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Author Priscilla Mayfield

  • Priscilla Mayfield

    Contributing Editor & Food Blogger

    A fanatical cook, Mayfield is the founder of Orange County-centric, hyperlocal food discussion site and the local editor for Zagat’s Orange County Food Lover’s Guide. Find her on Twitter, @PMMayfield.


Chef Geeta Bansal Cooks 'A Night of Spice' at the Beard House

The New York culinary foundation will be introduced to the modern, highly personal Indian cuisine Bansal serves at her Irvine restaurant

Globetrotting chef Geeta Bansal of Irvine’s Clay Oven has just returned from last month’s MAD Conference, the annual food-world gathering organized by superstar chef Rene Redzepi in Copenhagen, but she won’t be home long. Bansal will be cooking at the James Beard House on Sept. 27, bringing her modern, highly personal Indian cuisine to New York City for “A Night of Spice.” Read more...

Fig (and Goat Cheese) Season at Nirvana Grille

The Laguna Beach restaurant features the perfect pair in both savory and sweet applications

Chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales of Nirvana Grille in Laguna Beach comes by her emphasis on fresh, sustainable, and organic quite naturally. She was raised in the bohemian beach town by an Ayurvedic doctor mother. Add in culinary school at Orange Coast College, a stint at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, and a whiff of her husband and co-owner Luis’ Mexican culture, and you begin to see how her eclectic menu came together. Read more...

The Blind Pig's Building a New Trough

Rancho Santa Margarita's food-forward gastropub is spinning off sandwiches

It’s only been a year or so, but the young owner of Rancho Santa Margarita’s the Blind Pig has already secured his second location, which undoubtedly puts him on the path to a full-on empire. Tony Monaco was just 25 when he opened the lakeside gastropub last August, and at the time he imagined a “3 by 30” business plan—three restaurants before he turned 30. Read more...

Lots of New at Zov's Bistro

Louie Jocson, formerly of Red Table, joins as culinary director—plus, major Tustin remodel and Anaheim resort location

Having to be in two places at once is nothing new for Zov Karamardian. Her restaurant business has expanded into a not-so-mini empire that will be six restaurants when the new Anaheim stadium-adjacent shop opens in October. While it’s under construction, the Tustin flagship is wrapping up a $750,000 remodel. There’s just a lot to do. Read more...

Swine & Sculpture at PigOut 3.0 in Costa Mesa

Sunday's annual porkapalooza includes a pig with a special-diet pedigree

Fancy a bit of bacon? How about a whole lot of porky treats, prepared by some of O.C.’s best chefs? Sunday afternoon, the third annual PigOut, our local porkapalooza, is coming to California Scenario, the Isamu Noguchi park and sculpture garden near South Coast Plaza. Tix start at $75 for the 3-to-7-p.m. event, which includes tastes of all dishes plus drinks coordinated by O.C. craft-cocktail czarina Gabrielle Dion, owner of The Mixing Glass. Some proceeds go to Inspire Artistic Minds, the nonprofit founded by Bobby Navarro of to support culinary endeavors. Read more...

Hatch a Plan for New Mexico Green Chile Sauce

An authentic and irresistible family recipe from an O.C. Hatch expert

Have you Hatched yet? If not, there are O.C. opportunities to score the long, green New Mexico chile through the end of this month, and likely into September since the harvest got off to a slow start this year. Check the list of roasting events I ran earlier in Taste of Orange County, here. Once you have your Hatch chiles in hand, you can make the deeply authentic sauce shared by O.C. public relations pro and Hatch chile maven Lee Healy, whose recipe I promised in that earlier post. Read more...

The Hatch Chile O.C. Connection

Mild, medium, hot―or extra hot? Lots of options for stocking a year's supply of the New Mexico staple

Harvest time is here for Hatch chiles, so called because they’re grown in Hatch, New Mexico. But you don’t have to be from that state to love the bright-green chiles that come in gradations of heat from mild to seriously extra-hot. Tim Gonzales of TJ’s Woodfire Pizza is from New Mexico, and often has secret-menu green chiles that can be added to his otherwise quite classic pies. I love them on a TJ’s quattro formaggio. Read more...

Umami Burger at the Irvine Improv―Food Plus Funny

The new Spectrum location is the first to be partnered with an Improv comedy club

Orange County’s fourth Umami Burger opened at the Irvine Spectrum recently, the first location in the rapidly-expanding chain to be integrated with an Improv comedy theater. (The other O.C. Umamis are in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, and Laguna Beach.) There may be additional cuisine-comedy mashups in the future, but for now there’s just one and O.C. got it. Read more...

Locavores, the OC Fair Has You Covered

Nosh at will―Tasti Chips are made from potatoes grown right here in SoCal

I’m only slightly joking when I say Tasti Chips, the fresh-fried potato chips available at the OC Fair, are the health food option among deep-fried cookie dough and foot-long corn dogs. They’re kind of otherworldly delicious, too. I like ‘em with an extra shake of salt and a generous spritz of the malt vinegar thoughtfully provided, but available toppings include Parmesan-garlic, and nacho cheese sauce. A super-generous, suitable-for-sharing serving is $7.50—the $10.50 size surely would feed an entourage. Read more...

OC Fair Cooking Contests Heat Up this Weekend

Where chef-prepared seafood, home cooks' best spicy bites, and giant Pop Rocks doughnuts converge

If you plan a visit to the OC Fair this weekend, maybe I’ll see you there. I’m judging two culinary events, one this evening and another tomorrow. At 7 tonight in the OC Promenade it’s this week’s Chef Challenge, with two redoubtable contestants: Mike Doctulero of Scott’s Restaurant in Costa Mesa, and Ben Wallenbeck of Ways & Means in Orange. The theme: Water. Read more...

Santa Ana's 4th Street Market Slated for September

The downtown complex brings O.C.'s food-hall count to three—and two more are in the works

It takes only slight exaggeration to picture a not-too-distant future where every Orange County neighborhood has easy access to a groovy food hall. After all, by this time next year there’ll be five, including 2011’s pioneering OC Mix in Costa Mesa and the just-opened Anaheim Packing House, both of which are already feeding the masses. Read more...

O.C.'s Due for a Second Cucina Enoteca

After its first at Irvine Spectrum, San Diego-based Urban Kitchen Group plants a flag at Fashion Island

You’ve probably heard Orange County is getting another Cucina Enoteca. Our first local restaurant from San Diego-based Urban Kitchen Group opened in the Irvine Spectrum in 2011, where its Cal-Ital menu and for-sale boutique furnishings were an instant hit. The second, at Fashion Island, is due to open in August. Read more...
READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.


Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.


A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.


Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 


Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why.