Long Beach Urban Farm Dinner THIS SUNDAY!

Roughing it

Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) are not only another way to eat well, but they help local growers. The Growing Experience - An Urban Farm out of Long Beach is a CSA that sets up shop at Uptown farmers' market in Bixby Knolls every Thursday afternoon. However, what makes them unique is their joint collaboration with the University of California Cooperative Extension and Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles.

Started in 1996, a vacant, seven-acre lot within the Carmelitos Housing Development was transformed to a fruit and vegetable garden. Crops are grown year-round without synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides. Residents with an interest in green industries and landscaping can hone in on their skills while participating in workshops and tours. This year marks the fifth anniversary of their autumn harvest event.

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FREE Blaze Pizza In Brea Friday!

The Poorman
On your mark

Folks at Blaze Pizza know the magic word around here is FREE. They've got it down to a science, actually. Students lined up in droves when UCI was the first in the county to open their doors. Mission Viejo was giving it away barely three months ago.

If you're headed northbound on Friday, exit Imperial Highway to get a taste of this DIY brand. Specific details are coming right up-- just as soon as you continue reading.

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The Waffle Affair Is NOT Another Waffle Sandwich Shop

Yep. It's a pumpkin spice waffle.
Earlier this year, I wrote about a waffle shop called Waffle Affair that was planning to open at Bayside Center in Newport Beach.

Their soon-to-be-landlord, The Irvine Company, had this description for their future tenant:

The Waffle Affair is a unique restaurant featuring waffles made to order. The menu includes the popular fried chicken and waffle combination in addition to other gourmet ingredients.

So naturally, I assumed that it was to be another Bruxie-like waffle sandwich shop when I wrote:

Chances are good that they'll likely serve waffles as the bun for burgers and fried chicken--and they'll have fried chicken, because if I know anything about these waffle sandwich shops, they always have fried chicken.

Well, apparently, my assumption was incorrect, and I'm quite happy that it is.

The Waffle Affair's PR folks sent me a nice e-mail saying "waffle sandwiches aren't even on the menu, they offer modern variations on authentic Liége, and all ingredients are incorporated into the batter."

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New Restaurants Coming to Tustin and Irvine's The Marketplace

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Edwin Goei
Urban Plate's mango tart.
We just learned that there's a whole bunch of new restaurants slated to open at The Marketplace, the sprawling shopping and entertainment center split between Irvine and Tustin by Jamboree Rd.

We already mentioned a second outpost of California Gogi Korean Grill is planned, but now also Bondi Grill House, Famous Dave's Barbeque, Miguel's Jr., and Urban Plates.

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Coming Soon: New Locations for Zov's and Slapfish and Some Pacific City Speculation

Anne Marie Panoringan
Now you see it. Now you don't

Some of us have parking karma. We've got restaurant karma. We are occasionally privy to establishments in the works--whether that's by formal announcement, coincidence or otherwise.

Recently, we heard about a trio of joints looking to open up shop. And since we are such generous Forkers, it's about time we shared the news. You ready?

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The Naugles Pop-Up Was Even Awesomer Than Expected--And More to Come

Photo by Brian Feinzimer
Oh, sweet beef burrito...

See our slideshow of the Naugles pop up event right here!

This past Saturday, somewhere deep in Fountain Valley, a mysterious consortium of people brought back from the dead Naugles, the legendary Mexican fast-food chain absorbed by Del Taco in the 1990s and whose mere mention brings back nostalgic hunger pangs for a certain generation of Southern Californians. The pop-up was supposed to start at one in the afternoon, but there was already a line by 12:30, a line that would increase as the hours went on.

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Out Of The Park Pizza Announces Second Location

They've hit a double!

A place better known for their brews than pies, Out of the Park Pizza recently shared that a sister location was in the works. How are they celebrating? By selling some beer! Duh.

Bottles upon bottles of inventory are being unloaded at reduced prices to make room for new craft whiskey barrels in Anaheim. The party appears to be nonstop over there, as karaoke and flashback nights are local favorites.

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Moulin Opening Tomorrow In Newport Beach

Anne Marie Panoringan
C'est magnifique!

A French revival is underway off Bristol, as Moulin prepares to open in the former Pascal Epicerie spot. Classifying itself as a bistro, epicerie and cafe, the space experienced an extreme makeover in recent months. An outdoor fountain, beer and wine selections, and eye-catching Rotisol oven are a few of the details included in this French owned and operated establishment.

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Porto's Bakery is Coming to Buena Park!

Porto's is coming!

Rejoice, OC lovers of Porto's: your favorite Cuban-style bakery is coming to Buena Park! Soon there will be no need for traffic jam treks to its Glendale or Downey locations. The Buena Park City Council wisely and unanimously approved a purchase agreement last night to bring the popular panadería to Beach Boulevard.

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Taco Maria to Host Indie Chefs Week Event in October!

Go GO GO!!!

I walked by Taco Maria yesterday on the road to...something, and head cabrón Carlos Salgado reminded me of a crazy event they're hosting in October: Indie Chefs Week, a critically acclaimed happening that brings in chefs from across the country to culinary hot spots. It'll be the first time it's happening in Orange County, it'll happen over three nights from October 16 to October 18, and it'll involve over 20 chefs cooking and talking in Taco Maria's small kitchen.

"We want to get people talking about what these indie chefs are doing out there in the food world," says the official blurbage. "We are excited that Indie Chefs Week is spreading out across the country, bringing together dedicated chefs to cook, collaborate, and inspire."

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