Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Behind The Bar at Fable & Spirit – The Morrigan’s Dream Cocktail Rules

Tweet Yes, Cathy Thomas Drinks! One of my favorite cocktails of 2019 is the Morrigan’s Dream at the award-winning new restaurant, Fable & Spirit in Newport Beach (Lido Marina area). Mixologist Drew Coyle makes this irresistible concoction with fresh fruit … Continue reading

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The Best Gratin Stars Butternut Squash

Tweet Gratin Crush: teams butternut squash and Yukon Golds. Beyond irresistible. My gratin love started long ago in Paris. My first family meal in the home of my soon-to-be grandmother-by-marriage, I tasted my first cauliflower gratin. It was a pivotal … Continue reading

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Hatch Chile Time! Melissa’s Produce Hosts Roasting Sessions.

Tweet Hatch chilies are such a treat. These beauties are named for the original growing area in Hatch, New Mexico. Growers say that the intense sunlight and cool nights in this valley result in a uniquely flavored chili. (The valley, … Continue reading

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Hungry for Brunch? Chef Nick Oberlin’s Irresistible Eggs Benedict Hit The Spot!

Tweet Eggs Benedict with crisp prosciutto? You bet. Pour Company in downtown Fullerton offers an inviting seasonal menu of American classics as interpreted by Nick Oberlin. As executive chef-partner, Oberlin puts his signature twists on everything from Mexican Shrimp Salad … Continue reading

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Cherries, Baby! Clafouti Time

Tweet I dream of summertime French breakfasts, when fruit laden clafouti is often the star. The fruit – most often pitted fresh cherries or halved apricots – is baked adrift in a thick, flan-like batter. It’s pancake-y delicious. According to … Continue reading

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Chef Brittany Valles’ Irresistible Sugar Snap Peas

Tweet Brittany Valles, executive chef at Oak Grill at the Fashion Island Hotel, adores the bright flavor and crisp texture of sugar snap peas. Her fondness for these plump crescent-shaped beauties earned her the nickname of “sugar pea” in a … Continue reading

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Best Tomato Salad – The Ranch, Anaheim

Tweet The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim uses their own farm to grow 600 heirloom tomato vines that include over 90 varieties. The bounty is used in a variety of irresistible ways on the menu, including Heirloom Tomato Salad, Tomato Water, … Continue reading

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Food Can Help Or Hinder a Good Night’s Sleep

Tweet It’s a no-brainer; caffeine can interfere with a good night’s sleep. But what about food, does it play a role? According to a recent Wall Street Journal story, there are foods that can keep us from snoozing. The worst … Continue reading

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Chef Sergio Ortega’s Mushroom Tacos, A Star Among Many at Descanso

Tweet Sergio Ortega, executive chef at Descanso in Costa Mesa joined me to show how to prepare irresistible mushroom-filled tacos adorned with crispy cheese. He combines boundless culinary passion with well-grounded skills, showcasing his mastery of classic Central Mexican cuisine … Continue reading

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Restaurant of the Year: Chef Zach Geerson’s “Branzino Joy”

Tweet Zach Geerson, executive chef at Journeyman’s Food and Drink in Fullerton, uses his talent to create dishes that are innovative and irresistible. With a firm footing in classic techniques mastered at The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, … Continue reading

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