Show 457, January 8, 2022: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist Part Two

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. Anne Marie joins us in-studio to profile a handful of her newly discovered restaurants in the OC in 2021, her “Five Wishes for 2022” and a look ahead at some noteworthy restaurant openings in the OC in 2022 on the horizon.

Anne Marie also chats about her recent dining experiences at the new Tableau at South Coast Plaza from Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee. Would you believe a flaky croissant with Kimchi, Fontina, Pork Belly and SPAM?

We’ll lastly get a tantalizing preview of Anne Marie’s next Voice of OC column which publishes on Thursday, January 14th. Anne Marie will share some of her favorite new dining spots of 2021.

Anne Marie Panoringan continues with us.

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Show 456, December 18, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

The Happiest of Happy Holidays to our loyal listening audience.

You’re appreciated! Thanks for making us your source for reliable food news. We’re giving the Team a break to be with Family and Friends during the Holidays. We’ll be back on Saturday morning, January 8th at 10:00 a.m. with a new year of tantalizing and informative food information.

“From the accomplished culinary minds of Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee of foodie favorite Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa comes Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza. At Tableau, Chef Park elevates New American cuisine showcasing the inventive global influences and unexpected twists on classic dishes for which he is known. Tableau’s seafood-forward menu takes full advantage of the restaurant’s coastal location and features the freshest produce from local farms.” Chef John and Ed take a break from the busy soft opening to join us. 

Trademark Brewing is the ambitious result of one couple with many passions – food, science, beer and brewing. Founded by a husband and wife team, Sterling and Ilana Steffen, who brought Trademark Brewing to Long Beach, California.”“Trademark Brewing is the first production craft brewery in Long Beach, and one of the only sustainability-focused breweries in California. Their special equipment and processes allow Trademark to use less than half the water of other breweries their size, and 30% less energy. At Trademark Brewing, great beer isn’t enough. Their mantra is “we make it better.”” Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee are our guests to tap the keg on Trademark Brewing.

Since 2014 Sammy’s Original in Lake Forest has been the welcoming place to go in South Orange County for upscale sports bar food, craft cocktails, tap beers, live entertainment and premiere Mini Satellite Horse Wagering. The handsome and spacious interior features 120 Hi-Def Television screens. Nightly entertainment is on the menu, too. There is plenty of easy on-site parking and patio seating. Partner and General Manager Scott Terheggen joins us.

Between the two of them our resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson, have decades of practical experience with center plate proteins. They are both avid home cooks, too. Terry and Jay join us with some helpful Holiday cooking tips. They also answer some Listeners’ meaty questions about proteins.

What’s the difference between a Filet and Ribeye Steak?

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. It’s Holiday cooking time and Chef Andrew is here to help. He offers a few more genuinely useful Holiday Cooking Tips to make life a bit easier in your active kitchen.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

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Show 456, December 18, 2021: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part One

John Park of Toast Kitchen and Bakery

“From the accomplished culinary minds of Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee of foodie favorite Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa comes Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza. At Tableau, Chef Park elevates New American cuisine showcasing the inventive global influences and unexpected twists on classic dishes for which he is known. Tableau’s seafood-forward menu takes full advantage of the restaurant’s coastal location and features the freshest produce from local farms.”

“Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offer something for every palate, from sweet to savory, salads to sandwiches, scallops to steak. A full bar with craft cocktails, draft beers and a curated wine list and Chef Park’s famous pastries complement the exciting menu selections. At Tableau Kitchen and Bar, every meal makes a difference, with a percentage of proceeds donated to local charities.”

Chef John and Ed take a break from their busy soft opening to join us.

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Show 456, December 18, 2021: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part Two

John Park of Toast Kitchen and Bakery

“From the accomplished culinary minds of Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee of foodie favorite Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa comes Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza. At Tableau, Chef Park elevates New American cuisine showcasing the inventive global influences and unexpected twists on classic dishes for which he is known. Tableau’s seafood-forward menu takes full advantage of the restaurant’s coastal location and features the freshest produce from local farms.”

“Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offer something for every palate, from sweet to savory, salads to sandwiches, scallops to steak. A full bar with craft cocktails, draft beers and a curated wine list and Chef Park’s famous pastries complement the exciting menu selections. At Tableau Kitchen and Bar, every meal makes a difference, with a percentage of proceeds donated to local charities.”

Ed announced that a new Toast Kitchen + Bakery will open in Tustin (Tustin Legacy) in the new year.

Chef John and Ed take a further break from their busy soft opening to continue with us.

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December 18: Tableau Kitchen and Bar, Trademark Brewing, Sammy’s Original, The Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part One
Segment Three: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part Two
Segment Four: Trademark Brewing, Long Beach with Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee Part One
Segment Five: Trademark Brewing, Long Beach with Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee Part Two
Segment Six: Sammy’s Original, Lake Forest, with General Manager / Partner Scott Terheggen
Segment Seven: “The Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats – Terry Hanks & Jay Henderson
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

The Happiest of Happy Holidays from the “SoCal Restaurant Show.”

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

“From the accomplished culinary minds of Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee of foodie favorite Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa comes Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza. At Tableau, Chef Park elevates New American cuisine showcasing the inventive global influences and unexpected twists on classic dishes for which he is known. Tableau’s seafood-forward menu takes full advantage of the restaurant’s coastal location and features the freshest produce from local farms.” Chef John and Ed take a break from the busy soft opening to join us.

“Trademark Brewing is the ambitious result of one couple with many passions – food, science, beer and brewing. Founded by a husband and wife team, Sterling and Ilana Steffen, who brought Trademark Brewing to Long Beach, California.”“Trademark Brewing is the first production craft brewery in Long Beach, and one of the only sustainability-focused breweries in California. Their special equipment and processes allow Trademark to use less than half the water of other breweries their size, and 30% less energy. At Trademark Brewing, great beer isn’t enough. Their mantra is “we make it better.”” Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee are our guests to tap the keg on Trademark Brewing.

Since 2014 Sammy’s Original in Lake Forest has been the welcoming place to go in South Orange County for upscale sports bar food, craft cocktails, tap beers, live entertainment and premiere Mini Satellite Horse Wagering. The handsome and spacious interior features 120 Hi-Def Television screens. There is plenty of on-site parking. Partner and General Manager Scott Terheggen joins us.

Between the two of them our resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson, have decades of practical experience with center plate proteins. They are both avid home cooks, too. Terry and Jay join us with some helpful Holiday cooking tips. They also answer some Listeners’ meaty questions about proteins.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. It’s Holiday cooking time and Chef Andrew is here to help. He offers a few more genuinely useful Holiday Cooking Tips to make life a bit easier in your active kitchen.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

John Park of Toast Kitchen and Bakery

“From the accomplished culinary minds of Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee of foodie favorite Toast Kitchen + Bakery in Costa Mesa comes Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza. At Tableau, Chef Park elevates New American cuisine showcasing the inventive global influences and unexpected twists on classic dishes for which he is known. Tableau’s seafood-forward menu takes full advantage of the restaurant’s coastal location and features the freshest produce from local farms.”

“Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offer something for every palate, from sweet to savory, salads to sandwiches, scallops to steak. A full bar with craft cocktails, draft beers and a curated wine list and Chef Park’s famous pastries complement the exciting menu selections. At Tableau Kitchen and Bar, every meal makes a difference, with a percentage of proceeds donated to local charities.”

Chef John and Ed take a break from their busy soft opening to join us.

Ilana Steffen of Trademark Brewing

Trademark Brewing is the ambitious result of one couple with many passions – food, science, beer and brewing. Founded by a husband and wife team, Sterling and Ilana Steffen, who brought Trademark Brewing to Long Beach, California.”

“Trademark Brewing is the first production craft brewery in Long Beach, and one of the only sustainability-focused breweries in California. Their special equipment and processes allow Trademark to use less than half the water of other breweries their size, and 30% less energy. At Trademark Brewing, great beer isn’t enough. Their mantra is “we make it better.””

Guests can enjoy Trademark Brewing craft beers and cold brew coffee on draft in their Long Beach Taproom & Beer Garden. At any given time there is a choice of over 20 craft beers on tap. Represented styles include Hoppy, Light, Fruited + Sour, Dark, Belgian and even Beer Slushies. They also fill growlers. The Taproom is both dog and kid friendly.

Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee join us to tap the keg on Trademark Brewing.

“Since 2014 Sammy’s Original in Lake Forest has been the welcoming place to go in South Orange County for upscale sports bar food, craft cocktails, tap beers, live entertainment and premiere Mini Satellite Horse Wagering.” The handsome, well-appointed and spacious interior features 120 Hi-Def Television screens. There is plenty of on-site parking.

Breakfast is served until 12 Noon daily. Think Breakfast Enchiladas with scrambled eggs and Jack and Cheddar cheese…Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m., to 7:00 p.m. with both beverage and snack specials.

All the pizzas (12”) are created using house-prepared dough and sauce. New pizza additions include Ham & Pineapple and White with chicken breast, red onion and green onion.

The pastas are prepared in-house. The Lasagna with Nana’s meat sauce and Mozzarella and Ricotta is from one of the proprietor’s mother’s family recipes. All the soups are prepared from-scratch.

There are beverages aplenty. Typically there are 12 rotating beers on tap in addition to a wide variety of bottled beers including domestic, imported and craft selections. A signature cocktail is the Mango Peach Passion with Absolut Mango Vodka, passion fruit puree, DeKuyper Peachtree and pineapple juice.

Partner and General Manager Scott Terheggen is our guest.

Jay Henderson one of the Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats

Between the two of them our resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson, have decades of practical experience with center plate proteins. They are both avid home cooks, too. Terry and Jay join us with some helpful Holiday cooking tips. They also answer some Listeners’ meaty questions about proteins.

“West Coast Prime Meats is a team collaboration of award-winning restaurant operators and professional steak cutters with decades of experience, so they understand the hospitality operator’s need for the best quality products, consistently prepared, and reliably delivered.”

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

It’s the height of Holiday cooking time and Chef Andrew is here to help. He offers a few more genuinely useful Holiday Cooking Tips to make life a bit easier in your active kitchen.

The happiest of Happy Holidays from the “SoCal Restaurant Show.”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part One
Segment Three: Chef John Park and Restaurateur Ed Lee, Tableau Kitchen and Bar at South Coast Plaza Part Two
Segment Four: Trademark Brewing, Long Beach with Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee Part One
Segment Five: Trademark Brewing, Long Beach with Founder Ilana Steffen and Head Brewer Valerie Adee Part Two
Segment Six: Sammy’s Original, Lake Forest, with General Manager / Partner Scott Terheggen
Segment Seven: “The Meatheads” from West Coast Prime Meats – Terry Hanks & Jay Henderson
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 455, December 11, 2021: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

TERRACE by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza focuses on well-priced, market-driven small plates. The cuisine showcases Chef Ross Pangilinan’s (Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, ReMix Kitchen Bar) eclectic style, which is influenced by French, Italian, and modern Filipino flavors, as well as his refined technique. An approachable wine list offers varietals by the glass and bottle as well as rotating craft beers.”

Chef Ross takes a break from his busy Holiday kitchens and is our guest.

Amorcito SoCal Taqueria is a quick service offshoot of Chef Thomas Ortega’s multi-awarded Amor y Tacos in Cerritos, CA, that’s bringing its own style of a Modern Taqueria while being true to the familiar Mexican flavors of Southern California. The original location is at the Hangar at the Long Beach Exchange and the newly launched second location is in Costa Mesa. Amorcito SoCal Taqueria has quickly stood out on its own bringing rave reviews from multiple restaurant critics including Brad A. Johnson of the Orange County Register and Patricia Escarcega of the Los Angeles Times.” Chef Thomas Ortega joins us with a stack of warm corn tortillas in hand.

“Travel to Krokos-Kozanis, Greece to immerse yourself in cooking with saffron and Greece’s vibrant saffron harvest through the pages of this gorgeous, 88-page, full-color travel-cookbooklet (Saffron) collaboration by Photographer, Emily Brooke Sandor, and Greek-American Chef, Christina Xenos. Saffron contains a brief history of saffron, tips on best uses and storage of the spice, 12 lively saffron-forward recipes to inspire the beginner and advanced home cook, and a photography story of the annual saffron harvest in Krokos, one of forty small villages in the town of Kozani, Western Macedonia, Greece.” Emily Brooke Sandor and Chef Christina Xenos are our guests with a proper cup of saffron tea in hand.

Bracken’s Kitchen is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Garden Grove, Orange County California.  Founded in 2013 their mission is simple: Through food rescue, culinary training and their community feeding program Bracken’s Kitchen is committed to rescuing, re-purposing and restoring both food and lives.”“With the help of Bracken’s Kitchen’s nonprofit charity partners, business and professional supporters, volunteers, donors and employees they are committed to providing over 2 million tasty and nutritious meals in 2021.” Founder & Culinary Director Chef Bill Bracken takes a break from his busy Garden Grove kitchens and joins us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. This week’s (Holiday Cooking) question is from Marcella of Santa Monica. She is the lucky winner of the prize package of premium USDA Prime Steaks from West Coast Prime Meats.

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Show 455, December 11, 2021: Chef / Proprietor Ross Pangilinan, Terrace by Mix Mix, South Coast Plaza Part One

Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

TERRACE by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza focuses on well-priced, market-driven small plates. The cuisine showcases Chef Ross Pangilinan’s (Mix Mix Kitchen Bar (Santa Ana,) ReMix Kitchen Bar (Long Beach)) eclectic style, which is influenced by French, Italian, and modern Filipino flavors, as well as his refined technique. An approachable wine list offers varietals by the glass and bottle as well as rotating craft beers.”

“True to its name, the restaurant showcases full-service dining for Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch in a beautifully designed covered terrace located at the west end of the Bridge of Gardens. Features include a small wine bar, an open kitchen and a chef’s table counter offering an omakase-style tasting menu experience.”

A highlight at Terrace by Mix Mix is the three-course Express Lunch menu changing frequently. A sample entrée is Salmon Paella with sofrito, market vegetables, parmesan and gremolata.

Chef Ross Pangilinan also provides creative off-site catering.

Chef Ross takes a break from his busy Holiday kitchens and joins us.

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Show 455, December 11, 2021: Chef / Proprietor Ross Pangilinan, Terrace by Mix Mix, South Coast Plaza Part Two

Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

TERRACE by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza focuses on well-priced, market-driven small plates. The cuisine showcases Chef Ross Pangilinan’s (Mix Mix Kitchen Bar (Santa Ana,) ReMix Kitchen Bar (Long Beach)) eclectic style, which is influenced by French, Italian, and modern Filipino flavors, as well as his refined technique. An approachable wine list offers varietals by the glass and bottle as well as rotating craft beers.”

“True to its name, the restaurant showcases full-service dining for Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch in a beautifully designed covered terrace located at the west end of the Bridge of Gardens. Features include a small wine bar, an open kitchen and a chef’s table counter offering an omakase-style tasting menu experience.”

A highlight at Terrace by Mix Mix is the three-course Express Lunch menu changing frequently. A sample entrée is Salmon Paella with sofrito, market vegetables, parmesan and gremolata.

Chef Ross Pangilinan also provides creative, off-site catering.

“Chef Ross’ passion for cuisine started at a young age and he has since crafted it with a remarkable background of culinary experience including studying at Le Cordon Bleu, working at the two-Michelin-starred Les Trois Marche in France, the Patina Restaurant Group‘s Pinot Provence and Patina, where they earned a Michelin star in 2007, opening Sinatra within Encore at the Wynn in Las Vegas, and as executive chef of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Pangilinan opened Mix Mix Kitchen Bar in Downtown Santa Ana to rave reviews in 2016 and was named Restaurant of the Year by Orange Coast Magazine and Best New Restaurant by the Golden Foodie Awards.”

Chef Ross takes another break from his busy Holiday kitchens and continues.

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December 11: Ross Pangilinan, Amorcito SoCal Taqueria, Christina Xenos and Emily Brooke Sandor, Bracken’s Kitchen

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef / Proprietor Ross Pangilinan, Terrace by Mix Mix, South Coast Plaza Part One
Segment Three: Chef / Proprietor Ross Pangilinan, Terrace by Mix Mix, South Coast Plaza Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Thomas Ortega, Amorcito SoCal Taqueria, Long Beach & Costa Mesa Part One
Segment Five: Chef Thomas Ortega, Amorcito SoCal Taqueria, Long Beach & Costa Mesa Part Two
Segment Six: Saffron with Authors Emily Brooke Sandor and Chef Christina Xenos
Segment Seven: Chef Bill Bracken, Founder & Culinary Director Bracken’s Kitchen, Garden Grove
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

TERRACE by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza focuses on well-priced, market-driven small plates. The cuisine showcases Chef Ross Pangilinan’s (Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, ReMix Kitchen Bar) eclectic style, which is influenced by French, Italian, and modern Filipino flavors, as well as his refined technique. An approachable wine list offers varietals by the glass and bottle as well as rotating craft beers.

Chef Ross takes a break from his busy Holiday kitchens and is our guest.

“Amorcito SoCal Taqueria is a quick service offshoot of Chef Thomas Ortega’s multi-awarded Amor y Tacos in Cerritos, CA, that’s bringing its own style of a Modern Taqueria while being true to the familiar Mexican flavors of Southern California. The original location is at the Hangar at the Long Beach Exchange. Amorcito SoCal Taqueria has quickly stood out on its own bringing rave reviews from multiple restaurant critics including Brad A. Johnson of the Orange County Register and Patricia Escarcega of the Los Angeles Times.” Chef Thomas Ortega joins us with a stack of warm corn tortillas in hand.

“Travel to Krokos-Kozanis, Greece to immerse yourself in cooking with saffron and Greece’s vibrant saffron harvest through the pages of this gorgeous, 88-page, full-color travel-cookbooklet (Saffron) collaboration by Photographer, Emily Brooke Sandor, and Greek-American Chef, Christina Xenos. Saffron contains a brief history of saffron, tips on best uses and storage of the spice, 12 lively saffron-forward recipes to inspire the beginner and advanced home cook, and a photography story of the annual saffron harvest in Krokos, one of forty small villages in the town of Kozani, Western Macedonia, Greece.” Emily Brooke Sandor and Chef Christina Xenos are our guests with a proper cup of saffron tea in hand.

Bracken’s Kitchen is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Garden Grove, Orange County California. Founded in 2013 their mission is simple: Through food rescue, culinary training and their community feeding program Bracken’s Kitchen is committed to rescuing, re-purposing and restoring both food and lives.”“With the help of Bracken’s Kitchen’s nonprofit charity partners, business and professional supporters, volunteers, donors and employees they are committed to providing over 2 million tasty and nutritious meals in 2021.” Founder & Culinary Director Chef Bill Bracken takes a break from his busy Garden Grove kitchens and joins us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. This week’s question is from Marcella of Santa Monica. She is the lucky winner of the prize package of premium USDA Prime Steaks from West Coast Prime Meats.

The Winning (multi-part) Holiday Cooking Question:

“I’m going to make a prime rib for Christmas dinner and I’m undecided on how to cook it. Looking into different cooking methods, rubs, etc. I came across this one – Reverse Sear.

“What is a reverse sear? Don’t know much about it. When is it appropriate to use a reverse sear and would it apply to steaks, roasts, pork, chicken? Or ?”

“Would I want to reverse sear my prime rib? What’s the best way to cook a prime rib roast? We like it rare with lots of au jus and all the sides!”

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Ross Pangilinan of Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

TERRACE by Mix Mix at South Coast Plaza focuses on well-priced, market-driven small plates. The cuisine showcases Chef Ross Pangilinan’s (Mix Mix Kitchen Bar, ReMix Kitchen Bar) eclectic style, which is influenced by French, Italian, and modern Filipino flavors, as well as his refined technique. An approachable wine list offers varietals by the glass and bottle as well as rotating craft beers.”

“True to its name, the restaurant showcases full-service dining for Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch in a beautifully designed covered terrace located at the west end of the Bridge of Gardens. Features include a small wine bar, an open kitchen and a chef’s table counter offering an omakase-style tasting menu experience.”

A highlight at Terrace by Mix Mix is the three-course Express Lunch menu changing frequently. A sample entrée is Salmon Paella with sofrito, market vegetables, parmesan and gremolata.

“Chef Ross’ passion for cuisine started at a young age and he has since crafted it with a remarkable background of culinary experience including studying at Le Cordon Bleu, working at the two-Michelin-starred Les Trois Marche in France, the Patina Restaurant Group‘s Pinot Provence and Patina, where they earned a Michelin star in 2007, opening Sinatra within Encore at the Wynn in Las Vegas, and as executive chef of Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Pangilinan opened Mix Mix Kitchen Bar in Downtown Santa Ana to rave reviews in 2016 and was named Restaurant of the Year by Orange Coast Magazine and Best New Restaurant by the Golden Foodie Awards.”

Chef Ross takes a break from his busy Holiday kitchens and joins us.

Chef Thomas Ortega

Amorcito SoCal Taqueria is a quick service off shoot of Chef Thomas Ortega’s multi awarded Amor y Tacos in Cerritos, CA, that’s bringing its own style of a Modern Taqueria while being true to the familiar Mexican flavors of Southern California. The original location is at the Hangar at the Long Beach Exchange. Amorcito SoCal Taqueria has quickly stood out on its own bringing rave reviews from multiple restaurant critics including Brad A. Johnson of the Orange County Register and Patricia Escarcega of the Los Angeles Times.” “

“At Amorcito SoCal Taqueria the principals come from a Chef- driven background and pride themselves on sourcing incredible ingredients from farmers, ranchers, bakers and food purveyors who all share their core values of helping Amorcito deliver the freshest, best tasting menu Amorcito SoCal Taqueria can offer.”

A year-round specialty is the juicy Hatch Burger. It’s an Angus beef patty with garlic aioli, Hatch chile, mustard onions, pickles, American cheese and served on a soft potato bun.

Chef Thomas Ortega joins us with a stack of warm corn tortillas in hand.

Christina Xenos of My Sweet Greek Catering

Travel to Krokos-Kozanis, Greece to immerse yourself in cooking with saffron and Greece’s vibrant saffron harvest through the pages of this gorgeous, 88-page, full-color travel-cookbooklet (Saffron) collaboration by Photographer, Emily Brooke Sandor, and Greek-American Chef, Christina Xenos. Saffron contains a brief history of saffron, tips on best uses and storage of the spice, 12 lively saffron-forward recipes to inspire the beginner and advanced home cook, and a photography story of the annual saffron harvest in Krokos, one of forty small villages in the town of Kozani, Western Macedonia, Greece.

“The goals of Saffron (the cookbook) are to demystify what saffron is and also to empower readers to confidently incorporate saffron into their dishes more frequently. The recipes in this cookbooklet are wonderful on their own but they also serve to familiarize the reader with flavors that pair well with saffron.”

Emily Brooke Sandor and Chef Christina Xenos join us with a cup of saffron tea in hand.

Bill Bracken of Brackens Kitchen

Bracken’s Kitchen is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Orange County California. Founded in 2013 their mission is simple: Through food rescue, culinary training and their community feeding program Bracken’s Kitchen is committed to rescuing, re-purposing and restoring both food and lives.”

“With the help of Bracken’s Kitchen’s nonprofit charity partners, business and professional supporters, volunteers, donors and employees they are committed to providing over 2 million tasty and nutritious meals in 2021.”

“In its simplest form, Bracken’s Kitchen delivers hot and nutritious meals in a fun, and dignified manner. The program strives to serve the highest quality and most nutritious meals that many of their clients will get all week.”

“Bracken has leveraged his relationships in the business to build a model that can provide a complete, well-balanced dinner spending less than $0.35 for the food to prepare it. A typical meal may be Roasted Pork Loin with Charred Tomatoes and Bell Peppers, Brown Rice Pilaf, Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables, Southwestern Caesar Salad and Fresh Fruit.”

Founder & Culinary Director Chef Bill Bracken takes a break from his busy Garden Grove kitchens and joins us.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. This week’s question is from Marcella of Santa Monica. She is the lucky winner of the prize package of premium USDA Prime Steaks from West Coast Prime Meats.

The Winning (multi-part) Holiday Cooking Question:

“I’m going to make a prime rib for Christmas dinner and I’m undecided on how to cook it. Looking into different cooking methods, rubs, etc. I came across this one – Reverse Sear.”

“What is a reverse sear? Don’t know much about it. When is it appropriate to use a reverse sear and would it apply to steaks, roasts, pork, chicken? Or ?”

“Would I want to reverse sear my prime rib? What’s the best way to cook a prime rib roast? We like it rare with lots of au jus and all the sides!”

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef / Proprietor Ross Pangilinan, Terrace by Mix Mix, South Coast Plaza Part One
Segment Three: Chef / Proprietor Ross Pangilinan, Terrace by Mix Mix, South Coast Plaza Part Two
Segment Four: Chef Thomas Ortega, Amorcito SoCal Taqueria, Long Beach & Costa Mesa Part One
Segment Five: Chef Thomas Ortega, Amorcito SoCal Taqueria, Long Beach & Costa Mesa Part Two
Segment Six: Saffron with Authors Emily Brooke Sandor and Chef Christina Xenos
Segment Seven: Chef Bill Bracken, Founder & Culinary Director Bracken’s Kitchen, Garden Grove
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Show 454, December 4, 2021: Chef and Partner Amar Santana, Broadway by Amar Santana, Vaca and the Hall Global Eatery

Amar Santana

Orange County’s resident celebrity chef is Amar Santana of Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach, Vaca in Costa Mesa, and The Hall Global Eatery at South Coast Plaza. Chef Amar is best known nationally as the runner-up in a very close competition in Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 13 and then returning as an elite judge for Season 18 in Portland. In Orange County he was the opening executive chef of the highly praised Charlie Palmer’s at Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza working with GM (and now partner) Ahmed Labbate.

His first solo restaurant with business partner and restaurateur Ahmed Labbate was Broadway by Amar Santana in Laguna Beach. Just in time for the Holidays, Broadway has undergone a refurbishment and kitchen redo. “Inspired by the theaters in New York City, award-winning Chef Amar Santana alongside restauranteur Ahmed Labbate create an atmosphere at Broadway where the food becomes the main show. The restaurant’s menu is inspired by the creativity of Chef Amar Santana and his version of Modern Cuisine of The Americas. It features top quality ingredients, with a focus on local farms who can provide the menu’s seasonal requirements.” Think Grilled Smoked Pork Chop with braised collard greens, ham hock, apple butter and sauce charcuterie.

Chef Amar joins us to provide all the details on Broadway’s refurbishment and what’s in store for the Holidays at his restaurants.

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