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  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Five Great Pumpkin-Less Fall Treats

    Satirist John Oliver put it best in his recent rant on the pumpkin spice gimmick: Come autumn, we look at pumpkins and go "I don't know why, but I simply have to drink that." There are plenty of valid (and delicious) applications for pumpkin, don't get us wrong, but there are a myriad of other fal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Rollie's Bakery & Mexican Cafe Closes; Kaminariya Yakitori Dining Opens in Tustin

    Rollie's Bakery was one of OC's few Bolivian restaurants, specializing in salteñas, which are "ostensibly empanadas, but few in Latin America are so sturdy that they can contain broth inside their shells," as Gustavo wrote in his Hole-in-the-Wall column back in 2009. The restaurant opened in 2008 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    On the Line: Sheri Drewry Of Wilma's Patio, Part One

    Researching a family-owned restaurant always uncovers a story. In the case of Wilma's Patio, it spans over 30 years on picturesque Balboa Island. Wilma passed away earlier this year, but her establishment lives on thanks to daughter Sheri, plus her kitchen and dining room family. How long have you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: La Ceiba

    Despite not having a very large Salvadoran population, Long Beach has been an overall good place to have a pupusa addiction. The city's farmers markets are filled with acceptable $3 versions of the cheese-bean-and-pork-stuffed corn tortillas, and there are even several authentic Salvadoran restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Restauration: Where There's Smoke . . .

    The closer you get to Restauration, the more you smell the sweet wood smoke that snakes out of its tall chimney stack. It's a wonderful scent, a scent that says something rustic, something special is being made, even if the oven the chimney is attached to is used mostly for pizzas. More than anythin ... More >>

  • Food

    October 23, 2014
  • Food

    October 9, 2014
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    The Best Restaurants in Orange County, 2014

    Well everyone, its that time of the year again. We've pondered ever so hard and have come up with a list of what we think are the best everything in Orange County. Now, for those of you who can't click over to the Best Of section of our website, or pick up a paper copy (Seriously though, they're glo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: The Auld Dubliner

    One of the greatest joys about eating in Long Beach is finding that unassuming, unexpected and surprisingly authentic ethnic fare; and this column has proved that you can easily wander your way through the cuisines of El Salvador, Cambodia, Trinidad and Peru, all without ever leaving city limits. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 9, 2014

    Oktoberfest

    Muckenthaler Cultural Center

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Six Award-Winning OC Beers to Try Now

    The OC beer-scape has grown and improved quite a bit over the last year, and this past weekend's Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver was only a testament to what we already knew: OC beer rules. Although the usual award-winners like TAPS Fish House & Brewery and The Bruery didn't place, oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    SOCIAL Costa Mesa Opens

    A new restaurant and bar opened in Costa Mesa last night. It's called SOCIAL Costa Mesa at 512 W. 19th Street at the location of the former London Pub. The chef is Jeffrey Boullt, who was previously the sous chef at Playground. Here's a snippet of what the press release says about the dishes he's c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Snuff A&O Kitchen Bar's Cigar Dessert--Quick

    Let me tell you about the first time something I ate at a restaurant made me . . . um, trip out. Yeah, that's what I'll call it. It was a dessert served at the new A&O Kitchen Bar in Newport Beach: The Tobacco & Whiskey Brulee looks innocent enough, served in a flip-top glass jar. But it isn't; you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    "Dude, Where's My Curry" Opens in Foothill Ranch

    Groan if you must. Go ahead, take a few cheap shots in the comment section. You know you want to. Anyone for "Dude, Where's the Pepto?" or some meaner variant of that? But to me, the name owner Rohit Walia picked for his Indian restaurant in the quiet suburban sprawl of Lake Forest's Foothill Ranc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: The Breakfast Bar

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: in Long Beach, breakfast is such a religion, we'll even eat it for lunch. We'd much rather grub down on an omelet smothered in Hollandaise sauce than sit in a church pew or eat another standard sandwich--and the constant lines outside of the city's most wel ... More >>

  • Food

    September 25, 2014

    Wrap N' Roll Kabob House Burns up Brea

    [Hole In the Wall] Know your nihari at this Pakistani restaurant

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Moulin Opening Tomorrow In Newport Beach

    A French revival is underway off Bristol, as Moulin prepares to open in the former Pascal Epicerie spot. Classifying itself as a bistro, epicerie and cafe, the space experienced an extreme makeover in recent months. An outdoor fountain, beer and wine selections, and eye-catching Rotisol oven are a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    On the Line: Shirley Chung of TWENTY EIGHT, Part One

    Shirley Chung is one busy chef. You may recognize Chung from her stint on Top Chef: New Orleans. Yesterday she wrapped up a cooking demo at the inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. Now her focus is on the final touches to get TWENTY EIGHT ready for opening in October. This week, she make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    LYFE Kitchen To Open in Irvine Spectrum

    Irvine Spectrum is getting yet another new restaurant. This time it's Chef Art Smith, Tal Ronnen and Jeremy Bringardner's health-food concept called LYFE Kitchen, which stands for "Love Your Food Everyday". It's planning to open at the outdoor mall in November, next to TLT Food (which is The Lime Tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    UPDATE: Taco Bell's Parent Company Opens a Bánh Mì Shop...withwithout Communist Star in Logo

    UPDATE: SEPT. 18, 12:22 P.M.: Yum! Brands will be taking down all signage and branding that features a red star by the end of day, according to an e-mail sent to Thanh Cung, the president of the Vietnamese-American Community of Greater Dallas. They'll also be coming up with a new logo and are asking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Battle Bougey Cafeterias: Urban Plates vs. Tender Greens

    Conceptually, Urban Plates and Tender Greens are the same place: your middle school cafeteria line meets farm-to-fork food. Their menus are nearly the same: entrees, salads, and sandwiches assembled around lean proteins or vegetable preparations. (Though Urban Plates does distinguish itself by offer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Capital Noodle Bar Opens In Irvine Tomorrow!

    Capital Noodle Bar--the spin-off of Diamond Jamboree's Capital Seafood and Irvine Spectrum's Capital--has announced that it will have its soft opening tomorrow at Crossroads, the same plaza as Creamistry, Urban Plates and DonerG. The Noodle Bar is located next to Ha Long. As Anne Marie reported a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    The VIP at Del Frisco's Grille, Our Drink of the Week!

    I was at Irvine Spectrum recently in search of a private dining room for an upcoming small gathering of friends. I considered Paul Martin's and Capital as options, but then I realized Brio Tuscan Grille and Del Frisco's Grille, the two brand new restaurants where there was previously parking lot, ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Alien Sandwiches

    In all my time living and writing about food in Long Beach, there is one culinary truth that continues to hold fast about the city's otherwise vibrant downtown: a good, cheap sandwich is hard to find. Sure, you can buy two pieces of bread stuffed with meat from a few corporate outposts around down ... More >>

  • Food

    September 4, 2014

    El Portón Colombiano Has Paisa Power

    [Hole In the Wall] This Huntington Beach restaurant offers great Colombian grub

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2014

    Wall Street Journal Critic Spits on the Mexican Wine Industry with Unusual Saltiness

    This year's Vendimias, Provino's annual wine harvest festival in the Valle de Guadalupe saw another season of sold out events and special tasting dinners featuring some of the best chefs in the world. It was a challenge due to the fact that the government of Ensenada never fixed the collapsed highwa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Jinbei Thinks Different

    I usually avoid using the too­-easily misconstrued word to describe anything. But not since Kappo Sui in Costa Mesa have I encountered a more authentic Japanese restaurant in OC than Jinbei. No other word suits it. If John Wayne were a man's man, then Jinbei is a Japanese restaurant's Japanese rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Company Recalls Nut Butters Sold at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Others Due to Salmonella

    Careful before you snack everyone, there's another nut butter recall going on. nSpired Natural Foods, a food company that produces nut butters for Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Kroger, and a bunch of other stores issued a voluntary recall Tuesday over some salmonella concerns. The recall affects peanu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Three New Restaurants Debut At Irvine Spectrum

    Irvine Spectrum is now home to three new eateries. About last week or so, Del Frisco's Grille and Brio Tuscan Grille opened next to each other in what used to be the parking lot across from Yard House. And this week the second outlet of Urban Seoul, Chef Kacy Jun's Korean-Mexican mash up, opened up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Craft Beer Bar Native Son Alehouse Opens in DTSA, The Copper Door Opens Kitchen

    Big news for craft beer in Downtown Santa Ana the past few weeks: Native Son Alehouse has finally opened its doors for crowds and craft beer lovers alike. Currently serving beer from various Orange County breweries, the joint also aims to incorporate beer, wine and mead from around the world into it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    On the Line: Christopher Tzorin of Tortilla Republic, Part One

    First impressions of chefs are generally positive. While it might be a dog and pony show for me, instinct will say whether they are genuine in their demeanor and response. The first time I met Chris Tzorin, he was working alongside Pascal Olhats during a culinary competition I judged. While he hamme ... More >>

  • Food

    August 14, 2014

    Miguel's Jr.: 909-Mex?

    [Hole In the Wall] This Inland Empire chain is making a move for OC palates with its great burritos

  • Culture

    August 14, 2014

    DIY Makeup

    [Trendzilla] Make your own mascara, blah and lip balm

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    5 Other Orange County Coffee Roasters You Need to Try

    It seems as though you hear about a new coffee shop opening and adding to the world of latté art and vegan scones everyday. However, as hip and prim as they are, not many of these joints actually roast their own coffee. That's no fun. Here's a list for you of the places that do. For these guys, ge ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Happy Dining, OC's First "Dry Pot" Restaurant, Opens in Irvine

    You have, of course, heard of the Mongolian hot pot, right? Served at places like Little Sheep, hot pot is the spicier/bolder/funkier cousin to Japanese shabu shabu, where you encounter not just the standard bearers of sliced beef, lamb, chicken and pork, but also the decidedly kinkier diversions of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    The "World's Hottest Chile" Served At Clay Oven in Irvine

    Remember a few years when the Bhut Jolokia (a.k.a. the Ghost Pepper) was purported to be the hottest chile in the world? Well not so much anymore. It's not even in the top 5 these days. Depending on what you read or who you believe, the current hottest chile pepper in the world is either the Trinida ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Sushi Roku To Open First OC Location at Fashion Island

    Sushi Roku, the L.A.-based sushi joint probably most known as where the celebrities get their California rolls, is going to open its first Orange County location at Fashion Island across from True Food Kitchen, next to Macy's. The chain--part of a restaurant group that also owns BOA Steakhouse at W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    This Week In Food: Glassware, Umami Cocktail, and a Long Overdue Yelp Lawsuit

    Happy weekend, folks. Let's take a look at what's up with OC food... Edwin took a walk down Retro Row in Long Beach and tried out their newest restaurant, Social List. He announced that Sushi Rook will be opening its first OC location at Fashion Island, and that it's time to prepare for Costa Mesa ... More >>

  • Food

    August 7, 2014

    Mamounia Is Moroccan for Morrocans

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant offers tajines, belly dancers and the sweetest tea in the land

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Ahimsa Vegan Cafe

    Last year, Long Beach's oldest vegan and raw restaurant unceremoniously disappeared from its long-standing location at 340 E. 4th St., without so much as a closing party or note to loyal customers. Despite wonky hours and notoriously slow cook times, Zephyr was the much-loved bastion of health food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Taco Maria Extending Hours To Brunch And Late Nights

    If you know me, then you know that the way to my heart is through my favorite meal. So when I learned that Carlos Salgado was not only extending hours, but including Sunday brunch, I made time to visit their first service. While Edwin is the official restaurant reviewer, I have no problem admitting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Costa Mesa Restaurant Week Next Week (August 15-22)!

    Costa Mesa Restaurant Week happens next week. The event, which started happening three years ago, is becoming one of the better restaurant weeks in the county because of the strong roster of restaurants Costa Mesa already has. When I say strong, I mean it. We're talking about Taco Maria, which is p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    This Week In Food: Hatch Chiles, Hopscotch's Kitchen Walkout, and Shattering Craft Whisky Dreams

    You better read this dining digest or I will stick a fork in you! Just kidding :) But let's take a look at what happened this week... Edwin went to PokiNometry in Anaheim for his food review. Then he continued our countdown of the Weekly's favorite dishes with the 10-item plate at Thuan Kieu Noodle ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 31, 2014

    Why Can't Gabachos Learn Spanish

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And is Mexican food nothing more than tortillas and meat?

  • Food

    July 31, 2014

    Tanakaya Has Soba Power!

    [Hole In the Wall] This Tustin restaurant is the first in OC to specialize in soba noodles

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    57. 10-Item Plate at Thuan Kieu Noodle & Grill

    Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! There's one reason--no, scratch that--there are ten reasons to go to Thuan Kieu Noodl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Hamburger Mary's

    There aren't too many places where lunch includes a sandwich with a sexually suggestive name and a bill that gets dropped on the table, placed delicately inside of a sequined high-heeled pump. But then again, there aren't too many places like Hamburger Mary's, Long Beach's most flambouyant--and larg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Baja Chef on the Move: Chef Benito Molina Celebrates 14 Years at Manzanilla; Chefs Javier Plascencia and Carlos Valdez Expand with Bermejo and Kochi Kochi BBQ

    Tonight in Ensenada, one of the founders of Modern Mexican cuisine, chef Benito Molina will celebrate 14 years at Manzanilla with chefs Antonio Livier and Daniel Ovadia (Paxia, D.F.) at 8 P.M. When Molina first opened he was part of a small band of chefs that were the first generations of Mexican ch ... More >>

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