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    Beware of Pussies and Cocks - Tips for the prospective chicken owner

    Alice was a magnificent Rhode Island Red. She never did me wrong, listened patiently to my hopes and dreams, and enjoyed it whenever I tickled her gullet. And she laid an egg every day that I enjoyed as part of a well-rounded breakfast. That I did...

    on October 10, 2002
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    Shawerma Shop - The simple greatness of Sahara Falafel

    Photo by Jeanne Rice "Beware the eating establishment that doles out plastic forks," I tell my loved ones whether they want to hear it or not. "Such doling usually indicates a place wherein the quality of food is as luxurious as the eating utensils....

    on October 3, 2002
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    Let Them Eat Nachos - You, too, can live off happy hour food

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsThanks to the economic downturn brought to us by Sept. 11, Wall Street scandals and Dubya's asinine tax cut, it's tough for working stiffs to come up with money to go out to lunch, let alone dinner. Fortunately, with some c...

    by JESSICA CALKINS on October 3, 2002
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    Eat, Drink and Push the Jager - Thinking Oktoberfest, talking cholera

    Photo by James BunoanFacts, fun and friends gleaned from Old World's 25th annual Oktoberfest Press Day: Oktoberfest began at Huntington Beach's Old World Beer Garden on Sept.15, which is a little confusing since you'd expect Oktoberfest to begin i...

    by Steve Lowery on September 26, 2002
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    Lotsa Quarters, No Cow - Park it at Cafe Zinc

    OCW StaffLaguna Beach is a curious mix of Marin County and Mayberry. It is a trendy, stylish city, with its amphitheaters and seaside art galleries. But it is also a small town--a maze of tight, winding streets crisscrossing steep hills. City elders...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on September 26, 2002
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    Good Sho - Japanese cuisine cut five ways

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsThis being the 51st anniversary of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon--the master's highly thought of classic film about a crime seen from several differing perspectives--we thought we'd head over to the highly thought of Sushi Sho in...

    on September 19, 2002
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    Battle of the Hot Sauces! - Sriracha or Tapatio?

    Photo by OCW staffLet me begin this review with a disclaimer: home-made hot sauces kick mass-produced hot sauce's ass any day. Please seek out home-made Mexican and Asian hot sauces. Call my aunt or my friend's mother, each of whom harvest chiles di...

    on September 19, 2002
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    Taps Doesnt Blow - Actually, its quite good

    In the rockin' new heart of Downtown Brea--where "downtown" means a carbon copy of the Block at Orange, complete with glaring neon, Old Navy, big movie theaters and theme restaurants, but with real streets intersecting them--the Taps Fish House and ...

    by TOM VASICH on September 12, 2002
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    You Cant Beat Bobs Meat

    Photo by Katheryne MoralesThere are two things that I would hazard driving the traffic-jammed "Y" for: to drink margaritas with my bikini-clad sister and her blue-eyed husband while watching my towheaded nephew and niece gleefully splash around in a...

    by KATHERYNE MORALES on September 12, 2002
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    Snobs - How I learned to really love food

    I was a food snob until I needed a job. I applied at Le Salon, the pseudonym I'll give this tiny Orange County establishment where the freshest ingredients are assembled daily in an exquisitely designed, ever-changing bill of fare. Where patrons are...

    by ADAM US on September 5, 2002
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    Holy Mole! - Orange Countys first Oaxacan restaurant

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsThrow your burrito in the trash can. Chuck your pan dulce to the raccoons. Forget everything you knew about Mexican food. Go to El Fortin in Fullerton. They serve Oaxacan food. There's an Oaxacan restaurant in Orange County...

    by Gustavo Arellano on September 5, 2002
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    Eating Responsibly - A guide to union dining in OC

    Photo by Courtney OquistThe last thing on most people's minds when they go out for a bite to eat in Orange County is whether the establishment they visit is a union shop. But with Labor Day upon us, what better time to consider showing a bit of unio...

    by Nick Schou on August 29, 2002
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    Hot Shank, Cool Jazz - Delicious Mediterranean fare at Byblos Cafe

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsHere are 22 things you should know about Byblos Caf: 1. It's a drop-kick from the historic traffic circle in the city of Orange, one of the county's great old neighborhoods and about the best place I can think of for a lei...

    by TOM VASICH on August 29, 2002
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    Restaurant or Drug? - The dangerous goodness of Cha Thai

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsI finish each meal at Orange's Cha Thai Restaurant more wired than a Pentium 5. But I'm never resentful. Indeed, I like to lose my lucidness there at least once a week. Hidden in a bleak strip mall (is there any great Orange ...

    on August 22, 2002
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    Chicks Dig Lemon Bars!

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsIt was time for dessert--one evening after dinner, the next night after a movie and still later that week after a concert--and my date ordered a lemon bar. This had gotten to the point where it went without saying. Then, sudd...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on August 22, 2002
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    Da Kine Grinds - Marukai Market classes up the hood

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsWhen the Sav-Max store that used to be a Vons supermarket until the Albertsons became a Vons went out of business, my neighbors and I in northern Costa Mesa petitioned to get the cramped Trader Joe's on 17th Street to either ...

    by Matt Coker on August 15, 2002
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    Royal Treatment - Sweatin at the Khyber

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsI don't know if India is a third-world country, but if it's not, it certainly has box seats to the game. One-quarter of the population--more than 250 million people --live below the poverty line, which must be limbo-low since...

    by TOM VASICH on August 15, 2002
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    Buena Korea - Soups, stomachs and side dishes

    Photo by James BunoanTime was that when you got an urge for local Korean food, you'd drive to one of the Garden Grove Korean Business District's many diners, grocery stores or bars. But now there's a second non-Koreatown option: ever since the 1992 ...

    by Gustavo Arellano on August 8, 2002
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    Chinese Food Tragedy - The Mandarin Pavillion breaks hearts

    Photo by Cel JarvisShe fled Orange County four years ago for the good karma of northern Oregon, her soul beaten down by the crap traffic, the crap jobs, the crap boyfriends. We'd been friends since high school and had shared much together, food ofte...

    by Rich Kane on August 8, 2002
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    Wine Does Salmon Good - Eating and drinking with a couple of Chigniks

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsI'm not a big fan of salmon. But I am a big fan of free. So, when McCormick and Schmick's invited me to eat free salmon--salmon that has never before seen the lower 48--I put on my best too-tight jeans, grabbed a photo intern...

    by Stacy Davies on August 1, 2002
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O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne O'Neill's Breakfast of Champagne

"Would you like a mimosa or champagne?" the server asks as you're seated at O'Neill's Bar & Grill inside the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo. "A mimosa, please," you… More >>

Front Porch Pops: Just Lick 'Em

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The North Left is what replaced the Crosby, which closed abruptly earlier this year in the wake of a tragic beating death that occurred outside its doors. But for all… More >>

Tamarindo Truck: Maestro de Meats

Tamarindo Truck doesn't need this review. It's already a popular luxe lonchera, finding a loyal following with its twists on Mexican food using organic produce and meats. I've delayed reviewing… More >>

Mangia, Mangia Pirozzi's Meatballs Mangia, Mangia Pirozzi's Meatballs

I'm pretty sure I've not had a meatball as scrumptious or as soft as the ones Alessandro Pirozzi is serving at Pirozzi, his new restaurant in Corona del Mar. And… More >>

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