It's Lent right now, which means some of the best food in Orange County is popping up at Mexican restaurants every Friday, when faithful Catholics eschew meat. Out comes the seasonal specials: tortas de camarones (ground shrimp reconstituted as fritters), chile rellenos in a potato soup, potato taco ... More >>
So, I learned the other day that you can actually order Reese's Peanut Butter Cups straight "from the factory." Just go to Hershey's website and give them about $30 (plus extra for shipping and even more extra for fancy, schmancy cold shipping if you're in a state not hit by a polar vortex), and the ... More >>
We didn't know it's National Frozen Yogurt Day next week. We almost don't care, because by the time we get to our nearest Yogurtland, the line won't be worth the wait (or the parking hassle, if we're talking Diamond Jamboree). But we like to share the love. Last year, Phillip Chang's chilly brand se ... More >>
If you've spent the last several months at home with side-by-side translations of the Popol Vuh and the Chilam Balam, then you know there's no cause to worry about the world ending on Dec. 21, 2012, and you're also probably hungry for Mayan food... except that almost nobody in this country knows wha ... More >>
Proposition 37, the Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Food Act, is one of the more controversial items on this Tuesday's election slate; the whole foods movement and a whole slew of chefs and food industry people support it, and the "no" side is funded by large companies like Monsanto a ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans eat chocolate?
If you're taking a break from fried food at the fair, Exhibit Promenade is showcasing a new feature called Chocolate Unwrapped: Beans, Bars & Bon Bons. We dropped in while it was coming together to learn more (and hope for samples). A few of the collectibles they managed to acquire had better st ... More >>
Photo by Kevin LaraTrying to sit down with Renzo is a sight to see. Shaking our hand, quipping with a customer, working with a vendor and responding to a text is a post-lunch breather for this social businessman. He runs both a catering company and Peruvian establishment, the latter hidden in the ... More >>
Name: Meiji Black Chocolate Origin: Japan Found at: Mitsuwa, Costa Mesa Cost: $1.69 Ingredients: Sugar, Cacao Mass, Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Shea Nuts Oil, Illipe Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor.
coconino @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Peanuts and walnuts and crispy rice crackersCookies and brownies and sugary snackersNut-studded cheeseballs and things just like thatThis is why holidays make you so fat.December is a festive time of year, with parades and songs and decorations... and food. B ... More >>
That was the dire prediction made this week by a group of major food manufacturers such as Kraft, Hershey, Mars and General Mills, who claim that import restrictions will soon leave us bereft of the sweet stuff. Apparently, domestic sugar supplies are falling dramatically (the Agriculture Departm ... More >>
Name: Curly Tops Origin: Philippines Found at: Pinoy Mart, Tustin Cost: $1.59 Ingredients: Refined Cane Sugar, Milk Powder, Hydrogenated Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Whey, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin and Cinnamon Powder, Iodized Salt. Why I Bought It: Apart from the name, which is, ... More >>
It has come to our attention that the more than slightly trippy kiddie show Yo Gabba Gabba! has Orange roots. Filmed in Long Beach and produced in our fair county by the folks who brought us The Aquabats, the show is filled with funky techno beats, '70s-inspired costumes, zany characters and meaning ... More >>
Adios, chocolate! The Hershey Company's closing its California plant -cutting 575 jobs- and opening shop in Mexico. It's painful to be pretty: Athlete Allison Stokke of Newport Harbor High has her eye on the pole vaulting state championships. But her unwanted online following would rather she play ... More >>
KitKats for All!
The soggy/succulent Italian beef and Chicago hot dogs of Portillo's arrive in Buena Park