Restaurants

Celebrity Chef Amar Santana’s Corn Pudding – The Best

Celebrity Interviews, Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By January 1, 2020

There is mischief in Amar Santana’s eyes as his exuberant laughter fills my kitchen with culinary joy. He is relaxed, his confidence driven by a passion for cooking and a well-proven skill sets. The celebrity chef joined me to share the secrets of his silky corn pudding, a versatile side dish that can accompany everything from steak to sweetbreads. Watch…

Celebrity OC Chef Amar Santana Opens The HALL Global Eatery

Celebrity Interviews, Chefs, Cocktails, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants, Videos By December 31, 2019

Recognize the name? Chef Amar Santana dazzled viewers as a finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” He competed on Korean Food Battle, and although he doesn’t speak Korean, almost won the competition. The HALL Global Eatery, SCP, Costa Mesa: Along with business partner Ahmed Labbate, Chef Santana has opened a extraordinary food hall at South Coast Plaza (it’s the spot where…

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

Restaurants By March 16, 2018

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 March 1. Fullerton is the couple’s hometown. Their food trucks are known for their vast crepe offerings, ranging from sweet to…

BRICK Restaurant’s New Grill Grabs the Glitz

Chefs, Restaurants By March 2, 2018

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. His meatballs. (Such as these farro gnocchi adrift in pork bolognese.) And his salads are some of the very best in…

The Cure: Tom Yum Soup

Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By February 27, 2018

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 didn’t want to spend untold hours among other sickies in the E.R., so I put my faith in the phone professional….

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

Chefs, Cooking, Recipes, Restaurants By January 17, 2018

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 chef-restaurateur Alessandro Pirozzi knows how to serve it at its very best. He showcases the mild-mannered fish in different ways in…

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

Celebrity Interviews, Chefs, Cooking, Restaurants By December 8, 2017

Fifi Chao, much respected and beloved food writer for the Orange County Business Journal for more than three decades, recently passed away. In the photo above, Fifi embraces her much-adored husband, Patrick. Some of Orange County’s best chefs gathered at Break of Dawn Restaurant in Laguna Hills to create a 10-course dinner in her honor. They dubbed it “Fifi’s Best.”…

Marche Moderne Moves and Improves

Chefs, Restaurants By October 17, 2017

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 Moderne restaurant from South Coast Plaza to move to Crystal Cove Shopping Center, I was puzzled. Why change the site of this…