Culinary Arts

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Thai Cocktails and Cooking in Orange This Week--And a Cookbook Giveaway NOW!

    There are those who prefer to cook their own meals, and others who'd rather pay someone to do the cooking. If you're more in the DIY camp, here's an easy score. I'm giving away a copy of Everyday Thai Cooking by Katie Chin to one Forker who answers a simple question. If you happen to be in the latt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    On the Line: Eddie Choi of Milk Honey, Part Two

    There's just enough time for a little more Q & A with Eddie. Read our interview with Eddie Choi of Milk Honey, part one. And now, on to part two . . . Hardest lesson you've learned. Never be lazy. Do what you got to do, and don't move it to tomorrow. There's always consequences to what you do, ... More >>

  • Food

    August 29, 2013

    Thai This Now: Coconut Rabbit

    Is the still-undiscovered Los Alamitos restaurant the best of its country's cuisine in OC since Thai Nakorn?

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    On The Line: Tom Hope Of The Catch, Part Two

    "All my memories of cooking are through restaurant experiences as a kid. When I was really young, my dad belonged to a club. It wasn't like a supper club, but it was a really cool club in downtown Chicago on the 60th floor. We would go in, and it was mostly tableside service with things like Caesar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    On The Line: Jonathan Solis of SHOR American Seafood Grill, Part Two

    Before we forget, we wanted to wish our OTL chef Jonathan Solis a happy belated birthday! We're sure you spent it surrounded by good food and great family/friends. As natural as it is for a chef to discuss culinary experiences, they aren't always as forthcoming about their personal life. We were for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    MTV Casting For Its Own Food Reality Show

    It can be argued that MTV's The Real World started the whole put-strangers-together-in-a-house-and-see-what-happens gimmick of just about every reality show we see today, including Bravo's Top Chef. Now MTV is casting for its own food show, where, wait for it, they'll have strangers living in a hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    It's OC Fair Entry Time!

    So you think your apple pie can beat mine? You'd be right--mine, though famous in my family, was a purple ribbon winner ("Participant") last year. Still, come compete against me and Gustavo's chica Delilah in the jam category, or see if you can best Calendar Editor Erin Dewitt's scones.

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Thinking of Going To Culinary School? Read This First: Advice From Actual Chefs.

    Photo by Laila DerakhshanianRyan Carson of AnQi​AP recently did a story on how more culinary schools like are getting sued by students who graduate from these for-profit programs only to land low-paying jobs and face a mountain of debt. The former students allege that they were misled by recruiter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Slideshow: Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

    Jelly Shot Test KitchenRainbow Cherry Jigglers!​Sisters Amy and Michelle have created one of the most fun recipe blogs we've come across yet: the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen... Amy creates these neat gelatin concoctions while Michelle shoots the gorgeous photographs. So what's a Jelly Shot? Think of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    ABC Cake Decorating: Your Base of Cakes

    ProfessorSalt.comYou gotta have ❤​Let's say you somehow got talked into baking the cake for your little niece's birthday party. You were thinking of a Betty Crocker box, and icing from the supermarket. Then you find out Niece would just adore you if you'd bake a cake in the shape of a certain Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Vartan Abgaryan to Head to L.A.'s Test Kitchen

    ​Chef Vartan Abgaryan of A Restaurant in Newport Beach will take up residence at Test Kitchen L.A. on Saturday, September 4.Test Kitchen L.A. is a dedicated space in West L.A. where chefs can take up residence for one day or several, testing new recipes on diners who are not friends, family or bus ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 8, 2010
  • Food

    March 11, 2010

    SideDoor Is Gastro-Sensational

    May all of OC's many, many gastropubs-to-be follow this Corona del Mar highlight's lead

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    On the Line: Marque Hernandez of "The Worst Cooks In America"

    Courtesy of Food Network​Normally our On the Line feature runs on Tuesdays and features a professional chef whose cooking has captivated the hearts of Orange Countians. We ask a series of not-very-serious questions and publish the results.Well, for this extra edition of On the Line, which we're pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Chimayo at The Beach Will Close This Week; Bought Out By Duke's

    ​Frankly, I've lost track of how many times Chimayo in Huntington Beach has see-sawed from being Chimayo to become Savannah at the Beach and back to Chimayo again when Culinary Adventures (its parent company) went through some management changes.Well, I'm sort of both glad and sad to say that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Jon Stewart on the Shuttering of Gourmet Magazine

    Like all of you, I was SHOCKED SHOCKED SHOCKED when I read the LA Times on Monday and saw the news about Gourmet magazine. But leave it to Jon Stewart to put even this in perspective. I need not say anymore, because really, the man has said it all.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    A Tribute to Keith Floyd, the Original Celebrity Chef

    ​The culinary world is in mourning today for Keith Floyd. "Keith who?," you may ask. Floyd was a legend across the pond, a true "bon viveur", and an inspiration to many of today's chefs. The TV presenter and food personality (in the true sense of the word) died of a heart attack yesterday aged 65, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Mouthwatering Demos at South Coast Plaza For OC Restaurant Week

    ​A dozen of the county's top chefs, all from restaurants participating in Orange County Restaurant Week, will be showcasing their skills at Bloomingdale's Home Store from September 5 to 19. Sadly, due to health codes, no sampling is allowed (boo, hiss!), but you can at least get to see the culinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    From "French 75" to "75 Laguna Beach" to "French 75" Again

    Culinary Adventures​In keeping with theme of everything old is new again (remember this post about Savannah at the Beach becoming Chimayo again?), it was announced last week that Culinary Adventures, that restaurant empire that once had four French 75's in its repertoire, has bought the once indep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Frank Bruni, NY Times Food Critic, on Nightline Tonight: Reveals Problem With Bulimia

    Food bloggers, food critics, foodies, restaurant owners might want to tune in to Nightline tonight.NY Times food critic, Frank Bruni, will be interviewed to talk about his struggles with food and share stories about his days as the man who instilled fear in the hearts of all restaurateurs in Manhatt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Anaheim White House Pays Delicious Homage to Julia Child

    Brasserie Pascal isn't the only restaurant with a Julie & Julia culinary tie-in. The Anaheim White House is another contender, running a month-long promo featuring dishes from MtAoFC (if you have to ask what that is, you haven't read the book or seen the film). Available until the end of the mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    On the Line: Vincent Muraco of Zimzala

    ​When he enrolled at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco at the tender age of 17, Vincent Muraco was its youngest student ever. Since then, his culinary career has taken him to the Park Hyatts in that city and in LA, as well as Vix in Miami. Muraco is now Executive Chef at Zimzala, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    New York Magazine Blogger Rips Off OC Weekly Contributor

    Lin, at left, with his alter ego... Whenever food critics, whether in newspapers or blogs, argue about who first wrote about a restaurant or rail against those who followed their "discovery," I remember the The Simpsons episode when Gabbo knocks Krusty off the air. Gabbo makes a crank phone cal ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009

    Cooking for a Cause

    Orange County Wine and Food Center

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2009

    Bravo! Top Chef Season Six Shuts Out OC Stars

    The new lineup for Bravo's hit show--which kicks off on August 26 and is filmed in Vegas--has just been announced, and there's not a single SoCal (let alone OC) chef on the list. UPDATE: OK, there's Michael Voltaggio, although, weirdly, Bravo's own press info has him cooking both in LA and in Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    One Of The World's Best Chefs Coming Our Way?

    Heston Blumenthal, chef-owner of The Fat Duck in Bray, England, Tweeted on Saturday that he's thinking of opening a restaurant in the US.The restaurant hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in March this year, when around 400 diners became ill after eating there, as we reported. But it's bette ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    This Sunday: Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

    Perhaps the greatest South Park episode ever made is "Scott Tenorman Must Die." If you've seen it, then you know where I'm going with this. Yes. I am making the connection between Cartman's Chili Con Carnival with this Sunday's Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off. Seriously, if you haven't, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    This Week In Food

    This week in SAFII:There was plenty of good news, in terms of appointments (Craig Strong as Executive Chef of Studio, at the Montage Laguna Beach), openings (a froyo shop--natch--a gelato shop attached to a Thai restaurant (of course!!) and a sparkly Vietnamese) and resurrections (Carl's Jr's Portob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Finally, Studio At Montage Laguna Beach Names New Executive Chef

    Following a lengthy countrywide search, the Montage has announced Craig Strong as Executive Chef of Studio, replacing James Boyce, who left earlier this year.Strong, until yesterday Chef de Cuisine at The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa (formerly Ritz-Carlton) in Pasadena, was a semifinalist for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 5/6

    Robert Kapilow's What Makes It Great? Series: Beethoven, 7:30 p.m.Kapilow introduces composers, unravels the beauty of their music and helps listeners approach and appreciate the works in new ways. First, the conductor/composer takes apart a musical composition and explores it with the audience. Ne ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009

    Cooking for a Cause

    Orange County Wine and Food Center

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    L.A. Weekly Starts Their Own Food Blog

    Our sister paper, L.A. Weekly, debuted their very own food blog last week. Called Squid Ink, it features the return on Ask Mr. Gold, where resident Pulitzer-prize winning critic, Jonathan Gold, reprises his popular food advice column.We welcome the esteemed Mr. Gold and crew to the food bloggin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Nancy Silverton's Seasonal Sprouts Recipe

    I eat Brussels sprouts precisely once a year. On December 25, to be exact. I know they're good for me, with their fancy schmancy vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, fiber and sinigrin (the last two are believed to protect against colon cancer).But, yet, despite their impressive credentials, I could ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    F&*k!! The Credit Crunch Hits Gordon Ramsay

    It's been a difficult time recently for British celebrity chefs. First, eateries owned by Antony Worrall Thompson and Tom Aikens hit money trouble. Then last week it was reported that Heston Blumenthal's famed Fat Duck restaurant has had to close because hundreds of diners became ill after eating th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Disney's California Food & Wine Festival

    Think I'm done talking about food festivals and restaurant weeks? Not yet. Disney wants to play too!  They're holding their event at California Adventure from April 24th to June 7th.  The festival, in their words, will "showcase California's rich fusion of flavors." There will be free cooking d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Food Critic Elmer Dills Dies

    TV food critic Elmer Dills, who was a regular on KABC's Eyewitness News, passed away yesterday at 82. Read the story on KABC's own website.

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 8/22-8/24

    Debra's Girls Present: Going Green Theme Party, Friday 7 p.m. Long Beach's favorite gay bar pitches in to help the environment. Ripples 5101 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 562-433-0357 Hootie & The Blowfish, Friday 8 p.m. Hold My Hand! House of Blues 1530 S. Disneyland Dr. Anaheim, CA 714-778-2583 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2007

    Food for Thought

    Basic Cooking Skills

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007
  • Film

    July 26, 2007

    Light Dining

    No Reservations is sweet and savory fare

  • Features

    July 19, 2007

    Natural Wonders

    Four chefs — and one agricultural commissioner — on why they go green

  • News

    December 14, 2006

    A Christmas Story

    Diego Velasco at Williams-Sonoma

  • News

    October 19, 2006

    Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz

    Belmont Shore Chili Cook-Off

  • Features

    June 22, 2006

    As Raw As She Wants to Be

    Sushi chef Lisa Chung picks your poison

  • Food

    March 3, 2005

    The Curtain Strikes Back

    Meson G Shows LA How We Do it in the Culinary OC

  • Columns

    May 9, 2002
  • Culture

    June 14, 2001

    The Cutting Board Is Sacred

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

  • Food

    November 25, 1999

    Adios, Cliff

    Rage, rage against the dying of the Cajun

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