Author Archives: Cathy Thomas

Fake Yes, But Beautiful

Tweet Happily, I’ve known Denise Vivaldo for decades. She could have been a comedian. A good one. Most of what she says and writes is funny. But no … She made her mark in food styling and food writing. She … Continue reading

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Asparagus Lasagna: Luscious Side Dish or Vegetarian Main

Tweet Years ago, long before Gourmet magazine closed up shop, I found (to my mind) the queen of asparagus-pasta combinations: food writer Zanne Early Zakroff’s Asparagus Lasagna. It’s an exquisite meatless dish that can function as a main course, first … Continue reading

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Hendrix Lessons: Laguna Niguel Restaurant Wins “Dish Of The Year”

Tweet Orange Coast Magazine’s restaurant critic, Gretchen Kurz, named Hendrix’s burrata-spiked muffins “Dish Of The Year.” Kurz wrote: “A crusty muffin exterior hides the unexpected inside – eggy; buttery house-made spaetzle, that is scarce on today’s menus. The nutmeg-spiced muffin … Continue reading

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Is Don The Beachcomber Closing?

Tweet According to a story by Anne Valdespino in the Orange County Register, rumors are flying that the Sunset Beach tiki-themed Don The Beachcomber is set to close. Owner Delia Snyder and her late husband Arthur Snyder, opened Don The … Continue reading

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The Best Salmon Spring Rolls on the Planet – from Garlic & Chives

Tweet Kristin Nguyen, executive chef-owner of Garlic & Chives in Garden Grove, serves lots of Vietnamese classics in her eatery, many of them adapted with her own unique twists. Dishes such as pomelo salad up with pork belly, and spicy … Continue reading

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Napa’s Mayacamas Vineyard Through a Post-Fire View

Tweet Mayacamas Winery’s entrance. Some evidence of fire, but the over-100-year-historic winery building remained unscathed. Before my recent four-day Napa Valley wine-tasting trip, many friends voiced concern about my itinerary. They perceived the Napa area to be a totally devastated … Continue reading

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Crepe College: Concept for Fullerton Crepe Shop Cropped Up At University

Tweet Owners of BELOVED ORANGE COUNTY FOOD TRUCK, CREPES BONAPARTE, have opened a Brick and Mortar location in downtown Fullerton. CREPES BONAPARTE, a concept Christian Murcia developed while in college and grew in Orange County with his wife Danielle, opened … Continue reading

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BRICK Restaurant’s New Grill Grabs the Glitz

Tweet Dining at Brick Restaurant is always worth the drive to San Clemente. I live in Huntington, so it takes some time behind the wheel to savor the palate joy of chef-owner David Pratt’s cuisine. David’s house-crafted pasta. His pizzas. … Continue reading

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The Cure: Tom Yum Soup

Tweet My cough was so nasty, it could take paint off a wall. Like so many, my flu-cold misery lasted and lasted. Christmas. New Years. Beyond … Determined to cure it before Groundhog’s Day, I called Kaiser’s on-call nurse. I … Continue reading

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Plate Art from Chef Alessandro Pirozzi, Branzino al Piatto at Salerno

Tweet Branzino That Is Delectable Artwork from Chef Alessandro Pirozzi Branzino has become an everyday staple on upscale restaurant menus. The delicate, white-fleshed Mediterranean seabass (called “loup de mer” on French menus) tastes almost sweet when cooked correctly. Orange County … Continue reading

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