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

Uncategorized By August 22, 2019

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 – napped with a Caesar dressing spiked with poblano chilies and Cotija cheese – to Smoked Pork Belly Sliders judiciously slathered…

Cherries, Baby! Clafouti Time

Uncategorized By July 30, 2019

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 Paris-based cookbook author David Lebovitz, clafouti batter is based on a crêpe batter, so unlike a traditional custard, it contains some…

Chef Brittany Valles’ Irresistible Sugar Snap Peas

Uncategorized By July 10, 2019

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 previous job. Both the pods and the rows of peas inside are edible, their vegetal taste edged in welcome sweetness. She…

Best Tomato Salad – The Ranch, Anaheim

Uncategorized By June 21, 2019

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, Clear-Bodied Bloody Marys. Award-winning executive chef, Michael Rossi, shared the recipe for his tomato salad, a version that I think is…

Food Can Help Or Hinder a Good Night’s Sleep

Uncategorized By June 20, 2019

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 offenders were fat and sugar. Darn.EAT KIWIS: According to one study reported in the WSJ, kiwis are rich in the mood-moderating…

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

Uncategorized By June 20, 2019

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 in a tantalizing variety of street-inspired dishes. Menu items at this modern taqueria range from chicharrons with salsa to grilled white…

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

Uncategorized By May 7, 2019

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, he showcases alluring twists that bump up flavor and provide stunning presentations. Orange Coast Magazine named his restaurant “2019 Restaurant of…