Category: Ethic, But Not Asian

San Pedro: SP Tacos

I was looking for a taco place in the San Pedro area that was opened late on a Saturday night.  Normally for a late night run, we go to the Tacos el Gallito in Harbor City, but its a bit farther from our place, and we decided to […]

Santa Ana: Panini Cafe

The Panini Cafe has locations all over Southern California, from Aliso Viejo all the way to Westwood by UCLA.  This Santa Ana location is at the MainPlace Mall, under the 24 Hour Fitness.  The name sounds more Italian, with the name “Panini” but its actually more Persian as […]

Cuban eating at Porto’s 

Porto’s is a family owned Cuban bakery and cafe, with 3 locations in Southern California: Burbank, Glendale, and Downey, with a location supposedly opening in Buena Park in 2016/2017. It does not matter which location you visit, finding parking is the first hurdle. Downey has a parking structure […]

Torrance: Seaside Palace Persian

I live in Orange County, where there’s no shortage of any ethnic food, particularly Persian.  Apparently there’s only a handful in Torrance, and Seaside Palace being one of perhaps six places which is Persian/ Iranian in a 5 mile radius. It was a Saturday night, and raining.  I […]

Torrance: Kabob Curry of India

Kabob Curry of India specializes in Northern Indian cuisine. I had to look up what “Northern” Indian food was and found that North India has an abundance of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetable because of its geographical position with relation to the rest of the Sub-continent. That means […]

North Italia opens in Irvine

North Italia is a chain that started in Arizona.  They have locations in Colorado, Kansas, Texas, and now in California with one location in El Segundo, and their newest location opened on Monday, December 21 in Irvine, off Jamboree and the 405 freeway, just south of John Wayne […]

Orange: Saffron Grill Persian food

Orange County has no shortage of Middle Eastern or Persian cuisine, especially in Anaheim and Irvine.  Located just down the street from the Honda Center (but in the city of Orange) is Saffron Grill, a Persian restaurant that has good food and, even better, affordable prices. Stephen and […]

Tustin: Kolache Factory Czech food

What is a Kolache? A Kolache (pronounced Ko-lack-key) is Czech or Slovak pastry that holds a dollop of fruit, rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough​. Czech settlers created klobasniky after they immigrated to Texas, and also refer to it as kolache, which is popular in central […]

Fullerton: Mariscos Clemente

It is good to be back in Southern California. Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling the world. However, after 2 weeks of eating German with some Turkish and Greek tossed in, along with Austrian and Hugarian food, this SoCal girl wants Mexican food!    I’m not talking […]

Vienna: Figlmüller’s schnitzel

In Germany, you can get a schnitzel anywhere, but few can say they had one at the famous Figlmüller in Vienna. There’s 2 locations and both are less than 2 minutes walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. After our city tour, we found the original one tucked inside an […]

Anaheim: Cafe Casse Croute

Cafe Casse Croute is a tiny, family owned cafe located in a strip mall off Brookhurst and Orange in Anaheim, sharing the same parking lot as In-N-Out Burger and a Stater Brothers market.   This once started off as a French-Canadian restaurant, and then sold in 1990 to 2 […]

Anaheim: Zankou Chicken

Zankou Chicken is a casual, Mediterranean style restaurant which specializes in rotisserie chicken. Their claim to fame is their signature garlic sauce, which is the reason I enjoy eating here. Founded in 1962, Iskenderian family started this restaurant in Beirut, Lebanon and in 1984 opened up a restaurant […]

Aliso Viejo: Jimboys tacos

In 1954, Jim and Margaret Knudson converted a 16-foot trailer into a mobile kitchen. In 1961, a permanent taco stand was opened at Denio’s Auction Yard in Roseville, California, and today, though not in that same small taco stand, the Knudson family is still selling tacos during the […]