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Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Original Pancake House is the ultimate breakfast getaway in Orange, CA

Wikipedia defines a pancake (also known as a hotcake or flapjack) as a thin, flat, round cake prepared from a batter and cooked on a hot griddle or frying pan. The Original Pancake House began in 1953 in Portland, Oregon by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. With their experience in the culinary arts, they used their extensive knowledge and collected pancake recipes from around the world. Everything is made in-house with fresh ingredients from 93 score butter, 36% whipping cream, grade AA eggs, and hard wheat unbleached flour. They even developed their own sourdough starter recipe. The location in Orange opened on May 29, 2008 is owned by Jim Osborn. The service at this location is friendly and fast, almost diner-like, where the servers call you, “Honey”. He also owns the location in Norco, CA as well.

Dutch Baby is oven baked and served with whipped butter, lemon, and powdered sugar. It is HUGE! The presentation was like a meteor strike, high cliffs with a sunken crater in the middle and covered in snow white powdered sugar. It was a cross between a soufflé and bread pudding. The outside was crusty and the inside was soft and custard like. Thumbs up, way up!


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

O’s American Kitchen, new name but your favorites are still on the menu

It started out as Oscar’s. Then, Oscar changed the name to Pat & Oscar’s to include his wife in the name after celebrating a monumental anniversary. In 2012, the name has changed again to O’s American Kitchen. Let’s take a look at some of their signature dishes.

Greek Salad features mild and green peppers, red onion, tomatoes, beets, cucumber, feta cheese, kalamata olives freshly tossed in their Chef's house dressing. This is my favorite salad on the menu. I can live without the canned beets, but everything else works really well together. The tomatoes were sweet, the cucumbers were crisp, and the red onions were pungent. The peppers were a little spicy, but added a vinegary tang. The Greek olives added saltiness along with the feta. The dressing is a classic Greek dressing with olive oil, vinegar, and herbs. It really brought all of the ingredients together. Thumbs up, way up!


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Flame Broiler serves quick and healthy Korean-style fast food in Orange County, CA

After graduating from UCLA, Young Lee like most graduates joined the workforce. During his work day, he found himself gravitating to fast food for lunch – something quick and easy so he could continue on with his work day. In his entrepreneurial mind, he started to think about creating a healthier alternative. In 1995, his idea became a reality when the first Flame Broiler opened in Fullerton, CA, serving simple, delicious, healthy, Korean-style fast food.

Word about The Flame Broiler started to spread like wildfire. In 1999, Young decided to franchise to keep up with the demand and provide his growing customer base with convenient locations. Through franchising, he can maintain the high level of service and food quality he expects to deliver.

The Rib Plate is Korean-style marinated short ribs atop your choice of white or brown rice, and served with salad and fruit garnish. The short ribs were pretty good for fast food. The ribs were definitely marinated for quite a while as the flavor penetrated the meat really well, tasting almost like teriyaki. You feel your carnivorous side come out as you gnaw on the bone to get each piece of meat off. I prefer the brown rice as it has more flavor than just white rice. A little bit a shoyu (soy sauce) and/or “Happy Sauce” and you’re good to go. The salad was fresh and house sesame supreme dressing was very good. Thumbs up!


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Melting Pot in Brea, CA debuts new menu experience

The Melting Pot has a new menu experience where you can choose your experience. We all love the Big Night Out, but sometimes, it is a sensory overload and you end up in a food coma. With the new menu experience, you choose your own “fondue-venture”. Everything is priced per person, but they do offer a rotating Big Night Out if you’d still like to splurge. The menu supports a more relaxed experience. The Brea location has the friendliest servers and managers who are knowledgeable and take the time to explain dishes from the newbies to the regulars.

Every month or so, a new Fondue Features menu will be showcased. Let’s take a look at the recent one:

Quattro Formaggio Cheese Fondue is their award-winning Butterkäse and Fontina cheeses blended with
roasted garlic, basil and tomato pestos and accented with fresh mozzarella and Parmesan. It is fantastic! It’s my favorite cheese fondue I’ve tried and hope it makes it on the regular menu someday. The combination of cheeses is creamy and buttery from the Butterkase and Fontina, gooey from the mozzarella, and slightly salty and pungent from the parmesan. The roasted garlic made the flavor mind-numbing and found myself trying to scrape every last bit of cheese out of the pot. Thumbs up, way up!



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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pho 88 has the best pho in Orange County, CA

Nestled in a large shopping center on the corner of North Lemon Street and East Orangethorpe Avenue, Pho 88 should be your first choice of noshing possibilities. The exterior is non-descript but when you walk in you know you are in a Pho shop. Tables line the small dining room with numbered napkin holders (signifying your table number). Come on in and someone will escort you to the first available table. Don’t be discouraged by the enormous menu. It’s mostly just choices of different toppings and meat offerings. The scent of their broth will help make up your mind. Keep in mind the size – small and large. I know it’s just soup, but the large is a hearty portion. I would recommend you try the small first and then next time, you can gauge how hungry you are.

If you like Vietnamese Coffee, Pho 88 makes a good one. It’s strong, but has a smooth flavor. If you like espresso or café au lait, this is the drink for you! You can have it hot or cold. It’s mixed with sweetened condensed milk which gives it a sweet, yet creamy, almost buttery finish. It’s a winner! I get it every time I dine there. Thumbs up, way up! 


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