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Oh, to be a struggling college student without the luxury of luxuries. What a pickle! It’s not easy to dutifully hit the books and go to work every day on a diet of frozen food, pizza or simple homemade concoctions.
Sometimes we just need to reward ourselves for being so responsible with some quality cuisine, served in a pleasant setting.
But if the money’s just not there, what can you do?
Look no further than the Irvine Spectrum. With the right timing and about $10, UC Irvine students can revel in good food and drink and posh surroundings.
Let us start at Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill. Formerly known as Thaifoon, Ling & Louie’s is beautifully decorated and dimly lit. The Asian-American fusion menu offers everything from noodle soup to pork ribs to sizzling duck. But what particularly lights my fire is their Easy Menu, served from 4 p.m. to closing at the bar or on the patio.
The Easy Menu includes amazing selections from the appetizer menu, such as chicken satay with peanut sauce, shrimp dumplings with coconut curry sauce, lettuce wraps and spicy tuna rolls, all between $1 to $3. Enjoy these affordable entr

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