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Food and Cooking

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Now Open: Oak Grill/Aqua Lounge and A&O Kitchen Bar in Newport Beach

    I think the list started with Fireside Tavern inside Crowne Plaza. Then, we checked in to Driftwood Kitchen alongside Pacific Edge Hotel. I'm not just talking [yawn] hotel restaurants-- these properties are trying to bring sexy back in the kitchen and dining rooms of properties overdue for change. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    No. 82, Taquitos at El Toro Bravo

    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! Like most people of non-Mexican ancestry, I've been used to being of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    This Week In Food: Local Honey, Truffle Dealer, and LB's Giant Donut

    Hi guys! Happy 4th! I'm back now! Let's take a look at what happened this week in food... Edwin went to the cozy and beautiful Pirozzi in Corona del Mar for his print review. He gave us the June restaurant roll call and named the smoked trout at Provenance one of his favorite dishes for our countdo ... More >>

  • Food

    July 3, 2014

    Mangia, Mangia Pirozzi's Meatballs

    Alessandro Pirozzi's latest restaurant in Corona del Mar is smaller but as good as the rest

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    No. 84, Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle

    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! Wei-Shian isn't obviously a Szechuan restaurant, revealing itself to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    No. 83, Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut at the Donuttery

    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 Donuttery has revamped the classic jelly doughnut in a way so si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    No. 86, Smoked Trout at Provenance

    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! Provenance's house-smoked trout, which was recently transferred from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    No. 87, Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café

    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! There isn't much to San Clemente's Rider's Club Café beyond burgers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    No. 88, Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro

    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! Perhaps the most literal foodstuff on Earth, the Korean pub food cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    No. 89, Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong

    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! By Courtney Hamilton Thai curries in their red, yellow, and green v ... More >>

  • Food

    June 26, 2014

    Break of Dawn Is Back!

    [Hole In the Wall] Dee Nguyen's Laguna Hills restaurant reopens after a three-month shutdown

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe

    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! I wrote about Grill Cafe earlier this year, and I keep going back th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    No. 96, Jajangmyeong from Ching Chinese Express

    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! I praised Ching Chinese Express earlier this year, so let me lovingl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    No. 98, Any Special Dinner by Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald

    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! I'm proud to say that I've eaten at Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    On the Line: Jim Walker and Louie Feinstein of The Bungalow, Part One

    Two big things were brewing as we sat down to interview Jim and Louie. The second topic can wait until tomorrow, but we were there to celebrate the launch of lunch at The Bungalow. What I liked most about their new service was the option to order ahead. Get your hands on the menu, call when you're a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Liberation Brewing Company Is Long Beach's Newest Brewery-In-Planning

    A bright craft beer spotlight shined on the city of Long Beach last year when its newest brewpub, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, won the title of Best Mid-Sized Brewpub in the country (after only two years in business!) at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. And before the end of the year, another ... More >>

  • Food

    June 19, 2014

    The Southern Comforts of Bosscat Kitchen & Libations

    Transcending the gastropub fad with down-home charms

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    June 19, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Taste Test: J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine

    The following represents just a few initial impressions of J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine. This is not a full review. First, the room is palatial--tall as a school gymnasium, decorated as though it were for royalty, with at least three kinds of dangling chandeliers and light fixtures. Also, no single wal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine Opens at The District In Tustin

    It's been about three years since Pablo's Cantina shuttered at The District in Tustin. Even longer since Bistro West closed in that very spot. Does anybody even remember Bistro West? Now a new restaurant has moved in. J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine is the restaurant that's owned (at least the last time I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Cucumber Cobbler at Aqua Lounge at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, Our Drink of the Week!

    I was supposed to meet someone for a drink at the lounge inside the Island Hotel last month. Instead, I found the property deep in construction mode. The "bar" was a handful of stools across from check-in. Turns out it had been this way for months, with a buffet-style cafe set up for hotel guests on ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 12, 2014

    Nacho Grande

    [Hey, You!] The hardest-working man in food business

  • News

    June 12, 2014

    CYPRESS

    Not Cyprus

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Belmont Brewing Company

    The list of reasons why Belmont Brewing Company is the ultimate summertime lunch spot is a long one, but it starts with the incomparable waterfront view and ends with the award-winning house-made beer. In between is a thoughtful menu of beyond-brewpub eats, friendly local servers who have been aroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    The 10 Best Places to Watch the World Cup in Orange County

    Today marks the start of the FIFA World Cup, and this means either you're preparing for a month of ditching work or not giving a shit. But, culinary-wise, all of you should cheer this soccer tournament, as that means many OC restaurants will offer specials, open at special hours, and overall just be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    2014 Summer Dining Guide to the Valle de Guadalupe's Campestres, Stands and Restaurants

    Last summer, Tijuana Si! declared 2013 as the year of the campestre, or country style restaurant with the opening of so many new places in Mexico's premier wine country. This year will certainly shatter the previous wine and dine season leading up to Vendimias (wine harvest festival) with even more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    On the Line: Scott Raczek of Tavern Bowl, Part One

    To be familiar with Scott Raczek is an honor. For his past employment with Mr. Stox to Raxzek's ongoing charitable contributions, this is someone with a genuine spirit. We begin our interview with a thorough response to a simple inquiry. Most undervalued ingredient: Red beets are becoming very popu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Watch Gordon Ramsay Agree That Dark Meat is the Better Chicken

    Earlier this week, I ranted about how much better dark chicken meat was compared to white chicken meat. Now, I have about 11 Michelin stars agreeing with me. Behold, Gordon Ramsay's recipe for Szechwan chicken, in which he says, "Chicken thighs do a lot of work, so they need more cooking, but cooke ... More >>

  • Food

    June 5, 2014

    Old Malaya Grill: OC's Second Malaysian Restaurant!

    The opening of this Huntington Beach eatery is exciting news

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    In Defense of Dark Meat Chicken, Or: Chicken Breast Kind of Sucks

    I still remember the day McDonald's switched to all-white meat chicken nuggets. It was horrible. Only a week before, I would hunt through my six-piece boxes, looking for the slightly darker, better tasting chunks of chicken, but that day everything was the same shade of lighter beige-ish brown. Not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    On the Line: Rainer Schwarz Of Driftwood Kitchen, Part One

    Timing is everything, so being selected as one of the first to share Driftwood's concept also meant that we were privy to learn that it's less than a month out from opening its doors. I chat with Rainer about this and his restaurant group, among other topics. What can you tell us about Driftwood K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Delightful Crepes Cafe

    "Delightful" is one of those adjectives that almost makes you cringe from the doily-fringed feelings of charm it involuntarily conjures. The question "Isn't that delightful?" brings to mind images of crustless tea sandwiches, babies wearing bow ties and senior citizens who do yoga. But quesadillas m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Stop Over-Distilling Tequila, Or Why Ambhar Is The Worst Tequila To Enter The Market Since Cuervo Gold

    Because I get so many pitches from public relations people whose approach to their career is to employ the steamroller approach to e-mail communication ("Dear Food Writer and/or Blogger"), it's hard to remember which clueless human megaphone sent me the e-mail about Ambhar tequila. I do know that, a ... More >>

  • Food

    May 22, 2014

    Fireside Tavern Needs No Reservations

    Costa Mesa Crowne Plaza's newest eatery is a hotel restaurant locals need to discover

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Cinco de Mayo

    The annual Mexican-themed drinking holiday may have come and gone this year, but Cinco de Mayo is still alive and well in Long Beach--on Pacific Ave. and Fourth St., that is. That's where the Cinco de Mayo Mexican restaurant lives, smushed between the now-boutique Dolly Varden Hotel and the donut-sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    The 10 Most Important Burritos in Burrito History

    Burritos have been on my mind as of recent, and not just because of the whole pendejada involving Chipotle putting short stories by authors on its cups and bags...none of whom are Latinos. I'm doing something with burritos that will come out...soon, and I think I'm going to have one tonight at 2 a.m ... More >>

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