2015 Hatch Chile Roasts in Southern California Begin August 8--Here are Locations!

Dave Lieberman
Hatch your chile roasting plans now!
It's almost that time of year, when the front patios of supermarkets across the Southland turn into roasting pits for Hatch chiles. Here are the dates for this year's chile roasts, with Orange County and Long Beach's dates bolded and at the top of the list for each date. Bookmark this post for updates as we get them, especially if times change or if the season runs shorter or longer than expected.

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[UPDATED] 2014 Hatch Chile Roasts in Southern California Begin August 2--Here are Locations!

Dave Lieberman
"Green or red?" What kind of question is that? GREEN, of course!
It's that time of year again: Hatch chile season is right around the corner. And while expat New Mexicans have always lined up for green chile to assuage their homesickness, the peppers have started to worm their way into the hearts of non-New Mexican Californians. Here is a running list of this year's roasting dates. As always, these dates are subject to change if there's any kind of supply problem or if the season runs short or long in southern New Mexico.

[UPDATED 9:45 p.m., July 30:] Albertsons cancelled their roasts for Saturday, August 2 due to weather and chile quality problems in New Mexico. Northgate's Aug. 2 and 3 roasts are still on.

This list will be updated as we get information from our friends in the grocery industry. Orange County and Long Beach locations are bolded and at the top of each date's list. Northgate González and Albertsons run their own roasts, the roasts hosted at Ralphs are from Frieda's Produce, and everything else on the list is from Melissa's Produce.

In addition, El Rey Farms will have their usual setup at La Puente High School; order yours in advance at elreyfarms.com.

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Two New Farmers Markets Debut in Irvine

Edwin Goei
I've lost count on how many Farmers Markets go on in Irvine these days. There's, of course, the big one everyone knows about across the street from UCI on Saturday mornings, and then there's there's one at the Great Park on Sundays, at the Katie Wheeler Library at Jamboree and Irvine Blvd. on Tuesdays, and probably at least another one I'm forgetting and/or am not aware of.

Now there are two new ones to add to the list. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, a Farmers Market will now happen every Sunday at two Irvine shopping centers: Crossroads, off Barranca Pkwy. & Culver Dr., and The Square, off MacArthur Blvd. & Main St.

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Downtown Santa Ana Farmers' Market: New Hours + Canvas Bag Deals

Photo courtesy DTSA Certified Farmers' Market
Contain yourself!

Downtown Santa Ana's weekly farmers' market is your Thursday alternative. You get to walk off work frustrations, purchase goodies for immediate (or future) consumption and socialize as much or as little throughout, maybe extending your evening at a nearby establishment for dinner and a movie. If there was a way to receive discounts for shopping local, I bet the food would taste better. Lucky you, the canvas bag is ready to save you some coin. More on that shortly.

What I wanted to point out first is that beginning June 19, the market will launch new hours. Starting one hour later than usual, they plan to go from 3 - 8 p.m. Not this week, okay? Set a reminder and move on. Okay, let's discuss savings . . .

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Downtown Santa Ana Farmers' Market Is Back With New Vendors!

The new place to be on Thursdays

My new favorite farmers' market took a temporary break last week to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. However, DTSA is back this afternoon with a few more members to their growing family. Below is a summary of the new tenants.

Almond Kulture will be offering organic, unpasteurized, non-GMO almond milk in flavors like horchata, cafe latte, plain and chocolate. In addition, granola is produced from the spent almond, plus almond flour and almond meal.

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Reminder: Santa Ana Farmers Market Begins TODAY

As we announced last month, after years going without, Santa Ana finally regains its farmers market beginning today. The market--I'm apparently not allowed to call it a tianguis--runs from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. today and every Thursday on the promenade in front of the Yost Theatre, near the Playground.

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Santa Ana Finally Regains Its Farmers Market

After years of going without one, Santa Ana is finally regaining its farmers market. There's every reason for Santa Ana to host a large market downtown, given the population, the proliferation of market-driven restaurants, and the long tradition of open-air produce markets in Latino cultures.

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An Exploration of Steamers Jazz Club: The Good, The Bad, and The Magnificent Cocktails

LP Hastings
The Red Wedding; The King of the North is no longer available...

Steamers has been in Fullerton a long damn time. Like before obnoxiously drunk college kids realized there was no better place to get in fights, pee on walls, and just generally go buck wild-long time. But its seniority and location a ways down from the hobbling girls trying to cross the street has made it one of the few good places to hang out on the weekends in Downtown Fullerton.

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Orange County to Have a Real Food Market In--Where Else?--Downtown Santa Ana

The retrograde morons who populate the comment sections of the Orange County Register never miss an opportunity to claim that Santa Ana is Little Mexico. Now, we have no problem with that designation--the city's got a Latino-only council, there's a (much-maligned) Consulate of Mexico on Broadway, and as you walk down Fourth Street La Cuatro, the hawkers are telling you what's available in Spanish--but there's no way this is a Mexican town, not without a mercado.

For years we've driven past the water tower in Santa Ana proclaiming it to be "Downtown Orange County" and snickered. Sure, right, whatever. But a funny thing happened while we were laughing: the crowds in downtown SanTana started to be a lot more diverse. Now, taquerías sit shoulder-to-shoulder to craft cocktail bars; art galleries with jazz music on share buildings with paisa sports bars bumping Bandamax; there's a revitalized theatre, an independent bookstore, a much more diverse dining scene, and many of the accoutrements of a central city, but there's never been a central market. For that matter, Santa Ana doesn't even have a farmers market. 

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Best Kept Secret At SoCo: Sourcing Saturday At Fixtures Living

Anne Marie Panoringan

We admit it. We love The OC Mart Mix. For all the tea, oysters, cocktails and meetings we hold there, you'd think it was our second home. Yet for all the fabulousness within that complex, we discovered something even more engaging. Let us explain.

Before N'ice Cream and Deer Lovely, South Coast Collection was a berm of furniture stores; Stores we rarely stepped foot in. We wandered into Fixtures Living to catch a cooking demo (Love you, Sam Zien!). Besides standing in awe of the pimped-out kitchens, unlimited beverage service and Sanctuary, we learned about an event too good to be true. The description read as follows:
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