Tag: California

OC Restaurant Week: Silver Trumpet

Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar is located inside the Avenue of the Arts Hotel, a rather hidden venue behind the OC Performing Arts Center.  It’s a great location for a pre or post theater meal or drink… but only if you were aware it’s there! I discovered this […]

Irvine: Prego Ristorante

This restaurant is not located in a typical place, but nestled at the base of one of the many Irvine Corporate buildings off Michelson and Von Karman, just a stone’s throw away from John Wayne Airport. Since its in a corporate area, parking is is regulated.  You have […]

3rd OC Raising Cane’s opens in Orange

Raising Cane’s was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with 250 stores in 19 states.  In October 2015, they opened their first California store in Costa Mesa, a month later in Aliso Viejo, and on March 1, 2016 the third Orange County store opened in Orange, California. I went […]

San Pedro: Omelette and Waffles

Move over Guy Fiery, this diner beats your selected Triple D diner down the street. Located in San Pedro, this place is truly a greasy diner.  On weekends, the line is out the door and you’re given a menu that has pages and pages of different food items: […]

Chino Hills: Bruxie

Bruxie is a new take on a waffle and a sandwich, but the waffles used  at Bruxie is not supposed to be sweet or savory. They’re airy and crisp, so you can use it in place of bread for sweet or savory sandwiches. How did they get the […]

Brea: Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is a chain-restaurant serving up massive food and of course, cheesecake. If you’re a fan of the tv show “Big Bang Theory”, the inside looks nothing like the place Penny worked at, nor are their uniforms yellow… just a little tv tidbit. The Brea location […]

Chili’s in Yorba Linda, CA

My friend wanted to watch the Anaheim Ducks game on tv, and didn’t want to go to a sports bar for pizza and wings.  He suggested coming to Chili’s and eat in the bar area.  Sure, why not!  I had not been to a Chili’s in like, 10 […]

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 […]

Benjies brings NYC to the OC

Located in Santa Ana is this mom n pop place, bringing a little bit of a New York deli to Orange County.  You can get pretty much everything from a pastrami on rye, matzo ball soup, brisket plate, to a Black and White cookie.   They have daily specials, […]

Garden Grove: Phở Lu

Last week I had Bún bò Huế, which was a beef noodle soup from Central Vietnam.  This weekend, Stephen and I decided to visit our favorite noodle place: Phở Lu. Phở or pho (pronounced Fuh or Fa) is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped white rice […]

Bún bò Huế on a cold day

The weather in Orange County has finally cooled down, and what could be better than getting a bowl of Bún bò Huế?  Fortunately, I work near Westminster, an area nicknamed “Little Saigon” because the area is made up of primarily Vietnamese restaurants and residents.  One of the most […]

San Diego: Phil’s BBQ

Located literally across the parking lot from the San Diego Arena (known now as the Valley View Casino Center) is this popular barbecue place called Phil’s.  It is just a seven minute walk from the arena, or a one minute drive. We came here after the Gulls hockey […]

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 […]