2016 Dining Archive Stories

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  • Brazilian Bomba By: Jenn Tanaka | photography by ralph palumbo
    Southern Californians enjoy our fair share of Latin libations notably the margarita and mojito. But if you’re feeling a bit blasé about the standards, it’s time to step up to the caipirinha. Think of it as the mojito’s artisanal Brazilian cousin, the snappy samba to the margarita’s Mexican hat dance. Gratitude&rsqu
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Local citrus fruits are the stars of refreshing seasonal desserts. By: Jenn Tanaka
    Sweet FinishNew Yorkers boast constantly about their cheesecake, but at Fig & Olive in Newport Beach, the cheesy dessert’s French brother swaggers with a citrus twist. Whipped cream and juicy clementines enhance a creamy cow’s-milk cheese called vacherin. The dessert is served in a clear glass, layered with vibrant r
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Scallop Gratinéed at Taco María By: Steve Bramucci | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Carlos Salgado’s food is thoughtful, it’s smart, and it’s well put together – all qualities that the chef himself also exudes. Eavesdropping as he discusses dishes with his team offers a glimpse into the mind of one of the truly unique chefs in Orange County. Salgado’s brain bubbles with fresh ideas while also showi
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Brioche French Toast at Provenance By: Steve Bramucci | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    There is no meal that says spring like brunch. It’s at once optimistic and decadent, knowing nothing of long winters. It represents a new dawn, filled with endless potential, then postponed until 11 a.m.-ish, the better to catch up on your sleep. Undoubtedly, the flagship of any good brunch is French toast. The dish has humble root
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • Gluten-free Goodies By: Jenn Tanaka | Sidecar doughnuts photography by tawny Alipoon
    Whether you’re living with celiac disease or avoid wheat for other reasons, these local treats taste so good you won’t even notice they are gluten-free. Go Nuts for DoughnutsSidecar Doughnuts is a longstanding Costa Mesa favorite for fresh handmade doughnuts. Its custom flavors, such as the sweet huckleberry cake
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • K'ya Bistro's Strawberry Mojito By: Jenn Tanaka | photography by ralph palumbo
    There’s nothing quite like the ripe, sweet strawberries of California. Each year our state harvests more of these plump red berries than any other place in the country. Though the fruits start appearing in January, April marks the peak of strawberry season, when you’ll find the sweetest, most flavorful offerings. K’ya Bistro at
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • Orange County's Best Restaurants By Brad A. Johnson
    A taco that defies the imagination. Sushi like you’ve never seen before. Dry-aged steaks that flip the paradigm for Spanish cuisine. Extraordinary pizza. Ten fascinating chefs. These are the 10 most essential restaurants in Orange County right now, and many are on the coast or nearby. They’re also merely the tip of the iceberg of the
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • A Restaurant By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by John Dole
    The space that houses Newport Beach’s A Restaurant is a longstanding PCH landmark. When it first opened as The Arches in 1926, the eatery began humbly as a diner and service station. As time passed, the quaint beachside village grew into the luxurious waterfront city that we know now. When two Corona del Mar natives, McG and Jordan Otterbe
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Bite Size Festivals By: Jenn Tanaka
    Since the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen began gathering renowned chefs and vintners to Colorado’s green mountaintops in 1983, food festivals have grown into an integral part of the country’s culinary scene. Such events provide an effortless and enjoyable way for diners to explore a variety of dishes, wines and cocktails all at one
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Fluke Kumquat Sashimi at Sushi Roku By: Steve Bramucci | Photgraphy by Ralph Palumbo
    You might think, with all the emphasis on food in the past decade, that our palates would get more refined by the day. You might assume that the wild success of the Food Network would have helped us learn about complex flavor profiles swirling together harmoniously to create one spectacular bite. But alas, things seem to be going the opposite di
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Sweet on Cupid By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    BLK Earth Sea Spirits is known for two things: succulent Wagyu-grade steaks and resplendent views of Huntington Beach. I had promised dinner guests a sunset spectacle with shimmering hues, but Mother Nature intended something else that evening: As we curved along old Highway 1, the wind began whipping up and a layer of fog enveloped the car.
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Fortunate Foods By: Jenn Tanaka
    While most of the world counted down the new year in December, February 8 is the time to celebrate for those from several Asian countries. Festivals, parades and vibrant red attire start the party, but the best part of the Lunar New Year is the eating. Freshen UpEat your way into an auspicious new year with a seasonal fruit.
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Seafood Paella from Vaca By: Steve Bramucci | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Step into the kitchen at Vaca – the most anticipated Orange County restaurant in years – and you’ll see that chef Amar Santana takes his stock very seriously. Two enormous pots boil side by side. One is filled with giant beef and veal femurs; the other is piled high with lobster bodies and fish bones. They simmer for hours &nda
    Tue Feb 02, 2016