by M'Liss

Sure, Will Ferrell is from Irvine and visiting modern global foods and drinks at Diamond Jamboree in Irvine, Ca tempted the palate and satisfied the tummy. #diamondjamboree and #destinationirvine hosted our food and travel writers by offering appealing foods of Taiwan and Korea with a decadent bakery in-between.

Chef Hung Taiwanese Noodles restaurant was opened by the "King of Taiwanese Beef Noodle" Chef Hung. Chef has won numerous awards and recognition by the President of Taiwan for his time honored cooking and decided to open a restaurant in the USA. Signature beef stock simmers for 15 hours with herbs and spices to create a flavor packed noodle bowl. Not to be missed are the variety of teas from honey grapefruit and rose black plus a light green tea with no bitterness.

Putting a twist on Korean food is Urban Seoul. There is the urban side of a burger topped with kimchi and the Seoul side gogi quesadillas. The chefs kick up the flavors with the marinated meats and tofu paired with healthy veggies. Pork belly, corn, soy sauce vinaigrette, spicy rice cakes just to name a few. And a Taco Tuesday unlike any others. Once I experienced the unique and exotic blends, I was hooked.

Ambling just a few feet away is eye popping bakery 85 Celsius. The name translates into 185 degrees, the appropriate temperature for coffee. Pick up a tray and tongs and start loading up from the many varieties of breads and 30 desserts. I just had to taste the taro bread, cream tarts, mango pudding and fruit pastries. The iced sea salt beverages are as good as eating the desserts from the shelves. Thank goodness an 85C just opened at Balboa and Genesee, San Diego. #IFWTWA #Irvine @diamond-jamboree