Amazing tortas, a can’t-miss enchilada and Pi Day deals🍕 – Orange County Register

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Pambazo at Gonzalez’s Restaurant in Orange (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Jon Bon Jovi may have seen a million faces and rocked them all, but Brad A. Johnson has seen a whole lot of tortas in Orange County and eaten many.

Brad’s been thinking about all of those delicious Mexican sandwiches and compiled a list of his favorites.

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Cheese enchilada with rice and beans at La Chiquita Mexican Food in Santa Ana (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The whole enchilada

Years into his quest for the best enchiladas in Orange County, Brad has found the perfect cheese enchilada. One of the things that makes it stand out? Chopped onions. I’ll let Brad explain.

Pitfire Pizza is among the restaurant chains offering deals for Pi Day 2022. (Image courtesy of Pitfire Pizza)

Pi Day deals

You don’t have to be a math genius to enjoy Pi Day deals. Pi, the number that’s the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is often shortened to 3.14, so a number of chains with area locations are offering discounted pizzas on March 14.

The new Anaheim Pizza Factory Express will be a quick service model for takeout and delivery, opening in summer. (Courtesy of Pizza Factory)

More cheese, please

Pizza Factory has more than 100 locations in the US, but the chain will open its first Orange County location this summer in Anaheim. Get ready for Hand-tossed pizza, pasta, wings, sandwiches, salads, beer, wine and more.

Disneyland Resort chef Toby Hollis and his daughter welcome guests to a culinary demonstration during the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Taking place through April 26, 2022, the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is a showcase for California fare and entertainment. A dozen festival marketsplaces will offer bites and beverages for every palate. (Photo by David Nguyen, courtesy of Disneyland Resort)

More than ‘Ratatouille’

Disney California Adventure’s Food & Wine Festival is back in full swing after skipping two years due to the pandemic. In addition to the sips and bites, you can also see demos from some celebrity chefs.

Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana is counting on customers ponying up $250 for its fancy bourbon sold in a collector’s box which will be released in February. (Courtesy of Blinking Owl Distillery)

Dinner and a show

Watch students compete in a culinary competition while you dine on dishes by local chefs at Throwdown, a benefit for the Mekjian Family Culinary Arts & Hospitality Conservatory students at the Orange County School of the Arts. There will be live music and special cocktails by Blinking Owl Distillery.


Crumbled goat cheese rests atop spinach salad with bacon dressing and port-infused cherries. (Photo by Cathy Thomas)

Goat cheese is a perfect match for greens and Cathy Thomas has a recipe for a great spinach salad with chevre. Garnish with warm 1/2-inch goat cheese slices or simple goat cheese crumbles.

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes provide a great opportunity for kids to learn how to apply frosting. (Photo by Nick Koon)

Cathy Thomas has tips for getting kids into the kitchen to learn how to bake (and how to encourage development of their clean-up skills). She also has recipes for adults and kids to make together.

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