Edwin GoeiWhere did I eat this plate of fried calamari? There's a hint in the filename of the pic (if you can call it a hint). First one to guess correctly wins a prize. One guess per person per comment. I will give another hint if there are no correct answers by 10 guesses, or when I don' ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Kkamjjic Ice Cream Drink Origin: South Korea Found at: Freshia, Tustin Cost: $1.49 Ingredients: Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Nicotinic Acid, Inocitol, Vitamin C, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B6, Hydrochloride, Milk Flavor, Citrus Flavor, Lemon Flavor, ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWelcome to a new feature on our blog called 100 Favorite Dishes, where we countdown, um, 100 of our favorite dishes. That's right, starting now and for every day for the next 100 (week)days we will rehash all our favorite dishes. Simple as that. And if we did the math right, it shoul ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThis installment of our weekly Guess Where Quiz should be ridiculously easy. At least the "where" part. The only hint you get about it is that I just said it's ridiculously easy. The hard part is that you must also give me the exact name of the dish pictured above. Yep. This is a ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Milky Origin: Japan Found at: Freshia, Tustin Cost: $1.99 Ingredients: Starch Syrup, Condensed Milk Powder Sugar, Salt, Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier.
Edwin GoeiA new ramen joint is close to opening in the same plaza that already has Irvine's arguably most popular pho restaurant, Pho Ba Co (previously Pho Bac), on Barranca near Culver. And for once a new restaurant has the good sense of putting up a menu on the window. And not just a menu ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhere or where did I eat this delectable sandwich? Step right up and guess. One guess per comment per person until 10 guesses are logged or it seems I need to give you another clue, whichever comes first. Good luck!
Edwin GoeiName: Marco Polo Brand Shrimp Snacks Origin: Chino, California Found at: 99 Ranch, Irvine Cost: $0.99 Ingredients: Tapioca Flour, Shrimp, Eggs, Salt, Sugar, Vegetable Oils (Soybean, and/or Corn and/or Cotton Seed Oils, with TBHQ to Protect Flavor), Torula Yeast, Dextrose, Tomato ... More >>
Edwin Goei You know that often repeated statistic that 90 percent of restaurants fail in their first year? There's been some research that debunks it as a myth (the rate is more like 57-61 percent for a three year period).
Edwin GoeiWhere or where did I eat this dish? Step right up and guess. One guess per comment per person until 10 guesses are logged or it seems I need to give you another clue, whichever comes first. Good luck! I don't even need to tell you what it is right?
Edwin GoeiI eat at Flame Broiler more than I care to admit. An unintended side effect is that I now see them everywhere. It's sort of like how you start to notice a certain make of car on the road because it's also the make your car.
Edwin GoeiWe return to part two of a three Wacky Snacks series to focus on the food of Sweden, because as it turns out, as I said last week, there's a treasure trove of wacky stuff right under our noses at IKEA's Swedish Food Market. This week? Name: Jelly Rats Origin: Sweden Found at: IKE ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhere or where did I eat this breast of chicken? Step right up and guess. One guess per comment per person until 10 guesses are logged or it seems I need to give you another clue, whichever comes first. Good luck!Update: Congrats to Jonathan S.! He wins a $10 gift card to Mo ... More >>
Edwin Goei This will be the first of three Wacky Snacks to focus on the food of Sweden, because as it turns out, there's a treasure trove of wacky stuff right under my nose at IKEA's Swedish Food Market. So kids, are ya ready for Kalles Creamed Smoked Roe?
Edwin GoeiI will tell you now: this one might be tricky. Yes, they are crepes, but where? I will give out another clue after I get 10 incorrect guesses (or when I think it's necessary, which ever comes first). Good luck.
Edwin GoeiName: Crunky Ball Chocolate Origin: Korea Found at: H-Mart, Irvine Cost: $3.49 Ingredients: Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Corn, Vegetable Fat, Lactose, Whey Permeate Pwder, Emulsifer (Soy bean), Arabic Gum, Salt, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Artificial Flavor (V ... More >>
Edwin GoeiAs I was waiting to pay for my Borders book purchases at The District in Tustin, guess what I saw at the checkout line? Not Snickers. Not M&M's. Pocky!
Edwin GoeiName: Nestlé Aero Origin: South Africa Found at: Garden Patch Market, Irvine Cost: $3.79 Ingredients: Cane sugar, full cream milk solids, cocoa mass, non-hydrogenated vegetable fat, whey powder (milk), cocoa butter, emulsifiers (soy lecithin E322, e476), flavourants.
Edwin GoeiYou might have noticed it, or maybe you didn't: In-N-Out quietly raised its prices by 10 cents on April 1st. It's one of those incrementally minute things that you don't realize has happened until eventually, ten years later, you think to yourself, "Wow, a burger here used to be less t ... More >>
Edwin GoeiSo, in this week's edition of "Guess Where", I present you the above dish, which I can tell you is a taco. What kind? Well, mouse over it if you haven't figured out that it's not carne asada. Now the question is: Where did I have it? First person to guess correctly in t ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI wish I could say that I saw this coming. Even as I flippantly predicted that funnel cakes might just be the next food fad to hit it big in my review of Q Restaurant in Westminster (which serves funnel cakes and crawfish), I really didn't expect to see any more funnel cake joints ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Snacky Origin: India Found at: Garden Patch Market, Irvine Cost: $0.79
Edwin GoeiSo the only hint I will give you is that if you mouse over the picture, there is a hint of what I'm eating. Now the question is: Where? First person to guess correctly in the comments section gets a prize. OC Weekly employees (Weeklings) are not eligible. One guess per person and ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Shirakiku Teriyaki Nori (Seasoned Roasted Seaweed) Origin: Vernon, CA Found at: 99 Ranch, Irvine Cost: $3.09 Ingredients: Seaweed, Soy Sauce (Water, Soy Beans, Wheat, Salt), Sugar Why I Bought It: There are many brands of teriyaki nori at the 99 Ranch Market. More kinds th ... More >>
Edwin Goei The LA Times had a great article on Zankou Chicken today, a chain of which OC has a solitary branch in Anaheim. Almost everyone who's fouled up their breaths with Zankou's toum (garlic sauce) knows how this Armenian chicken chain was cemented into legendary status by Chowhounds, criti ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Kurkure Naughty Tomatoes Origin: India Found at: Saral Indian Grocery, Tustin Cost: $1.49 Ingredients: Rice Meal, Edible Vegetable Oil, Corn Meal, Gram Meal, Sugar, Salt, Tomato powder (1.4%), Spices & Condiments (Chilli powder, onion powder, Black pepper powder, Ginge ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhat was once a mighty tsunami of frozen yogurt stands has receded, and a lot of those entrants who hoped to the enjoy the surge of success the likes of what Yogurtland and Pinkberry enjoyed, have been pulled back to the depths from whence it came. The latest is Red Mango in Irvin ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWelcome to our inaugural post of Guess Where I'm Eating, soon to be a regular feature of this blog where you, the reader, gets to guess where I, the blogger, ate. The reward? A prize to our first correct guesser... Your only clue (so far)? The above picture. So where am I eating? ... More >>
Edwin Goei Costa Mesans now have one less Thai joint, but get one more Peruvian restaurant to offset the loss. Previously Thai Tasty Corner, the building in the same parking lot as Sushi Shibucho has recently reopened as Inka Grill. Their claim to fame? Well, it's in bigger letters eclipsi ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Philippine Brand Dried Mango Balls Origin: Philippines Found at: 99 Ranch, Irvine Cost: $1.29 Ingredients: Selected Mangoes, Sugar & Preserved With Sulfur Dioxide Why I Bought It: It's easily the most wholesome Wacky Snacks I've profiled on this feature. Except for ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI don't have a prize to give out, but I will offer a hearty attaboy to anyone who can tell me how many Korean restaurants have occupied the hut in front of Sushi Wasabi at the corner of Newport and Walnut in Tustin. My recollection has it at three. There was a joint called Happy ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWithout fail, every time I drive past Freshia market in Tustin, I look at the space next to the left entrance for the Koo's hotteok stand. It has been over year since there was a sighting there and recently, I've come to terms with the sad realization that they might never come back.
Edwin Goei I'm of the opinion that there are things they should take out of soda (presevatives) and things they should keep (real sugar). But for heaven's sake, nothing should be added to it, especially vitamins. That's what I discovered was in the bottle of Cherry 7-Up that I bought. I re ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Crispy Snack Anchovy Fish Origin: Thailand Found at: 99 Ranch, Irvine Cost: $2.99 Ingredients: Anchovy, Palm Oil, Salt, Sugar, Sesame, Sodium Metabisulfite.
Edwin GoeiIn case you were keeping track, in the three contestant race on which would open up their restaurant first at The Camp in Costa Mesa, Valhalla Table is the winner. It recently debuted with nary but a small banner announcing itself and a menu that delivers what Liz Karnaga and fami ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI will never understand why people camp out overnight for anything, let alone at a Chick-fil-A just for a chance to get a year of free food, but that's apparently what 100 or so are prepared to do on Tuesday night at the grand opening of one in Yorba Linda (at Savi Ranch). So if ... More >>
Edwin Goei Cafe Rio, that Utah chain I mentioned in past posts, debuted this week in Lake Forest. But, alas, I was a touch too early to try them. I took the picture above just days before they officially opened, but now that they have, I'm curious on hearing about anyone's who's tried it, e ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThinking that it would be a good idea to grab a snack at 85 Degrees Celcius after some day-after-Christmas shopping, we arrived to see this. Apparently, everyone had the same idea. 85 Degrees Celcius has always been busy, but it's been a while I've seen a line this long. Our stom ... More >>
Edwin GoeiFile this under: You Get What You Pay For. Strolling through the 99-Cent-Only store in Cypress a few days ago, I spied this on the shelf: Gold and silver-painted charger plates, for 99 cents. By the way, I had to be educated by my better half on what a charger plate is. And if ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI found this at the 99 Ranch on Culver in Irvine. First of all, I had no idea that Ajisen Ramen, the ramen chain had diversified into making packaged ramen. Second of all, at upwards of $4, this is possibly the most expensive packaged ramen I've ever encountered (admittedly, the ... More >>
Photo by Edwin Goei Cafe Hiro is a favorite of mine. It's no accident that since I've been here at The Weekly, it's received with two accolades on two Best Of Issues (Best Japanese Restaurant 2009 and Best Fusion Restaurant of 2007). Psst, I didn't want to push for three wins, or else someo ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIf you're like me, you'll chomp on raw onion, garlic and other stinky foods with no regard to its after effects. But say that you do the same and you forget too late that you have an important face-to-face meet up with a client afterward. What do you do when breath mints can only do s ... More >>
Edwin GoeiA few months ago, I reported that Japonaise Bakery & Cafe ceased to exist, but that it was being transformed to become something else, something that the employee working at Cream Pan next door vaguely told me was going to be a "Japanese restaurant." Others rumored that ... More >>
Edwin GoeiOur own Das Ubergeek (or as you know him, Dave Lieberman) is a fixture at our area farmers' markets. He brings us his wonderful weekly feature "At The Farmer's Market"; but this week, it's my turn. That's not to say that Dave didn't have a hand in it. It was the Ubergeek himself who rec ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Milkis Origin: Korea Found at: H-Mart, Irvine Cost: $2.99 for a six-pack Tax CRV Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder, Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Food Color, Vitamin-C, Vitamin-A, Vitamin-D, Contains M ... More >>
Edwin GoeiFirst they purportedly change the formula and girth of the dogs in the corndog, arguably one of the only edible things at Disneyland; but now they're taking the whole truck out of commission for a while. News has come that the Little Red Wagon (that's the official title) will be u ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Super Cucharazo Origin: Mexico Found at: Bodega R Ranch, Tustin Cost: $1.49 Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Chili, Citric Acid, Iodized Salt, Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum and Artificial Color (FD&C Red 40. Why I Bought It: Spoons! As candies go, this, my fr ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhile walking through the produce section of Ralphs at Irvine's Woodbury neighborhood the other night, we were stopped cold in our tracks. This is what we saw. Rambutan. At first I didn't believe my eyes. But as I refocused my vision on the familiar fur on the golf ball-sized ... More >>
Edwin Goei If it seems like it's only been a year since Pastagina opened; that's because it has. The concept debuted February of 2008 and won our Best Yogurt category on the Best Of Issue 2008. And now, it is closed, out of business, kaput, history. The Italian pasta fast-casual ... More >>
Edwin Goei Among all the posts that I've written here this year, none have gotten more comments and curiosity than the one where I announced that the Utah-based chain Cafe Rio was opening its first California outlet in Lake Forest. Nevermind that there's already excellent Mexican all over our fi ... More >>