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
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyArena food tastes better when garnished with Canuck tears.Q: What's better than an awesome cheesesteak at OC's home of hockey?A: An awesome cheesesteak with a Ducks home victory on top. Cue the Bro Hymn!
ProfessorSalt.comYou gotta have ❤Let's say you somehow got talked into baking the cake for your little niece's birthday party. You were thinking of a Betty Crocker box, and icing from the supermarket. Then you find out Niece would just adore you if you'd bake a cake in the shape of a certain Di ... More >>
Name: Meiji Black Chocolate Origin: Japan Found at: Mitsuwa, Costa Mesa Cost: $1.69 Ingredients: Sugar, Cacao Mass, Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Shea Nuts Oil, Illipe Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor.
Flickr user amayuWalnuts, like almonds, start off life on the tree as a soft fruit; as the fruit matures, the nut inside hardens inside a shell. Just like almonds, green walnuts are edible, though their window of availability is even shorter than their gelatinous, amandine cousins. Due to the unb ... More >>
Flickr user ConsumedbyCakeWe've scoured Flickr high and low for your giggling pleasure--introducing the top seven (hey, we couldn't just keep it to five, okay?) NSFW cupcakes and cakes. As NSFW as fondant-covered, flesh-toned cupcakes can get, we guess. Click here for the slideshow! After the j ... More >>
In retrospect, I should've taken a better picture...Finally got around to trying the much-hyped Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and the verdict is...eh. Not meh: they make a good burger, better than the chains for the most part, but not as good as In-N-Out by any sense of the imagination. And defini ... More >>
bunsinmyoven.comHello, heaven.The perfect accompaniment to any dessert? French fries. I'm a slave to the phenom--yes, phenom--of the salty/sweet combination. And so how could I pass up sharing this recipe for chocolate chip cookies with crushed potato chips thrown into the batter from baking blog ... More >>
Edwin Goei In-N-OutThis week in Dueling Dishes: Washington D.C.-based Five Guys Burgers and Fries versus the home team, In-N-Out. A Five Guys opened in Orange last week, the first of many more planned for OC. If you've read about Five Guys anywhere, you won't go a few sentences without so ... More >>
Eighth entry in our series where we promise to review, for better or worse, every "high-end" roach coach that visits the Weekly's world headquarters. Another truck visits next Monday--when will YOUR mobile food truck come? Inquire with Jessica Ford at email@example.com!Behold this beautifu ... More >>
Dave LiebermanEven as food bloggers and food journalists alike piled onto the hype that was KFC's Double Down, CNN Money is reporting this week that the bunless sandwich is a dodo, flightless and most likely doomed to extinction.
Willy BlackmoreRed Melon SeedWork took me far outside of my usual Long Beach, north Orange County eating territory the other day, to Mission Viejo, giving me the opportunity to wander around the Persian grocer Mission Ranch Market. As is often the case in any ethnic market in Oran ... More >>
Flickr user nieciedenDriving through the 104°F (40°C) Central Valley today was a stinging reminder that summer is in full swing. Here in Orange County, the worst of the heat is yet to come, but when it does hit in August and September, appetites will be blunted and we naranjeros will be looking ... More >>
www.katyperry.comYou may or may not be already sick of Katy Perry and her ubiquitous "California Gurls" video, which targets all things booby, happy and summery, but MTV is reporting that even Gummi Bears' makers Trolli are reacting to their...um, unusually out of character appearance in th ... More >>
Dave LiebermanApriums (yellow) and pluots (red-purple)Fruit season is heavily upon us, with all the stone fruit flooding the market. You'll see the end of the season's apricots and a whole host of plums, pluots, plumcots and apriums, all of which are tasty witness to the fact that all stone fruit ... More >>
Farrells Ice Cream Parlour
Dave LiebermanMojave's not exactly a place people expect food to come from, situated as it is in the middle of a hot desert, a stopping point for air shows and people driving from San Francisco to Las Vegas and people connected with the Air Force base.The first time I saw the sign for Soledad Goa ... More >>
[Summer Guide] A rundown of the best non-chain eats at the Big A
[Hole in the Wall] Liquor, breakfast burritos and sandwiches: What more could you want from Qwik Korner?
Flickr user maggiejaneThe meatball sandwich: a great American invention born of great Italian ingredients. Big, thick, juicy meatballs bathed in rich tomato sauce, piled into a crusty roll and topped with "moozadell" or provolone cheese, then slid into an oven to crisp and melt.
Quality and Internet savvy have turned Harrison Kho's sandwich shop into a phenomenon
Photo by Craig HattoriIt's almost summer, so you know what that means: Ice Cream Man Matt Allen is back. Officially, too, in the web series called Road Trippin' With Ice Cream Man on Babelgum. The Long Beach resident is going to be at all the music festivals, giving away free ice cream and hangin ... More >>
Kimberly ValenzuelaIn the final installment of this week's On The Line, Executive Chef Gabriel Caliendo of The Lazy Dog Cafe shares with us a recipe for Cast Iron Idaho Trout with roasted summer vegetables, sea salt roasted marble potatoes and citrus-walnut brown butter.In case you missed it, you ... More >>
Sometimes, you just want a cupcake. You're not dressed nicely, you don't want to get dressed nicely to go out to one of the fancy bakeries just to buy some towering buttercream priapus for $3.50, not when you can make your own at home.table4five @ flickr.com CC BY 2.0
Jessica FordRed Velvet (left) and German Chocolate (right) cupcakes!Sure, cupcakes may be a dying trend as Willy has described in this post, but after tasting the Red Velvet cupcakes at French's Cupcake Bakery in Costa Mesa, you will join me in rethinking everything you once knew about this small ... More >>
Willy BlackmoreAs a grammar snob, misused quotation marks on restaurant menus drive me a bit crazy--or perhaps make me [sic]? "Confit" and "braised" are two I've seen used often, when in fact the items listed haven't gone through a cooking process even slightly resembling, respectively, being sim ... More >>
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