Tanya Fuqua

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Margarita at Avanti Cafe, Our Drink of the Week!

    Wherefore art thou, Kat Nguyen???​Avanti Cafe in Costa Mesa underwent a radical renovation a couple of months ago, from a free-for-all veggie-vegan emporium into something more streamlined, more refined. The amazing concoctions of Mark Cleveland and Tanya Fuqua remain, but I still get irked someti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Tacos Dorados de Papa!

    Return of Smut and Locusts from eric alba on Vimeo. Excuse the frame of my god-awful mug, but the above video was one of my favorite OC food moments: me teaching Deep End Dining's (and OC boy) Eddie Lin that there was nothing to fear about eating chapulines and huitlacoche. We ate the latter at SanT ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    Save The Date: 17th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco in April

    ​The 17th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night has announced it's chef line up. And there are new names this year (see them after the jump). If you are not already familiar, the gathering of local chefs puts them in competition with each other to create, well, the wildest and craziest tacos. L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    On the Line: Mark Cleveland of Avanti Cafe

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Wild & Crazy Taco Night This Thursday

    The 16th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night will be held this Thursday. 1550 Superior Avenue, Costa Mesa 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM VIP Party 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM $60 - advance registration onlyVIP Party $150 - advance registration only There's limited availability, No tickets sold at the door For those wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    South Coast Farms Finds Fame In Documentary

    Spring may have sprung, and Michelle Obama may be receiving bountiful media coverage for her new White House kitchen garden, but Orange County has its very healthy-food hero in the form of local movie producer and director Carrie Gallison.Gallison recently completed Orange County Treasures: The Peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Avanti Cafe International Tuesday Menu for January

    My continued favorite food happening is 2008 OC Weekly Best Restaurant Avanti Cafe's International Tuesdays, where $11.50 gets you a three-course meal of cuisines rare to these parts. This month's theme: regional cuisines of India, as follows. Note "Veronica" and "Bart" are the junior chefs at Avant ... More >>

  • Features

    July 19, 2007

    Natural Wonders

    Four chefs — and one agricultural commissioner — on why they go green

  • Features

    July 19, 2007

    Soil to Soul

    Orange County’s freshest farmers, farmers markets, food purveyors—and the chefs who love them

  • Food

    February 8, 2007

    Restaurants for Cheating Lovers

    Where to take your mistress to eat

  • Food

    October 13, 2005