Sip LBC Continues Through Saturday

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Shaken or stirred

The almost-but-not-really-OC city of Long Beach clinked glasses this past Sunday as Sip LBC celebrated all the libations they had to offer. From beer chugging to wine sipping and those farm-to-table cocktails, bar counters throughout the city are doing something special.

Despite being in its first year, the week-long party includes 35 local establishments ready to put patrons in a good mood. We won't bore you with an elaborate list 'o watering holes, but we will let you in on their "Triple Olive" events.

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Kuro Kirishima Shochu at Kappo Suzumaru, Our Drink of the Week!

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Photo by The Mexican
Banzai or something...

Kappo Suzumaru in Tustin remains my favorite sushi spot in OC. Look, I know it's not the best--not even close. But it's where I took my wife on our first date (even though she says it technically wasn't a date), it's where I've had birthday parties, and it's where they still hang a review I did of them nearly a decade ago. And, most importantly? It's bueno to me.
Work doesn't let me come here as much as I'd like, but I've seen them expand their booze options over the past couple of years--first with some sakes, then wines, and now with a full-blown shochu program.

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Long Beach Lunch: The Breakfast Bar

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Sarah Bennett

I've said it before and I'll say it again: in Long Beach, breakfast is such a religion, we'll even eat it for lunch. We'd much rather grub down on an omelet smothered in Hollandaise sauce than sit in a church pew or eat another standard sandwich--and the constant lines outside of the city's most well respected breakfast spots each weekend prove it.

But the real sign of a town obsessed with breakfast is that there's always room for more. Despite the presence of at least a dozen egg-specializing, open-until-2 p.m. restaurants within bike-riding distance, The Breakfast Bar opened on Atlantic Ave. earlier this year and is already a mainstay, with Sunday lines that rival institutions like Coffee Cup Cafe and Potholder.


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Woman Stripped, Then Shopped 'Til She Dropped at Santa Ana's El Toro Market

Categories: Make It Mexican

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El Toro Market in SanTana

A woman ventured into El Toro Meat Market in SanTana yesterday morning when she started showing a little too much of her carnitas.

Shoppers said the woman caused a scene around 9 a.m. when she acted erratically while stripping off her clothes in the liquor section of the store. By the time SanTana police arrived on scene, she was dead.


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13. Strawberry Mochi at J. Sweet Bakery

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Edwin Goei
Mmm...mmmochi....
Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

The idea is simple, but ingenious. Take a small rectangle of yellow cake. On top of this, add a whole strawberry suspended in whipped cream. Then, sculpt it into a dome covered in a thin, chewy layer of mochi. What do you get? The best dessert revelation I've had since Cream Pan's Strawberry Croissant.


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14. Sushi from Del Sushi

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Edwin Goei
Del Sushi rolls.
Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

You may have your doubts about DelSushi--the sushi delivery service whose coverage area is bordered by the 405, Culver, Jamboree, and the 73. How good can delivery sushi be? Answer: Very good. Amazing actually. And if I may be so bold: Better than the sushi fast-food chain that rhymes with Pushy Toy.

I know what you're thinking: "That's not saying much", but hey, just try it. You can afford to. The prices are fairly reasonable for the girth of the rolls they offer. The average price is about $10 for a fat, generously proportioned maki that yields 8 mouth-muffling pieces with lots of fish and just enough rice.


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Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles Finally Brings Its Famed Combo to OC

Categories: Now Open

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Photo by Dustin Ames
Chicken already eaten

The first time I ate fried chicken at a Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles was about 20 years ago in Long Beach. There was a wait, as I'm told there always is on Sunday mornings; half the crowd was in church clothes. When I was finally seated in that pink-neon-bathed diner, I ate the fowl as I do all fried chickens, with my fingers digging deep into the crisp skin and moist meat, then dousing everything in sight with Red Rooster hot sauce. But here, for the first time, the chicken came with a waffle--two foods that, until that point in my life, had been separated by at least a few hours of digestion. On the plate and in my mouth, something wonderful happened: The hot sauce swirled into the maple syrup, and the sweet, sticky flavors of breakfast blended with the salty, greasy, spicy, fried ones of lunch. It was kismet.


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15. Kibbeh at Aleppo's Kitchen

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Dave Lieberman
Somehow, I managed never to take a picture of the amazing kibbeh. Here's the buffet. Skip breakfast.
Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

Anaheim's Little Arabia district is expanding once again, both in physical geography and in breadth of cuisine. Where Lebanese and Palestinian restaurants once ruled the roost, now there are Saudi Arabian, Egyptian and Syrian restaurants.

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16. Cha Ca Thang Long from Vien Dong

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Dave Lieberman
If you're truly lazy, you can order the bowl assembled for you. Don't do that.
Behold our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

The smell washes over you as soon as you enter the restaurant: fish, turmeric, onion, fish sauce, hot iron and dill. It permeates the restaurant so completely that it has a subtle psychological effect: more than half the tables have a sizzle platter full of orange-tinted fish.


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Is a $12 Taco Worth It? Yes and No, Or: How to Fight Taco Inflation

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Photo by The Mexican
Ruben's Tacos y Mulitas' tacos? Worth it

Recently, a new-ish Mexican restaurant in San Francisco (surprisingly NOT in the ever-gentrifying Mission District) started a firestorm for two distinct reasons--one indefensible, the other almost defensible. They initially called themselves Bandidos, which got yaktivists rightfully up in arms (ironically enough) over the stereotypical name. But what got people even más encabronados was that Bandidos planned to charge $12 for two tacos--oh, did that one piss people off, especially my pal, Bordertown colleague, and fellow zacatecano Lalo Alcaraz (check out this comic strip of his, then subscribe to his Twitter feed and LAUGH).

Sure, there was outrage that hipsters would dare charge other people that much money for tacos that don't seem particularly remarkable (more on that in a bit). But I think most folks were offended at the very idea that tacos could be expensive, because mainstream thought has deemed that Mexican food should always be cheap and affordable as a reflection of Mexicans, who of course are universally humble and poor. A college professor friend of mine said as much when he posted on Facebook that folks should "support MEXICAN establishments that serve the people at prices made for the people. In other words, if regular gente are priced out, avoid."

My response: "At this point, that's virtually every restaurant except Del Taco...$1 for a taco? TOO MUCH."

And that's why, gentle cabrones, $12 for two tacos is not just not unreasonable--it's the future, unless we do something about it.


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