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Mulita and crispy taco with carne asada in Tavos Cocina at the Trade Food Hall in Irvine (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register / SCNG)

Irvine has long had the stigma of being a taco wasteland, says Brad A. Johnson.

If you wanted a taco in town, your options were Taco Bell, Del Taco, Rubio’s, and the like, but Irvine is slowly changing. It now has options like Puesto, Taqueria Taco Patio, and most recently, Tavos Cocina.

Tavo’s recently started serving old-school California Mexican food at Irvine’s Trade Food Hall, and that’s something the city has long needed, according to Johnson. Continue reading.

The patio area outside of Il Sole, an Italian restaurant in Rancho Santa Margarita (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register / SCNG)

COVID comfort ratings

Brad’s ever-growing list of COVID comfort ratings includes two new additions this week. Find out how the Trade Food Hall in Irvine and Vua Bun Bo in Westminster score. Continue reading.

The Farmer Boys celebrate their grand opening in Huntington Beach November 6-7 with discounts and freebies. (Courtesy Farmer Boys)

Farmer boys on the coast

Farmer Boys opens a new location on Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach. This location offers freebies and specials to customers on Friday November 6th and Saturday November 7th. Anne Valdespino has more. Continue reading.

A Blue Box Café is coming to Tiffany & Co. on the South Coast Plaza in December. It is the restaurant’s second location with a counterpart on Fifth Avenue in New York, which opened in 2017. (Courtesy Tiffany & Co.)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Starting December, breakfast will be available at Tiffany & Co on the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The store is moving within the mall, doubling its size and adding a blue box café. The restaurant has a counterpart on 5th Avenue in New York that opened in 2017. Continue reading.

The Taste of Merry Farm craft beer and food event will take place on 31 selected dates from November 20th to January 3rd at Knott’s. (Knott’s)

A taste of the holidays

First there was Taste of Knott’s, then there was Taste of Fall-O-Ween, and now Knott’s Berry Farm is hosting a vacation-themed food event called Taste of Merry Farm from November 20th through January 3rd. Brady MacDonald takes you through everything to eat and drink there. Continue reading.

Grilled tuna is rubbed with blood orange relish and served with citrus slices. (Photo by Nick Koon)

Blood oranges have been popular in Italy and Spain for centuries, but more and more local growers are starting to produce the red-fleshed fruit in the US, says Cathy Thomas. The blood orange season kicks off later this month and Cathy shares three recipes with citrus fruits: In a salad with roasted beets and pomegranate seeds; in a treat on grilled tuna; and caramelized and put on sundae. Continue reading.

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