LA Times: Your guide to Orange County food halls

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Say what you will about the culinary landscape in Orange County: It may be home to strip malls packed with chain restaurants, but it’s also where the artisanal food hall scene is taking off like nowhere else in California.

Angelenos may not think twice about driving from East Pasadena to Venice Beach for a pastry. A trip down the 5 Freeway to Orange County for lunch? Not likely. But a new wave of food halls that have opened in the O.C. over the last five years should have people planning trips to the area, in search of many things from an excellent beef dip sandwich to Fanny Bay oysters to tacos. 

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LA Times: Head to Restaurant Marin in Costa Mesa for giant English muffins and chicken pot pie

LA Times Head to Restaurant Marin in Costa Mesa for giant English muffins and chicken pot pie

Another favorable review!

Name: Restaurant Marin, named after co-owner Marín Howarth. She and her husband, chef Noah Blom (he worked at Daniel in New York City), are also the duo behind Arc restaurant next door. Restaurant Marin opened in April. 

Concept: The restaurant, located at the South Coast Collection shopping center in Costa Mesa, bills itself as a modern-day diner.  So there’s chicken pot pie, a fried chicken sandwich, pancakes, a patty melt and meatloaf on the menu — but it’s all more elaborate than what you would expect. Almost everything is sprinkled with pink salt before it leaves the kitchen. And instead of laminated menus and greasy booths, your food is served in a beautiful, intimate space outfitted with tabletops made of sea glass, distressed mirrors, chandeliers and short plush blue booths that curve ever so slightly at the ends. Howarth also designed the space. 

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LA Times: Glowing Review for Restaurant Marin

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Once again, I have found another terrific restaurant at SoCo. This one is called Restaurant Marin, named after the chef’s wife.

The chef is Noah Blom and he is the creator of Arc, which is next door to Marin. That restaurant cooks everything in a wood fired oven or a wood fired grill. Marin will also use the wood fired ovens and wood fired grill, but the cooking temperature will be lower so they can do seafood as well as other offerings.

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LA Times: Developers try to woo fickle hipsters

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A nice mention of our favorite Coffee Shop in LA Times:

Portola Coffee is hot right now. The company has six locations in Orange County — almost all of them in alternative sites. The slogan is “their hands, our hands, your hands.”

It’s a sustainable thing. But if you’re a coffee snob, you will want to experience it. Chances are you will soon be driving 20 miles out of your way for a cup, thus erasing any environmental benefits.

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(Photo courtesy of David Hansen / Weekend)

Chef Stephane Treand of ST Patisserie gets a mention in LA Times

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As a child in France who listened to American bands like the Eagles, which gained popularity with songs like “Hotel California,” Stephane Treand longed to live in the state someday.

Ten years ago, he got his chance, and since then he has done many things for the Orange County culinary scene.

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LCA Wine called “Good Education” by LA Times

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Kelsey Fernandez was in a rut. The Fullerton man had been a bartender for years but wanted to work in a fine-dining restaurant that served good wine.

After getting hired at the Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa in October 2010, his new bosses gave him a suggestion: Take Wine and Spirits Education Trust, or WSET, classes with master sommelier Peter Neptune.

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