2016 Food Archive Stories

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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