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Stefano’s, where family and great food meet in Yorba Linda, CA

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Opened originally as Golden Baked Hams in August 2002, Frank and Colleen Stefano has grown the business to occupy two suites with dine-in and take-out service, catering, and local artisan made pantry. If you have ever been to a neighborhood Italian market, you’ll get the same great feeling when you step foot inside the restaurant. It’s all about family and great food at Stefano’s, from the homemade deli selection to the jaw-dropping creations by Chef Frankie, Colleen and Frank’s son. Their daughter, Alana, heads up the Catering and Events part of the business.
Let’s take a look at some menu items:
Acini di Pepe Pasta Salad is a fantastic blend of flavor of creamy salty feta, sweet tomatoes, radicchio, and acini di pepe (“small parts of the pepper” in English) pasta tossed in olive oil. It is light and the pasta acts like pearls soaking up the fresh flavors. Rating: 5/5
To read more and see slideshow, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/review/stefano-s-where-family-and-great-food-meet-…

Zōv’s Bistro & Bakery in Tustin, CA has been a culinary institution since 1987

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Chef Zōv Karamardian is a legendary chef infusing contemporary cuisine with Eastern Mediterranean influences. Food and family equal success for the Karamardian family. With 27 years since the opening of the Tustin location, 7 years at Newport Coast and Irvine locations, and brand-new location in Anaheim, Zōv’s is making it more convenient for foodies all around Orange County to enjoy their fantastic cuisine.
Hummus is pureed chickpeas, tahini, and extra virgin olive oil. Zōv’s version is creamy, like a smooth peanut butter. The lemon flavor is very light, which is a good thing. The fried chickpeas add a crunchy texture and slightly salty flavor. Rating: 5/5
To read more and see slideshow, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/review/z-v-s-bistro-bakery-tustin-ca-has-been-a-culinary-institution-since-1987

Rubio’s® jumps on the bandwagon with their California Bowls

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Rubio’s had a lot of changes this year. Bowls are the trendy vehicle for food right now and Rubio’s wants to be part of it. Still holding fast with the sustainable seafood, this practice will help to keep our oceans thriving and also provide its customer with a nice variety of seafood options like Alaskan Pollock, Atlantic salmon, shrimp, and tilapia.
California Bowls consists of citrus rice, black beans, and fresh romaine lettuce topped with handmade guacamole, salsa fresca, chipotle sauce, and your choice of red tomatillo salsa or salsa verde and protein option: pan-seared shrimp, Regal Springs® tilapia (grilled or house blackened), Pacific mahi mahi (grilled or house blackened), or grilled chicken. They improved on the rice since my last visit. It is more flavorful and is a hearty base for the bowl. The grilled chicken is tender and seasoned well. The black beans are wonderful with their earthy, rich flavor. The chipotle sauce is awesome, but I would ask for extra next time. I would…

Bulgogi House now open in La Palma, CA

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Young Park started the idea of Korean BBQ with his grandmother’s sauce. Combining this sauce with local ingredients and variety of meats, he opened Bulgogi House in 1992. Bulgogi House expanded to two locations in Rowland Heights. On November 1, 2014, the Bulgogi House added a third location to deliver a new kind of KBBQ to the OC. The grills use a ventilation system that sucks the smoke from the sides of the grill keeping you from taking the BBQ scent home with you. This is a major complaint with most KBBQ restaurants. You almost need to plan to go home after eating to either change or take a shower. Bulgogi House also has a full-service bar serving not only Korean favorites like soju, but international beers, wines, and libations. 
 To read more and see slideshow, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/review/bulgogi-house-now-open-la-palma-ca

LCA Wine & the Neptune School of Wine now open in SOCO in Costa Mesa, CA

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The inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival indulged the senses

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Boldo Bol serves earth-to-table Delecta-Bols in Santa Ana, CA

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Solita now has take-out services in Huntington Beach, CA

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