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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.

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^Chicken Biryani, $7.99

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^Lamb Qorma, $8.99

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^Raita,$3.00

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. 

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

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

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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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