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This Agua Fresca Spot Is The Candyland Of Fruit Drinks

On any given day, the average foodie will experience food-envy in one way or another. Whether it’s missing out on the latest pop-up dinner, or seeing an Instagram post blow up of something your stomach has been eyeing.

Well, Squiz Up at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana has an Insta-worthy agua fresca menu with customizable options that will make your friend’s envious with thirst.   

Featuring a sweet and fruity lineup of drinks from chile watermelon to strawberry milk, Squiz Up is all about mixing flavors, and adding as many pieces of fresh fruit to each unique refreshing creation, for a truly one-of-a-kind beverage experience.  

Squiz Up’s Sweet and Spicy Watermelon “El Chile” agua fresca is served with a tajin-lined rim, with sliced mangos, tajin and chamoy. The Berry mojito features blueberry, blackberry and lemonade, mixed with a mint agua fresca.

If you’re into savory, try the Mango Chile drink, made with tajin, chamoy, and cucumber lime agua fresca, with sliced cucumber, mangos, watermelon and cucumber juice.

Or if you’re in the mood for something creamy, try the Strawberry Milk, which is milk and sugar mixed with fresh strawberries.

If you’re trying to dish out some food envy too, go grab some colorful, refreshing agua frescas from Squiz Up in Santa Ana, take some photos, and tag your squad to show off your tasty creation.


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This Incredible Pineapple Dessert Will Make You Go Loco

Botana Express has made a name for itself over the years in Santa Ana by creating savory and satisfying authentic Mexican-style cuisine.

Located inside MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, Botana Express has built a solid reputation in the food game. Known for its robust line up of Tostilokos and Churrolokos, Botana Express has become a one-stop-shop for delicious street-style Mexican food you can’t find anywhere else.

We’re super pumped because Botana Express has added a special creation to the menu — The Piña Loka, which is part pineapple and part fruit salad. This mouthwatering creation starts with a hollowed-out pineapple, sliced mangos, pineapple chunks, cucumbers, and is topped with Jicama, peanuts and Chamoy.

To spice things up, limón, Tajín and Tamarind candies are added to this extravagant fruit-based creation. Lastly, the Piña Loka is topped with a candy swirl, mango juice and Tamarindo sauce.

If you’re in the mood for some authentic snacks with no frills attached, Botana Express at MainPlace Mall has you covered. Better hurry though, the Piña Loka will only be available through September.

See you there!  


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This Shrimp Scampi Crepe Is A Seafood-Lover’s Dream

Since 1992, Santa Ana-based CrepeMaker has been a standout success, thanks to creating mouthwatering French crepe combinations that are built to satisfy the biggest appetites and curb the most indulgent sweet tooth.

With an expansive menu, CrepeMaker, located at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, boasts an assortment of savory breakfast crepes, decadent dessert crepes and an innovative roundup of crepe creations including a Caesar chicken crepe, and a pizza crepe made with melted mozzarella, cheddar/jack blend and pizza sauce.

CrepeMaker is adding something special to its menu that is sure to be an instant favorite!

The Shrimp Scampi Crepe is made with shrimp marinated in olive oil and spices, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese. This massive seafood themed crepe is then stuffed with mushrooms and topped with lettuce and tomatoes.

Lastly, the Shrimp Scampi Crepe is drizzled with a special cilantro lime dressing and sprayed with balsamic vinegar. So, if you’re a fan of crepes, grab a friend, a fork and a napkin, and get down to CrepeMaker before this limited time offer sails into the sunset.


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The Extravagance Of The Torta Cubana Is A Sight To Behold

While the famously known Cubano sandwich is the product of Latin culture, originating on the East Coast, the Torta Cubana sandwich is a product of Mexican culinary practices, originating in Mexico City, Mexico.

While there are similarities in the name, and both are undeniably delicious, there are several differences between Cubanos and Torta Cubana sandwiches.

Today, the legacy of the traditional Torta Cubana sandwich is being kept alive at a vibrantly colored taqueria located inside MainPlace Mall.

Cancun Juice, a well-known  hot spot for burritos, tacos, tortas, smoothies and agua frescas, has introduced the Ultimate Torta Cubana sandwich, a torta piled high with fresh carnitas, grilled pineapples, onions and tomatoes, topped with a heap of jalapeños, chorizo and breaded steak.

But true Torta Cubana fans know that’s not all.

Cancun Juice then adds hot dog, ham, turkey, melted provolone, and a creamy avocado dressing to complete this Mexican-inspired culinary marvel.

If you’d like to experience the Ultimate Torta Cubana yourself, find it at Cancun Juice at MainPlace Mall.


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Wokcano’s Monkey Brain Sushi Roll Is Truly Insane

In a society driven by innovation, not even food is safe. So, it’s easy to see how the brilliant culinary minds at Wokcano, who have been serving Asian-inspired cuisine in Southern California since 2009, have used their collective gastronomic intelligence to dream up their latest item — The Monkey Brain.  


While Wokcano’s newest menu item isn’t exactly what it sounds like, the concept behind the naming convention seems to fit the primary characteristics. Named after its visual presentation, Wokcano’s Monkey Brain contains sliced avocado, crab meat, and spicy tuna, fried in tempura batter, and topped with a spicy eel sauce.

While its name might turn a few heads — the Monkey Brain can only be found at Wokcano at MainPlace Mall.


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Lucille’s Brisket Mac Melt Is A Magnificent Marvel Of Barbecue

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Since the art of barbecue has been around, smoked brisket and mac ‘n cheese have always existed in complete harmony. In homage of this perfect culinary marriage, Chris Ferrell, Executive Chef at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, California, created a new Lucille’s BBQ Brisket Mac Melt Sandwich, a beautifully stacked masterpiece of barbecued goodness.

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For barbecue fans, there might not be anything more delicious than this combination of soft and juicy, perfectly smoked brisket, paired with the smooth creaminess of velvety soft mac ‘n cheese.

This item features a few thick slices of Lucille’s perfectly smoked brisket, a steamy helping of melty, creamy mac ‘n cheese, strips of savory applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and crispy onion straws.

brisket mac melt

To top off this behemoth of brisket sandwiches, it’s drenched in Lucille’s famous BBQ sauce and served on two thick slices of crispy Texas toast. 

Think you can conquer this beastly creation of barbecue sandwiches? There’s only one way to find out—you better grab a napkin. 


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