I found out about a new afternoon tea venue called The Tea Room in Newport Beach not by stumbling into them while on the road or through tips. To announce their arrival, they've practically plastered the social coupon websites like Groupon and Amazon Local with discounted tea time meals. They open ... More >>
With their Costa Mesa coffeeshop, plus a second location opening in Old Towne Orange, the Tustin couple are re-defining OC's coffee culture, one cup at a time
"My cooking is a reflection of my life, very clean and straightforward." To call Shawn Xa confident is an understatement. Tell him what you are looking for in a meal (or not, if you're vegan or gluten-free), and he'll come up with a flavor profile on the spot. Situated across the street from CHOC, ... More >>
While folks are hardcore about their lattes, we mildly obsess over Seventh Tea Bar's newest contraption: Alpha Dominche's Steampunk 4.0. It's got brains and beauty, like many of our Weekly counterparts.Admittedly, some of the terminology is over our heads. Owner/Mad ScientistJeff Duggan got all Alto ... More >>
More often than not, when we think holidays, we think FEAST. Overindulging, eyes bigger than your stomach, "Where's the Aperol?" feasting. But what if your family is a single parent (or comparable mini-family) who wants peace and quality over quantity? Our holiday alternative to the big brunch resid ... More >>
I am not a fan of kombucha, the fermented drink that health nuts swear by, but that doesn't mean I'm going to impose my beliefs on others. If people want to drink that fizzy stuff, then God bless them. If a mom wants her child to drink some, awesome. But woe is the idiotic school official who catche ... More >>
The news fluttering about the blogosphere isn't that McDonald's in Germany is selling bubble tea (also known as boba, those drinks with the chewy, starchy balls made from tapioca), it's that a few sites are questioning whether the ad they've developed to market the product is racially insensitive.Th ... More >>
There are drinks you order because it's your usual. There are drinks you order to get drunk in as few sips as possible. But then there are those drinks you order because the name made you laugh, and also, made everyone else at the table laugh. The "That's What She Said" is that kind of drink.
While we're on the subject of St. Paddy's Day specials, check out what Strickland's Ice Cream in Irvine will be churning out of their machines on St. Patrick's Saturday: Green Pistachio, Green Mint Chocolate Chip, and Green Green Tea.
Etsy seller KeepCalmShopBeneath the frenetic cult of coffee addicts sits a quieter community of tea drinkers, those who know to use steaming, not boiling water, and will always choose free-swirling leaves if they can help it. Here are some gifts to make them happy sippers.
Pick a random country and there will be TV commercials employing humor and sex to sell food. Here's a few of the best from Thailand in what I hope to be an ongoing series of similar posts (YouTube search, don't fail me now!)
This teahouse caters to Korean chicks, but you should go, too
Edwin GoeiA classic: Cookies And Cream!I've been to Strickland's Ice Cream in Irvine this summer more than I care to admit. I've lost count actually, but I can tell you that since May, I've cashed in about three stamp cards. When I tell you that each stamp card has nine slots and entitles me to t ... 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 >>
My unsweetened iced green tea, all 31 ounces of it. The verdict: It's big. (But it still fits in a cup holder. Win.)
Starbucks has announced that it is introducing a new size of coffee called the Trenta cup. As "Venti" means "twenty", "Trenta" means "thirty"; but observant caffeine-junkies will notice that the new container is actually a 31-ouncer. Conspiracy-theorists might wish this was Spinal Tap refer ... More >>
Jorge NegrerosWhen it comes to the battle of OC versus LA, at least we don't have a cocktail named after our murky drinking water.
Flickr user egor.gribanovCoffee snootists look away! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is offering an array of free 12 oz. iced drinks today.
Despite the fact that we could go on for years about the variations and nuances of Chinese cuisine, we are going to close this week with a visit to Taiwan, because after Cantonese, the single most available regional cuisine in the Southland is Taiwanese, due in part to the great number of Taiwanese ... More >>
Arguably the most familiar Chinese regional cuisine in the United States, Cantonese food got its start with the first Chinese immigrants to San Francisco. At that point they had to make do with what ingredients were available to them. Cantonese food in the US isn't like that anymore.tracyhunter @ fl ... More >>
The proprietors of Tranquil Tea Lounge in Fullerton do it all for the love of the leaf
Free stuff, even if it's just a cup of tea, is still free stuff. And that's exactly what participating Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations are giving away this Friday, February 12, from 4-7 p.m. Except for locations inside Ralphs, campus, casino, and airport locations, you can get a 12 ounce c ... More >>
Jessica Ford Southern Pear TeaYou can't experience the South without having a glass of sweet tea, and Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa is taking the Southern staple and adding what any bar should--alcohol. Memphis' Southern Pear Tea is the Drink of the Week because it actually tastes like rea ... More >>
Edwin GoeiSimple things make me chuckle. Like this display that I came across while hunting for Wacky Snacks at the Bodega R Ranch Market in Tustin, for example. It's just a rack of herbal teas. But look at it! It's teas especially formulated to cure a litany of ailments! Going through men ... More >>
Dal UradNoorani's Halal Tandoori Restaurant is a hole-in-the-wall type establishment that is pretty easy to overlook, particularly amid the clusterfuck that is Little Saigon's urban design. If you do notice, chances are you'll experience a moment of severe disorientation when you realize you're l ... More >>
Had a great meal at Wasa Sushi at the Bluffs, Newport Beach, on Saturday night. The mall location is pretty uninspiring, as is the shouty 'WE'RE OPEN' sign in the window, but once you're inside the diminutive space it's a different story.The sushi excels, but the main courses lack inspiration. Put i ... More >>
Tickets for the OC Punk Rock Picnic 2 are on sale now. The lineup includes the Adolescents, Cadillac Tramps, SiX, Franki's Broken Toys, Noise Attack, Terezodu and lots of other bands I've never heard of. The event goes down Saturday at Irvine Lake. While I'm in favor of this, the idea of a pu ... More >>
I'm always in favor of the underdog, or at least giving them a shot, and, when it comes to eating out, that basically means anything that's not a chain.That's why it was nice to discover a new tea shop in Brea. The nearby Starbucks had closed anyways (it's about to be replaced by a branch of Yogurtl ... More >>
Hint to restaurants: you'll get in my better graces if you offer great, non-alcoholic drinks. Beverages rank high on my palate, and I'll never forget the banana soda offered by a long-gone Honduran restaurant. Here, then, were my favorite drinks of the year.1. Maker's Mark, neat, at Memphis at the S ... More >>
On the Chowhound boards a few years ago, I remember someone asking for tips on where to find green tea ice cream. We pointed him to the frozen dessert section of 99 Ranch or Mitsuwa. This weekend, I found it green tea ice cream at Vons. Let me repeat: AT VONS!!! What's even more amazing was ... More >>
When it rains it pours. Last Friday saw at least three stores opening at Diamond Jamboree Center. On the weekend, it was H-Mart, -- the anchor (and only) supermarket -- and Guppy Tea House. Either that or they both just won the Kentucky Derby. There were wreaths of flowers, balloons, the works. ... More >>
Good things do happen in Irvine, even if it's going to make traffic even more hellish. It's called Diamond Jamboree Center, a sprawling shopping complex you might have seen being built on the corner of Alton and Jamboree Rd. So far, just the signs are up. Finishing touches are still being made. ... More >>
Mother-Daughter Beatrix Potter-Themed Tea
Unless you follow foodie bulletin boards and blogs, chances are you haven't heard of or had a Beard Papa's cream puff. That goes double if you don't normally venture out of Orange County, where there are only two outlets of this Osaka-based chain. There's one at Santa Ana's MainPlace Mall, and a ... More >>
Hardtack, biscuits & gravy, salt pork, beef jerky, burritos, falafel, & banh mi—you know, cowboy food
At Cafe Blanc, Tomi Harase makes desserts worthy of a gallery
Score! Japanese pastry chain Beard Papa's is opening its first OC "Sweet Cafe" in Santa Ana this morning. This place is a cream puff haven - one I first stepped into in the Philippines and was delighted to see in West L.A. last year. And now, right down the street? Oh ho ho. Just when I thought you ... More >>
This Week in Numbers
Tea, Korea-style, at 419 Cafe Veronese
Enjoying the beautiful ambience, ass conversations at the Tea House on Los Rios
Tea bar brews superlative stuff
39 of the best things about the next 104 days
Are OC's cops a little too excited about busting men for gay sex?