Ronnie Arnold of K'ya Street Fare, Part One
Photo credit: Meg Strouse
Drive up Harbor Boulevard in the Anaheim Resort and you might think the only things to eat are pre-made burgers, dreadful pancakes and fancy-yet-still-corporate steak. You'd be missing something, though, because at the very top of the district, in the Hotel Ménage, lies K'ya Street Fare, a street-food North County outpost of the very popular Laguna Beach bistro.
Ronnie Arnold is the executive chef at K'ya and this week he's on the line with us.
OC Weekly: What are six words to describe your food?
Ronnie Arnold: Approachable, global, vibrant, fresh, comforting and flavorful.
OCW: What are ten words to describe you?
RA: Father, motivated, hard-working, witty, understanding, honest, inquisitive, easy-going, loyal and fun.
OCW: Your best recent food find:
RA: 99 Ranch Market.
OCW: What's the most undervalued ingredient?
OCW: What are the rules of conduct in your kitchens?
RA: Organization is the key to success.
OCW: One food you detest:
RA: Canned spinach.
OCW: One food you can't live without:
RA: Bean and cheese burritos.
OCW: What fast food is your least favorite?
RA: Frozen yogurt.
OCW: What's your best culinary tip for the home cook?
RA: Taste everything.
OCW: What's your after-work hangout?
RA: 24 Hour Fitness.
OCW: If you could cook for one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
RA: Salvador Dali, just imagine cooking in his Spanish seaside villa and the stories he would tell.
OCW: Who's your favorite celebrity chef?
RA: Gordon Ramsay.
OCW: Who's a celebrity chef you're tired of?
RA: Bobby Flay.
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