Flickr user tinfoilraccoonNew Year's Day is coming. In the interest of the gastronomic improvement of our fair readership area, I offer the following set of suggested New Years' resolutions for the diners of Orange County.
Dave LiebermanYep. It's supposed to look homemade, because it is.As I've said elsewhere, I think the cupcake craze is due for a market correction and if it weren't for bacon, it'd be the most annoying food fad of the last decade. That said, I have nothing against cupcakes themselves, and they're ... More >>
Sol del Sur BistroSan Juan Capistrano, you've been holding out on us. About a month and a half ago, I polled the readership to find out what's new down in South Orange County. There were a surprising number of suggestions, but reader 1000steps mentioned a place in San Juan Capistrano called Sol d ... More >>
Dave LiebermanYou know the rules: one guess per comment, no Weeklings allowed to guess, and the first to guess correctly (and provide a valid e-mail address in the comments) gets a nifty prize from the OC Weekly Prize Patrol.The poor-quality image above is one of the better lunch values in the co ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThe concept of freshly-fried frites with a range of great dipping sauce is an elusive concept in the Southland. The beloved Benita's Frites couldn't survive, though people lined up for the product. Lately, Belgian-style fries made with care have started to come from food trucks; whe ... More >>
Dave LiebermanPrior to toppings...I have a confession to make. I only ate at O-Udon because I happened past their menu online and saw bukkake udon. I know what they meant, and it's a perfectly normal, non-perverted usage of the term, but the inner thirteen-year-old Mike Judge character in me ("ah ... More >>
Dave LiebermanI'm sick of the word taquería. Seemingly every Mexican restaurant in these fair orange acres uses it to describe the food on offer, even when a place might better be described as a puesto, a fonda, a restaurante or a cenaduria. These shops do themselves a disservice, because while ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThese are the sweet potatoes you are looking for.Canned yams glopped into a bowl, mashed around, then slopped into a baking dish, covered with corn syrup-laden candy and baked. This is a side dish? No. This is a scandal. It's very easy to make this side dish from scratch, and the ta ... More >>
Dave LiebermanPretty it's not, but it's filling, very good, and cheap. Where's it from?One guess per comment, no Weeklings allowed to play, and first person to get it right gets a prize from the OC Weekly prize patrol!
Dave LiebermanIf you're going to be a proper hole-in-the-wall hound around these parts, the first thing you've got to learn is that a great deal of the best food in Orange County comes not from restaurants or food trucks, but rather from sandwich counters in grocery stores.
Dave LiebermanBy now, you know the rules: one guess per person per comment, no Weeklings allowed to guess, and if you don't put a valid e-mail address in your comment, you don't get your prize.So, the fine print dispensed with, where am I eating this? Your only hint: the dressing you see is not w ... More >>
Dave LiebermanOrange County's third Whole Foods opened in mid-October in the Bella Terra complex at Beach and Edinger in Huntington Beach. This didn't stir up much sentiment around these parts, since most of us at Fork live closer to the organic juggernaut of a Whole Foods in Tustin, until we dis ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThe original salade lyonnaise started off as a way to hide what are euphemistically called "variety cuts" (snout o' cow, ear o' hog, that sort of thing) in a tangy dressing with some vegetables for camouflage. What salade lyonnaise is now is greens with vinaigrette, blocks of bacon, ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThe Place: Chomp Rockin' Sushi and Teppan Grills, 181 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton; (714) 738-3511; chompfullerton.com. The Hours: Mon.-Fri., 3-6 p.m. The Deal: $3 beer specials, sushi and food specials.
Dave LiebermanIt's been a while since I reviewed a food truck; in point of fact, the only truck I've been to since August is Crêpes Bonaparte, for our Dueling Dishes battle featuring crêpes. When Edwin wrote that there would be food trucks at Blackmarket Bakery's open house the weekend, I figur ... More >>
Dave LiebermanI used to dabble in [unlicensed] catering for friends and family, once upon a many moons ago, and like all caterers, I learned which dishes can be used to "cheat" when time is of the essence. Gratins are one of those cheats; people love the flavor, it doesn't matter if they're ugly, ... More >>
Dave LiebermanAre you tired of these food truck festivals yet? Judging by the lines I keep seeing, probably not. Well, there's another one this weekend called LB Street Food Fest on Saturday, October 8th, from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach. It'll cost you $6 at presa ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThe Place: SOL Cocina, 251 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach; (949) 675-9800; www.solcocina.com.The Hours: Daily (including weekends), 3-6 p.m.The Deal: $3 off wine by the glass, $3 beer, $5 house margaritas and well drinks, $6 shots of blanco tequila, $10 tequila flight. Vari ... More >>
Dave LiebermanHow Corazon got her Manila Groove back... with longsilog, of course.Certain cultures are just known for breakfast. Most people have heard of the full English (or full Scottish or full Irish) breakfast, and of course we Americans are known for stuffing ourselves at the start of the d ... More >>
Dave LiebermanYes, it's meat, and yes, I know the picture quality is not professional level. In my defense, the restaurant doesn't have much natural light going for it because its tables are far away from the covered windows, which is all the clue you're going to get for right now.One guess per p ... More >>
Dave LiebermanLast week, we tipped you off to the existence of tortas ahogadas at a new-ish truck on Santa Ana's 5th Street. (That's funny, you don't look new-ish.) These are not sandwiches for the faint of heart: rolls are split open and left to dry out overnight, stuffed with beans and carnitas ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Prego RistoranteThe Place: Prego, 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine; (949) 553-1333; www.pregoristoranti.com The Hours: 4:30 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Deal: $4 beers, $4.50 wine, $5 well drinks, $4 appetizers.
Dave LiebermanFive months or so ago, I attended a tasting dinner for chef Rocio Camacho's new menu at La Huasteca, the alta cocina restaurant in Lynwood's Plaza México. As we chatted after dinner, she explained that her true passion was pre-Hispanic cuisine; the native cuisine of Mexico before t ... More >>
Dave LiebermanOrange County, your long, Cajun fries-free nightmare is almost over.
Dave LiebermanYou're not manly enough for the sandwich in the picture above. That, dear readers, is the pride of Guadalajara, the torta ahogada. Made of bread (classically a birote roll) spread with a little bit of bean paste, stuffed crammed to creaking with carnitas, then absolutely drenched (" ... More >>
Dave LiebermanPlus three for fresh produce, minus several dozen for sticky sweet dressings.I have a confession to make: I ate lunch at Corner Bakery yesterday. It's near my office, it's usually reasonably quick, and I think they put heroin in their iced tea, because I'm completely addicted to it. ... More >>
Dave LiebermanClick here for the Long Beach Street Food Fest slideshow!What do you get when you put a couple of thousand people, 21 new-style food trucks, a pretty good cover band, and a beer and margarita tent in a park near the ocean?If you're me, you get a belly full, an earful and a nasty sun ... More >>
Dave LiebermanCucumbers get such little love. They're like bell peppers; they're just sort of a default raw vegetable. A sad slice or two is a ubiquitous but uninspiring garnish to the dreaded garden salad; a couple of slices can be found tucked under the pickled vegetables on a plate of com tam. ... More >>
Dave Lieberman"You're insane." "You're going to die, you know." "Are you stupid?" "Can I have your car?" Such were the reactions I got when I mentioned that I would be taking part in a culinary tour of Tijuana given by Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA: total certainty that I would never ma ... More >>
Dave LiebermanIt was pouring rain (no, really) when we left, so I couldn't get a good shot of the front.For a time, you could get refugiados (guava-cheese rolls) and outstanding café con leche in Anaheim at Café Contigo, the only Cuban coffeeshop in the county. Times were hard and signage was d ... More >>
Since the recipe yesterday involved fresh squash blossoms, it seemed like a good time to explore the ins and outs of the bright yellow or orange flowers.Dave Lieberman
Dave LiebermanThere are precious few types of produce that are truly difficult to find fresh in our area. Given our long growing season and our outstanding weather, with sufficient application of water one can grow nearly anything--except sour cherries.
MLB.comIf you've been reading along with OC Weekly recently, you'll remember that we reviewed the eats both inside and outside the stadium where a certain important baseball game will be played tomorrow.If you can't handle the idea of overpaying for stadium food, here are some additional suggesti ... More >>
Dave LiebermanI am an unabashed carnivore. I love to eat meat. The chances of my going vegetarian or, God forbid, vegan, are slim to none. That said, I also love vegetables, and I love people who do creative things with vegetables. Great things done to plant matter are one of the hallmarks of a t ... More >>
What reason do you have to miss the OC Foodie Fest? As Dave Lieberman said, "34 food trucks have committed; the organizers are hoping for a total of 50. Proceeds will go to three OC charities: Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine, Child S.H.A.R.E., an outreach program to find foster famil ... More >>
Flickr user bbumI've spent a long time working on my alcohol collection. I'm not some weirdo amalgamator of obscure liquors; I just like to have premium stuff. That means I tend to buy Ketel One (on those rare occasions that I want vodka and zakuski), Hendricks or Martin Miller's gin, etc.While I ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThe Place: 7 Seas Fish House, 12941 "Historic" Main St., Garden Grove; (714) 590-2222.The Hours: 3-6 p.m., every day.The Deal: $1.50 domestic beer, various well drink specials, 7 apps under $6.
It seems like every comfort food goes through a revitalization at some point. First burgers were re-examined, then everyone had updated macaroni and cheese. Cupcakes, those staples of childhood, were brought into the new millennium (and we're ready for them to slide back into oblivion, like da ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThe Place: Park Avenue, 11200 Beach Blvd., Stanton; (714) 901-4400.The Hours: 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.The Deal: $4 well drinks, beer and wine specials, half-price appetizers.
Dave LiebermanAs I was driving home from work one day recently, I saw a tiny sign on an empty storefront next to the 7-Eleven at Garden Grove and Lewis St., near the tri-city border of Orange, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. "Umami," it said, which piqued my interest due to the burger chain of the sa ... More >>
A golf course in the hills above San Clemente is not the likeliest place to find the front lines of the local food movement, and not a place one would expect to find organically farmed Italian vegetables, but that's exactly what Nic Romano is doing.Dave Lieberman
Dave LiebermanMy phone rang a couple of months ago. It was Joshua Lurie of Food GPS, calling to let me know he was preparing a full-scale foodie assault on Anaheim's Little Gaza, and asking whether I wanted to join him.While I accompanied Lurie to several of Little Gaza's gems, including more man ... More >>
Ten years ago, the only blueberries consumers could purchase were trucked in from the East Coast; they were awful, lifeless, wooden facsimiles of the fragrant lovelies of the Northeast, sold at a premium to gullible shoppers willing to pay $5 or more for a half-pint of nothingness.Dave Lieberman
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 >>
Dave LiebermanThis week, it's my turn for our 100 Favorite Dishes. Find out what you're missing with this list of 100 memorable dishes at local restaurants. We'll count down every weekday, with the top dishes appearing right before our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy!
Dave LiebermanThe Place: Don the Beachcomber, 16278 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach; (562) 592-1321.The Hours: 4-7 p.m. daily (including weekends); all day Monday.The Deal: Half-price drinks and appetizers.
Dave LiebermanWhat you may not know about onions is that they have a season, like everything else. Those sharp, pungent specimens you buy at the grocery store are called "storage" onions. They're grown until the outer skin becomes leathery or papery (depending on the variety) so that they can be ... More >>