Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of world cooking. Today, she interviews Toshiro Konishi, one of Peru's most famous chefs. Enjoy!
The onetime OC man is the only man still alive who escaped from Peru's most notorious prison
Renzo's A Taste of Peru was beloved by its cult, but its location stank. The storefront might as well be hidden under a rock. Most who come to the parking lot where it stood until it closed suddenly last year ignore it for the food court which anchors the plaza.
Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of world cooking. Today, she regales us with a dispatch from Mesamerica 2013, one of the world's premier chef conferences. Enjoy!
Geeta Bansal, who is the chef and owner of Clay Oven in Irvine as well as a contributor to this blog, will be hosting another one of her pop-up dinners at her restaurant tomorrow. The dinner was originally planned to be held like her last, at the Whole Foods in Newport Beach, but it has just now be ... More >>
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit to Peru, where Virgilio Martinez is currently the toast of the country's cooking scene. Enjoy!
[Hole In the Wall] This Lake Forest spot wows with a simple-yet-potent Peruvian menu
Orange County has been really good to us cinephiles lately. Apart from the Vietnamese International Film Festival, the ongoing Newport Beach Film Festival, and the Cinema Orange series at OCMA, we now rejoice as UC Irvine hold its 14th annual Latin American Film Festival this week. It's a modest fe ... More >>
Dear fellow white people:Enough.Enough with the damn $10 cups of juice.Enough pretending to be dedicated to local, organic, sustainable food when you then turn around and order a glass of can-you-even-still-call-it-juice with lúcuma from Peru, açaí from Brazil, mangosteen from Thailand, spirulina ... More >>
Greg Long, the San Clemente big wave rider who recently starred in OC Weekly's inaugural People Issue, has been crowned the winner in this year's Big Wave World Tour contest. The event, now in its fourth year, was cancelled after just three of five rounds (in Todos Santos, Baja California and P ... More >>
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit to Barcelona, where Sebastian Mazzola is making his name at 41°. Enjoy!
As he awaits final inspections for the new home of The Tulsa Rib Company, Steve Parker finds time to answer our questions. "We've had 32 years to get prepared," he says of the decision to move after so many years in the same Orange strip mall, "so we should be alright on it." Special thanks to Liz P ... More >>
The SoCal Film Festival has a message for those fearful about moving around Southern California's 405 freeway during "Carmageddon II":Stay off the streets and in Huntington Beach for the eighth annual celebration of independent cinema, which rolls in the Central Library on Talbert Avenue Thursday th ... More >>
Renzo's Taste of Peru, the unlike source of great ceviche in Irvine, has closed. In a Facebook update posted Tuesday, owner Renzo Macchiavello wrote: Today was our last day of Bussines.I am proud of this litte place and the people and all of your support .....thanks so much for your comments and l ... More >>
The food-obsessed stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan had a great line once about food delivery. He said, "Delivery is really a combination of two of my favorite activities: eating, and not moving."People of the same mindset might soon have not just pizza and Chinese food but Whoppers they don't have ... More >>
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Photo by Kevin LaraFamily is a recurring theme in our interview with Renzo Macchiavello: influencing his past, supporting his present and inspiring him to excel at what he does best. His expertise earns him gold medals, and here, he offers a few good anecdotes in part two of his On the Line inter ... More >>
Surfer Renzo Macchiavello creates Incan favorites in Irvine
Flickr user ehfisherIn honor of National Pickle Day, The Counter Custom Burgers slashed prices on their Fried Dill Pickle Chips to a dollar this Sunday, November 14 (go while you can!). There are two OC locations: Irvine and Newport Beach. You can also get fried pickle chips at Beachwood BBQ, Luc ... More >>
This Buena Park eatery just might be the county's first restaurant to specialize in Peruvian-Chinese food
Edwin GoeiName: D'Onofrio Pezi Duri Lucuma Ice Cream Origin: Peru Found at: Aji Limon, Buena Park Cost: $10 Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Milk Whey, Lucuma Flour, Milk Protein, Skimmed Milk, Glucose, Emulsifiers (Mono and diglycerides, Guar Gum, Garrofin Gum, Carragee ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThree years ago, if you saw a cherimoya, it had almost certainly been flown in from Chile or Peru and had been languishing in the "exotic" produce bin at the supermarket, waiting for someone to recognize it and pay $5 for a tiny, withered fruit.Commercial production of cherimoyas ha ... More >>
Since new yogurt stores seem to keep popping up like an unstoppable, virulent disease (See my earlier post here on the phenomenon), there's really one thing left to do: request more flavors. Not that there's a lack of creativity out there. Some, like Yogurtland, seem to have a hard-working f ... More >>
I wished what this Times Online story had to say was a hoax -- that Italy didn't really start banning kebabs and other foreign food from its cities -- but it's too outrageous not to be true.The article states:The drive to make Italians eat Italian, which was described by the Left and leading chefs ... More >>
Chippendales, Friday 8 p.m. Fuck yes. Coach House 33157 Camino Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, CA 949-496-8930 Swing Dance Lessons, Friday 5 p.m. Jump jive and sigh. The Neighborhood Cup 1 Journey Aliso Viejo, CA 949-716-5100 Bastard Winos with Gasoline Addicts, Saturday 9 p.m. Two of the greatest ... More >>
So here's what happened since we last checked in: Lima City (a Peruvian food stall in an Irvine food court I previously reviewed) is gone, replaced by Peruvian Kitchen, who moved out from its Fountain Valley digs, which is now occupied by another Peruvian restaurant called Casa Inka. I won't att ... More >>
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Feeling most at home at a place that's not
Szyszlo mixes up Stonehenge, Area 51 and the Incas
Feds to teens: Just say no, dude
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