[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.

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 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

The Queen Mary FB page
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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320 Main To Host Pappy Van Winkle Tasting Monday, July 21

Flickr user flyingsaab, via Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 2.0
Just one of the many fine whiskeys you can taste if you act quickly enough...
Attention whiskey aficionados and assorted drunkards with fancy taste: 320 Main in Seal Beach is having what amounts to a fire sale on Pappy Van Winkle, the most sought-after bourbon in the world. Buffalo Trace Distillery only releases a small allotment of Pappy Van Winkle, and not very often, and not to very many people. The result is that while the price tag on the bottle of 23-year-old bourbon says $250, you can't lay your hands on a bottle for less than $1500.

So back to the fire sale, then: on Monday, July 21, the Schiffers will be hosting a Pappy Van Winkle tasting dinner. You will be tasting the entire line of Pappy Van Winkle: the 12 year bourbon, the 13 year rye, the 15 year, the 20 year, and the 23 year bourbons.

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Seafood City, Filipino Supermarket, To Open In Irvine

Yep. That's their logo.
If you aren't Filipino or haven't been to the Seafood City in Cerritos, you'd probably think it's some sort of Chinese restaurant. It isn't. It is a supermarket--a Filipino one that is opening its first store in Orange County at a space vacated by Shoe Pavillion (2180 Barranca Pkwy.) and flanked by a Wal-Mart in Irvine.

Seafood City has eight other stores in Southern California, more throughout the state, and most of them in cities where the Pinoys are.

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The 10 Best Places to Watch the World Cup in Orange County

Soccer up!
Today marks the start of the FIFA World Cup, and this means either you're preparing for a month of ditching work or not giving a shit. But, culinary-wise, all of you should cheer this soccer tournament, as that means many OC restaurants will offer specials, open at special hours, and overall just be more special than usual.

You can expect the World Cup to be aired at most pubs and countries that serve the cuisines of countries in the tourno, but some do it better than others. So, without further ado...

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The North Left, Spiritual Sucessor of The Crosby, Is Now Open

The North Left
Awww yeahhh

Great news coming out of Downtown Santa Ana: The North Left, the spiritual successor of the Crosby, is now open for business.

They actually had a soft opening last week (which I heard went phenomenally well) to work out the kinks, but now it's prime time. Go tonight. It's located at 400 N. Broadway in the same space as the Crosby, and they'll be serving a very similar menu -- hip, new American cuisine with a focus on the local and the fresh (I hear all of the desserts are gluten free).

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Save $5 on OC Weekly's Summer Fest with the Aggrolites, June 8 at Newport Dunes

Grilled cheese sandwich 'cause Grilled Cheese Truck will be there...yeah!
Lovingly stolen from our sister blog, Heard Mentality...

With the Weekly's second annual Summer Fest just a few days away, there are two reasons you should be happy to read this post. Not only are we reminding you about our incredible Newport Dunes day party featuring the Aggrolites this Sunday (June 8), now you're getting the opportunity to save a little cash! In the spirit of summer slacking, we're offering a last minute $5 discount on admission tickets, which range from $15 for GA to $35 for VIP. In case you've been asleep all month, our party celebrating the annual Summer Guide issue promises to be one of the best days you have at the beach all year.

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The Bruery to Open Bruery Terreux, Wild-Fermented Tasting Room, In Anaheim

Tart of Darkness, coming soon to Anaheim!
What do you do when you're a brewery that geeks out over beers fermented with wild yeast, but also want to brew beers that don't use spontaneous fermentation? If you're the Bruery, and your sour beers are known throughout the beer world, you separate the wild from the "domesticated" to avoid cross-contamination.

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Caffè Bene, South Korean Coffee Chain, To Open in Irvine

Flickr User Chantelle
Korean Starbucks?
A reader e-mailed me this yesterday:

"Since you had the scoop on Burntzilla coming to the Trader Joe's shopping center, I'm wondering if you know what might be going in the space across the street that used to be Seattle's Best Coffee? The Quizno's that was next door to that just closed as well and my daughter said both areas are being cleared out. Any scoop?"

I told her I didn't know, but I aimed to find out. So I got a hold of the leasing manager at Heritage Plaza and he revealed that they signed a lease with Caffè Bene to take both spaces.

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Food Porn From Mendocino Farms Costa Mesa - Opening Friday!

Anne Marie Panoringan
Summer Cubano

17th Street gets a new neighbor this week as Mendocino Farms goes into high gear starting tomorrow. Their hours will be daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., sharing a parking lot with one drive-thru Starbucks. So what do they serve? Mendo is essentially a sandwich market that also serves salads. Imagine (insert run-of-the-mill sammich chain here) going all farm-to-table, with an interior you actually want to hang out in. For all you hesitant diners, they offer chicken, turkey, steak, pork, tuna, vegan and vegetarian options. Breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy my pictorial overview.

One last thing before we salivate: Chef Judy Han said she, "kept the bread in mind" when formulating the menu. These are tributes to many meat 'n bread standards, reconceived and executed with flavors which may be slightly stronger than what you're used to. If you swap out ciabatta for Mom's seeded whole wheat, you've altered the flavor profile her kitchen intended. Maybe I'm just stating the obvious, but I'm a fan of disclaimers.

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