• Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Why Karaoke is Important to Immigrants in OC

    For Asian Americans, there's an odd sense of comfort in holding a mic and singing along to the midi version of schmaltzy pop hits. Whether they're tunes by Basil Valdez, Sin Sisamouth or Frank Sinatra, played in private rooms (such as at Ziller in Fullerton) or set against chintzy lights and throbbi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    Hello Kitty Food Truck In Irvine NEXT WEEK!

    Dim sum at Capital Seafood and soju key lime margaritas from Urban Seoul 2.0 are a couple of reasons why we visit the Irvine Spectrum. Yet the one you should get excited about this month involves a cat little girl. We broke the news earlier this month about the creation of the first Hello Kitty Caf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Soju Key Lime Margarita at Urban Seoul 2.0, Our Drink of the Week!

    To a high school student, the term "2.0" might mean a "C" grade average; in the context of restaurants, "2.0" references the sophomore effort of an establishment. The opening of the first Urban Seoul in Irvine's Diamond Jamboree plaza presented the notion that Korean cuisine (if we're overanalyzing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    Irvine Korean Cultural Festival This Saturday!

    This Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the City of Irvine will host its annual Irvine Korean Festival at City Hall. This is the fifth year of the event. Just like the other years, admission and parking will be free. There will be traditional Korean dance and two K-Pop dance competitions, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    On the Line: Eddie Choi of Milk Honey, Part Two

    There's just enough time for a little more Q & A with Eddie. Read our interview with Eddie Choi of Milk Honey, part one. And now, on to part two . . . Hardest lesson you've learned. Never be lazy. Do what you got to do, and don't move it to tomorrow. There's always consequences to what you do, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Chae Bahn Closes at Diamond Jamboree; Replaced By Yigah

    Like other shopping centers, Diamond Jamboree has seen its share of turnover. There used to be a Greek restaurant there where the pho joint is now. The Lollicup used to be a froyo shop. The space Urban Seoul occupies was once a Original Buffalo Wings. Sandwich Club used to be Crepes de Paris. Kickin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    On The Line: Kacy Jun of Urban Seoul, Part Two

    Normally you'd be reading the first installment of OTL, but we're changing things up. Don't worry, we still get to interview some pretty cool chefs, like Kacy Jun of Diamond Jamboree's Urban Seoul. We thank him for recounting some of his childhood memories, even though they may have been difficult t ... More >>

  • Food

    August 29, 2013

    Sausage Party In Orange County!

    Mattern Deli, LinX and all the other places to get a banger (and a green chorizo and longanisa and bratwurst) in your mouth

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Irvine Korean Cultural Festival This Saturday

    Did I say that there was a glut of food festivals this weekend or did I say that there was a glut of food festivals this weekend? There's The Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival, which starts today and runs through Sunday at the OC Fairgrounds. Then there's the OC Greek Fest, which starts tomorrow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    This Week In Food: Hilarious Restaurant Chalkboards, EFF if Effing Closed, and Names That Sounds Like Vagina

    Hey, it's May! Let's take a look at what this week in food brought us... Edwin reviewed Urban Seoul in Irvine and feasted upon their post-modern bibimap. Then he shared the closing of Endless Food and Fun in Huntington...and I will keep all ironic comments about it to myself. Then he posted a phot ... More >>

  • Food

    May 2, 2013

    Urban Seoul's Bulgogi Nation

    This Irvine restaurant is the latest Kogi knock-off, but it's a damn great one

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Restaurant Roll Call for January 2013

    So many restaurants opened this month, despite January being a notoriously slow month for the business. Irvine continues to see a boom in Asian eateries and Tustin is now home to an El Toro Bravo and their ginormous burritos. Here's our monthly list of "open and shut cases."

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    New Korean Taco Joint Serves Short Rib Arepas and Kimchi Quesadillas at Diamond Jamboree

    Remember the time Kogi, at the height of its popularity, decided to descend upon the Diamond Jamboree shopping center in Irvine, an Asian food Mecca that already has 85 Degrees screwing up the parking situation?

  • Food

    December 13, 2012

    Koo's Catering Truck: Are You Hot for Hotteok?

    [Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove food truck makes awesome Korean pancakes—but they're not pancakes!

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    BIG BANG - Honda Center - November 3, 2012

    BIG BANGHonda CenterNovember 3, 2012So if you haven't heard about the Korean boy-band, BIG BANG, trust me, you will soon.  Riding the K-Pop invasion into the United States, led by Psy and Gangnam Style, BIG BANG is on their first U.S. tour.  For two nights in a row, they sold out the Honda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Palsaik Samgyupssal, Korean Restaurant Famed For Its '8 Flavors Of Pork Belly,' Comes To OC

    The Korean BBQ can be a blissful, albiet predictable, experience. We've come to expect the trusty usual suspects--kalbi, bulgogi, brisket--along with dipping sauces and banchan galore.   But the newest Korean BBQ restaurant on the block has a divine specialty: pork belly. Palsaik Samgyupss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    10 Old-School K-Pop Bands To Make You Remember Why You Fell In Love With K-Pop

    Before there was SNSD, 2NE1, Big Bang, Super Junior and Wonder Girls, there was S.E.S., g.o.d., H.O.T., Fin.K.L. and 1TYM. Familiar with these names? You must be an O.G. K-pop fan. Today, the manufactured genre has flooded the global consciousness (perhaps you've heard of a little video called "Gang ... More >>

  • Food

    September 6, 2012

    Peking Gourmet's Chachiang-Cha-Changes

    The Garden Grove staple's Korean-style Chinese noodle dishes remain old-school Little Seoul

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Another Concept/Name Change At "Tustin's Most Cursed Restaurant Location"

    If you've read this blog for the past couple of years, you'd know of my fascination about a particular shack on Newport & Walnut in Tustin. Every time there's a change in ownership and/or concept, I write about it. I am the unofficial historian of what comes and goes in what I joking referred to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    The "World's 50 Best" List Is Published, Is Usual Steaming Pile of Irrelevance

    Oh, look, this year's edition of "The World's 50 Best Restaurants", sponsored by San Pellegrino and its subsidiary Acqua Panna, has come out. Cue the precious online debates and the bored yawns from the rest of the world.Ranked lists of the best anything are patent bollocks: they necessarily reflec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    On the Line: Phillip Chang of Yogurtland, Part Two

    I dropped by the original Yogurtland near Cal State Fullerton after our interview. While we loved the value, my original impression used to be that the formula was a little icy for my taste. However, this visit was different from what I remember. Sure, the pastel décor (European-inspired and design ... More >>

  • Film

    April 19, 2012

    It's Another Day, Another Drink in 'The Day He Arrives'

    In Hong Sang-soo's latest, life repeats, and then reveals itself

  • Food

    February 10, 2012

    Han Yang Has a Bone to Pick

    This Buena Park restaurant takes Korean food and its beef short rib soup beyond the borders of Little Seoul

  • Food

    January 26, 2012

    Hoa Sen Serves Cheatin' Chicken

    [Hole In the Wall] The Garden Grove Vietnamese dive sells fake meats even a Midwesterner could love

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Tustin's Most Cursed Restaurant Location Claims Another Business; New Cajun Joint To Try Next

    Edwin Goei​I 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 >>

  • Food

    June 23, 2011

    Neveria Flor de Mexico Offers a Treatise on Icy Treats

    [SUMMER GUIDE] Where to go this summer for frozen fun you can eat

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Han Seoul Oh in '5 Fast 5 Furious'

    ​Alliteration isn't the only thing going for 5 Fast 5 Furious--apparently the Asian guy in it is called Han Seoul Oh, says FilmDrunk. It seems like it's not a joke: Bravo, Fast and the Furious for being really subtle and naming a Korean race car driver Han in earlier movies, and then changing it t ... More >>

  • Food

    March 10, 2011

    Morangak Has the Seoul of OC's Little Korean

    [Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove restaurant is famous for its Korean barbecue—but there's more

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Anna's Mondu Closes In Garden Grove

    Flickr user mmm-yosoLate and sorely lamented...​Anna's Mondu, the tiny labor of love of an older Korean couple in a shopping mall in Garden Grove's Korean District, has closed and been replaced by a sort of licorice allsorts (or mixture) of a restaurant (with no sign up when we drove past), its sl ... More >>

  • Food

    December 2, 2010

    Thanh Tam Is a Corner Bakery

    [Hole In the Wall] Visit this Garden Grove Vietnamese star for big bánh mìs

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2010

    Five Great Pickles for National Pickle Day

    Flickr user ehfisher​In honor of National Pickle Day, The Counter Custom Burgers slashed prices on their Fried Dill Pickle Chips to a dollar this Sunday, November 14 (go while you can!). There are two OC locations: Irvine and Newport Beach. You can also get fried pickle chips at Beachwood BBQ, Luc ... More >>

  • Food

    July 8, 2010

    Little Arabia Grows Up

    [Hole In the Wall] Andaluz Restaurant and Bakery spins a sublime shawarma

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Grace Le​ Five ways to know that you're eating Americanized Mexican food and more of what you missed after the jump!

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Five Great Hangover Cures (And Where To Get Them)

    I seem to have been blessed with the constitution of an ox; it doesn't seem to matter what I drink, I simply don't get hung over very easily. Despite a long and sordid history of drinking, I didn't get hung over for the first time until I was nearly 31, after an ill-advised pub crawl in Hong Kong wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    New Tustin Korean Restaurant In Tustin Where There Once Was Another, and Another

    Edwin Goei​I 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Ethnic Eating 101: Korean, Part 1

    phy @ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Korean restaurants have Seoul... get it?​Welcome to the new year of Ethnic Eating 101! Sorry for the unannounced hiatus; I was hung over--tequila is a delicious but cruel potion.While the wonders of Vietnamese cooking could fill up half a year's posts, the Vietnames ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    La Argentina Rodante: Piaggio on Wheels

    Dave Lieberman​I headed up to the Bruery this Saturday to taste the Oude Tart wine barrel-aged Flemish red (very, very good, incidentally, now hurry up and bottle it so I can enjoy it at home) and parked outside was the Piaggio on Wheels Argentine food truck. After considering the typical alcohol ... More >>

  • Food

    December 24, 2009
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    November 30, 2009

    Five Oldest Continually Operating OC Restaurants (With Request for More)

    Didn't make the list, since it's a 54-year-old whippersnapper...​This year marks the 70th anniversary of Sarinana's Tamale Factory, an old-school dive in an industrial area of SanTana. How do I know its age? Birth year painted on the outside of its wall. If only Orange County restaurant chronology ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Forbes DOESN'T Mention O.C. as an Up-And-Coming Food Capital

    I can't say I'm surprised. Besides, list like these are subjective, as all lists are. But this one, is especially so. A panel of four, consisting of "Food & Wine Restaurant Editor Kate Krader; Anya Fernald, executive director of Slow Food Nation; and Erik Wolf, president of the International Culi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    To Do Tonight - 10/10

    ANAHEIM DUCKS, 7pm Head to the Honda Center to watch the Ducks in action as they battle the Boston Bruins. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 704-2500 JARS OF CLAY, 7pm Tonight’s show features Jars of Clay with NeedtoBreathe. House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S. Disn ... More >>

  • Food

    June 7, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Spoonfuls of Summery Hooray: Patbingsu at A.R. Supermarket

  • Food

    April 19, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Mothering Your Meat at Ku Wol San

  • Food

    February 2, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This Week in Belated Happy Lunar New Year!

  • Unknown

    October 6, 2005
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    May 12, 2005
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    May 12, 2005
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    March 25, 2004

    Piggie Porn

    Fetishizing hog at Seoul Soondae

  • Food

    March 2, 2000

    Seoul Kitchen

    What, me cook?

  • Food

    November 18, 1999

    The Raw and the Cooked

    Getting to the heart of Irvines Chinese subculture

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