Irvine is still 85 Degrees C's turf, but it isn't stopping other Taiwanese bakeries from vying for a piece of the pie. Kiki Bakery is a third the size of 85 Degrees C, but it hails from SGV, where there are more of them, in Monterey Park, Alhambra and Rowland Heights.
This is its first venture into ... More >>
The vacant spots next to Gina's Pizza in the Albertsons-anchored shopping mall near UC Irvine are getting new tenants. It was in January that Saigon Basil, the Vietnamese restaurant that replaced the long-lived Oriental Kitchen, folded.
In less than 15 seconds in the middle of the night on June 2, 2007 in Orange County's Little Saigon, gun-happy Vietnamese immigrant Anh Duoc Nguyen, though just 17 years old, forever lost his youth and his freedom.Until Jan. 20, Nguyen--a onetime Garden Grove High School student and member of the ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI posited the question last May: Why aren't there any Hong Kong-style cafés in Orange County?In that post, I said that the last Hong Kong-style café to grace our dining scene was O'Shine in Irvine, which then became Red Onion, a similarly styled restaurant that folded shortly after. ... More >>
Photo from Boiling Point WebsiteJust in time for the cold snap (it'll be in the 60's by the end of the week), the Taiwanese hot pot restaurant called Boiling Point has opened in Irvine offering gurgling, simmering stews that on its website it describes as "So hot. So bubbly. So sti ... More >>
Photo from Boiling Point WebsiteWhat you see above is a Taiwanese hot pot from a restaurant called Boiling Point, a popular San Gabriel mini-chain that started sometime around 2007 specializing in the Sterno-heated dish. There are stores in Arcadia, Hacienda Heights, and Monterey Park, not to men ... More >>
Flickr User RolandThe question came from a reader on my personal blog who simply asked: "During my stay in the OC I have not been able to locate any Hong Kong cafes or restaurants. Do you perhaps know of any?"Which made realize, no I don't. It got me thinking that the last Hong Kong-style cafe to ... More >>
Ocean Star, in LA's new Chinatown in Monterey Park, now serves Shanghai-style soup dumplings, called 小籠包--xiao long bao. The problem with most services of soup dumplings is that they arrive four or eight to an order still in the steamer basket, and the act of transferring them to a spoon, d ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIn the space left behind by Aomatsu, once the closest sushi bar to UC Irvine, yet another sushi restaurant called Gatten is poised to enter. It's about now that you might wonder: Are these restaurateurs suffering from amnesia? Don't they remember the last restaurant that tanked also d ... More >>
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Gustavo told me recently he heard news that Carl's Jr. opened its first franchise in Indonesia this month. And then on the same day, in a sort of bizarre cosmic coincidence, I got word a new Indonesian grocery store opened in Fullerton. In a bit of food quid pro quo, OC ... More >>
DEA agents now have lots of party favorsThe price to party without inhibitions in Southern California likely just went up.Federal law enforcement officials announced this afternoon that a grand jury has indicted 15 individuals in Los Angeles and Orange County for conspiracy to possess and distrib ... More >>
A Los Angeles to San Diego high-speed train proposal that's picking up steam (sorry) would bypass the traditional Amtrak
Surfliner route down the coast through Orange County and instead head eastward from LA through the Inland Empire.The state plans new tracks for 220 mile-per-hour trains from Lo ... More >>
Edwin GoeiTwo stories involving Chinese food caught my attention last week. First, there's local news about what is arguably one of OC's best Chinese restaurants, China Garden in Irvine. Fellow OC Food Blogger Julian Hsu has the scoop. In his post, he writes: "We just ate there for dimsum lunch t ... More >>