10 Great Places for Macarons in Orange County

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High maintenance, desirable--that is the state of the French macaron in this county, a status the dessert has held for several years. Slight changes in humidity can mess up in-progress macarons for good, which is why those who do 'em right deserve massive recognition. After a meticulous preparation process, the result is ganache filling sandwiched in between two meringue-based cookies. Good macarons have chewy, airy bites. They're moist and, most importantly, don't crumble when you eat them. Such macarons exist here and, interestingly enough, they're not all from French bakeries. You'll find them in boba shops and new age dessert spots, too.

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10 Great Churro Dishes in Orange County

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Churros are hard to mess up. Take fat-heavy choux dough, deep fry it, and pour sugar all over it and people will take it in what ever form you give. What can you improve? Well, we all love the classic churros from our favorite Mexican restaurants and food stands (and maybe even Disneyland and Costco) but pastry chefs countywide have taken the snack into new forms lately.

That means new flavors and conjoined desserts--perfect for foodies who are always awaiting the next big, strange thing. But of course, classic churros will always be, well, classic churros, and we'll always love them either just as much (maybe even more than churro-waffles).

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10 Great Boba Places in Orange County

Paul Bernabe

The last time we took a boba census, Lollicup, 85 C Bakery, and Guppy's dominated the landscape, but things have changed so much since then. Though those three boba shops remain popular, new caf├ęs have come along, attracting their own fanbases with drinks in pretty gradients, unique bottles, and a whole lot of sea cream.

So, in case you were wondering dear reader, those small black balls of tapioca aren't going away anytime soon. Rather, boba's spot as a Southern Californian staples means they're only going to get better.

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10 Great Places to Enjoy Oktoberfest in Orange County

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Mid-September is approaching, which means it's almost time for Oktoberbest, the 16-day German folk festival annually held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. In Orange County, several festivals are being held from north to south, featuring dachshunds in costumes, oom-pah bands, and endless bratwurst, weisswurst, leberkase, and schnitzel. Several local restaurants will also be offering special menus for the occasion. And if festivals aren't enough for you, local German restaurants are also offering special menus for the occasion.

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10 Great Places to Eat Ceviche in Orange County

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Serious ceviche-makers and eaters know that great ceviche is about quality, not quality. The dish is a celebration of simplicity--after all, it only has a few ingredients: raw fish, citrus juices, salt, pepper, and sometimes diced onions and cilantro. This calls attention to the smallest of details like the thickness of the fish's cut, how long the fish marinates in the citrus juice, and finding the right balance between salt and juice.

Such attention, luckily, is found in various restaurants across Orange County where chefs have taken the classic dish, mastered it, and added their own touch.

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10 New Dessert Spots to Try in Orange County

Charles Lam

OC dessert veterans--Joe's Italian Ice, Disneyland's dole whip--will always have a place in our hearts, but the county has been making room for the new. You know what that means: lots of liquid nitrogen ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream flavors that are getting more and more unexpected (surprisingly, there are no new popsicle joints--wasn't that a thing last year?) Though summer's ending soon, let's be real: it's still going to be hot and dessert--specifically ice cream--is a year-round thing here. And the list of new places to try just keeps growing.

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9 Great Avocado Dishes in Orange County

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Healthy and delicious...together? It's actually possible; the prime example being avocados, that fruit that elevates eggs and burgers while nourishing you with Vitamin B, C, and E. It's quite possibly the one food that vegans, vegetarians, paleos, ketos, and carnivores can all actually agree on and, for once, share.

Avocados can be enjoyed year-round but, before the summer ends, try some of these local dishes that make the most of them and will keep you cool.

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10 Great Hatch Chile Dishes to Try in Orange County

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In the stretches of the Hatch Valley region of New Mexico are perfectly lined rows of green Hatch chiles, a premium chile known for its meaty flesh and concurrently spicy and sweet flavor. Since it's only in season late summer to early fall, people go kind of nuts for it come August. Roasting pitches are rolled to the front of supermarkets (we've compiled a list for you here) and restaurants start cooking up special dishes with. Since you've only got a month or two to see what our local chefs can do with them, we made this list of dishes for you to try.

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10 Great Hangover Meals in Orange County

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Hangovers are chaotic. For one, your head feels like it's been strangled. Your stomach is turned inside out. You're still in last night's clothes, which are imprinted by signs of too much fun (vomit). Waking up, you realize there are people you have to apologize to and things you regret. But, alas, it's time to recover--and because we don't want you to do too much thinking while in headache-mode, we created this list of hangover cures for you.

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10 Great Places in Orange County for Egg Porn

Kristine Hoang

The world is full of egg sluts and egg porn these days. Chefs put eggs on things like fries and burgers. Patrons, who find it cute and appetizing, take photos of such dishes and share them online--resulting in an endless cycle of egg exploitation. This being said, the egg obsession might never end. Can you handle more photos of egg yolk dripping down all foods in slow-motion? Of course you can. In fact, you want more.

OC egg-lovers: here are ten places to bookmark for future egg escapades.

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