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    September 23, 2014

    On the Line: Shirley Chung of TWENTY EIGHT, Part Two

    Shirley tweeted yesterday that, "This was a long interview! I really enjoyed answering the questions." My response: Damn straight! We love learning more about our subjects, and I suspect most readers/fans would want it that way. She uses her noodle a little longer to power through the rest of our in ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Take 5: Welcome to Anaheim's New Old Dive Bar

    [Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our bold scribe Dave Lieberman takes over for web editor Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    On The Line: Ed Silkaitis of The Shore, Part One

    Banana brownie cream pie. Salmon eyes. Harissa. Not exactly the trio you'd expect Ed Silkaitis of The Shore to discuss in our interview, but he manages to discuss all three.Your earliest food memory:The smell of bacon crackling in the pan.Some would say you're more bar than restaurant. What do you t ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    On The Line: David Hall Of Urban Kitchen Grill & Wine Bar, Part One

    Our initial impression of Foothill Ranch was that it was like Philips Ranch--a neighborhood hidden in the shadow of its Pomona. We learned it was actually more like its own city (while technically part of Lake Forest) in need of high-end cuisine. Cue Urban Kitchen's debut between a Wahoo's and Starb ... More >>

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    June 19, 2012

    On the Line: Greg Pugliese of Pizza e Vino, Part One

    Greg should be the unofficial city ambassador for San Clemente. Not only does he reside there and prefers the beach, but he enjoys dining close to home. And why not? Greg shares stories of his mom's insane cookie-making skills, and we discuss two more concepts the owner has in the works. More on tho ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    On the Line: Lauren 'Lulu' De Rouen of CUCINA enoteca, Part One

    ​At 24, Lulu De Rouen was the youngest executive chef for the Patina Group when she was handed the reins at Leatherby's Cafe Rouge. Five years later, she is as driven as ever to pave the way for CUCINA enoteca's first venture beyond San Diego. Her enthusiasm is contagious as we converse about appr ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    South County's Foodie Emergence, Steamed Hams and More!

    What the Stick a Fork In It bloggers learned about food in Orange County in 2011

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    December 29, 2011

    Shuji's Top Five Restaurants for 2011

    ProfessorSalt.comTacos & Carnitas Sahuayo​It's the time of year again when I select a short list of five favorite restaurants. I love places with a tiny menu, tightly focused on producing one thing or variations on the thing at which they excel. Often, that specialist is an ethnic hole-in-the ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    On the Line: Pedro Resendiz of Tamarindo Truck, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​We meet up with luxe lonchera owners Pedro and Sarah Resendiz of Tamarindo Truck after their SoCo lunch stop one afternoon. Our humble chef was excited to share his thoughts on epazote, chiles and things that crack him up. Get to know our friends who can't sit still [Editor ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Mozza Offers Pizza By Batali

    Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's long-awaited Newport Beach outpost of their pizza hut finally opens

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    October 16, 2011

    Mozza in Newport Beach Might Lose Liquor License​Just when you thought Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's new and much-anticipated OC outpost of their blockbuster Pizzeria Mozza was just settling into things at their Newport Beach address and making friends, there's word that they might get their liquor license taken away by th ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Pizzeria Mozza's Newport Beach Branch to Open Next Week?

    Mozza Facebook ​On Saturday afternoon, Joe Bastianich (business partner to Mario Batali and many, many restaurants) made an appearance at Hi-Time Wine Cellars to promote the soon-to-open Pizzeria Mozza. In addition, the shop held a special tasting featuring the family wineries of La Mozza and Bas ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    On the Line: Joe Youkhan of Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​South County is represented this week, as we sit down with Joe Youkhan and discuss his Italian-inspired, Rancho Santa Margarita-based luxe lonchera, Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon. An East Coast transplant, he loves his butter, salt and vino. Learn how this father of two ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Guy Fieri And Rachael Ray's New Food Network Show

    First the news from Alton Brown that Good Eats is going bye-bye. It was the only show left on Food Network worth watching. Today, on the Rachael Ray Show, the annoyingly spunky Ray announced a new show premiering this summer on the Food Network with faux-bro co-host Guy Fieri.The elevator pitch? "It ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Hugh Jackman Cooks Korean Food in PBS Series

    Who knew that Wolverine could cook Korean food? The clip you see is a teaser for the PBS series, Kimchi Chronicles, which is a food documentary produced by the same man who gave us Spain...On The Road Again with Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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    May 3, 2011

    On the Line: Manuel Gonzalez of TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Part One

    Kevin Lara​We head north this week to visit with Brea mainstay TAPS, which locals frequent for Sunday brunch. This is the domain of Manuel Gonzalez. His heart belongs to pho, and his weirdest customer request is NSFW. This certainly makes for an interesting start to On the Line. (Stay tuned for pa ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Five Things TV Chefs Do That Are Wrong

    Flickr user technodad​As hard as it may be to swallow, the people who cook on TV are occasionally wrong. It's not just pronunciations (it's "broo-SKET-tah", damn it), it's techniques. Some of them are TV tricks using previously prepared food, and some of them are just plain errors.

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    February 22, 2011

    On the Line: Arturo Briones of Wildfish, Part One

    Photo by Kevin Lara​Wildfish, for a lot of people (including myself), is known for its generous Happy Hour--one of the best in OC. The discounts extend later than most and continue on the weekends. But it should also be known for its seafood and the man who makes it sing. Here, we talk with exec ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Heather Graham, Hollywood Honey, Stars In Korean Food Travel Show

    ​Rollergirl a.k.a. Felicity Shagwell a.k.a. Hollywood bombshell Heather Graham is going to Korea to film a food show tentatively called Kimchi Chronicles. Don't quite get the connection between this glamorous star and kimchi or Korean food? Well, remember that 2008 series that had Gwyneth Paltro ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Asian Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    ProfessorSalt.comAsian pears at UC Irvine farmer's market​ If you've been to our local farmer's markets in the past three weeks, you'll have noticed that Asian pears have arrived. As with the apples they closely resemble, the new crop is packed with lightly sweet nectar. Their firm crunch adds a ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Kris Kirk of Ecco Restaurant, Part One

    Photo by Todd Barnes​Kris Kirk used to cook at the late Sage on the Coast, but now heads the kitchen at the new Ecco at The Camp in Costa Mesa. The restaurant, which opened a few months ago after a prolonged delay, is already making up for lost time doing pizza, a seasonal menu, and, um, a s ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Jason Quinn of The Lime Truck, Part Two

    Photo by Christopher VictorioDaniel Shemtob and Jason Quinn​Today we conclude our Q&A with Chef Jason Quinn. If you missed the first part, read it here. Stay tuned tomorrow for our final installment: a recipe from the chef. What would you'd like to see more of in Orange County from a culinary ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    New Horror Film Features Celebrity Chef

    The one sheet poster for Bitter Feast seems pretty standard. There's a sullen-looking man sitting at dining table in a blood-stained shirt. It looks to be yet another schlocky torture-porn horror film. But watch the trailer and you find out there's more than a few extra ingredients.

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    June 22, 2010

    Jose Piaggio of Piaggio On Wheels, Part One

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Jose Piaggio is literally the driving force behind Piaggio on Wheels, one of the most sought after and one of the first in the gourmet breed of food trucks in O.C.--one that our own Gustavo Arellano gave a rare, but enthusiastic thumb ups. But before he took to the ro ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Gabriel Caliendo of The Lazy Dog Cafe, Part Two

    Kimberly Valenzuela​On The Line this week features Executive Chef Gabriel Caliendo of The Lazy Dog Cafe. In case you missed part one of the interview, you can find it here. Check back tomorrow for Chef Caliendo's recipe for Cast Iron Idaho Trout.

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    May 11, 2010

    Gabriel Caliendo of The Lazy Dog Cafe, Part One

    Kimberly Valenzuela​With the recent opening of Lazy Dog Cafe in the Irvine Marketplace--the chain's third OC location--word is spreading about the little chain of restaurants with rustic decor and an eclectic menu. The man behind the food at all Lazy Dog Cafes is Executive Chef Gabriel Caliendo. P ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Five Food Network Shows First In Line For Reanimation

    Believe it or not, children, there was a time when the Food Network actually concentrated on teaching people to cook. The idea of ten hours a day of inane food "battles" was unheard of, Iron Chef still came to us from campy Japan, the appetite suppressant known as Sandra Lee hadn't yet created her f ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Delia Snyder of Don the Beachcomber, Part 1

    Just hearing the name "Don the Beachcomber" conjures up mental images of a ramshackle tiki bar serving rum-laden drinks with entire fruit salads on sticks emerging from the rim of the cup, pupu platters full of egg rolls and potstickers, and a menu chock full of what 1950s America thought Chinese pe ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    October 20, 2009

    On The Line: Yves Fournier of Andrei's Conscious Cuisine

    Photo Courtesy of Andrei's​Yves Fournier was born in Paris and has worked just about everywhere in the world, including France, England, New York, and, of course, Irvine, where he was Chef de Cuisine for 6ix Park Grill at the Hyatt Regency.  Now he is the Executive Chef of Andrei's, which c ... More >>

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    September 21, 2009

    Best News EVER? LA's Mozza Might Be Coming to OC

    ​This really is the most exciting thing I've heard in a long time.According to the LA Times' Daily Dish, Mozza is considering expanding its brood into the OC. No word yet on whether we're talking Osteria or Pizzeria or--dare we even think it?--both.

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    July 3, 2009

    This Week In Food

    In the last five days in Stick a Fork In It:We worked out that, to the best of our knowledge, no OC restaurants closed in June. That's a first!Edwin chowed down on chicken bowls and rated Flame Broiler's above Yoshinoya's.Chef Steve Samson of Pizzeria Ortica worried us all with his "I would like to ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    On the Line: Steve Samson of Pizzeria Ortica

    It's hard to believe that Costa Mesa's Pizzeria Ortica, co-founded by David Myers and Executive Chef Steve Samson, has only been open since January. An instant hit, despite being slightly off the South Coast Plaza beaten path, it's known for its stunning pastas, meats, fish and p ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009

    On the Line: Chef Florent Marneau of Marche Moderne

    Courtesy of Marche ModerneHe is Florent Marneau, chef and proprietor of Marche Moderne, one of the best French restaurants in the county.  We are food bloggers with a few dumb questions that we've always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.  What do you get when you mix?  You get wh ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Chubby British Chef* Looking For American Town To Kickstart His Anti-Obesity Crusade

    *No, Not Gordon Ramsay, but Jamie Oliver.Not satisfied with a worldwide culinary empire that includes several charity restaurants, numerous cook books and various TV shows and appearances (over here, Jamie At Home airs on the Food Network), Oliver wants to take on the seemingly insurmountable task o ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    May 15, 2008
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    November 22, 2007

    Flavors of Flavio

    Italy to Tustin by way of Mexico City