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    This week in north North County

    In all the newsprint the national media has allotted our fair county these past couple of months--nutball elected in Orange! Anaheim Angels! Laguna Beach, the series!--not a single ink cartridge has been spilt on the Siberia of OC--the tiny towns of...

    on November 18, 2004
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    Super Pollo

    Photo by Nadia AfghaniMy mother visited Super Pollo in Costa Mesa for the first time a couple of weeks ago and immediately started mentioning Tijuana. She said the parking, which consists of three cracked-asphalt stalls on what, legally, should be a...

    on November 18, 2004
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    Tastes Like Downtown LBC - Taste of Long Beach squirms under self-imposed limitations

    Courtesy Aquarium of the PacificCalling any food-relatedevent the Taste of Long Beach--even of downtown Long Beach--is a dangerous proposition, considering this is the fifth-largest city in the state, home to immigrants from practically everywhere, ...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on November 18, 2004
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    This Week in Booze Barns

    Talked to the ex-girlfriend recently, and I ensured we'll never speak again after I belittled her Santa Fe, New Mexico, dining choices. See, I'm a teetotaler (save for the occasional Cuba Libre--and that's only in honor of the revolucin to come), a...

    on November 11, 2004
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    Allah Carte - Breaking the Ramadan fast with the Islamic Centers Auntie Fatima

    Photo by Tenaya HillsIt starts with a date: the fruit type of date, not the ask-someone-out-and-hope-to-get-lucky kind. That's how parishioners at the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove break their sunrise-to-sunset Ramadan fast, in ac...

    by NADIA AFGHANI on November 11, 2004
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    This Week in Soup

    Santa Anas what? Last month, Orange County registered the most rain for October ever. And with the storm clouds continuing to barrel into the county like USC linebacker Matt Grootegoed into UCLA running back Maurice Drew's torso, you should brace yo...

    on November 4, 2004
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    Ramadan-a-Dine-Long! - Enjoy the Islamic bounties of Lotus Chinese Eatery

    Photo by Amy TheligEnjoy family-style dining, where parties eat from various entres? At Huntington Beach's new Lotus Chinese Eatery, the county's second Chinese Islamic restaurant, parties can do that from onedish. A plate of hand-pulled wheat nood...

    on November 4, 2004
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    This Week In Restaurants We Already Wrote About

    "Why don't you write about _____?" is one of the more common e-mails I receive from curious grubbers. Here's why: that "hidden gem" you raved about is so damn famous that to write about it would make me seem as unimaginative asOrange County Register...

    on October 28, 2004
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    BATTLE OF THE BALBOA BARS! - Dads Donuts vs. Sugar N Spice: The Row-a at Balboa

    Photo by Amy TheligIn honor of the season debuts next weekfor the FOX television phenomena The O.C.and Arrested Development, we turn our culinary column toward one of their few crossover traits: Balboa bars, those vanilla-ice-cream-rectangle dreams ...

    on October 28, 2004
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    Santoras Pizza Subs & Wings

    Matthew 20:16 taught us that the last shall be first, and that's the best way to describe Santora's Pizza, Subs & Wings, a dank tavern just down the street from the sterile opulence of the Shops at Mission Viejo. Santora's pizza is passable; the sub...

    on October 14, 2004
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    This Week in the Real Cheap OC

    Let's just give up hope that our beautiful, multicultural county will ever get an accurate photoplay treatment. But can't The O.C. and Laguna Beach at least feature grubberies other than upscale places most of us Central Countians can't afford even ...

    on October 14, 2004
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    Sushi by Moonlight - Feasting into the early morning at Honda-Ya

    Photo by Tenaya Hills I'm not sure what time it is anymore. Ientered Honda-Ya around 6 in the evening, shortly after its wooden door opened, and swam toward the tsunamis of Asahi gushed out at the bar. I arrived early to calm nerves already twitchin...

    on October 14, 2004
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    This Week in a View With Your Food

    Baseball is now in playoff mode, and your Anaheim Angels are battling the evil Boston Red Sox for American League supremacy. Prime Angels-watching spot for the past decade or so has been the Catch, but there are many other options throughout the cou...

    on October 7, 2004
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    Its Not DiGiorno! Its Delivery! - Pangea rides its messenger bike right into our hearts

    photo by Amy TheligWhen I was living in New York's East Village and feeling particularly menstrual, I would walk to the window, look down the street, read the number of the Chinese restaurant off its awning, and dial. Within 10 minutes, an order of ...

    by REBECCA SCHOENKOPF on October 7, 2004
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    Good Breakfast, Fab Lunch, Great Dinner - The Dining Day at the Irvine Hyatt Regencys 6ix Park Grill

    Photo by Tenaya HillsSome of the county's better restaurants operate from hotels, such as Savoury's in Laguna Beach's La Casa del Camino, Aqua over at the St. Regis Resort, and the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel's recently departed Dining Room. Notice ...

    on September 30, 2004
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    This Week in Good Chains

    The Orange County Register's "Best of Orange County" issue arrived last Friday, and it's no surprise the restaurant section reads like a blowjob for everything corporate rather than an actual survey of the county's fine eateries. Really, Reg--Pizza ...

    on September 23, 2004
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    Chug! Hug! Chug! - Making friends and beer at Brewbakers

    Photo by Amy TheligPart fraternity, part bakery, part miniature brewery, Brewbakers is as much a bonding experience as an eating establishment, a gustatory amusement park in the midst of chain-heavy Huntington Beach. The homey environs and always-bu...

    by REX REASON on September 23, 2004
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    This Week in Comida

    Viva Mxico, cabrones! This weekend will bring many tacky restaurant celebrations in honor of Mexican Independence Day. Our favorite: a local radio station's "Skindependence Day" bikini contest. Que caliente! But don't kid yourself with these quas...

    on September 16, 2004
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    No Feigning Necessary! - The distracting decor and fabulous dinners of Svelte

    Photo by Tenaya HillsPeering into the women's restroom at Svelte, Corona del Mar's newest see-and-be-seen eatery, I felt as though I was taking a guided tour of the Louvre, foolishly nodding and contorting my face into what I hoped would give the ap...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on September 16, 2004
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    Blame It on the Ritz - The Dining Rooms last waltz

    Photo by Amy TheligThis is how we do it in the OC: build fabulous restaurants and entertainment venues, allow them to achieve a fame that transcends our 789 square miles, then tear them down in the name of vanilla progress. It happened with Costa Me...

    on September 9, 2004
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