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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 Nowadays, though, that stereotype is as outdated as Larry Agran's progressive street cred.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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    Goko Cafe

    Photo by Amy TheiligRecent Sunday morning, around 10 a.m. Walked into Goko Caf in Laguna Beach with an old love who wanted to "talk." Dreaded the concept but immediately loved the place, a dimly lit deli on PCH, one of the last remnants of the old ...

    on April 28, 2005
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    To Dine the Impossible Dinner - The quixotic quest for great gourmet Mexican cuisine

    Photo by Tenaya HillsI admit it--I'm spoiled. I've spent nearly every Saturday afternoon of my life hopping from wedding to quinceaera to baptism to card game in the name of free carne asada tacos. On Sunday mornings, I awake to the scent of my mot...

    on April 28, 2005
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    Moonlight Pizza and Chicken

    Photo by Tenaya HillsThere's a Lebanese pizzeria in Orange County (Al-Sanabel in Anaheim), as well as pizzerias with a Pakistani (Ali Baba's Kitchen), Persian (Ray's Pizza), Argentine (Regina's), Greek (Christakis) and even Mexican bent--La Pizza Lo...

    on April 21, 2005
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    This Week in Eggs

    As an omelet or embryo, scrambled or over easy, inside a breakfast burrito or part of the batter, it doesn't matter--eggs are . . . go ahead, start the terrible puns: eggs-cellent. Eggs-traordinary. An egg-nigma. Egg . . . ah, just see the Batmanepi...

    on April 21, 2005
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    Garden of Eating - Calling the dim sum races at Irvine China Garden

    Photo by Amy TheligThe Cantonese social custom of a late-morning weekend brunch with tea and savory snacks is less a peaceful dining experience than the culinary equivalent of NASCAR. This is dim sum, baby: women and men ferrying steam carts groanin...

    by PROFESSOR SALT on April 21, 2005
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    Rubens Bakery

    Photo by Tenaya HillsIn a day devoted to venerating the Divine, my favorite Sunday rite remains the morning drive to Ruben's Bakery, a ramshackle panadera between Fullerton's Mexican barrio and the city's expanding hipster downtown. I try to visit ...

    on April 14, 2005
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    This Week in Weekling Haunts

    When lunchtime comes, we Weeklings disperse to the same restaurants--one place for pho, another for pad Thai, and all the way to Tustin for ferocious southern Indian. So for those of you wanting to ask the Mexican, kiss the Commie or argue with the ...

    on April 14, 2005
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    Natural Selection - Survival of the fittest at the Natural Products Expo

    Photo by Tenaya HillsLike everybody else at the convention, I am the opposite of a hypochondriac: when I swallow something that's supposed to be good for me, I can absolutely feelrejuvenation flood through each of my body's 70 trillion cells. So whe...

    by ELIZABETH GLAZNER on April 14, 2005
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    Kokona Hut

    Photo by Amy TheligChopped into gulp-sized chunks, battered with sweet rice flour, marinated for 24 hours, then tossed into the fryer until each piece transforms into a bouncy, almost tissue-like mass, the mochiko chicken at Kokona Hut in Placentia ...

    on April 7, 2005
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    This Week in Restaurants I Forgot

    Editing this Grub Guide requires not only that I come up with weekly cutesy groupings, but also that I remember to rotate restaurants so all 622 entries in our online dining guide eventually get some print love. But I am not a perfect carousel--the ...

    on April 7, 2005
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    Less Whining By More Wining - Appreciating the ways of the oenophile at Tannins

    Photo by Tenaya Hills"Mine's the Fat Bastard," my charming companion enthused. Then she thought about what she had just said. "Or maybe it's yours. Or mine. Wait--which one do you think is fruitier?" "Mine is fruitier," I replied authoritatively...

    on April 7, 2005
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    This Week in Giving Your Joint a Name

    It takes quite a bit of huevosto name a restaurant after yourself, but it's an eatery tradition as hallowed as disappearing silverware. And while popular culture reveres the Pucks, the Joes and the McDonald's of the world, our local restaurateurs ge...

    on March 31, 2005
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