New Documentary, BARISTA, Features Portola Coffee Lab Baristas

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We all know the folks at Portola Coffee Lab take coffee seriously--otherwise, we wouldn't have named them Best Coffee in 2011 and 2013. So when we found out some of their baristas are featured in a new Samuel Goldwyn Films documentary called BARISTA about the U.S. Barista Championship, we weren't surprised.

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Follow Stick a Fork In It on Instagram

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This is what you get

Hey you, reader. Don't you need more food porn in your life? If you've ever scrolled down your feed around lunch time, looking for something to strike your appetite and haven't seen anything tasty, we've got the account for you.

See, you can follow your favorite food-blogging Weeklings right on the Gram, where we're known as @ocweeklyfood. I promise to whet your whistle.

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The Race is on for GD Bro Truck

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We take great pride in repping our county and when there is someone in OC pulling off something big, we have to make sure you all know about it! Food trucks are becoming a staple on the streets and GD Bro Truck is one of the best, hence why the team behind the truck (and OC natives) Kevin Nguyen, Mark Cruz, and Geoffrey Manila have been selected to compete on Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race. See? We told you it was big! Before we begin to cheer on our hometown boys August 23rd, we got Kevin on the horn to get a little backstory on the biz and to also get some inside info on no doubt one of the biggest events in their lives.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): You know that since you're from OC and about to be big TV stars, we're claiming you guys now. You're officially ours.

Kevin Nguyen: [Laughs.] Thank you so much! It was an honor just to represent my hometown and it was actually the greatest experience I've ever had. I had the time of my life. It was awesome!

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The Beach is Getting Even Hotter Thanks to Curtis Stone

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Curtis Stone walked into grocery stores and then into our hearts on Take Home Chef and now he's back to get you in the mood for tasty waterside dishes and exploration on his new show, Beach Eats USA. Wednesday night's at 10:30ET/PT on Food Network, Curtis will be on the hunt to uncover picturesque locations serving up the perfect beach grub. He'll also be showcasing his daring side taking part in paddle boarding, helicopter riding, and zip-lining along the way. Talk about a fun gig! We wanted to do some exploring of our own so we chatted it up with Stone to find out about his new job, his old job, and his restaurant. Oh, and to question him about Katy Perry.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): I need to get this out of the way immediately. I noticed that you follow Katy Perry on Twitter. Big Katy fan are you?

Curtis Stone: [Laughs.] Oh that's hilarious. You know what, I actually quite like her music but I'm not sure I have a good excuse as to why I'm following her on Twitter. I have no idea how I did that! [Laughs.] I have no decency as a human being. That's funny.

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We Want in on Valerie Bertinelli's Home Cooking!

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Long before Valerie Bertinelli was stealing teenage boy's hearts on One Day at a Time, being a hot mama while living a rock and roll style, chilling our souls on Touched by an Angel, and making us laugh on Hot in Cleveland, she was honing her craft in the kitchen. And with years of experience whipping up delectable dishes for family and friends, she's now taking her passion to the tubes with her new show, "Valerie's Home Cooking" that starts August 8th on Food Network. Before the shows big debut, we chatted it up with this superwoman all about family inspiration and even swapped recipes teaching us the lesson that learning can be endless in the most fun of ways.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): I'm so excited to talk to you because I feel like I grew up with you and also, my dad totally has the hots for you. So yeah, I just wanted to make it weird right off the bat.

Valerie Bertinelli: [Laughs.] Oh my god that's hysterical. I love it! Please tell your dad I said hi.

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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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