All posts by Katherine Nguyen
Hey, didn’t these used to be humble street food?
No longer a simple sausage in a bun with ketchup and mustard, the modest hot dog now gets the gourmet treatment. From a wild assortment of meats and breads to creative and unexpected toppings, these newfangled wieners are anything but boring. Here are seven great Orange County spots to try the updated classic. 1 Dog […]Read more
Six local places that blend familiar ethnic flavors to create something exciting
It was only a matter of time before the diverse mix of culinary tastes here in Orange County began blending—sometimes, all in one dish. Korean BBQ tacos? Yakisoba hot dogs? Yes, please! These restaurants offer dishes that represent a clever and delicious melding of cultures.Read more
Location is top priority when planning an evening on the town with someone special
O.C. abounds with restaurants eager to pamper couples looking for a special night out. Katherine Nguyen offers seven suggestions for date-night destinations, from casual Kettlebar to sumptuous Studio at the Montage.Read more
The all-American, ooey-gooey comfort food is at its savory best when done simply
Gourmet grilled cheese now is a staple on menus from high to low, and Katherine Nguyen finds seven to recommend in Orange County, from her favorite at Costa Mesa’s Shuck to the Havarti-cheddar mix at Boudin SF to the mobile melts of Waff-N-Roll food truck.Read more
For authenticity, the only style to consider is the version hailing from the birthplace of this beloved dish
Thin-crusted, lightly topped, and baked to a blistering finish in a wood-fired oven—Neapolitan-style pizza has become the county’s pizza of choice. Katherine Nguyen’s search for the best yields five favorites, from Dana Point to Fullerton.Read more
Originally a break for U.S. Navy personnel in WWI, today’s rendition is ingrained as an after-work ritual
Who doesn’t like happy hour? Tasty cocktails, cold beer, and good wine are nirvana after a long workday—especially accompanied by great snacks at special prices. Katherine Nguyen rounds up seven fabulous O.C. happy hours—some extending into late night.Read more
Is there anything more primal and delicious than meat on a stick, hot from an open flame or the grill? We think not.
Meat cooked and served on sticks is classic to many cuisines, and Katherine Nguyen finds six worthy Orange County examples to suggest, including Japanese yakitori, Turkish doner, Mediterranean shawarma, and the kebabs from countries such as Iraq.Read more