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Orange County

Turkish Food Anaheim

Koftegi Iskender (Food of the Week)

Mehmet Kaplan and wife/partner Lisa Matarazzo took Al Sanabel Bakery into a higher gear when they took over the beloved Little Arabia cafe and added Koftegi to the space. Kaplan is from Cappadocia and...
Pasta Orange County

Ocean At Main Dungeness Crab Cavatelli (Food of the Week)

Craig Strong is the latest chef to downsize from fine dining. Don’t get me wrong. The longtime chef of STUDIO at Montage Laguna Beach has hardly turned his back on premium ingredients or flair,...
Coffee Orange County

Common Room Roasters Cappuccino (Drink of the Week)

Melbourne born roaster Ed Moffatt opened Common Room Roasters last year with Jeremy Creighton in a Newport Beach industrial park near Hoag Health Center. They roast beans behind glass on a Joper machine and...
Juice Orange County

Toast Kitchen + Bakery Passion Fruit Sugar Cane Juice (Drink of the Week)

Sugar cane juice, known in Vietnam as nước mía, has proven popular in Little Saigon, but hasn’t taken off beyond Orange County’s Vietnamese-American enclave. That may be changing as I’ve started to see sugar...
Vietnamese Food Orange County

Grandpa’s Kitchen Dry Noodles 168 Phnom Penh Fresh Noodles (Dose of Vitamin P)

“Dry noodles” are a bit of a misnomer. This menu description just means that the noodles aren’t served in soup, but the bowls at Grandpa’s Kitchen Dry Noodles 168 in Little Saigon are far...
Banh Mi Orange County

Tip Top Sandwiches and Grill BBQ Pork Lemongrass Banh Mi (Dose of Vitamin P)

Ever since Tip Top Sandwiches emerged victorious in my multi-stop 2009 Little Saigon Banh Mi Bender, I’ve been enamored with their take on the ubiquitous Vietnamese style sandwiches. The now 30-year-old business debuted in...