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  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    Five Restaurant Trends We Can Live Without, 2014 Edition

    This needs nearly no introduction: food trends evolve. A while back, it was cupcakes and stuff stirred into mac 'n cheese; before that, it was reinvented comfort food and moonshine. Many of the items on this list appeared years ago in Los Angeles. As with many things, it took a while and now it's st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    The Definitive Guide to All 15 Burrito Styles Available in the United States

    This past week, I hosted ESPN's burrito correspondent, Anna Maria Barry Jester of the company's FiveThirtyEight data-mining site. We ate at Athenian Burgers #3 in Buena Park, which is a competitor in FiveThirtyEight's epic Burrito Bracket competition that seeks to find the greatest burrito in Americ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Five Ridiculous Nicknames Americans Have for Mexican Food

    While you will find no greater apologist for the American love affair with Mexican food, even I have my limits. While I understand language is a fluid thing, with the same viscosity as a big ol' bowl of queso, sometimes Americans go too far. While I understand gabachos don't speak Spanish as a first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Gustavo's Top 5 Drinks of 2012!

    Although we've been boozehounds here at SaFII since forever, 2012 was the year where we really took off and became full-fledged drinkers. Not only did we hold an epic Happy Hour with KCRW and the OC Bartender's Cabinet (and stand by for the next one...) but we began reporting on alcohol as its own s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Game On: Culinary Competitions And $2 Fridays At OC Fair!

    Our friends at the Fair packed so much action in this year's edition, it's almost meatier than La Super Costilla! We can't possibly cover everything....or can we? Whether you're the competitive type or more of a spectator, food-related activities are going on all around. And after all the blood, swe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Ten Great Middle Eastern Restaurants in Orange County

    Kareem's​Over the weekend, I attended an art reception where the featured snacks were hummus and falafels. I still remember the days where the two (with tabbouli, natch) were staples of any left-of-center gathering, placed by conscious hosts who were attuned to the needs of vegetarians and wanted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    No. 26: Longsilog at Manila Groove

    Photo by Das Ubergeek​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011. Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry.Like the recent entries, any breakfast is grand at this Filipino dive. But I cannot lie: I almost always pick the longsilog.

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Mexican Food Now Big in India!

    Photo by Das UbergeekWhat is a burrito if not a chapati wrapped around tandoori chicken?​We all know that tacos are big in Sweden, that fish tacos have been big in Australia for nearly 40 years now, that Mexican restaurants are across Europe and even Japan.Now comes word from India that Mexican fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Olive Tree to Open Second Location After Ramadan

    Photo by Das UbergeekOlive Tree's amazing lamb​Olive Tree is a magnificent Middle Eastern restaurant, the one Little Arabia location that best fuses all of the region's distinct specialties under one restaurant, and it's reputation is just growing. Foodies from Los Angeles continue to make weekend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Five Commonly Mispronounced Mexican Food Terms that Americans Shouldn't Mispronounce

    ​There was a time in our nation's history where Mexican restaurants--whether fast-food taco empires or El Torito Cal-Mex ambassadors--published pronunciation guides to aide customers in properly ordering their meals. Some of those places still exist, but you'd have to be an absolute pendejo in thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    USDA Pushing for School Districts to Buy Food from Local Farmers

    Photo by Das UbergeekFrom the Irvine Farmers' Market: Will Organic Pears Make it into SanTana Unified?​Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama, take note: the United States Department of Agriculture has just announced that it's implementing a rule that is "encouraging" school districts to buy from local f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: Is Irvine or Anaheim the County's Most Integrated Supermarket City?

    ​From Das Ubergeek himself:A white guy (not me) and an Asian guy in the El Super on Anaheim and Ball [in Anaheim] arguing about the merits of gorditas vs. tortillas. Total integration of Anaheim, or sure sign of the Reconquista?Let's use this introductory sentence for my required plug for my comin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Eat Street Visiting Orange County Food Trucks Next Week

    Photo by Das UbergeekDos Chinos about to get even more national exposure!​Facebook is abuzz about Cooking Channel's Eat Street heading to the OC. Per Edwin's article last week, Eat Street is a new show from the Cooking Channel documenting the food truck craze. Destinations covered so far include e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Final Pho: The Participants!

    Photo by Professor SaltCan a fish pho place take it all?!​Behold, the 16 lucky pho shops that Dave, Edwin, Shuji and I have selected to participate in Stick a Fork In It's inaugural Final Pho, the tournament to end all tournaments to finally decide who makes the best pho in Orange County (if not t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    World's Oldest Drinkable Beer to Return From the Dead

    Photo by Das UbergeekA selection of beers from Cistmontane--if the Big One ever hits, and we all go to kingdom come, will the next race of humanoids reconstitute their exquisite brews?​You know, you gotta love humanity and its pleasure/curiosity impulse. When British archeologists found pornograph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Food-Truck-Event Planners Are Listening to Us

    Photo by Das Ubergeek​On Monday, Dave wrote a post listing his food-truck meet-up pet peeves. In the first paragraph, he recalled Gustavo's report on last Friday's $5-admission debacle at the food-truck fest at Boomer's. In the second paragraph, he turned a critical eye to the planned Irvine Hya ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Washington Post Thinks Higher-End Pho Is a Revelation--HAHAHAHA!

    Photo by Das Ubergeek​What is it about the national media that gets Vietnamese-food trends laughably late and wrong? If it's not The New York Times "discovering" Sriracha and bánh mì, it's the Washington Post devoting way too many words to some D.C.-area chefs who, as the headline puts it, "put ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Was 2010 the Year of the Fish Taco?

    Photo by Das Ubergeek​Like we've been fundamentally late to many food trends (cupcakes, Pinkberry, churrascarias), OC has pioneered food trends that the lot of us laugh at when reporters declare them suddenly "in"--bánh mìs (and Vietnamese food, in general), luxe-loncheras, and tacos? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: Who are Your Favorite OC Food Bloggers?

    ​Seems like a shameless attempt at promoting oneself, but Sherri from Fullerton swears she's not a food blogger:I love you guys, remember when you first printed Shuji as Professor Salt, and have been a groupie of Edwin and Das Ubergeek since they were on the original Chowhound. I'm so glad you got ... More >>

  • Food

    October 28, 2010

    Duck Soup and Beyond at Tri-Village

    [Hole In the Wall] More love for the much-blogged-about Northern Chinese eatery

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Beloved Seafood Restaurant Closes

    Photo by Jonathan Ho​Sad news. Mariscos Puerta Esperanza, the Mexican seafood restaurant in Orange beloved by a Internet cult following, closed last week. Known by the initials MPE to the Chowhounds who were its greatest advocates (only the most respected place gets the shorthand designation ... More >>

  • Food

    December 31, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    At The Farmers' Market: Dry Dock Fish

    Edwin Goei​Our own Das Ubergeek (or as you know him, Dave Lieberman) is a fixture at our area farmers' markets. He brings us his wonderful weekly feature "At The Farmer's Market"; but this week, it's my turn. That's not to say that Dave didn't have a hand in it. It was the Ubergeek himself who rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Das Ubergeek Now has a Blog!

    Southern California foodies for years have eagerly anticipated the Chowhound posts and blog comments of one Das Ubergeek, an anonymous, OC-located person whose food-writing chops are the best non-professional talents I've seen since the prose of one Elmo Monster. Das scooped, sang beauty, and covere ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 13, 2009
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    April 16, 2009