PigOut 3.0 Coming This Sunday!

Categories: Food Festivals

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Here, piggy piggy!

You may already be familiar with this annual summer soiree to celebrate the curly-tailed hog. But if you're not, let us educate you.

Created by the non-profit, Inspire Artistic Minds, this porky social brings together many of Orange County's haute chefs to showcase their creativity with our savory beast. Monies raised go towards scholarships for students in the culinary and fine arts. General and VIP admission for the unlimited tastes are still available. This year's festivities now include an extra porktastic element: live butchering!

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Dickey's Barbecue To Open In Fullerton

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Dickey's Facebook
That's a mighty fine logo you got there.
If I'm not mistaken, the City of Orange has the most American BBQ restaurants in the county with seven joints in all. But if you were to judge by a recent trend I'm starting to notice, Fullerton may not be far behind.

Over the last year, the city has added two new BBQ restaurants--Leadbelly's and JP23, which instantly tripled the number of places in town you can get a rack of ribs. Now there's at least one more planned.

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This Is How You Skip Din Tai Fung's Three-Hour Line

Categories: Really?!?!?

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Photo by Charles Lam
In and out in under 30 minutes

I headed out to lunch yesterday fully prepared to stand in line for three hours so I could get my hands on some soup dumplings at Orange County's newest DTF.

I had my notebook ready and everything, and I as I walked towards the storefront (it's by Sears, just so ustedes know), I was already making notes about the time I arrived, the stores I passed, and the line I saw.

Truly, the post I was going to write would've been a master piece, à la Caity Weaver's 14-hour odyssey at TGIF's unlimited appetizer special.

But then a funny thing happened on the way to soup dumplings: I got seated in 10 minutes. And you know what? You can too.

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43. Chicken Nuggets at The North Left

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Photo by Kiera Wright-Ruiz
Never grow up

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!

If you can get over the ironic hipster name, you can eat the best chicken nuggets you've ever tasted at The North Left.


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The 3 Coolest Finds at Expo Comida Latina 2014

Categories: Really?!?!?

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Javier Cabral
Pickled pigs feet, a good example of truly comida Latina


Food and hospitality industry trade shows are all the rage these days. For the uninitiated, they are exactly what they sound like: huge conventions not usually open to the public, filled with everything from state-of-art restaurant equipment companies hustling their products, to hundreds of hungry, new packaged food and drink brands trying to pick up local distributors. Though there are dozens of them constantly taking place all over the country, not many focus on the rapidly growing Latino sector of the market. Behold, then, the Expo Comida Latina, a food industry expo that is completely dedicated to showcasing Latino products from Mexico, Central and South America trying to crossover into the American market.


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On the Line: Christopher Tzorin of Tortilla Republic, Part Two

Categories: On the Line

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Photo courtesy Alan de Herrera
Ta-da!
With a prime spot along Laguna Beach's main drag, Tortilla Republic's modern cuisine blends well with Christopher Tzorin's culinary background. Today we discuss fatherhood and his other artistic talent.

Read the first part of our interview with Chris over here.
Now let's learn more about our local boy below.

There's a split opinion between attending culinary school and having real life experience. What made you decide on doing formal training (since you already had the experience)?
It is important to go to culinary school as it prepares you to meet the demands of a professional cooking career. You'll learn culinary techniques and management skills that will train you to work in a restaurant.

Last thing you looked up online:
Since we are expecting another child, I have been Googling how to make healthy baby food, as I would like to create my own purees to feed to my baby.


Hardest lesson you've learned:
Working so much taught me how important it is to spend time with your family. My biggest priority now is to spend quality time with the people I care about.

What has fatherhood taught you, and how do you plan to apply that to your next child?
Fatherhood has taught me how to appreciate life, and the importance of family. I will make sure to be patient and understanding in every situation with my next child.

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Class 302 Opens in Irvine Marketplace; Introduces Self-Serve Boba Drinks

Categories: Now Open

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Mary Pastrana
The first lrvine location.
So the second Class 302 just opened in Irvine. This is the one we said would replace Dumpling Noodle House, next to Yogurtland and Thai Spice.

They still offer their specialities: shaved snow and Taiwanese comfort food packed in metal lunch tins. And it still themes its dining room, tables, and serving vessels to something out of a grade school classroom.

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Craft Beer Bar Native Son Alehouse Opens in DTSA, The Copper Door Opens Kitchen

Categories: Hops to It!

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Photo by Cleo Tobbi
Now open and with food!

Big news for craft beer in downtown SanTana the past few weeks: Native Son Alehouse has finally opened its doors for crowds and craft beer lovers alike. Currently serving beer from various Orange County breweries, the joint also aims to incorporate beer, wine and mead from around the world into its tap list.

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44. Spicy Lemon Garlic Chicken at Chicken Maison

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Photo by Kristine Hoang
Oh my

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!

I'm not a fan of chicken. But the Spicy Lemon Garlic Chicken at the beloved Chicken Maison in Santa Ana is a different story.

For those of us who aren't experienced chefs, chicken is a risky venture. Hen can sometimes end up bland. Other times, it's prone to being as dry as a Southern Californian heat wave. However, this chicken is a far cry from bland and dry.

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Din Tai Fung At South Coast Plaza Opens TODAY!

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Anne Marie Panoringan
On your mark

They were originally scheduled to open this past spring, right? But you know how it goes. Especially from a highly anticipated chain moving into a coveted corner location. When you knock McDonald's down, it better be for a gold mine.

With Uniqlo scheduled to open after Labor Day (there's currently a pop-up store by the carousel) and Din Tai Fung welcoming the Asian invasion, the Sanrio wing of South Coast Plaza will never be the same again. Kudos to long-term planning.

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