4 Reasons to Visit Diamond Jamboree in Irvine

Games, treats, and late-night snacks make Diamond Jamboree in Irvine worth a visit.
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Somi Somi
The specialty at this dessert shop is ah-boong ($6): Korean-style soft serve in a fish-shaped waffle cone filled with your choice of Nutella, custard, red bean, or taro. The ice cream comes in six flavors (Oreo, milk tea, black sesame, matcha, milk, and ube) and three “weekly swirls.” No sweet tooth? Order cheddar taiyaki: fish-shaped waffles filled with cheese ($3.75 for two, $7.95 for five). 2700 Alton Parkway, 949-387-6333

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Kona Loa Coffee
This cozy coffee shop brings the flavors of Hawaii to the mainland by serving pour-over Kona coffee in six flavors. The menu spotlights other island treats such as Spam musubi (sticky rice, fried Spam, an optional egg, pickled radish, and jalapeño, wrapped in a sheet of seaweed; $3.15 to $3.50) and loco moco (rice, beef patty, eggs, and brown gravy; $9.75). 2750 Alton Parkway, 949-861-2611

Good To Know
Kona Loa Coffee offers pour-overs of Kona coffee from the Big Island. Varieties include peaberry, organic, decaf, chocolate macadamia, and more.

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BCD Tofu House
This mini-chain with three locations in Orange County specializes in Korean-style soon tofu, which is soft like custard and served in broth with meat, seafood, and vegetables ($13.49). There are several varieties of the dish on the menu, along with bibimbap ($16.49), bulgogi ($22.49), and barbecue short ribs ($24.49). Craving late-night takeout? It’s open till 2 a.m. 2700 Alton Parkway, 949-553-6465

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Fire Loop
You can play 4D virtual reality games at this modern, private arcade. Fitted with VR headsets and feedback vests that allow players to feel heat and wind, and even smell certain scents, they work together to defeat the zombie invasion in Zombyte or figure out how to escape a manor in Mission Z. Games run from five minutes ($15) to 40 minutes ($44). 2710 Alton Parkway, 949-336-4600

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