Even in the beginning, we ate in a lot. And most of our dates were centered around what we were making for dinner. On one such occasion, we tore out of a magazine a recipe for linguine and clams, and then marveled at how wonderful it was, despite the decidedly unromantic backdrop of a bachelor pad, complete with […]
Years ago, back before there were cell phones, we all used to listen to the radio when we drove in the car. I used to listen to KNX News radio because they would provide traffic congestion updates that I would use to navigate the freeways driving between meetings.
Growing up, I loved my mother’s spaghetti and my aunt’s lasagna. While I have no idea what was in my aunt’s lasagna, my mother’s spaghetti sauce recipe was simple: sauté one onion. Add a pound of ground beef. Discard fat. Add package of Lawry’s Spaghetti Seasoning. Add can of tomato sauce. Salt, pepper and serve […]
In our previous lives as urban planners, the office we worked at participated in the Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off. In 2008, our “Ring of Fire” chili even took 2nd place in the People’s Choice Award. (We maintain we only didn’t win because we couldn’t compete with corporate-volume Tustin Brewing Company.) We also think looping 16 […]
Is it just me, or when we were kids, a pizza meant phoning Pizza Hut and having pepperoni and cheese delivered? (Note from Barry: I had Me and Ed’s Pizza or Shakeys.) When did fancy pizzas get popular, and why am I so late to get on board? Last Autumn while dining on Britta’s couch, […]
Rutabegorz in Tustin has this healthy eating thing down. True to their promise, their food is pretty good, too. And, they’re located right in the heart of Old Town. If they didn’t serve dinner, we’d probably ask to sublease some dinner space for our restaurant.
When I think about college, I often think about 146 Esplanade; the place where I became an adult. It was during this time in my life that I was also addicted to study breaks at The Olive Garden. My druge of choice: bread sticks and zuppa toscana. I had to have it. all. the. time. […]
Over breakfast one morning, one of us read a Los Angeles Times restaurant review for Marché Moderne in Costa Mesa, California. Our first thought was, “huh, a restaurant in the middle of the mall?” Since we had tickets to an upcoming ballet performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and were looking for a […]
One of our favorite local haunts is Britta’s Café in Irvine, California. At least twice a month, you can find us there on date nite. In fact, we enjoy this place so much we named our dog after it. And, with a seasonal menu that rotates about six times a year, there’s always something new to try. If […]
In Spring 2009, we went on holiday to France. The highlight: Provence. The people: generous. The menu: decadent. In a little Citröen, we toured the countryside, shopped with the locals, and dined to our hearts’ content. It’s safe to say that much of our day-to-day routine is modeled by Provençale living:
When there’s a surplus of produce lying around, especially when the leftover goods were intended for another purpose (last week’s Coq Au Vin and Boeuf Bourguignon), one of my favorite things to do is make soup. The elements are simple: broth, vegetables, aromatics and protein. The possibilities: endless. Because we have a sicky sicky in the house, here […]