Asian American and Pacific Islander Month is here! Here, at Limon, we want to highlight the fantastic Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned businesses and great day trips to do in Stanton and Irvine, two great cities in Orange County. We will be highlighting many cities and day trips to do in each of those cities in Orange County. Starting with…
The Asian American Women Business Association is a non-profit organization located in Stanton, California. Named after Republican assembly member Philip A. Stanton, this city located in Northern Orange County has a population of 8,831 Asian Americans, which is the second-largest ethnic population in Stanton. Due to its predominant Asian-American population, this city features many Asian-American businesses.
Start your day by checking out the Rodeo 39 Public Market, a market featuring shopping centers and food courts. Two great Asian American food courts that we recommend checking out there are Banh Xeo Boys, a Vietnamese crepe eatery, and Bestea Bar, a tea shop serving all kinds of tea, including milk tea. Banh Xeo Boys donated their proceeds to OCAPICA (Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance) until April 4. Nonetheless, this is a great business to check out if you want delicious crepes with an Asian twist. Bestea Bar also donated its proceeds to the same organization until April 4 and is a great place to grab a refreshing drink after a long day. Or, if you want to do some meat shopping, check out Primal Cuts, a butcher shop located at Rodeo 39. Rodeo 39 is the place to be for foodies all around!
If you’re looking to do something fun, check out Adventure City, an amusement park near Stanton, or you can have some fun at the PuzzleMazement Escape Room, another fun place near Stanton.
Home to UC Irvine, Irvine is also the largest city with an Asian-American population. Over 45% of Irvine residents are Asian American!
A great place to start in Irvine is Burntzilla, a food truck started by Paul Cao serving comfort food like fried chicken, cheeseburgers, and hot dogs with an Asian twist. They are most known for their Dogzilla Dog; a hot dog topped with avocado, Jayo, teriyaki, grilled onions, bacon bits, and furikake.
The business became so successful that Paul Cao opened a Burnt Crumbs restaurant, serving gourmet sandwiches. They even feature a great brunch menu with great items like their avocado toast topped with housemade ricotta, bacon bits, and a fried egg. Or, if you want something light, try their Breakfast Salad with citrus vinaigrette.
After a great brunch, you can check out Hello Kitty Grand Cafe. A cafe named after the famous Japanese cartoon character Hello Kitty, this cafe is dedicated to everything Hello Kitty. They even serve coffee with alcohol! You can even get alcoholic drinks without coffee! Try their Kitty, It’s Cold Outside drink which mixes rye whiskey with brute americano! Or their Strawberries + Cocoa Cream with Rose, a drink served with a glass of rose. And if you want a quick snack, the coffee shop also features pastries like macarons, cakes, and mini donuts. They even have cookies in the shape of Hello Kitty!
For anyone who is a huge Hello Kitty fan, this is a place you don’t want to miss as they also sell lots of Hello Kitty merch and have collaborated with other businesses to create more Hello Kitty merch.
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