You know the feeling: when they come around after you've demolished your meal, asking if you have room for dessert. You want something sweet to round off the night, but the dessert menu is the same tired list of cheesecakes and molten lava cakes that aren't even made there. So you lie, tell the wait ... More >>
As we revealed long ago, the dessert shop that will use liquid nitrogen to freeze milk, cream and sugar instantly into ice cream is coming to Irvine at The Crossroads, taking over the old Yogurt Passion space. This past week, after months of nothing much happening, I saw some progress being made. Th ... More >>
WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY EDWIN GOEI [Editor's Note: Summer in OC is never just about the here and now. Once the weather starts heating up, we start migrating to our communal gathering grounds--the beach, Disneyland, Theo Lacy Jail--and all the memories of summers past start flooding in until you ... More >>
Salads get a bad rap. It's the name: salad. We tend to associate the word with lettuce, usually iceberg, which is flavorless, bland--the antithesis of a steak. For those on a diet, salad is punishment. But perhaps the comedian John Pinette put it best when he said this about salad: "Salad isn't foo ... More >>
I am a sucker for Cream Pan's sandwiches, especially the korokke pan. House-made hoagie bread, a deep fried potato korokke that's as close as Japanese food is going to get to the falafel, glops of Thousand Island, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a wad of leafy lettuce. It is a great sandwich, one that I wr ... More >>
We've made a list of great sandwiches, even devoted an entire issue of our dead tree edition to notable noodle dishes, but what about rice? We often take it for granted because, well, because it's rice. But rice is essential, rice is good, rice is the giver of life and what makes these next ten dish ... More >>
We were looking for nothing in particular at Island Pacific, a Filipino grocery store in Cerritos, when I saw this. Surely something was lost in translation, but oh the hilarity that ensues when it does.
It's been three years since I reviewed Pizzeria Ortica; two years since Chef Steve Samson left to start Sotto in LA. In that time a little place called Mozza opened in Newport Beach; Ecco debuted not far off at The Camp; and the irrepressible Il Dolce quietly did its thing near Triangle Square. Thou ... More >>
I'd be shirking my duties as a food blogger if I didn't snap pictures of newsworthy food stories during a stroll I took yesterday afternoon in downtown Fullerton. Whenever I get the chance (and the time), I do this: I put rubber soles to the ground and do cursory visits to check the pulse of places ... More >>
If you don't count the Vietnamese restaurants that offer it, Lee's Sandwiches has the monopoly on banh mi in Irvine. Now, not so much. Sandwich Club, the banh mi shop that replaces the crepe maker at Diamond Jamboree, will open tomorrow and its roster not only includes banh mi with cha, grilled pork ... More >>
The third iteration of Korean grocer at the corner of Walnut and Redhill in Tustin looks so much like its predecessors that if I didn't know Freshia had gone belly up, I would've walked in and would've only noticed that they spruced up two walls with near-flourescent paint. That is to say the ne ... More >>
Last month, Anne Marie got the scoop on Aria International Supermarket, which planned to take over the space left behind by Sears Essentials in Tustin. The enormity of it was confirmed when I went into the supermarket this weekend as it quietly opened.It is indescribably spacious. Floors gleam li ... More >>
Once again, it's fish sandwich season at the nation's fast food burger joints, a.k.a. Lent. It is said that 23% of Filet-O-Fish consumption happens during this period. But how do the others measure against what's arguably the nation's most popular fishwich, which McDonald's now offers in a doubl ... More >>
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In this list of morning meals, you'll find not just the egg, bacon and pancake joints (although there are certainly a lot of those in there), but also a certain Swedish furniture super store that practically gives away its food, a Cambodian/Vietnamese noodle shop and a place to dip Chinese fried ... More >>
Have you heard about Jack in the Box's bacon milkshake? The milkshake is just part of a marketing campaign that includes a commercial that has a dude named Neal telling his mother that he's getting married to bacon. The push for its new BLT Cheeseburger includes a new catchphrase where Jack asks ... More >>
Edwin Goei For this week's installment, you must guess not only where I ate it, but also the name of the dish . . . which is really a hint because if you know the dish, you also know this place is one of the few restaurants that serve it. One guess per person per comment. Use a valid email addre ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThere used to be two Fatburgers in Irvine. Now, there are none. The Fatburger at Park Place, on Michelson and Jamboree, is finally closed following other Fatburgers in the area to oblivion. The company had long ago already filed for bankruptcy.
When we start calling Anaheim home to OC's own Little Manila, the epicenter of it all will be the plaza at the corner of Euclid and Crescent. When Jollibee and its sister Red Ribbon joined Kapit Bahay and LBC (the balikbayan box courier used by Filipino expats to send care packages to the Philipp ... More >>
As you compete for seats at the new Irvine Mitsuwa Marketplace's tiny, tiny excuse of a food court, there are three other food vendors who hope that you're not just there for the ramen at Santouka.Here is a brief rundown of who they are and what they offer.
Edwin GoeiI think I've become the unofficial and unintentional historian on the businesses that have come and gone at the shack on 14430 Newport Ave. in Tustin. Over the last five years I have been keeping track, there has been about four different restaurants trying and failing at that spot. Now ... More >>
Edwin GoeiYou don't know how hard it is for me to keep a straight face as I write this, because, c'mon, I'm sure you're also chortling at the very idea of buying your loved ones (or even your not-so-loved-ones) gifts from the 99-Cent-Only Store.I could justify such a list as you're about to read ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIn order to win this prize, you have to correctly identify the dish (just the proper name of the protein is sufficient) and the place where I ate it. Only one guess per person per comment. And be sure to use a valid email so we can verify the winner. Good luck!Follow Stick a Fork In It ... More >>
Photo by John GilhooleyYou just recovered the mittens you stored away last season from the deepest part of your coat closet. Last night, you wore socks to bed because you didn't want your toes to lose feeling again. The heater's being used for the first time this year, and it still hasn't cooked ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThis is a taste test. Only a test. Not a formal review, but a quick, dirty trial of two dishes from Koko's Cafe in Irvine, which as I noted in an annoucement post last week, opened recently in Irvine. It took the place of Dickey's BBQ at the corner of Irvine Center Drive and Jeffrey, an ... More >>
Edwin Goei Who says white bread has to be synonymous with boring? The following are five Japanese inventions that crimp, pleat and grate slices of white into crustless, undeniably cute shapes worthy of Hello Kitty. What more interesting than the fact that these devices exist is that the local br ... More >>
Edwin GoeiPulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold described the chicken at the previously mobile-only Gourmet Grill Masters this way:"The chicken at Grill Masters stands a cluck or two above the rest: extravagantly seasoned fowl cooked on rotating spits, perfumed with smoke, slow-roasted ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWould you rather not give out boring old Snickers and M&M's this year? You want to be the special house on the block that has stuff that no one else dares give away? Here are some unusual candies and treats we dug out from our blog's long-dead Wacky Snacks featurette, most of ... More >>
Edwin GoeiSushi Boy's Sushi Fast food sushi. If there's a better food oxymoron out there, I think it'd have to be "veggie burgers". But that's disingenuous of me to say. I've actually enjoyed more "fast food sushi" than veggie burgers. Most of the time, it's Sushi Boy; not usually for the sushi, ... More >>
Edwin GoeiGuess correctly where I ate this dish, and you win our surprise prize! As always, only one guess per person per comment, and you must use a valid e-mail address so we can identify you. Good luck! Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Facebook!
Edwin GoeiWhere did I eat this colorful dish? Step right up and guess. Normal rules apply: One guess per person per comment and no Weeklings allowed! And be sure to use a valid e-mail address when you enter your guess. The winner gets a surprise prize! Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter&nb ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhere did I eat this colorful dish? Step right up and guess. Normal rules apply: One guess per person per comment and no Weeklings allowed! The winner gets a surprise prize!Hint: There are two correct answers. The dish can be ordered in two technically different restaurants (each named ... More >>
Edwin GoeiOnly Saturdays at 3 p.m. is it this empty.The Place: Ra Sushi, 2401 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92782;(714) 566-1700. The Hours: Mon.-Sat., 3-7 p.m. The Deal: $2 hot sake. $3 domestic beers. $4 well drinks, Corona, Sapporo, Stella Artois, and Tsingtao. $5 Kirin, Le Terre Chardonnay, Le Te ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThis post is another one of our series under the category "Eat Here, Not There". But this time, I could also put this under "fast food guilty pleasures I shouldn't like". What I'm about to recommend comes from the chain known as Sushi Boy, which a typical sushi purist would never come n ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIf you recall, I wrote earlier this summer that 85°C Bakery Café, the Taiwanese bakery that introduced squid ink bread and lines as persistent as those at the unemployment office, has plans to open a second outlet in the U.S. Now they've set a date for the opening. As reported by Eate ... More >>
Edwin GoeiOn a recent trip to Irvine Spectrum, I noticed that Le Napoleon, the coffee shop that boasted Intelligentsia coffee and Cream Pan pastries was gone from its perch underneath the merry-go-round. I was going to put it on the list of restaurant casualties for the month...
Edwin GoeiRules are the same as they are every week: one person per guess per comment, and be sure to enter a valid email so we can confirm where to send your prize if you win. So, where did I eat this burger?Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Facebook.
Edwin GoeiIf you haven't been to Mitsuwa Marketplace's food court in a while, you'll find it has changed a bit. Long gone is the Italian Tomato, the pastry and pasta maker, and the short-lived Maestro adjacent to that. In the space they've left behind, an udon and donburi purveyor are set to ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe picture above was taken at The Camp: Home to Costa Mesa's many eclectic restaurants, trendy shops, and a parking lot stenciled with aphorisms.Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Facebook!
Edwin GoeiThis one needs at least this hint: The restaurant that served this no longer exists. So where did I eat this dish?No Weeklings allowed to play. One guess per person, per comment. And as always, enter a valid e-mail so we can verify the winner, yadda yadda.Follow Stick a Fork In It on Tw ... More >>
Edwin GoeiSo proud is Chapter One: the modern local of its libations that it puts them on the same one-sheet menu with the rest of the food. In fact, they call them "Culinary Cocktails". And if you think the title is kind of presumptuous, you haven't realized that a few of the ingredients s ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Muldoon's Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660;(949) 640-4110. The Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the pub or Celtic Bar. The Deal: $5 draft pints, including Guinness Stout, Bass Ale, Smithwick's, Muldoon's Honey Blond, Amstel Li ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWelcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry. . . .Xoi ga is sticky rice with chicken, a Vietnamese street dish that, if I wanted to oversimplify, closely mirrors Hainan chicken--boiled or ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWelcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry. . . .There are exactly three bento boxes offered for five dollars ($4.99 pre-tax to be exact) at Bentoss in Costa Mesa. The most popular is proba ... More >>
Edwin GoeiGuess correctly where I ate this dish, and you win our surprise prize! As always, only one guess per person per comment and you must use a valid e-mail address so we can identify you. Good luck! Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Facebook! ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThis week's installment of our guessing game should be easy. Or perhaps not, if you've got no idea what that breaded thing is. So start guessing where I ate this dish. Same rules apply as always. One guess per comment per person. No Weeklings allowed.Good luck!Follow Stick a Fork In It ... More >>
Edwin GoeiNotice the flip-flopped title of this post. This week, I'm calling it "Eat There, Not Here". What I'm saying is that despite the promise of a non-itinerant "Kogi Taco" at Koba Tofu Grill's walk-up window in Irvine, you're likely to find better, tastier Korean tacos at the original truc ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Daily Grill, 2636 Dupont Drive, Irvine, (949) 474-2223.The Hours: Daily, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.The Deal: Domestic beers, $3.50. Specialty beers, $4. Well martinis & spirits, $5.50. Premium spirits, $9. $3.95-$4.95 appetizers. The Scene: This dependable meat and potatoes chain ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhere did I eat this dish? And what is it with the explosive title? (That last part was a clue). To win you have to simply name the dish and where I had it. One guess per comment per person; no Weeklings allowed. Good luck!
Edwin GoeiWhen it comes to baking, Cream Pan can do no wrong. But as a business trying to expand its reach, it has struggled.The bakery that started out as a literal hole-in-the-wall appears to be shuttering its not-as-successful café spin-off. Even as it grew to be called Japonaise Bakery and ... More >>