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Edwin Goei

Edwin Goei

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.

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  • Laurent Vrignaud will open a second location of his French Bistro Moulin in Laguna Beach at 248 Forest Ave. at the former location of Scandia Bakery. The new place is slated to open this summer and will offer a similar menu to his flagship restaur...

  • The Great Food Truck Race winner The Lime Truck opened its first OC brick-and-mortar at Irvine Spectrum in Fall of 2014 called TLT Food. This was after it opened a brick-and-mortar in Westwood in 2012 and after the TLT Food in Downtown LA closed i...

  • 3 days ago | Food Reviews

    One of the first things I saw at Vaca, Amar Santana's new Spanish restaurant across from South Coast Plaza, was the ham leg propped up on a proper jamonera, an L-shaped board with two metal stirrups specifically designed for displaying Spanish ham...

  • 3 days ago | Now Open

    Go Greek Yogurt isn't another frozen yogurt joint. Yes, it does do frozen yogurt, but it isn't all it does. It specializes in savory dishes based on yogurt. One dish has the yogurt topped with Greek sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, Greek crumbled fet...

  • 4 days ago | Now Open

    The flashy local sushi chain Octopus, which operates multiple restaurants in Burbank, Glendale, and Irvine (as Tomikawa), closed its Brea branch last fall. Now a new Cajun crawfish joint has moved in. The Mad Claw serves the same kind of sauce-ste...

  • 5 days ago | Food Festivals

    At this upcoming weekend's Tet Festival at the OC Fair & Event Center, you will have plenty of opportunities to overstuff yourselves with Vietnamese food, but for some, it will mostly be pho and bánh mì. The festival will host both a pho and a...

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