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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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Wow Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Pastry Wizard Rachel Klemek

Tweet Rachel Klemek, executive pastry chef-owner of Blackmarket Bakery in Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and San Diego, loves the whimsy of whoopie pies. She says the name connotes party-like fun. And the treat is a cake that is portable; it … Continue reading

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Fifi’s Best: OC chefs gather to create a luscious edible tribute to the late food writer, Fifi Chao

Tweet Fifi Chao, much respected and beloved food writer for the Orange County Business Journal for more than three decades, recently passed away. In this photo, Fifi embraces her much-adored husband, Patrick. Some of Orange County’s best chefs gathered at … Continue reading

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Marche Moderne Moves and Improves

Tweet It’s hard to believe that it could get any better because it was absolutely exquisite in the old spot.   When the news hit that the star culinary couple Amelia and Florent Marneau were uprooting their highly successful Marche … Continue reading

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Easier Than Pie, Watch This Blueberry Betty!

Tweet Blueberry Betty is a one-dish wonder, easy to prepare and scrumptious to eat. Watch this quick how-to video and see just how quickly it comes together. When serving this for company, I assemble the dish before guests arrive. When … Continue reading

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The Best Blueberry Pie!

Tweet   I’ve tasted some very-so-so blueberry pies. The fillings were a snooze, too sweet and a little mushy or sometimes too loose. Yes, some are gummy, others runny. My favorite recipe is from Cook’s Illustrated magazine, the periodical for … Continue reading

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Paella Pleasures

Tweet A long-ago tale of rice and seafood … Thanks to pal Judy Shepard for the photo! I worried about the waiter. He risked life and limb to deliver my first taste of paella, Spain’s revered rice-based one-dish delicacy. In … Continue reading

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Studio, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Tweet Chef Gardener Kathryn Agresto, owner of Native Soil Gardens, tends and oversees the 1,000 square foot garden next to Studio at Montage Laguna. Studio’s talented executive chef, Craig Strong,  is inspired by the garden, creating dishes that are rich … Continue reading

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