The Search For General Tso Now Streaming on Netflix

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Edwin Goei
Long live the General!
Have you noticed that a lot of food documentaries have come online on Netflix in recent months? Or is it because I've watched a few and it's putting them up front and center in my page because it thinks I like them? I suppose Netflix has me pegged, because, it's right: I do like them, especially one recent doc that came online last week called The Search For General Tso (the film got a limited release in theaters and VOD earlier this year).


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Daphne Brogdon Dishes about her Food Network Show

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Cooking up a meal for family and friends can be a daunting task but Daphne Brogdon is here to show us that it's not that frightening at all. Matter of fact, when Daphne is involved, it can actually be a lot of fun. Blogger, comic, wife, mamma of two, and So Cal local Daphne interjects plenty of humor into her show Daphne Dishes on Food Network. So if you need and want to get the party started (And who doesn't?), this is the show for you! We hit her up to dish on the new season, to learn about her and her hubby's new restaurant Bombo in LA, and to get some tips for ourselves that we could take and make. Literally.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): I think people really appreciate the humor you inject into your cooking because for some people, cooking is really stressful!

Daphne Brogdon: Oh thank you! I'm glad to hear you say that because I feel like there is this weird dichotomy side of it where people sort of fetishize food and fancy restaurants but then they go to Trader Joe's and pick up frozen food. And by the way, I do too sometimes. [Laughs.] But really, there is a middle there because you could make something great if you poach fish with a very simple wine and butter sauce. It can be simple and still be amazing. I think so many people just look in the pantry and do that "there's nothing to eat" thing but if you look at it differently, there really is and you can do it right. You only need a few on hand things to make something incredible if you approach it right.


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Jonathan Bennett's War on Cake

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I can't get enough of it and I'm on the damn thing!

Everyone loves a little friendly competition and when that competition ends with an array of edible works of art, well, that's even better. On June 29th at 8:00pm ET/PT, the games will indeed begin on the Food Network's new show Cake Wars where four bakers will compete for $10,000 and the chance to have their cake take center stage at a special event. We talked to the hilarious host of Cake Wars, Jonathan Bennett, before the big premiere to hear about his gig, inquire on his calorie intake during filming, and we couldn't pass up the chance to drill him on his past appearance on Dancing with the Stars.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): OK I've asked a few people if they'd ever be on Dancing with the Stars because, sequins. But you were actually on it! Do tell.

Jonathan Bennett: All I wore was sequins. I was just one giant sequin out there! [Laughs.] I got in involved with it because I lost both of my parents and they were such big fans of the show. I was sort of in a rut so I wanted to go and do something to honor them. When the opportunity came to do the show, I jumped at the chance. I mean, who doesn't want to go do Dancing with the Stars and feel alive again? But let me tell you, when you are on that show, it's all about spray tans and sequins. That is the most important thing!


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We Bet Ty Pennington Loves Diners More Than You

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It's crazy and I guess I just love crazy.

Ty Pennington spent years helping families while showing off his quirky side (and stealing our hearts) on Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He has an obvious passion for lending his talented hands and this time around, he has Chef Amanda Freitag by his side to give a much needed revamp to some of the greatest diners across this country on the Food Network series American Diner Revival. It seems as if Ty drops off doses of positivity wherever he goes and we wanted in on hearing about how he's dishing it up on the new show. As always with TV and real life, there's a lot more than meets the eye and that perfectly describes this show and Ty.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): With all of the reboots happening these days, what are the chances of getting Trading Spaces back on the air? I loved that show.

Ty Pennington: That's a really good question! I've seen a couple that are out that are similar to that but honestly, that was the perfect format in my opinion. The British really got it right when they first did Changing Rooms. Back when I was on it like, for the first three seasons, they cast such crazy different types of people to be on it so I have to admit, it was one of my favorite shows too. It was good fun because I could just build stuff, which is what I do, but it also taught me how to build really cool stuff when all you have to work with is thirty dollars. It was also a lot of fun being an a-hole to designers that just wanted the world. [Laughs.] It was a blast. I hope one day they'll think about doing that. Then again, sometimes things just have to run their course.


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Starting Today, You Can Have Alcohol from Hi-Time Delivered Right to Your Door

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A few Uber for X services have been coming to Orange County lately (most notably, Postmates and DoorDash), but another one is arriving and I'm super excited for it: Drizly, the Uber for alcohol (Yes, I know Postmates will deliver alcohol too, but the exciting part comes in a second).

Starting TODAY, you can use the app or website to order booze direct from Hi-Time Wine Cellars, the Weekly's favorite alcohol shop, to be delivered within an hour. Yup, now you won't have to put on real pants when you run out of booze.There is a catch though -- you have to live in either Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, or Costa Mesa.

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Q + A With Say It To My Face Co-Host/Slapfish Man Andrew Gruel

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Can't stop. Won't stop. Nonstop.

It's been almost four years since we first sat down with Andrew Gruel of Slapfish. Since that time, the sustainable brand has gone brick-and-mortar, expanded into Dubai, and has been featured on TODAY. Next up: Co-hosting duties with Anthony Dispensa (his West Coast Director of Operations) on FYI's Say It To My Face, premiering this Saturday night. Now seemed as good a time as any to catch up over lunch.

You've been on your fair share of television shows. Are there any stereotypes about television that you found true?
One stereotype is that it is every producer's goal to get people to cry on TV. That's true.


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Irvine Man Is Finalist for PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door

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He sure looks like an Australian surfer guy

If you're into that sort of thing, an Irvine man is currently one of 10 male finalists in PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door contest. 34-year-old Lloyd Austin, originally from Australia, might win an all expenses-paid trip to Maui if you vote for him on PETA's website.

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Good Eats Is Back on Netflix! (Also: More Chopped, Iron Chef America, and Buncha Other Food Shows)

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The man is back!

Netflix isn't the best when it comes to food programing. There are some great documentaries and the occasional series, but most food content producers are stingy on the online streaming (okay, it's mostly the Food Network that doesn't want to stream everything.)

But hey, now that Nextflix's library has refreshed again, there's some more TV to watch.

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Little Sparrow On Best New Restaurant Tomorrow!

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One component of a (hopefully) winning team.

It must be one of those weeks, because it isn't often when we can root for a team in a sport we understand. Competitive cooking challenges can be just as nail-biting as the final minute in a football game. Bravo's series Best New Restaurant follows sixteen popular establishments from around the country, putting them head-to-head against each other. Who comes out on top is anybody's guess, but we intend to cheer for Little Sparrow.

A Weekling favorite since they emerged on the scene in May 2013, our team has managed to include the Santa Ana gem in everything from Top 100 lists to chef interviews. Owners, managers and spouses Naseem Aflakian and Bruce Marsh envisioned it to be similar to a neighborhood brasserie, serving New American cuisine. Per Bruce, they present exactly what Best New Restaurant is seeking, "an entire package of service, ambiance and food."

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We Support the Taco Emoji--But a Burrito Emoji Would be Better

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I've only just recently gotten up on my emoji game, preferring instead Facebook stickers and nouveau emoticons to the sanctioned icons from the Unicode Consortium, but I can appreciate their importance. I mean, they're pretty cool. How else am I supposed to express my desire for sushi? Or that I feel like :|? Using actually words? Come on now.

But for the past year or so, there's been a core emotion I've been unable to express, and I bet you can guess what it is from the headline. But, as mid-2015 Unicode update gets closer, we have a chance to fix that.

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