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Global Diner: Bento Box

There’s lots to discover in these little pairings

The concept of washoku—the harmony of food—is at the heart of Japanese cuisine. This cooking philosophy is designed to be both nutritionally fulfilling and aesthetically engaging: just the right balance of textures, flavors, colors, and smells. Outside of an elaborate multicourse kaiseki meal, the best and most accessible way to fall under the spell of washoku is with a bento box. Read more...

Global Diner: Ethiopian Combo Plate

Eaten with flatbread and enjoyed with gusto

There’s something magical about a good Ethiopian meal. The East African cuisine, after all, draws heavily upon the special alchemy of long-simmered stews known as wot, dishes that transform humble ingredients such as lentils and split peas into objects of almost luxurious richness. The best way to experience those flavors is a classic combination plate.

Global Diner: Pozole

Every bowl of pozole is full of elemental pleasures: swollen kernels of hominy and hunks of fatty pork bobbing in rich, porky broth. A homey Mexican favorite, its origins trace to pre-Columbian traditions that have been refined, reimagined, and reborn over centuries. Read more...

Italian Subs

Born on the East Coast, but beloved in O.C.

They go by a slew of names—subs, hoagies, grinders, heros—but these classic Italian sandwiches are beloved no matter what you call them. Some fans prefer them sloppily overflowing with meatballs and tomato sauce; others search out neat stacks of fine imported salamis and cheeses. True, they were born on the East Coast, but the ones we return to in Orange County can hold their own. Here are the markets and delis that serve the best. Read more...

The Global Diner: Pupusas

El Salvador’s most enticing export has made many O.C. friends

It’s no wonder pupusas are El Salvador’s chief culinary export. One bite of these griddled discs of masa all but bursting with cheese, meat, or vegetables and you instantly forget any inane comparison to quesadillas or gorditas. Read more...


This bracing signature dish of Laos also is quintessentially northern Thai

Apiquant Thai salad can be crowned with a mound of seared steak, green papaya, or barbecued shrimp. All are delicious. But branch out and go for larb, a simple salad of minced meat and roasted ground rice combined with fresh herbs, a scattering of vegetables, and the Thai trinity of fish sauce, lime juice, and chilies. This dish, which crept across the border from Laos, is one by which you can measure any northern Thai restaurant. Read more...

Argentine Sandwiches

Orange County boasts a heap of tantalizing creations

In Orange County, Argentine sandwiches have a cult all their own. Waves of European immigration have shaped the country’s cooking, leaving an obvious Italian influence on most menus. So you’ll find Argentine pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches stuffed with ribbons of prosciutto and all manner of Italian-style cured meats. Among O.C.’s many Argentine sandwiches, however, are some distinctly South American creations. Read more...


It’s hard to beat the small, shareable plate central to Greek cuisine

For diners of a certain ilk, a Greek meal would be utterly incomplete without an order of flaming saganaki cheese and the festive sound of smashing plates. Read more...


Costa Mesa is home to an explosion of specialty ramen houses

With ramen houses opening across O.C. faster than the most dedicated noodlers can slurp, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Costa Mesa remains the center of our ramen universe. Read more...

The Ultimate Guide to O.C.'s Mexican Food

From pozole to puerco, churros to chilaquiles, tamales to tortas, these are O.C.’s most delectable favorites

Nachos to Beat The Cal-Mex take on carne asada nachos at La Sirena Grill outshines the competition. The key is the precise ratio of primo goods: grilled grass-fed beef, luscious Hass avocados, organic pinto beans, jack cheese, and spicy-fresh pico de gallo. Wash it down with watermelon-strawberry agua fresca. 347 Mermaid St., Laguna Beach, 949‑497‑8226... Read more...


India’s collection of small dishes is one classic, delicious lunch

The charms of a good Indian buffet are obvious: rows of chili-spiked curries and fragrant basmati rice, colorful vegetables, and a price that won’t bust your budget. But when the inevitable monotony of those steam-table lunches becomes too much, turn to a thali instead. Read more...


Korea’s signature rice dish is a culinary color wheel of soul-satisfying delights

Among the many diners who scour the Korean corners of Orange County for roiling tofu soups and fiery kimchee, the siren song of Korean barbecue remains almost impossible to ignore. But when it’s time to move beyond the basics, many inevitably turn to bibimbap, the ubiquitous rice dish found at virtually every Korean restaurant. Read more...
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Editor's Letter, October 2013

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