Oh Oui! Pâtisserie Serves Macarons Stuffed With Ice Cream

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Macaron stuffed with ice cream!
Donuts stuffed with ice cream was so 2014. A new dessert shop called Oh Oui! Pâtisserie has opened in Garden Grove and it stuffs macarons with a gelato of your choice. The shop doesn't seem to have a website and I've yet to make a trip, so I can't tell you how much one might cost. But since Oh Oui! is competing with the other Vietnamese bakeries in Little Saigon, I wouldn't bet that it'll cost more than what you'd pay for a typical macaron elsewhere in OC, even with the added gelato.

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Poke District Opens in Orange

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More poke bento than poke bowl.
I think it's official now. Poke--that Hawaiian foodstuff of marinated cubes of raw fish that a few years ago was relegated to the margins of sushi bar menus--is this year's hot food trend.

A few years ago, North Shore Poke Co. opened in Huntington Beach. Later Costco in Tustin started importing the stuff from it's Hawaiian stores. Then Pokinometry blew up last year, inspiring copycats and that's not counting Poke Etc. in Long Beach.

Earlier this week, Pokistation opened in Irvine, which besides the poke bowls it serves is actually Chinese restaurant whose kitchen specializes in dumplings.

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Pokistation in Irvine Opens; Serves Poki Bowls and Xiao Long Baos

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Because dolphins like xiao long baos and poki bowls.
Two of the hottest things to debut last year were Pokinometry and Din Tai Fung. The former for poki bowls, which are basically cubes of raw fish dressed in flavorful sauces served in bowls of rice; the latter for xiao long bao, a.k.a. juicy pork dumplings.

Now there's a restaurant where you can have both...at the same time. Pokistation bills itself as a Chinese restaurant and it serves xiao long baos, which are Chinese, along with other menu items that you usually find when you see that xiao long baos are served: shao mai, wontons, onion pancakes and even pork chop noodles. But then on the last page of their menu there are bentos with curry rice, sandwiches stuffed with teriyaki chicken, poki hand tolls, and the aforementioned poki bowls--all of which you don't tend to find with xiao long baos unless you happen to be in a food court in Singapore.

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Temakira in Costa Mesa Sells Hand Rolls for Comfort

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Edwin Goei
Rollin' along.

The best sushi hand roll I ever had was made by Katsu Aoyagi, the sushi master behind Tustin's venerable Sushi Wasabi. I haven't been back since he retired last summer and sold his shop to a younger chef, but I still remember that blue crab temaki--the item for which he was best known. It wasn't much to look at: just a tiny swatch of black seaweed wrapped around rice and crabmeat. But whenever he handed it to me, I knew I reached the summit of his omakase. The crab was from Texas, he'd remark, and there were gobs of it--enough to fill a cup--dressed in mayo and wrapped with rice inside crispy nori. And when Aoyagi made one, he assembled it quickly, knowing the crispness of the nori drops precipitously the moment it makes contact with the other two ingredients. Seconds after he'd make it, the whole thing went into my mouth. And oh, how wonderful it was! The crinkle of the crispy seaweed, the unbelievably succulent crab, the warm vinegared rice--it was a sushi masterpiece worth its weight in gold.

Now comes Temakira, a restaurant that takes its name from temaki, which, yes, means "hand roll."


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Santa Ana's Fourth Street Market To Open Feb. 16, Preview at Savor Santa Ana Feb. 12

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Fourth Street Market opens Feb. 16.

[Updated 2/3/2015 with the correct pricing for Savor Santa Ana tastes: $2. Still cheap.]

It's been a long time coming, but downtown Santa Ana's food hall is finally ready to throw open its doors to the public. The paper is down, the signs are up, and the tenants are buying their start-up ingredients. Fourth Street Market (4SM) is located at 201 E. 4th St., adjacent to Style World and across from the East End Marketplace. Monday, February 16, 2015 is opening day, though there will be a public preview during the Savor Santa Ana event on Thursday, February 12 from 5-8 p.m. where the vendors will sell small tastes for $1 $2 each.


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The Beach Barrel Replaces Biggie Baguette In Newport

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I reviewed Biggie Baguette or Quebec Montreal Poutine, whichever name it finally went by, late last summer for its poutine--the Canadian staple of fries in gravy with cheese curds. A few months later Biggie Baguette or Quebec Montreal Poutine, whichever it was, closed.



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Bulgogi House Is the Palace That Meat Built

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Sizzle on

It's a good idea to forgo meat a week before going to Bulgogi House. On the day of your trip, skip breakfast. If you're going for dinner, have a salad for lunch. Bulgogi House, as you may have guessed, is an AYCE (all-you-can-eat) Korean barbecue restaurant--the kind of place at which you pay a nominal amount for the opportunity to try to stuff more animal protein down your gullet than any health professional would say is advisable. But Bulgogi House is more than just your typical Korean barbecue joint; it's also a full-on buffet, with an assortment of sushi, fried dumplings, miles of side dishes, and desserts (including pumpkin pie and s'mores), so it's conceivable a person could never touch a piece of Korean barbecue meat but still overeat.


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McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon Now Open in Anaheim Gardenwalk

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Kiss It, It's Irish.
Anaheim GardenWalk has had its ups-and-downs, and I'm just not talking about its Escheresque layout of stairs and balconies that you can never find a way down from. A few years ago it faced bankruptcy and was eventually sold. During those rocky times, the roster of eateries at the mall that was supposed to feed off the Disney tourist hordes remained pretty static. The staples of Bubba Gump's, P.F. Chang's, Roy's, The Cheesecake Factory, and McCormick & Schmick's hung on, but compared to other, more dynamic outdoor malls like the Irvine Spectrum, nothing new opened for years.



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Little Arabia's Zait & Zataar Rises From the Ashes and Reopens

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Palm tree swayin' in the breeze...
Zait & Zataar, Little Arabia's busiest little restaurant and bakery, is back! Much of the place burned down in a fire last August. Since then, the faithful have been deprived of Zait & Zataar's tantalizing Saj wraps, Z bowls, and brick oven bakery goodies. But there is finally reason to rejoice--the Lebanese eatery has risen from the ashes and hosted a soft re-opening a week-and-half ago.

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Tokyo Central Opens in Costa Mesa

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Sushi for miles.
The Costa Mesa Marukai has transformed into a new market called Tokyo Central. The old food court has now been replaced by specialty food bars that serve noodles and islands with ready-made sushi. If it weren't for the gigantic cartoon-y signs, it looks like the Japanese version of the Whole Foods food court. The market opened last Thursday.

There are more pictures from their blog as well as info about upcoming events on their website.

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