A Crash Course in Pieology

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the newest Pieology location in Westminster. Only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Huntington Beach and a block away from my favorite Thursday food truck lot, I felt right at home. I had never been to a Pieology before and was excited to experience ‘The Study of Custom Pizza.’ With their house-made crusts and sauces, fresh toppings, and create-your-own style assembly line, each pizza is truly unique to each customer. That doesn’t mean they don’t have suggestions, though! Their Pieologists suggest some of the more popular combinations, and don’t scoff at your seemingly odd choices. With pizzas ready in under 3 minutes, they know how to cure a ‘hangry’ human.

Check out some of the combos that my foodie friends and I enjoyed below:


Garlic Bread


This is a close-up of my custom creation.

White crust with herb butter and their house sauce, chicken, bacon, mozzarella, parmesan, red peppers, pepperoni, tomatoes, and garlic.



For a limited time, you can try two new custom made pizza flavors that will have your mouth taking a vacation to the ‘Sizzling Southwest.’


Above, is the Chicken Chile Verde Pizza (white crust, olive oil, green enchilada sauce, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, diced mild green chile and cilantro, topped with sour cream). This one had a small kick of spice to it, but was yummy! I’m a sucker for anything green chile so I found the flavors to be familiar, but the presentation was very unique for a pizza.


The Spicy Southwest lived up to its name (white crust, olive oil, red enchilada sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, roasted red pepper, jalapeños, cilantro, chicken, topped with sour cream). The jalapeños made this one spicier than its Southwest counterpart, but every bit as delicious!


And since I become a bottomless pit whenever I am presented with pizza, you bet I had room for their Chocolate Chip Churro dessert pizza.

Pieology makes the custom experience easy, fast, and affordable for all!

For more information, visit pieology.com

Restaurant Marin Redefines the Modern-Day Diner

I’m not afraid to drive far for good food, and when I live in between LA and OC good food isn’t hard to come by. However, there are too many places on my ever growing list, especially when it comes to newer openings. I am a huge fan of Arc in Costa Mesa, so when I heard that the owners were opening a modern-day diner right next door, I was counting down the days until they opened. I was lucky enough to try Restaurant Marin for an early Mother’s Day lunch with my parents a few weeks in to their opening. Read on for the many highlights:


First off, this place is teeny tiny in the best way possible. The decor is clean and modern while still evoking the cozy diner feel. Breakfast is served all day, but they also offer unique Lunch and Dinner menus. They have a no-tipping policy, but hospitality is included in their pricing, which is on the higher end. Don’t let that deter you. The service is personable and top-notch and the quality and portion sizes of the dishes won’t make you think twice when the bill comes. Now, for the most important part, THE FOOD.

c05ab65d-1316-467b-be6b-fbee2ecfe960First of all, you can order this breakfast sandwich at all hours (7AM-12AM) since breakfast is served all day. Appropriately names, The Muffin, this breakfast sandwich is a force to be reckoned with. A fried egg, aged cheddar, heaps of shaved bacon, and spinach are served in between a freshly baked muffin bun. If you are a follower of the blog, you know that I am a breakfast sandwich addict and aficionado, and I have to overwrite any previous statements that I have made about having had the perfect breakfast sandwich. This tops them all. Even better, you can remove the top muffin and ask for a side of fresh jam and save that for ‘dessert.’ Worth it.


I ordered the Fried Chicken sandwich filled with warm brie, peppers, red cabbage, and fried lemon. The chicken was perfectly crunchy, not overwhelming in size, and the juiciest chicken I have ever had. Seriously. It will be difficult not to order this again and again.


On the healthier side (since this picture doesn’t do the sizable portion justice), this Grilled Steak salad was heavenly. Served with farro, arugula, blue cheese, roasted sweet peppers, parmesan, and flavorful grilled steak, this dish was also a winner. They also have 4 other salads on their lunch menu, one of which is protein-less for any vegetarian friends you may have.


Did you really think we were going to leave without having dessert? Our table happened to be very close to the counter where they display some of the cakes and pies that they are serving that day, so it was inevitable that we were going to indulge. After careful consideration, we settled on the Apple Pie. It was served hot with fresh whipped cream and was packed with sweet apples and cinnamon. The crust to filling ratio was spot on. We were unable to finish the whole pie between the 3 of us.


Before we left, we made reservations for an early Father’s Day dinner in June, because their dinner menu looks just as amazing, if not better, than their lunch and breakfast options. Let me reiterate, for some, the prices come with a bit of sticker shock to those expecting a ‘diner’ experience, but if you are level-headed and appreciate UH-MAZING, fresh, carefully crafted dishes, you won’t bat an eyelash at the bill. Soon, this will be a difficult reservation to nail down, I feel it. Go now, before the masses discover the experience that Chef Noah Blom and his wife, Marin, have created.

For more information, visit http://www.restaurantmarin.com/.

Adventures in Fooding: Orange County

There is nothing more exciting to me than having a friend or family member say, ‘I’m in the mood to try a new restaurant!’ They could just be saying it, but if they truly mean it, and you’re in Orange County, I have some ideas for taking people on a fun culinary adventure! Don’t worry, I’ll give you a breakdown on a scale of 1 to 10.


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We’ll start out easy with this Instagram favorite: The Unicorn Bagel from Bagels and Brew. This baby is stuffed with birthday cake cream cheese (sprinkles included). The bagel tastes like a regular bagel, which is obvious, but tricks your taste buds a bit since it is SO colorful. You can get your cream cheese of choice, but why wouldn’t you go with the rainbow one to match? Due to social media popularity, we recommend you place an order to one of their locations in advance, but if you do choose to take your chances, their other options (including the ultimate pizza bagel) won’t leave you high and dry.

Adventure Level: 4


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Because of the endless office parks, UC Irvine, and Irvine Spectrum, the city can get a little crowded around lunchtime, and this place is no exception: Fukada. They are known for their Udon and Spicy Tuna Rice (pictured), but everything on their menu is a win-win. The food itself can be a bit of an adventure for those not used to having a pile of pink goo on top of their rice, but half of the adventure is getting their BEFORE they open to put your name on the coveted wait list. I guarantee if you show up 20 minutes before they open, you still won’t be the first name on the dotted lines. It’s worth taking your chances!

Adventure Level: 5


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I’ve never been a huge fan of soup or hot liquid in general (coffee, chili, etc.). However, when I discovered pho, my life was changed forever. When I found Pho 79, I felt silly for ever doubting this cold-weather comfort food. You’re probably thinking to yourself that pho isn’t very adventurous. It is when you order it with a side of Oxtail, and you MUST do that here. If you don’t, your trip doesn’t even count. Their broth is hearty and very flavorful and with the addition of all the table sauces and bean sprout, you are in for a treat. However, when you start breaking apart the side of Oxtail and adding it to your dish, you will know why this place is the best in OC.

Adventure Level: 7


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This photo says it all. Yes, that is me ready to dig in to 4 lbs. of beautiful lobster on top of garlic noodles at Tan Cang Newport Seafood. This place is not for the faint of heart or the impatient. You will wait and wait and wait (unless you show up on a weekday at 4PM, which I’ve done). If you come here and don’t order this, they might ask you to leave before you’ve had a chance to sip your hot tea. Don’t get me wrong, you have to work for the meat, but it is oh, so delicious. All of the juices and flavors dripping on to the noodles made them just as much a star of the dish as the lobster. This is a great place to take a group of adventurous eaters too (many of the tables seat 8+). Other notable dishes include, Chinese Broccoli and garlic, Ginger and Onion Clams, and the Salt & Pepper Pork Chop.

Adventure Level: 9


There’s obviously too many foodventures to choose from in Orange County, but these are definitely my favorite. If you try any of these, be sure to comment and let me know what you think! For more adventures in fooding, follow me on Instagram: instagram.com/eatdrinklovejen