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Which Orange County ‘Wich To Have in Hand This National Sandwich Day

Any ingredient you can imagine, piled between two slices of your favorite bread, a culinary expression of culture, creativity and convenience – who doesn’t enjoy a sandwich?

What better way to celebrate our collective love affair with the world’s tastiest invention — amusingly named after a gambling aristocrat — than dedicating an entire day to them? This year, November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, so let’s get rolling and look at the best Orange County has to offer.

Habana

Costa Mesa and Irvine, CA

Does the thought of scrumptious Latin-inspired food keep you up at night? Luckily, Habana is open past midnight and the “Media Noche” is the perfect bite to satisfy those late nocturnal cravings. This Cuban style pressed sandwich is loaded with slow roasted pork, jamón, Swiss and all the fixings, as well as a tantalizing roasted garlic yellow mustard aioli that makes the whole thing melt in your mouth.

Stockyard Sandwich Co.

4th St Market, Santa Ana, CA

Whoever thought to add tuna salad to the already delicious grilled cheese deserves a medal. The crew at Stockyard Sandwich Co. earns the gold for their take on the classic because the ciabatta and cheddar make it better. Tasty tuna and crisp pickles meld together in a gloriously salty and tangy experience that’s only elevated by tomato and red onion. House-made chips or tater tots are included with the order, so you’ll surely find happiness at this 4th Street Market standout.

The Recess Room

Fountain Valley, CA

At The Recess Room, a trendy energetic vibe meets innovative cuisine. If your interests lie between the bread, the “Pork Belly BLT” has your name written all over it. Thick slabs of succulent, rich and flavorful kurobuta pork set the tone for this ‘wich; the charred edges alone will get your mouth watering. Arugula, tender Roma tomato, and chipotle aioli fill out the rest and beer battered fries come on the side. Just remember, there is never any shame in filling your belly with pork belly.

Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Cafe

Anaheim, Newport Beach, Long Beach, and Orange, CA

Artisan French bread and aromatic coffee highlight this charming breakfast spot – oui, s’il vous plait! If you dream of sipping espresso while savoring a Croque-Madame along the Champs-Élysées, Pandor Boulangerie and Café can at least get you halfway to realizing your fancy.  Served atop a Provençal loaf, this delicacy of jambon ham, cheese, creamy Béchamel sauce and eggs over easy evokes the finest of Parisian sensibilities.

The Iron Press

Anaheim and Costa Mesa, CA

Please excuse the language, but the “Hot Mother Clucker” is so delicious, profanity is entirely necessary. On this ‘which, you’ll find tender, free-range Jidori chicken coated in a spicy buttermilk batter and stacked amid jalapeño waffles, along with zesty slaw, buffalo sauce, and jalapeño maple syrup. This delectably obscene creation will have you exhaling “&#%$ that is good!” between gulps of water. I would keep the pitcher close by.

The Kroft

Anaheim and Tustin, CA

What’s the coolest thing since sliced bread? Sandwich dipping. At The Kroft, thinly cut prime rib slathered with horseradish mayo and caramelized onions are the passengers on a French roll vessel certified for dunking, especially when it’s into Au Jus dip. With your Prime Rib Dip in hand, throw in some panko fried cheese curds and you’ll be on a voyage of delicious discovery.

Civic

4th St Market, Santa Ana, CA

CIVIC’s house-made pesto is the key that truly unlocks the flavor of its juicy, free-range chicken breast burger. Its basil is garden fresh, the olive oil enhancing the herbs while not being too soggy. They then throw savory sun dried tomatoes, arugula, melted Swiss cheese on a delicate yet crispy bun, proving that you can still get your fill without completely wrecking that healthy streak you’ve been on.

Two Birds

TRADE, Irvine, CA

For the “Bird In The Hand” sandwich, you’re going to need twice the standard gripping action, especially if you order double chicken for $3 (as you should). The massive portion towers on a cornmeal bun, seasoned, crispy poultry dripping with slaw and special tiger sauce. Don’t be intimidated, a fork and knife can make tackling the monster more feasible. Add a side of waffle fries and an Arnold Palmer truly bring the Southern comfort home.

Blackmarket Bakery

Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, CA

When the lunch bell rings, countless kids across the country dig into a timeless classic, the staple of every childhood diet. Blackmarket Bakery will take your fondest peanut butter and jelly sandwich memories to the next level. The Über PBJ is a layered masterpiece of creamy peanut butter, signature berry jam, shaved almonds, and fresh berries slathered on pieces of toasted 6-grain. You’ll never think about a PB&J the same again.

Dog Haus

Santa Ana, CA

What is the meaning of life? Was the dress black and blue or white and gold? Is a hot dog actually a sandwich? These are the questions of our time. Including frankfurters on this list might land me in the doghouse with some, but perhaps spending time at Dog Haus will provide a new perspective regarding this controversial debate. Whatever you decide, you’ll surely leave satisfied by the chain’s signature beef sausage combinations, each served on a fresh King’s Hawaiian Rolls. The popular “SOOO CALI” is garnished with wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado, tomato, but you also have the option to craft your own.

The Little Jewel Of New Orleans

Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, this outpost of authentic Southern cooking truly is a treasure. Each of their Po’boys is rich in bayou flavor; choices liked golden fried catfish, oyster, and shrimp come with mayo and all the fixings. Ask for a ‘crown’ on your sandwich, a topping of melted sharp cheddar and hand-smoked honey bacon, you’ll be glad you did.

Hollingshead Delicatessen

Orange, CA

At Hollingshead Delicatessen, family owned and operated since 1963, every Hero (sandwich) has its Demon (sandwich). On the path to righteousness, you will encounter beef, ham, turkey, cheddar, mayo, mustard, lettuce, and tomato heaped on a French Roll. Luckily, giving into the dark side only means swapping for pastrami, Swiss, and an onion roll – well, and maybe partaking in the diverse beer section that features 22 different brews on tap every day.

Tortas Sinaloa

Santa Ana, CA

The fact that Mexican cooking, predominately embodied by the tortilla, has developed its own type of sandwich is a testament to the universal appeal. At Tortas Sinaloa, there are 60 different combinations to choose from, but the Torta Ahogada, a carnitas sandwich drenched in chili tomato sauce, lime juice and red onion is the best. Add some avocado and queso, and don’t forget to indulge in some of the liquid refreshments like tamarind or horchata.

The Carving Board

West Los Angeles, CA

When pasta ends up on a sandwich, it is a match made in carb heaven, and the meatball sandwich at The Carving Board is your ticket to those exquisite, pearly gates. Sliced all beef meatballs covered in a homemade marinara and melted mozzarella are served between Parmesan spaghetti bread (yes, it’s exactly what you think it is). Extra marinara on the side makes this pièce de résistance all the right kinds of saucy.

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13 Mouthwatering California Burgers And Where To Find Them

To feed your burger addiction with fresh and fully loaded content, we’ve created a list to out-stack any creative customized combo you’ve dreamed up. We’re lookin’ for the burger that’s so fresh you’ve gotten to know the back story of the ranch it grew up on. You’ve built up your vocabulary through ingredients from all of the burgers you’ve tried. The burgers are getting wetter, cheesier, taller, and sexier. Does your burger ooze with yolk? Did your toppings make it into an aioli? We’ve raised the standard and pretty much any burger that’s going into your mouth better have a story to tell. So slap some butter on those buns and let’s get toasty. We’re not shy of crazy — are you?

CITIZEN KITCHEN | FULLERTON, CA

Located inside The Hotel Fullerton, Citizen Kitchen’s menu is the brainchild of Chef Zach Geerson, where focus is seasonal ingredients in a modern and innovative fashion. The new Barcelona Burger, whose patty is made of Geerson’s four-way burger blend, is topped with seafood paella, duck confit, pimenton aioli, frisée, almonds, and sherry vinaigrette. You better believe we are not holding back on this one! Be bold. You can always sleep off your food coma at the hotel… and then come back for a night-cap with a cocktail. Rusty Nail anyone? This cocktail features Pig’s Nose and Drambuie, garnished with a lemon twist. Cheers!

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Citizen Kitchen’s Barcelona Burger | Photo courtesy of Chef Zach Geerson

PIG PEN DELICACY | SANTA ANA, CA

As if you needed another reason to love bacon, Pig Pen Delicacy’s sophisticated and modern interpretations of bacon and pork favorites have us obsessing over their new Maple Bacon Jam Burger, featuring bacon jam, Havarti cheese, chive aioli and fried onion strings over the top of an all-beef patty. What’s on the menu for dessert? That’s right, you guessed it — bacon! You have to order a side of candied bacon for the ride home, as this oven-baked bacon with brown sugar and spices adds to that mic drop moment.

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Pig Pen Delicacy’s Maple Bacon Jam Burger | Photo courtesy of @misoo_hungry via Instagram

THE WHARF | GARDEN GROVE, CA

The Caj-sian fare at The Wharf, situated in historic Downtown Garden Grove, takes America’s favorite sammie and kicks things into serious overdrive. These guys are not afraid to do things differently with a keen eye to detail and a palate for the finer ingredients of their reimagined Vietnamese cuisine. A classic burger is transformed here with cajun shrimp grilled to perfection to crown a pork belly (yes, pork belly) patty, while it’s all doused in a healthy helping of melted cheddar cheese for modern surf-and-turf action.

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The Wharf’s Surf n Turf Burger | Photo courtesy of 100eats

SLATERS 50/50 | ORANGE COUNTY & SAN DIEGO, CA

At Slater’s they are reinventing the idea of what it means to play with your food. If you like over-the-top, in-your-face burgers that are loaded with flavor (AKA bacon) then Slater’s may already be showing up in your Waze app as your home location. Just when you thought their magical 50/50 burger couldn’t get any better, they reinvented your standards. Hey! It’s just in their nature. The re-formulated burger is thicker, juicier, and just as sexy as it was before. Build your own jaw-dropping burger by using this patty as your canvas. Whether it turns out to be a Pollock or a Manet, sandwich it with a toasted-to-perfection brioche bun and the critics will be satisfied.

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Slaters 50/50’s Jalapeno Popper Burger | Photo courtesy of Slater’s 50/50 via Instagram

VACA | COSTA MESA, CA

If you work by South Coast Plaza then you might as well call Vaca the employee break room, because everyone ends up here when they’re clocked out. You’re the type of person that really digs superior tasting meats and that’s why you keep coming back here, or it could be those Spanish cocktails you can’t get enough of. Well now you have yet another reason to come back here — the burger. The twist on this tradition comes from the hands of celebrity chef, Amar Santana. The Hamburguesa features a grilled prime beef patty and crispy Spanish chorizo on a fluffy brioche bun with smoked paprika aioli and overnight tomatoes. And if you feel like taking this burger to the next level, accept the option to add Spanish cabrales bleu cheese or Spanish manchego cheese.

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Vaca’s Hamburguesa | Photo courtesy of Travel Costa Mesa

HOPDODDY | THE TUSTIN MARKET PLACE | TUSTIN, CA

Thoughtfully crafted, well proportioned burgers made with the freshest available, all-natural ingredients is what you get at Hopdoddy. And lucky us, they just opened a new location at The Tustin Market. Their beef comes from those happy, humanely raised cows. You know, the ones that are never, ever given growth hormones or antibiotics! Not feeling the beef? They also offer bison, lamb, chicken, turkey, sushi-grade tuna, and a black bean-corn patty. If you’re the type of person that can fall in love with an aioli so much that you just want to rub it all over your face and put it in your hair, then the Primetime Burger is for you. This beauty features grass-fed beef, Brie cheese, arugula, caramelized onions, that truffle aioli that makes you act strange because you love it so much, steak sauce and beefsteak tomato. The overall flavor profile of this burger is very rich but it won’t leave you feeling weighed down with regret. You can attribute this to the thoughtfully crafted proportions of the burger.

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Hopdoddy’s Primetime Burger | Photo courtesy of Hopdoddy via Facebook

25 DEGREES | HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

In case you were ever wondering the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done hamburger, it’s 25 degrees. Where the burgers are as fancy as the decor, this burger bar offers chic sophistication, on and off the plate. This is the kind of place where you come for the burger and you stay for the atmosphere. With the amount of different ingredient options available in this house, your imagination (and your wallet) is your only limitation. Just a teaser of what we’re talking about, their cheese selections include the benedictine, creamy smoked mozzarella, tart and creamy crescenza, and a blue veined prelibato gorgonzola that has us melting in our seats. If you start to feel like you’re drowning in options, just opt for the Number 5 “Truffle Style” featuring mushroom, truffle oil, dijon aioli, arugula, caramelized onion, and smoked mozzarella. You’ll thank us later. Seriously, this truffle addiction will be hard to kick.

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25 degrees’ Number 1 Burger | Photo courtesy of @likefoodla via Instagram

FRITZI DTLA | LOS ANGELES, CA

Located in the historic Arts District in Los Angeles, the industrial-chic restaurant, Fritzi, has Chef Neal Fraser serving up his other-worldly, artisanal nosh, including his Fritzi Burger. Chef Fraser’s burger features a nine-hour sous-vide Nueskie’s bacon-beef blend patty, topped with creamy fontina fondue, crisp iceberg lettuce, calabrese relish, and thousand island, which is then served with your choice of fries, tots or potato waffle. Pair with Arts District Brewing Co. beer for the ultimate ticket to burger nirvana. This spot screams fancy in your mouth all while promoting a casual no dress-code vibe. The best part, you get that transcendental moment for your tastebuds without the hefty price tag.

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Fritzi’s Fritzi Burger with their 9 hours sous-vide patty | Photo courtesy of @misscutiefoodie via Instagram

PETIT TROIS | LOS ANGELES, CA

Chef Ludo Lefebvre reinvents your interpretation of the double cheeseburger, inspired by the cheeseburger at Au Cheval in Chicago. The Big Mec at Petit Trois features two 4-ounce beastly, prime beef patties that are flooded with bordelaise sauce and topped with American cheese and garlic aioli. This savory, delicious masterpiece that they call a burger doesn’t have us missing lettuce and tomato in the slightest. Rumor has it, there may even be foie gras in that sauce, and we couldn’t be more delighted. Not that this burger needs directions, but we do suggest cutting it in half, eating it until it falls apart in your hands, and then just putting your face in the plate.

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Petit Trois’ Big Mec | Photo courtesy of Eddie @hungryinla via Instagram

LOVE & SALT | MANHATTAN BEACH, CA

You might not expect this Italian-inspired restaurant with a California soul to offer a burger, but they do. You’d think this was the best kept secret in LA, but let’s be honest, a burger this good doesn’t stay hush-hush for long. This now famous burger that was intended to be on the DL (hence the Downlow Burger name) features wagyu beef, caramelized onions, aged cheddar, house pickles, rosemary parmesan, and tomato aioli. This is the kind of burger you could fall in love with, as it hugs you in all the right places.

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Love and Salt’s Downlow Burger | Photo courtesy of Eddie @hungryinla via Instagram

THE STANDING ROOM | REDONDO BEACH, CA

The next time you’re in Redondo Beach and you’re headed to the liquor store for some beer and Lotto tickets, you might stumble upon a very tiny counter where some of the best burgers in LA are served. Enter with no regrets, or on a cheat day, because you’re about to have one of the best fancy-gastropub-meets-Asian-influenced burgers touch your lips. Whether you decide on the Cash Burger served with shishito pepper, bacon, cheddar, American cheese, onion ring, Korean aioli, and hoisin bbq sauce… or the Hapa Burger, featuring spring mix, onion, scallion, sesame leaf tossed in spicy vinaigrette, fried egg, gouchu Q and Korean aioli, you are guaranteed an absolute flavor bomb.

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The Standing Room’s Cash Burger | Photo courtesy of The Standing Room

HAWKINS HOUSE OF BURGERS | LOS ANGELES, CA

You could go into cardiac arrest just by looking at this burger. The Whipper Burger features two generously portioned Angus beef patties, ooey gooey cheese, pastrami, a hot link, and your classic burger produce to balance this beast of a burger out. By no means should you think that this burger is compensating with size, because not one ingredient is unnecessary, each being full of flavor and contributing to texture and structure. Just a heads up, the burgers do take about 20 minutes to make since they are made-to-order. You can tell that person behind the grill is persnickety about the details, and we couldn’t be more excited to reap the benefits.

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Hawkins House of Burgers’ Whipper Burger | Photo courtesy of @thebestfoodperiod via Instagram

JACK IN THE BOX | VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Jack’s new Brew House Bacon Burger is making fast-food sexy, and not in a Carl’s Jr. kind of way. This beauty features 1/4 lb signature beef patty, topped with authentic porter ale cheese sauce, tasty grilled onions, and hickory smoked bacon – all on a toasted artisan potato bun. Follow that up with an order of their crispy garlic herb French fries, or those curly fries that you’ve become so loyal to, and you might think you were at an actual brewhouse. Then you realize you’re actually in a drive-thru and last-minute impulsively add the Oreo shake, because at this point you’re all in and committed to this fourth meal moment.

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Jack in the Box’s Brewhouse Burger | Photo courtesy of @dailyfoodfeed via Instagram

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4 Candy-themed Cocktails To Make For Negroni Week

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For the last 4 years, Imbibe and Campari have brought the bar industry together under one cocktail umbrella to be able to stand together and support the many charitable needs in the world.  The event is called Negroni Week.  For the third year in a row, Inspire Artistic Minds is one of the most selected charities in the world, partnering with some of the most reputable bars in the country like Death & Co., Vaca, Sassafras Saloon, and The Blind Rabbit.

Every year the bar partners of Inspire Artistic Minds come up with new and innovative creations to help push sales during Negroni Week, since $1 of every Negroni sold goes to the charity of the bars choice.  This year, the candy themes in these Negroni’s are sure to cause a splash.  Available from June 6 – June 12 you can get a piece of these creations at The Blind Rabbit located at the iconic Anaheim Packing House.  You can also treat yourself to a tasting of Negroni’s at the Inspire Artistic Minds’ Opening Celebration at Mesa on June 6th from 6 – 9 (www.inspireartisticminds.org/tickets )

Everlasting Gobstopper

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Vanilla infused Campari, Bourbon, Ruby Port, Orange Bitters
Flavors: Vanilla, oak, port, dry

Flavors of oak, and port with the bitter enhancement of Campari. A wonderful cocktail with layers of experience.
Garnished with homemade Campari sucker

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Coffee Negroni

Appleton Especial Rum, Punte Mes, Campari, Koloa Coffee Rum
Flavors: Coffee, bitter, spice

Great flavors of Sugar Cane and Coffee, complemented with Campari and finished with a fine Aged Rum. Garnished with grated coffee bean.

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Negroroni

Montenegro Amaro, Campari, BlackStrap Rum, Black Walnut Bitters
Flavors: Maple, Chocolate, Bitter

Aromatic Montenegro Amaro worksbeautifully with Campari, the addition of BlackStrap Rum, Black Walnut Bitters make this a chocolate maple dessert cocktail that’s not to sweet and a wonderful sipper.
Garnished with shaved chocolate

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Negronilada

Peanut Fat-washed Bourbon, Pineapple Juice, Campari, Martini Rossi, Coconut Cream,
Vanilla Tincture
Flavor: Peanut, Coconut, Sweet

A pink snow cone that is a sweet treat on a hot summer day. Peanut fat-washed bourbon, fresh pineapple juice, Campari, sweet vermouth, coco lopez and a finish of vanilla. A true dessert drink.
Garnished with homemade layered “Negroni Gummy Bears”

Photos: 100eats

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10 Crucial Poke Spots Fueling The Poke Hype

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Cubed Poke, located at Union Market Tustin | photo courtesy of 100eats

It’s definitely no secret that we are in the midst of a #pokexplosion. But fear not; this is a good thing. The more poke spots that open, the more opportunities you have to stuff your face with delicious, fresh fish. Here are some of the best spots whippin’ up killer poke… as well as other unique and tasty things, too.

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Hawaiian style Poke bowls and creative Musubis at Cubed | photo courtesy of 100eats

Cubed Poke || Orange County, CA

Cubed rocks a big menu full of house creations, like the Yuzu Kisu Bowl (with fresh salmon, yuzu dressing, mango salsa, masago, edamame and chopped green onions over shredded cabbage) or the the PCH (with ponzu-marinated tuna, mango salsa, corn, green onions, and sesame seeds over hand-cut taro chips). But they don’t just rock because of their Hawaiian style Poke bowls. They’ve also got a variety of specialty musubis (like egg, bacon, & cheese as well as chicken tonkatsu with pickled radish). Wash whatever you may choose down with one of their authentic Hawaiian sodas or iced-tea. Basically what we’re saying is that you need to be there right this very minute.

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Ceviche and Poke bowls at MAR, located within 4th Street Market | photo courtesy of Anne Watson Photography

MAR || Santa Ana, CA

If you’re sick of always having to get your poke on top of boring old white rice, don’t worry, MAR has you covered. Feel free to skip the white rice and pop your fish on top of a zucchini noodles & carrot base. And go ahead and grab a couple dozen side snacks while you’re there – like their fresh ceviche, a coconut shrimp taco, or even a surf ‘n turf quesadilla. OH yeah, and did we mention the Poke Fries? Fresh meets fried food in perfect harmony. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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MAR’s Poke Fries at 4th Street Market | photo courtesy of Foodbeast

Poke-Ria || Santa Ana, CA

You know when you’re in Chipotle and you’re like, “This is great, but where’s all the raw fish?” Well, it’s at Poke-Ria, which is a build-your-own-poke-bowl bar. You’ll feel the Chipotle vibes when you load up your fish with tasty sides like roasted Peruvian corn and yuzu spray. Not feeling the standard poke vibe? Don’t you fret; they’ve got ceviche as well.

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Build Your Own Poke Bowl at PokiNometry, Anaheim | photo courtesy of PokiNometry

PokiNometry || Anaheim, CA

Okay okay okay, you’re watching your carbs, whatever. At PokiNometry, you’ve got more than just rice to cradle your fish. Feel free to stick your poke on a base of chips or a wrap. There isn’t a soul that’s gone wrong with a delicious poke wrap, especially when you have fish options like octopus and scallops. If only I had studied PokiNometry in school.

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Wiki Poki in Los Angeles | photo courtesy of Wiki Poki

Wiki Poki || Los Angeles, CA

The poke craze in California has gotten so nuts that you’ll find a ton of spots charging an arm and a leg – because, ya know, people will pay it. It’s nice to know that Wiki Poki has our backs with some of the cheapest poke you can find, and without a single shred of quality sacrifice. Build yourself a multi-fish bowl full of as many toppings you can, and don’t even worry about it; it’s all under ten bucks. And $2 musubi? Yes, please.

Sweetfin Poké || Santa Monica, CA

It’s hard to argue that any poke place in Los Angeles could possibly top Sweetfin. Everything is nutso-out-of-this-world quality, from the fish (tuna, salmon, albacore, and snapper) right down to the bases (bamboo rice, kelp noodle/cucumber slaw, and citrus kale). Mix and match your perfect bowl, then definitely grab a side of their furikake popcorn, and wash it down with a glass of their many house-infused iced teas.

Ono Seafood || Honolulu, HI

Ain’t no poke you ever had that melts in your mouth the way the poke at Ono Seafood does. This family-owned spot has been crushing it island-style for years now. Their spicy ahi will rock your world (in a good way). Their shoyu is heaven, and if tuna isn’t your jam, plunge your face into a bowl of their octopus poke. You’ll be glad you did.

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Fresh Poke at South Maui Fish Co., Maui | photo courtesy of Wilder Shaw

South Maui Fish Co. || Maui, HI

We all know Hawaii is poke haven. If you find yourself on Maui, you’ll want to take a trip to the South Maui Fish Company – AKA a little cart near the beach. The fish is so fresh that whatever you eat was probably swimming around that morning. Make sure you order yourself a side of their coconut slaw to add that extra island kick. Aloha indeed.

Wisefish Poke || New York City, NY

Wisefish is the brainchild of two friends whose love of poke gave birth to this laid back little shop in Chelsea. Their build-your-own-bowl system will hook you up with all kinds of goodies (like sea beans and the most picturesque masago you’ve ever laid eyes on). You can also pop your bad-boy of a creation right on top a base of zucchini noodles if you’re not feeling like rice. And be sure to grab a side snack of their house crab salad or seaweed salad. Wisefish is a wise choice.

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Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max Musubi, Seattle | photo courtesy of Sam Choy’s

Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max || Seattle, WA

Sure, Sam Choy’s poke truck will have you crying tears of happiness when you bite into their super authentic Hawaiian poke, but go ahead and take a gander at his “Reconstructed Musubi” – glazed spam, scrambled egg frittata, furikake, and rice wrapped in roasted seaweed and finished with creamy aioli, scallions, eel sauce, and sesame seeds. Not a spam lover? No problem, you can get down on their very banh mi-esque “Shrimp Love Boat Sandwich”, with panko-breaded popcorn shrimp, slaw, house-pickled veggies, spicy aioli drizzle, and cilantro on a Vietnamese baguette. Or just order everything on the menu. Why not?

Written by: Wilder Shaw | 100eats

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Hit-Or-Miss

A Quick Guide The Best Las Vegas Bender You’ll Soon Regret

Drinking and Vegas have always gone hand in hand, but only Vegas could kick up your booze game to the major leagues. No matter if you are on summer break livin’ that Top Ramen life, or a young CEO with dough to spend, Vegas amplifies what your reality is and lets drinking become an experience instead of a pastime.

Here are some uniquely Vegas places to help you tie one on.

The High Roller (Ferris Wheel)

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Pace yourself. There’s a long night ahead! Photo: Daniel Ramirez

If you crave to see life from the clouds, this is the drinks-perience for you. The High Roller is the largest observation wheel in the world tipping the vertical scale at 550ft.

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The High Roller Happy Hour is all you can drink for one full rotation which is about 30-40 minutes. Enter into the pod and there will be a full bar waiting for you as you enter. It’s like a glass bubble of awesomeness with 360 degree views of Las Vegas and as much booze as you can handle in one revolution.

Fancy Beer Pong at O’Sheas

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O’Sheas has been serving Irish Cheer since the late 80’s, and now in its new home at the Linq, there is a brand new kind of havoc being made. At 3 p.m. Beer Pong Tournaments take over the Irish pub and fill it with a sea of men and women trying to claim the title of Ultimate Beer Pong Champion. If you don’t fancy cheap beer for your game, doll it up with shots, signature cocktails, or any of their craft options.

Sunday Bloody Bar at The D

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If you’ve ever tried to eat everything at a buffet, then you’re my kind of people. Now imagine trying to fit the whole buffet on a skewer and garnish a Bloody Mary with it. That is how they do it at The D.

The Long Bar in the main casino area has the slight aroma of Old Vegas, and is home of the build-it-yourself brunch monstrosity. You fill out a card with everything from pickled eggs to Slim Jims and it comes back to you looking like a supermarket is trying to escape your goblet of a cocktail.

Chandelier Bar

chandelier-barThe bar is suspended over the main floor casino and you enter through an all glass elevator.

Inside the Cosmopolitan is a newly created Vegas icon. The Chandelier Bar is a vision of some elaborate party that could only be pinned to a scene from the Great Gatsby. You walk INTO the chandelier and enjoy the view as if you were illuminating the casino around you – separated from the casino below by walls of beautiful glass beads.

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The off menu “Buzz Button” drink is a must try for a first timer. This cocktail is garnished with flower that numbs the tongue and lips at the touch, a sensual reminder of the sexy time in store for the mouth when you decide to treat yourself in Vegas.

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8 Imaginative Ice Cream Desserts You Can Only Eat In Orange County

Summertime is drawing to a close, school is back in session, and the days will be getting shorter.  But before the sun sets on the summer fun, take a tour of these iconic cold concoctions that have been putting Orange County on the map.  From nationally known to locally craved, this is a list of some of the most memorable cold treats of the summer you can only find in the Orange

 

Afters Ice Cream: Milky Bun

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No one can deny the catapulted dessert dynasty thats been created through the success of the Milky Bun.

Co-owners Andy Nguyen and Scott Nghiem have created a new kind of dessert culture, a following for the record books.  Each new store opening starts with a bang and the success continues to ooze from all the locations.  The Milky Bun is a hot and cold mash up where warm donut meets cold uniquely flavored ice cream.  The ice cream flavors vary from a delicate jasmine to a bright blue “cookie monster” and the masses top their buns with their favorite cereal or cookie combo.  

Also, we cheated — as of this post, Afters has opened a Long Beach, CA location, which puts it in LA county as well.

 

Pop Bar: Build Your Own Popsicle

“Instagramability” is not really a word, but it should be, and it defines a generation of Popbar customers. 

Pop Bar has revolutionized popsicle customization. The process is infectiously easy: find your favorite pop flavor, half dip it (because that what the cool kids do), and top it with caramel corn or any of the other nutty “poppers” they have for you.  

Most importantly, make your Instagram followers envy your style by finding a really fun backdrop for your custom popsicle. Check @Popbar‘s instagram for some inspiration! Also, there’s a Popbar location in New York, so we may or may not have lied about this list yet again. Last one — I swear!

 

Snow Monster: Cotton Candy Soft Serve + Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Its very rare that you hear of a young dessert company having their own R&D headquarters, but the master minds at Snow Monster take the ice cream business seriously.  

Snow Monster’s Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwich put their little snow creature brand on the map, and the simplicity of their design ethos have made them a popular cold dessert destination in Orange County.  After the success of their macaroon ice cream sandwich, the cinnamon roll sandwich, their mind-bending cotton candy soft serve soon followed.  The floating soft serve is nestled in a cotton candy cloud, a treat for the eyes and the mouth.

 

Milk Bar: Rainbow Bar

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The nostalgic pairing of cereal and milk finds epic new form at Milk Bar.  

The Rainbow Bar is one of their staple items that uses Fruity Pebbles to sandwich your choice of ice cream. Also known for their creative and colorful milk tea flavors, Milk Bar has made a serious imprint on Instagram.

 

Chunk N Chip: Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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In the busy ice cream sandwich industry, it’s no longer kosher to be normal–it’s all about great, original craft flavors, and Santa Ana, CA’s Chunk N Chip does just that.  

One-time food truck owner Claudia Gonzalez took her hard hitting cookie recipes and married them with fun ice cream flavors to open up shop at one of Orange County’s premier food halls, the 4th Street Market.

 

Snow Station: Vanilla Snow, Pound Cake, Fruity Pebbles, Granola & Condensed Milk

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Born from the need for a dairy free, vegan dessert with a creamy texture, Snow Station prides itself on filling a need in the dairy saturated dessert market.  

Snow Station uses a soy base and creates a giant mountain of angel-hair-pasta-like strings of flavored ice ribbons.  You can then top with your favorite syrup, cereal, or marshmallows. It’s almost like Italian ice and soft serve had a baby and made a dessert wet dream.

 

Crepe Coop: Ice Cream-filled Crepes

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How do you turn a classical French dessert like a crepe into an acceptable summer Californian treat? Give people the chance to make it their own with ice cream!  

The crepe, has never had the same life and excitement as it does now.  

Crepe Coop has created a fluffy, pancake-like cone that gets filled with ice cream and tops it with the most popular fruits, cereals, cookies, and nuts.  What you get is a picture worth a million words, swirls of color and design in a tasty tornado of flavor.

 

Creamistry: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

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A real “Wow” for your friends, Creamistry turns cream into ice cream in seconds.

They use liquid nitrogen to quickly freeze your cream or sorbet base into a soft and rich dessert.  Watch the magic happen right in front of you as you choose your own adventure through a tour of ingredients and end with a chilly treat that you’ll love.

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Celebrity Grub

The Best Burger in the Country According to Supermodel Chrissy Teigen

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Most super models are notoriously stereotyped as “un-eaters”, whether it is from dieting or starving, these beauties always get the heat.  Sports Illustrated supermodel, and wife to John “make-you-weak-in-the-knees” Legend, Chrissy Teigen is notorious for her love of good food.

Her Instagram has no shortage of breakfast sandwiches and “stuff her mouth” selfies, and was chosen to be a judge for one of the countries top tier burger competitions, South Beach Wine and Food Fest’s Burger Bash.

This annual competition is a throw down for some of the most stomach bursting burger-coctions on the planet.  If you have it in your pantry, one of these chefs are using it in their burger.  Mac and Cheese, Fritos, Jalapeño Chips, Candied Jalapeño, and so much bacon.

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Chrissy Teigen and her judge comrades chose a burger out of Miami for “Very Best Burger”, Lure Fishbar’s Bash Burger. Josh Capon accepted the award for his creation, stuffing guests with a burger topped with American Cheese, loaded with secret sauce and caramelized onion bacon jam.

Nothing is hotter than a girl who doesn’t mind getting down with a burger, we love you Chrissy Teigen.