Past Stories

Bring Your Own Wheelbarrow

The search for truly authentic Asian cuisine in the desert can seem daunting, but Aiyara provides an oasis of deliciousness in the sands of Temecula. Located just outside the periphery of the Promenade, Aiyara opened last year ...


Basquing in Nostalgia

I dreamed about feasts taken in the warm, fuzzy confines of Old World France, in old stone farmhouses off the main road, amidst rolling hills and grazing sheep. Anthony Bourdain, my punk-loving, ass-kicking, testosterone-driven...


The Posh Palate

When it comes to burger joints, divey Mexican cantinas, Thai, moderately-priced Italian, Indian, bistros, delis, and donut shops that sell egg rolls, lottery tickets and smokes, the Inland Empire can more than hold its own agai...



Beatnik Cafe

My God, beatniks? What even constitutes a beatnik these days? I surely didn’t see any when I walked through the doors of the Beatnik Café (more on that later). I don’t believe that beatniks can have an iPod o...


CHEAP EATS

Maybe the Inland Empire isn’t known as the glitzy college town à la Westwood or Berkeley, but a starving student here eats infinitely better than at any other bear-tootin’ college town. Why else would carpetb...


The Bistro Pancake

Three Square Bistro’s "serving 3 meals" claim to fame may not exactly ring true (except on the busier Fridays and Saturdays when it does stay open all day), but this strip mall anomaly makes its ritzier OC and L...



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The Shibbittywibbitty

The “I can’t believe such a great restaurant sits hunkered down in a strip mall restaurant” review is rapidly becoming a cliché in Southern California food writing. Let me add a tenor to the chorus. Sweet B.O...


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A Hookah to Remember

Among the myriad spots in the IE in which to smoke or at least marvel at a hookah–Hookah Lounge, Sphinx Hookah, Hookah Haven, LaVerne’s Grapevine Restaurant, Pomona’s Coco Palm–at only a few of them can ...


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Afternoon Delight

While the Claremont Village has never been short on eateries—and has a few notable dinner spots—finding a lunch spot that has a mixture of fancy and laid-back hasn’t always been easy. In the new addition to the Village, a...



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Spicy Goodness

Many people react to tofu in ways normally reserved for organ meats, fishy fish, and Arbys. But tofu, when done well, serves as a canvas for the rest of the ingredients in a dish, like a Michelangelo or an El…


King of the Golden Fowl

I blame my current obsession with Southern comfort foods on John T. Edge, and I mean every word of it. Ever since I picked up his Fried Chicken—An American Story, I’ve lived, breathed, dreamed about every meaty nook...