OC Fair 2009

by Alyssa on July 29, 2011

in Food, Restaurant Reviews

There are two more weeks left until the Orange County Fair closes, so this post might still be relevant! Except that it’s from our visit to the OC Fair in 2009. Awkward… Anyways, the 2009 OC Fair┬áran from July 10, 2009 through August 9, 2009. I entered the inaugural OC Fair 5K series in 2009, which included two 5Ks: at the “opening” of the fair on July 18, 2009 and at the closing of the fair on August 9, 2009. Included with the race fee was an OC Super Fair Super Pass which allowed me free entry to the OC Fair for every single day of the duration of the 2009 OC Fair. Devin and I only entered the fair once.

I had never seen deep-fried avocados offered at the fair, so I had to try them. They came accompanied with a pesto dipping sauce.

The thick breading overpowered the avocado flavor so that I was tasting everything that had been deep-fried in the oil rather than the avocados. The avocados were soft and creamy, but after eating a 1/3 of the plate, I couldn’t eat anything else that was on my list of things to try.

While I ate my deep-fried avocados, Devin tried the Deep-fried White Castle burger.

Devin had the same problem as I had with the avocados. The primary flavor was the oil rather than anything else.

The peach sundae was pretty good. Freshly sliced peaches with vanilla soft serve and whipped cream. Can’t really go wrong with that, especially on a hot summer day.

OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626



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118 Degrees

by Alyssa on February 5, 2011

in Food, Restaurant Reviews

Although I subscribe to an alternative diet, I don’t consider it particularly restricting. I don’t tend to have problems eating out and at this point, friends and family easily and graciously accommodate my pescetarian diet. Having tried vegan cuisine, the same friend who took me to Native Foods asked us to join her for dinner at 118 Degrees, a raw food restaurant.

118 Degrees derives its name from the maximum temperature a food can withstand while still being considered raw. Beyond 118 degrees Fahrenheit, raw foodists consider the food to be cooked, which they believe strips food of its natural nutrients and can be harmful to our bodies. This conjured up images of carrot sticks, apples, salads, and sashimi.

Located in The Camp shopping center in Costa Mesa, 118 Degrees is appropriate amongst vegan cafes and restaurants, animal friendly salons and clothing stores, and a scuba diving school. While perusing the menu, my friend warned us that this isn’t the place to get stuffed with food.

Trying raw cuisine for the first time, Devin and I decided to share the Trio of Enchiladas which came accompanied with a salad topped with marinated tomatoes. To make the wrap of the enchiladas, vegetable puree is dehydrated in a thin layer reminiscent of fruit leather such as Fruit Roll Ups. The first enchilada encompassed marinated tomatoes and sweet corn and was very sweet and refreshing. Second enchilada was spicy and was made up of thinly sliced zucchini. The third enchilada with its portobella mushrooms and avocadoes had a deep earthy flavor. I really liked the woodsy flavor of the portabella mushrooms, but I think my favorite was the tomato and corn enchilada. Drizzled atop the enchiladas were guacamole and sour cream made from pine nuts.

My friend, having tried several dishes off the menu, decided to get something new and had the Macadamia Coconut Curry Wrap. Similar to the enchiladas, the thin wrap was made from dehydrated vegetable puree. This wrap encased a vegetable and yellow curry mixture and was topped with a slightly spicy sauce.

For dessert, we shared the Chocolate Strawberry Fondue. The vanilla dip was made from pine nuts and I don’t remember what was in the chocolate sauce (maybe carobs? we ate at this restaurant back in August 2008). The vanilla pine nut had a very woody flavor and was thicker than the chocolate.

118 Degrees

2981 Bristol Suite B5
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Yard House

February 4, 2011

Although Yard House may be most known for its seemingly endless row of beer taps and tall beer glasses, Devin and I often go there just for the food. I enjoy ordering their sushi cakes, while Devin likes their burgers, especially the fries that accompany each burger. This is from a visit to the restaurant […]

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Native Foods

June 29, 2008

Right down the street from the luxurious South Coast Plaza mall (the third-largest mall in the United States) is “SoBeCa District” which includes The Lab (aka the Anti-Mall) and The Camp. Although I have shopped at The Lab on occasion, I visited The Camp for the first time upon invitation from my vegan friend to […]

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