Category Archives: Orange County

La Súper Birria, Santa Ana CA

La Súper Birria Birria Tour – Red Taco, Taco Dorado, Quesabirria, Consommé Red Taco Begun as a Candy Shop mid-2015, but establishing itself as a Birreria in 2018, La Súper Birria has quickly emerged as one of Orange County’s most … Continue reading

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Hidden House Coffee Roasters, Santa Ana CA

Hidden House Coffee Roasters Cold Brew Coffee Banana Bread Blueberry Lemon Scone Almond Croissant Chocolate Chip Cookie Founded in 2010, and since expanded from San Juan Capistrano to Santa Ana, Hidden House Coffee is no longer so secret, though the … Continue reading

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Oliboli Donuts, Tustin CA

Oliboli Donuts Cold Brew Coffee Croque Madame – Yeast Donut, Prosciutto, Mornay Sauce, Comte Cheese, Gruyere Cheese, Duck Fat Fried Egg, Chives, Black Lava Salt Oliebollen – 40-Hour Yeast Dough, Apples, Currants, Raisins, Lemon Zest, Spices, Confectioner’s Sugar  /  Semla … Continue reading

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The Loop: Handcrafted Churros, Westminster CA

The Loop: Handcrafted Churros Cinnamon Sugar Churro with Nutella Strawberry Glaze Churro with Sprinkles Cinnamon Sugar Churro with Vanilla Soft Serve, Cookie Butter Syrup, Peanut Butter Cups, Biscoff Cookie Located just a hop, skip and a jump from Eiswelt Gelato, … Continue reading

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Eiswelt Gelato, Westminster CA

Eiswelt Gelato Vanilla Teddy Bear with Birthday Cake Taro Pig with Birthday Cake Piglet Black Sesame Puppy Dog with Cookiebutter Red Velvet Turkey with Coconut Located in the Orange County Suburb of Westminster, the tiny corner-store in a strip-mall gaining … Continue reading

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Zombee Donuts & Bakeshop, Fullerton CA

Zombee Donuts & Bakeshop Sour Cream Old Fashioned Black Widow – Glazed Donut and a Chocolate Covered Donut Hole Bleeding Heart – Chocolate Frosting, Raspberry Filling Zombee – Glazed Body, Raspberry Jelly Brains, Chocolate Face Eyeball – Red Velvet Donut, … Continue reading

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La Brea Bakery, Disneyland CA

La Brea Bakery Bread Pudding with Whipped Cream and Berries Raspberry Thumbprint Carrot Muffin Sticky Bun Chocolate Chip Cookie, Snickerdoodle Shut out for more than one Disneyland dinner, seating bluntly refused at casual Café Orleans despite arriving seven minutes before … Continue reading

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Jolly Holiday Bakery Café, Disneyland CA

Jolly Holiday Bakery Café Breakfast Sandwich – Butter Croissant, Bacon, Cheddar, Scrambled Eggs with Fruit Matterhorn Coconut Macaroon Black Forest Bundt Cake Gingerbread Éclair Blueberry Sourcream Muffin Mickey Sugar Cookie Raspberry Mickey Macaron Spending Thanksgiving at Disneyland, my first visit … Continue reading

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Chapter One: the modern local, Santa Ana CA

Chapter One: the modern local Scotch Egg – Turkey sausage-wrapped egg, bacon jam, frisee salad, mango mustard sauce Apple Pancakes – Cranberry-apple relish, maple syrup Elvis Live from Brussels – Belgian waffle sandwich, pecan butter, brulee banana, bourbon maple whipped … Continue reading

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The Donuttery, Huntington Beach CA

The Donuttery Maple Buttermilk Bar Apple Fritter Carrot Cake Old Fashioned Maple Almond Butterfly Apple Cider Strawberry Blueberry Lemon Salty Caramel Devil’s Food Cream Filled S’mores Red Velvet PB&J Long heralded as a destination for locals and tourists visiting the … Continue reading

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Taco Maria, Costa Mesa CA

Taco Maria Canapes – Pickled Carrot, Pork Trotter with Scallion Aioli, Suzuki with Nori Chip Betabeles – Beet, Winter Citrus, Quinoa, Jalapenos, Cilantro, Dill Enchilada ‘Suiza’ de Ortigas – Black Trumpets, Huitlacoche, Queso Oaxaca, Stinging Nettles Arroz con Cangrejo – … Continue reading

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Afters Ice Cream, Fountain Valley CA

Afters Ice Cream Samples – Milk and Cereal Ice Cream, Cookie Monster, Almond Cookie Glazed Milky Bun with Almond Cookie Ice Cream, Cap’n Crunch Highly praised by friends in Orange County, and proudly declaring themselves the inventors of the “Milky … Continue reading

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Pizzeria Ortica, Costa Mesa CA

Pizzeria Ortica Pork belly butter, tomato conserva, crostini Ricotta gnocchi, marinara, Parmigiano Reggiano D.O.P. MARGHERITA – San Marzano tomatoes, imported buffalo mozzarella, basil Budino di Cioccolato – Chocolate crème layered with caramel Babà al rhum – Rum soaked brioche From … Continue reading

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Plum’s Cafe and Catering, Costa Mesa CA

Plum’s Café and Catering Dutch Baby – Skillet Baked with Powdered Sugar and Lemon Blueberry Almond Bread Pudding French Toast Apparently a twenty year Orange County staple for breakfast, brunch, and lunch I’d be lying if I said I knew … Continue reading

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85 Degrees Bakery, Irvine CA

85 Degrees Mochi Egg Tart Almond Croissant Cream Cheese Brioche Maple Toast Raisin milk bread Ice Sea Salt Coffee Marble Taro Bread Blueberry Half Moon Cake Another ‘can’t miss’ stop according to people I trust my visit to 85 Degrees … Continue reading

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Marche Moderne, Costa Mesa CA

Marche Moderne Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszu 2001 Baguette and Whole Wheat with Salted Butter Soft Shell Crab En Saison – Beignet of Fleur de Courgette, Armagnac Jus, Chicken Chicharron Beignets of Fleur de Courgette – Emulsion yaourt et basilica, … Continue reading

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Pizzeria Mozza, Newport Beach CA

Pizzeria Mozza Grissini Arancine alla Bolognese Mozzarella di bufala , DiNapoli tomato, Genovese basil & olive oil Caramel coppetta, marshmallow sauce, salted Spanish peanuts, Chocolate Tuille With my Los Angeles Pizzeria Mozza experience far less than ideal; the result of … Continue reading

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Playground, Santa Ana CA

Playground Portola Coffee – Black Tyler’s Cornbread Tyler’s Apple Fritters Mazumen Ramen with Wagyu Fat, Oxtail, Lime, Togarashi, Slow Egg, Beautiful Soy Ashley’s Leftover Pancakes – Graham Cracker Soil with Cocoa Nibs Fried French Toast with Summer Berry Compote, and … Continue reading

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Cream Pan, Tustin CA

Cream Pan Cream Pan Strawberry Croissant Azuki Cream Almond Croissant A rather traditional Japanese-French style bakery located somewhat off the beaten path in a Tustin strip mall a number of locals had strongly encouraged me to stop by Cream Pan … Continue reading

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Sidecar Dougnuts & Coffee, Costa Mesa CA

SideCar Doughnuts & Coffee Peanut Butter Chocolate Huckleberry Cornbread with Sorghum Brown Butter Maple Bacon Apricot with Vanilla Bean Monte Cristo Buttermilk Cornbread with Chive and Mt. Tam Peach and Chamomille Cream Open daily at 6:30am but baking at the … Continue reading

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