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Food Review: Sake2Me in Cerritos

By Noelani Discipulo

Sake2Me is a Japanese styled sushi bar located in Cerritos. They’re open from 11:30am – 10pm seven days a week. They are mainly known for being an all-you-can-eat (AYCE) restaurant, which is limited to their menu and is priced per person. However, that is not the only dining option they provide. Sake2Me also offers a la carte, which means you can order specific items off the menu for the listed price. 

Sake2Me offers a variety of different sushi types. They have regular sushi, sashimi, no rice rolls, fresh rolls, tempura rolls, classic cut rolls, hand rolls, baked rolls, and deep fried rolls. If you want more than sushi they also offer soups, salads, a variety of tempuras, tapas, and noodles.

In general, Sake2Me is on the more expensive side, but would be a good place to go to for a special occasion or to treat yourself. I would recommend ordering what you want early on since the workers do not check on your table as frequently as they should. Their customer service was not terrible, but it could have been better, but that could just be because they always packed.

Some of my favorite things on their menu are their salmon and scallop baked rolls, garlic butter edamame, and their peppered salmon sashimi. 

A word of advice, since the popularity for this establishment is high, I would suggest getting there at least 30-90 minutes in advance to place your name on their waiting list. When I had gone we still had to wait for about thirty minutes before we were seated. They are also much busier during weekends, evenings, and holidays.


11454 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703 / https://www.sake2mecerritos.com/ / IG: @sake2mesushicerritos

Food Review: Mochi + Donuts = Mochinut

By: Noelani Discipulo

Dessert – Mochinut

CHEWY GOODNESS. 

Mochinut is mainly known for their chewy mochi donuts, which are made from glutinous rice instead of regular flour. The glutinous rice adds to the sweetness of the donuts as well as their chewiness. Their donuts come in an assortment of flavors that are glazed, embedded, or topped onto them. Mochinut varies their flavors every day, however at this location they do announce their flavors in advance at @mochinut_cerritos on instagram.

There are multiple locations throughout the Southland, and each store offers different flavors and product offerings. At this location, they provide drinks and Korean-style hotdogs.

Their hours are from 11am – 10pm every day. The one downside is that they only provide half a dozen or one dozen donuts, and you can’t buy a single donut.

11312 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703 / IG: @mochinut_cerritos or @mochinut_official

Food Review: The Good, The Bad, The BBQ Chicken

By: Noelani Discipulo

Lunch – BBQ Chicken

MUST HAVE CRUNCH.  

Do you crave chicken but that crunch is never satisfying enough? Then BBQ Chicken is a place for you. 

BBQ Chicken is a Korean fried chicken joint that offers more than just fried chicken. The secret to their crispy original chicken is that it is fried in olive oil. Their chicken also comes in a variety of seasonings such as: secret spicy, hot spicy, or honey garlic. The menu also includes boneless chicken, wings, sides, and other Korean foods like kimchi fried rice or tteokbokki (Korean spicy rice cakes). 

Their hours are from 11am – 10pm everyday. Personally, my favorite thing to get is their secret spicy boneless chicken and golden original whole chicken. If you are interested in trying more than one flavor, they do offer a half and half with the chicken of your choice. 

11322 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703 / IG: @bbqchickencerritos or @bbqchickenus

Food Review: Code Green? Code Red? The Coffee Code?

By: Noelani Discipulo

Breakfast – Coffee Code

SEEKING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. 

If you really enjoy the artistry and craft of coffee, may I suggest you try Coffee Code. 

On the corner of Rosecrans and Clarissa, just before Carmenita stands Coffee Code. With their original shop being in Fullerton, this location has been open for roughly a year now. Their hours are 7am – 6pm everyday, unless specified otherwise.

Other than the classic coffee, Coffee Code offers unique signature latte drinks like their Iced Horchata Latte or Spanish Latte. Their Strawberry Latte and Caramel Latte use coffee cubes. They also offer non coffee beverages like their Summer Breeze and Passion Berry loose leaf teas. Size wise, Coffee Code only offers a regular or large size. However depending on the type of drink they only offer a regular size. The size of their regular coffee is about the size of a grande at Starbucks. Admittedly the prices are on the more expensive side, but they are good drinks.

They offer great customer service and their workers are extremely friendly. If you are unsure on what to get they help you to find the drink that would best fit your tastes. Coffee Code is also well known for having won multiple latte art competitions. 

13250 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650 / IG: @coffeecodeusa

The Source in Buena Park

By Noelani Discipulo

Sometimes we are so comfortable staying in our own area, we don’t get to see the great things outside. If you are looking for something different but close, The Source in Buena Park is a great place to explore. 

The Source is a predominantly Korean-centric shopping venue in a semi-outdoor modern complex. They are open Monday-Thursday 10am – 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 9pm, and Sundays from 10am – 7pm. However, each store has their own individual hours that vary. 

The complex has three floors. The third floor is mainly the food court and restaurants, along with the entrance to the movie theater. The lower floors have clothing, music, stationary, home decor, and other culinary choices. On the first floor there is also an indoor playground for younger children. 

The best times to go would be when special events are happening. There are more people and various events to attract their guests. While it is not always advertised when they have events, it’s a solid bet they will have something during holidays. For K-pop events, the @kplaceusa on instagram makes announcements for the events and Random Dance Plays they hold.

If you like to take Instagram worthy pictures and are looking for places to take nice pictures, The Source is also a great place for that. Some of my favorite places to visit are mainly on the ground floor; the K-Place, Myungrang Hotdog, Ding-Tea, Flippoly, Little Light, and Amuse.

ADDRESS: 6940 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621 / IG: @thesourceoc

Noelani Discipulo

Noelani Discipulo is a senior at John Glenn High School. She is a member of the John Glenn Marching Eagles. Since her sophomore year, she has been the captain of the colorguard team. In the past she was a part of the school choir, including the handbell, woman’s, and jazz choir. During her free time she likes to organize, play video games with her friends, watch anime, and she loves listening to music and is a huge Kpop stan. Her favorite news sites are CNN and Los Angeles Times.