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March 9, 2000
Andrew Wainer If you are what you eat, a recent study released by the Berkeley-based Public Health Institute shows that too many of Huntington Beach's high school students don't have the healthiest eating habits. The study -- released last month by the nonprofit organization -- shows California's high school students may be eating up to double the federally recommended fat intake. The culprit? Fast food and other unhealthy items available in school cafeterias.
NEWS
January 30, 2003
DINING OUT Azteca's, the Mexican place on the corner of Beach Boulevard and Slater Street, will fool you. At first it looks like fast food, but it isn't. You order at the counter, but the food is restaurant quality. The ambience is simple and colorful, and there's an unbelievably extensive menu of 120 items -- all numbered. At Azteca's, named for the Indians of south central Mexico, you can drink horchata ($1.45) or take home a 6-foot burrito ($69.
NEWS
By VIC LEIPZIG and LOU MURRAY | June 28, 2007
Imagine my embarrassment when I read our column in the Independent two weeks ago and discovered I had sent in some rough notes about Vic's natural history class field trip to Wrightwood instead of our carefully crafted column. Major whoops. We had been rushing to catch a plane to Seattle, and I accidentally sent the wrong Wrightwood file to our editor. In retrospect, it's no wonder. We've been gone so much lately that we barely have time to get the laundry done before we're packed and out the door again.
FEATURES
By Chris Epting | August 27, 2009
Scene from the 1967 film “The Graduate”: Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: Plastics. My family was in the pretty little hamlet of Two Rivers, Wis., recently (birthplace, in 1881, of the ice cream sundae). After numerous local recommendations, we found ourselves eating one afternoon at Phil Rohrer’s Lunch, a tiny, old-fashioned lunch counter that’s nearly as famous as the dessert that was invented in town.
NEWS
February 28, 2002
Mike Sciacca, Independent Judy Secor knows this route all too well, but the road she repeatedly takes continues to make a huge difference in the lives of many. Secor, an ordained pastor at Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Goldenwest area, Huntington Beach -- or, "Goldenwest Vineyard" for short -- spearheads a monthly outreach program that delivers food to the frail and homebound elderly in the area. To qualify for the program, a recipient must be older than 60 and under the poverty level.
NEWS
May 8, 2008
It was the leading story in major newspapers and TV news programs last month. More than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a ?silent tsunami? of rising food prices, according to World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran. A dozen countries have experienced food riots and strikes. Prices for basic food staples such as rice, wheat, corn and soybeans have skyrocketed in recent months. They are driven by rising fuel and fertilizer prices, diversion of corn to produce biofuels, drought in key food-producing countries, soil depletion through overgrazing, and growing demand for meat in China and other developing nations.
NEWS
May 25, 2000
Torus Tammer It's summertime, and you're off to the beach. Swimming, volleyball, playing with the dog or just soaking up some rays are activities that can make you hungry. So what should you eat? Don't fret. We asked local beachgoers and food experts to recommend what kind of snacks to take to the beach this summer.Most surfers, or people expending a lot of energy, want healthful foods in order to be able to refuel and maintain a good energy level throughout the day, said Mo George, a vice president at Mother's Market in Huntington Beach.
NEWS
November 27, 2003
Jenny Marder Stasie Ryan gets chills just talking about it. At 21, she was pregnant and stranded by her son's father with little money and barely enough food or supplies to get by. If it wasn't for the volunteers at St. Bonaventure Church, she doesn't know how she would have made it through her son's first year. "They gave me food and diapers for the first full year of Gavin's life," Ryan said. "At six months pregnant, I was debating on giving him up for adoption, and they convinced me not to. They threw me a huge baby shower.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | January 8, 2014
Carlos Salgado spent a decade learning his craft in some of the best restaurants in Northern California. After returning to Orange County a few years ago, he started a food truck business with his sister Silvia using their parents' 25 year-old taqueria in Orange as a base. After two years of selling prize-winning food, he opened a restaurant called Taco Maria (the same name as the truck) in the OC Mix, in Costa Mesa. He describes his food as "Chicano cuisine," an homage to the classic Mexican food of his mother, sisters, aunts and grandmothers, mixed with American and other nationalities, to create his own special fusion cuisine.
NEWS
By Greer Wylder | November 3, 2010
Digg's Restaurant & Bar, a new international fusion concept, just opened near downtown Huntington Beach. And in celebration of the opening, it's offering Greer's OC readers 20% off through November just for mentioning Greer's OC. From gourmet burgers and salads to USDA Prime steaks and seafood, at Digg's you're going to find something for everyone. There are also international dishes like dakine, tender-sliced, marinated beef in a Mongolian sauce and Digg's deep pow, lightly breaded chicken or halibut chunks sautéed in Asian sauce.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | April 15, 2014
Climate change seems to be one of the hot topics (no pun intended) of our time. For the most part, the naysayers - faced with ample scientific works suggesting that climate change is having an effect on every ecosystem from the equator to the poles - are finally coming around. What aspects of this phenomenon are going to affect, or are currently affecting, our food? More importantly, what can we do about it? Many scientists are pessimistic, but others are working on finding solutions.
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By Chris Epting | April 7, 2014
I recently went to the LeBard Park fields, where Seaview plays its Little League baseball games, and I had a chance to see the new marker that was placed this season for Greg Willard. He was the beloved Seaview Little League board member - and former NBA referee - who died last year. I wrote about Willard in this column last year, and the tribute to him at the fields was touching. While there, I also learned an interesting story about a food truck that was parked at the fields.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | March 26, 2014
We are always finding delightful small restaurants in Huntington Beach's plethora of strip malls. Several friends told us about the Black Trumpet Bistro, saying the food was uniformly good, so we tried it last Saturday night. They don't take reservations, so plan on a wait. Even though we got there at 6:15, there were 10 people standing outside and the hostess said it would be at least half an hour for a table. We stood just inside the door so we could watch the dishes as they were served, and they all looked good.
NEWS
By Katie Metzger | March 20, 2014
Cottage food operators now have a few more guidelines to follow when cooking or baking in Fountain Valley. The Fountain Valley City Council voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday to modify city code to allow for the operation of cottage, or home-based, food businesses. Mark McCurdy dissented. State law was amended last year to permit these operations in residential areas, superseding the city's existing zoning code that had prohibited them, said Andy Perea, planning and building director. Fountain Valley's new regulations comply with and expand on state law to address concerns associated with running a small business in a neighborhood, including noise and traffic.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | March 12, 2014
The term "fusion cuisine" was born in California sometime in the '70s. Calasian was one of the first experiments in the blending of cuisines, along with Tex Mex and Pacific Rim. French-Chinese appeared in Los Angeles at Chinois, Roy Yamaguchi brought us Hawaiian fusion, and so it went. These were initially premiered in higher-end establishments, but the concept gradually trickled down, for better or worse. It was only last week that I came upon the term mash-ups. Although musicians have been using it for quite a while, it has now been applied to food.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 22, 2014
The Huntington Beach City Council will not ban polystyrene food packaging from the city. The proposal, first raised in October, failed Tuesday on a 4-3 vote. Mayor Pro Tem Joe Shaw and Councilwomen Connie Boardman and Jill Hardy voted for the ban. Dozens of people flooded the council chambers to voice their opinions on the controversial proposed ordinance, which would have barred restaurants from using white food containers, plates and cups made out of expanded polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | January 21, 2014
The latest edition of Food & Wine magazine declares that "fish is the new chicken. " Good thing, because chicken, America's most popular protein, has come under scrutiny recently because of food safety infractions that have caused food-borne illnesses. Two major producers, Tyson and Foster Farms, have been cited in publications lately. Consumer Reports did a test of chickens from different sources, including organic brands, and found 97% of the breasts tested contained harmful bacteria, including campylobacter, salmonella and e coli.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | January 8, 2014
Carlos Salgado spent a decade learning his craft in some of the best restaurants in Northern California. After returning to Orange County a few years ago, he started a food truck business with his sister Silvia using their parents' 25 year-old taqueria in Orange as a base. After two years of selling prize-winning food, he opened a restaurant called Taco Maria (the same name as the truck) in the OC Mix, in Costa Mesa. He describes his food as "Chicano cuisine," an homage to the classic Mexican food of his mother, sisters, aunts and grandmothers, mixed with American and other nationalities, to create his own special fusion cuisine.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz | December 30, 2013
It's that time again! Here is my top 10 list of favorite dishes for 2013, dominated by pork. 1) The best dish of the year was at Arc in the OC Mix, and it was called "Pig, beans, maple, herb. " Slow-cooked pork was falling-apart tender, with lots of smoky notes from the wood fire and a subtle sweetness from maple syrup. It nestled in a bevy of big white beans. The beans, enlivened with herbs, were unctuously satisfying. The dish was a savory communion of pork and beans. 2)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Terry Markowitz and By Terry Markowitz | December 23, 2013
Mayur Indian restaurant has been serving delicious Indian cuisine since 1984. I have eaten there over the years and have always had a good experience, but it has been a long time between visits and I wanted to see if it was still as good as I remembered. The place has been remodeled since the last time I dined there, and the room is quite charming. You are greeted as you enter by a statue of the elephant god Ganesha. Pierced light sconces adorn the walls along with shuttered ornamental wooden window covers.Very soft lighting and two floor-to-ceiling paintings of peacock feathers add to the ambience.
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