Pom & Olive Mediterranean Opens in Costa Mesa

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A new restaurant has opened in the space that used to be a Chinese vegan restaurant called Happy Family, and before that, May Garden, which was a long-running establishment that peddled sweet-and-sour-kung-pao Chinese food to the masses the same time it offered a secret Taiwanese menu for those who knew to ask for it. I still miss May Garden.


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Padre Latin Table & Cocktails Opens in Long Beach

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A new restaurant has opened in the space that formerly held Bliss 525 in Long Beach. In looking at the menu, Padre Latin Table & Cocktail does elote, aguachiles, and chicharrones that's house made and "dusted with cheddar beer powder".

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You Can Now Get Fancy Toast at Dough Exchange

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Have you ever wanted to see what it was like to live in uber hip cities like San Francisco or Seattle without all of that fog and rain? Did you hear about the artisan toast trend last year and ache for your love of gluten and the Maillard reaction?

Well, now you can solve that last problem in your own backyard. Jason Quinn's Dough Exchange (now located in the Honor Roll grocery in the 4th Street Market) is now serving fancy ass toast.

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TODAY: Free Ice Cream Sandwiches at Grand Opening of Cream at Irvine Spectrum

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Would you stand in line with thousands of people for a free one-of-these?
Judging by the line that stretched from AMC Theater to the bowling alley at The District a few months ago for the Ben & Jerry's free ice cream giveaway, y'all like free ice cream. Well, now here's another chance to get more free ice cream.

Cream, which is the new ice cream purveyor opening up today at the Irvine Spectrum, is giving away free ice cream sandwiches from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.


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Kaya Street Kitchen In Aliso Viejo Tries to Introduce Indonesian Food to the Masses

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Whenever I visit a new city, the first thing I do is eat whatever the area is known for. The second thing I do is count how many Indonesian restaurants are around. I do this with the hope that someday I might find myself in a town with as many Indonesian restaurants as there are Thai joints. For the record: New York has about five, Chicago has one, Los Angeles more than a few. But so far, in most of America, the cuisine of the fourth most populous nation on Earth--the country of my birth--is still the unknown garage band that can't get a break.


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Baos Hog, Steamed Pork Bun Restaurant, Opens in Garden Grove

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In the past year, you've seen ramen burgers and sushi burritos. Now get yourselves acquainted with baos, Chinese-style steamed bun clamshells wrapped around meat that's usually pork. Cafe Hiro serves a version on its appetizer list, but if you're not already familiar with the concept of an entire restaurant dedicated to steamed buns, then you're not from New York. One of the most well-known is Eddie Huang's Baohaus in Union Square. Huang is also the narrator of ABC's Fresh Off The Boat, and the author of the book that inspired the show. But it was Baohaus that put him on the culinary map. And his isn't the only joint in New York to serve baos. There is, of course, Momofuku and its famous pork belly buns.


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UTC's Now-Open Mendocino Farms Bring Farm-to-Sandwich to Irvine

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Irvine's University Town Center continues to rebrand itself as a hub for upscale, trendy eateries--so upscale, the center now offers valet parking. This past year, the center welcomed gastropub Eureka!, fancy cafeteria Tender Greens and soon-to-be-open seafood stop Slapfish. Joining the center's ilk of bougey restaurants is Mendocino Farms, who classes up everyday lunch fare with a sustainable farming ethos.

If the concept sounds familiar, it's because you can't throw a sandwich in an affluent area without hitting a restaurant that does the same thing. This is not to say Mendocino Farms has done something wrong. If anything, they're the green-sustainable-organic-eco-friendly cum capitalist dream realized. If ethical food production is important to you and you can stomach an $11 price tag on a sandwich, Mendocino Farms will please you.

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Hikari Poki Bar Opens in Lake Forest

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Pick a poki.
The poke phenomenon continues. Hikari is the latest sushi bar to realize that these days people don't want sushi, they want poke. Though the menu is still populated with combo plates, sushi rolls, and nigiri, its new owners have rebranded the place as a poke bar. And they've even added a sushi burrito as an option.

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Tips for Dining at Napa Rose's Chef's Counter at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

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This is it: Your Disneyland summer. You bought an Annual Passport, and not just the Southern California Pass--you splurged for the Premium, the one that includes free parking and not a single blockout date. You've been to the parks so many times you've memorized the parking-tram announcements--both the English recording and the Spanish translation. And earlier in the summer, you managed to stay awake for the entire duration of Disneyland's 24-hour event and have the stinky pile of sweat-stained clothes to prove it. Now what? How do you continue to make the most of your summer at OC's most iconic landmark during its 60th-anniversary year?

At the best restaurant inside Disney's property: Napa Rose. And the best way to dine there is at its Chef's Counter, where you get a front-row seat to the kitchen action while chef Andrew Sutton and crew cook a multicourse meal customized just for you.

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Porthole Chip Shop Opens in Newport Beach

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I got wind of a new seafood restaurant that just opened in the Balboa Peninsula. It's called Porthole Chop Chip Shop and it appears to have taken the space of Patril Bistro, an Italian restaurant that was never on my radar since it was on the part of the Peninsula that looks like a residential section of town.

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