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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Dishes Worth the Drive: Authentic Mexican and Broken Rice’s Brick-and-Mortar Location

For this week’s Dishes Worth the Drive from Los Angeles to Irvine, we’re going on a multicultural culinary journey from Mexico to Vietnam! First up this week, Taco Rosa in Irvine brings a little bit of Mexico to Orange County. The first one opened in Newport Beach in 2003, followed by the Irvine location in 2006. It’s the same as the full-service Mexico City restaurant from chef and owner Ivan …

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Broken Rice Finds a Home at TRADE Food Hall

Irvine fans of Broken Rice, the popular Vietnamese food truck that has serviced the O.C. and L.A. areas for the past three years, no longer need to worry about tracking one of their trucks down across the county to grab a bite of their delicious fare. The restaurant on wheels has laid ground at a new, more permanent spot. Their first brick-and-mortar location can be found at TRADE Food Hall, …

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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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5 Best Local Wine Bars

Are you looking for a relaxing spot to enjoy a nice glass of wine? A date night for a wine connoisseur? Or are you trying to turn Wine Wednesday into a daily routine? Look no further and check out these five local wine spots to get your red, white and rosé fix on!   Bacchus Bar and Bistro Bacchus Bar and Bistro is the perfect neighborhood hangout spot to have …

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Try the Strawberry Shortcake CrazyShake at Downtown Disney’s New Black Tap

Known for its award-winning Greg Norman burger and famous CrazyShake milkshakes, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes opened its first California location in Downtown Disney to much fanfare over the weekend, with celebrity chef Gale Gand and High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens debuting an enhanced fast-casual service style that is a first for the global brand. There’s an all new “Shake Window,” where guests can order CrazyShakes and classic milkshakes …

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Dishes Worth the Drive: CUCINA enoteca and ARC Food & Libations

For this month’s dishes worth the drive from L.A. to Irvine, we decided to spotlight a delicious Italian restaurant and a scintillating steakhouse. CUCINA enoteca Our first stop for this week’s dishes is Italian restaurant CUCINA enoteca, part of the Urban Kitchen Group (UKG). “Urban Kitchen Group was founded by Tracy Borkum in 1995, one of Southern California’s most influential restaurateurs. [She’s] a highly regarded trailblazer and strong female voice …

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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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