Have you been following the Death Row Meal at Playground? It's a dinner of things the chefs would eat as their last meal, one course at a time, every Friday.I ate the first one--a huge plate of Benton's country ham served with two large pieces of pa amb tomàquet (toasted bread smeared with tomat ... More >>
Hung inconspicuously on the wall leading to the bathroom, it's easy to miss the series of plaques honoring the members of the Quarter Club amongst the rust-colored lamps and chaotic din that defines the Anthill Pub on the UC Irvine campus. But often, someone will stand there, blocking the path ... More >>
The Tustin gas station restaurant is no longer in a gas station, but it's still in Tustin. As we reported a few months ago, Peter's Gourmade Grill, a burger joint that became successful despite of (or is it because of) its location inside a Valero's gas station near a freeway offramp, has now op ... More >>
Last month, we reported that OC fave SlapFish Truck would be going brick-and-mortar (yep, this is a thing these days), and now we've got an address to share.As announced on its Facebook page, the restaurant will be located at 19696 Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach. It's expected to open in early M ... More >>
I am pretty sure a lesson that was drilled into our heads as kids is that it's bad to steal. Whether you are stealing a car, some money, or heaven forbid someone's school work, it's just wrong. Actually, stealing has been frowned upon since biblical times as it is even listed as one of the Ten C ... More >>
Wow, 2011 sure went by fast. And while our most popular posts had all the elements that make up the Interwebz (cats, Kreayshawn and Lil Wayne all made the list) we found that our biggest hits are made up of solid news coverage. Read on to see our most popular posts of 2011!
Canadian R&B act The Weeknd (fronted by Abel Tesfaye) last night released his third mixtape of 2011 (following the critical acclaim of the last two mixtapes, House of Balloons and Thursday). The latest set, called Echoes of Silence, comes after the Weeknd's Polaris Prize-nomination and a ton ... More >>
Health Department rules have long been the bane of charcuterie makers and Chinese restaurants who hang their ducks by the window. Now New York health officials are getting tough on the kimchi makers. Several online sources have reported that there's been an inherent crack down on the quintessenti ... More >>
Portola Coffee LabNot only do they brew the best coffee around, Portola Coffee Lab baristas can turn a cup of Joe into a cup of Van Gogh. How they do it: "The colors are a result of an overwhelming amount of Christmas spirit! (and food coloring)," according to the shop's Facebook page. &nbs ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterLet's count 'em, shall we? OC food-truck chefs who went brick-and-mortar: There was Hop Phan of Dos Chinos a few months ago, then the folks at the Tropical Shave Ice Truck. Most recently, Jason Quinn of the Lime Truck opened his Playground in Santa Ana, with fellow Great Fo ... More >>
Photo by Kevin LaraI meant to post this earlier this week after I got a tip from a reader from Tony who wrote:"Long time reader over here. I was on my way to work and saw that on the corner of McFadden and Newport, where the Masala Bowl used to be, is now signage of Peter's Gourmade Grill com ... More >>
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break! We're back to our weekly guessing game with this dish.What is it, and which restaurant makes it?
Last week's Guess Where was waaay too easy. This week's may be a little more difficult. If you can ID this dish, you can probably guess which restaurant makes it, as it's not a common one!
ProfessorSalt.comMore flavors than Baskin-Robbins!This week's photo was taken at a place that makes these delicious frozen confections daily, not just your average market that sells them. What are these things called in their native language, and where is the shop that made them?
Janelle Hutcherson's Facebook pageUPDATE, NOV. 14, 3:59 P.M.: While Jenelle Hutcherson wasn't crowned this weekend, she wrote on her Facebook page that "history has been made." See her pose on stage in her handmade tux and swimsuit at the end of the post. Kristin Bopp was named Miss Long Beach ... More >>
Slater's 50/50 Facebook pageAdd this to the list of Things To Eat Before You Die (because you will probably suffer a heart attack upon consumption). Fried chicken and pancakes, recently added to the permanent menu at Slater's 50/50.
Anne Marie PanoringanWhile strolling through Cougar Country Crystal Cove Promenade the other day, we spotted ongoing construction at the future Tamarind of London. When Edwin announced its coastal arrival back in February, our friends at the Irvine Co. had not released a time line, leaving us han ... More >>
Sanchez: Show that cha-cha!UPDATE: Sorry, folks, but you're going to have to wait until the 2012 election season to see a picture of Loretta wearing a Halloween costume of what was essentially her version of an angel: wearing a see-through nightgown. As you'll notice below, someone left a comment ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioI was thinking of making a list that included ALL loncheras, luxe and not, but it'd be a wash: loncheras in a landslide. That said, I've warmed up a bit to the idea of non-Mexis muscling into the food-truck business with gourmet, usually overpriced meals. The one wond ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterWhen asked to provide a recipe, the Burnt guys all agree the way to a hungry heart is through fried chicken. A virtual Hungry Man dinner that fits in the palm of your hand, layers of flavor from hearty gravy and garlicky mashed potatoes make for comfort cooking. Get to know ... More >>
The Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) has launched what's hailed as a first-of-its-kind social networking page developed and utilized by a U.S. prosecutorial agency: a Facebook page for children abducted from Orange County. Developed by the OCDA Bureau of Investigation, the page f ... More >>
Is Frances Bean Cobain engaged to local band The Rambles' Isaiah Silva? According to various sources around town--and Facebook--yes. Sources say that the two, who have been dating for more than a year, changed their relationship status on the social networking site to engaged a few weeks ago. Alt ... More >>
SWSH FacebookSo did you attend that Chef Hung official grand opening today? Turns out it wasn't the only one at Diamond Jamboree. SWSH, the shabu shabu bar directly above Chef Hung, also had its ribbon cutting this morning . . . apparently an hour before its downstairs neighbor.
MedMob Facebook pageIs it just us or are flash mobs getting lazy? They've gone from full-fledged, song-and-dance spectaculars like this:
Photo by Jonathan HoHave you ever wondered what chefs like Pascal Olhats feed themselves and their kitchen crew before service? Me neither. But now that I've brought it up, I bet you are. Starting tomorrow, Pascal Olhats, French chef extraordinaire, who has a half dozen eateries in OC, will ... More >>
Cadillac Facebook pageThe Cadillac Culinary Challenge Test Drive pulls up to Irvine Spectrum this Saturday and Sunday. Why this sounds more like a hybrid between Cars and Coffee and the Top Chef Tour is a conundrum we'll never know the answer to. At least they're offering sleek cars and free eats ... More >>
I first experienced the wonders of the bacon taco thanks to the fine folks at the BACON MANia truck. They offer a fine array of bacon-infused Mexican dishes, but the bacon taco is their best dish. I recently paid homage to the taco, and whipped up a modified version of my own. Check out how to br ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 11, 12:32 P.M.: Someone leaving a comment on the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Facebook page, which broke the news about three elderly folks being rushed to the emergency room after unknowingly eating brownies laced with marijuana at a funeral, claims a woman was arrested ... More >>
Tavazo Dried Nuts and Fruits opened quietly in Irvine last week, or perhaps the week before. Like I said, it was a quiet debut. This outlet of a mostly Ontario, Canada-based Persian goods purveyor can be found next to Smart & Final and Trader Joe's at Culver and Walnut.
Hey South Countians who read this blog. All one of you. Did you know about the Taste of Aliso Niguel happening tomorrow, October 8th, from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Summit Office Campus at 101 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo?Well, there you go. Now you do.
For the recipe portion of our interview, Erin modified hers to accommodate for home cooks who don't possess a cold-storage refrigeration micro-computer temperature controller (It makes more sense when you read part two). Hit the nearest craft store, roll up those sleeves, and let's get poppin'!W ... More >>
Since its second store in Huntington Beach can now be safely called a bona fide success, Slater's 50/50 is moving onward and southward. The burger joint has announced it will be opening its third outlet in San Diego.
At least 39 people, many fed up with the death of the American dream, made their voices heard last night thanks to the magic of telephonic conferencing. People with degrees ranging from business management to graphic design, some struggling to find decent paying jobs in a dire economy, called in ... More >>
Dickey's Barbecue Pit at Irvine Village Center, at the corner of Jeffrey and Irvine Center, has been closed for about two years, after lasting about a year there. Now the vacant space has apparently been taken up by a new business: Koko's Cafe. The tip came from loyal reader thatguy542, who saw t ... More >>
It had to happen, and now it has: a social networking website for medical marijuana smokers.Do you use Facebook mainly for chatting online about cannabis? Do you love it when you get a barrage of moronic "420 alert" status updates each afternoon? Are you hoping to connect directly with "experienc ... More >>
Facebook games are on a completely different wavelength than modern gaming on consoles. They're simple, often mindless, and accessible to just about everybody. People who aren't typically gamers have now been introduced to games with a community larger than XBOX Live, or PSN. It did a better job ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioAnother two cities before the final showdown of The Great Food Truck Race and OC boys Daniel Shemtob, Jason Quinn, and Jesse Brockman of The Lime Truck are still very much the contenders we knew them to be. Last episode they came out victorious, wowing a Memphis veget ... More >>
Samuel ZideAre you the biggest Thrice fan ever? Then you'll probably love our cover story this week, which talks about the trials and tribulations the post-hardcore band went through before making their latest set, Major/Minor, out next week on Vagrant. Maybe you've liked them since you were 12. ... More >>
Facebook.com/BruxieWafflesThere's a holiday for everything these days--this month alone: All American Breakfast Month, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month, Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month (no, seriously), Fall Hat Month, International People Skills Month, Happy Cat Month. . .But ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comYou'd be hard-pressed to find this sandwich in our fair county. That's your hint. There's not that many places that make it, so someone ought to guess the answer pretty quickly. What is this dish, and where did I eat it?
Dave found the burger deal of the month, but I stumbled upon the taco deal.At the Mexican chain that is drama-free compared to Taco Bell, the magic coin total is 29-cents for a regular taco this Wednesday, August 10, only. Take your starving (metaphoric or literal) self down to the nearest Del Ta ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comSeeing how this dish is a very specific thing served at only a handful of restaurants in the Weekly's coverage area, this ought be solved fast.What is this, and where did I eat it? Your hint: the lighting.
Edwin GoeiOn a recent trip to Irvine Spectrum, I noticed that Le Napoleon, the coffee shop that boasted Intelligentsia coffee and Cream Pan pastries was gone from its perch underneath the merry-go-round. I was going to put it on the list of restaurant casualties for the month...
Photo by Meranda CarterSouth County is represented this week, as we sit down with Joe Youkhan and discuss his Italian-inspired, Rancho Santa Margarita-based luxe lonchera, Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon. An East Coast transplant, he loves his butter, salt and vino. Learn how this father of two ... More >>
Various online media outlets have been reporting Facebook is experiencing a numbers slump. Sky news writes approximately 6 million North American users deleted their accounts in May, in addition to 100,000 British users. This is a drop in the bucket when considering Facebook reportedly has roughl ... More >>
Photo Courtesy of Two 40 South's FacebookPane e Vino, the Italian restaurant that's been in Brea Downtown for as long as Brea Downtown has been, closed around March. Now a new wine and tapas restaurant called Two 40 South has taken over the space at, you guessed it, 240 South Brea Blvd.
Flickr user john.murdenA farewell to childhood. It's the end of an era. The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Trustees has banned flavored milk in school cafeterias, and corn dogs and chicken nuggets are also off the menus. Who knows what's next? No word on whether OC schools are ... More >>
Everyone's posting this, so we should as well--along with our own Whole Foods Nazi experience!
Edwin GoeiPhoto is of Ngu Binh's Hue dishesYou know what OC needs more of? Restaurants that serve banh beo, those button-cute mini Jell-O shots of steamed rice flour batter from the Hue region of Vietnam.
You had us at the Knight Rider theme song. The TV spot for Australia's Hahn Beer was directed by Tom Kuntz, known for his award-winning campaigns for Old Spice and Skittles.Now, take us to this superbrewery!Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on&nbs ... More >>