Clay Oven's chef/owner Geeta Bansal was invited to host a dinner at the James Beard House in New York earlier this year, and will be staging the dinner at the end of this month -- Sept. 27 to be exact. She's one of the first female chefs from Orange County to make the trip, and will be doing a menu ... More >>
See update on the bottom of the second page... ORIGINAL POST, MAY 16, 8:03 A.M.: An ex of mine used to love the works of Jonathan Safran Foer. She pushed me to read Everything is Illuminated, which I found too precious and twee and obviously the product of someone whose biggest problems are self-im ... More >>
I know, I know: where the hell does a born-and-bred Mexican from California get off telling the rest of the world about the glories of Tex-Mex cuisine? But hear me out, world: I am Tex-Mex's most arduous non-Texan defender. I've crisscrossed most of the state doing research for my Taco USA: How Mexi ... More >>
Another week, another edition of the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830. As usual, we turn the mic over to producer/co-host Andy Harris to guide is through the fun. Enjoy!
Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy! "SoCal Restaurant Show" - September 28, 2013
As we said several months ago, a San Francisco-based grilled cheese chain called The Melt was getting ready to open at Irvine Spectrum, behind the Dave & Busters, next to Panda Express, replacing CrepeMaker. The restaurant will open next week, but this week the chain has brought in its own food tru ... More >>
Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!
When we lived in Fullerton, our two favorite reasons to head into downtown were for The Reagan Years and Steamers. Our arcade may be long gone, but the independent coffeehouse breathes new life in the evening, thanks to Lucie Wood and Sean Schickling. For a brew more potent than espresso, this duo w ... More >>
If it's a Friday afternoon, that means it's time for the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830 to give us a scoop on what they'll have on their Saturday morning show. Without further ado, here's producer (and kinda-co-host) Andy Harris with the details!
We don't hate everyone at the Orange County Register, you know. Roving editor Kedric Francis has always been kind to the paper, and he used to be a staple of our gossip column back when we had a gossip column and he was the editor of Riviera. Anyhoo, he's going to be on tomorrow on the SoCal Restaur ... More >>
Can the novice publisher save The Orange County Register and transform journalism in the process?
It seemed a forgone conclusion that the cook book of cook books, Modernist Cuisine, by Nathan Myhrvold, would win a James Beard award of some kind (my bet was for The Cookbook Everyone Talked About But Few Can Afford To Buy Award); but the 2,438-paged, 46-pound and $625-tome not only won the Cookboo ... More >>
Image Courtesy of James Beard FoundationBeginning this year (for the 2011 award season), if you write about food, whether it comes out in print or pixels, the James Beard Foundation will recognize you in the same way. So say you write a magnum opus of a review about Rick Bayless on your food blo ... More >>
Image Courtesy of Deborah Schneider James Beard award nomineee Deborah Schneider of SOL Cocina is debuting her fourth book, Amor Y Tacos, based on recipes she's used for the restaurant. O.C.'s answer to Rick Bayless, Chef Schneider will be having a little shin dig at her Newport Beach restau ... More >>
Flickr user othermaciej under Creative CommonsWhy is it so hard to find properly written menus? Some are too concise and offer no details; others can't shut up. Below are twelve helpful hints for people doing menu writing.
Karamardians new cafe turns a nondescript shopping center in Newport Coast into a delectable destination