Going Out: Costa Mesa Omelette Parlor

There’s a certain hierarchy of breakfast restaurants. On the bottom, in great profusion, you have the mediocre chain pancake places that serve dependable-if-slightly-rubbery plates of fried batter coated in flavored corn syrup. You don’t feel bad about going to these in your dumpiest t-shirt and PJ bottoms because — let’s face it — if you’re there, it’s either an ungodly hour when nothing else is open or you’re desperately hungry with nothing else edible in the fridge and the laundry’s probably not been done either. Kind of the same reason you’d be at a McDonald’s, come to think of it. …

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Going Out: Spinner’s Turkish Kebab

The boy has been bemoaning the lack of proper kebab places in Orange County for years — pretty much since he first arrived on our shores. We do have a few, but they’re spread sparsely and often of a very fast-foody quality. Just about the only other alternatives are fancy Persian restaurants, which are more plentiful and very good, but with equally higher price tags. I didn’t really understand what the fuss was about until I started going home with him on the holidays and went to the Turkish kebab place that his family frequented. I was completely puzzled by …

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Going Out: Sushi Murasaki

A little over two years ago, the boy and I were driving to the supermarket when we noticed a new sushi place had sprung up across the street from it. The slot used to be a quiet little Japanese lunch place, but apparently it underwent a change of ownership and reopened as a cute little sushi place decorated with bamboo and tasteful swatches of purple fabric. We like Japanese food of all persuasions, and were still looking for a local restaurant to frequent, so in we went. They haven’t been able to get rid of us since 🙂 The unassuming …

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A post about food and drink.

Being limited to a student income of odd jobs and projects, I’ve always been one to leap at any consumer testing panel opportunities that might present themselves. One just happened to last week, in the form of a company looking for women who drink Vitamin Water but not Propel. They offered to pay me $100 for an hour’s worth of questions, and I gladly accepted. I was going to be in LA for something else that morning anyways. So I arrive early, am seated, am agreeably talkative, and fill out the questionnaires we were given for the first half of …

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Picks n’ Pans Addendum

Scooby Doo: So, like, we saw this Friday night and I apparently forgot by the next morning. So much so that it totally did not cross my mind to write about it in the rundown before I was reminded. So I guess this means that it, uh, didn’t leave much of an impression. I mean, it was okay. It was perfect summer fare. It amused, it was visually fun (those sets must’ve been so much fun) and… I dunno, it just didn’t do anything for me. *shrug* Maybe it was just the overdose of CGI that did it? Maybe it …

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A Public Service Announcement…

The 99-cent dessert bites at Carrows? Save your pennies and just get the little sugar-coated fruit pies at the supermarket, there’s really no discernible difference. Except for the fake whipped cream and watery chocolate-flavored syrup they squirt over it all in an attempt to bury the actual product. And whomever decided that chopping up and microwaving a Nutrigrain bar with some cheap vanilla ice cream on top was a berry cobbler… budgeting genius! dining travesty! However, the sheer entertainment factor of seeing how crap these things actually were was, sadly, enough to keep us amused for most of the evening. …

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How Does She Do It?

Restaurant hunting has been a long-held indulgence of mine. You know the drill… get on a fairly populated street, then cruise until you find something that’s either really nice-looking or really seedy and frightening. Either way, you’re guaranteed a large serving of amusement. I’ve discovered a particular trend in the places we find, depending on who I’m with at the time. Rebecca and I tend to find trendy little Westside cafes with nice selections of healthy entrees. I can guarantee that I’ll be fairly happy with most of the menu when I’m with her. Sheila, on the other hand, has …

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