out to lunch :: the linkery

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[ watch the video ] Imagine a farm-to-table lunch spot in the heart of the craft beer movement of San Diego, with an amazing beer list (constantly updated), proudly serving their house cured charcuterie using locally sourced ingredients from farms and producers that they also feature on a chalk board in the dining area. Imagine…

out to lunch :: watermarc

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[ watch the video ] This week on Out To Lunch, we visit Watermarc Restaurant in Laguna Beach for some off-the-charts gourmet burgers and fries. When Don tells you that he’s taking you for a “light lunch” it’s a good idea to give thought to what he considers a “light lunch.” Burgers with toppings like…

out to lunch :: 101 noodle express

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[ watch the video ] Introducing a new segment of My Life as a Foodie – Out To Lunch. In each episode, we’ll visit a new lunch spot that I like, give you an idea of what they serve, and how much lunch costs. In this episode of Out To Lunch we visit 101 Noodle…

Molecular Gastronomy Documentary

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I’m featured in a short documentary on Molecular Gastronomy by Marin Austin, a filmmaker for the Impact documentary series produced by the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. The documentary explores how chefs are bringing science to the art of cooking using chemistry and unusual preparation techniques. The show debuted on public access television…

dude food :: episode 7 :: french fries

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As easy to make as they are to completely screw up, french fries (otherwise known as “chips” in England, “frites” in France) is a side dish that goes with just about anything. A hamburger is lonely without a pile of fries next to it, and they’re the perfect compliment to that steak we cooked in…

dude food :: episode 6 :: steak

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Some guys can hit high heat fast balls over the center field wall at 410 feet. They can build skyscrapers, satellites, supercomputers, and drill hundreds of miles of road through a mountain. But for some of you, when it comes to something as simple as cooking a proper steak, the wheels suddenly come off the…

video short :: the taco truck

My friend Don took me to his favorite taco truck in Orange County recently.  Ruben’s is most often located on Bishop and Main Streets in Santa Ana, and they offer the best Mexican street food this side of the border. There are two trucks, and we visit them both. One serves the standard Mexican fare…

Durian Challenge

Forget all of the hype surrounding Durian. Sure, it smells horrible, but it tastes great. The fruit tastes more like a creamy, perfumy custard than the comparisons that have been made to runny, strong French cheese. Don (aka HogDawg from Dude Night) visited Jakarta recently and emailed me that he’d eaten it from a street…