Santa Ana: Thai Way 

This little mom n pop restaurant is located off Harbor and McFadden — hidden in a strip mall behind a McDonald’s.  I was heading back to work from Huntington Beach, needed a place on my way back to Santa Ana, and this place was about 10 minutes away. […]

Chino, CA: Mimi’s Cafe

If you haven’t been to a Mimi’s Cafe in a while, then you haven’t seen their new menu.  The prices have gone up, and they took out a lot of the favorite sandwiches and salads that I once remembered.  It seemed they were going more for a bistro […]

Early Valentine’s at Tam O’Shanter

I’m a huge fan of Lawry’s The Prime Rib and their sister restaurants, the Cavery, Five Crowns, Side Door and Tam O’ Shanter. During Christmastime, we go to the Las Vegas location for their carolers.   Last year, on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, Stephen and I went […]

Vegan Earth Balance vs. Challenge butter 

Influenster gave me a sample of the vegan product Earth Balance Buttery Spread ($4.99 without the free coupon), and compared it to Challenge Spreadable Butter. Earth Balance is noticeably harder, spreads harder, but not too bad. I spread both Challenge butter and Earth Balance (on the right) on […]

Studio Taste Lab at the Irvine Marriott

As a local blogger, I get invitations to attend previews of food places and community events. I was recently invited to a new food experience called Studio Taste Lab at the Irvine Marriott, and graciously accepted this generous invitation.  With my friends Matt and Christine Klousia, here’s a […]

Tustin: J fish revisited 

J Fish is a sushi and poke place in Tustin, California.  About 6 months ago, Karen and I went there during their soft opening, and really enjoyed the food.  Since our last visit, the restaurant added some items to their menu. New to the menu are grilled meat […]

Udi’s Gluten Free

  On occasion, I get asked to try new products for free in exchange for a review. I got Udi’s Italian Sausage Lasagna at Vons, where it would have cost $5.99 without the coupon. It was easy to make: four minutes in the microwave, without any stops to […]