It's that time of year again: Hatch chile season is right around the corner. And while expat New Mexicans have always lined up for green chile to assuage their homesickness, the peppers have started to worm their way into the hearts of non-New Mexican Californians. Here is a running list of this yea ... More >>
Dateless this Valentine's Day? Why your friends be having all of the fun? Dedicate yourself to something you love this Friday: you. You are so amazing (smart, good-looking -- do I sense nodding right now?) that you deserve the best food of all time on the day you hate most. So while your friends are ... More >>
In December 2010, a Sunset Beach woman got a terrible surprise when she went to a Huntington Beach branch of U.S. Bank to pay off her mortgage and discovered that three weeks earlier a stranger had emptied her account of more than $610,000.According to court records, an FBI investigation determined ... More >>
I am a gabacho. While I have many non-gabacho food-shopping habits (markets in Tijuana, an intimate familiarity with my local Northgate, a love for nopales, etc.), when time is of the essence, I resort to the dreaded White Folks Supermarket--you know, Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, et al.The problem is t ... More >>
In a country where Mexican menus are dominated by tacos, enchiladas, and tamales, it's surprising that tacos sudados haven't become more popular, since they're essentially a cross between all three. Tacos sudados go by many names in Mexico: tacos de canasta and tacos al vapor are two of the more com ... More >>
Let's take a moment for a reality check here. Orange County has, as we've demonstrated in this column, some truly outstanding tortillas. There are tortillas in every corner of the county that are made the traditional way and which taste right. The problem is that when it is 5:18 p.m. and your dinner ... More >>
State College Boulevard in Anaheim has hosted something like a dozen Mexican seafood restaurants in the five years since I moved here. They all claim to be Sinaloa- or Nayarit-style restaurants, because those are the Pacific coast states with the strongest seafood traditions, but with the exception ... More >>
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The anti-slimers have won. Or, at least, they're winning. Amid the public outcry over "pink slime," its maker, Beef Products Inc., has suspended operations at three out of four of its plants as it decides what to do next. A company spokesperson told the Associated Press that the business has take ... More >>
What Louis Braindeis once said about sunlight being the best disinfectant can probably apply here. After being "pink"-listed by The Daily as sellers of "pink slime" beef, several supermarket chains have announced that they will stop offering beef that contains the filler previously known as ... More >>
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Wine bottles in a controlled environment? Functional and classy. Wine bottles anywhere else? Clunky, heavy and kind of a hazard. Three former UC Irvine MBA students--Matt Zimmer, Jodi Wynn and Doug Allan--have come up with a pretty neat solution: stackable plastic wine glasses, perfect for luggin ... More >>
Riley Breckenridge's column drops in on the print edition every month from now on!
Dave LiebermanQuick, what was the first cookie you ever made? If it wasn't a sugar cookie, I bet it was a Toll House chocolate-chip cookie. The famous recipe is printed on the back of the bags of chocolate chips and contains no weird ingredients or odd techniques.
Diana's is a chain of restaurants, bakeries and tortillerías in what are loosely termed the "Gateway" cities--in other words, the suburbs south and east of Los Angeles. I've never been to the restaurants, but my wife picked up a package of their tortillas at our local Albertson's.
UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 11:50 A.M.: After an lengthy session that extended well past the end of the union's declared cutoff time, negotiators have announced that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the grocery stores; it looks like the strike is off for now, pending a vote by the union members. ... More >>
UPDATE, AUG. 8, 8:38 A.M.: Game, set and match, The Partnership? Steve Rocco lost his bid for retrial of his ketchup theft conviction Friday when Judge Jacki Brown refused the ex-Orange Unified School Board trustee's request for court-appointed counsel and, thus, a continuation of the nonsense.
If you swing by the Albertsons corporate headquarters in Fullerton about seven minutes from now, you might spot your local checker.He or she will not be there to collect his or her paycheck, however. Members of the grocers' union are picketing outside 1421 Manhattan Ave. to coincide with demonstr ... More >>
Flickr user cafemamaThis past weekend, I was at my local Albertsons, an unremodeled throwback to the charmless 1980s that's located in a not-particularly-fancy part of town and sells a not-particularly-fancy array of products. Gelsons in some fancy South County suburb this is most certainly not.I ... More >>
StarfishNancy Wilhelm's Starfish opens today at the Albertsons plaza in Laguna Beach. As I said in an earlier post, if the name sounds familiar, she's the woman behind Tabu Grill and David Wilhelm's former wife.
Too practical for roses (still wrapped in cellophane from Albertson's)? This year, Pinkberry is offering the chance to send out Swirly Grams--frozen yogurt (or a gift card) all wrapped up in a bow, delivered with some heart-shaped balloons. It's all actually pretty cute, and could work for anybod ... More >>
Anne Marie Panoringan >I used to consider just shopping at Costco and Target saving money. I was wrong. So very wrong. Thanks to The Krazy Coupon Lady for showing me the light.Anyway, if you're trying not to dash to the grocery store at the last minute, here's a deal for you. Pull the Sund ... More >>
The Crow Bar and Kitchen The Crow Bar and Kitchen, recognized as O.C.'s first gastropub, is now going to be the first O.C. gastropub to spin-off its most in-demand dish to be the anchor of a new eatery.
Flickr user roadsidepicturesIf you don't care enough to be bothered with a multiple-stop shopping trip, of course go right ahead and buy whatever you want at your local Albertsons or Ralphs. Try buying the following five things from specialists just once, though, and you'll be astonished by the i ... More >>
The I Hate Fruitcake Hate Page "Stick a Fork in It" has been busy this week prepping you for the holidays!David unveils the caloric content of your typical office refrigerator during the holiday season and the results might prompt a head start on those New Year's resolutions. In addition to that, ... More >>
Hopefully, gentle readers, ustedes need no introduction to the glory of the Hatch chile; if you do, read this. Salivating yet? Save it, and drive to La Habra this weekend--specifically, Albertson's, where they will be selling 30-pound sacks for $28.99 and roasting them for gratis from eight in the m ... More >>
The must-have fashion accessory of the season for robbers in Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of Orange County police calls . . . TUESDAY, JUNE 16Forest Firebug is a Pot Farm Exposer to Boot: Seven fires were ignited within a short distance of each other in Trabuco Ca ... More >>
John BisnarJohn Bisnar, a Newport Beach personal injury attorney (or "trial lawyer" to his conservative talk radio pals), has coined a new disease: "Orange County food poisoning." It's all right there in black-and-white--or whatever the virtual equivalent of black and white is--on the Bisnar/Chase a ... More >>
One thing I do miss about my life before the soul-crushing debt, round the clock collector calls and general feeling of numb is my nightly Newcastle. Ironically, it was around the time my financial house was falling down that I noticed the price of six packs, across the board, going up. Actually, th ... More >>
I arrived at Department C-51, the courtroom of Judge Jacki Brown--is it me, or doesn't that sound like the title of a great movie sequel?--just after 9 AM to find the courtroom nearly empty. Besides the bailiff, clerk, court reporter, and Rocco himself, who was still wearing the mysterious bandage o ... More >>
We have great tipsters*. Jerry de Vera is no exception. He sent me these pictures of his sighting, and it's a big one: A new location of Wholesome Choice, that Persian-market-cum-Whole-Foods-cum-International-Food-Court. He writes: "I noticed construction at this former Albertson's on my way to ... More >>
The Shakespearean plot thickens: A 22-year-old Muslim man who was rejected by the devoutly Hindu family of his UC Irvine-attending ex-girlfriend has been charged with the murder of her father and sister, as well as the attempted murder of her mother. (LAT, OCR) Death knell for film commission: Orang ... More >>
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So Balboa Peninsula is always dark in terms of morals and decency. But now it's just plain DARK. Yes, I stood outside Cassidy's tonight and watched the lights flicker, waver, return to strength ... then bow out completely. After a few moments, SOME streetlights came on. And some of the neon signs in ... More >>
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Laguna officials now admit a developers oceanfront project will cost taxpayers up to $6 million