"Forking Around With . . ." is our occasional feature meant to spotlight the food likes and dislikes of people of prominence in Orange County.
Dr. Orly Taitz, the Rancho Santa Margarita attorney and dentist who is best known for her challenges of Barack Obama's eligibility for the presidency, is certainly prominent here in our red county.
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She graciously took time from her busy caseload to share her thoughts on OC's food scene.
OC Weekly: What are your favorite restaurants in Orange County?
Orly Taitz: We love the ocean, and we go for walks by the
OCW: If you could snap your fingers and instantly have any dish delivered to you, what would it be?
OT: If I could snap my fingers and order something, it would be tart frozen yogurt with chocolate morsels.
OCW: Do you drink alcohol? If so, what's your favorite? If not, what do you drink with dinner?
OT: I rarely drink wine, as I work long hours and prefer to stay alert. Maybe once a week, I would order a glass of white Zinfandel with dinner.
OCW: If you could import any restaurant from anywhere else in the world to Orange County, what would it be? Why?OT: This is a tough question. I traveled a lot. I've been to some 45 countries and nearly 40 states in the U.S. Each place has something special to offer.
Another place I would transplant to OC is New Orleans, with its incredible beignets in Café du Monde, carnivals and great Cajun dishes practically on every corner. I remember my husband and I found a small restaurant, a hole-in-the-wall called Miss Ruby's. It had only a few tables; it was small in space, but huge in taste. Chef Paul, of course, was quite a fixture. I decided to try a few exotic dishes there and settled on frog legs, which tasted like a cross between fish and chicken (quite appropriate for its evolutionary standing). My husband didn't care much for my choice of food and threatened that he would not kiss me again if I eat frog legs. Oh, well, the threat lasted for about 10 minutes or so. . . .
OT: I would not ban anything from the OC. The beauty of OC is in a blend of cultures and traditions, which includes the blend of dishes and cuisines.