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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Dim Sum Specialists – Tim Ho Wan Irvine

Dim Sum lovers rejoice: Tim Ho Wan, the self-described “world’s most inexpensive awarded dim sum restaurant,” is opening a new location right here in Irvine. The restaurant, which will be part of the Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center, has been soft opened with limited hours since May 8, and is planning to have its grand opening on May 18. It will be the chain’s first location in California. “Dumpling folding is …

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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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Dishes Worth the Drive: Kobe Meatballs, Crab Cakes and Chocolate Hummus

It’s time again to take a culinary tour through Irvine of dishes that are so good that they’re worth a drive in traffic from Los Angeles. This month, we have some delicious dishes to spotlight from a brand new Italian steakhouse and a new Mediterranean restaurant. There may be plenty of Italian and Mediterranean food in Los Angeles, but these specific dishes are so good that we’re recommending a trip …

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Best Spots to Get Your Sunday Brunch Fix

The best way to avoid the Sunday blues in Orange County is to grab a group of your closest friends and head to the hottest local brunch spots in Irvine and Newport Beach. Eat and drink your worries away with pancakes, bacon and let’s not forget the magic of “bottomless mimosas.” Below are some awesome hot spots to get your Sunday brunch fix! Habana 708 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA …

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Dessert Delights

I am a sucker when it comes to dessert. As much as I love salty food, you can always catch me craving a cupcake, ice cream or even a slice of cherry pie. So, I have made it my mission to break down some of the best dessert spots in and around Irvine to help you satisfy all of your sugar cravings! Afters Ice Cream Afters Ice Cream combines my …

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Gimmick-free Fine Dining and Cannabis Pop-ups Give Us High Hopes

There is a new air of class in the world of cannabis in recent years that’s seen part of the event space go from dabs to delectable with some of the hottest chefs in SoCal pairing seasonal lineups with a wide array of California craft cannabis. While the countdown continues for the first of West Hollywood’s bougie pot lounges to open, the current dining event scene in L.A. is about …

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Dishes Worth the Drive: Creamistry Creations and Le Diplomate Café’s Bahm Mi

With Valentine’s Day behind us and spring just around the corner, this month’s issue of dishes worth the drive from Los Angeles to Irvine offers a little sweet and a little savory. These two places are so unique that we truly believe they make up for the often rough commute from L.A. to Orange County. Our first stop is on the sweet side: Creamistry, an ice cream shop where everything, …

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