Monday, December 18, 2006

Hello World!

Welcome to Orange County Food Blogs, a food blogger community covering all of the tasty treats that Orange County has to offer.

Orange County is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. With a population of over 3 million, we're the second largest county in California, after Los Angeles County, and the fifth largest in the country. Our cultures and eating habits are highly diverse, with ethnic enclaves such as Little Saigon (more than 3,000 Vietnamese businesses), the Korean Business District in Garden Grove (1,000 Korean businesses), the city of Irvine (30% Chinese & Taiwanese), Costa Mesa's Little Mexico (30% Latino), and the city of Santa Ana (76% Latino). We boast a number of exceedingly fine dining establishments, as well countless mom & pop eateries offering authentic food from countries around the world. Yet we're often overshadowed by the culinary giant that is Los Angeles, with our restaurants overlooked in some quarters and mocked in others.

A few months ago, I was cruising through two of my favorite food blogger communities, LA.Foodblogging, which covers the food of the city of Los Angeles, and Bay Area Bites, which does the same in the San Francisco Bay Area, when I had an epiphany. Los Angeles and San Francisco both have thriving communities of food bloggers connected through community sites like LA.Foodblogging. However, Orange County, with its equally plentiful dining opportunities and diverse cuisines, has fewer food bloggers and lacks a centralized community in which they can share their discoveries, interact with each other, and offer support to new food bloggers. So, why not build one?

From this simple thought, Orange County Food Blogs was born. The idea is to create Orange County Food Blogs as a team-driven community blog of Orange County food and food-related subjects open to all OC food bloggers, food lovers, and bloggers who apply. My goal is to have a number of blogger and writers from across OC posting about all the great edibles we have here. I've contacted a number of my food blogging friends in Orange County and found them just as eager as I am to be a part of this project.

Our starting lineup includes such notables as:

We've also got a few newcomers to the food blogging scene, although they're all experienced writers in other fields.

I'm your humble host and site admin:

Now that you've found us, we hope you'll come back again and again as we present to you some of the best that Orange County and Southern California has to offer.

- Chubbypanda

The Epicurious Wanderer

OC Food Blogs is open to all OC food bloggers, food lovers, and bloggers. If you're interested in joining us as a food article contributor, please read through the information below. Instructions for applying are at the bottom of the page.


  • An active blog with at least three months of archived articles. This is to help prevent spammers and advertisers from using us to spread their message. If you don't meet this requirement, please feel free to email me anyway with a short sample article about your favorite restaurant.

  • A commitment to post at least one, unique, OC food related post once a month. This content can not duplicated anywhere else, although you're encouraged to link to it from your own blog.

  • A brief post on your own blog linking to each OC Food Blogs post you make.

  • A link to OC Food Blogs in your blogroll.

Our Promise:

  • No censorship of any kind. You say what you want to say and handle responses from readers as you see fit. I will never edit or attempt to influence your posts.

  • Complete content control over your posts.

  • The site will never generate a profit. I will not place ads or revenue generating objects of any kind on the site. I will pay for any costs out of my own pocket without the expectation of reimbursement.

Why Join:

  • The prospect of interacting with other OC food bloggers and food blog readers in a community environment.

  • The ability to work on collaborative posts with other OC Food Bloggers.

  • Giving OC food blog readers a centralized location to find out about OC food blogs they may not familiar with.

  • Making the organization of OC food blogger meets and events much easier.

  • The ability to organize OC food blogger charity events, or to participate in existing events, such as Chez Pim's Menu for Hope.

If you are interested, please create a account (if you don't already have one) and send me the email at cp[at] Include the email address connected with your Blogger account, the URL of your blog, and a short paragraph explaining why you'd like to join OC Food Blogs.

Comments on "Hello World!"

Blogger joanh said ... (December 20, 2006 at 9:12 AM) : 

congrats to your kick off!! i want to hear about great brunch places and mexican food near tustin! i know they are out there!!!! ps.. i also heard a rumor of a really good zachary's style (berkeley)deep dish pizza out there somewhere.

Blogger The Bill said ... (December 20, 2006 at 10:04 AM) : 

This is great a centeral location of blogs. Sign me up please! ;-)

Blogger Chubbypanda said ... (December 21, 2006 at 10:06 AM) : 


Thanks! I hope you'll find the site helpful. Of course, no site beats contributor Christian Z's Orange County Mexican Restaurants when it comes to tasty Mexican in OC. Please check it out!

The Bill,

No signup needed. Just keep coming back, good buddy.

- Chubbypanda

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (December 22, 2006 at 12:17 PM) : 

Congrats on the new endeavor! Happy eating!

Blogger Chubbypanda said ... (December 23, 2006 at 1:00 AM) : 


Thank you for stopping by, and for your well-wishes. We hope you'll come back soon.

- Chubbypanda

Blogger Unknown said ... (January 2, 2007 at 1:02 PM) : 

Hi chubby!

Best of luck with the ocfoodblog. I hope to join someday, as soon as I get my own food blog up and running. Until then, I'll just enjoy all of the wonderful posts you fine people put up here.

Thanks for putting it all together!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (February 8, 2007 at 7:46 PM) : 

Hey, great site! I lived in OC for 25 years...has anyone been to Daria in Orange? Oh my word, this is the tastiest food...we miss it so much! Have some for me! Transplanted to Sanpoint, Idaho

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (August 11, 2007 at 2:37 PM) : 

I'd like to join. Great site. You may want to check out It's a catering service that definately has its own niche.

Blogger Mr. Clean said ... (May 1, 2008 at 7:18 PM) : 

Hello Everyone. I'm new to the blogging world. I do this for fun and to stay home and be with my 5 month old daughter. I found eat oc from google and was hooked from the start. I'll post more on my blogs and come back to share :)

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (July 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM) : 

Cabo Cart is a taco cart catering company
for OC.

Anonymous Ila said ... (August 14, 2009 at 8:50 AM) : 

I love to try new foods and would enjoy sharing the experience with a group that does this. I have my own suggestions and would welcome new ones. Anyone have any info?

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Blogger Manuel and Selena said ... (January 3, 2010 at 10:17 AM) : 

Great site keep up the work

Blogger Manuel and Selena said ... (January 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM) : 

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Blogger Unknown said ... (January 30, 2010 at 8:25 AM) : 

Was looking for exactly this - a “Foodie” Blog- to offer an open invitation for professionals and wanna be culinary enthusiast to participate in The Orange County Register's Calling All Cooks Recipe Contest- for all 2010! Good Luck!

Blogger Unknown said ... (August 31, 2012 at 1:27 AM) : 

Was looking for great food blog, glad to see i found something in orange county, it would be great if more info was update! Ps, check out our Taco Cateringservice! Something good to look out for in oc!

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