2014 Dining Archive Stories

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Strawberry Fields Forever By: Jenn Tanaka
    Strawberry Sugar CookiesTools–    Mixing bowl + wooden spoon or Kitchenaid stand mixer –    Measuring cups + spoons–    Rolling pin–    Baking sheet
    Fri Feb 21, 2014
  • Food for the Eyes By: Jenn Tanaka
    Want a preview of OC Restaurant Week before the festivities commence? This year, two local eateries show you the secrets behind dishes featured on their Restaurant Week menus. Interact with the chefs and sample a barrage of culinary creations. Plus,
    Tue Jan 21, 2014
  • Kale’s Comeback By: Jenn Tanaka
    January’s cool weather is ideal for growing kale. Sprouting up at farmers market stalls and grocery stores, this super-healthy leafy green is everywhere. Its popularity doesn’t stop at the produce section either; several restaurants added kale to their menus as an alternative to the once oh-so-hot spinach. It’s also a trendy in
    Thu Jan 16, 2014