Culinary Arts

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    On the Line: Christopher Tzorin of Tortilla Republic, Part Two

    With a prime spot along Laguna Beach's main drag, Tortilla Republic's modern cuisine blends well with Christopher Tzorin's culinary background. Today we discuss fatherhood and his other artistic talent. Read the first part of our interview with Chris over here. Now let's learn more about our local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    This Is How You Save 30 Seconds Cutting Cherry Tomatoes

    Do you lack the knife skills to cut cherry tomatoes without wasting precious, precious seconds? Do you wish there was a better way to individually halve them? Well, you could either practice a little, or you can use the technique in this video, which solves a problem I never really felt existed. ( ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 13, 2014

    Spanish Tapas Class

    Surfas Culinary District

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    On the Line: Brandon Stein of The Cellar, Part Two

    Are you looking for Oktoberfest ideas? Date night Halloween haunts? This underground lair has you covered. Below is the menu being served all month long at The Cellar for our favorite time of the beer year. At the end of Part Two, you'll find more intel on their spooky happenings. Oktoberfest menu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    On The Line: Justin Miller Of Pizzeria Ortica, Part Two

    One thing we learned about Chef Justin Miller is his love of all things hoppy. Which is fitting when you consider their upcoming tap takeover with Cismontane Brewery. On Wednesday, November 13, Miller will team up with the brewery out of Rancho Santa Margarita for a beer dinner. Their collaboration ... More >>

  • Food

    August 1, 2013

    Diego's Downtown: The Missing Link

    This Mexican restaurant tries to straddle the culinary worlds of Santa Ana and SanTana

  • Calendar

    June 20, 2013

    Irvine Greek Fest

    Saint Paul's Greek Orthodox Church

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Philippe Labbe, Rising French Cooking Superstar, in Conversation with Geeta Bansal!

    Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a conversation with French superstar Philippe Labbe. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Preview for SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830: Marcus Samuelsson, Montage Eating, and Our Own Bill Esparza!

    If it's a Friday afternoon, that means it's time for the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830 to give us a scoop on what they'll have on their Saturday morning show. Without further ado, here's producer (and kinda-co-host) Andy Harris with the details!

  • Calendar

    May 2, 2013

    Urban Ocean Festival

    Aquarium of the Pacific

  • Calendar

    April 4, 2013
  • Music

    December 13, 2012

    Stan Frazier's Punk Rock Culinary Quest Was a Trial By Fire

    The former Sugar Ray drummer wins 'Chef Race: U.S. vs. U.K.' as a wild card

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    On The Line: Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Part One

    "I kinda like being the guy who does bread, but nobody knows who I really am."Oh, Dean. You shouldn't have let us into your office. It seems as though every third chef we interview name drops you. While you might not have your own restaurant, you do provide the goods to 70 establishments in the Ora ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 21, 2012

    Dana Point Lobster Fest

    Doheny State Beach

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Flavor Flav is 53 Years Old Today AND Has a Chicken Resto in Vegas

    ​Today, Public Enemy member and star of the reality TV series The Flavor of Love is celebrating his birthday. We're posting this to promise Flavor Flav that we'll celebrate it by eating at his newest food venture: Flavor Flav's House of Flavor, at 3333 S. Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas. On the tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    An Interview with Diana Hsue, Queen of "Guess Where?"

    ​One of our favorite posts here is Guess Where?, where we put up photos of where we eat and ask ustedes to, well, guess where we eat. Doesn't get the most blog hits, but always awesome to see who knows their food and reward folks with small prizes.The great thing about the feature is that all sort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    On the Line: Jeff Armstrong of Splashes, Part Two

    ​With 20 years of cooking under his belt, Jeff Armstrong has paid his dues. With no particular role model or long-term plans, we get the feeling he's not quite happy-go-lucky, but more living in the moment. Part one may be where we started our conversation, but our second round of questioning prov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    On the Line: Keith Stich of Wildfish Seafood Grille, Part Two

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Our featured interview with chef Keith Stich continues as we delve into familial influences and how he prefers his Branzini. Prepare for an Asian-inspired fish dish tomorrow, but today, catch up on part one.Hardest lesson you've learned:To control my emotions during a busy ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 13, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Veggie Land in Brea to Close :-(

    ​As a vegan, I make it a point to support businesses such as Brea's Veggie Land as often as possible because I never know when a niche, mom-and-pop grocery store catering to my hippie diet is going to fail. Unless, of course, said store sends a mass email telling me they are closing, which is exac ... More >>

  • Food

    June 9, 2011

    Delius Restaurant Is the Real Deal

    Getting to know the ambitious Signal Hill restaurant beyond the first crush

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2011

    Best In the West Chowderfest

    Aquarium of the Pacific

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Asbarez, America's Largest Armenian-American Newspaper, Angry That Turkish Cooking Classes Happening in Orange County

    Photo by the Elmo MonsterAdana kabob from Anaheim's Doner G--actually Armenian?​I'm totally down with Armenians--much more so than Turks (it's that whole genocide question, alas, although I know more than a few Turks who freely call the Ottoman Empire's slaughter of Armenians in the first part of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Stephanie Dinh of S Fine Dining, Part Three

    Photo by Todd Barnes​Chef Dinh occasionally teaches cooking classes at her restaurant, and this recipe is designed expressly for the home cook. If you missed it, here's Part One and Part Two of our interview.

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    On The Line: Craig Strong of Studio at The Montage

    ​Top Chef fans may already know that recent winner Michael Voltaggio now cooks at The Langham in Pasadena.  Well, Voltaggio's getting Craig Strong's sloppy seconds.  Strong was the Chef de Cuisine there -- earning both himself and the restaurant accolades from Michelin, Gourmet Magazine, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    On The Line: Daniel Stevens of Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill

    Courtesy of Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill​When not in the kitchen, Daniel Stevens, executive chef of Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill at South Coast Plaza, can be found surfing the waves in Huntington Beach. This Connecticut native graduated from culinary school in 1996 and has been leading the Costa Mesa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Another Restaurant Goes Global Tapas

    Flight Bistro​Susan Feniger, what hast thou wrought?After one-half of the Too Hot Tamales, of Border Grill fame, opened the nearly un-Googleable Street in Hollywood as a restaurant specializing in street foods from around the world, it seems like everyone has started jumping on the bandwagon.Edwin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    On The Line: Yves Fournier of Andrei's Conscious Cuisine

    Photo Courtesy of Andrei's​Yves Fournier was born in Paris and has worked just about everywhere in the world, including France, England, New York, and, of course, Irvine, where he was Chef de Cuisine for 6ix Park Grill at the Hyatt Regency.  Now he is the Executive Chef of Andrei's, which c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Dinner with Dave Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary

    ​Time to back up our words. In last week's "Best of" issue, the OC Weekly declared Costa Mesa's the New Limb to be the "best live band" in Orange County. Quite the title! And you judge for yourself, tonight, for free. With free food, too. Pretty good deal, all things considered.

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2009

    Taste of Newport

    Fashion Island

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Dueling Dishes: Aioli Smackdown?

    The Crow Bar's cool-as-hell logo...​Few culinary trends annoy me more than the spread of aiolis (pun intended)--just seeing the term on most any menu is a tell that the chef imagines himself to be some high-falutin', fusion-y maestro who's going to blow you away with something that's really glorif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    More Proof Santa Ana is Racist at its Core: Jefferson Davis Pie!

    Davis: Culinary godfather of SanTana?​My one vice in life is buying books related to Orange County, and our fair land's numerous social organizations have gathered and published their recipes over the years. The oldest cookbook in my collection is one compiled by the Ebell Society of the Santa Ana ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Can Someone Tell Top Chef Contestants How to Pronounce "Ceviche"?

    ​Two episodes into the latest season of Top Chef, and most of the chefs have already established personalities and tics that will only grow and annoy as the season progresses. I appreciated the stab for marriage equality by the lesbian from Seattle in Episode 2, but really: are we to believe she w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    Julie & Julia & Pascal

    Courtesy Sony Pictures​ Another Pascal-related post?  Can you say movie tie-in?  All this week (ending Saturday) in conjuction with the opening of "Julie & Julia," that French chef of OC's French chefs, Pascal Olhats, is offering a few of Julia Child's favorite F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    On the Line: Marc Cohen of Watermarc Marc Cohen's newest restaurant, Watermarc, is a flat out hit, even by Laguna Beach standards.  If you haven't heard of it, you will.  And if you haven't had his food, you need to.Here are his answers for our list of 8 frivolous questions.1. Dish that you cook that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    On the Line: Chef Florent Marneau of Marche Moderne

    Courtesy of Marche ModerneHe is Florent Marneau, chef and proprietor of Marche Moderne, one of the best French restaurants in the county.  We are food bloggers with a few dumb questions that we've always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.  What do you get when you mix?  You get wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Memphis to Open New Restaurant in Manhattan Beach

    The much-beloved Memphis Restaurant (both its Costa Mesa and SanTana locations) will soon have a third addition to their family: Memphis at the Beach. Head chef Diego Velasco told me recently they expect to open their first non-OC venture early in July. The menu will retain most of the Southern-ized ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2009

    Did Matador Cantina Owner Take Gustavo's Advice?

    I have so many restaurants waiting for SAFII reviews  that sometimes I lag and get beat. That's what happened this Thursday, when the Orange County Register gave a thumb's-up to Matador Cantina in Fullerton. I visited about a month and a half ago, and don't necessarily disagree with writer Lori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Wild & Crazy Taco Night This Thursday

    The 16th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night will be held this Thursday. 1550 Superior Avenue, Costa Mesa 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM VIP Party 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM $60 - advance registration onlyVIP Party $150 - advance registration only There's limited availability, No tickets sold at the door For those wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Long Beach's Rocco DeLuca to Play Spaceland Residency in January

    Los Angels hipster haven Spaceland has Monday night residencies too, much like our Detroit Bar (which is hosting Dynamite Walls and Midnight Hour, the latter of which we wrote about here, this month). And on Mondays in January, Spaceland will be hosting Long Beach's Rocco DeLuca of Rocco DeLuca and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Visit Our New Food Blog!

    Stolen from our new food blog... "Hola, readers, and welcome to the Weekly's latest Internet endeavor: a food blog! Expect the same gourmand insanity I have brought ustedes for the past six years as food editor and Edwin Goei has in his year-and-a-half as my classier half: Where's the great local g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008

    Disney star proud to have "boned a duck"

    The Register today profiles Amy Adams, star of Disney's recent hit ENCHANTED, and kicks of with a rather spicy quote: "I boned a duck today," she boasted from the back of a taxicab as it sped through the streets of New York City. Yes, these are heady times for the hottest actress in Hollywood Wai ... More >>

  • Articles

    September 20, 2007
  • Food

    October 5, 2006

    Tweaking Tried-and-True

    Craig Rouse continues his winning streak with SevenS Steakhouse and Grille

  • Food

    September 14, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    2The Curse of 688: Let's hope Ramen House Mentatsu doesn't fall victim

  • Film

    April 7, 2005

    Beautiful Strangers

    Absence ignites passions in Facing Windows

  • Unknown

    March 17, 2005
  • Features

    August 9, 2001
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