I've never tried Mee So Hungry, but I cringed a little every time I passed by it on Belmont Shore's Second Street. I took a picture of it once on the way to another restaurant, never really deciding then whether I thought the 2 Live Crew allusion was stupid or clever, but I never gave it a second th ... More >>
The award for mini-chain that took Costa Mesa by storm goes to Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. Open since last spring, Jonathan Rollo and Kristi Ritchey helped bring sexy back to a mild-mannered strip along 17th. With meals that are neither strictly vegan nor tasteless, Greenleaf's menu includes organic ... More >>
Start saving up those vacation days now. Mark McDonald, chef and co-owner of Costa Mesa's Old Vine Cafe (a SaFII favorite!), doesn't just want to teach his customers about the food of South Italy--he wants them to experience it firsthand. In South Italy. He's teaming up with the Italian Culinar ... 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 >>
Forgot my camera, so no photos of the new Luigi's D'Italia--you'll have to see the restaurant yourself...For 30 years, Luigi's D'Italia was the place you went when you wanted slops of good Italian food--but that was it. You didn't take a first date there, but rather the girl who already knew all ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThere's nothing like going to an Italian restaurant and sitting down to a plate of pasta, and there are certainly few more serendipitous moments than when the pasta arrives and it's tender, obviously house-made pasta simmered in sauce or simply tossed with oil and herbs.There's a lo ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI have a love-hate thing with Frito-Lay. I hate some of their products but love others. Sun Chips goes in the "love" column. I don't buy into the idea that they're really any healthier than a regular snack chip. Junk food is junk food.
Furthermore, I think their "multigrain" compo ... More >>