• Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    Boathouse Sour from The Boathouse Collective, Our Drink Of The Week!

    Last weekend, we became privy to a private space about to go public. While it is situated towards the ever-popular 17th Street in Costa Mesa, the exact location caught us off guard.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2014

    Wall Street Journal Critic Spits on the Mexican Wine Industry with Unusual Saltiness

    This year's Vendimias, Provino's annual wine harvest festival in the Valle de Guadalupe saw another season of sold out events and special tasting dinners featuring some of the best chefs in the world. It was a challenge due to the fact that the government of Ensenada never fixed the collapsed highwa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Magical Star Cocktail at Hearthstone Lounge at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, Our Drink of the Week!

    If the tiki-tastic Trader Sam's is the Space Mountain of Disney's many hotel bars, Hearthstone Lounge is the Disneyland Railroad: It's not very exciting, but it gets you there. Heck, you may not have even heard of it. I didn't and I've been inside lobby of the Disney Grand Californian Hotel at least ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    On the Line: Scott Raczek of Tavern Bowl, Part Two

    On Wednesday, June 25, Tavern Bowl teams up with Yelp to benefit Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. This 21 and over event is being held from 7-9 p.m. and includes a DJ, raffle, discounted bowling, select comped beverages and passed appetizers. 100% of the donations and raffle procee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Now Open: The Winery in Newport Beach

    Just over a week ago, our leading men at The Winery unveiled their newest locale off Pacific Coast Highway. I stopped by a few days before to view the former Villa Nova space. Extreme makeover is an understatement-- between a wall of wine lockers requiring use of a library ladder and imported counte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    The Main Course at Napa Rose, Our Drink of the Week!

    I've always thought of Napa Rose at Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel as a once-a-year type of spot, a place where I take the chica and her friends and pretend to be Don Bren sans the evil and money. What I usually forget is that their cocktails are not just consistently spectacular, but also sur ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013
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    February 26, 2013

    Gustavo's Latest "Orange County Line" for KCRW: On Disneyland Ending Discounts for Southern California Residents!

    I'll be honest: I've never cared much for Disneyland. That doesn't mean I hate on the entirety of the Resort--I like the hotel workers, I own many cups from Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, and the eating at Napa Rose is simply magnificent. But the park itself? I've been exactly three times since 19 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    On The Line: Jonathan Rollo Of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Part Two

    If there's one thing we learned about Jonathan Rollo, it's that he doesn't stay still. We grew tired just reading about what he does in his free time.Read our interview with Jonathan Rollo of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Part One.And now, on to part two . . . .When you're not in the kitchen cooking, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    On The Line: Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Part One

    "I kinda like being the guy who does bread, but nobody knows who I really am."Oh, Dean. You shouldn't have let us into your office. It seems as though every third chef we interview name drops you. While you might not have your own restaurant, you do provide the goods to 70 establishments in the Ora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Lauryn Chun's The Kimchi Cookbook Hits Storeshelves--Buy It!

    The last time I checked in with Lauryn Chun, the Garden Grove gal who's doing for kimchi what Roy Choi did for kalbi with her Mother in Law's line of kimchi derived from her mom's legendary recipe at Jang Mo Gip, she was raving about the joys of writing a cookbook. That was a little less than a year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    High Ground Follows Wounded Warriors to a Healing Place ... Up a Himalayan Mountain

    High Ground follows 11 wounded warriors and one Gold Star Mom who heal from the ravages of war by climbing 20,000-foot Mt. Lobouche in the Himalayas."Along with recounting their wartime experiences, they find friendship, and healing on the journey," says Kanani Fong, the military and veteran outrea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Pliny the Elder Leads IPA Drinkers into Battle at Total Wine & More Media Deal in Laguna Hills

    So there I am, surrounded mostly by beer bloggers at the media's sneak preview of the new Total Wine & More store across from Laguna Hills mall, when a verbal stink bomb is dropped.No, it was not the inevitable gas that comes after virtual ink-stained wretches are poured 10 tastes from the 2,500 ... 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 >>

  • Food

    March 8, 2012

    THE RANCH Offers a Fistful of Dollars

    Extron owner Andrew Edwards has invested major coin into his restaurant and saloon

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Frati Gelato Cafe Closes In Downtown Fullerton

    ​Here's a twist on our standard restaurant closure: a local establishment closes its doors for greener pastures. As of March 1, the local gelateria in Fullerton's SoCo district has said goodbye. In business for five sweet years, Frati Gelato Cafe has provided cool delights to local patrons young a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    On the Line: Michael Rossi of THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon, Part Two

    ​Wine pairing is just one of the topics covered in this segment of On the Line. THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon's Michael Rossi also confesses to a little line dancing. Part one is a good read, but we get a better understanding our of subject in today's edition. "Everything that we can do in hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    On the Line: Michael Rossi of the Ranch Restaurant and Saloon, Part One

    ​There was something different about meeting Michael Rossi. It could've been that I was half an hour early, yet he was more than ready to start our interview. I did not know it, but our conversation would expand beyond the questionnaire. It was like an episode of Inside the Actor's Studio, except ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Ten Great Romantic Restaurants In Orange County

    Courtesy of AnQi​If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then romance is up to the couple. I am enamored by a room with a view, yet also appreciate when he brings me my favorite doughnut. We already anticipate the "Who cares?", and you know what? We welcome it. Get all that (sexual) frustration o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    On the Line: Lindsay Smith-Rosales of Nirvana Grille, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​With a multitasking nature and the cutest 3-year-old vegetarian for a son, chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales has a great deal to juggle as chef and owner of Nirvana Grille. Fortunately, she found the time to discuss some of her favorite things, like dairy and spike. FYI: She admit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Baja Culinary Fest to Take Place Oct. 5-9

    ​A huge column of smoke rises from a charcoal grill set into a counter; the air fills with the scent of beef grilling and the sound of fat spattering onto the fire below. It takes just a minute or two, and I'm fascinated. My rapt gaze is lost on the taquero, for whom this is not new. He hacks the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Drunk After Work: The Counter

    ​The Place: The Counter, 6416 Irvine Boulevard, Irvine, (949) 336-7272; Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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    July 20, 2011

    On the Line: Ryan Carson of AnQi By Crustacean, Part Two

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​Are you seated comfortably? If not, we suggest a tall, cool drink to keep you company as our interview with chef Ryan Carson continues. Find out his connection to Disney, plus how lechon influenced his childhood. While we touch upon the topic of molecular gastronomy, k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Drunk After Work: Classic Q Billiards & Sports Club

    If you throw a chicken strip, we guarantee it'll hit a pool table.​The Place: The Classic Q, 4250 Martingale Way, Newport Beach, (949) 261-9458; Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.The Deal: 25 percent off all appetizers, $5 for select appetizers, $4.50 for house ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Michael Jordan Signs On as Sommelier at the Ranch

    ​Michael Jordan, member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, former president of the Beachcomber restaurant in Crystal Cove and the former wine director at Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, has signed on as the sommelier at the Ranch, a steakhouse and live country music venue opening th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    SanTásti, Our Drink of the Week

    ​The first time I tried SanTásti was at the San Francisco Vintners Market back in November. It was introduced to me as a palate-cleansing water--the ideal companion for a wine-tasting event. Though I was initially skeptical of the powers of SanTásti, the beverage definitely did its job between p ... More >>

  • Columns

    May 13, 2010

    Mexican-Hatin' is Sweeping the Nation!

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And everybody has a different, not-so-endearing nickname for the Brown Menace

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    May 6, 2010

    Fiddlehead Cellars Sauvignon Blancs

    Chris A. Michaels/ / CC BY 2.0Santa Barbara Vines​If there was a moment for California wine--one in which it went from being something that only came from Napa and Sonoma or was just two buck chuck--and became something relevant in pop culture, it was the release of Sideways.

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    March 25, 2010

    At the Farmers' Market: Kohlrabi

    Dave Lieberman​Is there no end to the variety of Brassica plants we can eat as humans? Cabbage (domestic, Savoy and Napa), broccoli, cauliflower, romanesco, Brussels sprouts, all Brassica.Brassica of Brassicas, all is Brassica--including the odd-looking (but delicious) kohlrabi.

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2010

    Life on the Veg: Taco Verde at Raw

    Anyone that has been grocery shopping will know that one of the worst moves to make is to tour the isles on an empty stomach. Unless you've brought your mother along to help you "just say no," chances are you'll end up with a cart full of crap you didn't come for.I almost suffered this same fate the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Temecula Sunrise Edition

    Living in California and drinking locally, alcohol-wise, is by no means difficult. From the world-famous wine regions in Northern California to the craft beer Mecca of San Diego County and a few other noteworthy sources of wine, beer and booze (SF's Anchor Distilling makes thoroughly interesting and ... More >>

  • Food

    December 24, 2009
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    December 10, 2009

    Guy Fieri: Annoying Even At Disneyland

    ​There's lots of things we hate, but Disneyland isn't one of them. But Food Network's Guy Fieri at Disneyland? We're so torn.Fieri has brought along his entire family and starring in his very own one-hour holiday special centered around the many seasonal treats Disneyland Resort serves up especial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    New Menu Items at Panera, With Freebies Next Thursday, September 10

    ​The bread-based chain is giving customers the chance to sample the latest offerings. They'll be out on display, and no purchase is necessary. Expect tastes of the BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, the Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich, the Breakfast Power Sandwich and, to undo all the good work, the Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Dishney: Tweets From the Park

    ​So as of Sunday, July 31, Disneyland and California Adventure ticket prices are up $3. Which, you know, doesn't sound like a whole lot on its own but this just means the single-day pass are now $72 for adults and $62 for children. Remember in 2001 when tickets were "just" $43? Does anybody still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    LA Times: De-odorized Kimchi Patented

    Edwin Goei​Breaking news: according to a fascinating LA Times article, someone has invented kimchi that doesn't stink. Now, I didn't know kimchi stink was even a problem, let alone one that needed fixing. To me, the Korean side-dish of Napa cabbage pickled in garlic, chili and ginger does not po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    New Hotel And Restaurant/Bar Opening Soon in Long Beach

    ​The AVIA is set to open on Bay Street on either August 6 or 7. The fact that the date isn't yet set in stone hints that preparations are down to the wire, so we wish them well in putting the finishes touches to the property.We're intrigued about this new hotel and, in particular, its restaurant a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Light, Summery Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Chinois Chicken Salad

    I've had this dish a few times at the Wolfgang Puck Bistro inside Macy's at South Coast Plaza. At Chinois on Main, Puck's restaurant in Santa Monica, it's been on the menu for over 25 years, such is its popularity. It even includes Colman's mustard, which I blogged about yesterday.Cooking a chicken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    A Visit to Napa Rose Guarantees Impressed Chicks

    It was supposed to be the perfect Cinco de Mayo: dinner with my chica and some of our pals at the muy muy Napa Rose at Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel followed by moshing at the Mouse of Blues with O.C.'s O.G. punk-mock veteranos, Manic Hispanic. I should've known better: the two don't mix.Napa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    This Week In Food

    This week in Stick a Fork In It:There was breaking news a-plenty, from Jamie "You Callin' Me Chubby?" Oliver bringing his anti-obesity crusade to the US to Pascal Olhats' imminent arrival at French 75 at Fashion Island to the dismal revelation that only two local bars made it on to Esquire's "Best B ... More >>

  • News

    March 12, 2009
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    March 3, 2009

    Woodrow Carter, In Your Facial

    The Temecula Creek Inn--with its views of miles of verdant, vine-covered hills, a golf course, sumptuous spa treatments and nearby wine tastings--is a splendid spot for a decadent weekend getaway. In late 2007, about a month after beginning his post as Capistrano Unified School District's newest sup ... More >>

  • Food

    August 2, 2007

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    June 7, 2007

    The May Gray Blues

    The Beachcombers fare doesnt live up to its spectacular, summery setting

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    How You Get Excitement

    Kid Congo in a cornfield

  • Food

    March 16, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This week in duck

  • Unknown

    September 22, 2005
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    August 5, 2004
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    October 16, 2003

    Mona Lisa Lard-Ass

    Fat man relives The Shining at Disneys Napa Rose

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    September 25, 2003
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