeesh

    [Hole in the Wall] Our future Muslim overlords make really tasty flatbreads, so it won't be all bad

  • Food

    March 24, 2011

    Saigon Bakery: OC's Banh Mi Champeen?

    [Hole In the Wall] This Westminster eatery specializes in the Vietnamese sandwich and other baked goodies.

  • Columns

    March 3, 2011

    Tortillas Instead of Forks?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] Plus, praise for a town in Northern Arizona

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Great Sourdough Hidden In the Orange Circle

    ​I'm in Old Town Orange at least twice a week, but I never once thought to go into the Gallery on Glassell, just north of the circle, until my wife and I were taking a stroll last weekend. The store concentrates on the art of California and the west and has an interesting display of Day of the Dea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Taco Asylum Is Tasty--But Not the Taco Part

    Taco Asylum's homemade hot sauces, made from the world's two hottest peppers: a bit sludgy, could use more flavor given the heat overwhelms any discernable notes... ​"Okay, we need to remember that we are here objectively," said one of the Zambrano brothers behind Soho Taco. It wasn't Gabriel. Was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Gabacho Discs of Glory: Battle Grocery Store Flour Tortillas

    ​Last week, your intrepid Forkers received a pitch from a company called Circle Foods selling as Tortillaland and advertising the availability of fresh, uncooked tortillas in the local grocery store. The company's website is a depressing attempt to evoke vaguely Mexican imagery while selling such ... More >>

  • Food

    January 20, 2011

    Wraps Xpress Is the Turkish Rose of Irvine

    [Hole In the Wall] Inside this strip-mall restaurant is a great eatery desperate to express itself

  • Food

    August 19, 2010

    Home Cooking at Taqueria Zamora

    [Hole In the Wall] Is this the most Mexican restaurant in OC?

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Little Bull Sandwiches: Bocadillos de Toritos

    Dave Lieberman​I'm going to make a bold prediction here: I see toritos as the next appetizer to hit our Mexican restaurants, especially our finer-dining ones, in a big way. A torito, for those of you who've never ventured south of the border, is a chile güero (a yellow chile that looks like a mor ... More >>

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    July 24, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    May 11, 2008

    Paris Baguette - New Korean-French Bakery Now Open in Irvine

    Food fact: Some of the best French bakeries in Orange County are run by Asians. There's Japonaise Bakery in Tustin, whose custard-and-strawberry-stuffed croissants would make Escoffier weep. For baguettes with crusts as shatteringly crisp as potato chips, go to Little Saigon, where Vietnamese ba ... More >>

  • Food

    June 28, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Pricey (Get Over It) Sandwiches at Zon Baguettes

  • Food

    November 9, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from OC's best damn dining guide

  • Columns

    August 17, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Special Food Edicion

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    July 27, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Breadth of bread: Wholesome Choice

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    July 13, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from OC's best damn dining guide

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    November 17, 2005
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    August 11, 2005
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    March 24, 2005

    Banh Mi, Dont Be a Hero

    Trawling for the countys best Vietnamese sandwiches

  • Food

    September 30, 2004

    Good Breakfast, Fab Lunch, Great Dinner

    The Dining Day at the Irvine Hyatt Regencys 6ix Park Grill

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    March 18, 2004
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    September 11, 2003

    The Mexican Mormons Jewish Bakery

    Abel Salgado keeps the Challah coming

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