It's been a while since this space featured a Q&A interview, and I'm happy to resurrect the idea with this week's chef chat-style column designed to get a local culinarian to spill the beans about his or her training, hobbies and favorite places — or things — to eat. (Among the revelations that follow: Pineapple Lumps are a thing.)
Dig into a barbecue parfait in Ventura. Say "hello" to Hello Kitty macarons in Thousand Oaks. Celebrate two taproom anniversaries and help Ventura County Special Olympics. Yep, there's plenty to do, see and taste this weekend in Ventura County. Cowboy John's Smoken BBQ is on a roll: The Oxnard-based food truck won trophies for "best food" and "best pairing" this month during the Ventura County Fair'sBounty of the County food-and-beverage pairing events judged by members of the public.
In the 2014 movie "Chef," a famous fine-dining chef follows his bliss by launching a food truck that specializes in cubanos, the unofficial sandwich of Cuban culture. Tony Hernandez's culinary dream is happening in semi-reverse of that scenario: After about a year of operating a Cuban food booth at farmers markets in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Northridge, Hernandez this month opened a bricks-and-mortar version, Cienfuegos Cuban Cafe, in a Simi Valley shopping center. "I love cooking.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".