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    Meat, Meat, Meat, Meat, Meat - Amazon Churrascaria is a place for meat

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsTwo things to do before entering Fullerton's Amazon Churrascaria: 1) eat nothing for a week; 2) loosen that belt buckle--better, take the thing off. Amazon Churrascaria is not for the faint of stomach. It's a faithful rendi...

    on January 16, 2003
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    Construction Cuisine - Navigating the asphalt jungle

    Photo by James BunoanOC should stand for "Ongoing Construction." Ever since the Spaniards forced Indians to erect Mission San Juan Capistrano under the threat of conversion, building and renovating have been the overriding scenic philosophy of count...

    on January 9, 2003
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    Dropping Names - Gulfstream 2002formerly Cowboy a space odyssey

    Photo by Jessica Calkins Her eyelids had the iridescent hue and slow flutter of a Blue Morpho butterfly's wings. And few could look as good in the tight dress to match. I told her so. "Thanks--it's Vivienne Tam," she offered. We met while waiting ...

    by KELLY VON HEMERT on December 26, 2002
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    Eat, Then Dance at Thai Hot Pot

    Photo by Jessica Calkins During the day, Thai Hot Pot& BBQ is just another business in Anaheim's Thai Town, two perpendicular strip malls on the corner of La Palma and Euclid where OC Thais get their hair done, buy produce at the area's three grocer...

    on December 26, 2002
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    Wandering the Dessert - Sarkis Pastry finds prosperity, peace in Anaheim

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsAbout 80 years ago, millions of Armenians fled their country to escape the genocidal wrath of Turkey. They scattered across the globe, with about 200,000 settling in Lebanon. There, like many expatriate Armenians, the Kolanji...

    on December 19, 2002
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    Koi-Boy Toy - What do Koi Restaurant and naked fat men in saunas have in common?

    Photo by Mark DanceyEating at Seal Beach's Koi Restaurant reminds me of getting my back scrubbed by a naked septuagenarian. And that, my friends, is a high compliment. This airy, well-lit Japanese eatery on PCH evokes the trip to the resort town o...

    by STEPHEN LEMONS on December 19, 2002
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    Hu, Mi? - Four Ways to Enjoy BB Restaurant

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsAnaheim's BB Restaurant is one of the county's better non-Little Saigon Vietnamese eateries because it concentrates on four delicious yet distinct Vietnamese noodle traditions. Pho:pho noodles soup is one of the world's gre...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 12, 2002
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    As American as Apple Pie Shot - Holidays behind the bar

    Photo by Jeanne RiceChris Panaia has been a bartender since 1984, working bars and restaurants all over the county. Today, he's bar manager at Arriba Baja Cantina in Huntington Beach. We asked him what the holidays are like from behind the bar. OC ...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on December 12, 2002
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    All About the Antojitos - Indulge your antojo at Pupuseria San Sivar

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsThe Spanish menu entry antojitos translates as "appetizers," but the expression connotes more than mere snacks. It derives from the noun antojo, which describes the cravings unique to pregnant women. Antojitos, then, is "litt...

    on December 5, 2002
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    Piling On - Secrets of a sandwich star

    Like you, I have found myself enraptured by the elegant and skilled hands of our local sandwich artisans. The braver elements of these Brahmin class ply their art at the likes of Togos, Subway and myriad other independent sandwich shops right out in...

    by Steve Lowery on December 5, 2002
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    Days of Beer and Ramen - Bachelors use their noodle

    Beer, ramen and porno are the three staples of bachelorhood--cheap, fast, dependable. But as a result of my nuptials of two years ago, my consumption of all three has fallen dramatically. Well, except for the porno. According to Nissin Foods, whic...

    by STEPHEN LEMONS on November 28, 2002
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    Wanna Seafood? - O Sushi Cafe satisfies eaters of raw fish and cooked meat alike

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsO Sushi Caf in Brea was packed with beautiful people the night my party of five arrived, so lacking a reservation (duh!), we were escorted to the open-air, second-story patio. Ringed with so many heat lamps, it was probabl...

    by Matt Coker on November 28, 2002
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    Sexpert Advice - Dr. Tina tells you what to put in your mouth

    Photo by Jeanne Rice at the Long Beach Museum of Art, another Dr. Tina favorite.Self-help books are lame. My friend, Dr. Tina Tessina, who has written 11 of them, appreciates my opinion, even if she doesn't agree. Now that's a good therapist. ...

    by Stacy Davies on November 21, 2002
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    Eating the 21st Century - The promise that is Potbellies

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsJust a few years ago, the eating-out/hanging-out options for young Asians around here were pretty much stratified between their own ethnic enclaves and everything else--few melting pots of cuisine or cultures were to be found...

    on November 21, 2002
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    Wally George Eats Here! - But you Should Eat at Mr. Smoke anyhow

    Photo by Tenaya HillsA young, radical Latino would reasonably share little with Wally George--the coffin-dodging TV conservative--but I know we agree on at least one thing: Mr. Smoke BBQ and Polish Restaurant is a multi-ethnic revelation. A portra...

    by Gustavo Arellano on November 14, 2002
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    Good Food, Bad Food - A tale of two Woos

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsI once had lunch at Costa Mesa's Sam Woo Seafood Bistro as a last resort. It's supposed to feature tasty Chinese cuisine, but the food and atmosphere there is . . . different. The ambience is relaxing, not like the clanging c...

    by JACQUELINE SIT on November 14, 2002
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    Looking for Love in All the Right Pastas

    Photo by Jeanne RiceRenaissance Bistro is a second-date restaurant: classy, pricey, but not so classy and pricey that your date thinks you're trying too hard. You'll get originality points for being able to locate an independent eatery in Brea, a ci...

    on November 7, 2002
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    Tales From the Crisper - Can someone please recommend a good salad dressing?

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsI stand before the salad dressing aisle at Pavilions, heavy with shame and folly--and a shopping basket full of leafy greens. I've come to select a salad dressing, yet even as I survey the fantastic array of colorful bottles ...

    by DAVE WIELENGA on November 7, 2002
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    Juiced Up - A day on Trek

    Illustration by Bob AulI was at my local deli the other day when I noticed someone had finally gotten around to inventing an "optimized performance beverage system." It's called Trek. The Trek line includes three separate "Hydrators"--fancy-pants sp...

    by ANTHONY PIGNATARO on October 31, 2002
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    Potato Party - Bebas Bolivian bacchanal

    Photo by Jessica CalkinsOnce, before a muckraking visit to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, I stopped at a nearby industrial park to figure out how best to unearth electoral shenanigans. But a neon sign proclaiming that Beba's Restaurant sold ...

    on October 31, 2002
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