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Review: Corky’s Kitchen has the best fried chicken in Orange County

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Corkys Kitchen has the best fried chicken in Orange County

When people think of great fried chicken, they normally think of a chicken restaurant. Perhaps they prefer a chain like Popeye’s or Church’s. Maybe they go with a local flavor; here in Orange County there’s the Chicken Coop that often gets people going. What most don’t know is that the absolute best fried chicken in the area actually belongs to a bakery.

Corky’s Kitchen and Bakery has the best fried chicken I’ve tried this side of Mississippi. Yes, I’ve had better at places like Watershed on Peachtree in Atlanta and Beasley’s Chicken in Raleigh, but the west coast isn’t known for good southern fried chicken. That’s why Corky’s shines.

Be sure to call ahead, though. They don’t always serve it and it takes an hour to cook. I learned that lesson the hard way.

Corky’s is open 24-hours, which is unfortunate because I live close and often have late night cravings. Their all-day breakfast menu draws my attention when I’m not in the mood for chicken. Theirs is one of the best chicken fried steaks I’ve had outside of Oklahoma (where everyone seems to have the best chicken fried steak in the land).

My kids love to go for the pies. I’m not a pie guy, but judging by their reactions Corky’s baking prowess is clear.

My one complaint: the gravy for the biscuits and gravy doesn’t have anything in it. I know I’m nitpicking but it wouldn’t be a fair review if I didn’t point out at least one flaw. It’s white gravy. No sausage, barely any spices, and you have to add salt and pepper to make it work. Not a huge deal, but worth noting.

They call themselves a homestyle kitchen. In Southern California, that’s hard to find. Corky’s is the place to go for chicken or breakfast at any hour, day or night.

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Coffee Wars: Breville Bambino Plus vs. Delonghi Dedica Deluxe

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Breville Bambino Plus vs Delonghi Dedica Deluxe

Small espresso machines are a hot commodity lately. More Americans are complimenting their regular coffee house visits or replacing them altogether with home brewed versions. In decades past, this was impractical because espresso machines were costly and not very rugged. Today, the costs are lower and the products are higher quality.

Two of the most popular offerings, the Breville Bambino Plus and the DeLonghi Dedica Deluxe, are comparably priced and considered to be the top of the line for the middle price range. This video by Seattle Coffee Gear does a nice comparison. Let’s look at some of the differences.

First, if $210 is too big of a gap, then the DeLonghi is the way to go. Even though they’re both considered mid-range in price, there’s a pretty significant difference. Of course, there are certain advantages of going with the higher priced Breville with the most glaring being the water heat time. DeLonghi is very proud of their 40 seconds to heat, but the Breville is ready in 3 seconds. It’s the MacLaren of espresso machines.

One of the big benefits of the DeLonghi is apparent at first glance. It saves counter space, coming in nearly 2″ more narrow and a quarter inch shorter. Cluttered counters may not accommodate the Breville very easily.

At the end of the day, the real test is which one makes better espresso. 37 seconds is worth the wait if the end result is going to be superior. Unfortunately for DeLonghi, the finished product simply isn’t as good. It’s very good, and may be a prime consideration if $210 or counter space are important. Otherwise, the Breville is the better bet.

You really can’t go wrong with either machine. They perform similarly to much more expensive models while delivering the savory richness espresso connoisseurs can’t get from similarly priced machines.

 


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Daniel Greenfield discusses Jamie Glazov’s book “Jihadist Psychopath”

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Daniel Greenfield discusses Jamie Glazovs book Jihadist Psychopath

Jamie Glazov, managing editor of FrontPage Magazine and host of The Glazov Gang, has written a book that political commentator Dennis Prager says is “one of the most important books of the present time.” That book is “Jihadist Psychopath” and I just ordered a copy for myself.

Daniel Greenfield, Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, made a video about the book that prompted me to order it. Both men are respected defenders of freedom and watchmen over the threat of jihad in America, Israel, and around the world.

As he is wont to do, Greenfield points to leftist politicians as enablers of the jihadists by turning a blind eye to the rise of sharia law across America.

“These servants of the people, public servants, they’re actually masters of the people. They prefer to dictate than to be dictated to. Now, of course, Islamic terrorists will, in their own time, dictate to them. They will dictate to them using Islamic sharia law, but as far as the left is concerned for the moment, these are the people who need them, who are badly, desperately in need of being defended and protected and of course will happily trade their votes in exchange for getting a few benefits on the side.”

He continues on, examining the book’s sober pronouncements of intolerance of anything and anyone who does not bow to sharia law. To jihadists, there is only one acceptable way to live and all other perspectives must be subjugated or eliminated.

“Islamic terrorists have no attraction for anything really positive in life,” Greenfield continues. “They’re drawn to destruction. They’re drawn to emptiness because they themselves are empty. They’re hollow, and that is a central principle of Jamie Glazov’s excellent book.”

Patriots ranging from Steven Emerson to John Bolton are publicly recommending this book. I ordered my copy after watching Greenfield’s video. Freedom-loving Americans should watch it and consider reading “Jihadist Psychopath” by Jamie Glazov.


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2020 Volkswagen Passat will make the midsize sedan stylish again

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2020 Volkswagen Passat will make the midsize sedan stylish again

There has been a lull in stylish midsize sedans in recent years. With much of the older audience shifting towards crossovers, automakers have been lagging behind on improving the exterior designs of their four-door cars, other than the luxury brands that are always competing in this category. Volkswagen threw us a subtle yet noticeable change up with the 2020 Passat.

If ever a sedan were built buy a non-luxury brand that will make people believe it’s an Audi or Lexus, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat.

They didn’t get radical with their design changes. In fact, much is the same as the previous model with accents here and minor changes there, but its predecessor wasn’t a bad looking car at all. There was no need to get too aggressive with design changes. All they needed to do was tweak it a bit and suddenly they have something as eye-catching as much more expensive sedans.

The real change was up front. The grill is noticeably larger while the side profile has the aforementioned luxury sedan look and feel.

Under the hood, they didn’t change much. It still has one engine option, a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with 174 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission and drivers get a decent burst of speed. But that’s not the picture Volkswagen wants to paint. With more powerful competitors, VW has turned its focus to the holistic package of comfort, reliability, and affordable luxury.

“Passat is the only midsize sedan to offer German driving dynamics at an affordable price and has long resonated with buyers for its combination of comfort, reliability and driving dynamics,” Volkswagen North America CEO Scott Keogh, said in a statement. “With this new model, we’ve stepped up the style factor and upgraded the technology to make it even more attractive.”

The biggest changes over last year’s model are in the tech arena. It starts with advanced safety features. This is becoming a trend in nearly all new cars as automation is the name of the game. Park assist, lane assist, adaptive cruise and headlights – these are the features safety-minded buyers are demanding.

The touchscreen on the Passat’s infotainment system is one of the best we’ve seen in this price range. MIB II offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as most are offering these days.

Despite the sparse changes, Volkswagen added in just the right spots on the 2020 Passat. It will combine the driving dynamic car shoppers seek while giving it the look of a much more expensive sedan. Expect it to hit showrooms this summer.

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