Greg Daniels

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    June 11, 2014

    Food Porn From Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach

    When friends invited us to attend Taste of the Nation Los Angeles, we couldn't say no to a collection of great restaurants all in one spot. Then I realized the Orange County event was around the corner, and covering it only made sense. While it was a much more intimate setting, the caliber of expert ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    How to Score Tickets to The Big (Grilled) Cheese Competition Next Week!

    Take a talented group of culinary professionals, throw in a selection of OC Baking Company breads, and you've got the inaugural Big Cheese festival and competition being held at Provisions Market. Although it is sold out, we learned of one avenue hungry followers can go down to acquire a coveted pai ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Chef-Driven Event To Fight Breast Cancer Coming October 27

    "It started with my fear of dying-- that everything goes with me." To say that Geeta Bansal has been through a lot is an understatement. As chef of Clay Oven and a Stick A Fork In It contributor, her emotional journey as a breast cancer patient sent her to places that weren't always geographical. W ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    [UPDATE: Taco Asylum Responds] Animal Liberation Front Vandalizes Taco Asylum Restaurant

    *See end of post for Taco Asylum's official response to the Animal Liberation Front. Original Post: Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.: The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a radical animal rights group, has taken credit for an act of vandalism against Costa Mesa's Taco Asylum restaurant. The vandalism allegedly took ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    First Look: Provisions Market In Old Towne Orange

    With 30 beers on tap and another 300 by the bottle, Wil Dee has his work cut out for him. Haven Gastropub's beverage director dropped in as Greg Daniels conducted our tour of the soon-to-be open Provisions Market (formerly The Bruery Provisions). We discussed their menu, changes to the space and the ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    Portola Coffee Lab To Open Second Location Inside Haven Gastropub's New Provisions Market

    When the news broke that the Haven Gastropub team would be reviving Bruery Provisions, Old Towne Orange's beloved bottle shop, local craft beer fans cheered. But they also wondered what would be in store. Now we know one thing: coffee. Insanely good coffee.

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    April 1, 2013

    No Jokes, Only Free Food: April 1 Deals

    Free food comes in many forms, and waiting outside of a restaurant overnight is one of them. But instead of putting you through that, we found a couple of bargains to kickoff the new month. Call it our "Surf & Turf" combo. Our fun-loving brick-and-mortar duo at Slapfish want to give folks someth ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Haven Gastropub Takes Over Bruery Provisions!

    We've barely said good-bye to Old Towne Orange's extension of Patrick Rue's Bruery (and cracked into our 30% off cheese), when word regarding the fate of this space is released. Per Haven's Facebook page they have done the following:"We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 10

    Once, in a fit of creative madness while writing for this august publication, I wrote a review of the Viking Truck as a filk of the Völuspá, the Icelandic heroic saga. Our beleaguered editorial staff kindly let it through, and now when I read it, I feel like an adult looking back at a goofy candid ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    On the Line: Pascal Olhats, Part Two

    "Food and cooking are entertaining. People listen when I tell them a story about food."Currently, Pascal is mentoring a number of chefs: At French 75 in Laguna Beach, his chef is Greg Moore, and at Savannah Chop House it's Chris Tzorin. They plan to brand ourselves as the 'Master Chef and Young Chef ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    On the Line: Pascal Olhats, Part One

    "I think it's time that Orange County made its mark in the country by being a restaurant scene. It's going to take some time. . . It's simmering, but we need to make it boil."It's unfair to associate Pascal Olhats with only one establishment, since he's spent the last 20-something years parlaying hi ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Haven Gastropub Finally Debuts Its House-Crafted Beer In OC

    Back in May, Haven Gastropub released its first batches of house-crafted beer--a double IPA and a pale ale--but to our sadness, the restaurant was only pouring the brews at its Pasadena location, where the micro-production was taking place.   Finally, we'll get a taste. Haven Brewing will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    And the County Said Oink: PigOut 1.0 This Sunday

    What exactly is your pork tolerance limit? Could there be a dish where bacon does not fit in somehow? Is it truly possible to get the ham sweats? Come to Newport Dunes Resort on Sunday and find out.As Anne Marie said back in June, local kitchen man Amar Santana and orange-scarved food impresario Bob ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Taste Of OC This Weekend At Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

    As I wrote back in February, The Taste of OC returns after what was apparently a 16-year hiatus. The event will be held this weekend at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, starting at noon on Saturday. Expect to see a few people we've featured here on this blog, including Louis Jocson of Red Table, Greg ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    No. 88, The Falafel Taco at Taco Asylum

    Pausing to allow for blasphemous screams, we learned of such atypical filling from the sister of the guy who imagined it. Giving some credit where it's due: Sean in the Asylum kitchen is partly responsible for mass quantities of prep work towards this creation. Previously a limited-time special, the ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    PigOut 1.0 Coming August 5, to Feature a Bunch of Local Chefs Butchering Pigs

    When 15 accomplished chefs are given carte blanche to serve swine, you know it's time to make a reservation. Chef Amar Santana of Broadway and Bobby Navarro of fully intend to make your visit memorable, all while raising funds for culinary scholarships. The inaugural PigOut 1.0 is ... More >>

  • Food

    May 24, 2012

    Brasserie Pascal Bids a Foie Farewell

    Get Pascal Olhats' legendary foie gras dinner (but skip the dessert) before it's banned

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    May 18, 2012

    Get Foie Gras--On Your T-Shirt

    If you're the type that likes to wear your cause on your sleeve, this may be just your size. As part of their fight against California's pending ban on foie gras (only 45 days away!), the Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards (C.H.E.F.S.), which Haven Gastropub's chef Greg Daniels is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Foie Short Rib at Break of Dawn=Breakfast of Champions

    Haven Gastropub Chef Greg Daniels is undoubtedly Orange County's champion of foie gras, hosting a "Fight for Foie" dinner last night in the face of protestors and even heading to Sacramento to lobby lawmakers in support of the luscious liver. While he's not on the front lines, Weekly favorite D ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Animal Rights Group To Protest Haven Gastropub's Foie Gras Dinner Tonight

    Looks like diners at tonight's "Fight For Foie" event at Haven Gastropub will have company. The Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL) plans to protest the multi-chef, multi-course foie gras dinner by displaying signs and videos of "the way ducks are force fed to make foie gras." To the right is ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Haven Gastropub Chef Fights For Foie

    The clock ticks ever closer toward the July 1 ban on foie gras to take effect in the state of California, and a council of chefs is not going quietly into that good night. Yesterday, a group calling itself C.H.E.F.S, the Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards, took the fight for foie to ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Weekend Guide: Mitsuwa's Fall Food Fair, Bootlegger's BOO-ery Party, Urban Farm Dinner

    IHOPFree Spooky Face Pancakes at IHOP today!​Halloween edition! TODAY  Mitsuwa's Umaimono Gourmet Fair What: Your must-try ramen for the weekend: sesame-flavored tan tan men, and hot and sour sung hon men, both from Gomaichi, a popular Japanese noodle shop in Honolulu.  When: Now through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    June 30, 2011

    Filmmakers Wanted At Taco Asylum​Costa Mesa's taco asylum welcomes independent filmmakers looking for a space to screen their projects. With productions costs being what they are, you're going to turn down a free screening room with a big HD screen? And one that serves great beers and food to watch by? There is a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Taco Asylum Opens This Week at THE CAMP

    Greg Daniels, Wil Dee and Alkesh Patel, a.k.a. the people who brought you the wildly successful Haven Gastropub in Orange has finally put the finishing touches for their CAMP offering called taco asylum, what they describe as a "non-traditional" taco shop. The official opening is Thursday, Janu ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Haven Mavens to Open Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa

    Courtesy of Haven Gastropub / Moxxe PROne flew east, one flew west / One flew over the taco's nest.​Hm... could Gustavo have been right? Nancy Luna at the OC Register got a string-along from chef-owner Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub. Supposedly they are looking to expand the Haven gastropub to ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Haven Named "Best New Gastropub" By Draft Magazine

    Courtesy of Haven Gastropub​Draft magazine, a trade publication aimed at professional beer geeks and the groupies who fling themselves at them, has named Orange's Haven Gastropub as one of the top three new gastropubs in the United States.

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    April 23, 2010

    This Week In Food

    Flickr user HeadOvMetalBacon and eggs on the brain?​Do you love breakfast more than this guy? Doubt it.See what you missed this week on the Stick A Fork In It blog after the jump!

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    April 22, 2010

    Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub, Part 3

    Greg Daniels, executive chef and partner at Haven Gastropub, having answered a raft of questions (which you can read here and here), closed out this week's On the Line segment with a recipe. You may have noticed the dish in all the photos taken by our A-list photographer, Kimberly. Seafood, beer, cr ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub, Part 2

    If you missed the first part of our interview with Greg Daniels, executive chef and partner at Haven Gastropub, you can find it here. If you've missed the fantastic "spaghetti", the burger par excellence and the great beer, you can find that just south of the Orange Circle. Meanwhile, back to the qu ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Haven Gastropub in Orange Opening This Friday, September 4

    ​We've been following the progress of this new venture, and can confirm that it's set to open to the public this Friday. Edwin tipped me off about the launch date, so he gets credit for that, as do his foodie friends who tipped him off, DanGarion and Jay Ruiz.Located in Old Towne Orange, Haven wil ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    Incoming: Iron Butterfly at the Coach House

    Veteran southern California psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly, best known for their massive 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," is coming to the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, July 3. $15 tickets are already on sale. This isn't normally the type of show we'd dedicate too much space on h ... More >>