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    July 2, 2013

    On The Line: Alissa Grenis & Chris Rubinstein Of Bite Me Foods, Part One

    We knew about the Bite Me luxe lonchera a long time ago. What we didn't know was that she catered more than she rolled into food truck roundups. Alissa Grenis may be the brains behind the concept of cuisine that isn't deep fried (there isn't even a fryer on the truck), but she insisted on including ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Celebrate the Year of The Snake With Ching's Chinese New Year

    Ching He-Huang may be a self-taught chef but she was taught by some of the best, her very own family. With a long line of traditional heritage, Taiwanese-born Ching helped out with a lot of the cooking growing up and moves to South Africa and later to London helped mold her tastes and styles but luc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    No. 5: Spontanaé Menu at Marché Moderne

    South Coast Plaza typically isn't a haven for bargain hunters, but for several years the prix-fixe lunch at Florent and Amelia Marneau's Marche Moderne has had one of the best lunch specials in the county.Dinner for two at Marche can easily top $100, but like Rachael Ray taught us on $40 a Day, expe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    On the Line: Carmina Casso of Ciao! Deli & Pizzeria, Part One

    ​Ask and you shall receive, at least for one Forker's request to have us go On the Line with Ciao! Deli & Pizzeria in Costa Mesa. A husband-and-wife operation, Carmina and Ray Casso roll out family recipes as effortlessly as their pizza dough. Near the intersection of Baker and Bear, we see wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    On the Line: The Men of the Burnt Truck, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​When we suggested the guys behind local luxe lonchera the Burnt Truck split up the answers, it wasn't until after the fact we realized all three (Paul Cao, Phi Nguyen and Minh Pham) submitted answers to the entire questionnaire. So this week, we flex our keyboarding muscles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    On the Line: Judy Fleenor of Cafe Chiarini, Part One

    ​There is a dynamic duo adjacent to Santa Ana's courthouse. (It's a trio if you count pastry chef Vicki Schrimmer.) Superfriends Judy Fleenor and Iliana Chiarini win patrons over with charm and a cure for everyday lunches. Part one with the soup Nazi Judy clues us in on their greatness, as well as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Five Things You're Doing Wrong with Japanese Food

    ​I'm just as guilty of butchering foreign word pronunciation as any American, but there are times when the media perpetuates mistakes that will make you look like a schmuck. This week--five things for you to avoid sounding like one in a Japanese restaurant.

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    On the Line: Andrew Gruel of Slapfish, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Fact: Andrew and Jethro decided on Tax Day to create Slapfish. Also a fact: Their food is truly sustainable and fresh, since they double as wholesale importers (triple if you factor in their future "Test Kitchen" endeavor). Did we reel you in yet? Follow our interview with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    On The Line: Hop Phan of Dos Chinos, Part One

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​What can we say about newlywed Hop Phan? The face behind luxe lonchera sensation Dos Chinos, he's a funny guy who doesn't need cookbooks to inspire their signature cuisine. We could say more, but Hop's thoughts speak for themselves. What are six words to describe your food?Ga, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Guy Fieri And Rachael Ray's New Food Network Show

    First the news from Alton Brown that Good Eats is going bye-bye. It was the only show left on Food Network worth watching. Today, on the Rachael Ray Show, the annoyingly spunky Ray announced a new show premiering this summer on the Food Network with faux-bro co-host Guy Fieri.The elevator pitch? "It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    On The Line: Jay DiEugenio From BACON MANia, Part One

    Kevin Lara​Who doesn't love a slice of bacon? Chewy with extra grease, or baked crisp, Shuji-style, its universal appeal is probably only outnumbered by oxygen. It was a matter of time before a luxe lonchera came along to steal the snout-loving diners of Orange County. Half of the visionary duo BA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Eva Longoria To Sign New Cookbook At South Coast Plaza

    WikiMedia Commons​You might be thinking to yourself, that Eva Longoria?  She has a cook book?  Isn't Bree Van de Kamp, Marcia Cross' character, the model of domesticity on that show?  Admittedly, I haven't seen Desperate Housewives in ages, so I have no clue what's going on with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    On the Line: Britta Kvinge Pulliam

    Photo by Todd Barnes​Orange County--fleeting, impermanent, forever-discarding Orange County--is severely lacking in longstanding food personalities who aren't afraid to open new places while keeping a signature style. There's the Goodells, Pascal Olhats, Chef Abe and...who else? Definitely on that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Kris Kirk of Ecco Restaurant, Part One

    Photo by Todd Barnes​Kris Kirk used to cook at the late Sage on the Coast, but now heads the kitchen at the new Ecco at The Camp in Costa Mesa. The restaurant, which opened a few months ago after a prolonged delay, is already making up for lost time doing pizza, a seasonal menu, and, um, a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Jason Quinn of The Lime Truck, Part One

    Photo by Christopher VictorioJason Quinn and Daniel Shemtob​When I say that The Lime Truck is the youngest of OC's new age food trucks, I mean it. It's as green to the scene as their bright lime paint job. As you read this post, the truck would've been on the road roughly a month. The two guys beh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Jeff Duggan of Portola Coffee, Part One

    John Gilhooley​Head into Irvine's Layer Cake Bakery on a Saturday and your senses will be assaulted as soon as you enter. The man responsible for this attack on your nasal passages is Jeff Duggan, proprietor of Portola Coffee. While "On The Line" usually features restaurant chefs, it's not e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Craig Connole of House Of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer, Part One

    Photo by Tracy Powell ​House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer has managed to achieve the seemingly impossible: affordable seafood in Laguna Beach. And it does it with that tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek name that's as fun to say as it probably took them to make up. The chef and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Laura De Martin of TusCA, Part One

    Kimberly Valenzuela​The recent renovation of the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove ushered in a new upscale eatery--TusCA. The menu features rustic Italian cuisine with a touch of California, with the help of Italian native Chef Laura De Martin.Chef Laura took the time to go On The Line and answer Par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Harry Kho of Harry's Deli, Part One

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Ask a local foodie who the sandwich maker/deli owner/chef of the moment is and they'll tell you it's Harrison Kho, or Harry for short. His Harry's Deli, an Irvine office-park lunch stop, like I said in my recent review, is the busiest and buzziest sandwich shop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Mariela Rebollo of Barcelona On the Go, Part 1

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​We've interviewed the chefs of fancy places, we've interviewed the chefs of hidden holes in the wall, but we've never interviewed the chef of a food truck until now. Mariela Rebollo is the force in the mobile kitchen of Barcelona on the Go, a Spanish food truck that's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Snoop Dogg at SXSW, Lady Gaga Strikes Back, Justin Bieber (WTF?), Mr. Rachael Ray (Ha!)

    Some unknown from Long Beach called Snoop Dogg helps close out SXSW.Lady Gaga strikes back--legally speaking--at her ex, who is suing her for $30.5 million.Ah, who is this kid Justin Bieber and why does anyone care if he'd date a fan?Mr. Rachael Ray--a wannabe rock star--makes fool of himself at SXS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Ice Cream Man Matt Allen Okay--Baby Ice Cream Truck Not So Much

    icecreamman.comThe Ice Cream Man: Matt Allen.​Since 2004, Long Beach's Ice Cream Man Matt Allen has made a career of giving away ice cream for free at music events nationwide. But news of a possible Ice Cream Man benefit this April at Alex's Bar suggested an emergency meaning it's time to give som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2010

    Tanya Petrovna of Native Foods, Part I

    ​Tanya Petrovna is the chef and owner of Native Foods. Her ever expanding vegan eatery started out in Palms Springs in 1994, but we in OC know her best from her restaurant at The Camp, which is housed inside a yurt. She has two other restaurants in OC, not all of them in yurts, but serving the ... More >>

  • Food

    December 31, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    On the Line: Ray White of the Veggie Grill

    Courtesy of Veggie Grill​The first time I heard tell of a group of people who eschewed not only meat but all animal products, I was stunned. I put down the fork and steak knife and said, "Exactly what do these people eat anyway?"As I started dating a woman whose father and sister are strict vegeta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    On The Line: James Sar of Cambinos Asian BBQ

    ​ Of all the chefs and restauranteurs we've profiled on this blog feature, I can't say that I've met any of them in person. But I can say that I have had the pleasure of meeting James Sar of Cambinos Asian BBQ . If you eat at there, you will too. James will be the one taking your order and serv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2009

    Five Recent Interesting Food News Stories To Ponder

    If you'd browsed you'd also find these food stories this past week. Just in case you didn't: - Twilight-themed restaurant planned for Wash. town - Associated Press - Chinese Urbanites Drop Chopsticks for 'Western' Food - ABC News - Lawmaker Wants Oyster Policy Reversed - Food Safety News - One Hun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Recipe of the Week: Chicken Cacciatore

    ​Stick a Fork In It always runs its recipes on a Wednesday, and sometimes that coincides with a yummy national food day. Today, however, is an exception: October 14 is National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day. Yikes!But instead of sharing my favorite recipe for cucarachas con chocolate, I'm bringing ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    On the Line: Amar Santana of Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's

    ​This week we grilled Amar Santana, Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's, South Coast Plaza. As well as cooking, the Dominican Republic-born chef also teaches regular kitchen technique classes at the restaurant (for information, check the website).Here, he talks about his love of por ... More >>

  • News

    May 14, 2009
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    November 26, 2008

    Garden Grove's Korean District In New Cooking Show on KOCE

    Before The Food Network came along , there was Martin Yan, Jacques Pepin, Tommy Tang, Jeff Smith (a.k.a. The Frugal Gourmet) and of course, Julia Child.  As a kid, I watched their shows every Saturday morning on PBS's KCET 28 when other kids watched cartoons.  I'd stare with rapt amuseme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2008

    The Crystal Cove Shake Shack Still Brings 'Em In

    Besides seagulls, no other group has monopolized eating by the shore than Ruby's. Along the O.C. coast, at the end of almost every pier, there's a Ruby's. But it doesn't stop there. Ruby's owns and manages The Beachcomber, a beach-side restaurant set inside a rickety cottage in the Crystal Co ... More >>

  • Food

    June 21, 2007

    Moderne Love

    If shoppings what ails ya, Marche Moderne is the cure

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    June 5, 2007

    Noon at the 99 Cents Store

    The 99 Cents Store in downtown Santa Ana is a magical place. Where else can you find a pregnancy test for less than a buck—and right next to the Muscle Rub, too? Other cheapies: "Electronically tested" condoms. Candy still in Halloween packaging. Salad. Frozen seafood mix. Milk tha ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 19, 2007

    Game On

    Hot Mama: Cooking Mama for the Wii looks good enough to eat

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    January 23, 2006

    Google Dolls

    The other day, while getting the website that mirrors your favorite OC alt.-weekly pub ready for ya'all, Clockworken noticed something interesting upon opening Gustavo Arellano's popular column !Ask a Mexican! (Special Cesar Chavez Edition). Along the top of the virtual page was a Google advertiseme ... More >>