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    December 6, 2013

    10 Essential Costa Mesa Restaurants

    This is a list of restaurants your humble food writer has deemed his ten favorite in a city that's arguably one of the best restaurant cities in Orange County, one where OC Weekly World Headquarters happens to reside (lucky us!). Should any Travel Channel show host, visiting businessman, or a recent ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Hula Dog, Hawaiian Hot Dog Purveyor, Opens In Newport Beach

    You may have seen this hot dog joint featured on Travel Channel's show on hot dogs, or perhaps you've been to Kauai and found them at the Poipu Shopping Center where it's known as Puka Dog. The owner, who was originally from Switzerland, started the business with her then-husband in 2000. It was tou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Patchwork Edible, Taco Maria, Bill Esparza and More!

    Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy! "SoCal Restaurant Show" - September 28, 2013

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Bizarre Foods America Features Long Beach's Cambodia Town In Season Premiere On July 1

    The season 7 premiere of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods America is titled Hidden Los Angeles. Andrew Zimmern, the country's culinary navigator of esoteric delicacies, takes a look at great food "hiding in neighborhoods where outsiders rarely go." Fittingly, he visits Cambodia Town in Long Beach. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Preview for SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830: Marcus Samuelsson, Montage Eating, and Our Own Bill Esparza!

    If it's a Friday afternoon, that means it's time for the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830 to give us a scoop on what they'll have on their Saturday morning show. Without further ado, here's producer (and kinda-co-host) Andy Harris with the details!

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    Now Open: Slater's 50/50 In Lake Forest

    We can't speak for San Diego or Pasadena, but the bar at Slater's 50/50 in Lake Forest is loooooooong. Like slide a pint across the countertop, Coyote Ugly dancing long. And full of male bartenders (not that we minded). Rodrigo, Bean and Tony can recommend what's on tap anytime. Our task: remember w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    85°C Bakery and IKEA Meatballs Featured on New Travel Channel Show

    What I thought I was watching last night as I sat down in front of the TV to eat dinner was one of those incessant "Food Paradise" shows, which, frankly, I've grown tired of. It only takes a hundred pronouncements by the people they interview proclaiming their local hot dog, burger or BBQ is "to die ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Final Episode of No Reservations Airs Tonight (Sob!), Wrapping Up In Brooklyn

    Eight years. One hundred forty episodes. Sixty countries. More than 716,000 miles. Countless toasts, laughs, expletives and soul-hitting meals. Tonight, it comes to an end. The final episode of No Reservations airs at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel. Host Anthony Bourdain completes his epic voyage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    On The Line: Roy Hendrickson Of Zimzala, Part One

    Calm. That's the vibe we get from chef Roy Hendrickson. Perched in the Shorebreak Hotel, Zimzala's bustling exhibition kitchen is between both lounge and dining room. But for our interview, we converse at a quiet table in the back before lunch service. With experience that includes stints at Sam's S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    ABC Reveals Details About Nigella Lawson & Anthony Bourdain Show

    As his No Reservations show on Travel Channel is winding down, Anthony Bourdain shows no signs of doing the same. He's working on his next travel series for CNN; there's that show on PBS called The Mind of a Chef his company is producing; and now comes more details on the culinary competition show h ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Bert Kreischer

    Irvine Improv

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Will Take Its Final Bow On The Travel Channel Starting September 3rd

    Travel Channel announced yesterday that Anthony Bourdain's final bow on their network before he jumps ship to CNN will begin Monday, September 3 at 9 p.m. The first episode of "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - The Final Tour" will be preceded by a nine-hour marathon of viewer-voted past episodes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain & Nigella Lawson To Host New Cooking Show For ABC

    Anthony Bourdain, who is moving to CNN from the Travel Channel next year, is apparently set to conquer the traditional networks, too. ABC has confirmed that he and Nigella Lawson are planning to hold a cooking competition show for the channel. Details are sketchy at this point, but they are hol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain Moving To CNN

    Anthony Bourdain has been everywhere, eaten everything, and held various titles of increasing influence, including Executive Chef at a NYC restaurant, best-selling author, Emmy-winning travel show host, and publisher. Now the man who makes news with his exploits and quips (see his comments on the Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain To Collaborate With Olive Garden Reviewer

    Bourdain. Bourdain. Bourdain. The Travel Channel host, ex-chef and author people seem to like to label a "bad boy" and "foul-mouthed" has been everywhere these past couple of days. He was on The Daily Show last week plugging the new season of No Reservations, but he's also been revealing a lot in in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Sin City Crawfish Restaurant Featured on Man v. Food Opens In Fountain Valley

    ​Exactly a month ago today, I wrote about the planned opening of Hot N Juicy Crawfish, an import from Las Vegas, whose claim to fame is a visit by everyone's favorite overeater, Travel Channel's Adam Richman, who went to Vegas to sample their crawfish (see below).Tomorrow, they open. And boy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Las Vegas Crawfish Restaurant Featured on Man v. Food To Open in OC

    ​UPDATE, MAR. 6: The planned location of Hot N Juicy will be in Fountain Valley in the old spot previously occupied by Déjà Vu at Euclid and Edinger.ORIGINAL POST, MAR. 5:In recent years, we've seen more than a few food trends peak and peter out. Frozen yogurt store development is now frozen. Cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    YouTube Sensation: Crazy Crepe Man of Majorca

    ​There are people who love their jobs, and then there's this man, a crepe maker in the town of Alcúdia on Majorca, an island off the coast of Spain. His name is Julio and he is indisputably one of Majorca's major tourist attractions. It doesn't seem to matter how his crepes taste--people from all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Animal Rights Group Wants To Check Anthony Bourdain's Liver

    ​Did you hear that The Animal Legal Defense Fund, an animal rights group, wants to pay for Anthony Bourdain to check his liver for hepatic lipidosis?The group, in a bid to draw attention to the cruel (or, depending on where you stand on the issue, delicious) production of foie gras, drafted an ope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Behold, Disnerds: "The Secret Tour of Disneyland" DVD

    ​Obviously, I like Disneyland. I may even go so far as to say that I love Disneyland (though writing about it a couple times a week sometimes makes me love it a little bit less).Still, I'm far from being a fanatic. I couldn't tell you where every Hidden Mickey is in the park, nor do I have a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain's Comic Book Now On Pre-Order! Yes, I Said Comic Book.​Anthony Bourdain. Chef. Author. Travel show host. Novelist. And now a comic book creator?! The man who seems to say everything and do everything (His new show The Layover premiered a month ago) has written a graphic novel about "a renegade and ruthless sushi chef, known to decapitate pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Why We Hope Anthony Bourdain's Second Travel Channel Show Will Be Better Than No Reservations

    ​The guy who has the job every foodie wants, Anthony Bourdain, will get a second show called The Layover. A Travel Channel press release announced that the premiere of the new, 10-episode long series will be November 21.

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    February 17, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain

    Cerritos Center

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    #33. Sweet Corn Soup at Raya at The Ritz Carlton

    Edwin GoeiWe continue to countdown our 100 favorite dishes at local restaurants. We'll be sharing these with you every weekday until our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy! #33. Sweet Corn Soup at Raya at The Ritz Carlton In a recent review of Raya at the Ritz I said that the sweet corn sou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Anthony Bourdain Acknowledges Our Existence, Sort Of

    Courtesy of Travel Channel​What do you know, it turns out Les Halles isn't actually opening in Newport Beach. April Fools!After a few other blogs picked up the item, the L.A. Times' Russ Parsons actually contacted the chef, who said, "What can I say? Never heard nothin'? Don't know nothin'. But if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Kogi Reveals in Time Magazine That It Got Idea From Blogger

    Edwin Goei​For the most part, the recent article in Time magazine this week on Roy Choi of Kogi and the food truck phenomenon did not reveal anything new. But there was one thing in it that confirms something that I've long suspected: Kogi got the idea for their Korean tacos from a food blog ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009

    Alonzo Bodden

    Irvine Improv

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Los Angeles: Not Grubby Enough For Adam Richman

    The Travel Channel​ We reported earlier this month that Adam Richman of Travel Channel's Man vs. Food would be doing a one-man show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles in December. That show has been cancelled due to "an unexpected change in his production schedule". The show should be rescheduled f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    This Week in Food

    ​ Gustavo scores some seriously spicy salsa, pits IKEA's 99-Cent breakfast against McDonald's Deluxe Breakfast, and recaps a PR fiasco for Ferrell's Ice Cream Parlour.Edwin has some reservations about the recent purchase of the Travel Channel by the Food Network, says sayonara to Beard Papa's resi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Travel Channel Bought By Owner Of Food Network

    Photo Courtesy Travel Channel​I don't like where this is going. Scripps Network Interactive Inc., owner of the Food Network, which has slowly but noticeably descended into semi-homemade mediocrity, bought a controlling stake in the Travel Channel last week. For Anthony Bourdain's sake, I hope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Top 5 Questions for Adam Richman

    Adam Richman, the lovable foodie from the Travel Channel's Man V. Food, is coming to the House of Blues Dec. 15. If you don't know Richman, your first question probably is, "So?" But if you know all about how the Brooklyn native travels the country to enter eateries that serve ridiculous portions in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Get Your Grub On With Adam Richman!

    The Travel ChannelPass the Nexium, please.​Adam Richman, the host of the Travel Channel's Man Vs. Food, is bringing his live show, Eat Your Heart Out, to the Wiltern on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. He'll be talking about the making of Man Vs. Food, handicapping the Los Angeles food scene and there will be au ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Deep End Dining's Eddie Lin's First Book Out In Stores Today

    Photo Courtesy of Eddie Lin​You may have seen, heard, or read Eddie Lin before. That was him you saw chomping pig's ear and nibbling crickets with the jolly-Buddha-meets-cueball Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern on the Los Angeles episode of Bizarre Foods. That was him you heard regaling NPR li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2009

    Andrew Zimmern Hates SPAM...and Five Other Irrational (And Not So Irrational) Food Aversions I've Observed in People Around Me

    Photo Courtesy Travel Channel​During the SPAM musubi segment of what I would've expected to be the most innocuous part on the Hawaii episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, the bald and doughy Travel Channel personality admitted something that threw me in for a loop: He can't stand SPAM. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Garden Grove's Korean District In New Cooking Show on KOCE

    Before The Food Network came along , there was Martin Yan, Jacques Pepin, Tommy Tang, Jeff Smith (a.k.a. The Frugal Gourmet) and of course, Julia Child.  As a kid, I watched their shows every Saturday morning on PBS's KCET 28 when other kids watched cartoons.  I'd stare with rapt amuseme ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008
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