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    November 21, 2014

    Amar Santana Announces Upcoming Concept: Vaca, a Spanish Restaurant

    When a chef goes off to open their own concept, it's a risk. Those that succeed are in it for the long haul. Some are even crazy enough to go through the process a second time. In the case of Amar Santana, he is revving to go. Previously based out of Charlie Palmer's inside Bloomingdale's, chef ret ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    Charlie Palmer At Bloomingdale's Preps You For Thanksgiving

    Instead of being annoyed by how soon holiday decor is being displayed in stores, we've opted to look on the bright side. Thanksgiving is barely a month away! Cravings for turkey, gravy and pumpkin spices fill us with joy (and calories). While we brace ourselves for the roundup of places promoting ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Amar Santana, Azuna Tequila, and Sustainable Fish Farms!

    Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!

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    December 18, 2012

    Anne Marie's Top Five Drinks of 2012!

    Here's the thing about me and drinking-- from the time that I was "of age", I drank primarily wine. And champagne. My perception of beer was what I saw in commercials and bottles or cans at wedding receptions. It was crap. If I wanted different, it was some stereotyped cocktail in a martini glass.In ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Vino Fresco At Charlie Palmer

    For a deceptively plain-looking libation, this is one high-maintenance cocktail. A few years back (when Charlie Palmer was debuting), we remember the vino fresco. Listed at the bottom of the menu, its name intrigued us--we were compelled to order one. During subsequent visits, we noticed our drink d ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Charlie Palmer Cellar Sale This Saturday

    Bev Mo and Total Wine have nothing on Charlie Palmer this weekend. Serving artisan cheese and offering pours of roughly 40 different bottles on sale in a relaxed (read: at no cost) environment is the perfect way to unwind after an afternoon of South Coast Plaza therapy--and even better if you're act ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Presenting This Year's Crop of New Burger Joints: More Umami, Another The Counter, And BurgerFi

    ​We're still living in a burger Renaissance folks. As you may recall, the past few years saw a surge of new burger joints, some came from highfalutin gourmets chefs (think Joseph Mahon's Burger Parlor, Charlie Palmer's DG Burger, and Marcus Samuellson's MarcBurger), some came from the In-N-Out-lev ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Hockey Chefs = Charity, A Dux In Tux Recap

    ​We had the opportunity to attend the 12th annual Dux In Tux, a fund-raiser benefiting the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, which funds wellness seminars, hockey tutorials and in-school visits to OC's kiddies and beyond. Chefs are paired with a member of the team to assist in executing a custom menu for ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Start Spreading the News About Broadway

    Amar Santana's new restaurant in Laguna Beach would make Charlie Palmer proud

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    September 8, 2011

    On The Line: Sea Kyeong Kim of Charlie Palmer At Bloomingdales, Part Three

    Photo by Meranda Carter​This Charlie Palmer chef takes his craft pretty seriously. After going over the ingredients for the recipe, we must say, this is one intensely flavorful tomato salad! To catch up on what you missed with Chef Kim, links for parts one and two can be found here, and over here. ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    On The Line: Sea Kyeong Kim of Charlie Palmer At Bloomingdales, Part Two

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Our interview with Chef Kim continues as we look into his background in Korea, as well as his aspirations for the future. We also hear about his experience working for previous On The Line subject, Amar Santana. Stay in the loop by reading Part One here, and get your heirlo ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    On The Line: Sea Kyeong Kim of Charlie Palmer At Bloomingdales, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​When we first began our On The Line series over two years ago, Amar Santana was one of our first interviews. How times have changed. As Santana puts the finishing touches to his  Broadway baby, we spend some time with his hand-picked successor, Chef Sea Kyeong Kim. Ori ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Drink Of The Week: Viet-jito From AnQi Gourmet Bistro

    ​Since House of An opened AnQi adjacent to Charlie Palmer, Bay Area transplants (like myself) have wondered if it's on par with the rest of the family. The collaboration of traditional Asian dishes alongside Chef Ryan Carson's inventive point-of-view has succeeded in doing the almost impossible: M ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    G Burger Hits the G Spot

    George Makri's La Habra burger stand straddles the comfortable center between dives and boutiques

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    February 1, 2011

    [UPDATED] DG Burger at Charlie Palmer: Is Anyone Listening?

    ​UPDATE, 8:45 A.M., FEB. 1:  We've received a response from the Charlie Palmer Group--see bottom of post for details. ORIGINAL POST, 10:30 A.M., JAN. 31: Well, it's evident the management at Charlie Palmer in South Coast Plaza aren't paying attention to what's being written about the DG Burge ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    DG Burger Is Damned If You Do

    Charlie Palmer's downmarket burger at South Coast Plaza tries not to eat up all the profits

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    November 26, 2010

    This Week in Food: Controversial Tamale Fundraisers, Great Office Park Eats, and Charlie Palmer!

    Flickr user ilovemypit​Given this was Turkey Week, the blogging 'round here was at a more-relaxed pace, but that doesn't mean there weren't goodies in the mix (sorry for the double negative, a no-no in English, but I'm still asleep from the racks of ribs we ate last night). After the jump, some hi ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    DG Burger French Fries Perhaps the Best in Human History

    ​Here is the line from yesterday's free-burger bonanza at Charlie Palmer's new South Coast Plaza hamburger stand, DG Burgers (and I just remembered that line in the Simpsons when Marge got annoyed at that Italian candy maker who works in the field of Gummi...). Surprise, surprise--give out free an ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Charlie Palmer on His New DG Burger, the Genius of Guests, and His Favorite OC Restaurants!

    Palmer: A class act all the way...​Everyone else today will spill worth-it praise on Charlie Palmer's new burger joint, DG Burger, rave about the burger, wax purple over the fries, breathlessly report on the hundreds-deep line that snaked around his South Coast Plaza eatery to take him up on a fre ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Charlie Palmer Opening Burger Joint at South Coast Plaza, Giving Away 300 Free Burgers TOMORROW

    Trish Rusthoven Daniels/Courtesy of DG Burger​The news has been around for a while that Charlie Palmer is opening a burger stand within his eponymous South Coast Plaza restaurant, but Nation's Restaurant News--the bible of the industry--weighed in with a piece today, placing it in the context of c ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    OC Restaurant Thanksgiving Round-up

    Clay Oven's Tandoori Turkey​This is the post we do every year around this time. This is the part where I say, "Not planning to cook for Turkey Day?!  Well, here's a few restaurants who'll do the cooking for you!!", yadda yadda. And this is the part where I add some funny quip about overeati ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    On the Line: Danny Godinez of Anepalco's Cafe, Parte Two

    ​Photo by Todd BarnesBehold the second part of our interview with Danny Godinez, chef and head of the wonderful Anepalco's Cafe in Orange. Rather, behold it after the jump, where he dishes on the superiority of crepes over enchiladas, the raging debate about authentic versus fake Mexican food, and ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    On The Line: Timothy Kast of Seasons 52, Part Two

    Photo by Todd Barnes​Today we continue our Q&A with Timothy Kast, the executive chef partner at Seasons 52 in South Coast Plaza. Stay tuned for a recipe from the chef tomorrow. If you missed the first part, click here. What show would you pitch to the Food Network? Healthy cooking from scr ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Shelly Register of A Restaurant and Market, Part One

    Photo by Todd Barnes​This week, we meet Chef Shelly Register of A Restaurant and Market in Newport Beach. Typically, bakers are strong at either breads or pastries, but not both. The French make a linguistic distinction between these specialty shops: pâtisseries sell pastries, and boulangeries ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Another New Food Truck Debuts in OC This Week (UPDATE!)​For those who think this food truck trend has reached saturation, here's another one that debuted in OC last week. Called The Lime Truck, this roach coach markets itself as serving "California beach cuisine." At the helm is Jason Quinn, a young chef who once worked at Charli ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Notes From A Grubfest At South Coast Plaza

    Mall restaurants aren't everyone's first choice when dining out, but South Coast Plaza is surely an exception? Not the fast-food joints and run-of-the-mill chains, of course, but the higher-end spaces. Name one other shopping center in the US that's home to a trifecta of the caliber of Hamamori, Cha ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Reminder: Fashion Plates Starts Tomorrow

    ​As previously mentioned, a baker's dozen of restaurants in and around South Coast Plaza--including Hamamori (pictured), Marché Moderne and Charlie Palmer--are offering bargain $20 three-course lunches and/or $40 four-course dinners from July 31 until August 9. UPDATE: Royal Khyber and Nello Cuci ... 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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    July 14, 2009

    South Coast Plaza's Fashion Plates Promo Coming Again Soon

    For a ten-day period (July 31 through August 9), 13 local restaurants will be offering bargain prix fixe menus (many with a choice of entrée): three courses as lunch for $20 and four courses at dinner for $40. That's exclusive of tax, tips and drinks, although Nello Cucina and Royal Khyber are gene ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Dueling Dishes: Posh Mini Kobe Burgers

    Seems like just about everyone is turning out mini burgers these days. But what are we to do when we crave something fancier than Jack In The Box? Head to South Coast Plaza, that's what, where there are two different versions--kobe sliders with truffle aioli, no less--just a few minutes apart from e ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Easy, Breezy Recipe: Amar Santana's Gazpacho

    Here's a signature from Amar Santana, Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer, South Coast Plaza. Light, healthy and a cinch to make, it's perfect for summer (once the weather perks up, that is). On the other hand, if you're feeling fancy, you can jazz it up by garnishing it with marinated baby shrimp and ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Stars Of Santa Barbara--And Other Upcoming South Coast Plaza Wine Events

    Charlie Palmer's monthly 50 for 50 sell-off, with bargains aplenty, has come around again. It's this Saturday, June 13, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, in the Next Vintage Wine Shop.Antonello Ristorante has started a "wine mixer" once a month, featuring eight wines for $30 per person, followed by a sale of w ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Reminder: 50 for 50 Event at Charlie Palmer on Saturday

    If you're celebrating Memorial Day at home but need some top-class booze to liven up your dinner, head down to South Coast Plaza between 3:00pm and 5:30pm this Saturday, May 23, for the second of four scheduled sales at the Next Vintage Wine Shop, inside the Charlie Palmer restaurant in Bloomingdal ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Frittata Pans Be Damned! Treat Mom Right With Our Guide To The Best Mother's Day Menus in OC

    Flipping through Real Simple last night, I caught a glimpse of what could be the most insulting ad ever.Sure, the visuals were mouthwatering--an enticing asparagus frittata, cooked to perfection and waiting for a fork to sink into it--but it was the text that nearly made me choke:"Mom deserves the b ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    This Week In Food

    This Week's highlights from Stick a Fork In It:I wrote about my near-fistfight with a fellow partygoer at the launch of the new Charlie Palmer small plates menu--it must've been the excitement of kicking off our new Twitter account that was getting to me.Talking of Twitter-induced excitement, Edwin' ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Warning: Charlie Palmer's New Small Plates May Be Bad For Your Health (But Not In The Way You Think)

    Last night, the bar at Charlie Palmer, South Coast Plaza, launched its small plates menu--available from 4pm until close--with a media shindig.I have to confess that I only tried one dish, but I do have a legitimate excuse: I'd just chowed down on the five-course tasting extravaganza at Marché Mode ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 34

    Orange County Register: A hushed county awaits the jury verdict in Steve Rocco's trial for alleged ketchup theft. . . . County officials are talking settlement with ex-Sheriff, current-felon Mike Carona's former right-hand man George Jaramillo. . . . Orange County may be among the first in ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    Booze News: Next Vintage Wine Shop's 50 For 50 Events

    I'm not advocating that we all reach for the bottle during these stressful times (if a recent study is to be believed, even one small glass of wine a day can increase a woman's cancer risk), but for those of us who like an occasional top-quality tipple but who balk at the high prices, there's good n ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    This Week in Food

    Our fave Stick A Fork In It Blog Posts, from this week:Those of us on a budget had plenty to smile about, with free Roastburgers from Arby's and, at the other end of the scale, an extended $10 posh entrée deal at all three locations of Savannah.Fitting news for spring: Edwin reported that Iron Chef ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    More St Patrick's Day Treats--At Charlie Palmer, Bloomingdale's

    Dig into some delish-sounding Irish-themed comfort food at the lounge at Charlie Palmer, South Coast Plaza, on Tuesday, March 17. Chef Amar Santana will be showcasing ingredients traditionally associated with the Emerald Isle, including the requisite cabbage, corned beef and potatoes, but he's also ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    More Dining Bargains--Fashion Plates at South Coast Plaza

    Seems like the OC can't get enough of dining and drinking deals these days, what with the recent Orange County Restaurant Week, upcoming Happy Hour Week and a ton of other random bargains and promos. Lucky us!This time it's the Fashion Plates event at SCP, a ten-day affair running from March 20 to 2 ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Classy Stuff--This Time At Charlie Palmer, Bloomie's

    OK, so Marché Moderne's cooking classes are all booked up - as I noted last week. But if you're quick off the mark you can sign up for one of the "kitchen technique" classes at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's, South Coast Plaza. According to our sources, they're likely to sell out very quickly.Run ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Could This Be The Best Club Sandwich In The World?

    Window shopping our way around South Coast Plaza may be a pleasant way to spend a morning, but when it's time to fill our grumbling bellies, we're stumped. There are a few upmarket options, sure (Hamamori, Marché Moderne and Charlie Palmer), along with some fast-food joints at the other end of the ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Cafe Hiro's Valentine's Menu

    Cafe Hiro's Special Valentine's Day Dinner Menu can be seen by clicking HERE, but it's probably pointless for me to show you this now if you don't already have a reservation. A call made earlier on Thursday confirmed that all seats are booked until 9:15 P.M. on Saturday.It's a no brainer why.   ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Valentine's Menus for Just About EVERY Restaurant at South Coast Plaza

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, I got an unsolicited e-mail from a PR person working for South Coast Plaza's restaurants. This time, there's finally some information I'd want to share with you: the special Valentine's menus for just about every eatery at SCP. So if you were thinking of one of SC ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    $11 Wagyu Beef Hot Dog at Charlie Palmer's Anyone?

    Ah, Charlie Palmer, how do you do it? While we're all knee-deep in the stink, you forge onward. I suppose there are still rich people around, and they've gotta eat somewhere. And for those of them who watch football, I suppose $11 is nothing to pony up for a hot dog come SuperBowl Sunday. More ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Spying Charlie Palmer's & Complaining About Crustacean

    I don't shop at Bloomingdale's, but I like going through its front entrance to get to the mall. Why? In the store's entryway, you can see into Charlie Palmer's kitchen through this eye-slit of a peep-hole. From it, you can spy all the cooking action and the Top Chef dreamers doing it, and that's exa ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    Now Open in Newport Beach: Code

    Code has opened. If you remember, this is the place that took over Fury in Newport Beach. Done by the people behind Tentation, Ten Asian Bistro, Mosun G, and others, the interior looks as impressive as its exterior; which, by the way, seems like it's cribbed from Charlie Palmer's 405-facing faca ... More >>

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