Costa Mesa To Join the Craft Brewing Scene With Barley Forge Brewery

Dave Lieberman
Orange County's going through its sophomore run of brewery openings lately, but most of the breweries opening are in the city of Anaheim. Of course, it's hard to compete when the mayor of Anaheim is actively recruiting breweries, to the point of personally driving brewers around and pointing out properties that can be built out cheaply and with no residential neighbors to cause conditional-use permit issues.

Well, Costa Mesa, your time is coming. Barley Forge Brewing will be opening next month on Randolph Avenue in Costa Mesa, down the street from Rooster PM and the Tin Lizzie.

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Sunday Is National Waffle Day, Celebrate in South County With BOGO Waffle Sandwiches


So, apparently this Sunday, Aug. 24 is national waffle day. Woo.

For those of you who get excited about that sort of thing, there's a little waffle shop in Lake Forest called Wafflette Café that's doing a buy-one-get-one-free promo for its waffle sandwiches both Saturday AND Sunday.

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Capital Noodle Bar Opening This Month

Photo courtesy of Capital Noodle Bar
Who wants take-out?

Edwin reported earlier this year that the family behind Capital Seafood was expanding their empire to include a noodle bar. Their location couldn't be more strategic, as they now share a parking lot with a number of well-received concepts in the last year like Creamistry, Urban Plates (that never-ending queue!) and DonerG. With existing restaurants in both Irvine Spectrum and Diamond Jamboree, they continue to bank on the ethnic mix that is Irvine.

We caught up with managing partner James Tea last week to take a peek at the new space and discuss their progress. The news he provided couldn't be better.

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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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Legends Brewery To Open In Anaheim

Legends Beer
Proximamente, en Anaheim.
Legends Brewing has secured a space in east Anaheim and applied to transfer their beer manufacturers' license, according to ABC records. The space is located at 1301 S. Lewis St., just down the street from The Ranch restaurant and almost exactly halfway between Anaheim Brewery and Noble Ale Works. It will contain a working brewery and, eventually, a tasting room.

Owner Jay Talley has posted pictures of the space, which is currently an empty warehouse, on their Facebook page. Currently, they their beers, an American lager at 5.5 and a double IPA, come out of an industrial space in Costa Mesa, near the airport, which means it's only available for purchase at beer bars and liquor stores.

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Blackmarket Bakery To Open At Downtown Santa Ana's Santora Building

Courtesy of Rachel Klemek
Hyarrr, DTSA, prepare to be boarded!
Blackmarket Bakery owner Rachel Klemek has signed a lease to open a bakery in the Santora Building at 211 N. Broadway in downtown Santa Ana, in a space that was previously a clothing store.

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Sushi Roku To Open First OC Location at Fashion Island

Sushi Roku, the L.A.-based sushi joint probably most known as where the celebrities get their California rolls, is going to open its first Orange County location at Fashion Island across from True Food Kitchen, next to Macy's.

The chain--part of a restaurant group that also owns BOA Steakhouse at WeHo and DTLA--has Sushi Rokus all over the place including Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Las Vegas, and Scottsdale.

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Cafe Beau Soleil Chef Serving "Breakfast In the Barn" August 9!

Anne Marie Panoringan
Beets, hazelnuts, bacon, eggs, happiness, etc.

I've driven by signage for Manassero Farms for years, but was never compelled to pull over and check out their produce until I learned of their "Breakfast In the Barn" series. Go figure. Their relationship with local chefs translates to special events under a tented venue across from Irvine Valley College. Most recently, they did a BBQ with former Lark Creek chef John Ledbetter.

A majority of the fun happens in the morning hours, as I learned when I visited one Saturday. That particular brekkie (brunch, really) was made possible by capable chefs Gregory Moro, Pascal Olhats and Kimmy Wilson. Live cooking demos of our dishes, some witty banter between them and unlimited champagne resulted in one entertaining meal.

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[UPDATED] 2014 Hatch Chile Roasts in Southern California Begin August 2--Here are Locations!

Dave Lieberman
"Green or red?" What kind of question is that? GREEN, of course!
It's that time of year again: Hatch chile season is right around the corner. And while expat New Mexicans have always lined up for green chile to assuage their homesickness, the peppers have started to worm their way into the hearts of non-New Mexican Californians. Here is a running list of this year's roasting dates. As always, these dates are subject to change if there's any kind of supply problem or if the season runs short or long in southern New Mexico.

[UPDATED 9:45 p.m., July 30:] Albertsons cancelled their roasts for Saturday, August 2 due to weather and chile quality problems in New Mexico. Northgate's Aug. 2 and 3 roasts are still on.

This list will be updated as we get information from our friends in the grocery industry. Orange County and Long Beach locations are bolded and at the top of each date's list. Northgate González and Albertsons run their own roasts, the roasts hosted at Ralphs are from Frieda's Produce, and everything else on the list is from Melissa's Produce.

In addition, El Rey Farms will have their usual setup at La Puente High School; order yours in advance at

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Save the Dates: Tequila and Bacon Tasting on The Queen Mary

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Wait, there's a series?!

First of all, these are two separate events, not one excellent combination-- although how crazy would that be? Both are next month, and they also require a ticket purchase. We're giving you lots of time to plan because we're nice like that.

Let's start with the strong stuff: Herradura Tequila. The third in a series of "Barrel Dinners", guests are invited to partake in a five-course feast on August 14. Guided by Ruben Aceves, Director of International Brand Development, he doubles as your brand ambassador for the evening. He promises tastes of a Herradura Anejo, Reposado, Cognac Cast, Port Cask and a unique Queen Mary Double Barrel Reposado.

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