Author: Rich Manning

Time for Another Shameless Plug

You may have noticed I’ve been conspicuously absent on this site recently. I’ve been feverishly busy putting together articles and stories for other publications and sites recently. Most of them will be published soon, and they’ll be shared here, as usual. However, one of them is ready today, and it’s one I’m pretty excited to

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The Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is Great for Food Geeks

Annual food events in their fifth year seldom look like their first. Tweaks are made. Kinks are ironed out. When these happen, the true spirit of the event emerges. This certainly happened with the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. Since it launched in 2014, it’s evolved from a nondescript culinary fete to a fun

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The Start of Something Cool – Fork & Glass

If you visit my site with any amount of frequency, you probably know I contribute to a wide range of publications. If you do, it’s because I have a tendency to share my handiwork here, possibly in some vain attempt to convince you I’m not a hack. Hopefully, my nefarious strategy has worked, and will

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Radio, Radio – My Guest Stint on the SoCal Restaurant Show

As you probably know by now, I like to use this dog and pony show to share articles and stories I’ve written for various publications. I’ve been doing the journalism thing for some time now, so I’m typically mellow about seeing my byline in print. Still, there are occasional moments that cause me to geek

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Let’s All Stop Panicking About Taco Bell

Last week, the results of survey produced by The Harris Poll proclaimed Taco Bell to be the favorite Mexican restaurant in the country. Predictably, people freaked out. Even people that haven’t shared a food photo in their social media lives posted with angry blood on my social media feeds. The general sentiment could be succinctly

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Let’s Talk About Texas Wine

I had my first taste of Texas wine about a year ago in New York City. The geographic formula alone was worth writing about, but I quickly discovered the wines were worthy of discussion regardless of location. I was inspired to learn more about the region Lone Star State residents dub Texas Hill Country. Since

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Blown Away or Blowing Smoke? Experiencing the Jalama Burger

If you’re going to go camping, you better have a plan. This mantra fuses the backbone of our family’s annual camping trip. Normally, our plan involves hiking trails, exploring sites of natural wonder, and enjoying the company of the other family we’ve camped with the last five years. This year was different. This time around,

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Time for a Talk with Jet Tila

If you’re a food geek – particularly a Southern California food geek – you know the name Jet Tila. If you don’t, well, you should. He’s all kinds of awesome. So is his cookbook, 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die. This is the part of the narrative where I may say

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