• Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    The Best Restaurants in Orange County, 2014

    Well everyone, its that time of the year again. We've pondered ever so hard and have come up with a list of what we think are the best everything in Orange County. Now, for those of you who can't click over to the Best Of section of our website, or pick up a paper copy (Seriously though, they're glo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    On the Line: Tim Gonzales of TJ's Woodfire Pizza, Part One

    One lazy Sunday, I swang by my local farmers market to visit Tim over at TJ's Woodfire. Fresh produce, hot lunch and live music are the perfect combo with our pizza as we grab a bench to go over his responses. Let's talk about your Neapolitan wood-fired pizza oven; how quickly does it bake a pizza ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Delightful Crepes Cafe

    "Delightful" is one of those adjectives that almost makes you cringe from the doily-fringed feelings of charm it involuntarily conjures. The question "Isn't that delightful?" brings to mind images of crustless tea sandwiches, babies wearing bow ties and senior citizens who do yoga. But quesadillas m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Free Donuts at Donut Bar Grand Opening Saturday in Fountain Valley

    Donut Bar, which is officially titled "Orange County's Donut Bar" since the original in San Diego is called "San Diego's Donut Bar", has been in soft opening mode in Fountain Valley. They offer the same, constantly updated donut menu that changes daily. Some of the flavors offered: Samoa, which is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    San Diego's Donut Bar To Open in Fountain Valley

    Fountain Valley recently welcomed Afters, a new dessert shop that stuffed ice cream into its donuts. By comparison, the new Donut Bar, with its maple bacon topped donuts is old hat. This new donut shop is officially titled Orange County's Donut Bar--the original is called San Diego's Donut Bar.

  • Food

    August 15, 2013

    The Woods: Meatloaf and a Pint

    Behold downtown Fullerton's latest star in its constellation of watering holes

  • Calendar

    July 11, 2013

    OC Fair 2013

    Orange County Fairgrounds

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Bacon Beer, Ghiradelli Dogs & Bacon Nutella Pizza: Five More Foods You'll Find At The OC Fair on July 12

    The Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe may be getting all the attention on this year's county fair circuit, but it's not the only food that'll make your jaw drop (and arteries squirm). At this year's OC Fair, which runs from July 12 to August 11, there'll be plenty of reasons to wear the fat pants. Here are fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Dispatch From Costa Mesa: Sidecar Announces Opening And Greenleaf Gets Busy

    Sidecar who? Ah, yes. The buzz going around in December was Sidecar Doughnuts' test kitchen cranking out full-sized samples for anyone who could get up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday. We were originally told a January launch date. Then we waited. And waited. And then they dropped off our radar.After months ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Now Open: Slater's 50/50 In Lake Forest

    We can't speak for San Diego or Pasadena, but the bar at Slater's 50/50 in Lake Forest is loooooooong. Like slide a pint across the countertop, Coyote Ugly dancing long. And full of male bartenders (not that we minded). Rodrigo, Bean and Tony can recommend what's on tap anytime. Our task: remember w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Getting Our Slapfish Brunch On In Huntington Beach

    When someone mentions the word brunch, we immediately say, "Where?!" It is our meal of meals, the bacon atop our mac and cheese. Brunch can be a Vegas AYCE extraordinaire, or a highbrow prix fixe served at Cafe Hipster. The interpretation may vary, but one thing remains consistent: eggs. Glorious eg ... More >>

  • Food

    October 25, 2012

    Paninoteca Maggio: Paradise In Hell

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana sandwich shop makes some of the best espresso in Orange County

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    On the Line: Alessandro Pirozzi of Mare Culinary Lounge, Part One

    To get Alessandro to sit still for our meeting was next to impossible. Somewhere between emails, planning the daily special (sea bass with a white wine sauce made with grapes in their garden), and coordinating the staff schedule, we went over the questionnaire. What was the first thing your Nonna Id ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    No. 33: Chocolate Dome Cake at AnQi

    The garlic noodles at AnQui? Of course. The tamarind crab? Legendary. Cocktails? Superb. The South Coast Plaza eatery can always be counted on for a great, inventive dinner--a recent addition is tongue tacos made from a wonton shell--take THAT, Glen Bell!They also have a molecular gastronomy section ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Paninoteca Maggio: Great Sandwiches and the Best Espresso in Orange County

    Finding Paninoteca Maggio requires some doing. Its general location--in the plaza with Mother's Market on Main Street in Santa Ana's northernmost reaches--is pretty easy to find, but Paninoteca Maggio is in one of the live-work lofts that ring the strangely built central parking lot. If you walk alo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    On the Line: George Wu and Lawrence Tai of Waffles de Liege, Part One

    Friends either complement each other or tend to act like twins. For the guys of Waffles de Liege, it's somewhere in the middle, as you'll see in this week's luxe lonchera interview. We met for lunch on their day off and discussed the business -- like those requests for bean-and-cheese burritos?!Your ... More >>

  • Food

    May 10, 2012

    Anepalco's Cafe Has Le Mexique

    Danny Godinez's second restaurant serves Mexican meals in the French style

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    At Last: 'Nutella and GO!' Lets You Eat Nutella Without a Spoon

    Nutella is delicious but there lies a deep challenge in getting it from point A to point B--that is, from container to mouth. The treacherous process involves fetching a spoon, butter knife or other scoopable object. Of course, you can always just dig in with your fingers like the classy beast you a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Does Starbucks Have a Secret Menu?

    Starbucks, according to several sources, may have a secret menu where one can conceivably order items with code names such as "Captain Crunch" and "Oreo Frappuccino." These drinks don't necessarily contain those ingredients, and are often just rejiggered recipes of their normal drinks with a few of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    The Iron Press in Costa Mesa: Toothsome Waffleliciousness!

    First reported by Michelle, we ended up at South Coast Collection's The Iron Press last week for a friends and family unofficial opening.  Beer taps and waffle irons abounding, we took a seat at their counter to check things out.In a building directly across from OC Mart Mix, the windowed, corn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    If You Bought Nutella in the Last Four Years, You May Be Eligible for a Class-Action Lawsuit Settlement

    Just when we think we've seen it all, along comes the sweet smell of hazelnut lawsuits. Sounding more like an April Fool's scheme, this comes courtesy of Ferrero USA, Inc., the makers of Nutella. You know, that product Kobe used to hawk (and the only sports reference you'll ever see me make).Here's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    5 Dishes That are Surprisingly Easy to Make at Home

    ​Yes, I know I went on a big stink about what kind of food people shouldn't make at home. That's not because I hate cooking; that was because some dishes are just bad ideas, whether due to difficulty of technique, time commitment or cost. Plenty of things are really easy to make at home, some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    First Look: Playground

    Playground's duck rillettes​Jason Quinn's new restaurant, Playground, opened a couple of weeks ago on la Cuatro, near the Yost Theatre. Originally conceived as a high-end burger-and-beer bar à la Burger Parlor, Quinn revamped the concept to allow him and his staff a little more creativity in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    10 Unusual Candies & Treats To Give Out On Halloween

    Edwin Goei​Would you rather not give out boring old Snickers and M&M's this year? You want to be the special house on the block that has stuff that no one else dares give away? Here are some unusual candies and treats we dug out from our blog's long-dead Wacky Snacks featurette, most of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Cream Puffs at the Morsels Bakery Truck

    Dave Lieberman​It looks like it's true. Cupcakes are dead. While cupcakes used to be the default--nay, the only--dessert option at the various clustertrucks that roam Orange County serving fancy food in low-brow settings, now it's getting harder to find mobile cupcakes.Whew.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Waffles de Liege Truck Sells, Well, Waffles De Liege

    ​Gentle readers: por favor welcome Charisma Madarang, a recent graduate of UC Irvine's acclaimed literary journalism department, and the author of the great mini-essay on Newport's Dory fleet that appeared in our summer issue. She'll contribute occasional pieces for SaFII--that is, until she leave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    On the Line: Christian Murcia of Crepes Bonaparte & Brats Berlin, Part Two

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​Our conversation with Christian Murcia continues as we discuss family, animal-style fries and Crepes Bonaparte's stint on The Great Food Truck Race. To read up on yesterday's installment, you can click here. For a savory cooking lesson, come back tomorrow.Hardest lesso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    On the Line: Christian Murcia of Crepes Bonaparte & Brats Berlin, Part One

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​He may not be French (he's Hispanic), but Christian Murcia can make an authentic crepe. His business acumen has enabled him to launch Brats Berlin, a German-themed luxe lonchera featuring bratwurst, which debuted over the weekend. Join us as we tap the creativity behin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    On The Line: Hung Tram of La Creperie Cafe, Part Three

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​We conclude our On The Line segment with chef Hung Tram on a sweet note. Invite your friends over, because this recipe merits a get-together. Chocolate wasted, anyone? To view parts one and two, click here and here.

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Five Heart-Shaped Foods For Valentine's Day

    ​So you forgot to make reservations, you neglected to buy a gift and the flower shop has been picked bare. Don't worry. There's still one last-minute way to salvage Valentine's Day. Heart-shaped food.You could do pancakes or pizza, but here are five slightly more original recipes, all guaranteed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Revisiting a Review: What Happened to True Food Kitchen's Chicken?

    Edwin Goei​Before I ate there, you would've found me in the camp of skeptics on True Food Kitchen. Like I mentioned in the review I wrote, it was that presumptuous name and the tie-in with, of all people, a physician. But the food turned out to transcend the New Age "phytonutrient" jargon a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    On The Line: Dean Simon of Bruxie, Part Two

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​Today we continue our Q&A with Dean Simon of Bruxie in Orange. Have no idea what Bruxie is? Where've you been? If you missed the first part, click here to read it. And stay tuned tomorrow for a recipe. What show would you pitch to the Food Network?My idea for a sh ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 30, 2010
  • Food

    December 23, 2010

    Bruxie Is a Euro-Smash

    The waffles are Belgian at this Old Towne Orange eatery, but the stuffing is pure Americana

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    The First-Ever Eating Contest in Orange County History?

    Flickr user abbynormyNote: not a historical photo from that original contest, but most definitely the same espirit de corps...​I'm deep in the archives in doing the research for my book--that Roosevelt chap from New York sure might make a good running mate for McKinley!--and all sorts of historica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Ham & Cheese Gelato at Tutto Amore's All-You-Can-Eat Gelato Night This Thursday

    First, as much as I like the idea of All-You-Can-Eat gelato, it seems, um, excessive. Face it: even if you could eat your weight in Italian ice cream, would you really want to?So it's not really that part of the equation that excites me about Tutto Amore's event, happening this Thursday night (6PM ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Churro Station To Open Franchises in Santa Ana and Anaheim

    Move over cupcakes. Step aside frozen yogurt. There will be a new dessert in town. And his name is churro. He's been deep-fried, covered in sugar and cinnamon, and franchised by an outfit called Churro Station. The chain -- started by a woman who rightly realized that there were no churro franc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Genki Living in Irvine is Closed

    Genki Living in Irvine, the Japanese crepe joint that was actually owned by Taiwanese, has closed. It started offering their crepes, both savory (ham and cheese) and sweet (Nutella and banana), sometime around two years ago. I liked their takoyaki, in all their octopusiness. And they also made ... More >>

  • Food

    June 29, 2006

    Real Men Lighten Up

    Crepes and Tapatio at the Crema Cafe

  • Food

    September 2, 2004
  • Food

    August 14, 2003

    Crepes Cest Bon!

    Dreaming of Paris in America

  • Food

    September 6, 2001

    Pedal to the Griddle

    OCs Hottest Cakes