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Food and Cooking

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    On the Line: Justin Lopez of Stonefire Grill, Part Two

    A family guy in the non-traditional sense, Justin Lopez joined the restaurant business to make a good thing even better. His commitment to Stonefire translates to food-centric extracurricular time and travels that inspire new dishes. Here are a few more noteworthy facts about our subject. We starte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    62. Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich at Little Sparrow

    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! Little Sparrow has made its reputation with fancy cocktails, sumptuous meals, and exq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    "Best Taste of Santa Ana" Event This Sunday

    There's a lot of great food to taste in Santa Ana, but not always all at once, together, at one single event. Tasting festivals like the one this post is about has been done many times before in Santa Ana, I'm sure--this isn't their first rodeo. But if you're already tired of OC Fair deep fried foo ... More >>

  • Food

    July 17, 2014

    O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne

    Taking on the epic, awesome Sunday brunch at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club resident bar & grill

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    67. Chili Lime Popcorn From Green Tomato Grill

    Behold the beginning of 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! My first job was doing concessions in a movie theater. There, co-wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Izakaya Ku in Fountain Valley Closes

    Izakaya Ku, the winner of our award for Best Japanese Restaurant last year (and topped more lists than I care to count), has closed. There was a note taped to the door that simply said "IZAKAYA KU RESTAURANT is CLOSED. We thank you for your patronage" It opened in May of 2012 and replaced Funashin, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Viet-Mex, New Vietnamese-Mexican Restaurant, Opening in Garden Grove

    I've heard of Vietnamese restaurants renaming bún as "fideo" and goi cuon as "taquitos" to get Mexican clienteles inside their doors. I've heard Mexican restaurants rename their fideo as pho and burritos as goi cuon to get Mexicans in. Then you have Dos Chinos, who mashes the two cuisines into glor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Coffeebar Byul: OC's Most OCD Coffee Shop

    Husband and wife Jae-Ho Synn and Jin Sun Ahn talk about coffee and tea as if they were the very nexus of art and science. Synn drops words like "manual agitation" and "calibration" when describing brew methods at Coffeebar Byul in Irvine, while Ahn refers to the shop's drinks as her art. But whether ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales

    Behold the beginning of 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! "Shrimp and cheese?" asked my Italian coworker when I suggested Los ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    71. Pork Bánh Mì at the OC Poultry and Rotisserie Market

    Behold the beginning of 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! The OC Chicken Rotisserie currently occupies a level of obscurity I ... More >>

  • Food

    July 10, 2014

    Santa Ana Revival at the North Left

    Chef Aron Habiger continues what he started at the Crosby

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    74. Doughnuts from Sidecar

    Behold the beginning of 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! Cupcakeries may implode and the croissant-doughnut hybrid may make i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    73. Dutch Baby at the Original Pancake House

    Behold the beginning of 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! Don't let last night's mistakes carry on into the morning after--the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Robbins Nest Wine Bar Opens in Downtown Santa Ana

    There's a new restaurant called Robbins Nest in Downtown Santa Ana--a wine bar to be exact, located at 207 West Second Street near Lola Gaspar and inside the Historic Gas Company Building. There's wines of course, and for the eating, small plates including grilled artichokes, charcuterie, a four-ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Arya's Fine Persian Cuisine

    To some Long Beach residents, the strip mall unit at 2507 Long Beach Boulevard is best known as Julio's, a beloved 'hood-ready Italian delivery establishment that takes forever to get to your door, but surprises with edible pies and standard meatball subs. To a number of particularly adventurous din ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    M Cow, New Taiwanese Restaurant, Opens in Irvine

    If there was any doubt that Irvine has more Taiwanese eateries than any other OC city, here's one more drop in the bowl...of niu rou mian, that is. Yes, the weirdly named M Cow Restaurant serves the beef noodle soup that is more popular than pho here in the Land of Bren.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    On the Line: Tim Gonzales of TJ's Woodfire Pizza, Part One

    One lazy Sunday, I swang by my local farmers market to visit Tim over at TJ's Woodfire. Fresh produce, hot lunch and live music are the perfect combo with our pizza as we grab a bench to go over his responses. Let's talk about your Neapolitan wood-fired pizza oven; how quickly does it bake a pizza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    80. Gyro Sandwich from Paul's Place

    Behold the beginning of 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! We don't have Greek food in Orange County, or not much of it, anyway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger

    Behold the beginning of 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! Story by Moss Perricone It's a burger's responsibility to hold itse ... More >>

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