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    A 12-Napkin Salute - Eating spicy tofu at Lucys

    Photo by Matt OttoI remember it well, that summer dinner with the Chihuahua side of the clan when To Quico handed me a glistening dish of jalapeos. Being only six years old at the time, and with fragile, developing taste buds, I promptly passed th...

    by VANESSA GARCÃ?A on September 18, 2003
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    The Mexican Mormons Jewish Bakery - Abel Salgado keeps the Challah coming

    Photo by Matt OttoForty years after he first put on a white apron, Abel Salgado remains an anomaly in the Jewish bakery world, but not for reasons one might expect. Sure, when he joined Local 453 of the Hebrew Master Bakers and Confectioners Union i...

    on September 11, 2003
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    Cross-continental fusion - Uncle Al amalgamates the world through sauce

    When Uncle Al cooks up catfish po'boys and hush puppies, he's thinking of the Volta Delta, not Mississippi. "These meals are not Mississippi-style, they are not New Orleans-style, they are African," explains Uncle Al, a.k.a. Albert Fadonougbo, the B...

    by ANDREW ASCH on September 4, 2003
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    Love Your CountryEat American - A Guide to Orange Countys Best U.S. City Meals

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsTime was that a drive through the United States meant stopping at local diners and chowing down on regional dishes. But those times are gone. Fast food is like a pox on the land, and such men as Carl Karcher (Carl's Jr.) and ...

    on August 28, 2003
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    Pine Nut Paradise - Breakfast, lunch and dinner with the Hawaris at Kareems

    Photo by Tenaya HillsOwners Mike and Nancy Hawari are the sole employees of Kareem's Restaurant, and the waiters/cooks/hosts coddle their customers from entrance to exit with a smile rounder than a pregnant woman's belly. The Hawaris have run Kareem...

    on August 21, 2003
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    Where Bread Is King - Make a Pilgrimage to Jamillah Garden

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsIslamic Chinese cooking is a rarity in Southern California, eclipsed by $1 combo plates, fried rice and a nice side of MSG. But there it is in Tustin: Jamillah Garden, an expansive, always-crowded oasis where customers speak ...

    on August 14, 2003
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    Crepes Cest Bon! - Dreaming of Paris in America

    Photo by Tenaya HillsMy fellow study-abroaders and I arrived in Paris in 1998 sleep-deprived, famished and smelly. We staggered toward a little caf on the Champs-Elyses that first night, where I settled on a tall glass of Guinness in an attempt to...

    by ANGIE DRISKELL on August 14, 2003
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    Goat Spine And More - Enjoy Tijuanas Anarch at El Rincon Del Oso

    Photo by Gustavo ArellanoTo reach El Rincn del Oso, get on the I-5 south and drive--past San Clemente, past Camp Pendleton and San Onofre, past the transistor-radio-like sprawl of San Diego, all the way past the teeming U.S.-Mexico border itself. T...

    on August 7, 2003
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    Checklist, Please! - Food at The Orange County Fairpart ew!

    Illustration by Bob AulWe revealed last week a couple of food booths at the Orange County Fair that traffic in yummy eats. But let's be honest--90 percent of the snacks at Costa Mesa's preeminent social event (excluding the Fish Fry) are so noxious ...

    on August 7, 2003
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    Back in the Grill Again - Ignore the kitsch and eat at Pinnacle Peak

    Photo by Matt OttoWatched intently by a papier-mch steer standing atop the roof of Pinnacle Peak, the faithful trudge in from various points around Orange County and wait patiently outside for the 5 p.m. opening. Once the marshals--as the restaura...

    on July 31, 2003
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    Checklist, Please! - Food at the Orange County Fairpart yum!

    Illustration by Bob Aul"Delicious dishes" and "Orange County Fair" go together like George Bush and honesty, but we found five booths where famished fairgoers can exchange their sunscreen-soaked cash for meals that lend a gourmand's touch to the car...

    on July 31, 2003
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    Checklist, Please! - Four restaurants for rice

    Illustration by Bob AulLike soccer, the metric system and goodwill toward man, rice is a staple nearly everywhere but the United States. According to the Asia Rice Foundation, the average Southeast Asian eats about 160 kilos of rice per year--about ...

    on July 17, 2003
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    So Good, Youll Wish You Were Sick - Hoag Hospital food is Newport Beach class at cafeteria prices

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsThey certainly looked like doctors, though they were dressed like you or me. They didn't have any surgical tools or stethoscopes or anything, but I couldn't shake the feeling they were medical professionals. They were two t...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on July 17, 2003
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    Checklist, Please! - Five carne asada carnicerias

    Non-Mexicans and pocho Mexicans alike plead cultural ignorance as the reason for not preparing carne asada every weekend as they should. Mierda. The Mexican tradition of grilling firm steak slices to a juicy black is moronically simple, since its ha...

    on July 10, 2003
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    En Mi Viejo Senor Big Ed - Recreating Puerto Rico in Cypress

    The autographed pictures dotting Seor Big Ed's kitchen wall qualify the Cypress eatery as a Puerto Rican Hall of Fame. Anaheim Angels catcher Bengie Molina? He's there. So are boxer Felix Trinidad, golfer Chi Chi Rodrguez, even actor Jimmy Smits. ...

    on July 10, 2003
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    En Mi Viejo Senor Big Ed - Recreating Puerto Rico in Cypress

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsThe autographed pictures dotting Seor Big Ed's kitchen wall qualify the Cypress eatery as a Puerto Rican Hall of Fame. Anaheim Angels catcher Bengie Molina? He's there. So are boxer Felix Trinidad, golfer Chi Chi Rodrguez, ...

    on July 10, 2003
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    Diarmuid and Fergals Place - Not just another pub

    My mother, ever the inquisitive student of world culture, once shamed me by asking an Irish friend how, exactly, it was possible there were tomatoes available in gloomy, sunless Ireland. I was studying in Dublin at the time; the friend she asked was...

    by ELLEN GRILEY on July 3, 2003
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    Checklist, Please! - Five summer school spots

    Illustration by Bob AulThe college graduation season concluded about two weeks ago only to make way for summer school, that pedagogic playground tussle pitting underachievers against overachievers inside sweltering classrooms for six weeks of videos...

    on July 3, 2003
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    Meal of the Marauders - Eating the present past at Genghis Khan

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsA bronze relief hanging from a wall in Genghis Khan restaurant in Fullerton depicts a smiling family outside a ger, the massive portable tent medieval Mongolians called home. The 13th-century-era clan sit around a campfire ea...

    on June 26, 2003
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    Checklist, Please! - Five Complimentary Condiments

    Illustration by Bob AulThe meal is grand, delicious . . . but something's missing, that certain yo no s quthat catapults a dish toward the gastronomical stratosphere. Such a culinary conundrum arises in cultures worldwide, and nearly all respond w...

    on June 26, 2003
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