Category: Food

Costa Mesa: Cal Shabu (@calshabucm)

There’s so many Shabu places in SoCal, and yet Cal Shabu survives the test of time. I discovered the original California Shabu in Fountain Valley probably 15 years ago, after the original co-owner Taka, who worked at the Shabu Shabu House in Little Tokyo in downtown LA, opened his own store in […]

Artesia: Tampopo Sushi & Ramen

After shopping at Madpoppin, we spotted Tampopo Sushi and Ramen.  When we walked in, the place was actually not busy and had me worried.  Fortunately by the time we left, it got busier. Karen had the ramen, while I ordered 2 hand rolls: the spider roll and a […]

Las Vegas: Brooklyn Bowl 

It’s been about 2 years since I was last at Brooklyn Bowl.  The last few times I tried going, they had a private party and canceled my reservations.  I had given up going here but I gave this place one more try on this visit.  Hurrah! I got […]

Buena Park: Porto’s

Orange County, rejoice!! The newest location of this popular Cuban bakery and café is finally open in Buena Park, off the 91 freeway on Beach Blvd., next-door to medieval times. If you have ever been to any of the other locations, whether it’s Downey, Glendale, or Burbank, you […]

Santa Ana: Taqueria Los Grandes

Great little taqueria, located about 1 mile outside the downtown Santa Ana area on the corner of 5th Street and Raitt. Arrive early if you want a parking spot, or find one off the street. There’s a handful of tables in the equally small dining room. Like their […]

Orange: Anepalco for brunch 

Following the Ducks Select-a-Seat, the group of us went to Anepalco’s for brunch. They must have changed the menu because it seems more condensed, and a bit pricier. Stephen and I split the signature dish, their chilaquiles, and added carnitas to it.  Sandy had the perdidos, which is […]

Santa Ana: The Olde Ship

The Olde Ship has 2 locations, one in Fullerton off Harbor Blvd. and this one in Santa Ana, just down the street from Santa Ana Community College.  This location is much larger than Fullerton, and has more parking. When you walk in, there is definitely a British “pub” feel […]

Fullerton: Noodle St

Located in a tiny, but very busy strip mall off State College and Chapman is this Chinese noodle place. It’s located in the building behind the Chipotle, which is across the street from the Mobil gas station / Pieology/ Whats up Men?  The place is still in the […]

Gardena: El Rocoto

El Rocoto is located in a strip mall, sandwiched between a Ranch 99 Market, and Daiso discount store. There’s nothing out front to state its Peruvian (I always assumed it was Mexican, my bad). My normal go-to Peruvian place is Pollo Inka, located across the street, but a […]

Costa Mesa: Din Tai Fung 

Din Tai Fung is a world renown dumpling restaurant, given a Michelin star in 2010. Some people rave about it, and some people think it’s pretentious and overpriced.  I have tried 3 of their Southern California locations and have noticed that there is a slight difference between the […]

Buena Park : Rock & Brews

Food trumps service here. This could have been a great review if only the hostess wasn’t such a dimbulb. We made reservations at 5:00 on a Friday to celebrate my BFF’s son’s high school graduation. We asked to be seated in the left side of the restaurant, where […]

Buena Park: Yoshiharu Ramen

Yoshiharu Ramen is located in the still being developed mall called “The Source”, located off Beach Blvd. and Orangethorpe, right off the 91 freeway (going opposite direction of Knott’s Berry Farm).  There’s a parking structure off Beach, which can be tricky to find if you’re not looking for the […]

La Habra: Continental Deli (German Food)

Ask someone where to go for German food in Southern California and people would say Old World in Huntington Beach, Alpine Village in Torrance, Matterns in Orange, or Jägerhaus in Anaheim.  One hidden gem can be found in La Habra, off Imperial Blvd. and Beach Blvd., located in […]