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Bizarre Foods America Features Long Beach's Cambodia Town In Season Premiere On July 1

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Bizarre Foods America
The season 7 premiere of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods America is titled Hidden Los Angeles. Andrew Zimmern, the country's culinary navigator of esoteric delicacies, takes a look at great food "hiding in neighborhoods where outsiders rarely go."

Fittingly, he visits Cambodia Town in Long Beach.

In the episode, airing at 9 p.m. on July 1, Zimmern is guided through neighborhood gems by praCh Ly, a rapper/community ambassador who OC Weekly profiled in a cover story last year. Ly drops knowledge about the ethnic district and surrounding city, where thousands of Cambodian refugees fled after living under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979.

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Geeta Bansal of Clay Oven Doing Indo-Peruvian Pop-Up Tomorrow

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Photo by Kenneth M. Ruggiano
Geeta Bansal, who is the chef and owner of Clay Oven in Irvine as well as a contributor to this blog, will be hosting another one of her pop-up dinners at her restaurant tomorrow.

The dinner was originally planned to be held like her last, at the Whole Foods in Newport Beach, but it has just now been changed to be at her own restaurant instead.

This time the chef will be mixing her Indian cuisine with Peruvian flavors.


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Ice Cream + Fried Bread Cone = Ice Cornet, a Sweet Treat Coming to Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa This Week

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Mitsuwa is continually bringing us tastes of Japan in the form of limited-time special items, and this one caught my eye. It's the Ice Cornet, a swirl of soft-serve ice cream inside warm bread shaped like a cone. The picture above doesn't do the concoction justice--it's huge!

The treat is popular at Japanese shopping malls, where they offer flavors such as mango yogurt, vanilla, chocolate, green apple, blueberry and raspberry.

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Ryan Carson's Wanderlust at Playground 2.0: Filipino Edition

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Lumpia #useyourhands

When Manila Groove shut down last year, it was one less Filipino option in a sea of ethnic cuisines. Growing up in Daly City (where the fog is so thick from all the rice cookers hard at work), the only times my family went out for Filipino food were after church and en route to a party to pick-up a catering order. Otherwise, Mom and Grandma Lola made most of my meals. And if you loved your Mom's cooking, you also know matching it would be next to impossible.

Learning about Playground 2.0's Wanderlust pop-up intrigued me. I interviewed Ryan Carson for On the Line when he worked for AnQi, and that's when I learned about his hapa heritage. After he left House of An, Ryan showcased his talent with Pri-ve dinners, conducting a weekly tour of tastes, creativity and molecular gastronomy. It was a matter of time before he visited his multi-cultural background, and I intended to taste his interpretation of my childhood.

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Mexicans Did It First: Lefse, the Norwegian Tortilla

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Dave Lieberman
"¿Una tortilla de papa?" asked my neighbor, confused. "Like the Spanish pancake?"

"No, a thin tortilla, like for enchiladas."

"No, Dave, no se hacen tortillas de papa. Nomás maíz y harina."

Wrong, Lidia. Wrong. There are absolutely potato tortillas, and the Norwegians--who else?--have been making potato-based flatbreads for hundreds of years. It's become something of a holiday treat here in the United States, the winter holidays being the time of year when otherwise-assimilated Scandinavian Americans trot out the old traditions. (I'm Danish, but we only ate Danish food at Christmas and New Year's.)

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Who Invented The California Roll?

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sushiFAQ
For sushi novices, it's the gateway dish. 

The California roll can be found everywhere from grocery-store fresh-food aisles to cafeteria menus in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Typically packed with crab or imitation crab, avocado and cucumber, then rolled "inside out," the nonthreatening staple helped introduce America to more exotic--and much more exciting--sushi options. 

But who invented the now-ubiquitous roll? 
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Spice Up Your Thanksgiving With A Tandoori Turkey From Clay Oven Cuisine of India, Now Available For Pre-Order!

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Clay Oven
If you've got a foodie family that won't scoff at anything other than white-meat roast turkey, gravy and mashed potaters, let us suggest this exotic Thanksgiving option. For the 16th year, Irvine's Clay Oven Cuisine of India is selling its famed tandoori turkey. It's available now for pre-order and will be ready to pick up on T-Day.  

For $69.95, you get a whole bird that's marinated in herbs and spices, cooked in a traditional Indian barrel-shaped oven (the high heat keeps it super juicy) and stuffed with spice-infused basmati race. Cranberry chutney is served on the side. 

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Twelve French Menu Words You Need To Stop Mispronouncing

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Look, nobody's saying you need to affect a French accent when you order a French dish, but it would be nice if you didn't totally butcher my language when doing it. Nobody's asking you to screw up your nose and pipe out "croûton", with that oh-so-pretentious nasal vowel at the end, but at least put the em-PHA-sis on the correct syl-LAB-le, okay?

See also:
 Five Commonly Mispronounced Mexican Food Terms that Americans Shouldn't Mispronounce
 Five Cultural Faux Pas to Avoid
 Five Things You're Doing Wrong With Japanese Food


Here are twelve of the most grating ones to a French speaker:
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MAP: The Best Noodles In Orange County

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LP Hastings/OC Weekly
Pad Thai at Thai Nakorn

We gave you a guide to Orange County's best noodles in this week's cover feature. Who knew we had such diverse and delicious noodles in our fair county? We did! In our continuing effort to bring you the best of this oft-overlooked meal staple, may we present an interactive map of top-notch noodles. 

See which restaurants are close to home, work or your favorite bar (for drunken munching) and thank us later!
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Mitsuwa's Kyushu & Okinawa Fair Is Happening This Weekend

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Michelle Woo/OC Weekly
Mitsuwa fairs seem to happen pretty frequently, but even so, they're always reason to drop all lunch and dinner plans and take on the parking-lot madness for a taste of whatever Japanese treats and delicacies they're serving. 

This time, it's the Kyusyu & Okinawa Fair, and it's happening at the Costa Mesa location from now until Sunday. Some special items on the list: Hakata Nagahama tonkotsu ramem in a rich, pork-bone soup, mackerel sushi wrapped in kelp, mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) and a pie crust filled with custard pudding for dessert. 

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