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  • Priscilla Mayfield

    Contributing Editor & Food Blogger

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

 

The Return of Break of Dawn Can't Come Too Soon

Laguna Hills favorite is moving, but the new location will be easy for fans to find

Even though the situation is only temporary, things are a little rough around brunchtime since eternal Orange County favorite Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills closed last month. Where are we to get our tempura eggs, house-cured pork belly, and crème brulée French toast with soy caramel? Well, we won’t have to go far, as it turns out—the restaurant is relocating to a bigger space in Oakbrook Village, where it’s always been. Read more...

At Masterlink, the Daily Grind is Anything But

The sausage specialist supplies restaurants, private labels―and backyard grills

Tucked away behind a no-frills metal security door on the alley side of Big’s Bar and Grill in Fullerton, Masterlink Sausage and Meats quietly hums with activity. The 50-year-old Fullerton institution turns out more than 60,000 pounds of sausages a week, many under its own label, and a lot for brands you know, including one of the very biggest names in the sausage biz. I’m not at liberty to divulge that one, or other clients nearly as big, some of whom send their own proprietary spice blends to Masterlink marked in code—even the sausage makers don’t know what’s in them. For plenty of others, Masterlink does the seasoning and smoking. Sales manager Mike Pease showed me a bin of hickory wood shavings for the smoker—the company doesn’t use liquid smoke flavoring. Read more...

For April, a Refreshing Deal From Savory Spice Shop

That jar may look empty―but it's actually 'Cash in Your Cupboard'

At The Groves Antique Fair at the Orange County Great Park last week, I had a nice chat with a seller about his extensive display of old spice boxes, tins, and bottles. He had some as old as 1930s-era, but the familiar red-and-white McCormick tin, other than logo updates, hasn’t undergone any truly radical change over the decades. Read more...

Layers of Mystery in Our Dining Critic's Lasagna

No answer to the Italy-or-China pasta question, though

As you can imagine, even a restaurant critic who likes to cook doesn’t get the chance that often. Oh, how we pity those folks who eat in one fabulous restaurant or another practically every night, right? Actually, the unfortunate truth is not every restaurant is fabulous, and critics sometimes crave a home-cooked dinner at their own quiet table. Read more...

Salade Lyonnaise is a Taste of Ann Mah's 'Mastering the Art of French Eating'

A treasure from the Orange County native's travels in France—you can't go wrong with bacon and eggs in a salad

As promised in my Q&A with O.C. native Ann Mah, a recipe today from her “Mastering the Art of French Eating” (Pamela Dornan Books/Viking, 2013). It’s salade Lyonnaise. Among salads, are there any better than those with bacon and eggs? Mah’s version of this classic has coddled eggs, rather than poached, making for an especially nice presentation as an oozy, runny, golden yolk is revealed in each serving.
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Thursday is a Good Day for Farmers Marketing in O.C.

Two recent additions bring the options to 7.—and hours go from day into evening

Thursday in Orange County is positively loaded with farmers markets. The total is seven now, with the newest opening a week ago in downtown Santa Ana, and Westminster opening in mid-January. Thursday also has O.C.’s oldest, the venerable fairgrounds farmer confab in Costa Mesa. Read more...

Sugar Beak Bakery is a Treat for the Vegan Sweet Tooth

But even omnivores will appreciate Ashley Fiocco's plant-based baked goods

Following a plant-based diet, whether for health or ethics, doesn’t automatically exclude dessert. Everybody likes cookies, and in fact there are baked goods proudly wearing VEGAN stickers everywhere you look. But the truth is, a lot of self-identified vegan products just aren’t very good. Read more...

'The Great Food Truck Race' Season 5: No Experience Required is the Only Requirement

O.C.'s had a long and special relationship with the show―can we keep it going?

If you’ve ever idly dreamed about entering “The Great Food Truck Race,” here’s a little encouragement—the Food Network is casting season five. Tyler Florence will again host, but this time there’s a new restriction that actually opens things up a bit: The production company wants only cooks with exactly zero experience running a food truck. The contest amounts to on-the-job training, because the grand prize remains, of course, a food truck. Read more...

Fig & Olive Fashion Island is All Extra-Virgin, All the Time

No secrets, just simplicity, in chef Pascal Lorange's signature zucchini 'carpaccio'

Executive chef Pascal Lorange oversees all six Fig & Olive restaurants, and was in Newport Beach recently looking in on his Fashion Island baby, only the second outside of New York. An L.A. outpost opened in 2011, and Chicago’s getting its first later this year. I imagine he was pleased with what he found. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, the bright, 12,000-square-foot space—encompassing patio, lounge, main “white room,” and more intimate wine bar—was hopping. Read more...

At Lazy Dog, Thin Mints are Still on the Menu

Girl Scout cookie sales are finished for the year―except in this special shake

Did you get a chance to try the new exclusive-to-O.C. gluten-free Girl Scout cookie before sales closed last week? It’ll be interesting to see if they give the classic favorites any competition—as everyone knows, among Girl Scout cookies it’s Thin Mints that get most of the attention. Read more...

Chef Conrad Gallagher's Guinness Bread is Fresh From Ireland in O.C.

The secret to the soda bread everybody loves at Orange's Ways & Means―perfect for St. Patrick's Day

At Ways & Means Oyster House in Orange, the bread service gets almost as much attention as the fresh seafood dishes. All the several varieties offered are made in-house, but it’s the Guinness bread that really stands out—a tender, oat-flecked loaf made with whole wheat flour and enriched with the famous Dublin beer. A native of Ireland, Conrad Gallagher, who opened the restaurant but has since decamped to his own Vanity Catering, is the youngest chef ever awarded a Michelin star. However, the Guinness bread (still served at Ways & Means) preceded even that honor. “This was my grandmother Nora’s recipe, that she gave me when I was just 12 years old,” Gallagher says, “and I have been using it ever since.” Read more...

O.C. Native Ann Mah Masters the Art of French Living

Huntington Beach to New York to Paris, and back again

Garden Grove-born, Huntington Beach-raised Ann Mah wrote “Mastering the Art of French Eating” (Pamela Dornan Books/Viking, 2013) as part memoir and part cookbook. The title invokes Julia Child’s groundbreaking first book very consciously—like Child was, Mah is a “trailing spouse” accompanying her diplomat husband to Paris. When he’s called away to a posting in Iraq where families cannot follow, what was to be a Parisian dream for two becomes a year alone for Mah. 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. 

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