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Hi-Fi Food!
Oranges Filling Station pumps up the vittles
, September 20, 2001
Photo by Joy BastNations have gone to war to claim lands with a Mediterranean climate. What more is there to desire than a verdant, ocean-kissed... More >>
Feel Not Sorry for the People of Anaheim Hills
Theyve got Rosines Mediterranean Rotisserie & Grill
, September 13, 2001
Photo by Joy BastI feel sorry for people in the Anaheim Hills. There, in the northeasternmost part of the county, they get OC property taxes... More >>
Familiarity Breeds Contentment
Punjab isnt flashy, but fabulous
, September 13, 2001
Photo by Jack GoulThe many regional cuisines of India are amazingly diverse, but you wouldn't know that by dining in Orange County's Indian... More >>
Pedal to the Griddle
OCs Hottest Cakes
, September 06, 2001
When I first got pregnant, I predicted that my much-altered state would enhance my appetite; outfitted in the latest one-size-fits-all maternity... More >>
Come for the Catfish
Stay for the wreck of the Titanic
, August 23, 2001
Photo by Joy BastThe weathered west-side Costa Mesa strip mall Costa Brava calls home is a one-stop center for Mexican food, a place where small... More >>
Holy Mole!
Kicking back among the Aztec heroes of El Matador
, August 16, 2001
Photo by Jack GouldWhen I want to impress upon a visitor that Orange County isn't just a Lysol-redolent bedroom community but rather a land of... More >>
Real life at Charlies Chili
, August 16, 2001
Photo by Jack GouldThe other Saturday, a buddy and I got out of a movie near midnight. Wandering down the ghost town that was the Balboa... More >>
A Guide to our Advertisers
, August 09, 2001
A Guide to Our Advertisers Aloha Grill 221 Main St., Ste. F, Huntington Beach, (714) 374-4427 In the heart of downtown Huntington Beach, you will... More >>
Death Row Decision!
Wahoos or Baja Fish Tacos?
, August 02, 2001
Photo by Jack GouldI went to lunch with Kresal the other day. "Where are we going for lunch?" I asked. "How about the Mexican place next to the... More >>
Gaza Strip Mall
Meating the paste in northwest Anaheim
, July 26, 2001
Photo by Jack GouldHead down to Anaheim, on Brookhurst Street between La Palma and Katella, and you're likely to see Somali refugees shopping... More >>
New Heaven in Old World
Chef Paolo Pestarino gets his own place
, July 26, 2001
Photo by Jack GouldI don't remember a lot of my friends' and relatives' birthdays, but I can tell you when Newport Beach's Issay restaurant... More >>
Hapi Accident
Each meal at Hapi Sushi is a delightful exploration of the unknown
, July 19, 2001
Photo by Joy BastMy education in sushi came at knifepoint. At Hapi Sushi, I watched in astonishment as an elderly Asian man, presumably Japanese,... More >>
Hookah Party!
Smoky flavors at Open Sesame
, July 12, 2001
Photos by Joy BastIn the white-bread Long Beach section of Belmont Shores, four Middle Eastern men toke on a hookah outside a restaurant by a... More >>
Mahe Wowie!
Sushi and meat, together at last
, July 05, 2001
Photo by Joy BastSouthern Californians have a way of transforming food from its original state to something else, usually involving artichoke... More >>
Toss Your Chalupas
And march over to El Metate
, June 28, 2001
Photo by Joy BastIn front of the former Circle K that houses the Mexican grocery El Metate sit derelict shopping carts salvaged from Michael's,... More >>
Civil Service
One vote for Skosh Monahan
, June 28, 2001
Photo by Jeanne RiceDo you have any idea if your local representatives really serve you? You probably don't go to city council meetings, and for... More >>
Hummus a Few Bars
Substance over style at Orchid
, June 14, 2001
Photo by Jack GouldFor millennia, the people of the Mediterranean have fought and even killed one another over matters both sublime and... More >>
Worth A Cluck
Surf Citys sublime Chicken Co.
, June 07, 2001
If the phrase weren't trademarked, we'd tell you that at Huntington Beach's Chicken Co., they do chicken right. Instead, we'll tell you that they... More >>
Insane In the Membrane
How to cook Santa Monica Seafoods yummy shellfish
, May 31, 2001
Photo by Jeanne RiceSometime after my then-future wife moved to California from Massachusetts, we stopped by Albertsons to pick up some steamers,... More >>
Masa of Your Domain
The great South County tamale search
, May 24, 2001
Photo by Joy BastThe tamale survived the murderous Cortés, but can it survive Americanization? Sí. Much of the tamale-eating experience is about... More >>
Fear Not, Haole!
Nothing packs the gut like tender Spam!
, May 17, 2001
Photo by Joy BastForget that touristy pig-on-a-spit, fish-and-poi, hula stuff. At L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, you'll eat what Hawaiians really eat:... More >>
Thyme and Space
Anastasia is many places in one
, May 10, 2001
Photo by Jeanne RiceOn one recent post card-perfect Southern California day—belly agrowl, brain in desperate need of coffee, my biggest dilemma... More >>
Salvadoran Slugfest
Food as a tool of peace
, May 03, 2001
Photo by Jack GouldI have a Salvadoran friend (I'll call him "Sal") who gets pissed-off whenever someone calls him a Mexican. After he's finished... More >>
White Thai
Silk Thai would be the softer side of Thai
, April 26, 2001
Photo by Jeanne RiceI used to breathe fire with the best of them—used to compete for the highest taste-bud body count, scorch the skin right off... More >>
Mexico, Mexico-Style
Of mariachis, tequila and mole
, April 26, 2001
Photo by Jeanne RiceA true Mexican restaurant is named after an unpronounceable Mexican town. Its tequila is so sweet that you will drink the... More >>
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