Los Angeles, CA / 03.25.2015

Eastside Market Italian Deli

Eastside Market Italian Deli is located on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles in L.A.’s original Little Italy. Apparently they’ve been serving up sandwiches since 1929. The portion sizes here are insane, and I suspect it’s a byproduct of the days when they had to keep their mafia patrons happy... Continue

Macau, China / 03.24.2015

Tai Lei Loi Kei

Macau’s favorite snack food is the pork-chop bun. And the place that does it best is Tai Lei Loi Kei, which was founded in 1960 as a street stall by the mother of the current owner. It’s hard to believe something so simple can be so good. Apparently when you... Continue

Macau, China / 03.23.2015

Margaret’s Café e Nata

Margaret’s Café e Nata is the largest competitor to Lord Stow in the Macanese egg tart department, and much more accessible since it’s near the touristy areas of Macau. When I went, I couldn’t tell if the worker behind the counter was angry at me, or just being a regular... Continue

Macau, China / 03.20.2015

Lord Stow’s Bakery

If you love egg tarts as much as I do then first of all you’re a liar, because nobody love egg tarts as much as I do. Second of all, you need to go to Lord Stow’s Bakery in Macau because it’s the birthplace of the legendary Macanese egg tarts.... Continue

Macau, China / 03.19.2015

Wong Chi Kei

Conveniently located in Macau’s Largo do Senado, Wong Chi Kei serves up similar dishes to the smaller noodle shops you might find on the side streets, but at higher prices and in a cleaner environment. It attracts a lot of tourists because it’s in all the guidebooks, but it’s also... Continue

Santa Ana, CA / 03.16.2015

Noodle Tramp

Noodle Tramp is Playground’s Asian noodle restaurant located in Downtown Santa Ana’s newly opened 4th Street Market. It’s part of their Lunchbox trio of restaurants which also includes Playground Fried Chicken and Wagyu Chuck. I haven’t tried either of those yet, but I’ve only been to 4th Street Market once... Continue

Hong Kong, China / 03.13.2015

Mobile Softee

The unfortunately named Mister Softee (or Mobile Softee) is an iconic ice cream truck in Hong Kong that’s been operating since the 1970’s. They’re known for their recognizable red-white-blue trucks and for playing the Blue Danube and not, as their name might suggest, for impotence. What’s cool is that they’re... Continue

Santa Ana, CA / 03.12.2015

KTCHN dtsa

What started out as a pop-up brunch in LA has turned into a permanent food booth in the newly opened 4th Street Market in Downtown Santa Ana. Opened by the people behind KTCHN LA, what KTCHN dtsa lacks in reasonable prices they make up for with fried eggs. What does... Continue

Santa Ana, CA / 03.11.2015

4th Street Market

Located across the street from The Playground, the recently opened 4th Street Market is the newest and largest attempt to revitalize Downtown Santa Ana’s urban area into a cultural destination. The former Santa Ana Swap Meet now features a 30,000 square foot marketplace featuring over a dozen artisinal eateries. It’s... Continue

Santa Ana, CA / 03.10.2015

Portola Coffee Lab

Portola Coffee Lab, my choice for best coffee shop in Orange County as well as Roast Magazine’s 2015 Micro Roaster of the Year, has expanded to two new locations: one at the sort-of-still-under-construction Union Market at The District in Irvine, and the other at the newly opened 4th Street Market... Continue