Euro Caffe Expands To Irvine and Huntington Beach

Edwin Goei
The Italiano Waffle Sandwich
Euro Caffe, the little cafe that occupies a former flower shop near South Coast Plaza across from Bella Cuba, is expanding.

A Euro Caffe just opened in Irvine on Alton near RedHill (1621 Alton Parkway), hidden inside the industrial building that used to be headquarters for Fox Racing. And in 2016, Euro Caffe will open in Huntington Beach's Bella Terra, taking over the space of SweetXO.

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4th And Olive Alsatian Cuisine Coming To Long Beach

If you can't locate it, it's your own damn fault.

We found ourselves judging a cocktail competition in Long Beach over the weekend for Dine LBC. After many, many sips, we crowned a winner. His name is Dan Tapia, and he's also preparing to launch a restaurant concept in early 2016.

Simply named after his closest intersection, 4th and Olive will be a Franco-German wine and beer garden, serving Alsatian food. Think sausage, pretzels and kraut.

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Be a Good Person at OC's Inaugural Burrito Project THIS FRIDAY

Hey you! Do you want to be a good person? Do you also love burritos and want to share them? Well, if you're free this Friday evening, Orange County's inaugural burrito project event is going down. The gist is this: everyone's going to meet up in Costa Mesa to make some burritos then drive up to Santa Ana to pass them out to the less fortunate. I have faith in your burrito rolling skills.

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Hello Kitty Cafe's (Temporary) West Coast Location Coming To Irvine!

Think pink

It was a year in the making, but we knew what we were talking about when predicting the future location of that cat's girl's brick-and-mortar. Okay, not really a brick, nor mortar. They would've been silly not to select Irvine or Costa Mesa as a starting point.

The stylish shipping container is having some finishing touches done before it can be released to its dedicated fan base. But you can bet they'll be ready to go in early December. Oh, and don't worry. Hello Kitty Cafe is expected to remain there past the holiday season.

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DTLA's Fav Pizza Spot Is Headed to Long Beach Very Soon

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Long Beach is, surprisingly, a solid pizza town between Broadway, Michael's, X Two, and Rebel Bites, and it's about to get even better. Pizzanista!, an LA Art District favorite, will be opening their Long Beach location this month, according to Eater LA, on 7th Street near Alamitos Beach.

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Buddy Chicken & Boba Coming To Orange

Anne Marie Panoringan

Back in July, Eater LA reported the first US location of Buddy Chicken was being built in Santa Anita Mall. Well, it's November and we're still waiting. In the meantime, The Block Outlets at Orange are hiring management for their first Orange County outpost.

Founded in China, Buddy Jipai (as they're also referred to) is a boneless, heart-shaped chicken breast that's flattened, marinated, battered and deep fried to a delicious state. These seven-ounce beauties are mass produced throughout 500 franchised storefronts at a rate of 40,000 cluckers daily. Damn impressive for a trio of unemployed baking tools salesmen from Taiwan with no actual restaurant experience.

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Olive Tree Restaurants Opening In Lake Forest And Irvine (None Related to Anaheim's Olive Tree)

Anne Marie Panoringan
Olive is the new black

Two restaurants bearing the same name and opening within a few months of each other should be related, right? Not in the case of these two joints. In fact, we learned they're not even the same cuisine.

Something they do share in common: They're occupying former dining spaces.You'll also spot them in non-traditional locations (i.e. not the mall or even a strip mall). Don't let the curiosity kill you.

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Learn How to Make Clay Oven's Tandoori Turkey THIS SUNDAY

Photo courtesy of Clay Oven

For Thanksgiving, Chef Geeta Bansal is sharing her favorite holiday recipes with an Indian twist at Surfas Culinary District on November 1. One of the dishes she'll be making is her famous Tandoori Turkey, which has been served for the past 25 years. Needless to say, the skinless turkey, which is marinated in herbs and spices and baked in a tandoor oven, is a tradition around here.

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Central OC Food Swap Happening THIS SUNDAY

Photo by Stacey Spensley

If you want to get deep into Thanksgiving this year, consider attending the Central OC Food Swap this Sunday, where you come with a few homemade items and swap them with someone else's. It sounds like an exercise that would've been done in a grade school classroom, and that's because it probably is (remember book swaps, y'all?) But it's all in good fun.

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Salt & Ash Opening In Placentia

Photo Salt & Ash Facebook
Whole roasted trout, herb potatoes, green beans

We received a tip from Instagram beer pal TwoSlow_OC on a new restaurant in Placentia. Formerly Orea Taverna & Wine Bar, the space began an overhaul last month.

Featuring a New American menu, expect a modest selection of plates for lunch, dinner and brunch. Owners Jennifer and Scott Mickelson hinted at a few of the opening beers being served as part of their revolving beverage program: Valiant, Left Coast, Golden Road and Bootlegger's. They'll pair well with tastes such as red snapper, Duroc pork tenderloin, and a shrimp sandwich featuring preserved lemon and watercress.

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