Niyaz’s Top 20 O.C. Dishes of 2016


My top food moment of 2016 … Zov winning the Golden Foodie Award for 2016 Chef of the Year!

It’s been a great year for Orange County foodies.

We have Lobster Fries, Spaghetti Pizza and Churro Loops; Top Chefs in the kitchen and new openings at such a rapid pace it’s hard to keep up. There’s been a lot of delicious dishes to try, and while I couldn’t get to them all, I did manage to enjoy my fair share of awesome plates.

Here’s the 20 best things I ate and drank this year!

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Modern Filipino pops up at LASA in Los Angeles


My father-in-law, a beloved Cal State L.A. professor, book collector and academic, sends us a lot of e-mails: inspirational quotes, history lessons, nature scenes and the occasional link to a blog or website that he thinks we should check out. Recently he forwarded L.A. Times food writer Jonathan Gold’s write up of Filipino pop-up LASA, and lucky me, my wife booked us seats.
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