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.
2 days ago | Food Reviews
I wasn't feeling great. Like a lot of people, I contracted the flu over the holidays and had been trying to shake its lingering effects for weeks. Thanks to a persistant cough, I craved soup almost constantly. Takeout pho, homemade chicken noodle,...
3 days ago | Eat This Now
Boba is bigger than ever these days. In Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the main characters don't commiserate at a coffeehouse à la Central Perk; they go to a place called Cup of Boba. And in Tustin, a city that 20 years ago didn't have a single boba shop, t...
5 days ago | Now Open
El Tamal Cocina Mexicana, a tamales specialist, has opened in Garden Grove near Great Wolf Lodge in the space that used TaTiana's Tamales. Seven savory tamales and three sweet are on the menu as well as a tamal burger. 12432 Lampson Ave., G...
9 days ago | Food Reviews
I arrived at the Country Club with a chip on my shoulder. It was because of two things. First, there was the compulsory valet, which, I thought at the time, is ridiculous in this part of Costa Mesa. If a restaurant called "Pancakes R Us" directly ...
12 days ago | Now Open
The Public House by Evans Brewing Company has opened in Huntington Beach at Bella Terra. It's the Irvine-based brewer's second pub after its Downtown Fullerton location. Food items include duck confit poutine, sweet potato tater tots, and signatur...
3 months ago | Food Reviews
The space in which Basil Mediterranean Grill now sits used to be a vegan Japanese restaurant called Local. I liked Local and wrote about it favorably, but alas, it didn't last. In the back of my mind, I kind of knew it wouldn't. So it didn't surpr...