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    April 2, 2014

    Six Reasons Why Employees Need to Hire Touring Musicians

    In 2014, you should've already figured it out by now: Your dumpy, forgettable band with few fans should be touring. The need to turn your local bar band into a mobile poverty-stricken disaster unit is of utmost importance. It's your chance to see beautiful rolling landscapes, fall in love with peopl ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    5 Great Vietnamese Soups That Aren't Pho

    When you think Vietnamese cuisine, it's no question that pho comes to mind, and it's completely reasonable that it does. However, it'd be a shame to miss out on other Vietnamese soups that, though blood brothers of California's favorite soup, play on completely different flavors, smells, and texture ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    Five Reasons Tasting Menus Are a Dining Scourge

    Done well, a tasting menu is a wonderful meal where the chef picks a theme and the kitchen shows off what it can do; you leave satisfied and awe-struck, and wanting to come back to taste the kitchen's prowess again. I've had great tasting menus in Orange County and outside of it, and I've had absolu ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Five Types of Diners Who Need To Be Blacklisted From Restaurants Forever

    There is a social contract implied when you dine in a restaurant in this country. The social contract is pretty simple: "Don't be an ass." It shouldn't need to be said, really, but apparently restaurants are special places where manners aren't needed and you can act however you like.Anyone who's eve ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    The Five Halloween Candies You Need To Stop Complaining About

    Ever wait until the last second to buy candy to give out at Halloween? Gone are the convenient sacks with the Twix, the Kit-Kats, the Snickers, the Milky Ways, the M&Ms... all the stuff kids go for first. No, you're stuck with the second tier, with its Mounds and Almond Joys and Butterfingers, o ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Five Ways to Make a More Efficient Ramadan Kitchen

    Ramadan--the holy month where Muslims forgo food and drink, including water, from sunup to sundown--is here. One of the five pillars in Islam, this month is one of spiritual discipline and renewal, as Muslims are instructed to spend extra time in worship and try to cut back on bad habits. The fast t ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Six Random Restauranteur Do's and Don'ts

    ​ As food bloggers, we necessarily judge restaurants by their outward appearances, though we were raised not to judge, yes? Justified or not, our personal biases inform our choices as diners, or else we'd eat wide-eyed, like Candide, in every crap restaurant that would subject us to its horrors. F ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Five Politically Active College-Student Types and the Alcohol They Drink

    With a college pub as great as the Anthill, you're bound to meet some drunk people every once in awhile. Some of them can be pretty cool. Others cans be super opinionated. Hilariously, people share both similar opinions and favorite drinks.

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    April 6, 2012

    Battle of the Bristol Street Burgers: Umami Burger vs. TK Burger

    South on Bristol, in the middle of Orange County's Hipster Triangle, is a burger place everyone should try. The meat is fresh, the bread is baked specifically for the burger and everything is made to order. It's even in walking distance of the Camp and the LAB, just to give diners a little something ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Five Commandments of Food Writing

    ​It's 2012, people; the number of people writing about food is still growing, and the signal-to-noise ratio is getting worse and worse. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but not all of those opinions are worth reading. It's not just bad writing, unedited regurgitation of badly written press ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    5 Dishes That are Surprisingly Easy to Make at Home

    ​Yes, I know I went on a big stink about what kind of food people shouldn't make at home. That's not because I hate cooking; that was because some dishes are just bad ideas, whether due to difficulty of technique, time commitment or cost. Plenty of things are really easy to make at home, some ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    How To Drink In a Craft Cocktail Bar: Five Tips

    ​You walk up to a bar to get a drink and you notice they've got six types of rye, one kind of vodka, a lineup of brown-glass medicine bottles with eyedroppers, infusing jars where the line of beers normally sits, and really freaking pretty ice. Congratulations: you've stumbled into a craft cocktai ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Six Ways to Stop Being a Douchebag at Starbucks

    ​You probably don't know it, but every time you go to a Starbucks, 14 people behind you in line are shooting daggers at you and trying to kill you by modulating their alpha waves . . . and yes, it's your fault. You're the inconsiderate, self-absorbed douchebag, and you infest every coffee shop in ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    The Five Best Parts of a Roast Turkey

    Flickr user kimberlykv​White meat or dark? The traditional Thanksgiving question. Usually, piles of meat are passed around on a platter--but that's ignoring some of the best cuts on the traditional holiday fowl.Here are five of the best pieces of meat available on the modern American turkey--but y ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Five Great Minnesota Versions of Hotdish (a.k.a. Casserole)

    ​As winter approaches, with its occasional rain and frigid mid-50s-high temperatures, people break out the sweaters, boots and think about hot, stick-to-your-ribs food. In the winter, a lot of baking happens and a lot of lasagne, but when it's chilly out, I think of the time I spent in Minnesota a ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Five Homemade Holiday Gifts You Can Make Now

    Flickr user 29638108@N06​So you want to occupy Wall Street? If you really want to stick it to the corporations this year, give homemade gifts. Buy the things you need to make them from independent businesses and give presents that have your unmistakable stamp on them.Yes, it's just barely past Hal ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Five Shitty Corporate Ripoffs of Regional Food Favorites

    ProfessorSalt.comWhat real bagels should look like​ You know what bugs me about chain restaurants? It's the way they co-opt the names of distant regional foods and market their shitty versions as the real thing to people in a different part of the world who don't know any different and grow up thi ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Top Chef: Texas--Five Predictions

    © Bravo​ Did you watch last night's first episode of Top Chef Texas? Episode summaries are usually Edwin's beat, and he usually weighs in toward the end of the season after we've learned which cheftestants to root for. I'm going to take a different approach at the head-end of the season and make ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Five Ways to Ensure You're the Most Popular House On the Block During Halloween

    Flickr user gomattolson​Come on, you remember. As a kid out trick-or-treating, you knew exactly which house was the "cool" one. You'd plod along, rolling your eyes inwardly as Mrs. Eggleston gave you yet another piece of some candy last popular in Topeka in 1953 and Mr. Jackson, the dentist whose ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Six Star Wars-Themed Jack O'Lanterns

    Flickr user buechners​A couple of triangles and a mouth serrated with teeth not good enough for you? Anxious to show off your skills with a knife and a grapefruit spoon? Some would-be George Lucases with a great deal of patience have rendered America's favorite science fiction film series in orang ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Recipe of the Week: Bacon Tacos

    ​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 >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Five Things You Didn't Know About Bourbon

    Flickr user spenceke​September is National Bourbon Month. As the weather cools off (OK, everywhere except Southern California), it's a good time to consider one of the finest drinks made in America. Uncork a bottle, pour a little into a snifter, add a little pour of cool spring water, and lean bac ... More >>

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    September 11, 2011

    Five Common Misconceptions About the Mexican Diet

    Flickr user tlacolulaerestuThe tianguis, or open-air market, that is how food shopping gets done in much of Mexico.​We spend a lot of time pontificating about Mexican food around here. We live in a place blessed by excellent Mexican food, and yet it's a place beset by people too afraid to eat it. ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Five Things You're Doing Wrong with Japanese Food

    ​I'm just as guilty of butchering foreign word pronunciation as any American, but there are times when the media perpetuates mistakes that will make you look like a schmuck. This week--five things for you to avoid sounding like one in a Japanese restaurant.

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    August 15, 2011

    Five Signs Of a Real New York Pizzeria

    Flickr user nicksherman​If I had a dollar for every time I've been into a "New York Style" pizzeria and walked out amazed at how awful people are at interpreting the seminal food of my misspent youth, I'd be able to retire and never write another word again.It's amazing--people will attempt to clo ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Six Reasons I Don't Want To Open A Restaurant

    Flickr user kalyan3​I post pictures and descriptions of the food I cook on Twitter and Facebook, and I certainly have earned a reputation as someone who knows his way around a kitchen. I am honored to have received a lot of compliments, but the one I hear most often is, "You should open a restaura ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Five Foods That Taste Better Processed

    Flickr user xiaming​I love fresh food. I love cooking from whole ingredients. I go slightly insane when I can't have plenty of fresh vegetables with my meals, and I live in Southern California, where we have a year-round growing season and farmers markets that make even people from other produce-r ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Flickr Photo of the Week: Twirly!

    Flickr user Marcie Gonzales ​Behind the jump: Check out this week's Flickr Photo of the Week, by Flickr user marcie gonzales. Got some photos of life in or around Orange County you'd like to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!

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    July 11, 2011

    Five Things to Learn Before Writing About Mexican Food

    Flickr user icexmaker​This is a painful post to write.I am guilty, in my sordid past as a food writer, of all of these. I'm still no expert on Mexican food--part of its allure is that no matter how much I learn, there's still some abuelita in a forgotten rancho in a state all but ignored on signs ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Flickr Photo of the Week: Round and Round It Goes. . .

    ​Behind the jump: Check out this week's Flickr Photo of the Week, by Flickr user marcie gonzales. Got some photos of life in or around Orange County you'd like to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!

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    July 1, 2011

    Five Non-Standard (But Tasty) Picnic Foods for Your Fourth of July Weekend

    Flickr user sandraregina​Summer. Outdoors. Sunshine. Warmth. Picnics...The best picnic foods are those that can be prepared easily, transported well and eaten easily (and at room temperature). We've never understood why mayonnaise-laden potato salad ends up in picnics, or why people would want to ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Flickr Photo of the Week: Dags. You Like Dags?

    Flickr user whalenmdw​Behind the jump: Check out this week's Flickr Photo of the Week, by Flickr user whalenmdw. Got some photos of life in or around Orange County you'd like to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!

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    June 8, 2011

    In Defense of Pie

    Dave Lieberman​Nathan Heller hates pie, and he thinks you should too. He penned a long screed for Slate--I'd call it a jeremiad except I fell asleep reading it, and "jeremiad" implies a vigor that's lacking in the article--about how the pie is un-American and unworthy of our ongoing, cyclical feti ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Five Canned Goods That Deserve Pantry Space

    Flickr user frightenrabbitThis is not one of the five.​Living in California means being surrounded by the best produce in the United States. Fruits and vegetables burst forth from every grocery store--even bodegas, long scorned by New Yorkers on a rant about food deserts, have plenty of produce.Ne ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Five Recipes for This Year's Grunion Run

    Flickr user annannamouse​Edwin posted earlier about the grunion run expected for this weekend. If you've got a California fishing license, you can take your grunion home with you--no limit, but don't take more than you can use. They're tiny, but they're edible--and even tasty. The only grunion ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Cheddar? Please. Five Proposals for New Burger Cheeses

    Flickr user chiropractic​Not that a slice of really great Cheddar isn't a treat by itself, and not that we're attempting to foment rebellion here, but can we please have a break from the same old five cheeses on our cheeseburgers? Cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, pepper Jack (oh look, now it's a spicy ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Flickr Photo of the Week: Air at the Wedge

    Flickr user CTNelson​Behind the jump: Check out this week's Flickr Photo of the Week, by Flickr user CTNelson. Got some photos of life in or around Orange County you'd like to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!

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    May 27, 2011

    Five Tastiest Non-Farm Animals to Throw on The Barbie This Memorial Day Weekend

    Flickr user Another Pint Please...As if the Weekly had the budget to buy us lobster...​Tired of the same old burgers and dogs you grill every Memorial Day? Steaks and chicken don't lift your kilt like they used to? Here's some ideas for things to throw on the grill this weekend that your frie ... More >>

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    May 27, 2011

    Five Great Places in Orange County To Have A Picnic This Memorial Day Weekend

    Flickr user johan​Ah, summer. Time for picnics, beaches, and parks. Time for picnics on the beach, picnics in the park, picnics at the beach parks. Here are five picnic spots to consider for this holiday weekend and for every summer weekend thereafter that would do well with picnics, beaches, and ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    Five Ethnic Breakfasts To Shake Up Your Morning Routine

    Flickr user theimpulsivebuyThere's not enough brown sugar in the world to make this appetizing.​Tired of Starbucks and their awful, industrial pastries and burnt coffee? Sick of the insipid pancakes from IHOP, drowned in butter and artificially-flavored syrup? Can't hack another packet of instant ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Two Days 'Til Rapture: OC Weekly Staffers' Last Meals

    Flickr user pasukaru76Kinda like this, but not as cool.​So if Oakland preacher Harold Camping and hundreds and hundreds of other crazies are right, the world will be ending this Saturday, May 21--around 6 p.m., to be exact. Which got us thinking: What would we spend our last hours doing? Stuffing ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Five Popular Working-Class Foodstuffs That'll Never Become Hipster Trends or Foodie Fads

    Betcha there'll never be a tamale pie truck...​Cupcakes are on their way out, pies are supposedly in--but it seems Orange County's going to go through a Summer of Doughnut. M & M Donuts over in Anaheim have hundreds of Yelp reviews (!), all over a simple blueberry donut, a fried thing studded ... More >>

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    May 16, 2011

    MSNBC's Five Hottest Foodie Trends... Yawn.

    ​Don't you just love it when the national media write about foodie trends? It always makes me think they're writing for people in some forgotten backwater who honestly do think that adding a packet of seasoning from Tastefully Simple to a cheese ball makes for a sophisticated, New York-style party ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Flickr Photo of the Week: Kiwi Snack

    Flickr user Orbitgal​Behind the jump: Check out this week's Flickr Photo of the Week, by Flickr user Orbitgal. Got some photos of life in or around Orange Count you'd like to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!

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    May 6, 2011

    Flickr Photo of the Week: Don't Steal That Bird!

    Flickr user Orbitgal​Behind the jump: Check out this week's Flickr Photo of the Week, by Flickr user Orbitgal. Got some photos of life in or around Orange County you'd like to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!

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    May 4, 2011

    Happy Star Wars Day!: May the Fourth Be With You

    Flickr user Ana_Fuji​It's May 4th and you know what that means (or maybe not): Star Wars Day! To celebrate: Check out these amazing Star Wars truffles by Flickr user Ana_Fuji--all edible! Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Facebook!

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    May 2, 2011

    Five Deep Fried Desserts Worth the Calories

    Flickr user judybaxter​What a pity this isn't Scotland. There are chippies (that's fish and chips shops to us) where they'll fry just about anything. Frozen pizza, Twinkies, Mars bars, you name it, they'll batter and deep-fry it.Sure, we have our fried desserts here, our beignets and our doughnuts ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Flickr Photo of the Week: Harbor Cruise

    Flickr user (CMC)™​Behind the jump: Check out this week's Flickr Photo of the Week, by Flickr user (CMC)™. Got some photos of life in or around Orange County you'd like to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!

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    April 18, 2011

    Five Rediscovered 'Old Man' Gin Cocktails

    Flickr user shannonhurstlane​You young whippersnappers! You think just because some glorified bartender figures out there's more to a cocktail than syrupy fruit liqueurs and vodkas shaken together with too much ice, you've invented more trendy cocktails. Well, we were drinking these cocktails back ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Seven Out-of-Season Food Festivals

    Flickr user imipolexg​Yesterday, according to the American Food Holidays calendar (bless you, O mysterious curator--you are the savior of food bloggers with deadlines everywhere), was National Peach Cobbler Day. Yes, yesterday, April 13, a day when there are no peaches in season within the United ... More >>

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