Old Vine Cafe in the OC is a lovely place to spend a weekday morning writing, eating, and enjoying coffee (and biscuits!)
The infamous Umami Burger finally makes its debut in Orange County, CA
Chocolate napoleon with raspberry sorbet. Valentines day at Chapter One: the modern local @ Santa Ana, CA
Double Decker Delights. Vietnamese glutinous rice dumplings stacked atop fried rice cakes.
Peter's Gourmade Grill in Tustin, CA: a delicious burger from a gas station!
Molecular Dinner @ AnQi (Costa Mesa, CA): Champagne & Caviar - nicolas feuillatte champagne gelee, american sturgeon caviar, white chocolate fizzy
Luscious shrimp stir-fried rice noodles, one of the great dishes at Formosa Restaurant in Lake Forest, CA.
Pappadelle a la Bolongese at Piccolino Ristorante in Mission Viejo.
Eggs Benedicts from Break of Dawn, with spicy Asian pesto sauce.
razor-thin pork belly at what might be THE best korean BBQ restaurants in Orange County, Surah, tho I just go for the bahn-chan
Chocolate covered bacon at the Orange County Fair, plus a short bio on "Chicken Charlie," the guy who will deep fry ANYTHING you give him.
Spicy pork chops with jalapeno cheddar grits, from Memphis Santora.
Yet another blip on the frozen yogurt frontier, Swirls Frozen Yogurt (and how to test a relationship)
Kim Bap! Korean sushi roll with egg and veggies. Found at Mondoorang (Dumpling & Noodle House in Irvine, CA).
Savory Kobe Beef Sliders from Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza
in case u can't bear to drive to OC (or dont live in SoCal), Daily Candy got their sweet hands on David Myers's Pizzeria Ortica's pizza dough recipe
Prime sirloin of beef with green peppercorn sauce, sauteed wild mushrooms and broccolini as cooked by Chef Pascal Olhats in his Newport Beach restaurant, Tradition..
giving you a reason to go to The OC: calabrese pizza at pizzeria ortica
bring on the banh mi
Scottish Salmon Nigiri with Sea Kelp and Sesame Seeds. One of many courses during omakase at Sushi Wasabi in Tustin, CA.
Scrumptious, smokey Pad See Iew, right by my work! How awesome is that?!
Black Angus burger from Topz in Santa Ana. Purported to be lower in fat than most burgers.
Fruits from the little known Fullerton Arboretum.
Niu Rou Xian Bing (Beef Rolls) from Chef Chen in Irvine. Flaky Chinese flatbread, similar to croissants in richness of consistency, is rolled around slices of five-spice beef, shredded scallions, cilantro...
forget the pho and banh mi. little saigon is all about louisiana crawfish at The Boiling Crab
End of summer offerings at the Irvine Farmers Market gives an otherwise gloomy day a colorful splash.
Orange County's most expensive martini is $3,300
The last bites of a juicy Baby Back Rib from Burrell's BBQ in Santa Ana, CA.
there are haters who find reuse of water a little unsavory, but OC's state of the art water filtration system means we can all drink clean, non-ocean-salt water in southern california