NEW UNIVERSITY | TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011 FEATURES | PAGE 13 Irvine’s Vendor Fair Itriya Cafe, “for the Hungry” Always Impresses By Sara Naor Staff Writer It’s that glorious time of the year again. The smell of kettle corn is fresh in the air, the cloth-ing ﬂ ies in the wind and shops of all kinds dot their way on Ring Road. The moment the Vendor Fair came back, I felt myself pulled toward it by some un-known force and dragged directly to my favorite spot: sunglasses, to pick out my newest pair. In my freshman year, I had no idea just how unique our vendor fair was. Like every other fresh face on campus, I thought it was a one-time outdoor market with overpriced items hoping to lure in unsuspecting college students into spending some of their par-ents’ cash. When I actually went with my friends to peruse the various trinkets, I was shocked by the in-expensive prices, delicious food options and the mixture of cul-tural opportunities. My favorite part about the vendor fair is easily the cloth-ing selection. For some reason, rain or shine I always yearn to pick out a new dress. It does not matter that winter is coming. It does not matter that dresses and lecture halls are hard to mix and it deﬁ nitely does not make a dif-ference that it is pouring outside my window. For me the vendor fair has always been about shop-ping and the selection is always choice. The majority of the booths are clothing related. Most of them contain girls’ fashion but there are deﬁ nitely one or two that can spark the interest of any male looking for a new t-shirt or jacket. For the most part, I have always found the clothing to be trending with whatever the sea-son is. During spring, I picked up a lovely summer dress ($16) and in winter I got a hot backless velvet dress ($12). T-shirts are plentiful in the fair and generally range from the truly cheap ($5) to the more inexpensive. There are usually some more expensive clothing stores when you go to the fair. Some vendors set up shop with gorgeous outﬁ ts that range from $50 to $100. Sprinkled among the clothing booths are booths dedicated en-tirely to accessories. Whether it be sunglasses, hats, bags, shoes or jewelry you will deﬁ nitely be able to ﬁ nd it at the Vendor Fair. The accessories offered, how-ever, do not have as wide a va-riety as the clothing. Generally there are two to three of the same stands that sell the exact same sunglasses, hats and shoes all See VENDOR, page 16 PHOTO COURTESY OF OLIVIA YU Itriya combines bright flavors, and influences from Korean, Latin and Italian cuisines into great fusion food By Olivia Yu The bold and chic outdoor sign readily welcomes hungry eyes. Past the patio is the equally cozy, neo-Western interior that teems with zesty spaghetti imagery. Adding color to the desert backdrop, the decor is the perfect atmosphere for an easygoing meal or a good drink. For those who are interested in their jazzy bar, they sell beer, wine, sake and soju ranging from $5 to $24. For a start, ssam, mean-ing “wrapped” in Korean, is the main attraction among appetizers. Available with an assortment of smoky and spicy flavors, such as Cajun BBQ Shrimp, Spicy Pork BBQ and (for vegetarians) Sizzling Tofu, each ssam consists of freshly prepared vegetables, white rice, red spicy chili sauce and a Bibb lettuce leaf wrapper. The ssam stimulates the taste-buds with its crisp, crunchy texture and moisture that complements the bold flavor of the meat (or tofu), though the fist-size portion can be quite filling for a casual meal. Another option for appetizers is salad, which ranges from the clas-sic Caesar to the exclusive Ann’s Shrimp and Cold Noodle Salad. Salad sizes vary and cost from $5 to $13, while ssam cost $3.99 each. Although “Itriya,” which is See ITRIYA, page 16 After a long day of hopping from one class to another, I finally had a free night all to myself. What better way than to spend it than with a friend? Given our busy schedule and slight negligence in eating a proper lunch, both of us had worked up quite an appetite, and we were ready to head over to Itriya Cafe, Spaghetti & Ssam, an eatery filled with multicultur-al comfort food that first opened for business on Sept. 28, 2011 at Diamond Jamboree shopping center. Special Report: The Giant Anteater By Kristine Hoang We’ve seen the Anteater plush toys and Anteater logo tees at the UC Irvine bookstore. We know that “zot zot” is the sound an anteater makes while eating ants (at least according to Johnny Hart’s comic strip “B.C.,” which inspired our mascot). We defi-nitely know that the anteater is our mascot, but how much do we know about the anteater itself? Here’s an animal report to ensure that you, an Anteater, will know all things cool and quirky about your mascot. Anteater Fundamentals First things first: the anteater is also known as the “antbear.” “Anteater” in Spanish is actually “oso hormiguero,” which literally translates to “ant-eating bear.” So it’s probably not surprising for you to hear that anteaters, because of their bushy fur and claws, are often times mistaken for bears. Although their name strongly suggests that they eat ants (which is not a lie because they do), these “bears” also munch happily on termites, soft-bodied grubs and fallen fruit. Tricky there, I see! Also, a tip: if you want to be fancy and impress your friends with your intelligence, tell them your school mascot is the “Myrmecophaga tridacty-la” because, you know, every-one knows that means “Giant Anteater.” Animal Planet Cribs Think you know anything about Anteater Cribs? If you guessed swamps, savannas, riv-erbanks and the humid forests of South and Central America, then ANNA NGUYEN | Staff Photographer The Giant Anteater is extremely talented, swimming far distances, shuffling and even climbing tall trees to find food and escape predators. bravo! You deserve a pat on the back. Let’s Get Physical The anteater’s hairs feel like straw (as opposed to our soft and plushy stuffed animals), and its nose is actually an elongated jaw. An anteater’s claws are its most important feature as it uses them for both food (to open insect colonies and tree trunks) and, along with its front legs, for fight-ing enemies. Though its vision is weak, its sense of smell is 40 percent more sensitive than that of humans. And, although the anteater is deprived of teeth, it makes up for it with its tongue, which measures up to a gnarly 2 feet long. How else did you think it’s able to swallow up to 35,000 critters a day? Never Judge a Book by Its Cover The best word to describe the anteater’s personality is “compli-cated.” Regardless of how social Peter is, anteaters are actually very solitary. They usually maintain a calm exterior, but if they’re messed with, they’ll unleash their butt-kicking abilities. If a group of jaguars, cougars or fellow humans (the official “enemies” of our beloved anteater) ever attack, you know who to call. Every Day They’re Shuffling Anteaters are very talented in the wild as well as the classroom. We all know that our Anteater dancers are shuffling every day, but did you know the anteater animal shuffles too? In order to protect its claws and keep them sharp, anteaters walk on their fists instead of their paws (this is what scientists call the “shuffle” movement), making their jobs of digging up mounds for food and beating up jaguars that much eas-ier. And if you thought shuffling was already enough of a talent, anteaters also swim! They swim in freestyle strokes while using their long snout as an adorable snorkel An A.K. (Animal Kingdom) Census Bureau Report Although anteaters are not yet endangered, habitat loss and hunting have caused a reduc-tion in their numbers. In recent reports, fewer than 5,000 giant anteaters were found left in the wild. Luckily for us, however, there’ll always be one special anteater around named Peter — whether it’s at a UCI basketball game or somewhere as cheesy as our hearts.