When Steve Dickus opened Pizza e Vino a few years ago on Rancho Santa Margarita Lake, I wondered how he would stay in business. His Neapolitan pizzas are the best in South County, but opening a high-end pizzeria in the middle of a recession in one of O.C.'s most remote locales seemed crazy (Ortic ... More >>
When more than 30,000 attendees arrive at the Anaheim Convention Center Friday for Expo West, North America's largest trade show for the natural products industry, many may tread lightly.How else is one supposed to act around folks creeping around in bio-hazmat suits?
Our interview concludes with something meaty. Foods need not be fired over a grill to release their flavors, as chef Michael Rossi demonstrates in this week's featured plate. Mushrooms and Tennessee truffles socialize with savory sirloin, only to be enticed by Pecorino Romano and fava beans. We c ... More >>
"Food Blogging For Dummies" is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Where was this book when I started this crazy hobby seven years ago? I coulda learned something. Written by one Kelly Senyei, who writes the Just a Taste food blog and is the Associate Editor of Gourmet Live at Condé Nast, th ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] A Santa Ana food cart makes bacon-wrapped hot dogs and other Mexican street treats
We're still living in a burger Renaissance folks. As you may recall, the past few years saw a surge of new burger joints, some came from highfalutin gourmets chefs (think Joseph Mahon's Burger Parlor, Charlie Palmer's DG Burger, and Marcus Samuellson's MarcBurger), some came from the In-N-Out-lev ... More >>
Unlike certain cheftestants, Petrie isn't afraid of a little risotto. In fact, he owns it with truffles and Parmesan crisps. Clear your evening, roll up those sleeves, and follow-up on part two while you're stirring the pot. Memorable flavor takes time, and we can vouch for it being worth the wai ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThere used to be two Fatburgers in Irvine. Now, there are none. The Fatburger at Park Place, on Michelson and Jamboree, is finally closed following other Fatburgers in the area to oblivion. The company had long ago already filed for bankruptcy.
The wait is long, but the rewards are great at this Tustin hot spot
We'll start at the end of the mystery, like the film Memento: Why didn't I include your favorite in this list of 10 great pizzerias that we Weeklings love? Because that's what the comments section is for, dear reader. Without further delay, here are 10 great pizzerias in Orange County!
Flickr user B*2Not beer nog, but still looks yummy.Yes, beer nog.The recipe comes from Randy Clemens, author of The Sriracha Cookbook, PR dude at Stone Brewing Co. and inventive homebrewer. Inspired by this sketch comedy bit, he brewed up a real batch made with homemade eggnog and Port Brewing Ol ... More >>
This Costa Mesa restaurant is great for pre-theater meals, just stick to its regular menus
It's Best Of time . . . you have your dead-tree copies, right? No? Go get one . . . we'll be here when you get back.Unfortunately, whoever was supposed to tabulate the Reader's Choice poll this year into one easy-to-read guide must have had a huge hangover because it's nowhere to be found online- ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Dive into a Mexican-Italian mash-up that's gloriously OC
Dave LiebermanIt seems not to be possible to have a reasoned discussion about raw milk. For such a minor part of people's everyday lives, it inspires bitter argument.Detractors of the raw milk movement, including pretty much every food safety organization you've ever heard of, say that food-borne ... More >>
Bear Flag Fish Company, the seafood purveyor/restaurant established in 2007 in Newport Beach, has announced that they're opening their second store in Crystal Cove Promenade, which is also kind of in Newport Beach. Featured there will be the same items the original serves, including sashimi, smo ... More >>
Edwin GoeiHarry's Reuben First off, yes, I know I've featured Harry Kho's Harry's Deli in many, many posts. I've not changed my mind: There's still everything to love in this much heralded but hidden sandwich shop under landing path of John Wayne-bound planes. If you haven't gone, go.But when I s ... More >>
Dave LiebermanTwo weeks or so ago, Jeff Overley at the Orange County Register wrote a poll for their Food Frenzy blog about whether gourmet burger joints are a rip-off. Overley knows his stuff, and he's got his feet on the ground when it comes to value received for money paid. When something is e ... More >>
Flickr user nickshermanIf 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 >>
As we reported early last month, Cafe Calacas--a Chicano-themed deli that mixes traditional lunchtime items for the office crowd with horchata and homegrown tomatoes--has spent the last couple of weeks open, but still tweaking. Their veggie sandwich, for instance, suffered from the inclusion of m ... More >>
Dave LiebermanI didn't have any pictures of corned beef or rare roast beef sandwiches, alas...Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to numéro soixante-deux, the latest entry.
Photo by Kevin LaraAs we conclude our series with seasoned chef Renzo Macchiavello, he leaves us with a parting recipe of seafood. Ideal for the summer days and nights, it's refreshing, yet packs some heat...maybe to make you sweat (because sweating is the body's way of cooling off, right?). For ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWelcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry.Cream Pan makes many wondrous things. The strawberry croissant is legendary; but even their plain white bread is divine. The subject of today's po ... More >>
Before you dismiss me as a corporate-hating elitist...well, maybe I'm the former, for sure. But I do not reflexively hate McDonald's. I still maintain their ham Egg McMuffin is one of the great fast-food creations, one that spurs me to eat four in a sitting, while their small apple pies, gooey an ... More >>
Harald zur Hausen is a towering figure in the world of cancer research, being that he was the first scientist to link cervical cancer to the human papilloma virus (HPV) and has produced other groundbreaking research on the subject. He won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2008, so whe ... More >>
Photo by Amy KaplanOur final installment of On The Line this week has chef Dave Dennis filling us in on his chili relleno recipe. Deep fried and stuffed with cheese, this is almost as glorious as what an El Torito Grill might serve up.To catch up on previous days, you can click here and here.
Dave LiebermanNathan 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 >>
Green chile on fries at Blake's Lotaburger...That legendary chronicler of the American Southwest, Charles Fletcher Lummis, liked to refer to New Mexico as the Land of Poco Tiempo, and while the term is really a bunch of fantasy-heritage hooey, there's a certain point behind it. Time in the Land o ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] At this Huntington Beach treasure, Hidalgo-style cookery shines
Photo by Kevin LaraOur last installment of On The Line with Chef Gonzalez finds him cooking some seasonal seafood. The addition of fresh peas and corn make for a bright dish, both in color and flavor. If you haven't already done so, be sure to check out parts one and two of our interview.
Surfer Renzo Macchiavello creates Incan favorites in Irvine
ProfessorSalt.comVegetarian banh miLittle Saigon has the best bánh mì shops in the nation, despite the absurd New York Times story we ridiculed here on this blog a couple months ago. Sure, the San Gabriel Valley has a few great shops, as do San Jose and a number of other Vietnamese enclaves acr ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, I had a fabulous toad in the hole at the Crosby: over-easy quail eggs, a fat strip of Canadian bacon, bread that cracked perfectly with each bite. I was looking forward to ordering it again yesterday--but it wasn't there.In addition to chef Aron Habiger's longstanding sandw ... More >>
Pho Quang Trung's "grab bag o' beef" phoWelcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in each of our brackets, two by two. Today, th ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comQuan Hop's Pho Hop Tai OnsideWelcome to OC Weekly's Final Pho. Sixteen pho shops chosen from the more than 100 in the county; four critics who know what the pho makes a good bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup. The chosen 16 will face off in each of our brackets, two by two. The ne ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comPho Thanh Lich's Pho Dac BietFour pho shops face off in each of our brackets, two by two. For today's bout, two of Little Saigon's old-school heavyweights square off and trade body blows until only one leaves the ring alive. In the red green corner--Pho Thanch Lich, last year' ... More >>
Friendly brekkie, or hidden agenda?Who hasn't been within earshot of the conference room when a working lunch has let out? Promises of catered cookies, icy sodas, and an untouched deli sandwich draw you in like a tractor beam. Or how about when a peer brings in a yummy homemade delicacy, just b ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comA road trip to Mammoth requires several decelerations in the speed-trap towns of Inyo County. I usually don't pay attention to the local food opportunities in Big Pine, Independence, Lone Pine and Bishop, mainly because I'm itching to speed up again and get to Mammoth Lakes. This ... More >>
I'm in Old Town Orange at least twice a week, but I never once thought to go into the Gallery on Glassell, just north of the circle, until my wife and I were taking a stroll last weekend. The store concentrates on the art of California and the west and has an interesting display of Day of the Dea ... More >>
Flickr user Carbon NYCLast autumn, I wrote about local meat and eggs from Buena Park High School's Agricultural Sciences Program. Now through March (or until supplies run out), their hand-raised, flavorful pork is available for sale at the school's farm store.
Taco Asylum's homemade hot sauces, made from the world's two hottest peppers: a bit sludgy, could use more flavor given the heat overwhelms any discernable notes... "Okay, we need to remember that we are here objectively," said one of the Zambrano brothers behind Soho Taco. It wasn't Gabriel. Was ... More >>
Yesterday, I went to Taco Asylum, the current It place of OC dining. You'll have to wait for my review of it when I have the time to write it (probably tomorrow; editing Edwin's review for next week right now), but I did want to devote a separate post to one of the ingredients it's making a shitload ... More >>
Dave LiebermanWe don't have an appetizing store in Orange County. For that matter, the only appetizing store in Los Angeles is Barney Greengrass, and the prices there leave me breathless. It's actually cheaper, though not greener, to have it shipped from Zabar's or Russ and Daughters in New York.
Flickr user calott23Burbank's not exactly groaning with great restaurants, and they are one of the cities that has really benefited from the food truck craze; the areas around the studios are surprisingly bereft of good restaurants and surprisingly full of little pull-ins where food trucks can pa ... More >>
Edwin GoeiJollibee in CerritosWith the announcement that Jollibee is slated to replace Chris & Pitts in Anaheim came a few xenophobic comments, not just here, but on other blogs. The irony, of course, is that Jollibee is more American than Filipino. Take a gander at the menu and it's as if ... More >>
This Long Beach storefront offers specialty products and delicious hot food without demanding your paycheck. Imagine that!
Seems like a shameless attempt at promoting oneself, but Sherri from Fullerton swears she's not a food blogger:I love you guys, remember when you first printed Shuji as Professor Salt, and have been a groupie of Edwin and Das Ubergeek since they were on the original Chowhound. I'm so glad you got ... More >>
Dave LiebermanIt's been a while since I reviewed a food truck; in point of fact, the only truck I've been to since August is Crêpes Bonaparte, for our Dueling Dishes battle featuring crêpes. When Edwin wrote that there would be food trucks at Blackmarket Bakery's open house the weekend, I figur ... More >>
Photo by Flickr user Jeff Kubina In Part One, we talked about how to ferment a wet pizza dough recipe slowly in your refrigerator. This week, we'll talk about tips and tricks to shape that dough and turn your home oven into a reasonably good replica of a brick-lined deck oven like you'd find in ... More >>
OC's latest yakiniku lets you take the teppan into your own hands