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Italian Catering South OC

Thanks for the thoughts so far. I'll check both of those out, although Huntington Beach may be too far north for me.

In doing some poking around on the internets, I saw a couple that were promising:

I saw that Claro's Italian Market had a caterin menu.(http://store.claros.com/page.cfm/main...) I have seen good reviews of the deli here, but I have not seen anything about their catering. I would have to heat and serve, but that may not be a problem for me. They didn't have ravioli on their website though.

I had also seen good reviews of Antonucci's on this board, and they do have a catering menu. (http://www.antonuccis.net/catering.htm) This may be an excuse to have dinner there to check it out!

Any thoughts on these or others?

Jun 01, 2010
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Italian Catering South OC

I'm looking for recommendations for an italian restaurant to pick up some raviolis, lasagna, salad and bread for a party for about 45 people. Any ideas?

May 31, 2010
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Eat Chow in Costa Mesa on Newport Blvd...Anyone Been?

It is actually on the side street. It is one block north of El Matador. I think it shares space with a clothing store, which is on Newport Blvd.

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El Matador
1768 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Apr 14, 2010
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Eat Chow in Costa Mesa on Newport Blvd...Anyone Been?

Went today for the first time. I had a tasty Media Noche Cuban sandwich, friends had the grilled cheese and tomato soup, and the ruben. All of the sandwiches looked really good. I love a good sandwich, and this place has them. Portions are not huge, but after the sandwich, which comes with some salad and splitting some fries, I was full. It seems to be busy around the lunch hour, so I'd get there early if you don't want to wait for a table.

Apr 12, 2010
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Where to buy brisket for smoking

Does Smart & Final sell smaller briskets (say around 5 lb) with the fat cap intact? If not, any other sources for that would be great to have too.

Jan 06, 2010
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South Orange County Possible Restaurant Suggestions?

Elk, you might find better responses if you elaborate a little bit about what you are looking for...if you are just looking for a new restaurant to try in south Orange County, you might try Pizza E Vino in Ranch Santa Margarita. I have not been yet, but I have read many great reviews here of their pizza (gormet / artisian).

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Pizza E Vino
31441 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Dec 21, 2009
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In search of... "Healthy", Westside restaurant for an early Sat. night dinner

Two of the three I was going to suggest have already been mentioned. A Voltre Sante and Jack Sprats Grill. You might also check out Kay & Dave's, which is a healthy mexican place. They also have a location further west by the Brentwood Contry Mart.

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Kay 'n Dave's Cantina
10543 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Nov 20, 2009
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Anything authentic about "Taco Seasoning"?

Chili, eh? I thought you were a little crazy, but then that got me thinking. What does my ground beef with spices remind me most of from mexican restaurants? My first answer was shredded beef, or machaca. I looked up a recipe (http://www.texascooking.com/features/...), and what do you know. The seasonings are based off of chili. Good show paulj. It seems like both of these (the american taco and the machaca) are more tex mex than mexican.

I would assume then that Adobo seasoning mentioned above is used more in tex mex than mexican.

Sep 03, 2009
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how to do make ahead pulled pork and need good homemade bbq sauce

You might try this recipe: http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/por...

Don't worry about the smoker part, I'd just put it in the oven at the temperature stated. No need to cover.

There is a recipe for the rub and the mop sauce (basically the BBQ sauce) there too, just scroll down.

As for reheating, I like the slow cooker idea above

Good luck!

Sep 03, 2009
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Anything authentic about "Taco Seasoning"?

I did, and it was pretty good, but I'll probably keep fine tuning it.. Since I have the spices on hand anyways, I have realized that I don't need to spend $1.00 per meal on the store bought stuff. I'm just happy that I have found a way to use up the spices that sit in my cabinet.

Sep 03, 2009
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Anything authentic about "Taco Seasoning"?

That may be it! Adobe seasoning looks like it contains most of the same ingredients as the "Taco Seasoning."

A recipe for adobe seasoning contains:

1/4 cup sweet paprika
3 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon chipotle chile powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder

http://www.chow.com/recipes/10555

Very similar!

You are right that there is much more to a taco than just the seasoning on the meat!

Sep 03, 2009
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Anything authentic about "Taco Seasoning"?

cocoa powder was in the store bought one too. I was surprised about that, but then remembered that it is used in mole sauces. So, are the "Taco Seasonings" some sort of instant mole sauce?

Sep 03, 2009
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Anything authentic about "Taco Seasoning"?

Ok, so recently I picked up Chicken taco seasoning instead of Beef Taco seasoning at the store, and since I didn't have time to fix my mistake, I looked up a recipe to make it myself. And, what do you know, it turned out pretty good!

That got me thinking though, I would guess that the "Taco Seasoning" is the americanized twist on a more authentic seasoning or sause. If so, why shouldn't I make that instead? That's why I'm here. Where did this Taco Seasoning come from? What dish is it based on?

The ingredients in a spice pack are along the lines of:

Chili powder
Paprika
Salt
onion
Cumin
Cayenne pepper
Garlic powder
Sugar
Ground oregano
parsley

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Cheers.

Sep 03, 2009
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REVIEW: Wholesome Choice, Irvine and Anaheim

I just found this place recently as another lunch option. The grocery deals sound great--I'll have to peruse the aisles next time I go.

Jun 15, 2009
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Callin' up Das Uber.........

Good point. It does look like the deals could be one of those "too good to be true" things, so a close read of the terms is definitely in order!

Apr 27, 2009
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Callin' up Das Uber.........

You can get discount gift certificates for Taleo at restaurant.com. I have not used their service, but have had friends that have and they have recommended it to me. It looks like they have a $25 gift certificate for $10, with a minimum food purchase of $35. So, you would end up paying $20 for $35 of food. Sounds like a pretty good deal.

I've been thinking of trying it out on Taleo.

Apr 26, 2009
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Raw Carne Asada to BBQ

Since the topic is up, I'd be curious to know how others feel about my go-to place, La Pradera. I find it pretty tasty, but have not tried many others. Does it belong among these others listed here?

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La Pradera Market
3218 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA

Apr 23, 2009
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Pizza e Vino, really good pizza from a wood-fired oven in RSM (OC)

Why do some restaurants think they are too cool to list their prices on their website menus? Sorry, that's not my real question.

What is the price range for the pizzas? Normally I wouldn't worry about it, but after the $18 personal pizza at Pizzaria Ortica it doesn't seem like pizza=cheap like it has in the past!

Interesting though.

Mar 01, 2009
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Open for Dinner - Mr. Sona and Comme Ca's New Dinner Menu at Pizzeria Ortica [Review] w/ Pics!

Nice write up. I'm happy to hear it keeps getting better (not that it was bad). I tried it out the first week it was open and thought that it was just ok for the price. Since I work nearby, it would have been nice to have a more "everyday" type place added to the area,
but at least there is another viable option for the business lunch or dinner to replace Turners.

Feb 12, 2009
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Pizzeria Ortica Costa Mesa

There were only about five if I recall. Hopefully, they will get a menu up soon, but there was a margarite, one with home made sausage, one with spicy salami, one with asparagus and a fried egg, and I believe one or two more. I think they range from $9 - $16 and have other ingredients than just what I have listed.

I had the asparagus and fried egg. Pretty good, but I'm a sucker for anything with a fried egg on top.

The menu seemed more like an italian restaurant than a pizzaria. It was a small menu overall, but had even parts antipasti, insalte, primi, pizza, sandwiches (lunch only), and secondi (dinner only).

Jan 14, 2009
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Comme Ca - Costa Mesa?

It is in the Deloitte building, which is just over the bridge that crosses Bristol from South Coast. It also looks like the same group is putting in a pizza place in the old Turner's location.

Dec 18, 2008
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Happy hour help in C.M./Newport Beach

Does Bistango have special pricing for HH?

Jun 09, 2008
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Watsonville Classics

Any good italian Watsonville Classics?

Oct 08, 2007
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Tailgating at the Rose Bowl

Wahoo's worked pretty good for a non-bbqin' tailgate for me. Tacos came with the salsa on the side to keep them fresher. You can get sides of rice, beans, chips, salsa, guacamole, etc.

Oct 02, 2007
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Lunch off the 5 between San Diego/LA

Thanks. I'll have to give them both a try.

Jun 21, 2007
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Lunch off the 5 between San Diego/LA

The prices listed on the menu at the Clay Oven's webiste ( http://www.clayovenirvine.com/ ) are a little steep for my lunch budget. Do you know what the lunch buffet runs?

Jun 20, 2007
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Do I need to bring a scale to Pinkberry?

The fury reminds me of Krispy Kreme. It should last a while longer, and maybe even stick around after the fad passes.

Jun 15, 2007
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Recommendations for Orange County

I don't think Nandos are actually here...rather, it sounds like you can find something similar at Mozambique (http://www.mozambiqueoc.com/).

Jun 15, 2007
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Recommend a carniceria for marinated carne asada in SGV

I have not tried the others mentioned, but La Pradera has been my go-to place...and I travel from WLA. As mentioned, the Guacamole it great too.

May 02, 2007
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One month in the OC, some pleasant surprises

I moved to Irvine about the same time as you. I too have enjoyed Baja Fist Taco.

A favorite so far is Javier's, which can be found in Laguna Beach or the Irvine Spectrum. The carnitas have been my favorite there.

Apr 27, 2007
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