FOOD & DRINK

Chile Relleno from Gema

The star of this classic Mexican dish is the huitlacoche, described by chef Juan Pablo Cruz as “the truffle of Mexico."

Food Trends: Pick of the Picklings

Pickled dishes take a starring role.

The Blind Pig Beats Winter With Bold Flavors and Craft Cocktails

The Blind Pig brings winter menu additions with a fusion twist from executive chef Karl Pfleider.

An Ideal Union at Union Social

The new upscale night spot at Rodeo 39 Public Market is a sleek raw bar offering tasty seafood and Asian-inflected cocktails.

5 Questions With: Juan Pablo Cruz of Gema

Gema’s executive chef trained in Mexico City and is a purist when it comes to authentic ingredients.

Gerry Kent Makes Sunflower Hummus

This sunflower version has an earthier character, more herbaceous than a garbanzo-rich hummus. Less saltiness. Less acidity. 

Main Course: Gema

Elevated Mexican food is worth the drive to San Clemente.

Orange Creamsicle from Ini Ristorante

This dish is a take on a childhood favorite married with a classic Italian dessert.

Uncommon Coffee from Freelance Coffee Project

Freelance Coffee Project appears to be Southern California’s first roastery and tasting room focusing solely on single-origin coffees.

Sweet Treats and Home Goods to get into the holiday spirit

Embrace the season with these items that can be found all around Orange County.

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