Nate’s Korner – Breakfast Sandwich for a Burrito Lover

February 15, 2013

Nate’s Korner is small, hidden, and though closer to Irvine than anything, it is in Santa Ana. It’s in the middle of nowhere, and that is what I like about it. It all started with Qwik Korner, a nice little convenience store. They then ventured out next door and made Nate’s Korner. Popular for their […]

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The Penthouse at The Huntley – Lunch on Top and an Elevator Ride Down

February 12, 2013

Having lunch at The Penthouse at The Huntley was a no-brainer. Inside and out, the property is exquisite and fancy. Chic, modern, and clean, the food was almost out shined by the beauty of this property. Typically, I would not choose such a fancy, and such a far place. Fortunately, the Dine LA menu was […]

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Portillo’s Hot Dog – Beef and Sausage, but I Forget the Cheese Sauce

January 27, 2013

The first Portillo’s hot dog stand known as “The Dog House” opened in 1963. The small trailer with dedication from the ownder to serving “the best food” and “the best service” available grew to such an institution today. Having a Portillo’s in the relatively close city of Buena Park, it is always a treat, Probably […]

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Alicia’s – Sometimes all you Need in Life is a Pink Cloud

December 17, 2012

You pull up into Alicia’s parking lot and you immediately as yourself, “there’s a restaurant here”? I know it seems like the last place for a restaurant. Among some random businesses and factories sits a quaint restaurant serving up some great breakfast items and sandwiches. Alicia’s is a down to earth restaurant cafe. More along […]

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Santa Monica Seafood – 3/4 Fish Market, 1/4 Restaurant & Oyster Bar

December 6, 2012

Driving to the back parking lot of Santa Monica Seafood, I wasn’t expecting much. The rear parking lot and subtle entrance had be fooled. I mean, that’s where the dumpster and all the fish guts are. If I had only just walked to the street entrance, I would have realized how judgmental I was being. […]

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Eat Chow – Lying My Way Through the Menu

October 20, 2012

On the outskirts of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa is a hip beach town more suburban than anything else. Along the downtown area though, there are a lot of cool places to eat and shop. One place that stands out is Eat Chow. The menu here is New American, and they have their own twist on […]

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Chomp Chomp Nation – Singaporean Food Truck Serving Raffles, Not Ruffles

September 25, 2012

This by far is the most interesting food truck I ever came across. Not that the food truck looked different, but I guess it was because they served Singaporean food. I never really had Singaporean food so this was interesting to me. The flavors and style of the food was unique enough to the point […]

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Baby Blues BBQ – Venice Stepping up their Barbecue Game

August 27, 2012

When you are in Santa Monica seafood comes to mind. BBQ, let alone, good BBQ isn’t one of the first things you think of. On a random weekend trip to Venice Beach / Santa Monica, I stopped by Baby Blues BBQ. After reading glowing reviews on this joint, I had to see for myself. Just […]

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The Lime Truck – 2 of 3 for the Celebrity Food Truck

August 19, 2012

Being winners of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” there was a lot of expectation. With the new season of the food truck competition underway, it was good to try the last year’s winners. Seeing the truck on TV, it seemed to be almost a celebrity. The lime green was hard to mistake, and […]

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Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie (Aria) – A Sweet Sweets Spot Hits the Spot

August 16, 2012

When we all go to Vegas, we go because it makes us feel a certain way. The sights, the sounds, even the smells all give us a feeling of excitement and fun. One place that always give me the happy juices flowing is Jean-Philippe Pâtisserie. Something about the design and the colors of this bakery […]

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Short Stop BBQ – A Pulled Pork Sandwich Gets Smothered

July 23, 2012

We all have our favorite go to BBQ joints. Some of my favorites, interestingly located in Orange County is Blake’s and the chain, Lucille’s. LA and Orange county is in a position where good barbecue joints are plenty, but truly great ones are few and far between. As of yet, I don’t have a favorite […]

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Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar – Don’t Be Mad, Eat Happy

June 17, 2012

After glowing reviews about a new, hip sandwich spot in Downtown, I immediately put Blue Cow Kitchen in The List. Having eaten at Casa, the restaurant the preceded Blue Cow, I was a bit skeptical. I wasn’t too fond of my last visit to Casa, and finding out that it went out of business didn’t […]

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Terrace Point Cafe (Wynn) – Sitting Outside With The Best Hash Browns

May 1, 2012

It was breakfast time in Las Vegas. Breakfast is probably my favorite meal of the day. Not only is the first meal of the day, the meal that sets the tone for the whole day, but it includes everything delicious. Cheese, potatoes, eggs, bacon — need I say more? I opted to sit outside as […]

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Oinkster – Pastrami Sandwiches, Homemade Sauces, & Ube Shakes

April 17, 2012

You gotta love pastrami. Its salty, meaty, and delicious. The process to make pastrami is kind of a long process. You have to brine it, get all of the spices right, and cook that thing for a while. Oinkster in Eagle Rock prides itself as having some good pastrami. The once hole in the wall […]

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Joan’s On Third – An Experience with My Gourmet Sandwich

March 27, 2012

I stepped into Joan’s On Third, and I instantly fell in love. The collection of food items inside and the marketplace was abundant, and a bit overwhelming. If you are in the mood for cheeses, olives, bread, and condiments, they offer a variety of the gourmet stuff. In the kitchen, soups, salads, sandwiches, breakfast, and […]

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Bruxie (Brea) – Bigger and Bolder, the Second Location Becomes a Hit

March 13, 2012

Having been to the Bruxie in Orange, I was excited to see a newer and better (larger) one open up in Brea. Anticipating its grand opening, I was shocked as to see the great location they were able to snatch up. After procrastinating for a bit, I finally was able to try Bruxie in Brea. […]

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Philippe The Original – One of Two Homes of the French Dip Sandwich

February 16, 2012

The French dip sandwich is so simple — bread and meat. No caramlized onions, no mayo, no tomatoes or lettuce. With such a simple sandwich, people are making a fuss about who made it first. But who made it first? Cole’s or Philippe’s? That is the debate. Well, we do know that the French dip, […]

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Auntie Em’s Kitchen – Uber Thin Chocolate Chip Cookies and Red Velvet Cupcakes

February 13, 2012

I remember watching The Food Network with Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes. He did a feature on Los Angeles in the show Sugar High. He visited Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock and tried these really thin chocolate chip cookies. Since then, I have been itching to visit this place and try the cookies, […]

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Campanile – Eating Lunch With A Celebrity

February 5, 2012

It is that time again. Dine LA is in full effect. Though probably over by now, it gave patrons like me a chance to support Los Angeles restaurants and eat like a king for relatively cheap. After doing much research and investigation, I came across Campanile. What got to me was the history of it […]

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Doughboys Cafe – After School Special And Potatoes For Breakfast

January 9, 2012

Breakfast might be my favorite meal of the day, albeit, I don’t eat breakfast as often as I should.  I speak of breakfast as in a quiet meal in the morning — A quiet meal where I am not rushed or anything (Translation. Saturday or Sunday). I absolutely love breakfast on the weekend.  Eggs, bacon, […]

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