O.C.’s Saturated Food-Truck Market

Q: Any advice on how to stand out in O.C.’s saturated food-truck market? A: The gourmet food truck craze gets several things right: clean trucks, friendly service, changing menus, and quality ingredients. Stick to those. But fusion and freak-show cuisine has been done to death. (Who thought Asian tacos would so quickly go from novelty to cliche?) Surprise everyone by making well-executed versions of foods everyone loves. For instance, if you’re going to make pizza, don’t make a tofu faux-pork-belly pizza with Assyrian woodchuck cheese, seaweed, and kumquat sauce on a wheatless crust. Just make the best possible version of the traditional kind. 

O.C.’s Biggest Export

In the winter of 1985, I had dinner in a tiny Balboa Peninsula restaurant with Steve Hawk, with whom I was sharing an apartment, and a group of his lifelong surfer friends. Freshly arrived from Pittsburgh—and with the Beach Boys and Jeff Spicoli as my only points of cultural reference—I was sure I was in for a vapid conversation about hot babes and tasty waves.

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Stephen A. Feig Breast imaging UCI Medical Center, 101 The City Drive S., Orange, 714-456-6905

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David Huebner-Chan Neoplastic hematopathology Southern California Permanente Medical Group, 6640 Alton Parkway, Irvine, 949-932-6163

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Judith H. Chung Statistics, clinical research design UCI Manchester Pavilion, 200 S. Manchester Ave. #600, Orange, 714-456-2911

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Fred Alamshaw, D.O. Preceptor family medicine residency Southern California Permanente Medical Group, 5475 E. La Palma Ave. #201, Anaheim, 888-988-2800

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