Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of world cooking. Today, she regales us with a dispatch from Mesamerica 2013, one of the world's premier chef conferences. Enjoy!
This week's chef/husband/father looks back on his employment that inspired The Slummin' Gourmet. We also learn about the (soon-to-be) newest addition to the TSG family. Read our interview with Tony Lu of The Slummin' Gourmet, Part One. And now, on to Part Two . . . What did you do prior to runni ... More >>
"Orange County has the best patrons! Our Orange County followers are loyal, supportive, encouraging and generous. We love serving here in the OC" - Tony Lu And that is how you start an interview! Tony Lu and crew have been truckin' between counties, offering luxe meals in an approachable lonchera s ... More >>
We don't hate everyone at the Orange County Register, you know. Roving editor Kedric Francis has always been kind to the paper, and he used to be a staple of our gossip column back when we had a gossip column and he was the editor of Riviera. Anyhoo, he's going to be on tomorrow on the SoCal Restaur ... More >>
Authentic Trinidadian restaurants--hell, Trinidadian anything--are about as common in Long Beach as Uzbeki cafés are in Mission Viejo. Yes, the Venezuela-adjacent Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago also has sandy beaches, nearly year-round sunshine and the occasional palm tree, but a kitchen ... More >>
Very simply put, comedian Francisco Ramos has a lot of energy on stage. Not trying to focus in on one area, this Venezuela native was practically born to be a performer and has dabbled in voiceovers, festivals, acting, stand-up, and most recently started a new show that he is hosting and writing cal ... More >>
Fresh, light, crisp, subtle. These are the descriptors that drifted through my mind as I chomped down my meal at a preview event for Taco Bell's new Cantina Bell menu. Who are you and what have you done with Taco Bell?! The new menu, a Chipotle-like lineup of "gourmet" bowls and bur ... More >>
We are used to some unique personalities here at On the Line. Phillip Chang was not only cool, but also calm and collected. I dropped by Yogurtland headquarters in Anaheim to understand his driven personality. What I got was a new level of respect for a pioneer in the frozen yogurt industry. Love hi ... More >>
A Hispanic business and community leader in Santa Ana has joined other Hispanics around the country in signing an open letter to Mitt Romney that essentially accuses the GOP presidential candidate of hypocritically running away from his Mexican heritage. "Our purpose here is to advise you that t ... More >>
Looking back on 2011, I posted my top five hip-hop albums of the year for Heard Mentality readers to check out. Had the scope been broader to include more albums and different genres, I definitely would have shown love to a lot of artists featured on Nacional Records most recent iTunes download ... More >>
Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Union
Despite Orange County Child Services petitioning a judge to order Alberto Callaspo to pay $11,498 in monthly child support, the Angels third baseman is reportedly denying the 4-year-old boy at the center of the case is his.The 28-year-old player whose full name is Alberto Jose Callaspo Brito req ... More >>
A local high-school-wrestling coach gave up his Olympic dreams to flee Khomeini's Iran
Our second installment of On the Line with 118 Degrees chef Jenny Ross not only dispels any misconceptions about vegans, but we get a heads up about an upcoming cookbook. If you want to begin at the beginning, Part One can be found here. Check back tomorrow for our final segment with a recipe fr ... More >>
Flickr user neoliminalStarbucks' original logo: Perhaps the most-graphic American corporate example of vagina-as-sweet-food EVERYa gotta love Latinos. Even though we share the same language (except for those retrograde Brazilians and pinche indios), regional variations lead to more than a few sni ... More >>
South of the Border, Oliver Stone's documentary about the leftist revolution in several South American countries, wasn't exactly embraced by critics when it hit theaters in June. Entertainment Weekly summed it up as "rose-colored agitprop."
Rohrabacher: exporting his nutty ideasOrange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher likes to fancy himself as this country's real secretary of state regardless of who is put in the position by a president. It's a comical stance for a man who who skipped Vietnam War duty, champions U.S. tax ... More >>
Flickr user alpha du centaureOh, stop scoffing. We can see that face you're making: Ain't no shame in admiring a pretty drink every once in a while. While you'll usually find the cutesy cocktails with the cutesy garnish at things like bridal showers, outdoor wedding receptions, beach-side resorts ... More >>
Museum of Latin American Art
Fox SportsSteve Physioc (left) and Rex Hudler, before they were fired in November.Steve Physioc, who was fired as the Angels television play-by-play man in November (along with his color man, Rex Hudler), is showing there are no hard feelings, at least when it comes to outfielder Torii Hunter, wh ... More >>
The Rocky Horror Show at the Maverick Theater, Orange County Peace & Justice protest in Costa Mesa, “Shag: The World, the Flesh & the Devil” at Pure Color
Band manager John Reese fought his way to the top
If he weren't such a male skank, we'd marry him... From: Bill Maher To: George W. Bush Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend--you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your ... More >>
Perhaps because it's in the Drinking Issue, Cornel Bonca's review of Paula L. Woods' new novel Strange Bedfellows (featured in Selected Reviews from the Weekly on the sidebar) reminded me both of my own experiences with bad novels and my favorite quote from one very good novel, Waguih Ghali's Beer i ... More >>
Glenn Stern captures Latin American political graffiti
New Orleans shows were about a single disaster from the Third World
I want to get off
Lost in the controversy over Pat Robertsons call to assassinate a foreign leader is the reverends role in the local oil business
On a date!
The Right has lost its moral compass, for example
Selling your childhood back to you
They all are!
Press consolidation, foreign correspondence and the Venezuelan coup
Recall sequel in Venezuela?
How to fight the war from home
Drinking the water Dana Rohrabacher surfs in
Jim already spent his summer vacation. Now he wants yours
President Nixon solves your holiday quandaries
Choosing between metal and merengue at JC Fandango