Dee Nguyen

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    October 7, 2014

    4. Bison Sausage From Break Of Dawn

    We had to check our archives to make sure this particular dish wasn't written up yet, since our fellow Weeklings have given accolades to a good portion of Dee Nguyen's Laguna Hills menu already. But can you blame them? Being closed for three and-a-half months was a lesson in missing something once ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Break of Dawn Is Back!

    [Hole In the Wall] Dee Nguyen's Laguna Hills restaurant reopens after a three-month shutdown

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    April 9, 2014

    How to Score Tickets to The Big (Grilled) Cheese Competition Next Week!

    Take a talented group of culinary professionals, throw in a selection of OC Baking Company breads, and you've got the inaugural Big Cheese festival and competition being held at Provisions Market. Although it is sold out, we learned of one avenue hungry followers can go down to acquire a coveted pai ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Patchwork Show Edible Edition Is This Weekend at SOCO Collection!

    We've got a packed weekend of family-friendly activities for you to partake in at SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa. Still not certain what to check out? Here's a quick rundown. On both Saturday and Sunday, coffee and tea afficionados and novices alike can explore their inner barista over afternoon wor ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Early Bird Is Egg-cellent

    Eat a perfect omelet at Joseph Mahon's new breakfast spot in Fullerton

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    August 6, 2012

    Some Pig: Images From Pig Out 1.0

    Cocktails, glorious cheese, fresh coconut water and swine served 15 different ways. Or as some of us called it, Sunday at Newport Dunes. While we bounced between cocktails and pork, occasionally we remembered to take a photo. Here's a taste of what stopped us in our tracks.Dee Nguyen's Break of Dawn ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    And the County Said Oink: PigOut 1.0 This Sunday

    What exactly is your pork tolerance limit? Could there be a dish where bacon does not fit in somehow? Is it truly possible to get the ham sweats? Come to Newport Dunes Resort on Sunday and find out.As Anne Marie said back in June, local kitchen man Amar Santana and orange-scarved food impresario Bob ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    PigOut 1.0 Coming August 5, to Feature a Bunch of Local Chefs Butchering Pigs

    When 15 accomplished chefs are given carte blanche to serve swine, you know it's time to make a reservation. Chef Amar Santana of Broadway and Bobby Navarro of fully intend to make your visit memorable, all while raising funds for culinary scholarships. The inaugural PigOut 1.0 is ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Foie Short Rib at Break of Dawn=Breakfast of Champions

    Haven Gastropub Chef Greg Daniels is undoubtedly Orange County's champion of foie gras, hosting a "Fight for Foie" dinner last night in the face of protestors and even heading to Sacramento to lobby lawmakers in support of the luscious liver. While he's not on the front lines, Weekly favorite D ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Anepalco's Cafe Has Le Mexique

    Danny Godinez's second restaurant serves Mexican meals in the French style

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    February 28, 2012

    On the Line: Michael Rossi of the Ranch Restaurant and Saloon, Part One

    ​There was something different about meeting Michael Rossi. It could've been that I was half an hour early, yet he was more than ready to start our interview. I did not know it, but our conversation would expand beyond the questionnaire. It was like an episode of Inside the Actor's Studio, except ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    10 Great Breakfast Spots In Orange County

    ​In this list of morning meals, you'll find not just the egg, bacon and pancake joints (although there are certainly a lot of those in there), but also a certain Swedish furniture super store that practically gives away its food, a Cambodian/Vietnamese noodle shop and a place to dip Chinese fried ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Break of Dawn's First, First-Friday-Night Dinner

    ​Last year, we broke the news that Chef Dee Nguyen was opening Break of Dawn Restaurant for dinner in 2012. And by dinner, we don't mean dinner every day, or even every week. This dinner pops up on the first Friday of each month with a menu that will likely change every time. Stick-A-Forkers Gust ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Gustavo's Top 5 Restaurants of 2011!

    ​And I'll end our year-end write-up of lists with this! If it skews a bit toward the Latino side, it's because that's where some of the most exciting cooking was happening in Orange County this year. Enjoy!

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    November 7, 2011

    Break of Dawn After Dark: More Details Revealed!

    ​ Dave broke the news back in September that chef Dee Nguyen would open his Laguna Hills restaurant, Break of Dawn, for dinner seatings starting in 2012. Nguyen just announced more details via Facebook on just how limited those seats will be:We are excited to announce our upcoming every-first-Fri ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    WINNER'S CIRCLE: Dee Nguyen

    [BEST OF 2011: GAME ON!] Owner of Break of Dawn

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    September 28, 2011

    Break of Dawn to Open for Dinner Next Year--and a Test Kitchen?!

    ​ Yesterday, Dee Nguyen, owner of the fabulous Break of Dawn restaurant that we spill more lover over than perhaps any non-hole-in-the-wall restaurant not named Memphis or the Crosby, left the following Facebook status update:‎2012 will be a new dawn for bod. Dinner service is simmering on the s ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    OC Chef Facebook Status Update of the Week!

    ​ First in an occasional series...via Dee Nguyen of the extraordinary Break of Dawn.Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Facebook!

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    September 12, 2011

    Jason Quinn of Lime Truck and Hop Phan of Dos Chinos to Host Pop-Up Restaurant at Shark Club Sept. 19!

    Jason Quinn: Ready to go 2, 4, 6 on y'all!​Earlier this year, Aron Habiger of the Crosby hosted Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn for a pop-up night that had the SanTana restaurant slammed. We Forkers welcomed the occasion, not just because we all lover Habiger and Nguyen, but because it also heralded t ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    July 16-17: The Weekend of Culinary Desmadre

    ​Screw Carmageddon. The weekend of culinary desmadre in the Southland is ON. Since the original post, we've discovered that not only will OC be represented at Eat Real, but OC Weekly will--Gustavo is leading panels at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, and I will be demonstrating preserved lemons ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    A Documentary on The Crosby? Yup.

    The Crosby Trailer from ChristianLong on Vimeo.Yeah alright, we know we love The Crosby. That's no secret. But we don't seem to be the only ones. NxtLvlFilms, an indie outfit that puts out documentaries and shorts on the local music scene, has released what I've linked above: a teaser on the film ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Dos Chinos Gets Great Mention in Bad New York Times Piece About "Diverse" OC Food

    Dos Chinos' Tapatio-sriracha-tamarind cheesecake, with another OC fusion classic​A sincere congrats to the Dos Chinos luxe lonchera for being the center story in a New York Times piece. May the coming lines get longer, the money bigger, and the tweets as hilarious as ever. But the premise of repor ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    [UPDATED] Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn to Pop Up at the Crosby on March 24

    Kimberly Valenzuela/OC Weekly​UPDATE, MARCH 24, 9:30 A.M.: The menu has been set (and we've seen it, and it's damn creative), but you may have to wait to get it. From Bill Crosby (HA!) writing on the Crosby's Facebook page:TONIGHT!!!! This is the first time that we're doing this, and all of our re ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 23, 2010

    Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn and Gabriel Zambrano of Soho Tacos Get into a Knife Fight!

    From Soho Taco's website, obviously...​Kind of. The owners behind my top choices for the best restaurants of 2010, Break of Dawn (número 1) and Soho Taco (# dos), met at Dee Nguyen's Laguna Hills temple to breakfast and lunch. "But, it looks like Chef Gabe made an attempt to get express his culin ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Gustavo's Top Five Restaurants for 2010

    Dee Nguyen, of Break of Dawn: Il capo di tutti capi of OC dining in 2010​Yay! It's the end of the year, which means it's year-end list season! YAY! In all seriousness, these lists are great opportunities to further highlight restaurants that did a wonderful job in 2010. Dave, Edwin, and Shuji will ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    This Week in Food: Belgian-Waffle Sandwiches, Bad Bánh Mìs, and Gobble Gobble Hey!

    Flickr user WishUponaCupcake​Given Thanksgiving is next week, it's natural that most of us spent this week giving ustedes tips on how to celebrate a better Thanksgiving. But we did more--highlights after the jump!

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    November 18, 2010

    Things You Can Do With Birds: Turkey Pho

    Flickr user titoperezNot having a turkey carcass [yet], we couldn't furnish a picture of the recipe.​One of the very best things about Facebook is the serendipitous discovery of amazing-sounding food. When I posted the link for our five Mexican dishes to make from turkey leftovers, chef Dee Nguyen ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Salade Lyonnaise: Yes, It Contains Bacon

    Dave Lieberman​The 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 >>

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    October 6, 2010

    #3. Smoked Salmon and Eggs at Break of Dawn

    Dave Lieberman​The final installments of our march to the Bridge on the River Calorie are coming your way. Make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC 2010 when it hits the newsstands next Thursday, October 14!

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    August 23, 2010

    Five Things To Do With Leftover Wine

    Flickr user mr_t_in_dc​As the only one in my household who likes wine, I seem to amass partially-consumed bottles of everything from vinho verde to big, unapologetic Burgundies, from cava to Brunello di Montalcino. I used to sigh at the waste and pour them out when they spoiled, but the frugal Nor ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    The Feast Days of Summer

    And Winter and Fall and Spring! Where to eat, drink and be merry during the most important holidays

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    March 19, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Esty Seller SouZouCreationsComplete with veggies and seafood--and a floating pair of chopsticks, of course. $12.50.​Another week of eating, recipes, crime and general food-related goodness has come and gone at Stick a Fork in it, and with Grace off on a vacation, I'm standing in for a roundup of t ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn, Part 3

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Stick a Fork In It asked Chef Dee Nguyen of Laguna Hills' Break of Dawn if he would be willing to share a recipe; he responded with this amazing-sounding recipe for an egg casserole: tomato- and Thai basil-braised eggs with spring vegetables and mozzarella cheese and g ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Gustavo's Top Five Dishes of 2009

    Taco acorazado picture lovingly ripped off from Edwin's personal blog, Monster Munching...​Edwin and Dave will chime in later with their lists; here's mine, in a particular order:1. Tacos acorazados at Alebrije's: Out of all the regional Mexican specialties la naranja offers, this is the best: a h ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    New Salsa at Break of Dawn: Habanero!

    ​Glad to report that Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills, one of the best breakfast joints in Orange County, is still as great as ever. New dish to try (might've been on the menu before, but first time for me): cinnamon roll, presented on a hot skillet, topped with a mound of cream as large as a clenche ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009