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The lines get long as everything is freshly made to order. This means concocting the mixture, mixing it into nitrogen, and then presentation. From ordering ice cream with the puffle, until receiving it (excluding any time standing in line) you're looking at 5-10 mins easily. Thoroughly enjoy their earl grey lavender, as well as sun, stars & moon. It's very rich & creamy. The earl grey is sweeter than it is herbal, while the SSM is refreshing more herbal." - yelper.
Cauldron Ice Cream
1421 W MacArthur Blvd
The lines get long as everything is freshly made to order. This means concocting the mixture, mixing it into nitrogen, and then presentation. From ordering ice cream with the puffle, until receiving it (excluding any time standing in line) you're looking at 5-10 mins easily. Thoroughly enjoy their earl grey lavender, as well as sun, stars & moon. It's very rich & creamy. The earl grey is sweeter than it is herbal, while the SSM is refreshing more herbal." - yelper.
For Korean BBQ lovers! Combo A BBQ (brisket and marinated boneless short rib) for two people plus extra five bucks for spicy cold noodle dish made for $29/pp (incl tax+tip) feast. Nice selection of ban chan. Fluffy steamed egg dish served in stone pot and the bean paste soup (included) were both excellent. Mung bean cake (included) was sub-par (dry and cardboardy - maybe sat around too long in the back?) - but all the other ban chan were good. Good for everyone.
Mo Ran Gak Restaurant
9651 Garden Grove Blvd
For Korean BBQ lovers! Combo A BBQ (brisket and marinated boneless short rib) for two people plus extra five bucks for spicy cold noodle dish made for $29/pp (incl tax+tip) feast. Nice selection of ban chan. Fluffy steamed egg dish served in stone pot and the bean paste soup (included) were both excellent. Mung bean cake (included) was sub-par (dry and cardboardy - maybe sat around too long in the back?) - but all the other ban chan were good. Good for everyone.
Some of my favorite dishes are the salmon dish, pho ap chao, and the house special egg noodle. The salmon is probably my favorite here. Good for late nights. CLOSE AT 3AM.
Luc Dinh Ky Tap 2 Restaurant
9600 Bolsa Ave
Some of my favorite dishes are the salmon dish, pho ap chao, and the house special egg noodle. The salmon is probably my favorite here. Good for late nights. CLOSE AT 3AM.
I love this restaurant, by far the best pho broth around. My family and I go to this restaurant at least 2 times a month. The service is fast and the pho is huge. Egg rolls come out hot and crunchy. We usually order two large pho with hot tea and egg rolls. With our stomach extra full we leave with paying a little over $20 it's a great deal. Good for hangovers :)
Pho 54 Restaurant
10240 Westminster Ave
I love this restaurant, by far the best pho broth around. My family and I go to this restaurant at least 2 times a month. The service is fast and the pho is huge. Egg rolls come out hot and crunchy. We usually order two large pho with hot tea and egg rolls. With our stomach extra full we leave with paying a little over $20 it's a great deal. Good for hangovers :)
My go to place for banh mi. It's quick and easy, and you can watch them make it fresh. They also have really good pate chu and other goodies as you pay at the counter. And the smell of fresh bread...mmmhh. Good for breakfast.
Tan Hoang Huong Bakery & Deli
15972 Euclid St
My go to place for banh mi. It's quick and easy, and you can watch them make it fresh. They also have really good pate chu and other goodies as you pay at the counter. And the smell of fresh bread...mmmhh. Good for breakfast.
Korean Dessert Shop. This is my favorite bingsoo place ever since I first tried it about 2 years ago. This place gained a lot of attention and popularity for its Korean styled menu selections. I've also heard that this is a Korean franchise, which means that Sul & Beans is also located in Korea as well.
Sul & Beans
621 S Western Ave
Korean Dessert Shop. This is my favorite bingsoo place ever since I first tried it about 2 years ago. This place gained a lot of attention and popularity for its Korean styled menu selections. I've also heard that this is a Korean franchise, which means that Sul & Beans is also located in Korea as well.
MACAROON ICE CREAM SANDWICHES? Do I need to say more? Like what an amazing concept! I wish we had a dessert place like this in Denver. Because I would be here all the time. I actually visited Milk twice in my quick trip to LA. The ice cream is creamy and flavorful. I sampled a few of the flavors and the Thai tea ended up being my favorite. Not a lot of places can get Thai tea right and Milk does. I was so excited to see that they had a Thai tea macaroon." - yelper. Good for groups, late nights.
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Milk
7290 Beverly Boulevard
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MACAROON ICE CREAM SANDWICHES? Do I need to say more? Like what an amazing concept! I wish we had a dessert place like this in Denver. Because I would be here all the time. I actually visited Milk twice in my quick trip to LA. The ice cream is creamy and flavorful. I sampled a few of the flavors and the Thai tea ended up being my favorite. Not a lot of places can get Thai tea right and Milk does. I was so excited to see that they had a Thai tea macaroon." - yelper. Good for groups, late nights.
Chasu Ramen with seasoned egg and umami chili - they did not skimp out on flavor or meat." - yelper. Good for rainy day.
Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai - Costa Mesa
891 Baker St
Chasu Ramen with seasoned egg and umami chili - they did not skimp out on flavor or meat." - yelper. Good for rainy day.
Vegan option. They serve strong organic coffee (with options of soy/rice milk and agave nectar or raw sugar) and amazing lavender lemonade. “The Scorpion Burger makes my tastebuds do the "Perfect Strangers" dance, you know, "The Dance of Joy." - yelper.
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Native Foods Cafe
2937 Bristol Street
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Vegan option. They serve strong organic coffee (with options of soy/rice milk and agave nectar or raw sugar) and amazing lavender lemonade. “The Scorpion Burger makes my tastebuds do the "Perfect Strangers" dance, you know, "The Dance of Joy." - yelper.
The Crazy Breakfast (that’s what it’s called) is the best deal you can get in the morning.” - yelper - Good for breakfast.
Hot Off The Grill
9945 Warner Ave
The Crazy Breakfast (that’s what it’s called) is the best deal you can get in the morning.” - yelper - Good for breakfast.
Serve classic all American foods such as burgers and also Mexican foods such as burritos. Try their signature burgers such as Salmon Filter Bacon Burger. Good for breakfast, lunch and late night.
Glee Donuts & Burgers
9475 Heil Ave
Serve classic all American foods such as burgers and also Mexican foods such as burritos. Try their signature burgers such as Salmon Filter Bacon Burger. Good for breakfast, lunch and late night.
Serve Hawaiian French toast with the coconut syrup. Pretty good.” – yelper - Good for breakfast.
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Bread Crumb Ohana Cafe
19079 Beach Boulevard
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Serve Hawaiian French toast with the coconut syrup. Pretty good.” – yelper - Good for breakfast.
Offer affordable Mediterranean sandwiches such as a garlic pesto chicken wrap, and coffee. Good for breakfast.
Kech Cafe
17966 Brookhurst St
Offer affordable Mediterranean sandwiches such as a garlic pesto chicken wrap, and coffee. Good for breakfast.
The famous ice cream filled inside donuts. Good for late night, young adults and teens.
Afters Ice Cream
18030 Brookhurst Street
The famous ice cream filled inside donuts. Good for late night, young adults and teens.
I'm a regular here, one of my favorite restaurants! The food is always phenomenal, the service is always great & the entire staff is always Welcoming! The ambience is my favorite! Super dim with orange red lighting & candle light EVERYWHERE. To do : 1. Order the red sangria 2. Order a second glass of the red sangria 3. Try their stuffed crab cakes - 4. Try their pork croquettes 5. Order a 3rd glass of sangria Good for Romance.
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Habana Restaurant
2930 Bristol Street
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I'm a regular here, one of my favorite restaurants! The food is always phenomenal, the service is always great & the entire staff is always Welcoming! The ambience is my favorite! Super dim with orange red lighting & candle light EVERYWHERE. To do : 1. Order the red sangria 2. Order a second glass of the red sangria 3. Try their stuffed crab cakes - 4. Try their pork croquettes 5. Order a 3rd glass of sangria Good for Romance.
The best ramen place in Fountain Valley, order regular ramen and you will get a bowl of ramen closet to the origin from Japan. Expect long waiting line.
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen & Udon – Irvine
6404 Irvine Blvd
The best ramen place in Fountain Valley, order regular ramen and you will get a bowl of ramen closet to the origin from Japan. Expect long waiting line.
If you want something healthy for lunch or dinner, surf city fish grill is the place to go! They have many healthy options you can choose from that are delicious and filling! I had the grilled chicken rice bowl with a free side of sweet potato fries (from yelp check in), and I was not disappointed at all. They give you a generous portion of chicken, which was very tender and moist! You get the option of brown rice or rice pilaf for the bowl (I went with the rice pilaf). I was surprised at how much fries they gave me, considering it was free. Total came out to be $8.63 including tax. That is not bad at all, considering how much they give you and the quality of the food!
Surf City Fish Grill
17965 Beach Blvd
If you want something healthy for lunch or dinner, surf city fish grill is the place to go! They have many healthy options you can choose from that are delicious and filling! I had the grilled chicken rice bowl with a free side of sweet potato fries (from yelp check in), and I was not disappointed at all. They give you a generous portion of chicken, which was very tender and moist! You get the option of brown rice or rice pilaf for the bowl (I went with the rice pilaf). I was surprised at how much fries they gave me, considering it was free. Total came out to be $8.63 including tax. That is not bad at all, considering how much they give you and the quality of the food!
Great Taco Tuesday place for 1.19 for Al Pastor, Carnitas, Fish Ensenada, Carne Asada, Chicken, and Shrimp is 2$. I am a big fan of fish, and even after being spoiled by San Diego's Fish taco treasures during my school years, this place is still pretty good in my book. The sauces are a bit lacking in kick/flavor, but for 1.19 it's nothing to complain about especially since the tacos are pretty decent.
Holé Molé
17491 Beach Blvd
Great Taco Tuesday place for 1.19 for Al Pastor, Carnitas, Fish Ensenada, Carne Asada, Chicken, and Shrimp is 2$. I am a big fan of fish, and even after being spoiled by San Diego's Fish taco treasures during my school years, this place is still pretty good in my book. The sauces are a bit lacking in kick/flavor, but for 1.19 it's nothing to complain about especially since the tacos are pretty decent.
Sightseeing
Good spot for sightseeing with thousand steps beach near by.
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Laguna Beach
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Good spot for sightseeing with thousand steps beach near by.
The view here is amazing!
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Isla Balboa
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The view here is amazing!
Offering whale watching throughout the year. Advanced booking is required. Good for families.
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Newport Beach
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Offering whale watching throughout the year. Advanced booking is required. Good for families.
Entertainment & Activities
Music Venue features lots of new and upcoming music from around the US and the Europe.
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The Observatory
3503 South Harbor Boulevard
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Music Venue features lots of new and upcoming music from around the US and the Europe.
Parks & Nature
Really close to our house! Everyone around OC comes here and walks around! Join us.
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Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid St.
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Really close to our house! Everyone around OC comes here and walks around! Join us.
Favorite Museum
I love art and I love that there are so many museums in LA to choose from. LACMA is one of my favorite museums to visit. I love that there's so much to see without having to even pay for admission. Paying for parking is another thing but that's to be expected unless you get really lucky! Most people love to take pictures of the iconic Urban Light fixture out front which looks great both during the day and at night. Another popular attraction is Levitated Mass, the giant boulder affixed out back which you can walk underneath.
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Museo de Arte del Condado de Los Ángeles
5905 Wilshire Blvd
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I love art and I love that there are so many museums in LA to choose from. LACMA is one of my favorite museums to visit. I love that there's so much to see without having to even pay for admission. Paying for parking is another thing but that's to be expected unless you get really lucky! Most people love to take pictures of the iconic Urban Light fixture out front which looks great both during the day and at night. Another popular attraction is Levitated Mass, the giant boulder affixed out back which you can walk underneath.
Upstairs features rocketry, weather, and earthquakes. There's also a large market area complete with shopping carts and checkout stands to teach about recycling. Good for families with kids.
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Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 North Main Street
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Upstairs features rocketry, weather, and earthquakes. There's also a large market area complete with shopping carts and checkout stands to teach about recycling. Good for families with kids.
This museum is amazing!!!! I can't believe I haven't gone here sooner. Although quite different from the museums you will see in Europe, this one is modern, and situated on top of the hills in Brentwood. You get the greatest views of Los Angeles County. It's free to get in, although you do need to take a tram which costs $15. But even the tram ride is nice and it gives you a view of Bel Aire. Considering it was a weekend it wasn't that busy arriving at noon. They have an amazing restaurant on premise, which does take reservations, just not the day of.
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The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
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This museum is amazing!!!! I can't believe I haven't gone here sooner. Although quite different from the museums you will see in Europe, this one is modern, and situated on top of the hills in Brentwood. You get the greatest views of Los Angeles County. It's free to get in, although you do need to take a tram which costs $15. But even the tram ride is nice and it gives you a view of Bel Aire. Considering it was a weekend it wasn't that busy arriving at noon. They have an amazing restaurant on premise, which does take reservations, just not the day of.
A fun place to visit with interesting shows and a cool collection. It is, like the Broad, in the category of 'vanity museum', representing the tastes (in this case a pair- the Marciano brothers of Guess jeans) of specific incredibly wealthy collectors. It's a little more specific in representing less well-known contemporary artists, and not as in depth as the Broad collection, but has definite gems and prime examples of certain artists' work. The work is switched around often, and there are special exhibitions and shows of commissioned work, sometimes for incredibly brief periods of time, more than flirting with the label of elitist. Housed in a former Masonic Temple, quite a bit of the original architecture and even decoration has been preserved, and there's even a fascinating room honoring the various crafts and almost folk art of Freemason pageantry, chosen from what was left behind when the building was vacated decades ago.
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Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation
4357 Wilshire Blvd
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A fun place to visit with interesting shows and a cool collection. It is, like the Broad, in the category of 'vanity museum', representing the tastes (in this case a pair- the Marciano brothers of Guess jeans) of specific incredibly wealthy collectors. It's a little more specific in representing less well-known contemporary artists, and not as in depth as the Broad collection, but has definite gems and prime examples of certain artists' work. The work is switched around often, and there are special exhibitions and shows of commissioned work, sometimes for incredibly brief periods of time, more than flirting with the label of elitist. Housed in a former Masonic Temple, quite a bit of the original architecture and even decoration has been preserved, and there's even a fascinating room honoring the various crafts and almost folk art of Freemason pageantry, chosen from what was left behind when the building was vacated decades ago.
Shopping
South Coast Collection, selling a lot of contemporary furnitures. Farmer market on the weekend.
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SOCO & The OC Mix
3313 Hyland Avenue
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South Coast Collection, selling a lot of contemporary furnitures. Farmer market on the weekend.
This is a cool little hipster/artsy (anti-) mall with small local shops and eateries that include vegan-friendly options. Sea Birds kitchen was phenomenal, the brioche style donuts from GoodTown Doughnuts, and the custom popsicles from Popbar - all of which have vegan options. It's overall very quaint and nice atmosphere. There are a few little seating areas to enjoy - swings and patio seating. It would be very easy to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy nice company or a good book.
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The LAB Anti-Mall
2930 Bristol Street
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This is a cool little hipster/artsy (anti-) mall with small local shops and eateries that include vegan-friendly options. Sea Birds kitchen was phenomenal, the brioche style donuts from GoodTown Doughnuts, and the custom popsicles from Popbar - all of which have vegan options. It's overall very quaint and nice atmosphere. There are a few little seating areas to enjoy - swings and patio seating. It would be very easy to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy nice company or a good book.
This plaza has some of the luxury brand stores such as: Armani Exchange, Balenciaga, Bally, Bloomingdale's, Boss, Burberry, Bvlgari, Cartier, Celine, Caroline Herrera, Chanel, Chloe, Chopard, Christian Louboutin, David Yurman, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Fendi, Gucci, Harry Winston, Hermes, Hugo, Intermix, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Missoni, Nordstrom, Oliver Peoples, Prada, Robert Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sam Edelman, St John, Stella McCartney, Sturart Weitzman, Tadashi Shoji, Tiffany & Co, Valentino, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Versace. This is great so I don't have to drive to Rodeo Drive.
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South Coast Plaza (MACY's Valet)
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This plaza has some of the luxury brand stores such as: Armani Exchange, Balenciaga, Bally, Bloomingdale's, Boss, Burberry, Bvlgari, Cartier, Celine, Caroline Herrera, Chanel, Chloe, Chopard, Christian Louboutin, David Yurman, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Fendi, Gucci, Harry Winston, Hermes, Hugo, Intermix, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Missoni, Nordstrom, Oliver Peoples, Prada, Robert Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sam Edelman, St John, Stella McCartney, Sturart Weitzman, Tadashi Shoji, Tiffany & Co, Valentino, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Versace. This is great so I don't have to drive to Rodeo Drive.
Essentials
Selling organic or non-organic organic groceries. Affordable prices.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
3030 Harbor Boulevard
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Selling organic or non-organic organic groceries. Affordable prices.
I love this place, it's perfect for the cutest most affordable items from Japan. I can get stuff from school supplies to garden items, kitchen goodies to Asian snacks and drinks! If you are in need of something unique and super affordable (99% of the store is $1.50) this is the place to come!!! There would be those items marked differently, but everything else is $1.50! Who can beat that?!
Daiso Japan
3357 S Bristol St
I love this place, it's perfect for the cutest most affordable items from Japan. I can get stuff from school supplies to garden items, kitchen goodies to Asian snacks and drinks! If you are in need of something unique and super affordable (99% of the store is $1.50) this is the place to come!!! There would be those items marked differently, but everything else is $1.50! Who can beat that?!