Honda-Ya: A Japanese Restaurant in Tustin

October 28, 2014 3:57 pm

Izakaya means “a place to eat, drink, and sit comfortably.” In Japan, it’s roughly similar to a pub: simple food, straightforward drinks, and reasonable prices—a place to shrug off tradition and relax.

Don’t look for chef “performances” or wild menu items at Tustin’s Honda-Ya, just unpretentious decor, home-style food, and lots of good sake. From sushi and sashimi to tebasaki, yakitori, pork belly, and udon, locals can’t praise the big menu enough. Service is fast and efficient, but be prepared to wait; Honda-Ya gets packed, especially on weekends. However, we hear it takes just one visit to become a regular!

Check Honda-Ya’s site for hours, menus, events, and other locations.

556 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 832-0081

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The Road Less Traveled: Home Decor and Stationery

October 21, 2014 4:41 pm

With its literary name and adorable selection of environmentally friendly products, The Road Less Traveled is a natural living center for bookworms and thinkers. The owners of this adorable home decor and stationery shop also host DIY workshops and the annual Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival.

All of the products at The Road Less Traveled are natural, handmade or eco-friendly, from the scented candles to the colorful tea towels. Clothing items are crafted from natural fibers, and there are even purses made of soda tabs and other salvaged items. The store itself is open and filled with natural light, and it’s decorated with colorful, whimsical displays that are sure to inspire. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift, the shop also sells art made by local artisans that will make a long-lasting impact on your friend, sister, or special someone.

The Road Less Traveled is open noon to 7 p.m. most days and until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Sundays. The shop is closed on Mondays.

The Road Less Traveled
125 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 836-8727

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Today’s Imponderable: Why Does Popcorn Pop?

October 14, 2014 12:39 pm

Popcorn is a tasty snack to make while having a movie night at home, and its noisy popping sounds make it especially fun for the little ones. By now you’re probably used to the popping noise of popcorn, but have you ever wondered how this happens? What is it that makes popcorn pop, while corn on the cob simply cooks?

On the inside, popcorn kernels are filled with oil, water, and starch, and the outside is covered with a protective shell. Heating popcorn—say, in the microwave—causes the liquids inside to expand into steam. Because the hard outer coating leaves nowhere for the steam to go, it simply gets hotter and hotter inside of the kernel until it eventually reaches 365 degrees, which is hot enough to burst through the shell! The action of the starch and oil expanding so quickly and with so much heat transforms the mixture into the familiar foam-like puff that we eat as popcorn.

The next time you make a bag of popcorn at home, examine the kernels and think of the science behind your favorite movie snack!

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