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  • Mendocino Farms' Pastrami Project

    Inspired to brine and smoke its own, the company is going to need a bigger smokehouse—which is already under construction

    Back in May, Los Angeles-based Mendocino Farms planted its first O.C. location in the middle of Costa Mesa’s restaurant row. Mendo, as it’s known to its legion of fans, inhabits half of a sort of duplex shared with Starbucks—an excellent strategic position for a restaurant that doesn’t serve coffee, instead encouraging its customers to visit the specialist for an espresso or Frappucino. Read More
    Taste of O.C.
  • La Crema Winery: There’s a Reason for its Popularity

    La Crema Winery is part of Sonoma-based Jackson Family Estates, owned by Laura Jackson-Giron and her sister Jennifer Jackson. Located in the Russian River Valley and established in 1979, the winery specializes in pinot noir and chardonnay from cool-climate vineyards throughout California. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Little Sparrow Braves Bravo TV's 'Best New Restaurants'

    Orange Coast's Restaurant of the Year competes in a field of 16 on the new, Tom Colicchio-hosted competition

    Orange County knows all about Little Sparrow in downtown Santa Ana—after all, this spring it was chosen as Restaurant of the Year 2014 by Orange Coast dining critic Gretchen Kurz. Now though, it’s poised for nationwide exposure after being chosen as one of 16 restaurants featured on Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant” with Tom Colicchio, to premiere in January. If only the Bravo website could correctly place Little Sparrow in Santa Ana instead of lumping it under “L.A.” The Pasadena entry is noted. Why not Santa Ana? Read More
    Taste of O.C.
  • Inaugural Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival is BIG!

    The inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival premieres this weekend, Sept. 19 to 21. Look for a world-class lineup of epicurean events, with a VIP Launch Party at Red O, a Daytime Festival at Newport Beach Civic Center, and a Closing Party at Sherman Library & Gardens. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Must-Try Wine of Week: 2013 Domaine de Triennes Rosé of Provence France

    Chilled dry rosé is the perfect wine for the dog days of summer. In fact, its tastes like summer. Known for its fresh aromas and flavors, rosé is the world’s most versatile food companion, complimenting all the fare of summer, including sausages, hamburgers, grilled chicken, crab or shrimp Louis, and a BLT sandwich piled high with heirloom tomatoes. Read More
    The Wine Dudes

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  • Mendocino Farms' Pastrami Project

    Inspired to brine and smoke its own, the company is going to need a bigger smokehouse—which is already under construction

O.C.'s Best: Dining Guides

  • O.C.’s Best: Tiki Drinks

    These quintessential warm-weather tonics transport you to the tropics with a potent blend of rums, sugar, and lime

    Though some regard them as overly cloying concoctions, tiki cocktails such as mai tais and zombies are enjoying a resurgence in Orange County. Craft bartenders layer the rum-based drinks with multiple spirits and spices to create beguiling and complex potions. Here are five great places to get your tiki on. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Vegan Breakfasts

    These five Orange County kitchens prove it’s easy being green, even at the most important meal of the day

    Veg-heads don’t just mow down bowls of granola and slam wheatgrass shots at the break of dawn. Most want to enjoy brunching on Sunday-Funday with everyone else. And because it can be hard to find tofu scrambles and dairy-free waffles, we’ve rounded up five local eateries that provide tasty vegan options to start the morning right. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Shaved Ice

    These aren’t the crunchy snow cones you grew up with, but frozen treats shaved with exacting precision from ice blocks

    These light and downright lush desserts get tricked out with enticing toppings and mix-ins, many taking their cues from Asian favorites such as red beans, mochi balls, and lychee. But they also can be as traditional as orangesicle and strawberry shortcake. Here are six places in Orange County to get your brain-freeze on. Read More
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