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    Some Ziing New - Our salacious savant seeks vintage erotica and miso-seared ahi in historic Fullerton

    Photo by Tenaya HillsThis week's fine-dining experience takes us to the exotic burg of Fullerton and its restaurant row on Harbor Boulevard, where Ziing's "Asian-influenced" Chinese bistro makes its home. Okay, I'll come clean: I was actually in tow...

    by STEPHEN LEMONS on November 20, 2003
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    This Hole-In-The-Wall Life

    Photo by Tenaya HillsMeet nikuman, the world's cutest sandwich. Puffier than a cumulus cloud and the approximate size of a small baby, nikuman is the flour world's eternal newborn: a bun with a globular, smooth exterior unsullied by burns or crust b...

    on November 20, 2003
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    Randy Revolutionaries - Stephen Lemons tries keeping his shirt clean at Mirabeau

    Photo by John PickelleOne of the perils of penning a restaurant column for someone of my ample paunch is the monthly laundry bill, which my dear editor obstinately refuses to pay. After all, those driblets of food and bevy down the front of my boile...

    by STEPHEN LEMONS on November 20, 2003
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    This Hole-In-The-Wall Life

    Photo by John PickelleIn Orange County's hole-in-the-wall galaxy, Jamaican Cuisine Experience is the holiest-in-the-wall. A flimsy plastic banner hung below an unrelated marquee demarcates its existence inside the Liquor Deli, a nondescript hooch ha...

    on November 13, 2003
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    Bad Kitty! - If this is hell, where do I sign, Mr. Wilhelm?

    Photo by Jeanne RiceLegend holds that a black cat could be the devil himself in disguise or at least a necromancer's familiar. And though I cannot vouch for the veracity of such wives' tales, there is something downright satanic about Chat Noir, Dav...

    by STEPHEN LEMONS on November 13, 2003
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    This Hole-In-The-Wall Life

    Photo by Matt OttoPriorities are priorities for Argentine immigrants, so when Carlos Patti, Abel Garca and Antonio Ferrari opened El Gaucho Meat Market #2 in January, they installed four televisions throughout their tiny Anaheim store. It was a bus...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Eating Republican - Stephen Lemons downs dunkel at San Juan Capistranos Cafe Mozart

    I've always been what Southerners refer to as a "yellow dog Democrat," meaning I'd have voted for a yellow dog as long as the critter was a Dem. But the past few weeks have shown me the error of my ways. I'm turning Republican. In what other par...

    on November 6, 2003
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    Where to Watch USC Destroy Notre Dame

    Illustration by Bob AulIrish eyes have done little smiling this fall, as Notre Dame's gridiron gang suffers through another mediocre season and supposed savior Tyrone Willingham is proving to be more Gerry Faust than Ara Parsegian. Even worse, the c...

    on October 23, 2003
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    Bodhisattvas of Vegetarianism - The Pham family re-emerges with Bodhi Tree Vegetarian Cafe

    Photo by Tenaya HillsNot so very long ago, there was a vegetarian restaurant by the name of Vien Huong in the heart of Little Saigon. The Pham family members who ran this Vietnamese heaven-mother Kim Huyh, brothers Quoc and Viet, and namesake sister...

    by ANGIE DRISKELL on October 23, 2003
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    Dog Day Cafe - Stephen Lemons Lies Down with Dogs and Gets Pleased

    Photo by Joy WeberIt takes an unusual amount of chutzpah to name your restaurant the Lazy Dog Caf. To do so risks identifying your establishment both with indolence and canine cuisine. After all, man's best friend is not exactly known for his discr...

    on October 23, 2003
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    Five Endangered Placentia Restaurants

    Illustration by Bob AulThe Old Town Placentia district along Bradford Avenue and Santa Fe Street is a county treasure; its buildings, businesses and families date back to the early 1900s. Nevertheless, this historic section of Placentia remains slat...

    on October 16, 2003
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    FlossinandFightin - Justin Rudd: Gay superman at your service

    Photo by Jack GouldJustin Rudd is hot. And, like, perfect. It's kinda Stepford Wife-ish. Except that unlike the animatronic Katherine Ross, he has a real heart--a real big one. Originally from Ozark, Alabama, Rudd is an all-American boy--class pre...

    by Stacy Davies on October 16, 2003
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    Mona Lisa Lard-Ass - Fat man relives The Shining at Disneys Napa Rose

    Photo by John PickeleAh, mes amis, this past weekend left me as ecstatic as Eddie Izzard with a new pair of Manolos! And all because of some corpulent Colombian gals and a repast at Napa Rose, the premier eatery at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. ...

    by STEPHEN LEMONS on October 16, 2003
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    Five Delicious Dac Biets

    Illustration by Bob AulSelecting what to eat from a Vietnamese restaurant menu can be a daunting task. Many Little Saigon eateries simply list dozens of dishes without translating them, and the Anglophile mind quickly tires trying to comprehend the ...

    on October 9, 2003
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    Paradise by the Soy-Sparked Light - Aloha Chickens Spartan surprises

    Photo by Matt OttoThe soy sauce-fueled sizzle of meat slapped upon a grill is a constant at Aloha Chicken--that and a powerful punch-in-the-palate scent, the collective odors of thousands of chicken lunches and acrid macaroni salads gobbled within t...

    on October 9, 2003
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    Suds for Studs - Devouring beers, babes and board at Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurant

    Photo by Joy WeberOnce in a very long while, this embonpoint epicure likes to hoist a few with the common man, woman and/or sexual hybrid and investigate their notions of "good eatin'," as they call it. After all, there is the danger we critics run ...

    by STEPHEN LEMONS on October 9, 2003
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    Five Edison Edibles

    Illustration by Bob AulNever mind last season's World Series conquest--your world champion Anaheim Angels distinguished themselves this year by reverting to the terrible luck longtime baseball watchers expect from the franchise. Freaky season-ending...

    by Gustavo Arellano on October 2, 2003
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    Gourmet Gone Wild! - Pork chops Doggy-style at Iva Lees

    Photo by Jeanne RiceBless my dimpled fanny, but none other than rap superstar and pimp-daddy extraordinaire Snoop Dogg prompted my recent journey to Iva Lee's, a New Orleans-themed establishment in San Clemente. See, the other day, I was in one of...

    by STEPHEN LEMONS on October 2, 2003
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    Hindustani Soul Bread - Ashokas elegant take on Indian bread and other bites

    Photo by Tenaya HillsConsider naan, the Indian leavened bread that's the edible spork of the subcontinent, spongy with a bitter aftertaste. Most stateside Indian restaurants bake naan as an afterthought, providing it free under the assumption eaters...

    on October 2, 2003
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    Hotel Hunger Haunts

    Illustration by Bob AulLocal hotels aren't just for immigrant workers, illicit expense-account noontime trysts and tourists from Lichtenstein. They're for us. Some feature high-class restaurants with award-winning chefs that could probably make your...

    on September 25, 2003
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