Monday, November 17, 2014

Vital Farms at Jimmy's Famous American Tavern (Dana Point, CA)

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I was recently invited to a dinner to welcome Vital Farms to Southern California, held at Jimmy's Famous American Tavern.  In addition to learning tidbits about the Austin-based egg-producers, we enjoyed a fantastic dinner with dishes especially created by the chef to feature Vital Farms' eggs!

Also, because Vital Farms wants to roll out the welcome to its newest customers (you and me!), they're offering a coupon for you try them out!  Click here to print it out and find out the closest retailer near you.


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Before we get to the food, is this not the cutest box ever?  It's reason enough to have the package jump off the grocery shelf and into my shopping cart!


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Now to the food!



Chive Bedeviled Egg
with Applewood Smoked Bacon
served with ‘Southern Fizz’

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What a lovely dish, yes?  Definitely a lovely way to show off the yellow yolks, plus the jalapeƱo on top was simply devilish!  Also, almost dish was served with an accompanying cocktail or wine.  Check out the Southern Fizz in the picture below.  Yum!



Drinks: from L to R
‘Southern Fizz’ – Bulleit Bourbon, Ginger Syrup, Lemon, Egg White
Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc, Sonoma
Hahn Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Zov's (Anaheim, CA)

I have a very long history with Zov's, so when I found out that a new location was opening in Anaheim, I was happy to be invited to a sneak peek before the grand opening!


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In 1987, the same year that Zov's opened, my family was new to the Tustin area when I began going to kindergarten nearby.  Well, I ended up going to elementary school in another city the following year, but luckily my dad had already stumbled upon Zov's Bakery and Cafe.  We have been loyal customers ever since!

Since then, the restaurant has expanded to Newport Coast, Irvine, and Santa Ana.  The newest location in Anaheim is absolutely beautiful and Chef Zov Karamardian was there on hand with Chef Louie Jocson to welcome us!


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The magnificent interior, designed by Charles Ramm, was absolutely stunning.  Personally, I couldn't wait to make my way to the gorgeous bar and order a drink!


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Melon Mule
Grey Goose melon vodka, fresh lime juice, ginger beer, simple syrup

Friday, September 12, 2014

Crow Burger Kitchen (Newport Beach, CA)


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Typically, I tend to avoid the Newport Beach area on weekends when the weekend crowd comes out to play.  So when I found myself mere minutes from Crow Burger Kitchen relatively early, I was so in!

The restaurant is tucked into a strip mall and has such a great vibe.  You would never know it!  Awesome atmosphere to enjoy some great burgers and brews!


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Here is a peek at the menu, and the Allagash White that my friend had with her Weekly Special Burger Combo!


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double J burger
roasted jalapeno’s, refried beans, jalapeno cheese sauce, crow hot sauce, brioche bun

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen (Fullerton, CA)

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Having lived all around the vast area that is Southern California, I like to consider myself familiar with the best eating spots around.  However, if you saw my Food Maps section for Southern California, before visiting the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen, you would have seen a gaping hole over Fullerton.  Well shame on me!

I was invited to a media tasting featuring new dishes and craft beer pairings from new Chef Oge Dalken.  It was such a treat, and we had a fantastic time with the delicious menu items.


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Ahi Sliders
Seared sesame encrusted Ahi with asian slaw, pickled ginger and wasabi mayo
Paired with Clown Shoes - Tramp Stamp Belgian IPA

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I was floored by these sliders.  Sometimes I am skeptical about how well tuna is seared, especially in a smaller slider slaw, but it was perfect!  The pickled ginger and wasabi mayo were an appropriate play on the traditional sushi accompaniments.  One of our favorite dishes of the night!



Coney Dog
All beef hot dog topped with Coney island chili, tobacco onions and mustard
Paired with Ninkasi - Tricerahops Double IPA

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lola's Mexican Cuisine (Long Beach, CA)

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One of the busiest restaurants in Long Beach's Retro Row is Lola's Mexican Cuisine, which has been open since 2008.  The crowds are always evident in the outside parklet, but the inside and back patio are filled with hungry people awaiting fresh Mexican food!


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Let's get to the food!



Chips & Salsa

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Yes, maybe chips and salsa are overlooked at Mexican restaurants, but since it is the first impression of their food, Lola's makes sure to use the same locally sourced ingredients that they utilize in the majority of the menu.  Yum!



Lola's Guacamole
Fresh ripe California avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, onions, salt, and crumbled queso cotija

Saturday, September 6, 2014

OC Brew Ha Ha (Orange County, CA)

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I was happy to be invited to the 5th Annual OC Brew Ha Ha held at Irvine Lake.  I was not sure what to expect, but I ended up having a complete blast!  I was sad to miss the Brew Hee Haw at the OC fair earlier this summer, but I sent my trusty correspondent to cover the event via Instagram.  Lucky me that I was available to enjoy this fantastic event!

Of course, this being The Episodic Eater, I will share all the eats of the day (can you say food trucks galore?), some of the brews, and a ton of the atmosphere!


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Of course, since this is The Episodic Eater, I wanted to share all the food.  Therefore, I enlisted some happy attendees of the festivities to show me all the deliciousness that they were enjoying.  I couldn't possibly eat it all, so thanks to my new foodie friends!


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But I'm getting ahead of myself!  First of all, the event was held at the expansive Irvine Lake and even though it was nice and hot, there was plenty of shade, water misters, and cold brews, of course!