Somisomi a Korean soft serve dessert shop known for its taiyaki (a fish-shaped waffle cone) has opened in Irvine Spectrum. The franchise also has stores in Koreatown, San Diego, Arcadia and Northridge. 640 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
Bo De, the vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant previously located at the Asian Garden Mall, has moved to a new location in Garden Grove. 10572 McFadden Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92843
Journeyman’s Food and Drink has opened in Hotel Fullerton by Chef Zachary Geerson, who is also the chef of Citizen Kitchen at the same hotel. 1500 S Raymond Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831
One Eleven Coastal has opened in the space that was formerly Carbonara Tratorria in San Clemente. The new restaurant features steaks served with a “companion” sauce. 111 Avenida Del Mar, Ste 1B, San Clemente, CA 92672
SOT, a restaurant which used to be called Sashimi on Top, is now serving Vietnamese food including pho and bo luc lac in Huntington Beach. 17200 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
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.