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O.C.’s Best: Tiki Drinks

These quintessential warm-weather tonics transport you to the tropics with a potent blend of rums, sugar, and lime

Though some regard them as overly cloying concoctions, tiki cocktails such as mai tais and zombies are enjoying a resurgence in Orange County. Craft bartenders layer the rum-based drinks with multiple spirits and spices to create beguiling and complex potions. Here are five great places to get your tiki on. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Shaved Ice

These aren’t the crunchy snow cones you grew up with, but frozen treats shaved with exacting precision from ice blocks

These light and downright lush desserts get tricked out with enticing toppings and mix-ins, many taking their cues from Asian favorites such as red beans, mochi balls, and lychee. But they also can be as traditional as orangesicle and strawberry shortcake. Here are six places in Orange County to get your brain-freeze on. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Roast Chicken

Call it basic, but this staple is the best kind of feel-good food

Whether it’s cooked slowly over open flames on a spit-roast or stuffed with herbs and roasted in the oven to golden perfection, few dishes are as comforting as a simple roast chicken. While it’s hard to beat a home-cooked version, these seven diverse locales in Orange County do right by this ubiquitous classic. Read more...

O.C.'s Best: Afternoon Tea

Britain’s light-meal tradition is experiencing a SoCal revival, with local teahouses offering the classic service

The ritual dates back to the 1800s as a snacking fix and social gathering for the aristocratic ladies of Britain. Today, afternoon tea has become a fashionable alternative for birthday parties, and bridal and baby showers. Here are five teahouses in Orange County where you can practice traditional etiquette while noshing on dainty pastries and finger sandwiches. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Bloody Marys

The classic hair-of-the-dog cocktail is bigger and bolder than ever, with inspired garnishes and premium upgrades

Get your vegetables and booze in one convenient—and delicious—serving with what’s been hailed as America’s murkiest and most complex cocktail. Traditionally made with tomato juice, vodka, celery salt, horseradish, Worcestershire, and Tabasco, its origins are widely debated. Here are five superb O.C. renditions of the world-famous drink.

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O.C.’s Best: Power Lunches

For the business elite, big meals and big deals are all part of the dance

When it’s time to impress important clients, it helps to have the right atmosphere. Our advice? Do it over a lunch that shows you mean business. Break bread at any of these five restaurants in Orange County—don’t forget to wear your best-looking suit and, of course, bring the company plastic. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Elixir Soups

If you’ve caught whichever virus currently is making the rounds, reach for comfort in a steaming bowl of goodness

There’s nothing like the warmth of soup to soothe the misery of a cold or flu. Whether it’s a light broth or hearty porridge, it’s a universally nurturing remedy. If mom’s not around to prepare her famous homemade chicken soup, these five Orange County options are the next-best thing. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Vintage Cocktails

Local bartenders are shaking things up with new twists on arcane drinks from the early 1900s

The revival continues for cocktails inspired by the golden, boozy pre-Prohibition era, along with variations on established classics, such as the Manhattan and the Boston sour. Here are six great bars in Orange County where old meets new in handcrafted cocktails. Read more...

The Global Diner: Vindaloo

The heat is on in India’s popular curry dish

India’s smallest state, Goa, is the birthplace of vindaloo. The dish is a beguiling mix of tangy, sweet, and spicy, and traditionally is made with pork steeped in vinegar, garlic, ginger, chilies, coriander, cumin, onions, mustard oil, and tamarind. Reinterpreted by the English, it has become one of the most fiery dishes on the menu at your favorite local Indian restaurant. Read more...

The Global Diner: Hu Tieu

A noodle dish so good you can enjoy it with or without the broth

There’s no dearth of delectable noodles in Asian cuisine—the options are vast and varied. Consider hu tieu. It’s Chinese. It’s Vietnamese. It’s Cambodian. You can eat it with broth. Or without. And, to add to the confusion, there are several styles of preparation and toppings. Read more...

O.C.’s Best: Brunch O’Clock

It’s the weekend, you’ve gently rolled out of bed, and you’ve got the rest of the day to spend as you wish. This may be the best meal of the week.

For many of us, weekends are for sleeping in and enjoying sumptuous breakfasts that can last until late afternoon—and perhaps a mimosa or two to round out the affair. Here are six restaurants where you can stroll in for a great not-quite-breakfast, not-quite-lunch experience. Read more...

Lomo Saltado

Peru’s classic pairing is not your hum-drum meat and potatoes

One of Peru’s most beloved dishes, lomo saltado, isn’t completely Peruvian. It’s a Chinese-influenced, wok-sauteed variation on the time-honored pairing of meat and potatoes. The dish comes with a punch of flavors: a dash of soy sauce, a splash of vinegar, tomatoes, red onions, strips of beef, and golden fries, all cooked together and served with a side of steamed rice. Boring meat-and-potatoes, this isn’t. Read more...
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