The Local List

Hungry girl looking for the next adventure.

Brunch, Lunch or Dinner: TLT hits the mark.

We all went through the food truck frenzy.  Some trucks were good, some were your typical roach coach.  Some, like The Lime Truck were great and made enough money to start a brick and mortar – TLT Food.

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Habana – A little taste of Cuba

Now that the flood gates to Cuba have started to open, it was only time that I began a culinary Cuban adventure before I book my future trip.  And what better place to start then at Habana at The Lab for my best buds birthday dinner.

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Hapa Cupcakes wasn’t even halfway good.

Voted as one of the best sweets in Orange County, I knew I had to check this place out.  After stumbling around Downtown Fullerton one weekend, I walked into Hapa Cupcakes.  Known for their alcohol infused cupcakes, Hapa Cupcakes has a wide variety of cupcakes to try.


On this occasion, I got the strawberries and champagne cupcake (alcoholic) and the caramel coffee cupcake.  I will give them another chance because I tried only two, but I was not impressed.  The frosting was so sweet and was not proportional to the cake.  And the cake, well it was dried out.  When you are living in the land of Sprinkles and Susie Cakes, you better be on your A-Game, and Hapa Cupcakes missed the mark.

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While the idea itself was great, the execution fell short.  It’s no wonder they got cut early on Cupcake Wars.  Not that I would ever say no to a cupcake from here, but I am definitely not driving over to Fullerton for these bad boys.  If you want to splurge on calories, go elsewhere.

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2.5/5 for innovation and creativity, yet lack of flavor and proportion.  Fulfill your sweet tooth elsewhere.

Costa Mesa’s Corner Retreat: Plum’s Cafe

I don’t know how I did not visit this place before last weekend.  I have been sorely missing out in life.  Plum’s is probably the best brunch that Orange County has to offer.  It has pancakes, bread pudding french toast, breakfast burritos and my fave – eggs Benedict.

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Eureka: How UCI got cool.

Okay, I don’t know if it will make UC Irvine cool, but this new chain called Eureka is exactly what the campus needed.  Although the pub has been voted best bar in Orange County by OC Weekly, Eureka caters to the community not just students.  As much as I love the pub, it does make me feel like I am trying to relive my glory days.  Eureka doesn’t judge me.

For my 100th post I give you the best restaurant in OC – Il Garage

Yes, you read that right.  Il Garage is the best restaurant that I have eaten at in OC.  While I can think of a few places that are as tasty (or tastier), this place brings something that other places don’t have – a garden.  Tucked in the middle of nowhere Stanton (yes that is in OC), Il Garage is hard to find.  In fact, you have to drive along Beach Blvd and then keep driving.  Once you have found Park Ave restaurant, you must walk through it into the backyard.  Then, and only then, will you find this treasure.

And with a heavy heart I introduce to you…Iron Press

I really wanted to like this place.  Very badly.  Every time I visit The Mix, or OC Mix Mart, or SOCO, or whatever the hell that place is called, The Iron Press is always packed.  So on one sunny Saturday, I was stoked when there were tons of seats for my friends and I to sit down and grab some lunch.  I had been waiting months to have some chicken and waffles.
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