Earlier this week, I attended a special dinner by Clay Oven Irvine executive chef-owner Geeta Bansal at Whole Foods Market's Newport Beach location. It's a snug space that's encyclopedic in its offerings but not as intimidating as the cavernous Tustin location. But what I didn't expect was its Back ... More >>
Welcome to March ladies and gentleman! Let's ease into your weekend with a little food news...
This week Edwin went to Xa Sweet and Savory Café in Orange and reported that it just keeps getting better. Then he announced the opening of a new ice cream shop in Irvine called Creamistry. He shared the ... More >>
In what is perhaps the most definitive article on Huy Fong Food's Sriracha hot sauce to date, Businessweek revealed that the maker of Tabasco is working on its own version of Sriracha. The writer of the story interviewed Paul McIlhenny, the company's sixth-generation CEO. McIlhenny said he ... More >>
"I don't consider myself old in any way, but I'm old school now. Even Dee (Nguyen), Mike (Rossi) . . .we're old."One of the best things about interviewing a well-connected baker is the exchange of information. Dean reminds us that the community of chefs is full of friends and customers. Can you beli ... More >>
In this list of morning meals, you'll find not just the egg, bacon and pancake joints (although there are certainly a lot of those in there), but also a certain Swedish furniture super store that practically gives away its food, a Cambodian/Vietnamese noodle shop and a place to dip Chinese fried ... More >>
And I'll end our year-end write-up of lists with this! If it skews a bit toward the Latino side, it's because that's where some of the most exciting cooking was happening in Orange County this year. Enjoy!
Playground's duck rillettesJason Quinn's new restaurant, Playground, opened a couple of weeks ago on la Cuatro, near the Yost Theatre. Originally conceived as a high-end burger-and-beer bar à la Burger Parlor, Quinn revamped the concept to allow him and his staff a little more creativity in the ... More >>
Bacon and artichoke hearts are both ingredients that are often added as a twist to staple dishes. Artichoke hearts are thrown in to make that salad or pasta seem fancier than it is. Bacon has been thrown into everything from milkshakes to tacos to brownies in recent years as a selling point to th ... More >>
Flick user Ryan LeightyWe love Mexican food 'round here, and not just because I'm doing a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. It's the native cuisine of Southern California, something many Americans have seamlessly assimilated into their day-to-day lives--and an easy subject ... More >>
It exists. Yay! In Japan. Boo. But it can be shipped internationally through Amazon. Yessss. From Tokyo-based Rocket News 24: The appropriately-titled WASASCO sauce is made with wasabi from Izu city, an area well-known for its wasabi production. Sankakuya, the Izu-based company behind ... More >>
So news is going all around that Yelp added "Hipster" to its possible categories for a location's ambiance (which spelling is correct again?), and the first reaction that came to my mind is "redundant." Isn't Yelp the epitome of hipsterdom, of a sea of shallow reactions and It buzz, with the crea ... More >>
Is it hipster salad dressing? No. Maybe it's cool and refreshing? Not that either. So what is Uncle Iceberg's? It's comparable to the balsamic vinegar in a caprese salad--that extra 'oomph' to make mozzarella and tomato sing. The slogan says it all: "The most miraculous hawt sauce eve ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comTwo, uh, small orders of wingsChicken wings are the consummate beer snack. In pubs the world over, you'll find fried chicken wings, but today, we're talking specifically about Buffalo wings. The problem with most Buffalo wings? They're puny, overcooked, and dipped in a red, fl ... More >>
The chica and I went to IKEA last week so she could buy some stuff, which of course turned into a lot of stuff. I only go for the food, and we enjoyed their so-so pasta with marinara sauce and great almond cake for next-to-nothing. One big problem, though: no Tabasco bottles on the tables. We wen ... More >>
Photo by Tracy PowellToday we conclude our Q&A with Chef Craig Connole. If you missed the first part, read it here.
Stay tuned tomorrow for our final installment: a recipe from the chef.
What would you'd like to see more of in Orange County from a culinary standpoint:
Hail Britannia beans!Because ustedes gentle readers love lists, and we lazy scribes love easy hits, behold the latest entry in our Top 100 dishes list that continues until Best Of--at which point, we'll give you MORE lists! Now, on with the show...Traditional British pub food isn't meant to be nu ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThis week, it's my turn for our 100 Favorite Dishes. Find out what you're missing with this list of 100 memorable dishes at local restaurants. We'll count down every weekday, with the top dishes appearing right before our annual Best Of
Issue comes out. Enjoy!
Bloody MaryAfter a night of New Years Eve partying, many will mark the new year with a hangover. And the best cure is to keep drinking, of course. If you can manage, drive or crawl to SOL Cocina in Newport Beach for one of the best Bloody Marys in Orange County.
After tryi ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThis Dueling Dishes is about breakfast. Assembly line, fast-food breakfast. The kind with eggs that most likely came from a milk carton. A breakfast from which we Americans have been raised to believe is a proper start to your day, and which only recently did we realize that if we at ... More >>
Cleveland: Ex-cellent!I'm still mad at Avanti Cafe for stopping their International Tuesdays, so that just means I now try to visit once a week instead of every other day. I usually visit in the evening, when Mark Cleveland relieves his co-owner Tanya Fuqua in a transition as seamless as a Jamaic ... More >>
This side dish is available at the Cat Cora BBQ counter at Macy's Signature Kitchen, South Coast Plaza. Broccoli slaw, sold in bags at Trader Joe's, isn't everyone's go-to choice, granted, but once combined with the dressing (adapted from Cora's grandma's recipe), it makes this tasty--not ... More >>
This is another light, summery, easy-to-prepare dish, courtesy of chefs Tom Hope and Manny Gonzalez at Taps Fish House & Brewery, Brea. The following quantities serve six as an appetizer. And if you're really too lazy to try making it yourself, go to the restaurant for the real deal, where it's ... More >>
I've eaten at restaurants where the bill came to more than $300 for two (the late, great Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel). Where the buffet cost $100 for two (Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel again). Over $100 for omakase for one (Hanamori). Many other places too expensive and too superflu ... More >>
Nachos have an interesting existence--enjoyed mostly by gabachos yet of Mexican origins, but created to serve hungry gabachos. Edwin has written about the carne asada nachos Alerto's (or is it Alberto's?), and the county has enough renditions of Chili Billies to placate a Little League squad. But pe ... More >>