VIDEO: Glorious Hash With a French Twist from Executive Chef Yvon Goetz

I bet this isn’t your mama’s hash. French-born Executive Chef Yvon Goetz creates a hash of an entirely different sort. Served at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Take a ‘Greek Journey With Fork and Pen’

As the weather heads for SoCal high summer, I inexorably turn to Mediterranean cooking—Cal-Med, as it becomes here, infused with what I find at the farmers market and in my own garden. There’s no better food for eating outside than dishes from countries with a Mediterranean shoreline. This year I’ve had a couple of new cookbooks from the region to pore over. First up is the self-published “A Greek Journey With Fork and Pen” ($18), a charming travelogue memoir with recipes from sisters Elizabeth Sardonis Songster of Lake Forest, and Georgia Sardonis Cone, who lives in Vermont.

O.C.’s Best: Date-Night Restaurants

O.C. abounds with restaurants eager to pamper couples looking for a special night out. Katherine Nguyen offers seven suggestions for date-night destinations, from casual Kettlebar to sumptuous Studio at the Montage.

Quagmire Forecast for ‘Top Chef’ Restaurant Wars Part 2? (UPDATED)

No one was eliminated last week on “Top Chef”—it was the first half of the Restaurant Wars two-parter. Already by far the most-dreaded challenge,...

‘Top Chef’ Week 9 Recap—Did Shirley Survive?

With just seven cheftestants remaining, the competition on “Top Chef” should be intensifying. Or so we’d be forgiven for thinking.

Three Noodle Dishes O.C. Chefs Love and Recommend

Like the tender pappardelle with seafood and tomato pernod cream from Farmhouse

This Week’s O.C. Food News (Nov. 23 to 29)

From Lido Bottle Works’ new seasonal menu to the opening of Semi Tropic Wines in Costa Mesa, here is our weekly guide to the latest in O.C.’s dining scene.

Bites: Osso Buco at Royal Hawaiian, and On-Point Cocktails at Knife Pleat

Italy's influence on an Argentinian chef shines bright at local favorite.

There’s a Buzz at Trader Joe’s Wine Tasting Bar

The wine-tasting bar inside the Costa Mesa Trader Joe’s was a first in the company’s history, and Wine Dude Rusty Gaffney approves of its unpretentiousness—little wonder its success led to wine bars in other TJ locations.

Get Japanese-Style Crepes and Handcrafted Drinks at Crepe Coop in Anaheim

The counter creperie at the Anaheim Packing House reopened with new coffee and tea drinks and a refreshed look.