Culinary Arts

  • 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 20, 2013

    Irvine Greek Fest

    Saint Paul's Greek Orthodox Church

  • 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

    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 >>

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    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 >>

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2009

    Taste of Newport

    Fashion Island

  • 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 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 >>

  • 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 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

    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

    April 8, 2009

    Top Chef Masters Contestants Announced; O.C. Chefs Shut Out

    Bravo TVThe food blogosphere is on FIRE (pun intended) right now over the announcement of Top Chef Masters, airing on June 10th. Think of it as Top Chef meets Iron Chef America meets WWE Smackdown. If there's such a thing as a foodie-gasm, this is the thing to inspire it. The judges will be celeb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    O.C.C.'s Captain's Table Starts Up Their $12 Lunch Lab This Week

    It's back to school for the kids at Orange Coast College, which includes its culinary students, and we all know what that means: Orange Coast College's Captain's Table, the restaurant that functions as a lab and training class for the aspiring chefs, will be open for the Spring Semester. As I've m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 1/21

    Mystery Book Group, 7 p.m.Join the Mystery Book Group for a discussion of The Savage Garden by Mark Mills and The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi.Barnes & Noble, 7881 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA; 714-897-8781Cooking For A Cause, 6:30 p.m.Event donations will be dispersed by Culinar ... 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

    December 11, 2008

    Sorrento Grille Liberated; Wilhelm Back at its Helm

    The Laguna Beach Independent reports that David Wilhelm -- who quit the Culinary Adventures empire he built from the success of his Laguna Beach restaurant, Sorrento Grille -- will be back at Sorrento's helm.  This time, he'll be working for its new owners: his old landlords, Laguna Beach resi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Get a Free Avanti Cafe World Dinner!

    I'm a constant at OC Weekly Best of 2008 Best Restaurant Avanti Cafe's World Tuesday, when the restaurant's junior chefs Veronica and Bartosz pick a culinary theme for a month and then take turns preparing a three-course (soup, entree, dessert) dinner. December is the islands of Europe--here's the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    OC Register's Food Section Run by Morons

    Just a couple of years ago, the Orange County Register's food section was amongst the best in the country--recipes, features, their own wine columnist in longtime Reg investigative reporter Chris Knap, and two food reviews per week: one on Thursday by the execrable Elizabeth Evans, and another one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    Robert Rodriguez: Movie Maker & Home Cook

    What can't this guy do? The producer, director, writer, composer, editor of Sin City, Desperado, and Planet Terror has made two cooking shorts, produced as extras for his DVDs. There are only two of these "Ten Minute Cooking School" segments in existence, at least on YouTube. On the first -- cr ... 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

    September 3, 2008

    The Food Reconquista Begins...

    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 grub, the great personalities, but a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007
  • Articles

    September 20, 2007
  • Film

    July 26, 2007

    Light Dining

    No Reservations is sweet and savory fare

  • 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

  • Features

    August 9, 2001
  • Food

    November 25, 1999

    Adios, Cliff

    Rage, rage against the dying of the Cajun

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