AnQi Noodle Madness: Five Specials Through April 6

Anne Marie Panoringan
Meatless eats

Dishes involving noodles rank right up there with rice cravings. Pancit, spaghetti, pho-- we don't discriminate against tasty strands. So when AnQi's kitchen wanted to remind us of their noodle bar, we were all in. The following food porn can also be ordered from the dining room or to-go. Take your pick from these twirlable, slurp-worthy options, but only through Monday during lunch service.

Butternut squash in kale soba noodle salad (pictured above)
While most of us envision steaming plates, this entree keeps it cool with a coconut and peanut vinaigrette. If the description wasn't healthy sounding enough, they added blueberries for good measure. The sweeter elements made it unique, but we were ready for warmer options.

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Taco Asylum Chef Wins Cutthroat Kitchen

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Photo by Duc Duong
Taking names and kicking ass

We don't watch as much reality television as we used to, but when it involves a former On the Line subject like Carlos Anthony, consider it scheduled on our DVR. Alton Brown's devious host duties on Cutthroat Kitchen also make for a compelling hour of competition.

Last night, guest judge (and So Cal Restaurant Show "Emeritus Host") Chef Jet Tila lent his expertise on a brutal Food Network episode. It was a double dose of local representation. Here's a recap of the Taco Asylum chef's successful stint.

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Secret Mole Menu at Amor Y Tacos!

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Amor Y Tacos
Amor y mole

We don't often get a chance to dine beyond the orange curtain. But when we do, it's for a worthwhile reason. Take for example, Edwin's review of Amor Y Tacos in bordering city Cerritos last November. Well worth the commute through miserable weather and traffic.

The highlight of our meal-- mole. 21-ingredient mole Edwin described as, "...a concoction so complex you'd think it less Mexican and more Google algorithm." Found in their signature tots, entrees and even dessert, its addictive flavor wins diners over. So we were pleased to learn that a secret menu revolving around the sauce was recently launched.

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Nekter Juice Bar: Fresh Food Items and Free Drinks!

Photo by Anne Watson
Spinach, berries and nuts = lunch

Nekter's gone through renovations, updates and promotions in the last month. If you're a fan of their liquid nourishment, we've got all the juicy updates ahead.

Why would a brand with "juice" in their name decide to add items that don't require a straw? Because eventually they all do. Starving people cannot should not live on liquids alone. Sometimes you just want to chew.

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Silver Oak Wine Dinner At St. Regis This Friday

Categories: We Sell Out, Wine

Photo by LP Hastings
Chefs and drinking pair well together

Our inner wino sometimes craves a place to imbibe besides a date with our couch and DVR. We're sure some of you feel the same way, and who are we to deny you of such a request? That's why we've got intel on the good stuff.

Serious grape action is scheduled for this Friday evening over in Monarch Beach. Back in 2012, we interviewed Chef Frederic Castan of Motif inside the St. Regis. While his back-of-the-house responsibilities keep him busy, Castan manages to crank out the occasional rustic dinner.

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This Friday, Get a Free Donut from Krispy Kreme (If You Show Up In Costume)

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Get in line!

Don't feel like paying $3 for a boo-rito at Chipotle this year? Want something completely free instead? Well, I've got news for you, and it's coming in donut form.

This friday, Krispy Kreme, our beloved donut chain that gives away free stuff on random occasions, is giving away free donuts if you show up in costume. Unlike Chipotle, which only selling discount burritos after 5 p.m., Krispy Kreme's promotion is all day. Perfect for your lunch break if your office is forcing everyone to show up in costume (it raises morale, right?).

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This Halloween, Get a Chipotle Burrito for $3

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It's that time of the year again. Temperatures have dropped below 80, pumpkin spice is starting to get boring, and Christmas stuff has already overstayed it's welcome. Yup, it's almost Halloween, and that means it's time for one of my favorite food promotions of the year: Boorito.

October 31 after 5 p.m., go in to any participating Chipotle wearing a costume and you'll be able to buy one their Mission-esque burritos for a paltry $3. It's perfect to soak up the Halloween party booze, especially considering that this year, Halloween falls on a Friday.

And you know what's even better? Chipotle is donating a cut of the sales to (its own) charity! Checking out the details and rules after the jump.

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Weekend Things: Hell's Kitchen Alum Cooking Demo!

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Did someone say adobo?

Watch a movie or go to the mall. Then something to eat. Our weekends are fairly predictable when there's nothing to celebrate. So we were happy to learn about a couple of activities going on nearby. Both are family-friendly and involve food-- a plus in our book.

There's a brick-and-mortar launch for dessert if you look up Edwin's post, but we prefer to start with our main course. Maybe you've heard of Hell's Kitchen?

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Bingo for Charity! 320 Main Fifth Anniversary and Bike MS Fundraiser Monday, Sept. 15

320 Main
Come give us money to fight multiple sclerosis!
What are you doing Monday night?

320 Main in Seal Beach is celebrating its fifth anniversary of being rescued from a dank shot-and-beer hole in the wall, and owners Jason and Rebecca Schiffer are celebrating with $5 appetizers and $5 cocktails.

Matt "Rumdood" Robold and I are riding our bicycles from Irvine to San Diego in October to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the anniversary party is also a fundraiser. Come and play bingo for $5 and win prizes; all the money raised from bingo will go to the NMSS.

Of course, if you'd like to just give us money, you can do that too--online, even (Here's my page and here's Rumdood's).

All proceeds from the bingo game will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter.

The party is from 7-11 p.m. on Monday, September 15 at 320 Main St. in Seal Beach.

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Crystal Cove Ups The Restaurant Ante

Categories: We Sell Out

Anne Marie Panoringan
Upscale, yet traditional fare at Tamarind of London

You know that plaza-- down the street from (Ruby's) Shake Shack. It's the one best known for car shows and cougars. Where we mourned the loss of Pacific Whey and Red Mango, two better-than-good dessert spots. Things were getting ho-hum out on this stretch of Newport, but it's like someone lit a fire under a decision maker to make changes. What kind of changes? Well . . .

The obvious one is Settebello. Or as we translate it: Big ass bar. If you're able to locate parking inside the promenade, walk by the former Ann Taylor Loft spot and see for yourself. The mini-chain takes up so much room, you almost think they house two concepts. They even stuck an olive tree right into the ground in the dining room. When did this become a thing around here-- Fig & Olive?

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