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Piscean Post-Prandials
Five birthday desserts, free like your mom
, March 06, 2003
Illustratiion by Bob AulThe older I get, the less sex interests me. Food is my new sex. That is I don't mind paying for it, but I'll take it for... More >>
Hoe-Cakes, Onie-Style
A son of the South praises fried grits
, March 06, 2003
Photo by Jessica CalkinsIn retrospect, I realize my formative years were like something out of a novel by Carson McCullers or maybe Harper Lee.... More >>
Eat That Turo-Turo, White Boy!
Grilled pig cheeks and La Palma lumpias at Ellens Pinoy Grille
, March 06, 2003
Photo by James BunoanA recent article on www.epilipinas.com lamented the anonymity of Filipino cuisine in this country. "We would say our food is... More >>
Ice Age
Fighting Bushs apocalypse with smoothies
, February 27, 2003
Photo by Jessica CalkinsLadies and geeks, say hola to global warming! The Southland weathered one of the balmiest Januarys on record, a muggy... More >>
Man Breasts, Mini Golf and Pad Thai
Apres-golf stomach stuffing at Sweetee Thai
, February 27, 2003
Photo by Matt OttoWhat is it about physicians? The chaps always want you to shed tonnage. Why, I was on a routine trip to have my fellow Dr. Leo... More >>
Mickey the Mason
Behind the door of Uncle Walts exclusive Club 33
, February 20, 2003
Illustration by Bob AulDeep in the heart of the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland's semi-secret restaurant Club 33 beats like a pacemaker.... More >>
Happy Accidents
Chen Yen keeps tradition tasty at Cafe Calypso
, February 20, 2003
Photo by Jeanne RiceIf the streetfront patio outside Café Calypso is the perfect place to enjoy a spiced chai tea with a breakfast bagel melt or... More >>
Noorani Nosh
Gobbling down beef brains in Garden Groves Little Karachi
, February 13, 2003
Photo by Jessica CalkinsHidden among the pho palaces and bánh mì bistros of Garden Grove's Little Saigon is Little Karachi. It's not big as far... More >>
Guillotines and Escargots
Enjoy a bit of Paris in Little Saigon
, February 06, 2003
Photo by Jessica CalkinsI'm not certain why watching guillotines slice off the heads of aristocrats during the French Revolution's Reign of... More >>
A Big, Hairy, Nutty Root!
Youngs Polynesian Produce Paradise brings you taro
, February 06, 2003
Photo by OCW staffThe faded sign outside Young's Market in Santa Ana proudly proclaims, "Polynesian Food." For haoles ("non-islanders" in... More >>
Surfin Chicken Safari
Old pals, piquant poultry and memories a-plenty at San Clementes Bird Nirvana
, January 30, 2003
I spent the Saturdays of my youth cramped with the family inside a battered 1986 Ranger as it swerved toward Tijuana in search of affordable... More >>
Bloody Tube Steak and Cherie Blair
Gaga over black pudding and the PMs wife
, January 16, 2003
Illustration by Bob AulSo here I lie, my feet up in the air, dreaming of a big, black, bloody sausage. That may sound like the opening line of a... More >>
Meat, Meat, Meat, Meat, Meat
Amazon Churrascaria is a place for meat
, January 16, 2003
Photo by Jessica CalkinsTwo things to do before entering Fullerton's Amazon Churrascaria: 1) eat nothing for a week; 2) loosen that belt... More >>
Construction Cuisine
Navigating the asphalt jungle
, January 09, 2003
Photo by James BunoanOC should stand for "Ongoing Construction." Ever since the Spaniards forced Indians to erect Mission San Juan Capistrano... More >>
Dropping Names
Gulfstream 2002formerly Cowboy a space odyssey
, December 26, 2002
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... More >>
Eat, Then Dance at Thai Hot Pot
, December 26, 2002
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... More >>
Wandering the Dessert
Sarkis Pastry finds prosperity, peace in Anaheim
, December 19, 2002
Photo by Jessica CalkinsAbout 80 years ago, millions of Armenians fled their country to escape the genocidal wrath of Turkey. They scattered... More >>
Koi-Boy Toy
What do Koi Restaurant and naked fat men in saunas have in common?
, December 19, 2002
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,... More >>
Hu, Mi?
Four Ways to Enjoy BB Restaurant
, December 12, 2002
Photo by Jessica CalkinsAnaheim's BB Restaurant is one of the county's better non-Little Saigon Vietnamese eateries because it concentrates on... More >>
All About the Antojitos
Indulge your antojo at Pupuseria San Sivar
, December 05, 2002
Photo by Jessica CalkinsThe Spanish menu entry antojitos translates as "appetizers," but the expression connotes more than mere snacks. It... More >>
Wanna Seafood?
O Sushi Cafe satisfies eaters of raw fish and cooked meat alike
, November 28, 2002
Photo by Jessica CalkinsO Sushi Café in Brea was packed with beautiful people the night my party of five arrived, so lacking a reservation... More >>
Sexpert Advice
Dr. Tina tells you what to put in your mouth
, November 21, 2002
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... More >>
Eating the 21st Century
The promise that is Potbellies
, November 21, 2002
Photo by Jessica CalkinsJust a few years ago, the eating-out/hanging-out options for young Asians around here were pretty much stratified between... More >>
Wally George Eats Here!
But you Should Eat at Mr. Smoke anyhow
, November 14, 2002
Photo by Tenaya HillsA young, radical Latino would reasonably share little with Wally George—the coffin-dodging TV conservative—but I know we... More >>
Good Food, Bad Food
A tale of two Woos
, November 14, 2002
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,... More >>
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