Spanish Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Cucumber Collins at Catal Restaurant, Our Drink of the Week!

    You're in Downtown Disney. You want a cocktail. Maybe a bite of something small. Something like tapas. Is there tapas in Downtown Disney? Yes, in fact, there is. And it's been here all along. Catal Restaurant has offered a Spanish-leaning menu since there was a Downtown Disney. Sure, they call the p ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2014
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    June 23, 2014

    No. 99, Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Jose Piaggio is such a master meat man that he's now offering his Ar ... More >>

  • Food

    May 22, 2014

    Barcelona On the Go Has a Luxe Lonchera Legacy

    [Hole In the Wall] This food truck continues to roll with its pan-Latino menu

  • Food

    April 17, 2014

    Sahuayo Primo Offers Pig By the Pound

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana taquería serves porky deliciousness

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Eat This Now: Leche Frita at Cafe Sevilla

    Save for the luxe lonchera Barcelona on the Go, there are few ambassadors of Spanish cuisine in Orange County. For a complete Spanish experience--and I do mean, like, with flamenco dancers and the Gipsy Kings as the constant and only soundtrack--one must go to Long Beach to Cafe Sevilla. Here you wi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 13, 2014

    Spanish Tapas Class

    Surfas Culinary District

  • Food

    August 1, 2013

    Diego's Downtown: The Missing Link

    This Mexican restaurant tries to straddle the culinary worlds of Santa Ana and SanTana

  • Food

    May 9, 2013

    For a Hot Time In Old Huntington, Go to the Black Trumpet Bistro

    Dino Ferraro's French/Italian/Spanish/Moroccan menu would be oddball anywhere but Beach Boulevard

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    The Black Trumpet Bistro, New Tapas Restaurant In Huntington Beach, Serves Shawarma and Pasta

    Have you ever craved a shawarma wrap, a plate of pasta, and a crock pot of stinky French onion soup all at the same time? Neither have I. But now, I sort of do. A new restaurant in Huntington Beach has just opened that gives you the option of eating all of the above from the same menu. The Black Tru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    OC Fair to Have "Arturo the Churro" Mascot; Board Director Calls it Racist

    When it comes to the world of anthropomorphized food mascots, exaggerated ethnic and racial depictions are not only commonplace but virtually mandatory. The best example is the Milwaukee Brewer's legendary sausage races involving a hot dog (American), bratwurst (German), kielbasa (Polish), Italian ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    New Huntington Beach Restaurant Serves Kimchi-Flavored Waffles

    A new Asian tapas restaurant opened in Huntington Beach. No not that Asian Tapas, which is just a name for what has evolved to be a typical Northern-style Chinese restaurant.Scraps seems to be a real Asian tapas-style eatery. The menu consists entirely of small dishes made to be shared--dishes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    On the Line: Mick Schepers of Mick's Karma Bar, Part Two

    Have you ever played that game where you have to find the differences between two pictures? Shortly after our photographer shot Mick, he uploaded an Instagram photo in front of their menu board announcing that they are now open both Saturdays and Sundays! That's a Karma burger any day of the week. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2012

    Recipe of the Week: Black bean enfrijoladas

    I eat at restaurants like I listen to music. I'll find one album (or dish, for the sake of this analogy) that I really, really love and play it out until either I'm sick of it or my wife yells at me because she "can't listen to Lil' Wanye's 'Lollipop'--not even one more time!"One such meal has been ... More >>

  • Food

    June 14, 2012

    Ole Spain Delishop Is Beyond Spanish Rice

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana strip-mall delight offers Spanish dishes and sausages—and the cheese!

  • Food

    May 24, 2012

    Ochoa's Chorizo With Amnesty

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana foodmaker hints at the potential of OC's cottage-food industry

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Reasons to Visit Matator Cantina: A Patrón Pairing Dinner Next Week!

    Maybe you're stuck working this Saturday. Or you want to keep celebrating long after the 5th has come and gone. Either way, the duo of chef David Dennis and mixologist David Valiante at downtown Fulleton's Matador Cantina have five perfectly good reasons to pay a visit. And each goes well with tequi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Rooster Cafe Hatches The Hen House in Corona del Mar

    Best known for their breakfast burritos, at least according to El Jefe, Rooster Cafe has been there, done that. Previously housing a hidden kitchen, tapas bar, and late night grub, they are now flying the coop to become a surf shack.The Hen House is their little sister in the works. She will serve t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    On The Line: Sea Kyeong Kim of Charlie Palmer At Bloomingdales, Part Three

    Photo by Meranda Carter​This Charlie Palmer chef takes his craft pretty seriously. After going over the ingredients for the recipe, we must say, this is one intensely flavorful tomato salad! To catch up on what you missed with Chef Kim, links for parts one and two can be found here, and over here. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Paella in Compton on Sunday, May 15

    Flickr user pablovenegas​Compton's not the place you think it is anymore. Sure, it's got some of the best barbecue in the area, but it's got an increasing population of Samoans, Filipinos and other Pacific Islanders, and it's the home to this year's picnic of the Casal dels Catalans de Califòrnia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Ochoa's Chorizo Gets the Good Food Treatment

    I'm a bit late in plugging my appearances on KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food with Evan Kleiman, so this: I interviewed the Ochoas of Ochoa's Chorizo two weekends ago for the show. It was great to talk to not only Sal Jr., but the originator of the chorizo herself: his mom, Aurora, who still gets in to moni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Tapas and Beer In Rancho Santa Margarita: First Taste

    ProfessorSalt.comGrilled chicken marinated in achiote with pineapple rice​If you thought I meant Papas and Beer, that south-of-the-border mega-bar, calm down. This is Tapas and Beer, a new restaurant that seeks to fuse a small-plate concept with a neighborhood sports bar.And the place looks like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Food Profiling: Ochoa's Chorizo

    ​ Thirty-five years ago, Aurora Ochoa was a wife and stay-at-home mother who wanted to do something while her husband was out working. She started making her own chorizo in their garage and gave it away to friends and family. Back then, she hand-cranked single meters of meat at a time with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Battle High-End Churros: Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen vs. El Torito Grill!

    ​Churros, like an empanada or a concha, is one of those Mexican pastries almost impossible to improve, almost always good, almost never splendid--but when done wrong, a disaster. Most of the churros in Orange County fall into the former category--really, do diners care about eating anything other ... More >>

  • Food

    January 13, 2011

    Sol del Sur Bistro Cooks Everything Under the Sun

    The San Juan Capistrano restaurant's globe-trekking menu is already dizzying when you realize that one guy insists on cooking it all by himself

  • Food

    December 9, 2010

    Umami Mongolian Grill Has Pinoy Panache

    [Hole In the Wall] This Buena Park eatery masters the stagnant culinary genre and even advances it

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Lizarrán Tapas Waiters Need to Focus on Hungry Customers More than Getting Laid

    ​Behold the ramekin of toothpicks after the jump, a photo from my dinner last Thursday at Lizarrán Tapas in Fullerton. I like their offerings--juicy chorizo, decadent bacon-wrapped dates, a beautiful use  of quince--and was famished that night. I asked the waiter to keep them coming...but th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Mariela Rebollo of Barcelona On the Go, Part 2

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​This week, On the Line is featuring Chef Mariela Rebollo of the mobile tapas bar Barcelona on the Go. If you missed yesterday's questions, you can find them here. Tomorrow, Chef Mariela gives us a recipe for octopus cooked with wine and potatoes.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Drunk After Work: Tapas and Wine at Hi-Time

    The problem with wine tasting is that the palate-cleansing oyster crackers they give out are short on flavor (which is probably the point). Wine lovers in Costa Mesa, however, have an option, at least Fridays in April.Dave Lieberman​

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Natilla at Felix Continental Cafe

    Jessica Ford​Felix Continental Cafe mixes the cuisine of Cuba and Spain with the vintage charm of the Orange Circle. Although most of the food is not too aesthetically pleasing, Felix's makes up for it in bold flavors and harder-to-find items likes croquetas and platanos maduros. The dess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Barcelona On The Go

    Dave Lieberman​The food truck frenzy continues apace: this weekend saw the launch of the Barcelona On the Go truck at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. When I arrived at 3:30, the line was about twelve people long; when I got to the front, the line had grown to about twenty, and when I left at a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    New Spanish Tapas & Paella Food Truck Debuts This Weekend in Costa Mesa

    ​You didn't think that this food truck thing was even close to being done, did you? Our friend Brekkie Fan has tipped me off that Barcelona On The Go is making their debut this Saturday, February 20th, from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. at Hi Time Wine Cellars 250 Ogle Street, Costa Mesa. Among their menu it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Recipe of The Week: The Best Sandwich You've Ever Had

    The Alice Walker school of California cooking--the immaculate, jewel-like vegetables, the artisan oils and vinegars, the painstakingly sourced meats--has at times been leveled with the criticism that it is not, in fact, cooking, but assembling. How much talent or skill does it take to make the best ... More >>

  • Food

    November 19, 2009
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    November 12, 2009

    Tap Water at Haven Gastropub--EWWWWW

    ​I'm with Edwin: Haven Gastropub in Old Towne Orange is uneven. I love their chorizo flatbread, a perfectly toasted plate with oily, spicy chorizo, red peppers out of the Windy City, a tomato sauce that tastes like it came from organic veggies, a reason to justify this overplayed restaurant trend. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 24, 2009
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    September 9, 2009

    Two Upcoming Food/Wine/Art Events at the Shorebreak/Zimzala, Huntington Beach

    ​First, this Sunday (from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) is the inaugural 2nd Sunday bash at the hotel, featuring "fine wine, tasty nibbles, live music and stimulating art." Specifically, the booze is from Coppola Diamond Collection, the grub is from the hotel's own Zimzala restaurant, and the paintings are fr ... More >>

  • Food

    May 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    A So-So Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen Dinner--But, Oh, Those Churros...

    It seemed a couple of days ago that my chica and I would experience another disappointing meal at Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen in Orange, a place I have long championed but has recently acted like another Old Towne Orange battle horse, Felix's Continental Cuisine: a super-busy restaurant past its prime. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Warning: Charlie Palmer's New Small Plates May Be Bad For Your Health (But Not In The Way You Think)

    Last night, the bar at Charlie Palmer, South Coast Plaza, launched its small plates menu--available from 4pm until close--with a media shindig.I have to confess that I only tried one dish, but I do have a legitimate excuse: I'd just chowed down on the five-course tasting extravaganza at Marché Mode ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    Lizarrán Tapas Worth Every Small Bite

    I had a book signing a couple of weeks ago at Hibbleton Gallery, a great little art space in downtown Fullerton, but there was a problem--I arrived at 6:30, thinking my reading was scheduled for 7 p.m., when in fact it was an hour later. Famished, I asked one of the gallery guys, Jesse La Tour, abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    The Best Taco in Orange County is..

    *Moved up, 'cause the conversation is raging--and where the hell are you, Cheeser???I love all of you, o readers and commentators (especially the commentators), and one of the most loyal is Cesar Madrid. He's always bilingually witty and profane, whether talking about Gunkist historians, the Catholi ... More >>

  • Food

    July 10, 2008
  • Food

    January 10, 2008

    Trio Gabacho

    Mexican food for the John Wayne crowd

  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    Spinnin' & Singin' Pretty

    DJ Colette Vox the House

  • Food

    October 18, 2007
  • Food

    July 12, 2007

    Castile Storms Back

    Picante heats up the not-so-spicy Spanish-restaurant scene in OC

  • Food

    March 8, 2007
  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    The Dudes Abide

    No go-go boys in Newport, but the Big Lebowski lives on in Lakewood

  • Food

    November 29, 2001

    Burrito History

    Nick Zampino and the dawn of the burrito

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