• 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 >>

  • News

    June 12, 2014


    Something in nothing

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    June 12, 2014


    Dig that damn marina already

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Former Playground Sous-Chef To Open New Restaurant in Laguna Beach

    Frank De Loach, Jason Quinn's sous chef at Playground, is striking out on his own.Come next week (the planned opening date is November 3), the man who spearheaded the six-course omakase and other projects at the ex-Lime Trucker's Santa Ana restaurant is opening a pizzeria and birreria called NEApoli ... More >>

  • Food

    October 11, 2012

    Pepz Pizza Is a North County Secret

    [Hole In the Wall] This North County chain is ready to go countywide

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Some Pig: Images From Pig Out 1.0

    Cocktails, glorious cheese, fresh coconut water and swine served 15 different ways. Or as some of us called it, Sunday at Newport Dunes. While we bounced between cocktails and pork, occasionally we remembered to take a photo. Here's a taste of what stopped us in our tracks.Dee Nguyen's Break of Dawn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Revisiting a Review: Pizzeria Ortica

    It's been three years since I reviewed Pizzeria Ortica; two years since Chef Steve Samson left to start Sotto in LA. In that time a little place called Mozza opened in Newport Beach; Ecco debuted not far off at The Camp; and the irrepressible Il Dolce quietly did its thing near Triangle Square. Thou ... More >>

  • Food

    November 18, 2010

    A New York Slice of Mind at Al's New York Café

    [Hole In the Wall] Costa Mesa pizzeria offers a beautiful slice of the Big Apple

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Locally Grown Finale Featuring Reel Big Fish at the Grove of Anaheim

    Meg Strouse/OC Weekly​Check out our Reel Big Fish slideshow here!Chase Long Beach, Starpool, Suburban Legends, Reel Big FishSeptember 18, 2010Grove of AnaheimThird-wave ska, that unapologetically goofy genre, was born and raised in Orange County. Turn on the radio in the mid-1990s, and there was n ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 24, 2010

    Taste of Downtown

    East Village Arts District

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    This Week In Food

    In the last five days in Stick a Fork In It:We worked out that, to the best of our knowledge, no OC restaurants closed in June. That's a first!Edwin chowed down on chicken bowls and rated Flame Broiler's above Yoshinoya's.Chef Steve Samson of Pizzeria Ortica worried us all with his "I would like to ... More >>

  • Food

    May 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Great Squash Pizza at Mesa

    Everyone's trying to be a fancy pizza man nowadays gracias to the Mozza phenomenon. From Pizzeria Ortica's neo-Italian standards to Avanti Café's inventive pies, it's a welcome addition to the county's pizza scene. Add to the good ones some squash concoction at Mesa.Mesa switches up its menu to mat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Dangerously Good Desserts At Pizzeria Ortica

    It's not often that hubby and I nearly come to blows over dessert (or anything else, I hasten to add), but we had a very close call during a recent meal at Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa. (For Edwin's review of the sleek eaterie, CLICK HERE).Our bellies already filled with pies, we thought we were be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    More Dining Bargains--Fashion Plates at South Coast Plaza

    Seems like the OC can't get enough of dining and drinking deals these days, what with the recent Orange County Restaurant Week, upcoming Happy Hour Week and a ton of other random bargains and promos. Lucky us!This time it's the Fashion Plates event at SCP, a ten-day affair running from March 20 to 2 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    His Way

    Tribute to Sinatra

  • Food

    August 2, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Breaking Into the Upper Crust: New York's Upper Crust Pizza

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2007

    Dinner and A Tango

    Cafe Tu Tu Tango is not for the average "starving artist." However, if you have just sold one or two paintings- you may just about be able to indulge in an appetizer or three. The overall price is a bit steep, but if you've got the money, honey, and the should definitely try as many flavo ... More >>

  • Food

    May 4, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This week in bringing back a bigger dining guide

  • Food

    June 23, 2005