Despite the departure of restaurants in Laguna Beach this past year (The Royal Hawaiian, The Cottage, French 75 and now Katsuya), the third annual A La Carte event hasn't skipped a beat. The four-day celebration begins this Thursday with kick-off dinners galore. There are events and specials through ... More >>
It's been three months since we broke the news that the Orange County Register was hiring award-winning food critic Brad A. Johnson, and about a month since he started doing restaurant reviews for the Reg. SO...how's he doing? Not bad--not bad at all, actually. He's everything we'd say he'd be, for ... More >>
Oh, look, this year's edition of "The World's 50 Best Restaurants", sponsored by San Pellegrino and its subsidiary Acqua Panna, has come out. Cue the precious online debates and the bored yawns from the rest of the world.Ranked lists of the best anything are patent bollocks: they necessarily
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One of our favorite posts here is Guess Where?, where we put up photos of where we eat and ask ustedes to, well, guess where we eat. Doesn't get the most blog hits, but always awesome to see who knows their food and reward folks with small prizes.The great thing about the feature is that all sort ... More >>
Flickr user jakrapongIt's practically a reflex. The moment a friend suggests that we check out a new restaurant, at least one person in the group has already pulled out her smartphone and logged onto Yelp, searching what's nearby and has the most stars. Anything in the red or orange warrants a fu ... More >>
Chef Jason Petrie reflects on his passion for food as the conversation turns to Pinot Provence's upcoming spring menu (including new desserts!). You'll also find out the recipe he's so proud of, which he's sharing with us tomorrow. For more on Jason, part one is just a link away.Hardest lesson yo ... More >>
Photo by Todd Barnes Today we continue our Q&A with Gabe Gordon, chef and owner of Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach.
Stay tuned for a recipe from our chef tomorrow.
If you missed the first part, click here.
What show would you pitch to the Food Network?
I don't really watch the Food Network, so ... More >>
The Place: Dave and Buster's at the Block, 20 The City Dr. West, Orange; (714) 769-1515. Second location at Irvine Spectrum, 71 Fortune Dr. Irvine; (949) 727-0555.The Hours: 4:30-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.The Deal: 50% off all cocktails; beer and wine speci ... More >>
Flickr user othermaciej under Creative CommonsWhy is it so hard to find properly written menus? Some are too concise and offer no details; others can't shut up. Below are twelve helpful hints for people doing menu writing.
No, not that one. I'm talking about Champagne. Or, rather, the lack of it. Picture it: Cedar Creek Inn, Brea, Valentine's Day dinner. I was already mentally black-marking the restaurant for informing me just the day before, when confirming the reservation, that there was a "strict two-hour table tim ... More >>
Food critic Jonathan Gold of our sister paper LA Weekly has won a 2007 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, it was announced today.
The Pulitzer Board noted Gold's "zestful, wide ranging restaurant reviews, expressing the delight of an erudite eater."
The two other excellent nominees were both from the L ... More >>