Time to eat! Best new eateries around UCI

H2O Poke Grill
13262 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 544-0066


Love the big craze about the Southern California spin on a traditional Hawaiian dish called “poke”? There is a new Poke restaurant that opened up in Irvine called “H2O Poke Grill” on Jamboree at Tustin Market Place. Here you “Build your own” poke bowl, which include 5 different steps in creating your dish from choosing your base, to your fish, your flavors, fruits and veggies, to your toppings. The price range is under $10.

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Churned Creamery
The District, 2493 Park Ave #21, Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 203-5226

crocreamLocated inside the Union Market within the District, Churned Creamery is a hit. Different from the famous “Cronut” (Croissant + Donut), Churned creates the “CroCream” (Croissant + Ice Cream). Churned has flavors such as Bananas Foster pie, organic matcha green tea, California pistachio, coconut cream Nutella, maple walnut butter, strawberry crumble, salted butter caramel, tiramisu and more.

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Snooze An A.M. Eatery
3032 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 415-6269


Located at the Tustin Market Place, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery re-energizes the way you think, feel, and ultimately eat breakfast. Picture breakfast and lunch crafted from scratch recipes focusing on the highest level ingredients; a setting filled with energy and pouring over in creativity; service radiating fun and knowledge throughout. Their goal is to bring you the best breakfast and lunch experience around.

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Blackmarket Bakery
211 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 571-0801

Blackmarket Bakery

Blackmarket Bakery offers a selection of fresh, whole-foods based items that are pleasing to the body and the mind. By using baking fundamentals – butter, flour, sugar and eggs (all blackmarket goods during WWII, thus the name) – Chef Rachel focuses on delivering a culinary experience that revolves around natural ingredients, complex textures, and global flavors. Her incredible cakes and fresh breads are just a few of the items that showcase her culinary genius.

In addition to her homemade pastries and scrumptious tarts, Blackmarket in Santa Ana also offers an array of breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads. To accompany these savory dishes, Blackmarket Santa Ana serves a selection of hard cider and craft beers on tap and by the bottle.

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Things to do in the OC this summer


Disneyland resort
60th Anniversary celebration ends September 5. Come see Disneyland’s special 60th celebrations before it ends. These events include “Paint the Night”, “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate”.

UCI faculty, staff and students can purchase discounted tickets through ASUCI.
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The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music comes to the Segerstrom Center of the Arts Theatre from July 20 – July 31. Tickets start at $29.

The Hills Are Alive in this brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award®-winning Director Jack O’Brien. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®,- Grammy®- and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.”

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The OC Fair is back July 15 – Aug 14. On July 21, Andy Grammer, best known for his singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me”, and Rachel Platten, best known for her singles “Fight Song” and “Stand By You”, are performing at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $32.50.

Note: All reserved tickets to the show include FREE admission to the fair.

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Irvine Escape Room

Think you can escape from a room under an hour?

Irvine’s Square Room Escape located on Jamboree tests those who dare to enter a list of puzzles, riddles and coded clues in a way to escape. This game is for 3 – 6 users and tickets are $29 per person where you can choose either the “Sorcerer’s Study” or “The Phantom Soldier” to escape from. Good luck!

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Irvine is about to get a cool new food hall

Originally published in the Los Angeles Times, 6.23.16
Written by Jenn Harris

Artist’s rendering of Trade, opening in Irvine in September. (Lincoln Property Company)

Irvine is known for its chain restaurants, a good UC school, clean wide highways and planned housing communities. But a new food hall called Trade, scheduled to open later this summer, may turn the city into a real food destination.

Developed by the Lincoln Property Company, Trade is located a block from John Wayne Airport on Michelson Drive. It’s surrounded by industrial buildings and a Serbian Orthodox church, in the middle of an existing shopping center that currently has a Subway and a Domino’s Pizza. This is not where you’d expect to find a new food hall devoted to independent vendors making tacos, fried chicken and banh mi sandwiches.

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Student Housing launches sustainability microsite


Student Housing has recently launched a microsite dedicated to sustainability which provides tips, guides, resources and information related to the department’s commitment to living green in 2016 (and beyond!)

The pages are full of information about what Housing is doing to promote sustainability and what YOU can do, too.

Sustainability Coordinator Rachel Harvey and Marketing Project Coordinator Callie Brazil brought this great new resource to life. 

Kudos to Student Housing for creating a great resource.

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