San Pellegrino

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    On The Line: Debra Sims Of Maro Wood Grill, Part One

    Chef Sims was like a breath of fresh air, and not just because her restaurant resides along PCH in Laguna Beach. Her experience in the military makes her more professional, detail-oriented and outgoing in the kitchen. Her modest space burns though orders of empanadas, burgers and a lovely banana pud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Mesamerica, Part 2: Geeta Bansal at One of the Most Prestigious Food Conferences in the World!

    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!

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Modica's Deli

    Long Beach's Cooper Arms Building on the corner of Ocean Blvd. and Linden first opened in 1924. It featured some of the first apartment homes in the city and offered unobstructed views of the water and "amusement zones." Early purchasers were promised their money back thanks to revenue-producing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    On The Line: Jonathan Rollo Of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Part One

    The award for mini-chain that took Costa Mesa by storm goes to Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. Open since last spring, Jonathan Rollo and Kristi Ritchey helped bring sexy back to a mild-mannered strip along 17th. With meals that are neither strictly vegan nor tasteless, Greenleaf's menu includes organic ... 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

    April 30, 2012

    The "World's 50 Best" List Is Published, Is Usual Steaming Pile of Irrelevance

    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 reflec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Testing The Waters At 2 (Two) Fishermen Grill & Rolls

    ​While my SAFII co-horts were entertaining Evan Kleiman at our most recent Happy Hour event, I manned the bar, making friends with raffle winners and even my bartender's significant other. It was he (the boyfriend, not the bartender) who suggested a seafood joint just a hop, skip, and jump from h ... More >>

  • Food

    August 12, 2010

    Russian Gourmet's Dumplings of the Czars

    [Hole In the Wall] Go to the Lake Forest grocer/eatery for the the pelmenis, stay for the cookies

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Dueling Dishes: Real Sugar Soda vs. HFCS Soda

    Dave Lieberman​As we posted at the end of last year, PepsiCo bottlers are making limited-edition "Throwback" versions of Pepsi and Mountain Dew. These are made the old-fashioned way, with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). While OC is no stranger to sugar soda (a lot, but not all, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    On the Line: Vincent Muraco of Zimzala

    ​When he enrolled at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco at the tender age of 17, Vincent Muraco was its youngest student ever. Since then, his culinary career has taken him to the Park Hyatts in that city and in LA, as well as Vix in Miami. Muraco is now Executive Chef at Zimzala, th ... More >>