Edwin Goei was born on the island of Java, grew up in La Habra, studied in Irvine, and eats everywhere. Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, he went by the alias "elmomonster" on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.
7 hours ago | Food Reviews
Surely you've noticed that the past few years have seen a boom of new German eateries, most of them sausage-and-beer halls. There's even been an honest-to-goodness biergarten built into an actual, well, garden. But have you also noticed that, for ...
1 day ago | Eat This Now
Let me first say that if you go to Sagami in Irvine and order only the sushi, it will be good. You could very well build a great meal from it and leave happy. But ignoring the weekly specials and the Nagoya-style dishes here is tantamount to going...
3 days ago | Now Open
Halfsies Doughnuts has opened in Tustin. The new donut shop allows customers to put up to 5 different toppings on a freshly fried yeast donut with a honey glaze. An option to go "Halfsies" allows the customer to put different toppings onto the hal...
7 days ago | Food Reviews
Hands down, the most popular dish at Royal Hen—the brand-new bistro on Balboa Island by Tim Goodell of 25 Degrees and A Restaurant and so many other great OC restaurants over the years—is the chicken pot pie. The night of my visit, I overheard the...
10 days ago | Now Open
After a slow start, Union Market, Tustin's indoor-swap-meet-within-a-mall, is now nearly fully occupied. The latest tenant to move in is Milkbox, which first established itself at the Union Market in Mission Viejo. Tustin's Mailbox serves the same...
1 month ago | Food Reviews
Rich Mead used to have two restaurants in Newport Beach: Sage and Sage On the Coast. But when the economy tanked, Sage On the Coast closed. And then, after his landlord refused to renew the lease, the 15-year-old Sage was also forced to shutter, a...