Moulin Opening Tomorrow In Newport Beach

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Anne Marie Panoringan
C'est magnifique!

A French revival is underway off Bristol, as Moulin prepares to open in the former Pascal Epicerie spot. Classifying itself as a bistro, epicerie and cafe, the space experienced an extreme makeover in recent months. An outdoor fountain, beer and wine selections, and eye-catching Rotisol oven are a few of the details included in this French owned and operated establishment.

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Porto's Bakery is Coming to Buena Park!

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Porto's is coming!

Rejoice, OC lovers of Porto's: your favorite Cuban-style bakery is coming to Buena Park! Soon there will be no need for traffic jam treks to its Glendale or Downey locations. The Buena Park City Council wisely and unanimously approved a purchase agreement last night to bring the popular panadería to Beach Boulevard.

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Taco Maria to Host Indie Chefs Week Event in October!

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Go GO GO!!!

I walked by Taco Maria yesterday on the road to...something, and head cabrón Carlos Salgado reminded me of a crazy event they're hosting in October: Indie Chefs Week, a critically acclaimed happening that brings in chefs from across the country to culinary hot spots. It'll be the first time it's happening in Orange County, it'll happen over three nights from October 16 to October 18, and it'll involve over 20 chefs cooking and talking in Taco Maria's small kitchen.

"We want to get people talking about what these indie chefs are doing out there in the food world," says the official blurbage. "We are excited that Indie Chefs Week is spreading out across the country, bringing together dedicated chefs to cook, collaborate, and inspire."

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LYFE Kitchen To Open in Irvine Spectrum

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Anne Fishbein
Beets and farro salad at LYFE Kitchen.
Irvine Spectrum is getting yet another new restaurant. This time it's Chef Art Smith, Tal Ronnen and Jeremy Bringardner's health-food concept called LYFE Kitchen, which stands for "Love Your Food Everyday". It's planning to open at the outdoor mall in November, next to TLT Food (which is The Lime Truck's brick-and-mortar joint) and Pho Saigon Pearl's second Irvine location.

There are already locations elsewhere, including two in L.A. According to the Irvine Company description, the menu will feature "chef‐inspired, delicious recipes and plant‐based proteins." Also, all LYFE Kitchen dishes reportedly "contain fewer than 600 calories and 1,000 milligrams of sodium, with most choices containing much less."

If you recognize the name Art Smith before, he was on Top Chef Masters but might be best known as Oprah's personal chef.


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Kingchops, Taiwanese Pork Chop Specialist, To Open in Irvine

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Chop chop!
I think I've dubbed Irvine O.C.'s unofficial Taiwan Town before. But I'll say it again now, because along with the recent Taiwanese additions such as the second Class 302 at the Irvine Marketplace, Meet Fresh at Diamond Jamboree, and so many others I don't feel like listing because I'm actually under the weather as I write this, there's now a Kingchops planned for the city, next to Clay Oven at the corner of Irvine Center and Jeffrey.

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Surge, Legendary Cult Soda from the 90s, is BACK!

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Coca-Cola Company

From 1920 to 1933, America experienced the dark days of Prohibition. Apparently forgetting the lessons taught by those 13 grueling years, America endured a similar dry spell of the nation's lifeblood from 2001 until today, this most historic and glorious of days.

Surge is back, you guys.

The legendary super-soda with a cult following reigned supreme in the late 90s with it's "fully loaded" citrus taste that came with a buzz fit for a rabid monkey, much to the chagrin of parents everywhere.

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Bingo for Charity! 320 Main Fifth Anniversary and Bike MS Fundraiser Monday, Sept. 15

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320 Main
Come give us money to fight multiple sclerosis!
What are you doing Monday night?

320 Main in Seal Beach is celebrating its fifth anniversary of being rescued from a dank shot-and-beer hole in the wall, and owners Jason and Rebecca Schiffer are celebrating with $5 appetizers and $5 cocktails.

Matt "Rumdood" Robold and I are riding our bicycles from Irvine to San Diego in October to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the anniversary party is also a fundraiser. Come and play bingo for $5 and win prizes; all the money raised from bingo will go to the NMSS.

Of course, if you'd like to just give us money, you can do that too--online, even (Here's my page and here's Rumdood's).

All proceeds from the bingo game will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter.

The party is from 7-11 p.m. on Monday, September 15 at 320 Main St. in Seal Beach.

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Check Out Geeta Bansal's James Beard House Preview Dinner Next Monday!

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Clay Oven's chef/owner Geeta Bansal was invited to host a dinner at the James Beard House in New York earlier this year, and will be staging the dinner at the end of this month -- Sept. 27 to be exact.

She's one of the first female chefs from Orange County to make the trip, and will be doing a menu called "The Art of Spice," perfect for her brand of wonderfully spiced contemporary Indian food, but if you can't make the trip to New York, well, it's okay, because the Clay Oven in Irvine will be doing a special preview dinner this Monday.

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Wursthaus, New Sausage Joint, Coming To Downtown Santa Ana

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Edwin Goei
Future frankfurters.
Coming soon to Downtown SanTana: a new sausage joint called Wursthaus. Construction is still going on when I drove by. But when it opens sometime in October, there will be sausages (reportedly 24 different kinds), there will be sauces (reportedly 8 different kinds), there will be fries (reportedly with bacon dust), and of course, there will be beer (reportedly German and Belgian).

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California Gogi Korean Grill Planning Second Irvine Restaurant

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Edwin Goei
California Gogi Korean Grill bento.
California Gogi Korean Grill, the Chipotle-style Korean concept that opened in 2013 at University Center across from UCI, is now expanding to the parts of Irvine with fewer college students.

The restaurant will go in between Panda Express and Yogurtland at the Irvine Marketplace. It will follow G Burger and recently, Class 302 Tea Cafe, as the new kids on the block among the old guard of Thai Spice and Natraj Tandoori.

What is California Gogi Korean Grill?


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