Edwin GoeiHow do we know when this whole food truck thing has officially gone off the rails? When Sizzler and Subway get into the game. In an LA Times article today about the continuing phenomena that Kogi started, reporter Sharon Bernstein writes that Sizzler and Subway are planning food tr ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhere did I eat this? Guess correctly and you win a prize. Only one guess per comment per person. I'll give another hint when it seems no one's getting it. Good luck!
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Opah at Town Center, 26851 Aliso Creek Rd., Ste. C, Aliso Viejo, (949) 360-8822; www.opahrestaurant.com. Opah at the Marketplace, 13122 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (714) 508-8055;www.opahrestaurant.com. The Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 4-6:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9-11 p.m. The Deal: $6 marti ... More >>
Edwin Goei Most people around these parts are well aware of the success of Boiling Crab. It is one of the breakout out stars from Little Saigon that begat competitors aplenty since they opened in 2003.
Edwin Goei To win this week's contest, you must tell me both what the dish pictured is called and where I ate it. For this city whose motto is "a nice place to live and work..." (and where this week's restaurant can be found) I think I must also add "to eat". (That was a hint.) As usual, one g ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Kinder Bueno Origin: UK Found at: Cost Plus, Costa Mesa Cost: $4.99 for 3-pack Ingredients: Milk chocolate 31.5% (sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, skimmed milk powder, concentrated butter, emulsifier: soy lecithin; vanillin), sugar, vegetable oil, wheat flour, hazelnuts (10.8% ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThis one should be easy. Same rules as usual: Only one guess per person per comment. I'll give another clue if no one's getting it; but I doubt I'll need to. I'm guessing we'll wrap this contest up in the first two, if not the first, comment.
Edwin GoeiName: Black Black Hard Origin: Japan Found at: Mitsuwa, Costa Mesa Cost: $4.99 Ingredients: Maltitol, Guarana and Chrysant & Gingko Extract, Xylitol, Acesulfame K, Aspartame, L-Phenylalanine, Sucralose, Gum Base, Artificial Flavor, Gum Arabic, Caffeine, Cacao & Caramel C ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThis post says its author is Edwin, but it's really me, Gustavo. He asked me to step in, even after writing an elaborate post, because he wants to get my reaction to news that the Lime Truck (which I thoroughly enjoyed but also found a bit expensive for their minuscule offerings) nam ... More >>
Edwin Goei SushiliciousOn this episode of Dueling Dishes we pit two revolving sushi houses. Sushilicious is the newcomer; Kaisen is the long-established contender. But this week, we're not comparing just a single dish between the two of them. Since one dish can literally constitute just one b ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Japon: El Original Cacahuate estilo Japonés (The original Japanese-style peanut) Origin: Mexico Found at: Superior Grocers, Buena Park Cost: 4 bags for $1 Ingredients: Selected Peanuts, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Water, Iodized Salt, Brown Sugar, Hydrolyzed Soy, Hydrolyzed Soy P ... More >>
Edwin GoeiRemember back in January when Dave broke the news that Maestro, the Japanese/Italian stall at Mitsuwa Marketplace's food court, was shuttering? Then remember a month later I wrote about how a new stall by Iron Chef Challenger Myung Lee was going to replace it?
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Sagami, 3850 Barranca Pkwy. Ste B., Irvine, CA 92606, (949) 857-8030 . The Hours: Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The Deal: Sapporo on tap for 50% off ($1.88 for a frosty mug). Hot sake, also 50% off. $4.95 sushi rolls (Rainbow, Spicy Yellowtail, Salmon Skin, or S ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhere did I eat this plate? Guess away! One guess per person per comment. I will give out another hint after 10 wrong guesses or if I think no one's getting it, whichever comes first.
Edwin Goei Despite my head-scratching, Habibi's Funnel Cakes has finally opened in Tustin in the space previously occupied by a Robek's. Yes, it seems like an unlikely place for a funnel cake place (it's nowhere near a ferris wheel or something remotely county-fair-related). But now that it is ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Citrus Cafe,1481 Edinger Avenue, Tustin, CA 92780-6249, (714) 258-2404; www.citruscafe.com. The Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 3 p.m. to close, at the lounge only. The Deal: Soju-based cocktails (Apple Martini, Bloody Mary, Margarita, Cape Cod, or Screwdriver) $4. House w ... More >>
Edwin Goei Where did I eat this meal? Guess away! One guess per person per comment. I will give out another hint after 10 wrong guesses or if I think no one's getting it, whichever comes first.
Edwin Goei Name: Chips In Cup Origin: Korea Found at: H-Mart, Irvine Cost: On sale: 2 for $2.49 Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Chocochip, Coconut Powder, Shortening, Egg Powder, Cream Powder, Salt, Acid Agent.
Edwin GoeiAttention North County booze hounds, you now have a Total Wine & More in your vicinity. The liquor superstore, which some liken to a Costco of alcohol, has opened its second OC store at 471 South Associated Road Brea, CA 92821 (at the Brea Plaza Shopping Center). They are open ... More >>
Edwin GoeiHere we go again. The shack in front of Tustin's Sushi Wasabi at Newport Avenue and Walnut Street, which used to house a DIY Korean BBQ called Hebaragi, has changed hands yet again. At this point, I have no other conclusion than to say that this location is cursed.
Edwin GoeiSports Illustrated had a recent article which reports that half of all major ballparks in the U.S. of A are now offering all-you-can-eat tickets. That's right, for a flat ticket fee (a cost of around $40 at some parks), you can get through the turnstiles and go directly to concessions ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhere did I eat this taco? Guess away! One guess per person per comment. I will give out another hint after 10 wrong guesses or if I think no one's getting it, whichever comes first.
Edwin GoeiName: Unican Milkita - Chocolate Milk Candy Origin: Indonesia Found at: H-Mart, Irvine Cost: $1.99 Ingredients: Glucose, Condensed Milk (Fresh Milk, Skim Milk Powder, Vegetable Oil, Sucrose), Sugar, Cocoa Liquor, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Tri Calcium Phosphate, Butter, Chocola ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Kinder Happy Hippo Origin: Netherlands Found at: Cost Plus, Costa Mesa Cost: $3.99 Ingredients: Sugar, Vegetable Oil and Fat, Wheat Flour, Whole Milk Powder (.7.5%), Skimmed Milk Powder (5%), Fat-Reduced Cocoa (4.5%), Hazelnuts, Whey Powder, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Coco ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThis week's installment of Guess Where might just be very easy or very hard. So, where did I eat this? I'll need the exact location of the restaurant. Yes, the address. As always, one guess per person per comment. I'll surrender another hint when there are 10 wrong guesses or I t ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe clue is in the filename of the picture. But then, that clue will be misleading, because it actually isn't what it says it is. Now, where did I eat it? One guess per comment per person. I will give up another hint when I think no one's getting it. Good luck!
Edwin GoeiName: Labzter - Lobster Flavored Crackers Origin: Philippines Found at: Manila Groove, Tustin
Edwin GoeiWhere did I eat this sandwich? Put your guesses in the comment section. One guess per person per comment. I'll give another clue when it seems no one's getting it. But this one, should be easy...so long as you figure out what's in the sandwich. Or i ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIf you've recently stopped in at the Target at The District in Tustin, you might have seen the not-so-subtle signage: They're closing it from July 12-16 to do a store makeover, reopening July 17th. Now you might think to yourself, "This Target's barely a few years old and already ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Heinz Spotted Dick Origin: England Found at: Fresh & Easy, Fountain Valley Cost: $3.99 Ingredients: Wheat, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Raisins, Partially Hydrogenated Canola and Palm Oils, Nonfat Dry Milk, Partially Inverted Sugar Cane Syrup, Leaveners (Sodium Diphosphates, S ... More >>
Edwin Goei We continue to countdown our 100 favorite dishes at local restaurants. We'll be sharing these with you every weekday until our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy! #83. Cambodian Beef Jerky at Sophy's Sophy's Cambodian beef jerky is one of those dishes that proves appearances c ... More >>
Edwin GoeiBarcelona OnTheGo, the OC-based Spanish/Argentinean food truck, announced via Twitter and Facebook that they've been selected by Disney's California Adventure out of "an extensive list of truck/vendors." Their job? To cater to crowds at the park's new World of Color event.
Edwin GoeiYou know what to do. Guess away at where I had this plate of food. Yes, it is com tam. And for this one, you need to be specific on the location: give me the name of the place and the address (which is a hint). One guess per person, per comment. I'll give another hint after 10 wro ... More >>
Edwin GoeiStefani Peterson of the OC Register reported that a few weeks ago Takashi Abe's Sea Smoke in San Clemente closed permanently. Then our buddy at OC Register's Food Frenzy blog, Niyaz Pirani, revealed the shuttering of Q Restaurant, the crawfish and funnel cake hole-in-the-wall that ... More >>
Edwin GoeiStep right up and guess where I ate the dish pictured. If you guess right, you win a prize. One guess per comment per person. I will give a hint after 10 wrong guesses, or if I feel no one's getting it, which ever comes fist.
Edwin GoeiJohn Wayne Airport is the gateway for most OC bound travellers--the first impression they get of our area. But if it's also where impressions are formed on the OC dining scene, I am hoping visitors stay away from the info kiosks you see above, which are found at baggage claim.
Edwin Goei Seen at the Foothill Ranch Arby's. Notice anything wrong?