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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Mattern Deli, LinX and all the other places to get a banger (and a green chorizo and longanisa and bratwurst) in your mouth
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 >>
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 >>
This Irvine restaurant is the latest Kogi knock-off, but it's a damn great one
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."
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?
[Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove food truck makes awesome Korean pancakes—but they're not pancakes!
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Garden Grove staple's Korean-style Chinese noodle dishes remain old-school Little Seoul
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
In Hong Sang-soo's latest, life repeats, and then reveals itself
This Buena Park restaurant takes Korean food and its beef short rib soup beyond the borders of Little Seoul
[Hole In the Wall] The Garden Grove Vietnamese dive sells fake meats even a Midwesterner could love
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 >>
[SUMMER GUIDE] Where to go this summer for frozen fun you can eat
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 >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove restaurant is famous for its Korean barbecue—but there's more
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 >>
[Hole In the Wall] Visit this Garden Grove Vietnamese star for big bánh mìs
Flickr user ehfisherIn 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 >>
[Hole In the Wall] Andaluz Restaurant and Bakery spins a sublime shawarma
Grace Le Five ways to know that you're eating Americanized Mexican food and more of what you missed after the jump!
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 >>
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 >>
phy @ flickr.com 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 >>
Dave LiebermanI 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 www.ducks.nhl.com JARS OF CLAY, 7pm Tonight’s show features Jars of Clay with NeedtoBreathe. House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S. Disn ... More >>
Spoonfuls of Summery Hooray: Patbingsu at A.R. Supermarket
Mothering Your Meat at Ku Wol San
This Week in Belated Happy Lunar New Year!
Fetishizing hog at Seoul Soondae
What, me cook?
Getting to the heart of Irvines Chinese subculture