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  • Royal Kitchen Just Might Be Cooking Up a Coup to Reign as King of Irvine's Chinese-Restaurant Scene

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    Royal Kitchen Just Might Be Cooking Up a Coup to Reign as King of Irvine's Chinese-Restaurant Scene

    Time to Crown Royal? China Garden is still the king of Irvine's Chinese restaurant scene, but Royal Kitchen just might be cooking up a palace coup For years now, Irvine has needed a Chinese restaurant to come along and break the monopolizing presence...

    by Edwin Goei on February 26, 2009
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    [Hole in the Wall] Salvadoran Supremacy Again?

    Salvadoran Supremacy Again? Before I discuss the pearls of Salvadoran grub found at Flor Blanca, a quick aside to note the most bizarre tchotchke I've yet seen in an Orange County restaurant. It's a wooden plaque hanging behind the counter, decorat...

    on February 26, 2009
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    Ajisen Ramen & Greek Islands Open at Diamond Jamboree

    This week, both Ajisen Ramen and Greek Islands debuted. Ajisen was already doing decent business at 4 P.M. yesterday, attracting a few looky-loos like myself. Greek Islands, on the other hand, was not. It remains to be seen how Greek food will...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Edwin Goei on November 27, 2008 @ 7:05 am
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    Garden Grove's Korean District In New Cooking Show on KOCE

    Before The Food Network came along , there was Martin Yan, Jacques Pepin, Tommy Tang, Jeff Smith (a.k.a. The Frugal Gourmet) and of course, Julia Child. As a kid, I watched their shows every Saturday morning on PBS's KCET 28 when other kids ...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Edwin Goei on November 26, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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    Mother's Market Don't Know its Mexicans

    Don't get me wrong--I like Mother's Market, our homegrown Whole Foods. I make it a point to support businesses that subscribe to the principles of the Slow Food movement--we all are sinners (except for the do-gooders at Avanti Cafe), so I understan...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Gustavo Arellano on November 25, 2008 @ 4:02 pm
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    Capri Sun's Water Flavored Beverage?

    Is corporate America trying to fleece me (more on this later), or have they stopped caring? Wait...I think I just answered my own question: It's both. Take a look at the packaging on this packet of Capri Sun. The word "flavor" appears four times...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Edwin Goei on November 25, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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    Taqueria Guadalajara Offers 89-Cent Tacos, Wants You to Laugh at Economy

    Stylistic note: photo is not of Taquerias Guadalajara, nor is Calvin pissing on a location. He's pissing on the logo of the Chivas, the Guadalajara-based soccer team whose colors and goat mascot Taquerias Guadalajaras uses for promotions. Chivas pela...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Gustavo Arellano on November 24, 2008 @ 5:12 pm
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    Tandoori Thanksgiving Turkey!

    So you just heard about a vegetarian turkey from Matt Coker, how about an Indian one? No, not the "Indians" who joined the Pilgrims for dinner in story of the first Thanksgiving. The real Indians! The ones the European mistook the indigenous inhab...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Edwin Goei on November 24, 2008 @ 12:06 am
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    Let's Talk No Turkey -- at Native Foods

    Believe it or not, the Native Foods vegan restaurant in Costa Mesa bustles during the Thanksgiving season, offering a birdless (and delicious) alternative to the traditional turkey dinner. Many OC vegans and vegetarians - and the families that enabl...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Matt Coker on November 21, 2008 @ 11:07 am
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    Alberto's Makes a Comeback in Santa Ana

    Back in the early nineties, the Alberto's empire stretched far and wide, a success story that began in San Diego, built upon hefty burritos filled with nothing but carne asada steak and guacamole. Then something happened. Rumor was that in-fighting...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Edwin Goei on November 21, 2008 @ 12:00 am
  • Villa Roma's Carne Knowledge

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    Villa Roma's Carne Knowledge

    Carne Knowledge Villa Roma's Italian offerings may be popular, but the meat of the matter is on the Argentine side of the menu--and at the deli and market next door While nothing equals the all-you-can-eat meat-a-palooza of a Brazilian churrasco, the...

    by Edwin Goei on February 19, 2009
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    [Hole in the Wall] Bowled Over on Balboa at Macksan's Cafe

    Who's the Macksan's? Bawdy Balboa: What happened to you? I haven't visited in years, and you've changed quite a bit--for the worse. Your many USC flags seem worn, your sidewalks barren, the mom-and-pop businesses increasingly replaced by places bet...

    on February 19, 2009
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    Free Breakfast at IKEA on Nov. 28th (Black Friday)!!

    Well, it's finally happened. When I thought there was no possible way that IKEA could improve upon the price it charges for their egg-bacon-potato $0.99 breakfast plate -- see my review HERE -- they've gone ahead and done just that: IT WILL BE FREE!...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Edwin Goei on November 19, 2008 @ 5:30 pm
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    Veggie Grill Open! Well, On Friday.

    I reported on this before, but this is the week that Veggie Grill's Irvine Spectrum location is opening. More specifically, this Friday, November 21st. They had a preview night dinner that I couldn't attend (darned pesky day job!), but our buddy Da...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Edwin Goei on November 19, 2008 @ 5:24 pm
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    Taco Bell Crime of the Week, Part VI

    This story is just bizarre, but what do you expect from Indiana? Barricades blocking off access to the shopping center on North Michigan Street from the Taco Bell parking lot will stay up-at least for now. On Wednesday, Taco Bell Manager Marsha Hump...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Gustavo Arellano on November 19, 2008 @ 1:19 pm
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    Curly Tops

    Name: Curly Tops Origin: Philippines Found at: Pinoy Mart, Tustin Cost: $1.59 Ingredients: Refined Cane Sugar, Milk Powder, Hydrogenated Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Whey, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin and Cinnamon Powder, Iodized Salt. ...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Edwin Goei on November 19, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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    Benihana--You Knew This--Sucks

    The greatest shame of my life is that my siblings--raised on the stove of a Mexican mami--loves crappy food. The eldest son of the Arellano clan has covered food for the Weekly for more than six years, knows all the great joints in Orange County--but...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Gustavo Arellano on November 18, 2008 @ 7:08 am
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    Ferdussi Out; La Terraza In

    Yet another restaurant slips into history while another begins to write its own. Ferdussi Taste of Persia -- the Santa Ana institution that proudly wore its Best of OC badge from OC Weekly on its door -- closed a few months ago. Now open in its pla...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Edwin Goei on November 18, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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    Tommy Pastrami Monday Night Football

    Need some delicately folded pink meat to counter your sausage party? Visit SanTana's Tommy Pastrami every Monday night and watch some football. Organized by the political prankster known as Ben Dayhoe, you should go and relax with Tommy's massive san...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Gustavo Arellano on November 17, 2008 @ 6:58 am
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    One Beard Papa's Closed; The Other One Still Going Strong

    When reader and friend of the blog, NP, tipped me off that Beard Papa's in Santa Ana's MainPlace Mall closed up, my heart sank. He writes, "the Beard Papa's in Main Place is now closed! Unless they moved somewhere I couldn't see... The location was ...

    @ Stick a Fork In It by Edwin Goei on November 17, 2008 @ 12:12 am
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