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Mark McDonald

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    62. Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich at Little Sparrow

    Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Little Sparrow has made its reputation with fancy cocktails, sumptuous meals, and exq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    67. Chili Lime Popcorn From Green Tomato Grill

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! My first job was doing concessions in a movie theater. There, co-wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! "Shrimp and cheese?" asked my Italian coworker when I suggested Los ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    71. Pork Bánh Mì at the OC Poultry and Rotisserie Market

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! The OC Chicken Rotisserie currently occupies a level of obscurity I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    74. Doughnuts from Sidecar

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Cupcakeries may implode and the croissant-doughnut hybrid may make i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    73. Dutch Baby at the Original Pancake House

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Don't let last night's mistakes carry on into the morning after--the ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    80. Gyro Sandwich from Paul's Place

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! We don't have Greek food in Orange County, or not much of it, anyway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Story by Moss Perricone It's a burger's responsibility to hold itse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    No. 82, Taquitos at El Toro Bravo

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Like most people of non-Mexican ancestry, I've been used to being of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    No. 84, Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Wei-Shian isn't obviously a Szechuan restaurant, revealing itself to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    No. 83, Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut at the Donuttery

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! The Donuttery has revamped the classic jelly doughnut in a way so si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    No. 86, Smoked Trout at Provenance

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Provenance's house-smoked trout, which was recently transferred from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    No. 87, Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! There isn't much to San Clemente's Rider's Club Café beyond burgers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    No. 88, Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Perhaps the most literal foodstuff on Earth, the Korean pub food cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    No. 90, Poke at Costco Tustin II

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Poke is the food I crave as soon as the plane's landing gear hits th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    No. 89, Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! By Courtney Hamilton Thai curries in their red, yellow, and green v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! I wrote about Grill Cafe earlier this year, and I keep going back th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    No. 96, Jajangmyeong from Ching Chinese Express

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! I praised Ching Chinese Express earlier this year, so let me lovingl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    No. 95, Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Is there anything else we could possibly recommend from Alebrije's, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    No. 98, Any Special Dinner by Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! I'm proud to say that I've eaten at Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    No. 97, Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Yes, Da-Le Ranch ain't OC; it's based in Lake Elsinore. But that has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Mark McDonald of Old Vine Cafe Wowing Them in Turkey!

    Mark McDonald of Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa is a man of many talents, but one I never figured in him was taking an interest in Turkish food--not because he turns up his food at ethnic food (he doesn't, as fans of his restaurant can attest to), but because Turkish food is seemingly light years away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 100eats100days.com fully intend to make your visit memorable, all while raising funds for culinary scholarships. The inaugural PigOut 1.0 is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    The Ultimate Foodie Tour: South Italy With Old Vine Cafe's Mark McDonald

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Old Vine Cafe Starts Petition Asking Yelp to Hold Members Accountable For Libelous Reviews

    Mark McDonald, moving on up​We've always loved Old Vine Cafe and the McDonald brothers, Mark and Brandon, who run it. We've also loved how the two will engage with any criticism leveled at them over at Yelp. Some might call it being thin-skinned; I say it's instantaneous response to any slights th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Ten Signs You're an Aging Gamer

    ​Yesterday was my birthday. That means another year in my life has come and gone, and I'm another year closer to the inevitable grave.Although my life has taken many twists and turns within the span of a single year, one thing remains constant--I still play A LOT of video games.Since I'm a few yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2010

    This Week in Food

    ​ It's been a busy week for Stick a Fork in it, so we'll just drive right in!Dave introduces us to five foods first eaten out of desperation, gives his suggestions on how to circumvent tasty tomato scarcity, describes how one food truck has begun to do deliver and holds a battle of the Lebanese pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Top Chef Masters Contestants Announced; O.C. Chefs Shut Out

    The food blogosphere is on FIRE (pun intended) right now over the announcement of Top Chef Masters, airing on June 10th. Think of it as Top Chef meets Iron Chef America meets WWE Smackdown. If there's such a thing as a foodie-gasm, this is the thing to inspire it. The judges will be celebrities, ... More >>

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    July 26, 2007

    This Hole-In-The-Wall Life

    A Classy, Twee Time

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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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