“You’re Now in the Back of the House”: An Intimate Time at The ButcherShop

“Hi, where can I find The ButcherShop?” “…Follow me.” The concierge of the Irvine Marriott got up from his desk and headed in the direction of the main bar. I followed, and eventually I saw him look in the direction of a kitchen door nestled in the back of the bar. A man stood next to the doorway, and he nodded to us. My escort up to this point told …

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Find the Treasures of Fun and Education in The Game Chest

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about covering a game store in Irvine Spectrum. It’s not that I don’t love it; I mean, who hasn’t had an awkward first date there? However, its stores aren’t exactly known to be unique local businesses. I feared this would just be another major franchise shop among the crowd, but that worry began to be quelled when I first stepped inside. It’s a pretty …

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YiGah Restaurant: Warmth in Every Sense

In case you weren’t able to tell from my previous review with Bret of Urban Seoul or my review on BBQ chicken, I like Korean food. A lot. Tteokbokki? One of life’s purest pleasures. Anything involving kimchi? Sign me up. Drumsticks deep-fried in olive oil? I’ll take five to go, please. Even with all this resting in my belly, I craved more. How? I sat with this question for hours …

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Afters Ice Cream: Unique Sensations and Flowers Abound

“Remember when you cared about your so-called ‘diet’?” I internally whisper, almost scoldingly.  Then you decided to do food reviews. At least you’re exercising more, or whatever you have to tell yourself to rationalize eating a doughnut filled with ice cream.  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though.  Not that you could get ahead of anything at this point, tubby.  Ok that’s enough, conscience. Anyway, if Afters Ice Cream is …

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Abracadabra, Alakazam! Comics and Cards in the Palm of Your Hand

If you’re in your 20s and living in Orange County, I’m probably not the first person to tell you that options are limited if you’re trying to go out on weekends. For all I know, you might not want to go out anyway, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to connect with new people. As you’ve spent more and more time in the house, you’ve probably been thinking of …

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