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    April 17, 2012

    DNA Tests of Fish Served In LA and OC Finds Rampant Mislabeling

    That snapper you just ate? Chances are it wasn't snapper. According to a study just released by the non-profit advocacy group Oceana, in 34 samples they tested from sushi bars, restaurants, and markets in LA and OC, none of them were actually snapper. 

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    March 14, 2012

    Pizza e Vino Owner Planning New Restaurant in North County

    ​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 >>

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    March 6, 2012

    You'll Know the Occupiers by Their Bio-Hazard Suits at Natural Products Expo in Anaheim

    ​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?

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    March 1, 2012

    On the Line: Michael Rossi of THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon, Part Three

    ​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 >>

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    February 27, 2012

    "Food Blogging For Dummies" Now Available on Amazon Pre-Order

    ​"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 >>

  • Food

    February 10, 2012

    HOT DOGS HOT DOGS HOT DOGS: One From the Cart

    [Hole In the Wall] A Santa Ana food cart makes bacon-wrapped hot dogs and other Mexican street treats

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    February 6, 2012

    Presenting This Year's Crop of New Burger Joints: More Umami, Another The Counter, And BurgerFi

    ​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 >>

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    January 19, 2012

    On the Line: Jason Petrie of Pinot Provence, Part Three

    ​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 >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Another Fatburger Closes

    Edwin Goei​There 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.

  • Food

    January 5, 2012

    Gen Korean BBQ Makes You Wait for Your Meat

    The wait is long, but the rewards are great at this Tustin hot spot

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    December 16, 2011

    10 Great Pizzerias In Orange County

    ​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!

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    December 14, 2011

    Toast The Holidays With Beer Nog

    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 >>

  • Food

    December 1, 2011

    Silver Trumpet Has a Silver Lining

    This Costa Mesa restaurant is great for pre-theater meals, just stick to its regular menus

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    October 14, 2011

    Stick a Fork In It Reacts to the 2011 OC Weekly Readers' Choice Awards

    ​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 >>

  • Food

    October 13, 2011

    East Coast Deli's Mucho Mangia

    [Hole In the Wall] Dive into a Mexican-Italian mash-up that's gloriously OC

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    September 9, 2011

    The Raw Milk Debate Rages On--But Is Raw Milk Worth Its Higher Cost?

    Dave Lieberman​It 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 >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Bear Flag Fish Company to Open Second Location in Crystal Cove

    ​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 >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Battle of The Reubens: Harry's Deli VS. Larry's Deli

    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 >>

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    August 18, 2011

    The Higher Standard of Review for Expensive Burgers

    Dave Lieberman​Two 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 >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Five Signs Of a Real New York Pizzeria

    Flickr user nicksherman​If 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 >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Cafe Calacas Grand Opening This Saturday!

    ​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 >>

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    July 20, 2011

    No. 62: Sandwich and Egg Cream from Benjie's

    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.

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    July 14, 2011

    On The Line: Renzo Macchiavello of Renzo's a Taste of Peru, Part Three

    Photo by Kevin Lara​As 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 >>

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    July 8, 2011

    No. 70: Korokke Pan at Cream Pan

    Edwin Goei​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 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 >>

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    June 30, 2011

    How Disgusting is McDonald's Jalapeño Cheddar McChicken Sandwich?

    ​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 >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Nobel Laureate: Pathogen in Beef May Cause Colon Cancer

    ​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 >>

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    June 9, 2011

    On The Line: Dave Dennis of Matador Cantina, Part Three

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​Our 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.

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    June 8, 2011

    In Defense of Pie

    Dave Lieberman​Nathan 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 >>

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    June 7, 2011

    New Mexico Finally Getting Around to Defending Its Chiles from Imposters

    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 >>

  • Food

    May 19, 2011

    Taqueria Don Victor Makes You Taste the Baa

    [Hole In the Wall] At this Huntington Beach treasure, Hidalgo-style cookery shines

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    May 5, 2011

    On The Line: Manuel Gonzalez Of TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Part Three

    Photo by Kevin Lara​Our 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.

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    April 28, 2011

    At Renzo's, Life Is a Ceviche

    Surfer Renzo Macchiavello creates Incan favorites in Irvine

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    April 15, 2011

    Eat Here, Not There: High-End Bánh Mì

    ProfessorSalt.comVegetarian banh mi​Little 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    The Crosby Currently on a Sandwich Kick--Order their Pork Belly Hoagie NOW

    ​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 >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Final Pho, Round 2: Pho 86 vs. Pho Quang Trung

    Pho Quang Trung's "grab bag o' beef" pho​​Welcome 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 >>

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    March 20, 2011

    Final Pho Round 1: Pho Thang Long vs. Quan Hop

    ProfessorSalt.comQuan Hop's Pho Hop Tai Onside​​Welcome 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 >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Final Pho Round 1: Pho Thanh Lich vs. Pho Vinh Ky II

    ProfessorSalt.comPho Thanh Lich's Pho Dac Biet​​Four 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 >>

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    February 26, 2011

    Are You Checking Your Sunday Paper? There's Free Food Inside...

    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 >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Roadtrips: Mammoth​A 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 >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Great Sourdough Hidden In the Orange Circle

    ​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 >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Local Pork For Sale at Buena Park High School Anew!

    Flickr user Carbon NYC​Last 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.

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    February 2, 2011

    Taco Asylum Is Tasty--But Not the Taco Part

    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 >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Bhut Jolokia, a.k.a the Ghost Pepper: The Most Overrated Chili Pepper on Earth

    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 >>

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    December 29, 2010

    The Salmon Cure: Making Gravlax

    Dave Lieberman​We 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.

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    December 22, 2010

    A Small Suggestion For the Canter's Truck--Come Down Here

    Flickr user calott23​Burbank'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 >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Jollibee: A Reflection of Our Fast-Food Selves

    Edwin GoeiJollibee in Cerritos​With 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 >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Olive Gourmet Grocer Is the Anti-Whole Foods

    This Long Beach storefront offers specialty products and delicious hot food without demanding your paycheck. Imagine that!

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    November 25, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: Who are Your Favorite OC Food Bloggers?

    ​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 >>

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    November 2, 2010

    The Burnt Truck: Good Food, Dumb Name

    Dave Lieberman​It'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 >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Killer Pizza, Part Two: Oven Technique

    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 >>

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