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Coffee Orange County

Interview: M’lissa Roser (Portola Coffee Executive Director)

M’lissa Roser has experienced the full spectrum that coffee has to offer, from drinks that could double as dessert to beautifully roasted beans across the U.S. and in Scandinavia. She previously worked at cutting-edge...
Chef Orange County

Interview: chef Ryan Adams (Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Parallel Pizzeria + Three Seventy Common)

Chef Ryan Adams has been a driving force in the Orange County culinary community for years. He attended California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and worked for restaurants like One Market and Stars before...
Sugar Cane Juice Orange County

Nuoc Mia Vien Tay Kumquat Sugar Cane Juice

Nuoc Mia Vien Tay is a rebranded Little Saigon sugar cane juice bar that dates to 1996, when Chuyen Nguyen and wife Thuy opened in a Westminster strip mall. I first wrote about Nuoc...
Vietnamese Food Orange County

King Noodles 68 Hủ Tiếu Hoac Mi Kings Noodle

In the bathroom at King Noodles 68, the owners posted a surprisingly moving quote from Mahatma Gandhi on the mirror: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Love as if you were to...
Craft Beer Orange County

Gunwhale Coastal Ales, Fusty Puckett + Extreme Brewers

Grapefruit, White tea, coffee, guava, ginger, raisins, rum-soaked oak chips, milk sugar, watermelon, fennel, cranberry, clove. That list gets you partway through all of the different ingredients that were on creative display at the...
Craft Beer Orange County

Chapman Old Towne Fest

Thankfully, all was not lost when Haven Gastropub + Brewery closed in Pasadena to end 2013. Co-founder Wil Dee returned to the friendly confines of Old Towne Orange, home to the original Haven Gastropub...