Chile Peppers

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Understanding Beer: On Hops and Other Flavorants

    California has a hop obsession. At any brewery, in any bar, you're likely to encounter the devout disciples of the bitter plant, known as hopheads, guzzling the latest hopped-up brew. Without doubt, beers like IPAs and Double IPAs (DIPA) are the quintessential California beers. But believe it or n ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 24, 2013

    How Can You Tell If a Mexican Worker Is an Illegal Immigrant?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And is it Dia de los Muertos or Dia de Muertos?

  • Food

    April 25, 2013

    La Rocco's: A San Clemente Slice

    [Hole In the Wall] This pizzeria wows with its New York-style thin crust and selection of whites

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Eat This Now: Sliders from Hell at Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Kitchen

    Nothing against the late, great Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrel, but when I saw a burger on the menu of the Slidebar named the Cowboy from Hell after the metal legends' 1990 album, I began to wonder. How would Dimebag feel about a monster of a burger--a humongous patty topped with slices of sauteed ... More >>

  • Food

    January 31, 2013

    301 Cafe Is a Cal-Mex Shrine

    [Hole In the Wall] This Placentia dive serves chimichangas, enchiladas, and the best wet burrito around

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    [UPDATED: DATES FOR THIS WEEKEND] At the Market (Soon): Hatch Chiles!

    [UPDATED Aug. 1] See the latest updates to the list at the bottom of this post.I'd never had a Hatch chile until I moved to California and married a girl whose family used to live in New Mexico. Now I can't get enough of them. Chile verde, stuffed chiles, hot sauce, rajas con crema, stewed with pota ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Pizza Russian Roulette Is One Hilariously Messed-Up Eating Game

    It looks like your typical pizza pie. Nothing out of the ordinary--tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni and crust. That is, until one unlucky victim takes a bite. Pizza Russian Roulette is a game of odds. One slice is loaded with ghost pepper sauce and super-spicy oil. Whoever happens to pick up that sli ... More >>

  • Food

    August 23, 2012

    Eggroll King: Love, Chinese-American Style

    [Hole In the Wall] Check out the orange chicken at this Huntington Beach strip-mall gem

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    On the Line: Arthur Gonzalez of Roe Restaurant & Fish Market, Part Two

    Who needs three days what you can get done in two? We're tightening up the OTL format to allow more time to eat out work on other interviews. Art provides a little more insight on his life outside of Roe, then treats us to a fan favorite recipe. Oh, and their dining space is on track to be restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Hatch Chile Cooking Class Aug. 18 in Santa Ana--SIGN UP!

    There comes a moment in every Hatch chile lover's life when they triumph over the line at the store, come home with two sacks of hard-won green chiles, and then realize that they're fading fast and they now have to figure out what to do with 60 pounds of spicy peppers. Most go into the freezer, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Slater's 50/50's New Burger Is So Hot It Requires Gloves And A Liability Waiver

    After jolting the country with the 'Merica Burger, the monstrosity made of 100% ground bacon, the folks at Slater's 50/50 didn't know how they would ever outdo themselves. Then they had an idea. They'd simply turn up the heat. 

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Game of Burgers: Burger Barons, Round One

    We've got no shortage of places in Orange County that specialize in burgers and only burgers. They're not diners (not enough blue hair and orthopedic shoes on the waitstaff), they're not fast food (not at these prices), and they're not gastropubs (which have non-burger foods). The question is, are t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Five Sonoran Dishes All Cal-Mex Restaurants Should Incorporate Into Their Menus

    Most older gabachos have a general idea that the Mexican food they grew up eating in Southern California was heavily influenced by Sonoran cooking: the flour tortillas and burritos and machaca and chile colorado and obsession with beef that distinguishes Cal-Mex from Tex-Mex (which owes most of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    On the Line: Peter Serantoni of Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen, Part Three

    "It should have a certain foundation. Its gotta have certain flavors that blend well together. A lot of people forget it's about a balance at the end of the day. And most importantly, what you drink should stimulate your appetite, and not the other way around."Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen's approach is v ... More >>

  • Food

    April 5, 2012

    One Nation, Under Tacos

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

  • Food

    February 17, 2012

    Huong Giang Is Hue Great

    [Hole In the Wall] This Little Saigon standard excels with the dishes of Central Vietnam

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Brats Berlin To Debut Exotic Sausages

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​When Christian Murcia's second luxe lonchera concept launched this past July, their theme was to feature evolving artwork (no pun intended). In a move typically reserved for high-stakes gambling, they not only delivered on that promise, but they upped the ante with uni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Drink of the Week: Kurosawa at Mesa

    Taylor Hamby/OC Weekly KurosawaMesa is a purveyor of style, innovation and culture in this fair county, often compared to a LA lounge (even the unisex restrooms are hip) except without that whole LA douchebag hipster factor. It's a great venue for events, such as our upcoming Nov. 10 Happy H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2011

    El Grito at Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen, Our Drink of the Week

    ​ Gabbi Patrick and her namesake Mexican Kitchen in Old Towne Orange has rightfully earned praise for her meals, which skip across Mexico to offer different regional treats (go right now while they're offering her take on chiles en nogada, featuring fluffy picadillo and a walnut sauce so sweet it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Hatch Chiles to Be Scarcer, More Expensive This Year Because of Drought

    I'm currently in New Mexico for...something...and the statewide tradition of roasting just-harvested chiles is beginning anew. Last evening, as I drove down the old Route 66 in downtown Albuquerque (now Central Avenue), the sweet-smoky, full-bodied scent of those enchanting pepper pods getting roast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    On The Line: Jay DiEugenio From BACON MANia, Part Three

    Kevin Lara​Our bacon-tastic journey comes to an end this week with one of Jay's signature items; a deep-fried, bacon-wrapped dog named The Rico. It harmonizes two types of bacon--enough said. To review parts one and two of our BACON MANia interview, you can find them here and here.The RicoIngredie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    A Fine Cemita Poblana (But No Pápalo Yet) At Taquería la Poblana

    ​After years of not being able to support a single place that sold food from the Mexican state of Puebla outside of too many sickly sweet interpretations of mole poblano, Orange County is suddenly awash in a Pueblan invasion, specifically of the cemita poblana variety. The epic sandwich--half-chee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Getting Drunk At The Office: Chuy Tovar of Real De Mexico Tequila And A Recipe For The Real Mexican

    Javier CabralJose "Chuy" Tovar at The Real De Mexico Distillery​I met Jose "Chuy" Tovar through a Facebook inquiry he put in to me about places to find the best menudo (yes, he saw me on T.V). It turned out he was the chief operating pinche-officer of Real De Mexico Tequila, a two-year-old tequila ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Drink of the Week: Halle Berry at The Cellar

    ​Since Fullerton's the Cellar is one of OC's finest dining establishments, well-known for its extensive wine list, its staff could theoretically get a pass were they not able to make top-rate cocktails. But that's not how the Cellar rolls. 

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Six Dollars Too Much And Bad Besides: The Whole Foods Bánh Mì

    Dave Lieberman​Orange County's third Whole Foods opened in mid-October in the Bella Terra complex at Beach and Edinger in Huntington Beach. This didn't stir up much sentiment around these parts, since most of us at Fork live closer to the organic juggernaut of a Whole Foods in Tustin, until we dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Five Condiments To Make At Home Instead

    Flickr user specialkrb​I'm a big fan of cooking at home. When you cook at home, you get to control what goes into the food you eat. You're not likely to load up your food with butter, salt or sugar just to hit someone over the head with the taste. A lot of things Americans buy in bottles, jars or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Gabe Zambrano of Soho Taco, Part Three

    Meg Strouse​Gabe Zambrano of the Soho Taco cart is on the line this week; if you missed the interview portions, click here and here. He closes this week with a great salsa recipe so simple even an editor could do it.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    #40. Tacos de Rajas con Queso at Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen

    ​Because ustedes gentle readers love lists, 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...Whenever it's my birthday, I ask dear old mami for one of two dishes to celebrate: asado de boda jerezano ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Eating Tijuana, Part One

    Dave Lieberman​"You're insane." "You're going to die, you know." "Are you stupid?" "Can I have your car?" Such were the reactions I got when I mentioned that I would be taking part in a culinary tour of Tijuana given by Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA: total certainty that I would never ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    A Tale of Two Chimayós: The Real Deal and the HB Travesty

    ​I'm currently in New Mexico to research for my coming book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. One of the chapters will deal with the Southwestern cooking phenomenon that spread across the country during the late 1980s and early 1990s and has now largely disappeared to the point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Tacos Acorazados, Tacos de Amor

    If there's a Mexican food more soul-satisfying than milanesa, I want it shot, drawn and delivered to me. I mean, how can you not love it? It's beef that's been dipped in egg and breaded, then deep-fried. It's the Mexican equivalent of chicken-fried steak, but with enough garlic to repel vampires in ... More >>

  • Food

    March 4, 2010

    How Far Can Dexter Holland's Gringo Bandito Go?

    What started as a gag gift by the Offspring singer is becoming a serious business

  • Food

    December 24, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Fish Taco

    Dave Lieberman​A great fish taco is a thing of beauty: fried fish (yes, it must be fried!) topped with raw, shredded cabbage, crema (thin Mexican sour cream), chunky salsa and a squeeze of lime on corn tortillas. The first time I had them ("Fish tacos? Seriously?") was when I was working in the Sa ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 4, 2009
  • Food

    June 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Picking Weeds Over in Rainbow

    It takes quite the personality to motivate about 10 suburbanites to get up early Sunday morning, drive an hour and a half to San Diego County, and end up in the unincorporated community of Rainbow for the honor of picking weeds for nothing, but that's the type of gal Donna Buono is. The San Clemente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    OC's Oil Salsa Sellers

    Orange County has more than its shares of great salsas--the chocolate mole at El Fortín, a chile de arbol concoction sold at Rivera Mexican Food, blindingly hot habaneros at El Bukanis, Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen, Conde Cakes, and--breaking news!--the REAL Taco Adobe in Orange, and more I'll keep to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Paint the White House Black!

    Dated (circa 1993), yet timely -- George Clinton, with special guests Ice Cube, the Chili Peppers, Dr. Dre, etc.

  • Food

    October 2, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    OC Philly Cheesesteaks Better than Philly Legends!

    While in Philadelphia last week, I was able to taste the city's two most famous Philly cheesesteak joints: Geno's and Pat's King of Steaks. Read my review of Geno's here, then come back. Read it? Geno's doesn't begin to COMPARE to some of OC's better Philly cheesesteak gems--I'm thinking Philly's Be ... More >>

  • Food

    February 7, 2008

    [This Hole-In-the-Wall Life] Pozole Paradise

    Breaking the rules at Las Brisas de Apatzingan

  • Food

    August 30, 2007

    This Hole-In-The-Wall Life

    The freaks come out at night

  • Food

    July 19, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Carbon Cabrones: Tacos al carbon at Taco Factory

  • Food

    September 21, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    That Golden Glow at Haveli

  • Food

    July 13, 2006

    Mexican Renaissance

    Wising up and finally enjoying Taleo

  • Food

    June 1, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Tamale Time at Chicago's Best

  • Food

    March 9, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    The Glory of It Thali

  • Food

    February 13, 2003

    Noorani Nosh

    Gobbling down beef brains in Garden Groves Little Karachi

  • Food

    June 28, 2001

    Toss Your Chalupas

    And march over to El Metate

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