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By Joseph Serna | July 24, 2008
There is a 640-pound block of cheese at the Orange County Fair. Let that soak in for a moment. There is more than a quarter-ton block of cheddar at the fair, and no one gets to eat it. For many who stop to gaze at it in it all its yellow glory, the cheese is a beacon of hope and curiosity. One 5-year-old boy said enthusiastically he’d eat the whole thing, if only he could fit it in his mouth. One fair visitor, Vern Steger, looked at it and could only wonder, “How many bottles of wine would it take to get a good proportion to wine and cheese?
July 19, 2008
Say cheese. The Orange County Fair is once again bringing smiles to the faces of thousands of residents from our county and beyond. Not to mention a variety of cheeses, served up in a variety of ways, including on hats crafted by some, well, crafty senior citizens. It?s all things cheese ? the theme extends to smiling for a doozy of a camera, but more on that in a minute ? at the fair this year, keeping in line with the ?Say Cheese? theme that organizers came up with months ago. But it?
August 7, 2007
While Orange County Fair officials are still glowing from this year's record attendance, they're already looking ahead to 2008. The theme will be "Say Cheese!" And a few elements that helped make this year's fair a success will likely be back next year, said Orange County Fair Senior Vice President Steve Beazley. Some possibilities for the 2008 fair are a new sand sculpture with moving parts — something the company behind this year's sculpture, Sandscapes, has never done before.
December 20, 2007
Organizers of this year’s Orange County Fair had barely put the cows out to pasture before plans were underway for the next fair. Discounted presale tickets for the annual event, themed “Say Cheese,” are on sale through July 10. The fair runs from July 11 through Aug. 3. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger get in free. For information, or to purchase tickets, call (714) 740-2000 or go to www.ocfair.
January 9, 2003
Kathy Mader Everybody say cheese! No, this is not a family photo, but the battle cry of Mi Casa Mexican restaurant on the corner of 17th Street and Santa Ana Avenue in Costa Mesa. For some, Mi Casa is a guilty pleasure -- a place where nothing, and I mean nothing except for the prices, has changed in 30 years. For the crowd of regulars who jealously guard Mi Casa, it can be their one and only source of true "Mexican" food. But no matter how you look at Mi Casa, it is a local favorite, and there is always a crowd.
By Michael Miller | July 12, 2008
Saturday morning, a number of families stopped by and stared as three artists worked on the Orange County Fair’s annual sand sculpture. Most of the time, though, their eyes weren’t focused on the work in progress — rather, they watched a tiny hole on the top and waited for the mouse to appear again. Sandscapes, a San Luis Obispo-based company that designs sand sculptures around the world, has brought its craft to the Orange County Fair each of the last two years and a number of times in the past.
January 7, 2005
GREER WYLDER Atelier is the latest venue in Orange County for private dining options. It's an annex to Troquet, a sophisticated French Bistro at South Coast Plaza. Troquet and Atelier are both run by Tim and Liza Goodell, who own a sextet of reputable restaurants in Orange County and Los Angeles. The Goodells were named "one of the country's most talented husband and wife teams" by Gourmet magazine. With Atelier's affiliation to Troquet, events are coordinated with the same service, attention to detail and cuisine.
April 10, 2008
Where’s it at: The Lido Shipyard Sausage Co. and Sabatino’s Family Restaurant, 251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, (949) 723-0621 What’s in it: Fresh Italian sausage that is made on the premises and seasoned. Goat cheese from Sicily is added inside the sausage during the mixing process. The sausage can be ordered either mild or spicy. Cost: $6 a pound Why you should order it: The meat comes fresh from Vernon every morning and owner Peter Sabatino estimates the restaurant uses 200 to 300 pounds a day. The wheels come with instructions on how to cook it so the cheese stays in the sausage casing.
May 15, 2007
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District offers menu choices at elementary schools. Here's what's being served this week: TODAY: Turkey and cheese sub or bean and cheese burrito, corn on the cob, fresh fruit, Baked Cheetos, choice of milk WEDNESDAY: Munchable lunch salad or toasty dog (all-beef hot dog with cheese wrapped in whole-grain bread), potato wedges, fresh strawberries, choice of milk THURSDAY: Munchable lunch salad or chicken patty sandwich on a bun, baby carrots with ranch dip, fresh fruit, choice of milk FRIDAY: Munchable lunch salad or two soft beef tacos, lettuce, salsa and cheese, diced mixed fruit, whole-grain chocolate chip cookie, choice of milk MONDAY: Munchable lunch salad or Oscar Meyer all-beef hot dog on a bun, potato rounds, fresh fruit, choice of milk
By Alexander and Anthony Kaufman | April 16, 2013
Corn dogs. It was the only type of cuisine that our mother, former Gossiping Gourmet columnist Elle Harrow, could not cook. We were about 7 and 14 years old, respectively, and every morning, she would ask us what we'd want for dinner that evening. "Corn dogs," we said. Always game for a culinary challenge, she took on the task of making corn dogs from scratch with the same amount of relish that she devoted to her own "adult" meals, whether stir fries inspired by her visits to New York's Chinatown, green tomatillo enchiladas gleaned from trips south of the border, or dishes from Julia Child's French cookbooks.
By Bradley Zint | January 8, 2013
Good pizza comes to those who wait. That's the motto of sorts for the folks at Rance's Chicago Pizza, whose pies are made in authentic Chi-Town style, right down to the Wisconsin cheese. But how long a wait is it for such iconic Midwestern flavor? "Being that it's a deep dish — and there's so much food and so many ingredients that need to be cooked — whether you're in Chicago or here, it takes 40 to 45 minutes," said co-owner Rance Ruiz, who opened the Costa Mesa pizza business last month with childhood friend Aaron Tofani.
By Sarah Peters | February 6, 2012
Running a shop stocked with imported and domestic artisan cheeses is a lot like taking care of children. "Every morning I take the cheese out of the case to see how it's doing," said Dawn Mednick, co-owner of the Cheese Shop at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa. "I unwrap the paper and make sure that it's not too moist. "It's a lot of work. It's a lot like running a preschool. When I see a cheese that didn't get proper care, it's like I lost my own kid. " Opened Jan. 28 in the Mix - an eclectic indoor shopping hub at 3313 Hyland Ave. that's reminiscent of San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace - the store offers 45 cheeses, meats, sandwiches, chocolates, spreads and other pairings that complement the Mix's wine and coffee vendors.
By Britney Barnes | December 21, 2011
COSTA MESA - Zora McPhail, 11, is trying to raise money to travel as a student ambassador to Canada, where she will meet members of Parliament, build and sleep in a tepee, and learn about our neighbors to the north. There are plenty of cultural curiosities to explore as well. Canadians, for example, dip French fries in malt vinegar. "I want to try it," the young Costa Mesa resident said with a smile. "I don't know if it's going to be good. " Zora, a sixth-grader at the Waldorf School of Orange County in Costa Mesa, was accepted into the People to People Ambassador program, which President Eisenhower created to foster world peace through direct interaction between people of different cultures.
By Mike Reicher | December 8, 2011
Newport Harbor senior Crystal Morales' life changed dramatically Tuesday as she was walking home from school. Just last week, Morales wrapped up an intense project as an editor and actor in a short student film. On Tuesday, the shy and creative teen was critically injured in a suspected DUI crash. The 17-year-old is scheduled to graduate this spring and possibly enroll in Orange Coast College culinary classes or in film courses, said her mother, Gloria Morales. Speaking from Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where Crystal is in a medically induced coma, Gloria's voice breaks up as she talks about her daughter.
By Barry Faulkner, | March 30, 2011
IRVINE — With literally dozens of lineup configurations and in-match adjustments, UC Irvine men's volleyball coach John Speraw has constantly tinkered, this season, to build a better mousetrap. But with the Anteaters reeling late in the second set at home Wednesday against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival UCLA, which had embarrassed UCI Thursday at Pauley Pavilion, it was a freshman from Wisconsin who brought some much-needed cheese. Just as baseball jargon refers to a rising fastball as high cheddar, 6-foot-4 outside hitter Jeremy Dejno's heaters from the service line and at the net, helped the hosts overcome a 22-19 Game 2 deficit and go on to record a crucial 19-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-15 triumph that clinched a berth in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals.
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | April 22, 2010
If you haven’t already heard about David Myers’ Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa, you probably haven’t been paying attention because it’s been written up everywhere. The consensus is that the pizza’s just dandy, but short shrift has been given to the rest of the menu. We’d like to rectify that omission and commend chef Steve Samson for putting out some authentic Italian dishes, using good ingredients and letting them shine. The result is clean, simple and tasty food.
By John Reger | October 29, 2009
It was hard to convince my friend that real, authentic Mexican food can be found on the Westside of Costa Mesa. That area is a treasure chest full of sit-down and take-out places that cater to the predominantly Latino community that resides there. For us gringos smart enough to venture over there, we are treated to the same fantastic Mexican food that the locals get. La Cocina de Isabel is one of those places that I immediately think of when I want good, cheap Mexican food.
By Brianna Bailey | October 15, 2009
Tucked away on a quiet side street off Pacific Coast Highway, Michiko Soffer’s Nesai restaurant, at 217 Riverside Ave., is biting into Newport Beach Restaurant Week for the first time. Its menu features grilled artichokes and coffee-braised beef brisket. “I tried to pick things that I felt were unique and popular to the restaurant,” Soffer said. Restaurant Week returns to Newport Beach today with prix-fixe menus at more than 50 local restaurants. Some, like Nesai, are new to the Restaurant Week roster, while others are repeat customers.
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