The "World's Hottest Chile" Served At Clay Oven in Irvine

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Photo by Kenneth M. Ruggiano
Geeta Bansal
Remember a few years when the Bhut Jolokia (a.k.a. the Ghost Pepper) was purported to be the hottest chile in the world? Well not so much anymore. It's not even in the top 5 these days. Depending on what you read or who you believe, the current hottest chile pepper in the world is either the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion or the Carolina Reaper.

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Elbows Mac n' Cheese Opens To Much Hype in Brea--But Is It Good?

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Courtney Hamilton
When Pigs Fly at Elbows Mac N' Cheese

For a restaurant that specializes in just one thing, Elbows Mac n' Cheese is busy in every sense of the word. On a Friday night, the downtown Brea, fast-casual restaurant is so packed that people prowl around patrons finishing their meals, waiting to pounce on soon-to-be empty chairs.

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This Weekend: Supatra Thai 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

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Party on!
10 years is a lifetime in the restaurant biz. That's exactly how long Supatra Thai has been in business in Yorba Linda, which isn't (at least the last time I checked) any sort of Thai Town. But I suppose this makes the milestone even more momentous.

To celebrate, the restaurant will throw a party of sorts this Saturday, June 21st, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will feature live music, cooking demos, a martial arts demo, a balloon artist, prizes and games. And oh yeah, there will be complimentary appetizers and 30% off the rest of the food.

Why are they just offering a discount and not giving away the entrees for free? Well, you want them to stay around another 10 years, don't you?

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Support The PIE-NOT Kickstarter Campaign!

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Photo by Eleonor Segura/OC Weekly
Workin' hard to pie hard

I loved the PIE-NOT concept from the beginning. Savory, handheld meat pies are as good as it gets with to-go meals. A working lunch with one true Aussie taught me to dab a little ketchup for tasty flavor bombs. Pair that with a cuppa Bun coffee, and I'm good for hours. It's no wonder they made my top five last year. Now, they're looking to expand.

For those not familiar with Kickstarter, it's a way for businesses and individuals to fund projects they otherwise wouldn't have the money for. Provide bucks to a creator, and you're considered a backer. Even a dollar is better than no dollar. And it's more than giving your hard-earned money-- it's helping a dream become a reality. In a nutshell, it's a badass way of making things happen.

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Costco in Tustin's The District Will Sell More Poke This Weekend!

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Edwin Goei
Costco's spicy tuna poke.
If you read last week's post about the Costco in Tustin selling real Hawaiian poke, you weren't the only one. The post garnered nearly 3,000 likes on Facebook and because of this the warehouse store was overwhelmed. They reportedly ran out of poke by Saturday.

They're going to be more prepared this weekend, and every weekend in the foreseeable future. The woman giving the thumbs up in the photo you see below said so. In a comment she left in that original post, she said:

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Juicing Comes To the Circle: Growl Juice Pub in Orange

Dave Lieberman
The sampler from Growl Juice Pub
I've been hearing a lot about Growl Juice Pub in Old Town Orange. At first, I just rolled my eyes, as I do whenever someone gushes about how juicing is going to save the world. I consider juicing to be an expensive fad aimed at rich people looking for another way to consume kale.

A funny thing happened, though. Chefs and bartenders whose taste I respect were perhaps the biggest proponents of Growl. I couldn't talk to anyone in the inland OC food industry without hearing about how they go to Growl and get juice by the six-pack.

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Adonis Mediterranean Grill: Good, But Not a Donair

Dave Lieberman
The "donair" at Adonis Grill
7:03 p.m.: "Hey, it's Dave. I'm here at the restaurant. Did you get a table?"

7:22 p.m.: "Hey, just wondering if you're on your way. LMK."

7:41 p.m.: "Everything OK? We still on for tonight?"

7:55 p.m.: "Okay, it's an hour past when we were going to meet. I'm leaving."

Being stood up for a date sucks. Being stood up for a date in South Orange County, where people have nothing better to do than to walk past and say, "Hey, you look like you're waiting for a date," is even worse. Mind your own damn business, Rancho Santa Marga-housewives.

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Stages of Romantic Relationships Through Meals: A Completely Fictional Study

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How long have they been dating? Two months? Two years?

Relationships are perilous minefields of miscommunication. Countless people have spent countless hours trying to figure out if it's the right time to wear sweatpants or go without makeup.

How are you supposed to know when the honeymoon period is over and you can stop turning on the shower each time you use the bathroom? Facial cues and body language? It's a mystery.

Unless you're paying attention to what you're eating. A couple's meals together reveal more than how hungry they are, they'll also tell you what phase of their relationship their in, from courtship to the honeymoon stage and full on true love.

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Buy Half-Off Tickets to Artopia NOW!

Eric Hood
Last year's Artopia - you know you want to go!
We're just over a week away from our annual Artopia party on Saturday, March 22, and now we've rolled out a sweet deal where you can purchase tickets half-off for $10. It'll probably be the best $10 you spend this week, and here's why...

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For People Still Without Plans, Shuck Oyster Bar Offering 'Fourplay' Valentine's Menu

Photo by Dave Lieberman

Wait, you still don't have Valentine's Day plans? It's literally tomorrow.

Well, okay, luckily for you, Shuck Oyster Bar at the OC Mix at South Coast Collection (that's still a mouth full, even with out the whole Mix Mart, Mart Mix thing going on) is offering a special "Fourplay" four-course menu from today to Sunday.

Good news, it's not going to break the bank, coming in at $50 per couple. What do you get for your $50? Well..

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