Din Tai Fung At South Coast Plaza Opens TODAY!

Anne Marie Panoringan
On your mark

They were originally scheduled to open this past spring, right? But you know how it goes. Especially from a highly anticipated chain moving into a coveted corner location. When you knock McDonald's down, it better be for a gold mine.

With Uniqlo scheduled to open after Labor Day (there's currently a pop-up store by the carousel) and Din Tai Fung welcoming the Asian invasion, the Sanrio wing of South Coast Plaza will never be the same again. Kudos to long-term planning.

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Jamba Juice Giving Away Free Juice Wednesday Morning

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They're actually pretty good

Alright guys, time for more free stuff. This Wednesday, from 9 to 11 a.m., Jamba Juice will be giving away one free 12 oz. juice per person. Don't stop reading yet: It's not going to be the smoothies everyone knows and loves. Instead, they'll be giving away juices from their new line of hip, with-it fruit juices à la the cold-pressed juices that've gone big this year.

How hip? One of the juices has chia seeds, but I've had them and they're honestly all pretty good -- light and fresh, pretty perfect for a morning drink.

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Pie-Not Wants You to Win "A Better Brekkie" On Instagram

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Anne Marie Panoringan
#abetterbrekkie than what most are having

Are you up on your social-media skills? And (more important) do you like breakfast? If you can answer yes to both, then stick around for details on an easy-peasy contest.

Our friends at Pie-Not love my favorite meal of the day as much as I do, and they want to prove it. Starting today, snap a photo of what you're having for brekkie and upload it to Instagram -- be sure to label it with a hashtag of "abetterbrekkie"!

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Man Who Plays Lisa Simpson's Sax Debuts at Bayside TONIGHT!

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You go girl! I mean, Doug!

Us Weeklings love The Simpsons. When I heard that the person who plays Lisa's sax would be performing in Newport, I was all over it like Krusty Burger sauce on a Ribwich! And the fact that he grew up in Huntington Beach makes it even better. Who am I referring to? The classy musician we're talking about is one Doug Webb.

In addition to his Springfield appearances, Webb has worked with Rod Stewart, Quincy Jones and even Clint Eastwood on multiple soundtracks. Not bad for someone who is heard more than seen.

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Taking A Shot At Puck's Tavern at the Honda Center

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Anne Marie Panoringan
He stuck to some classics

If you originally thought a restaurant by the name of Puck's Tavern was a play on words, that's understandable. I didn't expect to see a celebrity chef, much less Wolfgang "I cater for the Oscars" Puck launching a culinary experience inside a sporting/concert venue--ever. Yet he did, late last year. Open only during days when Honda Center is holding an event, a pair of hockey tickets was an excuse to finally check it out.

While we didn't make a huge a dent on the menu, enough damage was done to provide a few highlights. Being open a few months now, one would imagine they've worked out the kinks, but . . . you'll just have to read on.

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Themed Dinners At Tangata's "Bowers After Hours" Events

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Spending time at a museum should be a cross between Ferris Bueller's Day Off and a Ben Stiller movie. In reality, it's much more tame. So I was curious to hear about a couple of prix-fixe dinners created by Tangata at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Served with optional wine pairings, the restaurant and museum mixed culinary and artistic talents into themed meals.

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Zpizza Giving Away Free Pizza TODAY

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The goods!

Do you want some pizza? Do you want some pizza TODAY? Well, if you're ready to jump in your car and head to a zpizza, you can have some, thanks to the marketing-fun-time known as National Pizza Week.

Details after the break!

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A Bite Truck On The Cooking Channel Next Week!

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Photo by Johannes Dewald

When a local lonchera does good, it's only right to celebrate. When I met Keba Parker last year, he was barely launching A Bite Truck. The wrap on his lonchera wasn't even completed when our photographer stopped by for his close-up. But a year and-a-half later, things are swell.

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We Eat It So You Don't Have To: Sriracha Candy Canes

Photo by Charles Lam

The Internet is a silly place.

It's spawned dancing hamsters, overly attached girlfriends, pedophilic bears, an unhealthy love of bacon and countless other strange, strange things.

Of course it's also at the center of the capsaicin cult that surrounds sriracha, what is probably the United States' favorite hot sauce.

So, when J&D Foods, the Seattle-based makers of bacon salt and frequent contributor with Web Comic Magician The Oatmeal, announced that they were releasing sriracha candy canes in time for the holidays, I can't say I was surprised.

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We've Got Artist Renderings Of Din Tai Fung's Restaurant Layout!


In case you missed Michelle's breaking news or Edwin's informative update, we're here to catch you up on all things DTF inside SCP. To assist us with our story, we've got visual aids!

We typically refer fine Forkers to another media source for news we learn about. In this case, however, we look from within. Actually, we're redirecting you to our all-but-dormant personal blog for a change. We weren't in attendance at this week's media briefing of Din Tai Fung's future home, but the drawings and statements from people directly involved with this undertaking were made available to us. So of course we are happy to share the love.

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