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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Paso Robles expansion in full swing for Pizza e Vino’s owner


Pizza e Vino owner Steve Dickus’ expansion into Paso Robles is in full swing.

While his crew has been holding down his Neapolitan pizzeria in Rancho Santa Margarita—earning high placements on both the Orange Coast Magazine and Orange County Register “Best Pizza 2016” lists—Steve’s been working on 2 new restaurants in Downtown Paso Robles.  … Read more…

Pizza e Vino lands high on Orange Coast’s “28 Best Pizzas”


The pizza at Pizza e Vino impressed me when I first tasted it as a Register food writer back in 2008. I was immediately smitten with the handmade pies coming out of the oven at Steve Dickus’ intimate Rancho Santa Margarita pizzeria. Over the years we kept in touch (and I ate there occasionally), so when I started work on Knife & Spork Public Relations in December 2014, it only seemed natural to call Steve for a recommendation. Instead, he hired me and became my first client. … Read more…

Drink Up! Born to Hula Punch at The Blind Pig


I’ve been working to improve my cocktail knowledge. The great thing about that is I get to drink a bunch of cocktails for the sake of research. I started a few months back at Chapter One in Santa Ana, where I was partial to The Old Man and The Sea and Bonfire of the Vanities. I’ve enjoyed gin tonics at Vaca, the Dave Mau—made by Dave Mau—at Memphis in Costa Mesa (ask for it when he bartends), and I still have plans to visit the renowned bars at Pizzeria Ortica and 320 Main.

Lots of cocktails enjoyed, lots more left, but the one I’m currently hooked on is the Born to Hula Punch at The Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these lovely bites


Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day on Sunday, we thought it would be a perfect time to highlight some of the romantic meal options available from Knife & Spork Public Relations clients.

Pizza e Vino in Rancho Santa Margarita is offering a 5-course prix-fixe dinner for 2. Zov’s Restaurants are offering their regular menu in Anaheim, Irvine and Newport Coast, with special events and items available only at Zov’s flagship Tustin location, too. Keep reading for the details!

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