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HANGUL DAY
Oct. 9

Hangul Day commemorates the day many centuries ago when the Korean alphabet was developed. Is that a good reason for celebration? As writers, we say, yes! It’s a shame its legal status as a holiday in Korea has been downgraded to appease employers who aren’t so keen on letting workers have an excuse to go out drinking. We say you observe it and play hooky. And the place to do it at is The Past Memories, a Korean drinking hall where celebrations are de rigueur throughout the year, even without Hangul Day. Why here? Well, the wallpaper is a cascade of Hangul script. And, um, that’s about it for that part of our reasoning. But when there are ever-frigid bottles of Hite and fruity pours of yogurt-flavored soju to pair with fried chicken wings, kimchi and a thing called “corn cheese”—canned corn niblets engulfed in a layer of melting mozzarella, broiled in an oven, then served on a sizzling-hot plate—who needs a reason? 9252 Garden Grove Blvd., Ste. 29, Garden Grove, (714) 638-7818.

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El Cabrito

1604 W. First St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Santa Ana

Van's Bakery

8926 Bolsa Ave.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Westminster

Capital Seafood

85 Fortune Dr, #329
Irvine, CA 92618

Category: Restaurant > Seafood

Region: Irvine

Anaheim White House

887 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805

Category: Restaurant > Fine Dining

Region: Anaheim

Darya Restaurant

1611 W. Sunflower Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Category: Restaurant > Persian

Region: Santa Ana

Thai Nakorn

11951 Beach Blvd.
Stanton, CA 90680

Category: Restaurant > Thai

Region: Stanton

Thai Nakorn

12532 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Garden Grove

Bánh Mì Che Cali

13838 Brookhurst St.
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Category: Restaurant > Sandwiches

Region: Garden Grove

Banh Mi & Che Cali Bakery

15551 Brookhurst St.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Restaurant > Vietnamese

Region: Westminster

Banh Mi & Che Cali Bakery

8948 Bolsa Ave.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Restaurant > Bakery

Region: Westminster

El Fortin

700 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92831

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Fullerton

El Fortin

10444 Dale Ave.
Stanton, CA 90680

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Stanton

Break of Dawn Restaurant

24351 Avenida De La Carlota, Ste. N-6
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Category: Restaurant > Breakfast

Region: Laguna Hills

Paul's Coffee Shop

16947 Bushard St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Category: Coffee Shops

Region: Fountain Valley

Blake's Place

2905 E. Miraloma Ave., Ste. 3
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Anaheim

Brasserie Pascal

327 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Category: Restaurant > European

Region: Newport Beach

Olive Tree

512 S. Brookhurst St., Ste. 3
Anaheim, CA 92804

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Anaheim

Alebrije's Grill

E. Cubbon St & S Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Santa Ana

The Past Memories

9252 Garden Grove Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92844

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Garden Grove

Puerto Madero Market

1225 W. 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Category: Restaurant > Argentine

Region: Santa Ana

Phoenix Club

1340 S. Sanderson Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Anaheim

Loreley Restaurant

1340 S. Sanderson Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > German

Region: Anaheim

Wadiya

949 S. Euclid St.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Anaheim

Powell's Sweet Shoppe

27000 Alicia Parkway, Ste E
Aliso Viejo, CA 92677

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Laguna Niguel

Forn Al Hara

512 S. Brookhurst, Ste. 5
Anaheim, CA 92804

Category: Restaurant > Middle Eastern

Region: Anaheim

Zen Vegetarian

9329 Bolsa Ave.
Westminster, CA 92683

Category: Restaurant > Vegetarian

Region: Westminster

Jagerhaus

2525 E. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92806

Category: Restaurant > German

Region: Anaheim

The Crosby

400 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Santa Ana

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DIA DE LA RAZA
Oct. 12

Simón Bolivar’s dream of a pan-Latino superpower might’ve never realized itself, but the next best thing happens every Oct. 12—what gabachos celebrate as Columbus Day, but Latin America marks as Día de la Raza. It’s a celebration not of the raza that irks conservatives so, but of the momentous meeting between the Old and New Worlds that formed the Western Hemisphere. To best recall the liberator of the Americas, trek to Puerto Madero Market, run by Argentines but stocked with items from across Central and South America, including Salvadoran kolashampan and Colombian microwavable treats, fresh quinoa from Peru, and black beans to make the perfect Brazilian feijoada. The butcher and deli stocks Argentine favorites, with the latter slapping together some of the better chorizo sandwiches this side of the Pampas. And they also hawk the true Latino religion: soccer from across the globe on their three big flat-screen televisions. 1225 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, (714) 547-5900; puertomaderomarket.com.

 

 

OKTOBERFEST
In Germany, the 16 days up to and including the first Sunday in October; stateside, all October

While Orange County isn’t exactly groaning with German restaurants, we do know how to put on a real Oktoberfest. Head to the Phoenix Club, OC’s premier center of German culture, pay the $5 entry fee (cheap!), and order a beer bigger than your head and a huge plate of bratwurst. Wink at the biermädchen who deliver the beer, but not too much—they’re stronger than they look. Lederhosen are optional but highly encouraged. Stand up—while you still can—and dance a polka or a waltz to the sound of the accordion-heavy band. Not everyone knows the lyrics to the German drinking songs, but after a few more lagers, nobody will care anyway. Despite the massive quantities of Germany’s best export, the festival remains civil and good-natured, with few of the antics of the county’s other, skinhead-skewing Oktoberfests. If beer tents and dancing mädchen leave you cold, stop by for the excellent Sunday brunch at the Loreley Restaurant inside the club. 1340 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim, (714) 563-4161; thephoenixclub.com.

 

 

BLIZZCON
Alternates between August and October; this year, Oct. 22-23

Nearly 20,000 devotees of the games put out by Irvine’s Blizzard Entertainment show up every year at the Anaheim Convention Center for the annual BlizzCon. The trouble is that geeks travel in packs, they love spicy food, and they tend to be much more interested in exotic cultures (and their foods) than non-geeks. Any restaurant deemed worthy of the legions of WoW addicts would have to be able to hold 20, 30 or 40 people at a time, which cuts out many of the tiny holes-in-the-wall so beloved by the nerdy. Enter Wadiya, a Sri Lankan café located in an unassuming strip mall near the convention center. Egg hoppers—bowl-shaped crepes with sunny-side up eggs cooked into the bottom—will be brought to your table when you need them; add black curries, fish cooked in coconut milk and chiles, or lunu miris (intensely spicy chutney) to them. Other nights, the egg hoppers may be replaced with string hoppers, patties of tender rice noodles; these are perfect for scooping up coconut sambal, a condiment that will light up more eyes than 24 straight hours of slaying Orcs. 949 S. Euclid St., Anaheim, (714) 635-0005; www.wadiyausa.com.

 

 

HALLOWEEN
Oct. 31

It’s no accident that the TV at Powell’s Sweet Shoppe never stops broadcasting Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version, not the Johnny Depp nightmare). Augustus Gloop’s mind would short-circuit upon seeing the bounty of sweets lined from wall to floor to wall. Jelly Belly is served by spout. A soda fountain pours endless varieties of pop. An ice-cream counter features various flavors, its scoops topped with even more tooth-rotting goodness. Sugar junkies, adults and children alike, can traverse the calorically irresponsible aisles like, well, kids in a candy store. Halloween brings in the weird stuff—candy spiders and other gross-out oddities that would make the cut at Honeydukes. Bring in your kids in their costumes, but forget about going trick-or-treating later—by the time you get home with your Powell’s treasures, they’ll be sprawled on the carpet, tummies aching for mercy. 27000 Alicia Pkwy., Ste. E, Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-9652; 5282 E. Second St., Long Beach, (562) 434-6105; powellssweetshoppe.com.

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