• Food

    June 12, 2014

    Where to Buy Ice Cream in OC this Summer

    Sprinkles, Frozen Cow Creamery and other ice cream places to explore and get headaches at this summer

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    How to Make It: Chocolate Chip Cookie-Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls

    Mornings are tough. Cinnamon rolls help. But chocolate chip cookie stuffed cinnamon rolls help even more. Yes, this is real life. What a time to be alive.

  • Columns

    December 5, 2013

    What is Champurrado, Atole and Ponche?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexican cholos dress like gang members?

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Valenza Chocolatier Making Things Sweeter In Costa Mesa

    We stepped into a kitchen space known as The Hood (conveniently located down the street from our offices) for a ribbon cutting. This commercial rental space is now the home of Amy Jo Pedone. Her chocolate journey began with the passing of her dear cousin to ovarian cancer. Despite her finance degree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Company Offers Sriracha-Flavored Chocolate Easter Bunnies

    How far is too far with Sriracha? Sriracha-flavored popcorn? Sure, why not. Sriracha Flavored Lay's Potato Chips? Hell yes! But what if the cock sauce veers into Easter dessert territory? Would your Sriracha faith be tested? Would you eat a Sriracha chocolate Easter bunny? Would you offer it to an u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Eat This Now: The Femme Fatale From The Sticky Pig

    With a temporary heatwave descending upon us, what better time to discuss our coolest of treats: Ice cream! Our resident bacon vixen, Tara Simon now has a restored dessert cart in her custody. In the months leading up to The Sticky Pig's cart completion, she's been getting all mad scientist with her ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: Shortnin Bread Bakery, Where Dessert is Lunch and the Savory Tarts Rock

    "Life's short," says the promotional postcards for Long Beach's cutesy neighborhood bakery Shortnin Bread. "Eat dessert first!" So one morning I decided to take that advice and held out on breakfast for what I thought would be a dessert-filled lunch. Except when I arrived at Shortnin Bread's corne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Dark Chocolate Is Good For You-This Time, For Real. But You Gotta Eat A Lot!

    Chocolate, it turns out, is good for more than just nursing a breakup, getting men off the hook on Valentine's Day and making belts obsolete. It can be good for you! According to the Wall Street Journal, the European Safe Food Authority (ESFA) backs a claim by cocoa giant Barry Callebaut AG tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    A Bite of Chocolate Unwrapped, Awesome Food Exhibit At OC Fair

    If you're taking a break from fried food at the fair, Exhibit Promenade is showcasing a new feature called Chocolate Unwrapped: Beans, Bars & Bon Bons. We dropped in while it was coming together to learn more (and hope for samples). A few of the collectibles they managed to acquire had better st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Irvine Chocolatiers Build A 9-Ton Chocolate Mayan Temple, Break Guinness World Record

    Here's something to make you pause and wonder: What am I doing with my life? That's because you are not the chocolatiers at Qzina Specialty Foods in Irvine. They did what no man has done before, which is build an 18,239-pound ancient Mayan temple out of chocolate.  It took more the team mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Girl Scouts Candy Bar Available for Pre-Order Tomorrow!

    Girl Scout cookie season is long gone here in OC, but if you're like me and "accidentally" finished the stash that was supposed to last you through the year, you can get your fix another way.       Remember when we wrote about the elusive Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Cookie Can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Does Starbucks Have a Secret Menu?

    Starbucks, according to several sources, may have a secret menu where one can conceivably order items with code names such as "Captain Crunch" and "Oreo Frappuccino." These drinks don't necessarily contain those ingredients, and are often just rejiggered recipes of their normal drinks with a few of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Food Profiling: Love Snax

    Lovesnax​We take chocolate for granted. Kisses, bars, truffles, and so forth; piles of the sweetest variety emerge in October, and taper off some time mid-February. After a while, It all tastes the same and has the same effect on us. Yet does anyone ever think beyond engaging in the gluttony? Eddi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    El El Bean at Two 40 South, Our Drink of the Week

    ​Brea, you've got a master mixologist hiding in your downtown.Yes, Two 40 South is a wine bar with a complex, self-service vacuum wine delivery system. Yes, most people are more interested in the barrel of Tobin James than cocktails. But it's not all wine, and there's a bunch of shockingly good It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Ghirardelli Coming To Disney California Adventure

    ​Like Disneyland and Ghirardelli chocolate?If so, prepare to be happy.Learn more after the jump, chocoholics.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    10 Unusual Candies & Treats To Give Out On Halloween

    Edwin Goei​Would you rather not give out boring old Snickers and M&M's this year? You want to be the special house on the block that has stuff that no one else dares give away? Here are some unusual candies and treats we dug out from our blog's long-dead Wacky Snacks featurette, most of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    On the Line: Vicki Schrimmer of Cafe Chiarini, Part Three

    Photo courtesty of Vicki SchrimmerAnd YOU get a Magic Bar!​The women of Cafe Chiarini all share the spotlight, as we now feature the café's illustrious baker, Vicki Schrimmer, to wrap up this week's On the Line. And she is happy to share her recipe for Magic Bars (known to sell out, so if you wan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Verdun in Laguna Beach: A Jewelry Box Filled With Chocolates

                A jewelry box filled with chocolates arrived in Laguna Beach directly from Portland when Verdun Fine Chocolates & Gifts owner Hamoody Houdroge opened the second location for the elegant Lebanon-based dessert shop last spring. He drove along Pacifi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Chipotle Introduces New Kids' Menu With a Special Offer in April

    Chipotle Mexican GrillBuild-Your-Own Taco Kit ​Good news, parents. Now you don't have to share that gargantuan burrito.Chipotle Mexican Grill is rolling out its new kids' menu in LA and OC. To promote the launch, every Saturday and Sunday in April, until May 1, kids get a free meal when parents pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    Wacky Snacks: Meiji Black Chocolate

    Name: Meiji Black Chocolate Origin: Japan Found at: Mitsuwa, Costa Mesa Cost: $1.69 Ingredients: Sugar, Cacao Mass, Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Shea Nuts Oil, Illipe Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Wacky Snacks: Kinder Bueno

    Edwin GoeiName: Kinder Bueno Origin: UK Found at: Cost Plus, Costa Mesa Cost: $4.99 for 3-pack Ingredients: Milk chocolate 31.5% (sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, skimmed milk powder, concentrated butter, emulsifier: soy lecithin; vanillin), sugar, vegetable oil, wheat flour, hazelnuts (10.8% ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Another Eatery Shuts Down At The District in Tustin

    Edwin Goei Can you tell me what's missing from this picture I took at The District in Tustin? If you guessed Valentino Chocolatier Café, you'd be right. The independent confectionary (at 2829 Park Avenue), which featured Belgian chocolates, crepes and cupcakes, has folded and has done so qui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Salty & Sweet: Bun In My Oven's Potato Chip Cookies!

    bunsinmyoven.comHello, heaven.​The perfect accompaniment to any dessert? French fries. I'm a slave to the phenom--yes, phenom--of the salty/sweet combination. And so how could I pass up sharing this recipe for chocolate chip cookies with crushed potato chips thrown into the batter from baking blog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Kinder Happy Hippo

    Edwin Goei​Name: Kinder Happy Hippo Origin: Netherlands Found at: Cost Plus, Costa Mesa Cost: $3.99 Ingredients: Sugar, Vegetable Oil and Fat, Wheat Flour, Whole Milk Powder (.7.5%), Skimmed Milk Powder (5%), Fat-Reduced Cocoa (4.5%), Hazelnuts, Whey Powder, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Coco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Recipe of the Week: Bailey's Chocolate Soufflé

    For years, I read of the terror of the soufflé. "Leave the kitchen and be quiet," recipes cautioned, "lest you make the soufflé fall in the oven." Fiction books were full of anecdotes of 1960s-era housewives, their stereotypically tiny waists accentuated by a carefully-tied apron, being subjected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Red Velvet Cupcakes at French's Cupcake Bakery

    Jessica FordRed Velvet (left) and German Chocolate (right) cupcakes!​Sure, cupcakes may be a dying trend as Willy has described in this post, but after tasting the Red Velvet cupcakes at French's Cupcake Bakery in Costa Mesa, you will join me in rethinking everything you once knew about this small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Nestlé Aero

    Edwin Goei​Name: Nestlé Aero Origin: South Africa Found at: Garden Patch Market, Irvine Cost: $3.79 Ingredients: Cane sugar, full cream milk solids, cocoa mass, non-hydrogenated vegetable fat, whey powder (milk), cocoa butter, emulsifiers (soy lecithin E322, e476), flavourants.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Chocolate Chip Fudge Cup at Sweet Jill's

    Jessica Ford​If you live anywhere in North OC, then you have probably stopped in Sweet Jill's on Second Street in Long Beach or Main Street in Seal Beach. Hell, if you've walked or driven anywhere within a mile of one of these little shops of heaven, the smell alone will have drawn you inexorably ... More >>

  • Food

    April 1, 2010

    Tranquil's Bodacious Tea

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

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Chocolate Candy Cane at Montage

    Jessica Ford Chocolate Candy Cane​Montage in Laguna Beach is one of the swankiest hotels in the area, but you get your money's worth when it comes to drinks at the Lobby Lounge. After you valet park your BMW or Mercedes (whichever), pass through the initial entrance of the hotel and you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    The Caloric Content of an Office Kitchen in December

    coconino @ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0​Peanuts and walnuts and crispy rice crackersCookies and brownies and sugary snackersNut-studded cheeseballs and things just like thatThis is why holidays make you so fat.December is a festive time of year, with parades and songs and decorations... and food. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Christmas Has Come Early: Posh Choc and Champers Tasting at Morton's

    ​And when we say champers, we mean the good stuff, and to go with it, Vosges Haut-Chocolat, no less. Yes, them of the bacon and chocolate combos, although, sadly, I can't find any of those on the following menu:Featured Wine and Champagne:Piper Sonoma BrutPiper-Heidsieck BrutPiper-Heidsieck Rose S ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 8, 2009

    Dean Grech

    Viento y Agua Gallery

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Fleming's New Prix Fixe: Three Hearty Courses for $39.95

    ​For such an upscale restaurant, this deal is pretty good.As an appetizer, choose either the chopped salad or the roasted butternut squash soup; the entrée selection includes crackling pork osso bucco and filet mignon brochette--and you also get a side dish!--while dessert (save room!) might be d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2009

    Recipe of the Week: Nigella's White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake*

    ​* Dieters look away now!I found some luscious, juicy raspberries at Trader Joe's at the weekend, was but stumped for ideas about what to do with them. Somehow, to me, savory dishes with fruit don't appeal, and a bowl of berries with cream is plain boring.The result is today's recipe, which is cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Morton's Closes Several Restaurants, But OC Locations Are Safe (For Now)

    Three locations recently shuttered (in Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota).Not surprisingly, the upscale steakhouse chain has suffered during the recession, with the number of corporate expense diners, in particular, falling dramatically.Still, a spokesperson tells us that they have "no knowledge of e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Drink of the Week - Chris' Oatmeal Cookie

    If you're like me, you inhale cookies by the fist full. No shame. Cookies are excellent. But it would be so much easier to get through dessert without uncomfortable stares from your date if there was some form of liquid cookie that could be drunk quickly and was without all those pesky crumbs. Wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    In Need of A Sugar Hit? Try Campitelli's Cookies

    I've always taken pride in the fact I have no cavities, but that could change if I pay many more visits to Campitelli's in Brea. Every time I walk past, something draws me inside. Is it the sweet smell emanating from the interior, conjuring up images of a granny out the back, lovingly crafting her c ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    Los Posadas

    Bowers Museum

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Curly Tops

    Name: Curly Tops Origin: Philippines Found at: Pinoy Mart, Tustin Cost: $1.59 Ingredients: Refined Cane Sugar, Milk Powder, Hydrogenated Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Whey, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin and Cinnamon Powder, Iodized Salt. Why I Bought It: Apart from the name, which is, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2008

    On Souplantation's Cookies

    Souplantation is a harmless (I don't mean that sarcastically) and serviceable way to detox from a weeklong meat binge. It's also perfect when you want to please the vegetarian in your midst. We took a visiting Indian colleague who was "veg," and he gushed about it for days. But Souplantation's go ... More >>

  • Food

    September 14, 2006

    Sweet, Sweet Goo

    La Fondues epic epicureanism

  • Food

    August 17, 2006

    An Ode to Chocolate Cream Pie

    Chocolate like Hezbollah

  • Food

    August 17, 2006

    An Ode to Chocolake Cake

    Glorious chocolate

  • Food

    August 17, 2006

    Not Just for the Sake of Crazy

    Have your tea and eat it too at Chuao Chocolatier in Irvine

  • Food

    January 19, 2006

    In Vino Veritastic

    Don Katz serves the goods at Symposium Wine Bar

  • Food

    October 27, 2005


    The soggy/succulent Italian beef and Chicago hot dogs of Portillo's arrive in Buena Park

  • Culture

    January 24, 2002

    Naked From Pennsylvania

    Suzanne Westenhoefer did something shocking

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