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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Darna Moroccan Cuisine

16076 S Harbor Blvd
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

To visit their website, click here.

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**Darna offers a lunchtime buffet for $9.99 (not including tax) on Mon-Sat from 12PM-3PM.



The décor was definitely warm and inviting. The lady that took our order was super sweet. It turns out that it is a family-owned restaurant and they are a friendly lot.


We got some some complimentary appetizers-hummus,bread, and pickled radish.


I would say that the food is more on the expensive side. I ordered chicken tajine for $13, but I was not expecting what I got. Even though it tasted pretty good, I will order something different next time. The whole, intact chicken was difficult to handle and I made a mess. My parents ordered the usual meat plate and they were happy with their choice. They got the beef kabab plate and the chicken kabab plate, each for $12.


^This is the poor chicken after I was done with it.


For dessert, we had some Moroccan cookies for $2/cookie. They tasted great!

Food: 4/5

Service: 4/5

Overall: 4/5

**For Ramadan, Darna is having an Iftar buffet everyday. Call (714) 775-7000 for more details.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Huntington Beach Central Park

Golden West St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Located near the library, it’s the perfect way to spend your day. Take your kids to the park in the early hours and end the morning with some quiet reading inside the library, near the beautiful indoor water fountain.





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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Usmania: Indian and Pakistani cuisine

7362 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 889-1517

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It’s a tiny place located at Westminster and Hoover, but you can’t miss it while driving by. There is a big sign that reads “Usmania-Indian and Pakistani Cuisine”. I think they bought out a fast food outlet because that’s what it looks like from the outside. The inside is clean and comfortable, but a little small. It seems like it is family-owned.


^Chicken Biryani, $7.99


^Lamb Qorma, $8.99



The food tasted fresh and authentic. Even my parents, who are normally very picky about this kind of food, were impressed by the culinary skills of the unknown chef. I have a feeling that the ‘auntie’ is the one that does the cooking. The prices to me seem a little on the high side, but the taste is worth the price.

Food: 4.5/5

Service: 3/5 (they take their time)

Overall: 4/5

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pho Ellie

765 S. State College Blvd., Suite B
Fullerton, CA 92831

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My first ever authentic Vietnamese cuisine turned out to be a hit!

After hiking, my friend and I decided to try this place out and I liked it so much that I decided to come along with my parents the same week. The place is warm and cozy while the owner is really nice. 




The décor was lovely and the restaurant itself was neat and clean, which is a must for my parents.


This was the first time I tried pho (even though I grew up in Orange County).



The portions were very generous and I had to take some food home (which I normally don’t do).

I ordered the ‘ellie’s combo’ which came with a hot sandwich and an extra small pho (which turned out to be a generous portion) for $7.95.

Food: 4.5/5

Service: 4.5/5

Overall: 4.5/5

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Westminster Library

OC Public Libraries: Westminster Branch
8180 13th Street
Westminster, CA 92683

This library has got some nice comfy chairs alongside a good collection of magazines.




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