What will you eat when lockdown is over?

Brunch at The Wolseley - Christopher Pledge

Brunch at The Wolseley – Christopher Pledge

How many of you have a countdown set for March 8 (from which time, with luck, we can meet a friend for a one-on-one picnic on a park bench), for March 29 (the earliest point from which six people from six different households can meet outside, hoorah!), or for April 12 – when the prospect of a pub garden lunch or al fresco restaurant trip becomes ever more real?

The personal roadmaps of our favourite chefs and food writers for post lockdown are no less detailed – they’re plotting Paris trips for slap-up meals at Michelin-starred restaurants, craving champagne and oysters by the sea with friends, and looking forward to cocktails, Chinese feasts, and tea at Claridge’s as soon as they can.

What will you be eating and drinking as soon as you can get back to your favourite haunt? Tell us in

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13 Tastes: Where to eat for Chinese New Year in Las Vegas

Chinese New Year 2021 (also known as Lunar New Year) will be observed Feb. 12. Celebrations will continue through Feb. 26 around the world.

The following is a list of Las Vegas restaurants that are celebrating with special offerings:

1. Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace hotel-casino will offer a offer a special Year of the Ox Chinese New Year menu as an addition to its to-go menu. Highlights from the specialty to-go menu include:

  • Double Boiled Pork Soup with Dry Oyster and Fatt Choy for $26.99
  • Poached Chicken with Ginger Sauce (Half Chicken) for $23.99
  • Wok Fried Sweet and Spicy Fish Fillet for $32.99
  • Steamed Santa Barbara Prawn with Chinese Wine (1 lb) for $129.99
  • Abalone Stir Fried with Bean Sprout, Carrot, Chive and Celery for $168.99
  • Steamed Coral Cod with Scallion (market price)
  • Pan Fried Sweet Rice Cake for $18.99
  • Sweet Red Bean Soup with Glutinous Rice
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OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Chinese food in Orange County comes in many guises, from the Beijing-inspired cooking at Peking in Westminster to the tongue-numbing, chili and peppercorn-laced hot pots of Sichuan Impression in Tustin or Meizhou Dongpo in Irvine. Meanwhile, there’s a purveyor of American-style kung pao chicken and sweet-and-sour pork in just about every neighborhood. And while Irvine is the epicenter of OC’s diverse Chinese food universe, there are good options all around. These are the 10 best Chinese restaurants of 2020. And fittingly for the pandemic era, all of these places also offer takeout or delivery.

1. Peking Restaurant

Expect the service to be bossy but sweet. Chef Jerry Chen’s Beijing-inspired food comes out fast and hot: beef-and-scallion pancakes, honey walnut shrimp, country chicken, pan-fried dumplings, and green beans with minced pork. 8566 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, 714-893-3020.

Pan-fried dumplings at Peking Restaurant in Westminster (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Pan-fried dumplings at Peking Restaurant in Westminster (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)
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27 Delicious Lunch Ideas for Days When You Just Can’t Eat Another Boring Sandwich

Face it. You can only have kale Caesar salad and a turkey sandwich for lunch so many times before you’re completely and utterly sick of the not-so-exciting midday meal. We can help: Here are 27 delicious lunch ideas to lean on when you’re totally bored of the usual.

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This combo of protein, veggies and your favorite jarred sauce will last you almost the entire work week.

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Sometimes you just need to let your inner child be in charge of the lunch menu.

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The recipe you didn’t know you needed to shake your chicken rut. Thanks, tangy yogurt sauce.

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You can find fresh rice cakes or XO sauce at Chinese or Korean grocery stores, right by the tofu or fresh noodles. Finish it with steamed broccoli or bok choy.

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