Fruits and Vegetables

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2010

    Forget Five Guys Burgers: Why Can't We Get a Blake's Lotaburger?

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Five Great Cooling Soups for Summer

    Flickr user niecieden​Driving 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    At the Farmers' Market: Plums and Pluots and Apriums, Oh My!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn, Part 3

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Stick a Fork In It asked Chef Dee Nguyen of Laguna Hills' Break of Dawn if he would be willing to share a recipe; he responded with this amazing-sounding recipe for an egg casserole: tomato- and Thai basil-braised eggs with spring vegetables and mozzarella cheese and g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Five Real Mexican Foods That Should Be More Common

    pbe @ CC BY-SA 2.0Pambazo: the illegitimate child of French toast and panini.​One of the foodie complaints about so-called "Mexican" restaurants in the United States is that the food on offer is not usually remotely like the food served in México. Mexicans at home don't eat burritos; t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Persian, Part 2

    Welcome back to Ethnic Eating 101! As promised, today is about soup, stew and bread.First, though, let's dispense with the question of what you're supposed to do with the plastic sack of freshly-cut bread, butter, onion halves, lemon halves and ground sumac packets you get at Wholesome Choice, and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Green Papayas

    markuz @ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0​Is there anything that doesn't grow in California (besides sour cherries)? Even the fruits associated more with tropical Mexico or Hawai'i are able to grow here. Papaya trees are suddenly everywhere, looking like palm trees with jagged leaves and clusters of hug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Recipe of the Week: Chiles Rellenos de Picadillo

    El Pato sauce... is there anything it can't do? It turns plain old ground turkey into delicious picadillo, which gets stuffed; add it to your favorite taco filling; use it as a base for queso dip.This week's recipe, which features this wunder-sauce, is not a classic chile relleno (it isn't battered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Recipe of The Week: Not Quite David Chang's Brussels Sprouts

    So about those fucking Brussels sprouts. David Chang's advice that you "can't fuck them up. Cook the shit out of them; just don't turn them to charcoal," is the most basic and probably best of recipes for the vegetable. Just add salt. But for self-avowed 'sprout haters, such a purist approach can be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Empanada

    Dave Lieberman​Empanada isn't a very specific word in Spanish. It just means something enveloped in dough, something "em-breaded". It doesn't prescribe the filling, the shape or even the method of cookery. Beef Wellington would technically be an empanada, as would a deep-fried pig in a blanket.Usu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2010

    Five Great Salads for the New Year

    cdresz @ CC BY-NC 2.0But I weighed 170 lbs. before Thanksgiving!​As I was at Northgate Market buying supplies for New Year's Eve, I overheard this conversation near the limones: "Buy a lettuce, OK? After the holiday we're only eating salad for a week."Ah, the holiday de-tox period: a ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    Dessert of the Week: Hawaiian Shaved Ice at Ono Ono

    Jessica Ford Hawaiian Shaved Ice​Ono Ono in Tustin may not be the finest dining experience--you order at the front counter and the food is brought to your table--but the place has the Hawaiian atmosphere down. With a Hawaiian-inspired mural and palm tree in the entry, Ono Ono recreates a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Life on the Veg: Dolsot Bibimbap at Kaju Tofu in Garden Grove

    Grace LeIt's HOT.​ What better way to deal with this freakishly cold SoCal weather than by counter-attacking with some tongue-singeing Korean food? Dolsot (aka or stone pot) bibimbap is a wonderful way to keep your belly warm during T-shit unfriendly weather and Kaju Tofu in Garden Grove does it r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    At the Farmer's Market: Peaches (Maybe)

    Dave Lieberman'Tis the last peach of summer left rip'ning alone...​That's right, peaches--maybe.Yes, it's mid-November. Yes, it's already snowing all over the purple mountains' majesty and the fruited plains east of here. People in New York are settling in for a long winter of imported Israeli pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Life on the Veg: Veggie Stack at Memphis Soul Cafe

    Grace Le​ The biggest grievance vegetarians have while dining out is most likely going to be lack of selection. Most restaurants think they've got all their bases covered by keeping a few boxes of frozen garden patties in stock and a few salads on the menu. Upon first glance, Memphis Soul Cafe's m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Five Great Things To Do With That Jack O' Lantern On Nov. 1

    ingernet @ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Truly a woman after my own heart.​You bought the pumpkin, you carved it, the doorbell rang a hundred million times, and you gave out enough candy to fund an army of dentists for the next year.Now it's the day after Halloween and the jack o' lantern is headed fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    At the Farmer's Market: Apples and Stuff Made From Them

    Dave Lieberman​It's fall, which means it's apple season here in Southern California.Tilden Farms from Riverside has Sekai Ichi apples, which are thought to be a cross between Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. They're great for eating out of hand, with a lot of juice and none of the mealiness tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    On the Line: Mark Cleveland of Avanti Cafe

    Cleveland: Ex-cellent!​I'm still mad at Avanti Cafe for stopping their International Tuesdays, so that just means I now try to visit once a week instead of every other day. I usually visit in the evening, when Mark Cleveland relieves his co-owner Tanya Fuqua in a transition as seamless as a Jamaic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Two Upcoming Food/Wine/Art Events at the Shorebreak/Zimzala, Huntington Beach

    ​First, this Sunday (from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) is the inaugural 2nd Sunday bash at the hotel, featuring "fine wine, tasty nibbles, live music and stimulating art." Specifically, the booze is from Coppola Diamond Collection, the grub is from the hotel's own Zimzala restaurant, and the paintings are fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2009

    Drink of the Week: The Algerian Boulevard at Andrei's

    ​The drink: The Algerian Boulevard at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails. $7 normally, $5 at happy hour (3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday) Edwin's already pretty thoroughly examined the "cuisine" part of newly opened Andrei's Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails in Irvine, but methinks the "cock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Recipe: The Winery's Zinfandel Braised Bone-In Prime Beef Short Ribs, Carrot Pearl Couscous and Roasted Asparagus

    Here's a recipe that's more elaborate than others we've featured recently. It's from the Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tustin (where Yvon Goetz is Executive Chef and Partner), so it should come as no surprise that a whole bottle of the drink of the gods is a key ingredient. And if you can get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Pinkberry News, Including Friday Freebie!

    To celebrate the launch of two new flavors, coconut and passion fruit, Pinkberry stores are giving away a free small-sized portion--one per customer--tomorrow, Friday June 26, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.Fresh news toppings are also on the menu for summer: lychees, bing cherries (from the Pacific nort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Easy, Breezy Recipe: Amar Santana's Gazpacho

    Here's a signature from Amar Santana, Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer, South Coast Plaza. Light, healthy and a cinch to make, it's perfect for summer (once the weather perks up, that is). On the other hand, if you're feeling fancy, you can jazz it up by garnishing it with marinated baby shrimp and ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007
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    July 19, 2007

    Soil to Soul

    Orange County’s freshest farmers, farmers markets, food purveyors—and the chefs who love them

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    May 10, 2007

    Out of the Ashes

    The delectable saga of Thai Nakorn enters its third act

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    December 7, 2006

    Did You Take Your Pill?

    Arnolds Buffet Restaurant: Still hot at 55!

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    March 23, 2006

    Super Fantastisch

    Loving just about everything at Biggs

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    March 9, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    The Glory of It Thali

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    August 25, 2005
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    August 18, 2005
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    August 4, 2005

    Diamonds in the Bulk

    Eat Like a Gourmand at 99 Cents Only Stores

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    March 10, 2005
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    March 3, 2005
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    January 15, 2004

    Meat Me in Hell

    A guide to great food

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    October 30, 2003
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    July 31, 2003

    Checklist, Please!

    Food at the Orange County Fairpart yum!

  • Features

    January 31, 2002

    Nice Dish!

    100 things you should put in your mouth

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    November 22, 2001

    Learn Italian Fast

    In the midst of Soviet-style shopping, Sapori Trattoria

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    September 6, 2001

    After-Dinner Tort?

    Fine dining for the civic-center crowd at Shellys Courthouse Bistro

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    September 6, 2001

    Power Plants

    Vien Huong gets the most out of vegetables

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    August 30, 2001


    God bless you, and pass the garlic fries

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    August 23, 2001

    A Bit of A-Roy!

    Little Thai Wave is a monsoon of flavor

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