Slapfish Opens at University Town Center across the Street from UC Irvine Today

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Kristine Hoang

Slapfish's fifth Southern California location opens today at University Center next to UC Irvine, replacing Berkeley Dog. To celebrate, the first 100 visitors will receive one free lobster roll each--so be there early!

The seafood restaurant joins Mendocino Farms, Eureka!, Snow Monster, and several other businesses in the shopping center's changing look and feel (and spoiling those college students).

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Leaf n Cream, Boba and Ice Cream Shop, Opens In Tustin

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Leaf n Cream Facebook
Suck on these.
I admit I was wrong. In more than a couple of posts here and on my personal blog, when I noticed the boba milk scene stagnating in the aughts, I prematurely pronounced that the boba milk tea craze was finally dead or dying. Even as the old standbys of Tapioca Express, Tea Station, and Cha for Tea held strong, I didn't see many new entrants for a very long time.


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Kiki Bakery Closes in Irvine; Chan Chan Food House Moves In

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Edwin Goei
So long, Kiki Bakery; Hello Chan Chan Food House
Kiki Bakery, which opened in Irvine's Heritage Plaza three years ago as part of a chain that hails from SGV, has closed. As others of its ilk are known to do, Kiki offered bread products from what seems like the same batch of sweet dough, with almost all of its products derived from it, molded into shiny egg-washed domes; injected with custard cream; wrapped into little danishes filled with ham and cheese.


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Sunmerry, New Taiwanese Bakery, Opens In Irvine

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Edwin Goei
Taiwanese template.
85°C Bakery Cafe regulars: Stop me if what I'm about to describe sounds familiar. You start with tray in one hand, tongs in the other, and then weave your way through Plexiglas-shielded display shelves where breads, Danishes, and rolls in every conceivable shape are topped with pork floss, cheese and shiny hot dogs.

Then the cashier transfers what you've managed to pile onto your tray into individual plastic sleeves. For drinks, there's coffee beverages, fruity beverages, and, of course milk teas where boba is almost a requirement.


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Coneizza in Laguna Hills Serves Pizza In A Cone

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The cone pizza has landed.
Hot dogs are pretending to be crusts at Pizza Hut. Pizzas are infiltrating fried chicken on KFC's Chizza. So why not pizza in a cone? Yes, there's a pizza shop that specializes in cooking and serving its pizza in a hand-holdable cone.


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Scoops Ice Cream Is Coming to Santa Ana, Popping Up Contra Coffee With Them

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Scoops, the cult ice cream favorite out of LA, is making its way into Orange County later this week, with their Santa Ana location a few blocks from the East End opening Friday. The shop at 605 E Santa Ana Blvd will be their first outside of that horrible city up north and will bring some of hundreds and hundreds of flavors the shop known for down south where the freeway lanes aren't claustrophobic.

And, even more excitingly, the shop will be host to Contra Coffee, my local food and drink darling of 2015, in the form of a pop-up.

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Famous Dave's Opens at Irvine Marketplace

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Fingers, prepare for lickin'.
Famous Dave's has opened in Irvine Marketplace at the old Opah location. It's the second in OC for the BBQ chain and about the biggest debut for the mall since TAPS Fish House opened a month ago. The Marketplace has also recently welcomed Miguel's Jr., Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill, California Gogi Grill and Piadina Italian Market Sandwich.


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Outpost Kitchen in Costa Mesa Shows Us How Australians do Brunch

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Photos by Dustin Ames
Werking it

I love, love, love this restaurant. I love that it's different from anything I've seen before. I love that it takes effort to find in an industrial section of town, and that it's located near nothing except auto body shops and anonymous block-shaped warehouses. I love that when I walked in there for the first time, the cashier was in the middle of changing the record player to queue up Oingo Boingo on vinyl. And I love that the staff use tin plates to serve everything, that the silverware is inside buckets, wrapped with napkins, and left distributed along the communal tables where everyone sits. I also love how open the kitchen is, how I can see everything that happens in there, from the guy cutting up limes for the coconut-papaya-and-lime smoothies I ordered to the stove where they're cracking eggs onto sputtering frying pans one-by-one.

Yet none of what I previously mentioned would be at all endearing if it weren't for the food. And yes, I love the food.


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Now Open: Grits Fullerton

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Kiss their grits

Brunch is a phrase not taken lightly around here. Eggs, pork products and pastries are some of the tastiest things. So to hear that Grits Fullerton is actually opening is news (at least to this Forker).

Promoting themselves as "classic Southern comfort food with California creativity", they kicked things off with a bit of charity work. A different organization was featured daily last week, with 100% of food profits going directly to the lucky non-profit.

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Cesar's Bistro in Long Beach Piles on the Plantains for Its Nuevo Latino Menu

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Photos by Jennifer Fedrizzi
Tostadas for the eatin'

We're at Cesar's Bistro, sitting on lime-green plastic chairs under a fluttering umbrella as the syncopated rhythms of a Willie Colón song pulse through the air. I'm sipping mint lemonade from a sweaty mason jar, and she's petting our dog, who's yawning on her lap. This is Long Beach, but if I close my eyes, it could be Miami or at least Spanish Harlem. I think the salsa music has something to do with it. It might also be the fried sweet plantains we're nibbling as an appetizer. What is it about the ripe fruit that it only takes a deep fry to turn it into something sweeter and more delicious than the most complicated bananas Foster recipe?


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