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.
12 hours 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...
18 hours 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...
2 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...
3 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...
6 days ago | Things To Look Forward To
As Los Olivos Marketplace near Irvine Spectrum expands to an additional 120,000 square feet, there's news of more things going in. Come Spring, the quietest of Irvine Company's retail centers will get busier with a Whole Foods Market opening ...
7 days ago | Mobile Meals
Whether you're going to this depends on if you have a 12-year-old girl or are yourself a 12-year-old girl at heart. Here it is: the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be returning to Irvine Spectrum this Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. in the G...