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By Crissy Brooks | August 11, 2011
A couple of years back, I thought I would die if I had to have one more meeting in a Starbucks, so I set out to find some new places. What I found was Amorelia Mexican Café at 2200 Harbor Blvd. This gem near the corner of Wilson Street sits by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store. Amorelia has become my go-to meeting place. I always order the café de olla — a sweet, rich coffee — and, for lunch, a grilled vegetable salad that is not on the menu but is worth asking for. My favorite thing to eat there is the mole verde; the chicken is so tender, the flavors just perfect.
By Sarah Peters, | June 7, 2011
An application for what is being described as the first upscale, late-night food delivery service will be the subject of a public hearing at Thursday's Newport Beach Planning Commission meeting. Jeff Reuter, owner of 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront restaurant in Newport Beach, intends to fill the food nighttime niche with Dry Dock, which would deliver "fall-off-the-bone" barbecue throughout Newport and also serve dine-in customers along Mariner's Mile. "There are a lot of people doing dinner later these days than ever before," Reuter said Tuesday.
By Joanna Clay, | December 11, 2010
IRVINE — A punk when she attended University High School here, Rachel Klemek has always been allured by the subversive. Growing up in the South, and later in Irvine, she remembers not understanding the concept of cooking or enjoying food. Her childhood memories are of sitting in front of the television with saltines or relishing a Styrofoam cup of Top Ramen. "I didn't even know what butter was," Klemek said. However, to Klemek, countering her family's own culture — which never revered food — for a life of decorating cakes and perfecting hand-made marshmallows couldn't be more punk rock.
By Peter Buffa | November 21, 2009
Seriously? Thursday is Thanksgiving? I don’t see how that’s possible. But it is, apparently, and you and I and just about everyone will have to deal with it. Checking the T-Day folder, we find that in years past we have done the history of Thanksgiving; how to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner; how not to; how to prepare a traditional Italian Thanksgiving dinner; and what to do with T-Day leftovers. This year, given everything that’s going on in the nation and the world, it is time to examine what Thanksgiving really means, why it matters, and what we need to keep in mind as we approach another annual day of thanks.
September 14, 2002
Young Chang There are no secrets in their business. No hoarding of tricks or even recipes. In fact, chefs at the Taste of Newport will not only demonstrate how to make their signature fondues and salt-crusted red snappers and tarragon cream dressings, they'll send you home with written instructions, too. "Like the Food Network, only one-on-one," said Chris Lauderdale, a chef instructor at the Art Institute of...
July 13, 2002
One of the great things about going to the Orange County Fair is you get to do abnormal things like eat fish and chips at 10:30 a.m. The Crutchfields Fish & Chips stand offers a fish and chips value meal for $5.75 that includes a large piece of fried fish, a strip of fried zucchini, French fries and a small drink (we substituted it with bottled water). You're given a choice of tartar sauce, ranch dressing and ketchup. The fried parts are crispy, the meaty parts are soft, and even at 10:30 in the morning the meal is indulgent.
June 23, 2002
Young Chang Ever wanted to jump into the mind of a chef and learn just how they choose what to feature, out of a zillion dishes, at a food festival? If you have, the answers prove there's a method to the madness. Area chefs participating in the 10th annual Summer Food and Wine Festival, hosted by South Coast Plaza, say they prize freshness and health above even the coolest flavors. With almost 20 restaurants putting out their trademark best Thursday for visitors to sample along with wines and beers, the Food and Wine Festival looks like it'll be a mini-Taste of Costa Mesa packed into a mall.
June 27, 2003
Deirdre Newman South Coast Plaza hosted a culinary extravaganza Thursday with its 11th annual Food and Wine Festival. The festival between Crate & Barrel and Macy's Home Store featured a panoply of culinary riches from restaurants such as Bluewater Grill, Lawry's Carvery and Wolfgang Puck Cafe. The event raises funds for two nonprofit organizations -- the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa.
May 21, 2010
W e've all had the experience of walking into a Chinese restaurant and being handed a menu that looks exactly like the menu in every other Chinese restaurant we've been to: egg rolls, wonton soup, kung pao chicken, moo shu pork, sweet and sour shrimp, you know the drill. Mandarin Restaurant in Fountain Valley has all that, but also some intriguing, authentic dishes that will titillate the tongues of adventurous diners. These dishes are classics in China but less well known here except among the Asian community.
By Michael Miller | September 6, 2008
COSTA MESA — Roger Mouri got one relief early Saturday morning at the first Orange County Canstruction competition. When his team was done building an intricate structure out of food cans, it got to scatter cans all over the floor. That’s because Mouri’s display was based on “Wall-E,” the recent Pixar smash about a trash-compacting robot who does his best to clean up Earth after the world’s population has fled the planet in a spaceship. Mouri and the other volunteers from Disneyland recreated Wall-E and his robot love interest, Eve, out of hundreds of food cans — including a pair of Ortega chile cans for Eve’s beady blue eyes — and then, to finish the scene, they dumped their remaining supply in piles around Wall-E’s outstretched claw.
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