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  • Must-Try Wine of Week: 2012 Ferdinand California Albariño

    Albariño, one of Spain’s great white wines, is a white grape variety traditionally grown in Rias Baixas, a wine region in Galicia in northwestern Spain. It is typically crisp and acidic, and ideal for summer evening sipping and seafood pairings. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • 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
    Taste of O.C.
  • How Now, Bordeaux?

    On the subject of Bordeaux, a recent post on Facebook linked to an article from the New York Times (May 18, 2010). In his column, The Pour, Times wine and food critic Eric Asimov wrote of a disconnect between younger wine lovers and the wines of Bordeaux. Azimov said that for the young wine buyer, “…Bordeaux, once the world’s most hallowed region and the standard-bearer for all fine wines, is now largely irrelevant.” Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • Sangria is a Little Sweet, Very Hot, and Definitely Cool

    Sangria was part of my life growing up, and I polished off many bottles of Spanada, one of a long line of fruit and wine blends introduced by E.&J. Gallo. It was first released in 1970, a time when the country’s palate was changing from dessert to table wines. I spent many evenings sipping Spanada over dinners with paramours. This inevitably led to romance, and I thanked Gallo many times for that. Read More
    The Wine Dudes
  • 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
    Taste of O.C.

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O.C.'s Best: Dining Guides

  • 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
  • O.C.’s Best: Roast Chicken

    Call it basic, but this staple is the best kind of feel-good food

    Whether it’s cooked slowly over open flames on a spit-roast or stuffed with herbs and roasted in the oven to golden perfection, few dishes are as comforting as a simple roast chicken. While it’s hard to beat a home-cooked version, these seven diverse locales in Orange County do right by this ubiquitous classic. Read More
  • O.C.'s Best: Afternoon Tea

    Britain’s light-meal tradition is experiencing a SoCal revival, with local teahouses offering the classic service

    The ritual dates back to the 1800s as a snacking fix and social gathering for the aristocratic ladies of Britain. Today, afternoon tea has become a fashionable alternative for birthday parties, and bridal and baby showers. Here are five teahouses in Orange County where you can practice traditional etiquette while noshing on dainty pastries and finger sandwiches. Read More
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