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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Del Real Foods Giveaway #3


It's time for another contest. Del Real Foods recently sent me a package of some of their stuff to try and they have agreed to send a gift package to the lucky winner of this contest. This package has a picnic theme and will include their cool new Al Pastor Taco Kit. To enter, simply e-mail reviews@ocmexfood.com with the subject line "Del Real Foods Giveaway #3". You have until April 28th to enter. On April 29th I will draw the lucky winner and notify them by e-mail. If you are the winner you can then give me your mailing address which I will have Del Real send the prize package to.


Here's my Del Real Foods slideshow (click here if it doesn't show up in your browser):


About Del Real Foods:

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in California, Del Real Foods is a family business committed to preserving the rich gastronomy and traditions of Central Mexico. Designed to satisfy all palates and promote healthy eating, Del Real Foods refrigerated products offer authentic taste, using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and cooked with traditional methods for an enhanced dining experience among family and friends.

Del Real Foods refrigerated products include carnitas, barbacoa, tamales, seasoned shredded beef, shredded chicken and more.

Del Real Foods products are based on the following pillars:

  • Authenticity: the family strives to create deliciously simple products based on traditional recipes infused with Mexican culture and bold colors. Prepared in an industrial, home kitchen, the products will provide comfort and familiarity.
  • Healthy People: cooked with a safe open-kettle method, the products are made with the freshest, ingredients, most of which are locally sourced. Once prepared, they are ready to enjoy. The products are also gluten free and do not contain any trans fats.
  • Healthy planet and better communities: the company has adopted sustainable initiatives including wastewater management and recycling to help the environment. Del Real Foods has also sponsored local sporting events and made donations to local communities to contribute to their improvement.

For more information, visit: delrealfoods.com


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Don Ramon's

Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant
16961 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 847-4767

Listing at Surf City USA

Listing at Side Order

Official Site

View in Google Maps

(This is an "only-photos-first" post, done quickly to get photos up and a new entry on the blog, with the expectation that text may be added later. Guest reviews can also be added to this entry and each published one will be paid $10.)


Exterior

Menu

Chips and Salsa and Bean Dip

Tamale and Enchilada Combo Plate

Chile Relleno

Flan

Interior

Christmas Decorations

Albondigas

Beef Taco & Chicken Flauta

New York Steak & Crab Enchilada

Veggie Quesadilla

Carne Asada Tacos

Huevos Rancheros

Deep-fried Ice Cream

Click here for the full flickr photo album (40 photos so far).

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Las Tortugas Grill

Las Tortugas Grill
Corner of King and Stanford
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 979-2085

Listing at Food Trucks In

Listing at Nara

Facebook Page

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(This is an "only-photos-first" post, done quickly to get photos up and a new entry on the blog, with the expectation that text may be added later. Guest reviews can also be added to this entry and each published one will be paid $10.)


The Truck

Barbacoa Sope

Alambre

Pickled Pork Skin Tostada

Barbacoa Huarache y Cebollitas

Salsa and Condiment Bar

Taco Plate

Click here for the full flickr photo album (19 photos so far).

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Señor Taco

Señor Taco
9213 Valley View St
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 527-9194

Listing at Menuism

Listing at Foursquare

No known official site.

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(This is an "only-photos-first" post, done quickly to get photos up and a new entry on the blog, with the expectation that text may be added later. Guest reviews can also be added to this entry and each published one will be paid $10.)


Exterior

Menu

Wall Painting

Chile Relleno

Sope and Taco

Birria Platter

Chips & Beans & Salsa

Pozole

Click here for the full flickr photo album (10 photos so far).

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

22nd Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night

UPDATE: Here is the slideshow of the event:

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It’s time for the 22nd Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night, April 16th at Share Our Selves in Costa Mesa. Twenty-six of Orange County’s most prominent restaurants will join an expected 650 supporters of SOS for a casual evening of beer, margaritas, and exotic tacos. 

In the spirit of good-natured competition and to support a great cause, these generous chefs will be whipping up delicious and unique tacos. The chefs’ creativity is endless and the food leaves guests talking for the rest of the year! Tickets include all you can eat tacos, and beverages including Tres Sietes Tequila margaritas and beer.

Back by popular demand is the pre-event VIP Party!  Participating guests will enjoy early admission and have the opportunity to meet all of the chefs and sample their tacos before the general event begins. The VIP Party has sold out each year.

Proceeds from the event benefit the SOS Food Pantry which collects retrievable food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, and caterers to distribute to low income Orange County residents. Six mornings a week, volunteer and staff drivers collect food from throughout the county and deliver it to SOS. Five days a week, SOS distributes approximately 215 bags of groceries a day to individuals and families in need.

WHEN:             Thursday, April 16, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm  
VIP Pre-Party 4:30pm – 5:30pm

WHERE:           Share Our Selves – 1550 Superior Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

COST:              Early Bird General Admission (purchased now through March 31st) - $70
General Admission (purchased on or after April 1st) - $80
VIP Admission $150
ADVANCE SALE ONLY

CONTACT:        To purchase tickets, visit www.shareourselves.org/events or call SOS at 949.270.2134

ORANGE COUNTY’S PREMIERE PARTICIPATING CHEFS

Arti Anand
The Dessert Lab
Alan Greeley
The Golden Truffle
Cory Rapp
The Catch
Carlos Anthony
taco asylum
Andrew Gruel
SLAPFISH
Jose Rodriguez & Manfred Lassahn
Pete’s Sunset Grille at Hyatt Regency HB
Franco Barone
il Barone Ristorante
Carlito Jocson & Adam Feirman
Yard House
Deborah Schneider & Alfonso de Zuniga
Sol Cocina
Noah Blöm
ARC
Louie Jocson
Zov’s
Deborah Schneider & Jesus Silva
solita tacos & margaritas
Paul Buchanan
Primal Alchemy
Linda Johnsen
Filomena’s Italian Kitchen
Paul Squicciarini
Culinary Craft
Greg Daniels
Haven Gastropub & Provisions Market
Rachel Klemek
Blackmarket Bakery
Lou Tista
Rasta Taco
Mark Gagnon
Newport Beach Plaza
Steve Kling
Five Crowns
Marco Zapien
Melissa’s Produce
Manny Gonzalez
TAPS Fish House & Brewery
David Man
Island Hotel
Dustin White
Orange Hill
Salvatore Gonzales
Newport Rib Company
Alessandro Pirozzi
Alessá Laguna, Mare Culinary Lounge & Pirozzi Corona del Mar

Share Our Selves (SOS) is a nationally recognized health center providing high quality, comprehensive safety net services to the Orange County Community. Services include: medical and dental care, behavioral health services, case management, food, clothing, financial assistance, legal aid, and seasonal holiday programs.

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www.shareourselves.org

Saturday, January 10, 2015

La Casa Brito

La Casa Brito
6618 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 891-7513

Listing at Cortera Business Directory

Listing at What's Good Here?

Official Site(?)

View in Google Maps

(This is an "only-photos-first" post, done quickly to get photos up and a new entry on the blog, with the expectation that text may be added later. Guest reviews can also be added to this entry and each published one will be paid $10.)


Street Sign

Exterior

Menu

Menu

Interior

Chips and Salsa

Chile Relleno


Pollo en Mole

Chili Verde Omelette

Flan

Click here for the full flickr photo album (21 photos so far).

Monday, December 29, 2014

State of the Blog

If I judge my calendar correctly and my memory serves me well then it was 9 years ago today that I first posted to this blog. A lot has happened since then. I've had many great meals at many places, and maybe a few so-so meals. I've been graciously invited to many events and have got to know my way around the county better and have gotten to know a lot of people. And I've taken thousands of photos. Oh, and because of this blog I have started an effort to bring back the Naugles chain.

There isn't the same attention given to personal food blogs now as there used to be. Most of that attention has shifted to the Yelp juggernaut. But that doesn't change the fact that I am still on a mission to try all the Mexican food in the county that I can. That will still be happening and I'll still be taking photos, tweeting a lot of them, posting most to flickr, mentioning some on the Facebook page, and posting to the blog from time to time. The posts now will have more of an emphasis on photos and less of a focus on writing, which will make this blog what it was originally intended to be: a photo record of my quest. I still offer and pay $10 for each published guest review, so if you want to write up a place let me know. Amazingly, nine years into this there are still so many places I want to try and so many places I want to get back to. It's like the horizon keeps stretching out ahead of me, and that's a good thing. Thanks for joining me on this journey.

Here's a photo of the carnitas platter I got from George's Mexican Food in Huntington Beach at lunchtime today:


Carnitas Platter