Author Archive | Mark C. Anderson

Chopstix Restaurant Family Debuts Plates in Seaside

May 15, 2018 – It doesn’t feel like so long ago that Mikey Nguyen was working 10 hour days doing nails at a salon he opened at just 19, with money earned working at Burger King, McDonald’s and Taco Bell as a teenager.

He owned and operated the salon for eight years, all while dreaming of something besides clear coats and French tips, like opening a family restaurant built around the foods of his heritage—bahn mi, boba and “broken” rice included—at a price point that wouldn’t break the bank.

“I wanted to feed people,” he says. “Not just work on their beauty.”

But it was a while ago, more than a decade all told. It just flew by really fast.

Opening and operating two popular restaurants—and as of this week, Read More

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Eleven Highlights as Pebble Beach Food & Wine Parties into its Second Decade

March 27, 2018 – There will be 23 Champagnes—yes, 23—hand-picked from France’s best boutique bubblies, including Bérêche et Fils, Pierre Peters, Savart, Vilmart & Cie. There will be six courses like dry-aged Flannery Beef rib over Japanese barley porridge and salmon smoked in an Ibushi Gin clay pot with steelhead roe. There will be the team behind Single Thread Farms—one of the most anticipated U.S. restaurants of the decade and one that has had such a great first 18 months (with nods from the likes of James Beard and Wine Spectator) that chef Kyle Connaughton and company joined the micro population of restaurants who have earned multiple Michelin stars in year one (four restaurants, ever) and had critics calling their immersive, farm-forward and Japanese-inspired experience a whole other genre … Read More

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