2015 Dining Archive Stories

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  • Chef Style: Lost and Foied By: Steve Bramucci
    The battle is over. California’s controversial foie gras ban has been lifted, and Orange County’s top chefs are racing to get it back on their menus. In the media, the debate was often portrayed as a war between animal rights activists and heavily tattooed, renegade chefs – the bleeding hearts versus the heartless. But th
    Thu Feb 05, 2015
  • Cuisine: Filomena's Italian Kitchen By: Jenn Tanaka
    Linda English loves comfort food. When you walk into Filomena’s, her Costa Mesa restaurant, instantly you feel as if you’re visiting a friend’s house. “In Italian homes, everyone always gathers in the kitchen,” she says. “I don’t know anyone who uses a traditional family room anymore.” When you eat
    Tue Nov 11, 2014
  • Not your Grandpa’s Beer By: Anna Albaryan
    Their mascot, Eve, is wearing an orange bandana in her hair and standing against a backdrop of the same bright orange that brands the Bottle Logic brewery. She is bold, adventurous, and has great taste in beer. Her dark green cargo pants paired with a laser gun in her hand and goggles on her head dub her as the perfect blend between an Indiana J
    Fri Sep 12, 2014
  • Harlow's By: Jenn Tanaka
    Unexpected delights. That is the first thing that comes to mind when dining at Harlow’s in San Juan Capistrano. The drive to the restaurant down the grass-lined Rancho Viejo Road that winds parallel to the 5 freeway brings you to a small shopping plaza. While the exterior is unassuming, the interior décor evokes a speakeasy fused wi
    Mon Sep 08, 2014
  • Farm to Table: Rise and Shine By: Jenn Tanaka
    Driving down Jeffrey Road in Irvine, you notice a small patch of farmland. Standing tall amid the crops is a bright red barn that seems out of place amongst the nearby strip malls and housing developments. Upon closer glance, you see that the barn doubles as a farm stand. Colorful signs advertising the wares of the season, from fresh strawberrie
    Mon Sep 08, 2014
  • Pirozzi
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • Just Peachy By: Jenn Tanaka
    Nothing beats a fresh peach gently warmed by the sun. The juices spilling down your arm as you bite into the soft sweet flesh. While peaches are available almost year-round, these stone fruits are at their peak until the end of August. But if the sweltering heat discourages you from visiting a local orchard or the farmers market, drop by Brunos
    Tue Aug 05, 2014
  • Drink your Veggies By: Jenn Tanaka
    When Driftwood Kitchen's John Nye collaborated with top mixologist Gaston Martinez, some unique concoctions were bound to emerge. The swanky Laguna BEach eatery crafts cocktails that incorporate unexpected ingredients. Nye's latest creation is The Salad Bar, a libation with the vegetable du jour: kale. It's like a green juice gone wild.
    Tue Aug 05, 2014
  • Pirozzi By: Jenn Tanaka
     The first thing you notice when visiting Pirozzi, Corona del Mar’s hip new eatery, is the crowd spilling out onto the East Coast Highway sidewalk. There’s no denying that on this busy weeknight Alessandro Pirozzi is the culinary king of Italian food in Orange County. The next thing that catches your eye once you walk through th
    Tue Aug 05, 2014
  • Provenance By: Jessica Husami
    Chef Cathy Pavlos’s new restaurant, Provenance, is not at all where one would expect to find a garden. Located in the corner of the Eastbluff Village Center in Newport Beach, it’s more utilitarian errand-running than fine seasonal dining. But given what we know of Chef Pavlos and her past venture, Lucca Café in Irvine’s
    Thu May 29, 2014
  • Beyond Produce By: Jenn Tanaka
    Rolling in the DoughStarting in June, BREAD artisan bakery will have a booth at the Anaheim Farmers Park Market, Su
    Thu May 29, 2014
  • Teatox By: Paula Klein
    Your Tea’s TinyTea Teatox has saturated social media outlets throughout the US, but many Southern Californians are still unsure of what a “teatox” really is. Your Tea defines teatox as “the consecutive use of certain teas or tea combinations to perform ‘detoxing’ benefits within the body."
    Wed May 21, 2014
  • Food Fests By: Jenn Tanaka and Elizabeth Lee
    May 3 – Sabroso Craft Beer and Taco Festival Although Cinco de Mayo celebrates the anniversary of the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla, for most Southern Californians, this holiday has become a great excuse to drink cervezas and stuff our faces. Now locals have a new place to enjoy C
    Fri May 02, 2014
  • Main Squeeze By: Jenn Tanaka
    It’s citrus season. From beautiful blood oranges to Meyer lemons, our local farmers markets are flush with fresh fruits. The St. Regis Monarch Beach’s Chef Raj Dixit celebrates this season with The “OC” Salad, which is served as a starter at Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern. While Chef Dixit was kind enough to share
    Fri May 02, 2014
  • Hot Off the Press By: Jessica Husami
    Waffles are no longer slaves to the almighty toaster. But even while the urge to pop an Eggo in the toaster and smother it with butter and Aunt Jemima is still a very real thing (at least for us), the modern waffle has become a symbol of culinary sophistication, topped with all manner of farmers market-fresh ingredients and flavor profiles for t
    Thu May 01, 2014
  • Red O By: Jessica Husami
    EAT  Red O is located at Fashion Island at 143 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach. 949.718.0300  :: 
    Wed Apr 23, 2014
  • A Labor of Love By: Paula Klein
    The OC Wine Mart & Tasting Bar began as a vision to turn generic liquor stores into upscale wine and craft beer specialty stores – a place where customers could enjoy high-quality, self-service wine tastings by the ounce, weekly tasting events,
    Wed Apr 23, 2014
  • How-To: Protein Pancakes By: Chelcy Perdue
    Ingredients:1/2 small banana2 egg whites1 scoop of chocolate protein powder1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
    Tue Apr 22, 2014
  • A Good Egg By: Jessica Husami
    Hole in OneThere’s no mistaking the fact that Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee in Costa Mesa is no sideshow when it comes to everyone’s favorite morning treat. Although they’ve only been open to the general public since 2013, their doughnuts have become legend in these parts, due
    Thu Apr 10, 2014
  • Solita By: Jessica Husami
    In 2004, when Deborah Schneider released her cookbook, ¡Baja! Cooking on the Edge, opening her own restaurant was not on her agenda. But life has a way of making its own decisions. The book, a tribute to her love of the Mexican peninsula’s cuisine, caught the eye of two young entrepreneurs, Matt Baumayr and Rich Howland, who w
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • Sweet and Simple By: Jenn Tanaka
    Out of all the berries, raspberries are the easiest to enjoy straight off the vine. As a child, my first time berry picking, I was looking forward to eating the strawberries and blueberries. To my surprise, the raspberries were the most fun. I devoured the warm, sweet and tangy fruit plucked straight from the abundant bushes. Unlike strawberries
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • Food Trucks at the Fairgrounds By: Nicole Freyre
    Tue Mar 25, 2014
  • We Got the Beets By: Jenn Tanaka
    What began as a mythical offering for the gods and is often considered a modern-day super-food, the beetroot is now a staple in most OC restaurants. While local eateries feature beets roasted, pureed or pickled, many chefs around the world still regard them as an under-appreciated ingredient. As diners, we’ve come to love the b
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Ways & Means By: Jessica Husami
    Ways & Means is located at 513 E. Chapman Ave. in Orange.714.516.1800 ::
    Wed Mar 05, 2014
  • Beaming for Health By: Paula Klein
    Pick Up Beaming in OCYogaWorksLululemon Athletica, Fashion IslandLululemon Athletica, South Coast Plaza
    Mon Mar 03, 2014