You make the Cool where you are
Delilah Snell is the owner of Alta Baja Market in 4th Street Market. Think of your favorite Parisian Cafe but instead of Beaujolais nouveau, croissants and fancy mustards, it has Michelada, blue cornbread and hot sauce. It’s a market featuring all things good from Baja to Austin.
Delilah is not just the owner of Alta Baja Market, she also runs Patchwork Show and Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference and has been leading the charge in Downtown Santa Ana for more than a decade. She is one of the “good ones” in Orange County creating opportunities for artisan makers and bringing people together.
Tucked away in the corner of the Kaleidoscope in the new Union Market you’ll find a hip forward thinking sea food restaurant called Anchor Hitch.
Chef Michael Pham from the Michelin star winning Providence has some amazing dishes like Abalone Pana Cotta (watch the demo here) and Green Curry Scallops.
Also, make sure you watch Chef Michael talk about his Vietnamese American heritage and the time he spent at Providence.
Brick by Brick
Chef David Pratt of Brick Restaurant in San Clemente is featured this week on GrubTribe. His approach to food is all about ingredients and integrity. Pratt goes to the farm daily, uses only the highest quality flour, and brings in a whole pig weekly.
Make sure you watch the whole video! Lots of great insights, and there’s a quick gluten-free bread demo at the end.
Meet The Tribe
Along the way we’ve talked with some Wine experts and we call them GrubCast…
Remember when GrubTribe co-founder Jeff Fliegler aka “Fliegz” was on the radio – SoCal Restaurant show hosted by the one and only Andy Harris. So Tune into AM830 this Saturday and every Saturday thereafter.
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Highlights from the last few weeks
This is a regular occurrence in our lives:
Friend: Hey I have a special occasion on Friday. I want to do something, really special or have a dirty good time or have some great food without dropping major coin.
Us: Take a look at GrubTribe.com.
Friend: Come on. Just give me a few spots. You always know best.
Us: Ok… if you really want to nail it go to [insert name of rad restaurant]. Tell ‘em GrubTribe sent you.
So. . we decided to try something new to scale this recommendation scenario. We know it’s a little long, and if Jeff says ‘awesome’ one more time he’ll get a ticket from the vocab police. . but, hey, you gotta start somewhere.
This is an X and O, play-by-play breakdown of two restaurant menus that we love. We have lots of favorites so if you like this we’ll do more.
The Indian Spirit
So many OC people have their first taste of Indian Cuisine at the Clay Oven. It’s been a mainstay in Irvine for 30+ years.
We had the pleasure of interviewing chef Geeta Bansal the other day, and she talked about everything from garam marsala to what it takes to be a chef. She has wonderful perspective, and you can read more here, but for now check out this great interview.