A new restaurant centered around agua frescas has opened in San Clemente. Called OC Fresca, it features agua frescas as the base for cocktails and margaritas. Appetizers of ceviche, empanadas, and elote are served as well as mains of tacos and saltado. 1814 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
A Vietnamese restaurant called XT Cafe has opened in La Habra. Pho, garlic noodles, banh mi, and rice dishes are served. 1403 E Lambert Rd, Ste C, La Habra, CA 90631
Smoking Tiger Coffee & Bread has opened in Buena Park. The coffeehouse offers specialty coffee and tea. Special drinks include “Banana Kick”, which consists of banana mint cream poured over iced Americano. 4600 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621
The Tea Station at the 99 Ranch-anchored plaza on Culver in Irvine is now Go Yummy, a Chinese tea house that serves tea drinks and tea-flavored food like its predecessor. 15333 Culver Dr, Ste 430, Irvine, CA 92604
L.A.-based coffeehouse Coffee Luxe has opened in Long Beach at the new 2ND & PCH shopping and lifestyle center. It is its 7th location. Along with coffee, the cafe features a variety of fresh pastries, including handmade croissants, scones, and cookies. 6420 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.