Niyaz’s Top 20 O.C. Dishes of 2016

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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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Grits Fullerton & Noble Ale Works Blood & Guts Bonanza + June Beer Dinner Announcement!

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Working with multiple chefs and business owners in Orange County allows me to draw from multiple influences and perspectives. My various clients inspire me in different ways. In the case of Grits Fullerton, the creativity of Chef Cody Storts and Co. has always been what’s drawn me to the place.

I won’t ever forget my first bite of Fried Chicken Skins with Fresno pepper jam, or one of my new favorites of his, Thai Balls, with pancake balls, fried pork cutlet, raw shallot, jalapeno and cilantro, with a drizzle of fish sauce maple syrup. Like a banh mi for breakfast as made by Hunter S. Thompson.

Grits is a celebration of food and family, and accordingly, the restaurant has scheduled monthly beer dinners in partnership with breweries. The goal is to create a memorable experience for diners and beer drinkers alike. Past breweries included Stone and The Bruery, but for the restaurant’s May dinner, Cody and Grits Beverage Manager Boozie the Beer Guy turned up the mayhem and paired with Noble Ale Works for a Blood & Guts Beer Dinner on Friday the 13th of May.

The dinner came a week after Noble won big for their beers at the 2016 World Beer Cup, and were also awarded the honor of best small brewery in the world. ALL OF PLANET EARTH. Insanity! Noble’s Brewmaster Evan Price brought the heat too, producing unique beers including one with cochineal (essentially bright red beetle juice) and another (absolutely delicious brew) made with some interesting coffee beans.

Even though it’s my job, I was slightly afraid of this one, not because I don’t trust Cody, but because I’m not too keen on pig heads, brains, blood and the like. I know offal doesn’t mean awful, but it’s not like I’m eat intestines and snout for dinner every night.

Trust fall in progress …   … Read more…

Platinum Triangle at 2016 Taste of Anaheim!

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The 2016 Taste of Anaheim took over Anaheim GardenWalk Thursday, May 12, with more than 1,000 hungry eventgoers turning out for live entertainment, vendors and, most importantly, local restaurant tastings on both floors of the Anaheim entertainment, dining and shopping complex.

Platinum Triangle Community restaurants and breweries were there, serving tasty bites and refreshing brews to long lines from the early evening until late at night. Keep reading to see more from the event! … Read more…

Grits Fullerton & Noble Ale Works team for ‘Blood & Guts’ dinner Friday the 13th

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Noble Ale Works Brewmaster Evan Price and Grits Fullerton Chef Cody Storts

Grits Fullerton and Noble Ale Works are teaming up for a for a Blood & Guts themed 6-course ‪beer dinner‬ FRIDAY THE 13TH! This one isn’t for the faint of heart!!

This event will be a one of a kind test of original craft beers from Evan Price of Noble Ale Works‬ with dishes from Chef Cody Storts of Grits Fullerton‬ and, because of their huge wins at the 2016 World Beer Cup last week, this dinner just became a celebration of Noble’s hard work and originality. You won’t want to miss what Cody’s cooking up this time.

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Cody prepping pig’s head

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday the 13th of May.
COST: $100 plus tax and tip.
TICKETS: http://bit.ly/GritsAndNobleBeerDinner

Keep reading for food and beverage menus, plus our awesome (super metal!) poster for this event! … Read more…

Drink Up: Naughty Sauce at Noble Ale Works

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If you’re a coffee drinker by day and a beer drinker by night (or by day, all good too!), then you have to get your hands on a glass of Noble Ale Works Naughty Sauce. Released earlier this year as a collaboration between Noble and Portola Coffee, this golden milk stout is gulpable, with a creamy, rich body and nutty, sweet finish. If you’re a fan of Hitachino Espresso Stout, you’ll love this as much, possibly more, because Noble takes the experience one step further.

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It’s poured on nitro, creating an even creamier texture when the brew hits the glass. But because it’s a nitro tap, you won’t find Naughty Sauce in bottles or growlers to-go—it doesn’t last long once poured. Make the trip to Noble in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle before it goes away for good. Seriously. Three weeks ago I drank this super brew for the first time. Two weeks ago I wrote this post and I had to wait to publish until now because it went off tap. It’s there again right now, so go, go, go!

Drink up!!

Noble Ale Works
1621 Sinclair Street, Suite B
Anaheim, CA 92806

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