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    This Week in the Meats and Eats of Agora Churrascaria

    Irvine is in the midst of a dining boom, with Chakra Cuisine wowing Indian grub veterans and novices alike and foodies finally discovering the city's two Chinatowns. Latest buzz-worthy newcomer: Agora Churrascaria, an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbe...

    on August 4, 2005
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    Diamonds in the Bulk - Eat Like a Gourmand at 99 Cents Only Stores

    Photo by Matt OttoThese are the hollow goods, the foodstuffs filled with straw--pecan sandies, shaving cream, extension cords, the unwanted dregs of upscale food retailers, culinary victims of neglect, overstock, failed marketing schemes, the chaos ...

    by JOY HOUGHT on August 4, 2005
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    This Week in Roughage

    A faithful reader recently pointed out I use "roughage" too much. I protested and then looked through the Weeklyonline archives. She's right: of the 19 times "roughage" has appeared in the Weeklythe past seven years, 17 of those occurred in my artic...

    on July 28, 2005
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    Al Amir Bakery

    Photo by Shannon SibayanAl Amir Bakery in Anaheim's Little Arabia enclave attracts all sorts of eaters, but it works best as an old-style pizzeria, a place where young people step in for a quick bite and flirt. And you get them all--and more--here: ...

    on July 28, 2005
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    Burger Safari - Ground beef well-done with a side of amnesia

    Photo by James BunoanIn 1999, Viliumas Malinauskas opened a Lithuanian theme park to honor the Baltic nation's Soviet past. Critics dubbed it Stalin World, and the unlikely idea proved popular--organizers estimate 200,000 tourists per year walk amon...

    on July 28, 2005
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    This Week in Doran

    Hi! My name is Doran Walot, and I'm interning this summer at the Weekly. Gustavo was too busy so he had me take over Grub Guide for the week. Fear not, though: given my 17-odd years OC dining experience, I'm more than qualified. Besides, Gustavo wil...

    on July 21, 2005
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    El Portal de Veracruz

    Photo by Tenaya HillsThe reconquista continues: El Portal de Veracruz is Orange County's first Mexican restaurant to specialize in the cuisine of Veracruz, the Caribbean coastal state best known for twinkly son jarocho music and huachinango a la ver...

    on July 21, 2005
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    Fleeting Scallops - Riding the delicious waves of White Horses churning menu

    Photo by Tenaya HillsWhen I was young, San Clemente meant salvation: the halfway point home after my family's daylong trips to the back-alley doctors of Tijuana. Nowadays, San Clemente is my definition of beauty's transience, and it's all because of...

    on July 21, 2005
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    The Asian Persuasion - Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them

    Photo by Heather XBy Nadia Afghani, Gustavo Arellano, Matt Coker, Theo Douglas, Steve Lowery, R. Scott Moxley, Rebecca Schoenkopf, Will Swaim and Chris Ziegler There was a time when Asian food referred to two kinds of cuisine: Chinese food and Chi...

    by Gustavo Arellano on July 14, 2005
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    Editors Picks

    Photo by Tenaya HillsWhenever I frequent either HONDA YA, I'm reminded of the scene in Kill Bill, Vol. 1 when Oren Ishi's Crazy 88s gang harass a hapless nightclub owner into making a pizza before The Bride makes sashimi out of them all. Traditional...

    on July 14, 2005
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    Kosher Bite

    Photo by Shannon SibayanOrange County seems just too spic-n-span Christian to host a real New York-style Jewish deli, but try telling that to the folks at Kosher Bite in Laguna Hills, a cluttered room where the air conditioning is three ceiling fans...

    on July 7, 2005
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    This Week in Grubberies That Carry Us

    Yes, local restaurateurs: carry us, and we'll plug you in future editions of this august column! Send an e-mail to garellano@ocweekly.com with your owner's name, restaurant name, number of copies wanted and contact info! One caveat, though: your foo...

    on July 7, 2005
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    Evenings of Wine and Coke - Sipping gourmet vintages with a classy dame at La Maison Gourmet

    Photo by Amy TheiligI sure have a way with the ladies. When I asked Sali Herldez, the grand dame of Santa Ana's wonderful Sol Art Gallery, if she would accompany me for a wine tasting held by La Maison Gourmet in Mission Viejo, I didn't mention her...

    on July 7, 2005
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    Boutique Samoa

    Photo by Shannon SibayanEver wondered why Samoan football players are so freaking big? Visit Boutique Samoa, a Polynesian gift shop in Anaheim with a great selection of tropical-print shirts and a takeout buffet near the entrance. Order the $11 Isla...

    on June 30, 2005
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    A Portrait of the Food Critic as a Young Man - You dont have to be English to appreciate Brussels Bistro, but it helps

    Photo by Heather SwaimA friend in London found an ingenious solution to the problem of lousy English food: he spends his weekends in Brussels. He didn't have to explain why he would travel 200 miles for dinner. I grew up in an English home here ...

    by TODD MATHEWS on June 30, 2005
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    Beach Cities Pizza

    Photo by Shannon SibayanWhen she was a high school senior nearly a decade ago, my charming companion once ate at Beach Cities Pizza, a ramshackle eatery close to Dana Point Harbor. It was after a high school trip to see the gray whales of Doheny, an...

    on June 23, 2005
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    Ah So-So Sushi - Zipangu excels when youre important, pleases when youre not

    Photo by Amy TheiligZipangu is empty. There are two people at the sushi bar, two tables with customers in the restaurant, and not a soul in the lounge. This could have something to do with the fact that the flat-screen TV on the wall is showing Mich...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on June 23, 2005
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    Delicias de Mexico

    Photo by Shannon SibayanAt some point this June, Fate will force you onto the 22 freeway. You will sludge through its blocked-off lanes, closed exits and endless graffitied walls. You will be late. You will curse. But rejoice, o weary traveler: half...

    on June 16, 2005
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    The Real Afghani - Dealing with Afghan realities at Amazing Kabob House

    Photo by Amy TheiligDespite having the last name "Afghani" and being related to a guy (my dad) who was related to a guy (his dad) who lived in Afghanistan (Nowhereville, Kabul), my knowledge of Afghan food is surprisingly minimal (practically nothin...

    by NADIA AFGHANI on June 16, 2005
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    La Galette Creperie

    Photo by Tenaya HillsIt was an overcast day--it didn't matter. I was in San Clemente, Orange County's own Spanish Village by the Sea, about to eat at La Galette Crperie, a recently opened French bistro a jog away from the San Clemente Pier and the ...

    on June 9, 2005
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