Chef, restaurateur, and all-around bad ass Robert Irvine definitely kept us entertained and interested over the years with shows like Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant Impossible. But starting on November 3rd, Irvine is into a whole new game. His newest show Restaurant Express is hitting the Food Ne ... More >>
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our bold scribe Dave Lieberman takes over for web editor Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby ... More >>
Marc Murphy is a highly respected executive chef and restaurateur of the popular New York eateries Landmarc and Ditch Plains but chances are, out here in Orange County, you know him best for being one of your favorite judges on Food Network's Chopped. If you think it would be cool to say, hang out w ... More >>
Well howdy-do, and welcome to another week in food. This time around, Edwin reviewed Black Trumpet Bistro in Huntington Beach, and then he gave us the restaurant roll call for April. He announced the opening of Tootsie - a cute ice cream shop in Santa Ana. And last, he told us that MTV will soon ha ... More >>
Some people know what they want to be when they grow up from a very young age and Scott Conant just happens to be one of those lucky souls. Over the years, through plenty of hard work and dedication, Conant has earned worldwide recognition and awards for being an outstanding chef, but he's not a one ... More >>
No matter your gender, there really does come a time when you notice a slow crawl in the ol' metabolism and at that point you might ask yourself, what can I do? With a New Year comes new resolutions we try to keep about eating better and living a healthier lifestyle and if you need a little extra he ... More >>
This year's most promising jokers
It's been a good year in the world of comedy and in 2012 we once again got to talk to some kick ass comics. We're not saying goodbye or that we want to put all those greats behind us, we're just saying that with a new year comes a new spotlight on another batch of stand-up comics that are making big ... More >>
"I kinda like being the guy who does bread, but nobody knows who I really am."Oh, Dean. You shouldn't have let us into your office. It seems as though every third chef we interview name drops you. While you might not have your own restaurant, you do provide the goods to 70 establishments in the Ora ... More >>
Someone at Fox News must be local, because they just posted a list of 8 "Mind-Blowing Bacon Dishes", and a trio are coincidentally homegrown. Okay-- the complete article is a slideshow of 15, but since the remaining 7 didn't include Orange County, why elaborate?Plugging the new Cars Land over at Dis ... More >>
Open Table owns the online reservation business. Now the Scripps Network, which we know better as the Food Network, wants to get in on the game. It has launched a competing service called CityEats that will leverage its Food Network brand name. The main difference is that CityEats will charge restau ... More >>
Last week, The Food Network had its upfronts, an event which allowed its advertisers to preview planned TV shows and buy airtime. But to us outside the ad industry, it gives a whiff of what new things are in store for the old TiVo to record (or not to record).Among the more interesting, if not eyebr ... More >>
Have you been thinking of starting a food truck but just don't have the capital? Tyler Florence wants you for The Great Food Truck Race! The casting call was put out today for new teams to compete in the third season of the show and the producers aren't exactly interested whether you even have a ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIt's conventional wisdom that chicken tikka masala, not fish and chips nor bangers and mash, reigned as Britain's favorite dish. Well not anymore. A recent survey of two thousand Brits by the Food Network UK knocked the Indian curry dish off the top spot. British palates, it seems, now ... More >>
If Thursday is the new Friday, Wednesday is hump day, and Tuesdays are for tacos, what do we call Monday....sandwich night? We're thinking either meatless, or, as Raya Belna would like you to refer to it, PALMO. That's right. There's a new pop-up in town, and it's found in a different, non-car de ... More >>
What can you say about someone who pimps sushi out of his nontraditional wheels? Chris Kim's luxe lonchera is a Mercedes Sprinter van, and he has even fewer square feet to work with than any New Yorker (assuming they're using their kitchens). While he recovered from the New Year's Eve event at th ... More >>
Great news! Now you can accessorize like an anti-Semitic, homophobic biker dude with the new Guy Fieri jewelry line. The Food Network star has teamed up with sterling silver company Room 101 to create a "kewl" dog tag, cufflinks and a chain-link bracelet. "This stuff is off-da-hook," ... More >>
SoCo hosting Lime Truck sometime or other . . . Will our boys be there???UPDATE: Just got the list of trucks participating in the contest Dave and I will judge. At end of post!ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 11, 12 P.M.: This past Saturday, I drove to the über-hip OC Mart Mix at the SoCo Collection, hugging ... More >>
There is a dynamic duo adjacent to Santa Ana's courthouse. (It's a trio if you count pastry chef Vicki Schrimmer.) Superfriends Judy Fleenor and Iliana Chiarini win patrons over with charm and a cure for everyday lunches. Part one with the soup Nazi Judy clues us in on their greatness, as well as ... More >>
We love food. Some of us love food so much we want to wear it as jewelry. Some of us have Doritos sprinkled over our graves. Others dislike food and are totally boring like Anderson Cooper. Read all about these tales of culinary love and hate after the jump!
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 >>
As it seems with every Food Network chef that has a book out, Bobby Flay will stop by Orange County on his book tour--a tour that has him signing copies of a new cooking tome entitled Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook. And as with every past book signing by Food Network celebrities have gone, ... More >>
Every media outlet had their own way of commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Some, like the news stations devoted all their coverage to it; others, like those airing NFL games, did it through specials or the use of ribbons by on-air hosts. Others made logical mentions when necessary--on Si ... More >>
Derby DeliHere's your guide for this long Labor Day weekend! TODAYDinner and a Movie at Taco Asylum What: Gourmet tacos and a rockumentary--not a bad way to spend a Thursday night. For this happy hour event, the hipster joint will be screening loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies, gi ... More >>
Daniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn's food truck is a champion on the Food Network and OC's luxe lonchera scene
SeabirdsTruck.comIt has finally come. The premiere of The Great Food Truck Race featuring OC food trucks, The Lime Truck and Seabirds, is this Sunday, August 14 on the Food Network.
Dave LiebermanDoesn't look like much, but it's still awesome.I love dive bars. Dive bars are my birthright as an American. I love walking into a dim, dank room, bellying up to a worn old bar of no pedigree whatsoever, ordering a beer and maybe a shot, and talking to the random characters sitting ... More >>
Anaheim does not make Parliament's "Chocolate City" roll call, but that would be an apt name this weekend for the box that holds Disneyland. "Chocolate: The Event" features three days of sweet-making to pimp "Chocolate: The Exhibition" that's up through Sept. 11 at Muzeo Museum. Capping the festi ... More >>
Food NetworkDid you know there are two food people named Dave Lieberman? Only one looks like this... and it's not me.There's been somewhat of a rash of people lately asking me what happened in my career that I'm suddenly writing here. I was confused the first time or two, until I realized they th ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioDaniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn of The Lime TruckThis weekend, contestants on the second season of The Great Food Truck Race finished up its last stop before the finale. The show won't air until August, but as we've been reporting, fans, local news and bloggers have be ... More >>
Flickr user Jo NaylorWith a headline like that, you know we had a great week 'round here. More after the jump!
First the news from Alton Brown that Good Eats is going bye-bye. It was the only show left on Food Network worth watching. Today, on the Rachael Ray Show, the annoyingly spunky Ray announced a new show premiering this summer on the Food Network with faux-bro co-host Guy Fieri.The elevator pitch? "It ... More >>
When we featured Tara Simon's business, The Sticky Pig, on Food Profiling last month, she was dying to squeal an announcement."I'm working on something BIG, but I can't tell you just yet," she told us, graciously waving off our pleas for more deets--something to do with disclaimers and liability, ... More >>
SeabirdsTruck.comThe Seabirds girls in VegasWe already know The Lime Truck and Seabirds are in the midst of competing in the second season of The Great Food Truck Race at this very moment. Seabirds' website has a picture of Stephanie Morgan and her two gal pals pre-race, along with this not-so-cr ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioSo is The Lime Truck going to represent Orange County in the second season of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race? All evidence points to yes.
Photo by Kevin Lara Meet John Cuevas, the James Beard-nominated new chef at The Crow Bar and Kitchen, who was previously cooking at Muse at Montage Beverly Hills as its Executive Chef. He's no stranger to OC though, having worked at St. Regis Resort in Dana Point and The Lo ... More >>
Photo Courtesy of Sapphire LagunaToday's installment of our three part Q&A with Chef Ghahreman of Sapphire is where we get a little more personal with our subject and where he tells us what George H.W. Bush asked for him to prepare. If you missed the first part, click here. Come b ... More >>
Photo by Kevin LaraToday, we continue our Q&A with Arturo Briones, the executive chef at Wildfish in Newport Beach. If you missed the first part, click here to read it. And stay tuned tomorrow for a recipe.
Photo by Kevin LaraToday, we continue our Q&A with True Food Kitchen's executive chef, Nathan Coulon. If you missed the first part, click here to read it. And stay tuned tomorrow for a recipe. What show would you pitch to the Food Network?It would be an eat/drink/travel show. I would t ... More >>
Foodily, a recipe aggregator and search site launched recently by some former Yahoo! execs, promises to be a great tool for all. It culls its content from FoodNetwork.com, Epicurious, AllRecipes, Serious Eats, and just about every available outlet for recipes on the web, allowing you to filter o ... More >>
I really don't waste much thought energy on the Food Network, but this one is just too good to pass up. Thanks again for being such easy targets. More after the jump!
Photo by Christopher VictorioToday we continue our Q&A with Dean Simon of Bruxie in Orange. Have no idea what Bruxie is? Where've you been? If you missed the first part, click here to read it. And stay tuned tomorrow for a recipe. What show would you pitch to the Food Network?My idea for a sh ... More >>
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Photo by Mary Bell Today we continue our Q&A with Ross Pangilinan, the Executive Chef at Leatherby's Café Rouge in Costa Mesa. As promised this is the part of the interview where we get a little more personal with him. If you missed the first part, click here. And stay tuned tomorrow for ... More >>
Photo by Todd BarnesJinan Montecristo and husband, Juan Carlos Today we continue our Q&A with Jinan Montecristo of Les Amis in Fullerton, a Lebanese restaurant she, her husband and her parents co-own together and have built up a faithful following of toum-loving diners. Stay tuned for a re ... More >>
Photo by Todd BarnesFrom a hidden office in a hidden industrial park behind another hidden industrial park in Costa Mesa, Rick LeBlanc has been wowing foodies and office drones alike with his Rick's Atomic Cafe, an all-American eater given spins by LeBlanc's organic-obsessed mind and able hands-- ... More >>
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