85ºC Bakery: The Way Bread Should Be

Bret If you don’t already know about 85°C, you’re in for a treat… or 10… or 20. The bakery, whose name comes from the “ideal” temperature for coffee (185°F, for those who are now anxiously wondering whether or not they’re making coffee correctly), has been a worldwide phenomenon since it opened in 2004.  The Irvine location is 85°C’s first U.S. store, and I have to say…there’s one more reason Irvine …

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Irvine’s Hottest Club Is Plush Karaoke Bar

Plush is an unassuming place… at first. Unless you look it up in advance, it’s pretty hard to find. It has a shiny sign, sure, but if you don’t know where to look, you might not see it. Since we were, in fact, already looking for Plush (located right above Tokyo Table in Diamond Jamboree), we took the stairs straight up. We had already called in my waitlist request earlier …

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BBQ Chicken: Quality, Innovation and Great Tasting Food

I don’t have fried chicken too often. Once upon a time, when concern about my cholesterol was but a distant concept, fried chicken would usually end up on my plate when offered. I thought these days were mostly behind me, now that I’ve trained myself to avoid these temptations. This was, of course, until I found a place nearby called BBQ Chicken. You see, they don’t serve the standard style …

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Urban Seoul: A Cultural and Culinary Crossroads

Korean food? Amazing. Mexican food? Amazing. Why not put them together? This sort of thinking — putting two great cuisines together to make another great cuisine — has been the basis of all sorts of advancement in the culinary world. Sometimes it’s beautiful, as is the case with Brazilian chicken & waffles. Sometimes it should be illegal, like *shudders* avocado hummus. Don’t even think of bringing up chocolate hummus, or, …

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Puesto: From Mexico City, to Irvine, to You

Puesto is a casual and upscale establishment that promises gourmet Mexican cuisine, excellent service and a lively atmosphere. The Mexico City-inspired restaurant has six locations across California, including two in Irvine. Different locations can offer different experiences, and we wanted to give you the full scoop on what they have to offer. To make it happen Ryan met up with Bret at Los Olivos, and Bret and her boyfriend visited …

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You. Me. D&D.

Some people are blessed with extroverted personalities and active social lives, but some of us … aren’t. In any case, it’s always possible to find yourself needing friends. You may have recently been broken up with, or perhaps you just moved to Irvine for work. Maybe you need a change of scenery. It doesn’t matter why you need friends – you just do. Where do you start? How about Dungeons …

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