• Food

    July 17, 2014

    O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne

    Taking on the epic, awesome Sunday brunch at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club resident bar & grill

  • Food

    March 20, 2014

    Boathouse On the Bay: Deja Ocean View

    This Long Beach restaurant is a reincarnation of the recently defunct McKenna's

  • Calendar

    August 1, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Clams Casino on His "Weird" Relationship with Lil B and His "Accidental" Career

    Whether or not Lil B is trolling the Internet, doing some sort of satirical performance art, or just having fun rapping about looking like Jesus Christ and Paris Hilton, there's no question that his knack for picking producers borders on mastery. That's mostly because he's managed to find beatsmiths ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 11, 2013

    Tustin Lobsterfest

    Peppertree Park

  • Food

    January 24, 2013

    Scraps: The Real Asian Tapas

    This Huntington Beach restaurant serves small plates with promising, if as-yet unfulfilled, results

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Flavor Flav is 53 Years Old Today AND Has a Chicken Resto in Vegas

    ​Today, Public Enemy member and star of the reality TV series The Flavor of Love is celebrating his birthday. We're posting this to promise Flavor Flav that we'll celebrate it by eating at his newest food venture: Flavor Flav's House of Flavor, at 3333 S. Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas. On the tak ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 8, 2012

    Festival of Whales

    Dana Point Harbor

  • Food

    January 12, 2012

    Tamarind of London Offers Curry for the Cultured

    This Newport Coast eatery introduces great Indian cuisine to the rich folks

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Original Long Beach Lobster Festival All Weekend

    LB Lobster Festival website​ Another season, another Festivus (if it has a Wiki page, does it really exist?) for the rest of us. What is there to celebrate after Labor Day, yet before Oktoberfest? Lobster Fest!. . . at least, according to our friends in the LBC.This weekend-long devotion to the cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Bruxie: Lobster Waffles for Fourth of July

    "Yo Dawg, I heard you like lobster so I put a lobster on your lobster roll..."​What's a more American dish than lobster and waffles? Actually, lots of things. But that's how the house of Belgian waffles in Old Towne Orange rolls on this Fourth of July. It's Bruxie's take on a lobster roll, only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    #82: Lobster Roll at Lobsta Truck

    ProfessorSalt.comSummertime in Maine. But in So Cal.​Few foods better capture the flavor of the New England shore better than the lobster roll. It's simply steamed, chilled lobster meat in a butter-grilled New England-style split-top roll. Portable, chilled, light-yet-substantial, it's the perfect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    This Saturday: Dana Point Lobster Fest

    Photo Courtesy of Dana Point Lobster Fest ​Last year was the first year of the Dana Point Lobster Fest and evidently it was successful enough that they're doing year two this Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 4 to 9pm at Doheny State Beach.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Lobster Roll

    The Lobsta Truck's lobster roll with mayo​For a long time, Orange County was a wasteland where no lobster rolls dared come. We saw Guy Fieri shoving toasted split-top buns full of succulent sea-cucaracha meat into his pointy blond head, and some of us who spent summers in Atlantic Canada or New En ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    On The Line: Manuel Gonzalez Of TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Part Three

    Photo by Kevin Lara​Our last installment of On The Line with Chef Gonzalez finds him cooking some seasonal seafood. The addition of fresh peas and corn make for a bright dish, both in color and flavor. If you haven't already done so, be sure to check out parts one and two of our interview.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Lobsta Truck Coming To OC

    Lobsta Truck​Many luxe loncheras originate in LA and then slowly make their way down the map to OC (hurry--we're hungry!), but here's one that's truly worth the wait.  Lobsta Truck announced on Twitter that it's launching an OC truck later this month. Yay!

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2011

    Best In the West Chowderfest

    Aquarium of the Pacific

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Free Ticket Tuesdays, Part 2: Win Tickets to the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival!

    ​If, like me, you are allergic to crustaceans and never get to try their yummy goodness, then you may want to pass on this contest. Or, you can just go to the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival to watch a bunch of great bands--many of whom are local.John Doe and Exene Cervenka are performing. So ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Pete Lehmar of Gladstone's, Part Three

    Christopher VictorioIf you finish your dinner, you can have a small large piece of carrot cake.​On the line this week is Pete Lehmar of Gladstone's first OC-area location. If you missed the interview, click here and here, then continue on for this week's chef's recipe.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish... at IKEA.

    IKEA​Yes, you read that correctly. IKEA, the Swedish purveyor of entry-level furniture to the freshly graduated and recently divorced citizens of the world, is hosting an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil on Friday, August 20, 2010.

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Gino Buonanoce & Salvatore Ferrara of Antonello Ristorante, Part Three

    Kimberly Valenzuela​As promised, the co-executive chefs from Antonello Ristorante at South Coast Plaza share with us recipes from their restaurant. Read 'em: two recipes! If you missed it, check out the first part, or the second part of our questionnaire with the twosome. Otherwise...

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Delia Snyder of Don the Beachcomber, Part 3

    Chef-owner Delia Snyder of Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach graciously provided us with her recipe for crab cakes. Crab cakes and a tall, cold, fruity rum drink: aloha in restaurant form! If you missed the interview portion of the program, you can find it here and here.   Photo by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Crabby Over "Orange County Food Poisoning"

    John BisnarJohn Bisnar, a Newport Beach personal injury attorney (or "trial lawyer" to his conservative talk radio pals), has coined a new disease: "Orange County food poisoning." It's all right there in black-and-white--or whatever the virtual equivalent of black and white is--on the Bisnar/Chase a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Savannah Extends 10 Dollar Dinner Menu For Good At All Locations

    Remember THIS POST I published last month? It was about Savannah at the Beach (formely Chimayo) offering $10 dinners from March 2-8 in celebration of their so-called 10-year anniversary. Well, right on the heels of that offer expiring, they've decided that they will extend the deal indefinitely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    The Only Ponzu Sauce on Earth that Matters

    Everything that Edwin wrote about Hamamori in South Coast Plaza earlier this year is true--the sushi is creative and stunning (and, quite frankly, worth it), the sashimi a bit pricier but also divine, the entrees decadent. One appetizer he didn't mention, however, were the rock shrimp tempura with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Crime Made Sheriff Mike Carona Hungry

    "Crab cakes sounds good. How about that French brie too?" --Then-Sheriff Mike Carona pausing temporarily in August 2007 from plotting how to foil a federal grand jury corruption probe during a meeting at a Newport Beach restaurant with Don Haidl, his onetime assistant sheriff who is secretly wearin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Monday Night Football at The Pelican Grill? Whaaa?

    The Pelican Grill at the Pelican Hill Resort is the last place I would think of when it comes to Monday Night Football. After all, this is a valet-parking, ocean-views, uniformed-waiter, white-table-cloth kind of establishment, where the customers are the country-club types, not the average Joe Six ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Foods to Show Country of Origin

    According to various news reports and this one from ABC News, beginning this week, the USDA is requiring that all food retailers label some foods with their country of origin. The law, called COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) will mandate that the consumer is informed where all "raw beef, veal, lam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2008

    Review: The Long Beach Lobster Fest

    Just got back from the Long Beach Lobster Fest -- officially titled "The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival," which was a bit odd, as that moniker would seem to signify some competing crustacean frenzy occurring somewhere in the general area. That, or it’s meant to herald a comeback of some sort ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 4, 2008

    Seeing Red

    Long Beach Lobster Festival

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2007

    Vieilles Vignes

    Old Vine Dinner

  • Food

    November 15, 2007

    French Disconnection

    David Wilhelm gets crazy with the re-branding

  • Food

    September 27, 2007

    Golden Arches

    Sauces made of velvet and class in Newport Beach

  • Food

    June 7, 2007

    The May Gray Blues

    The Beachcombers fare doesnt live up to its spectacular, summery setting

  • Food

    November 30, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Goodbye, yummy fish: Malibu Fish Grill

  • Food

    June 15, 2006

    Flash in the Bowl

    Pavilion dazzles and fulfills

  • Food

    April 21, 2005

    Garden of Eating

    Calling the dim sum races at Irvine China Garden

  • Food

    June 24, 2004

    Beignet and Muffuletta Orgy!

    The Big Easy marches into Tustin at Crescent City

  • Food

    July 4, 2002

    Go for the Gold

    Stay for the Crispy Crackle catfish

  • Food

    May 31, 2001

    Insane In the Membrane

    How to cook Santa Monica Seafoods yummy shellfish

  • Food

    February 24, 2000

    Sonny's and Share

    Monster sauce for all my friends