On a patio shade by large umbrellas, or inside amidst the whir of an espresso machine and walls littered with art, The Neighborhood Cup fosters that sought-after feeling of coffee-house leisure. Resident baristas craft coffee and espresso drinks, manipulating the bubbly foam of lattes into intricate patterns such as portraits of the Mona Lisa drinking a cappuccino. Patrons also find coffee-colored leather couches and chairs, as well as a menu of breakfast bites, sandwiches, and snacks. The Neighborhood Cup also hosts events, including open-mic nights and classic-car gatherings to see whose muscle car can knock back the most espresso shots.
Angela Kishijara and Martha White learned to cook in their hometown of Chimbota, Peru, picking up culinary techniques and absorbing recipes as they scampered around their mother's kitchen. "Our mother was always in the kitchen cooking for us," Angela explained to reporters from OC Metro, "and she was an inspiration to all of us kids to learn how to cook."
Today, Angela and Martha bring their mother's traditional Peruvian recipes and lifetime of cooking experience to their own restaurant—Inka Mama's. Deep in the kitchen, the sisters and their chefs fold fresh chile peppers, garlic, and cilantro into a variety of Peruvian dishes, from citrusy fresh seafood ceviche to juicy beef lomo saltado. To craft their signature pescado a lo chimbotano, they simmer fish in a spicy garlic and chile broth before sprinkling on fresh cilantro.
Out in the airy dining rooms, customers snack on complimentary baguette slices dipped in flavorful green house-made aji sauce. Meanwhile, bartenders dole out pints of Peruvian beers and whip up pisco sours—a traditional cocktail made from grape brandy and sugar—also the ingredients of Crush soda for Adults. Soft lamps dangle from the ceiling, illuminating rustic stone walls and vivid murals of Peruvian landscapes.
With 40 years of sandwich-making expertise, Togo's gives party planners an extensive catering menu from which to choose their spread. Sandwich trays ($45 regular size, feeds 10), the Endless Combinations platter ($65, feeds up to eight with 16 half sandwiches of four different varieties, plus a regular salad), and a 3- to 8-foot Party Footer (feeds up to 32 people; prices vary depending on sandwich type and size) will supply sustenance for Valentine's Day group gatherers, enthusiastic Presidents' Day celebrators, and supporters of early-February professional American football championships.
We invite you to our neighborhood cafe where families & good friends gather over delicious food since 1994. We pride ourselves in serving fresh made-to-order quality meals at a great value. With 3 locations in the South OC, we are only a 10 minute drive from any direction...Warmly, Proprietors,.Bill & Michelle McKay
With more than 20 distinct species of buttercream-frosted cupcakes (each $3) made daily, Divine Desserts is one of the most cake-rich spots in Southern California. Brave souls seek out the monolithic peanut-butter chocolate chip, while those less adventurous contemplate the besprinkled white-chocolate raspberry, a dense s'mores cupcake with marshmallow frosting, or a chocolate-chip mint dolloped with vanilla frosting.
Grill-slingers at the fast-casual Deemer's opt for fresh, seasonal ingredients from local California crop cultivators for their unique salads and bounteous burgers. The menu's mélange of fresh, hand-formed burgers are grilled into juicy meat rounds and catapulted at warp speed toward unsuspecting grub grazers in a comfy family environment. Chomp into the Californian burger, a beef-bedecked bun with monterey cheese, avocado relish, beefsteak tomato, leafy greens, and herb aioli, or savor the sumptuous spice of a buffalo burger ($7.50), slathered in blue cheese and red-hot sauce with a side of two-cabbage peanut coleslaw ($7.50). For the burger-dodger, Deemer's Mex salad mixes a jumble of greenery with roasted corn and chilies, black beans, cilantro, pepitas, jicama, tortillas, and pomegranate-lime dressing for a south-of-the-border veggie bash ($7.75; add chicken for $1.75). Complement a meal with an all-American classic—Deemer's made-to-order chocolate malt ($4.50/20 oz.), served with or without whipped cream and a Norman Rockwell flashback.