Someone posted about the soups at Wheel of Life. I ordered the wrong one: Wheel of Life soup.
For those who don't know, this is a vegetarian/faux meat/ Thai sorta place in Irvine (on Culver). I probably should have ordered one of the more traditionally Thai soups. The vegetarian bbq chicken was very tasty ... one of the better non-meat chicken dishes I've had. Interesting beverages on the menu like green pumpkin drink and basil seed extract additive.
Assal Pastry is in the neighboring strip mall. It has european and persian? goodies. I think the owners are Iranian because there's no baklava-type desserts or other items you'd expect in an Armenian or Lebanese bakery. FYI.