This week was the release of our Summer Guide to Orange County, and we decided to tell all of our favorite summertime stories in comics form. Let's take a look at the culinary comics and the rest of our blogs this week... We learned that Edwin, along with being our super-secret food critic - is an ... More >>
Michael Dene may be the proprietor (and Massimo Aronne its GM), but chef David Coleman is the brains in the Long Beach kitchen of Michael's on Naples. We continue our interview before he begins prepping for dinner service, making references to our favorite food city, "San Francisco is a great city t ... More >>
Chefs are a beast in the kitchen. But when you sit down with them, many are rather quiet. Take executive chef David Coleman. He may have a dozen thoughts racing through his mind, but he speaks calmly and with thoughtfulness. Never mind the fact that he's linked to one of the highest rated LA restaur ... More >>
Date night. Everyone looks forward to a date except the person who has to plan it, and it's even worse when it's a first date or blind date. It has to be normal--not everyone loves loncheras, for reasons I don't fully grok--and it has to be expensive enough that you don't look miserly.So let's talk ... More >>
Sit at the bar to watch your pizzas being made at its new location in downtown Long Beach
Mozza, Ortica, Il Dolce, meet your newest competitor. A new pizzeria by the name of Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is planned for Crystal Cove Promenade in Newport Beach, and they're pretty much offering what every new pizza joint that isn't Pielogy and 800 Degrees is offering these days: pizz ... More >>
Michael's, which began as a very good fine dining Italian restaurant on Long Beach's Naples Island (and still is), is opening its third pizzeria today. This one is at Downtown Long Beach's Promenade. According to its Facebook, the mayor will be there for a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.
One of my favorite cafes in Amsterdam is a cozy corner spot on the Prinsengracht called t' Smalle Café that serves up hunks of fresh local goat cheese and grilled Dutch sandwiches called toastis. It is a great example of the 'Dam's "brown cafes"--casual, wood-paneled gathering spots where locals go ... More >>
Serving three square meals a day, every day, Mare Culinary lounge not only includes a lounge, but a nightclub on weekends. Open from 7 a.m. to midnight, try to find the same hours for a comparable menu in Laguna. You can't. We continue with a superstitious discussion and more examples of how Alessan ... More >>
This Newport Beach bakery brings out obscure French pastries and tried-and-true favorites
There's only one mosque--Masjid Al-Shareef--in Long Beach. Its small space barely accommodates those who go to pray jumu'ah--a congregational prayer that takes place on Friday, usually after noon. A stuffy situation often ensues during the weekly ritual, which brings in high numbers of worshipers.&n ... More >>
Roe Restaurant And Fish Market has opened on Second Street where Naples ends and Belmont Shore begins. As I mentioned in a previous post, the seafood eatery, which takes the place formerly occupied by The Dog House and Barry's Beach Shack, boasts a legion of chefs including Cody Requejo (t ... More >>
On Second Street where Naples ends and Belmont Shore begins, there used to be a great hot dog joint called The Dog House, which was itself an offshoot and subsidiary of Barry's Beach Shack next door. The Dog House didn't last long and neither did Barry's after it folded.Now we see its replacement: a ... More >>
When Steve Dickus opened Pizza e Vino a few years ago on Rancho Santa Margarita Lake, I wondered how he would stay in business. His Neapolitan pizzas are the best in South County, but opening a high-end pizzeria in the middle of a recession in one of O.C.'s most remote locales seemed crazy (Ortic ... More >>
We'll start at the end of the mystery, like the film Memento: Why didn't I include your favorite in this list of 10 great pizzerias that we Weeklings love? Because that's what the comments section is for, dear reader. Without further delay, here are 10 great pizzerias in Orange County!
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 >>
Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's long-awaited Newport Beach outpost of their pizza hut finally opens
Europe then and now, according to Jean-Luc Godard, in 'Film Socialisme'
Photo by: Scott Brinegar/DisneylandGuy Fieri at a previous year's DCA's Food & Wine FestivalSince Disney has effectively put the kibosh on this year's and any foreseeable year's California Food and Wine Festival usually held at their California Adventure Park, the Patina Group of restaurants ... More >>
Alessandro Pirozzi's third restaurant makes for a flawless trilogy of Italian food
UPDATE, MARCH 21, 4:10 P.M.: The doomed twin-engine plane pilot who died in Wednesday morning's Long Beach Airport crash has been identified as Kenneth Earl Cruz.The 43-year-old Culver City resident worked for Rainbow Air of Long Beach, had been a commercial pilot since 2003 an ... More >>
If we're not inundated with food-truck events, there's always some restaurant week happening somewhere. We're in the midst of Irvine's Restaurant Week. But yesterday, OC Restaurant Week, arguably one of the most successful in our realm, announced its line up for this year, and it's a nice ro ... More >>
Jennie Warren(Click on the band's picture to hear their new holiday tune!) This year, OC/LB bands have come together to provide us with a smokin' holiday soundtrack called the White Elephant Mix. Two Guns--comprised of Kevin Poush, Aaron Bradford, Brad Lindsay, Harris Pittman and Gabe P ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comNot the ramen from your college daysJust as New York, Chicago, Naples, and Rome have evolved their distinct styles of pizza, different parts of Japan have regional styles of ramen, distinguished primarily by their soups. Did you know Orange County has adopted its own ramen style?
Christopher VictorioThink of seafood with an ocean view in Southern California, and you think of Gladstone's. So tied to the bounty of the ocean is the restaurant that the original Pacific Palisades branch's telephone number is (310) GL-4-FISH. (Really.) This week, we're on the line with Chef Pet ... More >>
Andrew YoussefA surprisingly sober Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots.It was KROQ's annual summer kick-off concert with a line-up that didn't totally suck: Weenie Roast! The 2010 roster included Sublime with Rome, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Devo, Paramore, Silversun Pickups, Spoon, Cage ... More >>
From kielbasa to hot links to Habanero Tequila Chicken, this Long Beach sausage shack puts the hot in hot dog
Anthony BourdainDave was busy this week wreaking a little more havoc than usual. A facetious post on April 1st announcing culinary superstar Anthony Bourdain's intent to open a Les Halles in Newport Beach attracted way more attention than expected. Numerous link-tos and confused call-ins later, t ... More >>
Photo by Kimberly ValenzuelaToday, we continue on our interview with David Coleman of Michael's on Naples. Missed the first part? Then click HERE. Otherwise read on after the jump.
Photo by Kimberly ValenzuelaDrive along Second Street in Long Beach's Naples neighborhood and you'll see a dense concentration of restaurants--almost as if you were in New York's Upper West Side. Manhattanites would be very lucky to have Michael's on Naples, a young Italian restaurant we've ... More >>
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