Monday, December 18, 2017
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Reeling In A Good Lunch at Waterman’s Harbor for OC Restaurant Week

Waterman's Harbor34661 Golden Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629 OC Restaurant Week always seems to go by way too fast, and it always seems like we have a bunch of other commitments when this restaurant bloggers dream week finally gets here. This year we made it to two restaurants out of the over 140 restaurants that participate in restaurant week. Not a very good ratio, but there are only so many meals one can consume. Since we only had two opportunities to dine at these fine restaurants, I limited where we would be going to, with what was on my now growing restaurant wish list. I had jotted Waterman's Harbor down when I read that the OC Register's Restaurant Reviewer, Brad Johnson raved about a great burger he had here, and when I saw the great review this restaurant received from Orange Coast Magazine, it made me take notice. What cinched our visit here was when I saw their pretty impressive restaurant week menu. I immediately made reservations, so we wouldn't miss out..
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Hoping El Camino Does Chilaquiles the Right Way

El Camino Cafe195 El Camino RealTustin, CA 92780 Mexican breakfast is one of my favorites, and one of my favorite Mexican breakfast items is chilaquiles. So when one of my favorite food writers in OC, and probably the most knowledgeable person on Mexican cuisine in Orange County, Gustavo Arellano wrote a top 10 list of the best chilaquiles in our great county, I quickly added about seven of his picks to our restaurant wish list. After you are done reading this review, you should definitely read his article here. For those of you that are unaware, chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish, which has a lot of variations, but the base of this dish is some cut up tortillas, which are lightly fried, then they are topped with the salsa of your choice, and garnished almost any way that you like. Most common garnishes are crema, and avocado, but eggs, chicken, beef, and cheese are commonly added to enhance this dish. Even looking at the pictures in Gustavo's article, you can see that ever..
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Not Wurst By A Long Shot

Wursthaus305 East 4th Street #106Santa Ana, CA 92701 I was pretty upset when I was leaving Wursthaus. Not upset with anything that happened inside this restaurant, it was more about wasted time. They recently celebrated their one year anniversary, and I had yet to make it in for a visit. It took an invite from the great PR company, Ajenda Public Relations for me to get my butt in here, and I have been thinking about going back ever since. Downtown Santa Ana has tons of great spots. There's of course 4th Street Market, with all of those great options, there's also Kutsi Cocina, Chapter One, C4 Deli, and I could go on and on, but Wursthaus is not to be overlooked when headed to this restaurant rich area. Located on the corner of 4th and French Streets, between the Northgate Market and the Playground Restaurant, I was excited to see what they had waiting for us inside this red brick building. What they have is a re-imagined German beer hall, without all the over the top frivolit..
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Having Carolina’s On My Mind

Carolina's Italian Restaurant915 South Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92805 I've come to realize that there are two kinds of Italian food. There's the real deal Italian, which is the more authentic. The stuff you might see while traveling through Italy. Neapolitan pizzas, and the like, which is mostly served in the more expensive Italian restaurants around OC. Then there's what I like to call, "stick to your ribs Italian food." Americanized Italian food that usually features heavier sauces, and more meat and cheese than its more authentic Italian counterparts. I like both of these kinds of Italian cuisine, but predictably, I enjoy American Italian food better. So when I heard that there was a new Carolina's Italian Restaurant opening a few blocks away from Disneyland, and they invited us in to give it a try, Katie and I were all excited about it. I was really excited because we had already been to the original Carolina's, which is located in Garden Grove. If you..
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Hopping Along to LAX

Hopdoddy Burger Bar850 South Sepulveda Blvd.El Segundo, CA 90245 Yes, you guessed it, another trip up this way to take Chuck and Stephanie to LAX. For ardent readers of this blog, you already know that they are flying off to North Carolina to see their grand kids for one of their 8 trips a year to the East Coast. You'd think that with all of these trips up the 405 Freeway, that we'd have run out of places to try, but just like OC, the South Bay always seems to have a new place opening up. This time we decided to send Chuck and Steph off with a meal from Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Hopdoddy is a burger chain from Austin, Texas, that has just recently made a push into California. This chain established its first restaurant in 2010, and now has locations in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and soon to be four spots in California. They have three already open and operating in the Golden State, (Playa Vista, Newport Beach, and this one, El Segundo), and a coming soon sign hanging over the one T..
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Shacking Up In Las Vegas

Shake Shack3790 South Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109 It's funny that whenever a burger concept moves west, it immediately makes people want to compare the invading concept to In-N-Out. People act like it's blasphemy that any burger concept could be better than In-N-Out. They are so protective over this iconic California chain, it borders on the insane. People are somehow offended that another burger concept has the gall to move into In-N-Out's turf. You can count me as one of the people that doesn't get the fascination with In-N-Out. As a native Californian, maybe I have taken it for granted, but I find In-N-Out kind of plain and boring. Yes, they use fresh ingredients, but that's not enough for me. Their patties are under-seasoned and way too thin, they are way too limited with their menu, and their fries are not very good, unless you ask for them to be well done, then they are edible. So, I guess you can say that I get pretty excited when a new burger sp..
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Jonathan Gold reviews P.Y.T., a vegetable-centered nirvana in L.A.

One of the best things I had to eat this summer was a whole celeriac cooked by Daniel Berlin, of the restaurant that bears his name in southern Sweden. The unlovely root, probably his most famous dish, had been roasted for nine or 10 hours in the embers of a slow wood fire, and when it came to...
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Eclipsing Our Expectations at Kutsi?

Kutsi Cocina Lounge and Bar201 North BroadwaySanta Ana, CA 92701 I feel like Chef Chris Tzorin and myself are playing a game of hide and go seek. It seems like I have been chasing this guy all over the county. I never ate at Savannah Chophouse during either of his two stints there. I never made it to Tortilla Republic when he was in charge of the kitchen at that Laguna Beach restaurant either. When I heard that he has moved yet again, I knew I had to make a real effort to try his new place, Kutsi Cocina in Santa Ana. Kutsi is located in the old Memphis spot in Downtown Santa Ana. Occupying part of the historic Santora Building, I have read glowing reviews for the food here, which is no big surprise when Chef Chris is heading the kitchen. He's become quite the celebrity chef as of late. With appearances on two Food Network Shows, winning some culinary competitions, and lots of positive press for his latest venture, I was pretty excited to make the journey to Kutsi on a recent Frida..

Top Restaurants That Opened In Orange County In 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, one thing is for sure: Orange County’s dining scene continues to improve, with new places opening up. Both those who enjoy going out and trying new places, or those that consider themselves true foodies, can use this list of new restaurants below as a checklist of new eateries to try. These are the best restaurants that opened in 2016 in Orange County. (credit: @damoneats) URBANA 440 S Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92805 (714) 502-0255 www.urbanaanaheim.com URBANA opened on in August of 2016, and is the most colorful restaurant inside the Anaheim Packing House. Owner Javier Cuadra patterned with Chef Ernie Alvarado serve Michoacán street food with fresh, high quality ingredients, while their cocktails are hand crafted, using fresh pressed juices in their Tequila & Mezcal inspired menu. Their most popular dish is the Tacos Dorados, a potato filled crispy tacos topped with house made salsa roja, cabbage, pickled red onion and micro cilantro. (credit: Lily Stein Ph..

The Understated Perfection of the Biscuit

The gravy that Beth Kellerhals makes for her biscuits at the weekly pop-up restaurant at Crawfords, an oft-crowded bar in the Westlake district, is both timeless and inventive: Slightly pearlescent, its base is a puree of onions cooked down in PBR. As for the biscuits themselves, Kellerhals mixes in a little cream with the standard buttermilk before shaping them with a pastry cutter she never got around to returning to an old boyfriend. For biscuits, that’s about as dramatic as things get. Biscuits pack a homey simplicity that few other foods do, whether served by Crawfords’ pool table, alongside a reposado cocktail beneath the strings of bulbs at Everson Royce Bar in the Arts District, or by the fire pit at Citizen in Beverly Hills, where…View Original Post

The Classic Norms on Pico Is Closing on Christmas Eve

Another classic Los Angeles coffee shop is closing its doors. Norms, the vintage all-night spot on Pico Boulevard, is ending a long run this month according to Kevin Roderick at LAObserved. Norms in Santa Monica closed and was demolished in 2013 (the site is currently an empty lot) while Norms on La Cienega dodged a bullet and avoided closure last year. Why so many changes to an institution known for not changing? In January 2015, after more than 65 years in the same family, the heirs of founder Norm Roybark sold the restaurant chain. In a separate move, they began to sell the land the restaurants sat on, setting the stage for conflicts between new property owners and the new owners of Norms. The county…View Original Post

Los Angeles Magazine’s Patio of the Year

L.A.’s world-class patio scene just gets better and better. For proof, look to: The indoor-outdoor restaurant Mardi in the Palihouse hotel A photo posted by Mardi Restaurant (@mardirestaurant) on Oct 2, 2016 at 8:29am PDT The breezeway patio at Manuela inside the art gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel A photo posted by aerierin (@aerierin) on Nov 12, 2016 at 2:04pm PST And the celebrity-studded rooftop megaporch at Catch in West Hollywood. A photo posted by LikeSocialBiz® (@likesocialbiz) on Dec 7, 2016 at 11:41pm PST Even the skylighted dining room at Spring feels like a Provençal courtyard. A photo posted by Min Kim (@mintastic_kim) on Aug 11, 2016 at 10:03pm PDT But the pinnacle of outdoor dining scenarios this past year was Salazar. A photo posted…View Original Post
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Carson Daly Wants To Know Why People Don’t Carry Cash Anymore

By Sarah Carroll These days, it’s so easy to pay for virtually everything with your handy credit/debit card. Sure, that coffee only cost you a couple bucks, but why search for loose change when you can pay with one easy swipe? Carson, however, is Team Cash all the way. He can’t believe people go around living their lives without a physical dollar in their wallet. What happens when you need to tip the person washing your car? How about those cash-only restaurants? And what if there’s an emergency? He decided to conduct a little survey this morning, trying to find out how many of our listeners actually carry cash these days and the results may surprise you! Take a listen below: Follow AMP Radio on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Culver City moves to ban polystyrene food containers

Used styrofoam cups are seen on the streets on January 1, 2007 in Oakland, California. I; Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images Brian FrankCulver City has moved a step closer to banning single-use polystyrene containers and other utensils at restaurants. The council voted unanimously to direct city staff to draft an ordinance, modeled largely after one that passed in Manhattan Beach in 2013, that would prohibit restaurants, grocers and other retailers from using the kind of plastic foam cups, bowls and plates common in takeout food. It would also ban the use of polystyrene-based plastic utensils. "There was some debate about the ban on polystyrene and how effective it would be and so on, and really I think last night all of those issues were resolved, so I think it's a very exciting moment in Culver City," Councilman Thomas Aujero Small told KPCC. Polystyrene is a petroleum product that can be used to make hard plastics or "expanded" by joining together small beads to create ..
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‘Build That Wall’: IHOP Server Says She Found Hateful Note on Receipt

"Build that wall, Trump Daddy." That's the message IHOP server Rachel Mau told KTLA sister station WTKR she received from a group of high school students she served at a restaurant in Virginia Beach, Virginia Saturday morning. "It's very hurtful. I've never actually experienced anything like that so it really hurt my feelings. I'm a really friendly person, and I try to be nice to all my tables," Mau said. The other receipt says "Nah" where customers are supposed to write in their tip. "I know they're younger, but I feel like they shouldn't treat people differently because of race," she said. Mau, who is of Filipino descent, said she waited on the kids Friday night and there weren't any issues. However, she says they came back Saturday morning, and that's when she received the rude remark. "I didn't know if I did something wrong while I was waiting on them or anything," she said. What makes it worse, Mau said, was that this message was..
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Orange County’s homeless, elderly could soon use food stamps for hot meals

Nearly 19,000 homeless, elderly and disabled Orange County residents are one step closer to being able to use their food stamp benefits to purchase hot meals at local restaurants. County supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to implement a state...
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O.C. may let food stamps buy hot meals

Nearly 19,000 homeless, elderly and disabled Orange County residents are one step closer to being able to use their food stamp benefits to purchase hot meals at local restaurants. County supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to implement a state...
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Slater’s 50/50 is selling Orange County locations, plus one in San Diego

Update: This story has been updated to include a statement from restaurant owner Scott Slater, who says he's selling his six restaurants. Slater’s 50/50, whose bacon-infused burgers made it one of the most popular gourmet burger restaurants when...
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Slater’s 50/50 is selling its 6 restaurants including both Orange County locations

Update: This story has been updated to include a statement from restaurant owner Scott Slater, who says he's selling his six restaurants. Slater’s 50/50, whose bacon-infused burgers made it one of the most popular gourmet burger restaurants when...
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Slater’s 50/50 to close all Orange County locations, plus one in San Diego

Slater’s 50/50, whose bacon-infused burgers surged in popularity after being featured on the Travel Channel when it first opened, is closing three of its six restaurants in early 2017, according to state employment filings. With the closures,...