5 Roll-Shaped Asian Foods to Try Today

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Photo by Edwin Goei
Mais oui, Brodard.

Every continent has its roll-shaped food, from the sweet and the savory, the canolli and the burrito. Asia is no different, but while the humble egg roll might be the continent's most well-known roll, it's spawned dozens of children because each Asian country literally went, "Why not take a spin on the thing?!"

Indonesia eats lumpia semarang, the Thai are cooking up po pia tod and the Malaysians are biting into popiah, and, all the while, the Chinese are grabbing flaky butter rolls for dessert.

Want some? You're in luck because lots of them can be found right in our own backyard.

Here are five different Asian rolls to try NOW.


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Edwin's Top Five Drinks of 2013

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Edwin Goei

As I mentioned before, when I troll for drinks to feature, I'm looking for funny names or weird ingredients. And if it has an umbrella on it, even better. My list has a lot of these kinds of drinks, and one beer. So let's get to my five favorites of the year!


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Anne Marie's Top Five Drinks of 2013

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Drinking with a coastal view is the way to go.

I drank to many things this year: love, frustration and everything in between. Nonetheless, I drank. I found my passion for wine again, and became giddy when comprehensive beer lists were handed over. It was a good year to sip and savor, but only five made the list. Here's what I remembered to write down.

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Charles' Top 5 Drinks of 2013!

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Rainier's this beer from Seattle. You've probably never heard of it.

When I first started writing this list, I was worried that I didn't drink enough to populate it. That turned out not to be the problem. No, I drink (and drank) plenty. The problem then became that fact that when you're a recently graduated journo moving to a major city for your first real in-industry job, you don't have much money to spend on booze. I was worried everything I drank during my Seattle sabbatical would be too boring to include on a Top 5 list.

That also became not the problem, because apparently when I had to choose between heating my apartment during the Northwest winter and alcohol, I chose alcohol. (This also turned out not to be a problem, because only one of my drinks is Seatown exclusive.)

So, without further ado and for your enjoyment, my top five drinks of 2013.

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Edwin's Top Five Restaurants for 2013

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Edwin Goei as drawn by Edwin Goei
I'm going to do my list a little different than my esteemed colleagues. This year, I'm not going to list them in a countdown order; I'm going to do mine alphabetically. Why? Well because it was hard enough to narrow down the hundreds of restaurants I've eaten at this past year down to five; but most of all, I want you to visit and try ALL the one's I've narrowed it down to.

Without further ado, here are my picks for the five best restaurants of the year.


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Dave's Top Five Restaurants of 2013

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Dave Lieberman
Aleppo's Kitchen's pomegranate dip
I used to throw this list together; I picked my favorite restaurants and dashed off the paragraphs in just a few minutes. Apparently, though, some of you are foolish enough to give a damn what I think about food.

I'll be frank; I'm jaded. I'm tired of the food hype machine, every PR person's wet dream, tantalizing me with menu descriptions that far outshine the dish they describe. I'm tired of my iPhone's photo roll being full of photographs of mediocre food I took on the off chance I might need it later. I've eaten dozens of disappointing meals this year. I've eaten meals where the chef obviously didn't taste the dish; I've eaten hundreds of thousands of calories in search of something that inspired me enough to write about it.

Here are the top five restaurants in our publication area (our list for Baja California will come out soon). I look forward to the moments in 2014 where I send an excited text message to a foodie colleague in Las Vegas, taunting him that it isn't available there.

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Anne Marie's Top Five Restaurants of 2013

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Dirty, sexy, happiness at ARC.

My primary focus is reporting on what's out there locally. Not reviewing or waxing poetic about such-and-such; it's just not my style. I leave the creative prose to our creative Weeklings. Instead, I am tasked to interview many inspired and passionate cooks who introduce readers to their specialty. And I'm fortunate for these introductions, because that's how we learn about the cuisine Orange County is known for. These guys and gals are having a grand time in the kitchen-- and it shows.

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Charles' 5 Best Restaurants of 2013!

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Wonderful, but didn't make the list!

I spent most of 2013 not in California, so when Gustavo asked me to write one of these lists, I knew it wasn't going to look like everyone else's. After all, I had apparently missed some big restaurant openings in Orange County, and three months in, I still haven't caught up.

That being true, I had my share of memorable meals this year. And, while they might not be new or particularly exciting (one wasn't even in Orange County), they were important to me, and by golly you're going to hear about them.

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Five Great (Non-Traditional) Thanksgiving Courses

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Anne Marie Panoringan
The makings of a great first course

We crave turkey this time of year like our friends tweet Pumpkin Spice Latte updates. But our holiday fix shouldn't be confined to a couple of major holidays. Instead, we look for signs of merriment in alternative forms. Here are five of our favorite tastes.

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5 Ways Orange County Food is Better than Seattle Food, From Someone Who's Lived in Both Places

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Photo by Charles Lam
This photo just makes me so happy

After graduating from college, I did what all good young journalists do and moved far away from home to find work. But I got lucky--while my friends moved to Middle-Of-Nowhere, New Mexico (with a job lined up) or to New York City (without a job), I got the best of both worlds. I moved to Seattle with an editorship all lined up.

But while I had a productive time in the Great North Left, there was something wrong, something that made me deeply miss Orange County. Seattle's food, it kind of sucks, and these are the five things about Orange County food I'm thankful to have again.

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