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  • Steaming Art - Tea, Korea-style, at  419 Cafe Veronese

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    Steaming Art - Tea, Korea-style, at 419 Cafe Veronese

    In the United States, teahouses are the domain of the doilies. But in South Korea, the tabang (tea room) is a combination pub/coffeehouse where young adults roam until late, drinking super-sweet teas and engaging in fevered conversation or karao...

    by Gustavo Arellano on January 5, 2006
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    Grub Guide - This week in the county, A-R

    We get your feedback, folks, and thusly apologize: the geniuses who redesigned our website have yet to put up our fantabulous online Dining Guide. Rather than explain to ustedeswhy this fiasco occurred, I'll just print the names, addresses and o...

    on January 5, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Burger Beach

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Burger Beach

    Even if you've never eaten at Husky Boy, you know this restaurant. It's the burger stand on the north side of Laguna Beach--the one on the inland side as you speed (slowly: mind the local constabulary) toward Crystal Cove, the dive with the chroni...

    on January 5, 2006
  • This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Porky Brazil

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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - Porky Brazil

    Orange County doesn't lack for stews--we can choose from fierce Korean soon tofus, Mexican birrias, Pakistani haleem, gumbos and numerous others. But none is as intense in flavor as the feijoada served at the just-opened BRAZILIAN GRILL in A...

    on December 22, 2005
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    Grub Guide - This Week in the Year

    The year's best new restaurants. Spend your holidays here. As for me, I'm off to make tamales! DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than $10! $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

    on December 22, 2005
  • Oh, Capricious Gut! - The Ritz-Carltons new Restaurant 162

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    Oh, Capricious Gut! - The Ritz-Carltons new Restaurant 162

    The best meal I ever ate was at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel's late, great Dining Room: a seven-course extravaganza with a classy broad, wine that tasted like sunshine, a tuxedoed Russian named Nicolai and a final tab equal to the price of ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 22, 2005
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    Grub Guide - This week in small restaurants

    Exactly what the title says. Buen provecho! DINNER FOR TWO: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Less than $10! $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10-$20 $$ . . . . . . . . . ...

    on December 15, 2005
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    Multiculti Hawaii - The Loft Hawaiian Grill

    The Loft Hawaiian Grill, a bright-yellow jewel in the midst of Cypress' international-business corridor, is the only local Hawaiian restaurant that features cuisines from each of the Aloha State's immigrant cultures. To wit: JAPANESE: Japanese gri...

    on December 15, 2005
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    Steak Out! - Meating the masses at Orange County's outsider steak chains

    Though the last remaining herd of cows in Orange County may have stampeded toward the greener pastures of Scottsdale, we remain steak country. Our appetite for gloriously grilled hunks of red meat has produced excellent homegrown steak houses like F...

    on December 15, 2005
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    Grub Guide - This Week in Salsa

    You can try to insulate yourself against winter with soup, blankets or a mallet to the head la Daffy Duck. But learn from Latinos: douse your food-hole with salsa--hellacious, yum-yum salsa. These are Orange County's best. DINNER FOR TWO: . ...

    on December 8, 2005
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    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life - 24-Hour Pho

    Little Saigon--shit, I'm still in Little Saigon. It's 3 a.m., driving back home after a Friday evening with a lady friend. Chilly winds howl outside the sanctuary of my Camry. I need something steaming and filling. I need pho. But 24-hour dining o...

    on December 8, 2005
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    Deep Dish Deliverance - Solving the horror of the pizza lunch with Tony's Little Italy

    When you work in an office, you learnto fear the pizza lunch: that afternoon when the boss suddenly becomes generous and treats his workers to about four or five thin, cold, disgusting pies. The Weekly's office manager, thank Vishnu, is a resourcefu...

    on December 8, 2005
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    Grub Guide - THIS WEEK IN GOAT

    If you read the Los Angeles Times--and, judging by their plummeting circulation figures, you don't--you read the great Nov. 21 front-page story by Jerry Hirsch declaring goat meat popular. About time, goat-cheese-loving Americans: goat is light, hea...

    on December 1, 2005
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    the Arizonans Are Coming! - Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Arizonans at Mastro's Ocean Club

    The Phoenix-based New Times chainof alt. weeklies is bidding to buy the Weekly's parent company and create the largest free-weekly company in the nation. Tempe officials are wooing Angels owner (and Phoenix native) Arte Moreno with improved spring-t...

    on December 1, 2005
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    Beach Bum Gourmand - This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    There are few local restaurants that seem more desolate than the RIVER'S END CAFE, a dull, sandy-brown structure at the westernmost edge of the county. Immediately north is the mouth of the San Gabriel River; walk west if you want to wade in the Pac...

    on December 1, 2005
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    Fine Chicken - THIS HOLE-IN-THE-WALL LIFE

    There's a reason Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle is so focused on redeveloping the region around Anaheim Stadium rather than the city's historical downtown--Mexicans overtook the latter area long ago. A drive down Anaheim Boulevard finds storefront churc...

    on November 24, 2005
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    This Week in Home-Style Dining for the Holidays - THIS WEEK IN HOME-STYLE DINING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

    Turkey is terrible--dry, flavorless, blech. And while it's nice to spend an afternoon with the family members you hate, it's better to spend those uncomfortable silences in home-style dining restaurants, where children rule through tantrums, the ser...

    on November 24, 2005
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    Nirvana, Corn Chip-style - Solving the origin myth of Laguna Beach's Have'A Chips

    A bag of Have'A Corn Chips hasnothingto hide. The translucent bag lets you see the tantalizing, soy-stained product within. Its packaging states, on both front and back, that the only ingredients are corn, soybean oil, soy sauce and a dash of lime. ...

    by ALEX BRANT-ZAWADZKI on November 24, 2005
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    Salamat Market and Deli

    For more than a decade, Salamat Market and Deli in Orange offered sandwiches, stews and kebabs--but that's all about to change. Not that there's anything wrong with the Persian grocer's current menu: the sandwiches are sturdy hoagies, bloated loaves...

    on November 17, 2005
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    This Week in Puckering Platters

    I should've written this column in the summer, when jolting doses of sour meals counter the oppressive heat. But puckering dishes comfort fall palates too: a plate like ceviche or a lemon tart will liven you from the autumn chill that won't leave us...

    on November 17, 2005
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