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    Pleased to Meat You - You plug it, Brees Quality Meats turns it into chops, steaks and what-have-you

    Photo by Amy TheligWhen a buddy of mine recently returnedfrom bagging a feral hog in the rolling hills of Riverside County's Big Horn Canyon Ranch, he encountered an unexpected problem: no local butcher wanted it. He visited all the famous butcher...

    by THEO DOUGLAS on February 3, 2005
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    High-Class Slumming - Low lights, small plates and big flavors at Motif

    Photo by Tenaya HillsMy charming companion andI had already spent a good half-hour running around the St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach like Iowans. We stared gape-jawed at the opulent fountains, ooohed the diamond-crusted sandals encased within a bout...

    on January 27, 2005
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    A Dosa Heaven - Ripping through edible juggernauts at Dosa Place

    Photo by Amy TheligBefore Super Size, before the foot-long hoagie, there was the dosa: a South Indian crepe made of mixed rice and yellow bean flour and stuffed with some sumptuous bulk, griddled until the skin is a glimmering brown and rolled up un...

    on January 20, 2005
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    Good Portents, Portions - Appreciating the gifts of Newport Beach at Rodmans

    Photo by Amy TheligThe evening was filled with goodportents. Money arrived from an unexpected source, the Super Glue debacle cleaned up with hand cream--it was as if the world's psychics, fortune-cookie bakers and Karl Rove were suddenly working for...

    by TODD MATHEWS on January 6, 2005
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    Meat Loaf Matinee - Chomping on Americas unknown heartland at Pofolks

    Photo by Tenaya HillsContrary to what readers may think, I can't cook--according to my office mates, melting the finest quesadillas this side of Zacatecas doesn't count. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I bid adis to my parents last week as...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 23, 2004
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    Hominess With a Brownie - Wedding-cake artistry with the Cellas at Beverlys Best Bakery

    Photo by Amy TheligIn 1994, husband-and-wife catering team Carmen and Carmela Cella began renting the kitchen at Beverly's Best Bakery in Fullerton for their nights of labor. Then, in the fall of 1995, Beverly's went up for sale. The couple faced a ...

    by VALERIE HOWARD on December 16, 2004
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    Tango De La Pizza - Traversing the countys Italian-South American trattorias

    Photo by Tenaya HillsAn Argentine, the joke goes, is anItalian who speaks Spanish and thinks he's British. And although I never got the "joke" part--the saying isn't even ha-ha funny--its insight rings true. Argentines are notoriously snooty like ou...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 9, 2004
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    Hopelessly New Age-Y But Its Great! - Screw Native Foods milieu and enjoy their vegan bounty

    Photo by Tenaya HillsFor the past couple of years, the mosthappening structure in hipster housing has been the yurt, the lightweight circular tent native to Mongolia with a name that sounds like a Dr. Seuss punch line. Outdoor-recreation stores hawk...

    by SARAH CALLENDER on December 2, 2004
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    Grub Guide - This week in intoxicating Indian eats

    Ha, ha--Gregory Haidl is in jail! About time, frankly. But even if he's innocent of assisting in the forced sodomizing of a 16-year-old girl with a Snapple bottle, a juice can and a lit cigarette a couple of years back, Little Lord Fondle-roy deserv...

    on November 25, 2004
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    Bin Bin Konjac

    Photo by Matt OttoModesty is unknown to Bin Bin Konjac, a sleek three-month-old Irvine smoothie shop where the owners list as many self-written plaudits on its menu as it does sipping options. Best boast: buy enough fruit-based shaved ices, snow slu...

    on November 25, 2004
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    Pay More Attention to Falling Notes - Of Vine, wine and conspiratorial romance

    Photo by Amy TheligI don't have a computermonitor at work so much as a glowing cube where Post-It notes go to die. Canary-yellow squares clamor for attention around the screen's frame, each brimming with information about a restaurant I'm planning t...

    on November 25, 2004
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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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