All posts by Miles Clements
Get that smoky char without a backyard grill
There’s something about a barbecue that sets aflame a communal hunger for blackened protein pulled from a crackling fire. But you don’t need a backyard grill to sate the craving. Consider these restaurant dishes, pulled from an Indian tandoor, the cylindrical oven used to cook a genre of meals that emerge from the superheated depths […]Read more
Blissfully casual and addictively delicious
In the obsessive, sometimes fanatical world of sushi, it’s easy to overlook hand rolls: rustic, simple, even portable, they lack the elegance of sashimi or nigiri. But that’s their charm. Hand rolls are blissfully casual yet thoroughly traditional cones of nori or soy paper that can be loaded with virtually any of your favorite sushi. […]Read more
Its secret ingredient? A melting pot of flavors.
Peru’s multicultural cuisine is diverse and distinct. The country is a mountainous melting pot, a confluence of indigenous Andean, Spanish, Italian, and Asian flavors. Nowhere do those international influences manifest themselves more clearly than in Peru’s passion for pasta. At Delicias Peruanas in Lake Forest, it begins with the hiss of a hot pan, the […]Read more
Restorative fare that’s elaborate, yet humble
Colombian cuisine is slowly conquering Orange County one griddled arepa at a time. Take even a single bite of Colombia’s hearty, tropical cooking and it’s easy to understand why. It’s an intriguing lattice of both familiar and unfamiliar flavors, dishes that somehow feel elaborate and homey. And there are few better introductions to the South American cuisine than its many humble, flavorful stews.Read more
Asia’s communal dish can be as varied as your tablemates
The season’s chill brings a craving for roiling cauldrons of hot pot. The pan-Asian dish, a central and usually communal vessel of bubbling broth in which all manner of meats and vegetables are quickly cooked, is essential to Orange County’s cool-weather diet.Read more
Line up for baklava, ma’amoul, and zoolbia
After a falafel platter, kebab plate, or rich Persian stew, traditional Middle Eastern pastries are the perfect indulgence. Miles Clements has suggestions for savory or sweet baklava and beyond, Turkish to Persian-style European delights.Read more
Little Arabia’s crispy fritter is a multinational bite
Common to Middle Eastern cuisines, and popular all over Orange County, the chickpea fritters called falafel are a vegetarian option in which all palates can delight. Anaheim’s Little Arabia is the perfect place to search for our three local favorites.Read more
A cultural phenomenon by way of O.C.
Banh mi has long been one of Little Saigon’s most important culinary treasures. Thanks to the neighborhood, it has become a cultural phenomenon in Southern California. You can find this Vietnamese sandwich almost everywhere now, but here are three of our favorites.Read more
Summer’s edible emblems of coastal Mexico
Try to imagine the quintessential fish taco and there’s a good chance you’ll immediately dream of Baja. The two are intimately connected, but the fish taco is one of the fundamental foods of all of coastal Mexico,Read more
as beloved by sun-bleached surfers
as they are by those who grew up
on Sinaloa’s shores.