Category: Ethic, But Not Asian

Anaheim: La Pollada Peruvian Grill 

I was craving Peruvian food, and my usual “go to” place El Pollo Inka is all the way in the South Bay. Thanks to yelp, I discovered this mom n pop place that’s located down the street from Disneyland, just off Ball and Euclid, in a busy strip mall […]

Gardena: El Pollo Inka 

El Pollo Inka is a mini chain of Peruvian restaurants, located throughout Los Angeles County.  I stopped by at the Gardena location with my friends Roger and Karen on Fat Tuesday, and the place was busy. Peruvian food takes from their Incan roots and incorporates food from the […]

Irvine: Cava Grill (@cavagrill)

Cava Grill is a Mediterranean / Middle Eastern inspired restaurant located in Irvine, off Barranca and Culver, in the spot where Veggie Grill used to be. It’s in the same outdoor complex with many other popular places like Urban Plates, Doner G, Capital Noodles. Cava is a build-your-own […]

Las Vegas: Cafe Berlin 

When we visit Las Vegas, I try to bring Stephen’s mom with us so she could have a little vacation as well.  We also try to find places away from the Strip, and eat like the locals do.  Last time we found a quaint German place for lunch, […]

Buena Park: El Gallo De Oro

In my ever non ending quest for a Taco Tuesday place, I found this one on Yelp and made this my Taco Tuesday pick.  El Gallo De Oro means Gold Chicken.  For a buck, you can choose any meat for the street taco. The place is located in […]

Fullerton: Que Bueno Taqueria

If it’s Tuesday, its Taco Tuesday! The restaurant is located in the shopping plaza off Euclid and Orangethorpe. During the week, I stop at the Starbucks that’s next door and never considered coming here until I was looking for a new Taco Tuesday place. While passing by the […]

Tustin: Original Taco Factory 

The Original Taco Factory  is a little shack located on the corner of Newport Avenue and Walnut, and it is small! The parking lot is funky, and there’s only 4 spots in the front, and most customers will double park so they can run in/ out with their […]

Fullerton: The Olde Ship 

The last time I ate here was back in 2009, so its been a while. I was watching the History Channel (don’t laugh) and Jack and Ozzy Osbourne was on a road trip and stopped at an English Pub for lunch. The fish n chips they had looked […]

Costa Mesa: Empanada’s Place

This tiny place is a neighborhood gem. Located off Harbor Blvd, between the 405 and Baker (behind a Rite Aid parking lot) is this Argentine empanada place. They also serve sandwiches and salads, but their signature items are these tasty, savory hot pockets filled with delicious meats or […]

Santa Ana: Soho taco caters

Soho Taco is not just a taco truck.  They also do catering for private events. I was invited to Soho Taco’s Tasting Night at their corporate office at 132 Dyer in Santa Ana to try their newly expanded catering menu.  I had no idea what a pleasant surprise this […]

Santa Ana: Soho Taco food truck 

I’ve been following the SoCal food truck scene since the beginning, back in 2010. There’s been a ton of food trucks who have come and gone, but only those food trucks who has what it takes are still around. Soho Taco is one who is still around. I […]

Los Angeles: LA Paella

LA Paella is a tiny restaurant located in Los Angeles, tucked away in a side street near a residential area.  I’ve been coming here since 2008, enjoying the various tapas plates and of course, their paella. Stephen’s birthday was coming up, and we commented how we haven’t been […]

Santa Ana: Soltani Restaurant

Located just in the outskirts of downtown Santa Ana, off 1st and Oak in a dilapidated strip mall is this Persian restaurant. The parking lot is tiny and a bit cramped, so be prepared to either squeeze into a spot, or park off Oak Street. Having read other […]

Portland: Edelweiss Sausage Co

Last day in Portland and we were going to travel along the coast, before heading back toward Washington. We stopped here to pick up sandwiches, so we could eat them on the road. Located off Powell and 12th, behind an Arco gas station, this little piece of Germany […]

Persian food at Peris, revisited

Persian food is probably one of my favorite comfort food, ranked up with American fried chicken, and Mom’s cooking.  Ok, there’s tons of other food that I love, but Persian food does rank pretty high. One of my favorite places is Peris Restaurant in Hawaiian Gardens, where I […]