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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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    Better Than Health Insurance - Staying alive with Blue Nile Cafe

    Photo by Amy Theilig"Location, location, location," say the real-estate people, which is why they'd think the guys who run Long Beach's new Blue Nile Caf are crazy. It's in the artsy East Village, where people take every stimulant they can get, and...

    by Chris Ziegler on June 9, 2005
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    GUSTAVOS GRUB GUIDE - This week in the coast

    Self-explanatory, no? Just don't let the PCH traffic drive you nutsoid, porfavor. DINNERFORTWO: ........................Lessthan$10! $..............................$10-$20 $$.............................$20-$40 $$$.....................Eresm...

    on June 2, 2005
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    A Brave New (Yummy!) World - Chakra Cuisine: Irvines present, Orange Countys future

    Photo by Tenaya HillsFor decades, Irvine was the epitome of everything wrong and evil with Orange County: master-planned, sterile and white, white, white. Nowadays, though, that stereotype is as outdated as Larry Agran's progressive street cred. Irv...

    by Gustavo Arellano on June 2, 2005
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    This Week in Randomness

    Yet another sampling of restaurants that are making their debut in the Grub Guide. Skoal! DINNERFORTWO: ........................Lessthan$10! $..............................$10-$20 $$.............................$20-$40 $$$.......................

    on May 26, 2005
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    Weve Got the Hook-ahps - Smoking through the hookah lounges of Anaheims Little Gaza

    Photo by Matt OttoBack in high school, I was called "the chick whose parents own tons of bongs." See, one time some buddies came over to my house and couldn't stop obsessing the following day about how practically every room in the Afghani abode had...

    by NADIA AFGHANI on May 26, 2005
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    Hwang Hae Do BBQ

    Photo by Matt OttoThe pupils of the waitress expanded even as her eyebrows furrowed. Her neck cocked at a 45-degree angle. Her lips pursed. She didn't have to say anything--we got that she was shocked at our lunch choice--but she nevertheless did: "...

    on May 12, 2005
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    Tea and a Bit of Joe

    Don't drink coffee myself--I'm a tea freak. Oolong, barley, hibiscus, green, black, caramel--if it involves boiling an herb or a bag and string, I'm gulping it. But this is coffee country, so in this list of tea joints, I've thrown in a couple place...

    on May 12, 2005
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    Grilling It Old School - Dine like Newport Beach at Santa Ana prices at the student-run 50 Forks

    Photo by Tenaya HillsThe maitre d' couldn't have been more than 23. His black suit was wrinkled and about two sizes too big. His hair could've used some gel. But his smile was genuine. He pulled out the chairs for both misters and madames without pr...

    on May 12, 2005
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    Rome, Sweet, Rome - Roman Cucina challenges Fullertons Italian restaurant establishment

    Photo by Matt OttoYou have to question the business acumen of anyone who opens an Italian restaurant within a meatball's throw of three north Orange County Italian-restaurant standards like Angelo's & Vinci's, Mulberry Street Ristorante and Spadra R...

    by Joel Beers on May 5, 2005
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    This Week in Bread

    Isn't bread great? Crispy yet soft, chock-full of wheaty goodness, and a multiuse instrument for eating (base, spoon, bowl, straw--trust me on the latter). But while most Americans content themselves with Weber's or even Roman Meal, the county's eth...

    on April 28, 2005
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