• Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Capital Noodle Bar: Ni Hao, Hainan

    The last time I had a perfect plate of Hainan chicken rice, it was in Singapore at some random hawker center I probably couldn't locate now if you gave me a map. Other than Savoy Kitchen in Alhambra, the undisputed king of Hainan chicken rice in Southern California, I've found very few restaurants h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Huell Howser Day at Chapman University Features Lint Lady, Pink's Huell Dogs and More

    Huell Howser won't be there (except, perhaps, in spirit), but the "stars" the host-producer interviewed at restaurants, landmarks and other interesting California places have been invited to attend when Chapman University in Orange opens its Huell Howser collections to the public Friday. Like the vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Taste Test: Kiki Bakery in Irvine

    Irvine is still 85 Degrees C's turf, but it isn't stopping other Taiwanese bakeries from vying for a piece of the pie. Kiki Bakery is a third the size of 85 Degrees C, but it hails from SGV, where there are more of them, in Monterey Park, Alhambra and Rowland Heights. This is its first venture into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Cantonese Restaurant Planned for The District In Tustin

    American food didn't work. Neither did Mexican. How about Cantonese? In the abandoned building at The District in Tustin that once held Bistro West and Pablo's Cantina, there are plans to open Happy Harbor Restaurant. There's currently a Happy Harbor in Rowland Heights which serves all everything i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Shuji's Top Five Restaurants for 2011

    ProfessorSalt.comTacos & Carnitas Sahuayo​It's the time of year again when I select a short list of five favorite restaurants. I love places with a tiny menu, tightly focused on producing one thing or variations on the thing at which they excel. Often, that specialist is an ethnic hole-in-the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Woman Finds Live Tree Frog in Packaged Organic Salad

    Flickr user BlanzerA frog, not THE frog​One of the unintended consequences of the organic-food movement is that the lack of pesticides and focus on making everything seem as "natural" as possible means there's a higher chance that more critters just might make it into your home, and you're more li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Chicano Activist Carlos Montes Makes His Case in Anaheim Ahead of Next Court Date

    Montes​At the invitation of the Orange County Peace Coalition, longtime Chicano activist Carlos Montes spoke about the serious legal charges he now faces to an audience gathered at the Unitarian Univeralist Church in Anaheim. "I was really happy to be invited to share my issue and support their wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Long Beach Finally Gets A Lee's Sandwiches

    Flickr user evang​You might be thinking to yourself, how could Long Beach, the seventh largest city in California encompassing 50 square miles and home to about a half-million residents, not have a Lee's Sandwiches already. That's what I thought too. But as seemingly ubiquitous as the banh mi chai ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 4, 2011

    Do Mexicans Hate the Spanish?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And why aren't Americans taking jobs away from Mexicans?

  • Food

    June 16, 2011

    101 Noodle Express Teaches You Chinese 101

    It replaces Irvine's Nice Time Deli, but is it worthy of the legend?

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    New Dumpling Restaurant Replaces Nice Time Deli in Irvine

    Edwin Goei​Well that was fast. Two weeks ago, Nice Time Deli, Irvine's decades-old Taiwanese stalwart for pork chop rice and other comfort food standards closed. Now, its replacement is already packing them in. Good-luck plants crowd one corner and red paper lanterns dangle outside as a hastily hu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Visiting with Southern California's Mandu King

    Flickr user Drab Makyo​You might've noticed a new byline 'round these parts: Michelle Woo (hi, Michelle!). She's our newest staff writer but will occasionally weigh in 'round these parts. I mention Michelle because we stole her from the fine magazine KoreAm, which documents the Korean-American exp ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 24, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Donald Keith Taylor, OC Homicide No. 18: Girlfriend Shot Him, Then Herself

    UPDATED: The 63-year-old victim has been identified (details below) . . . View Larger MapUPDATES THROUGHOUT:A female friend went to visit 63-year-old Donald Keith Taylor, who lived in the 1000 block of Grand Canyon Road in Brea on Friday. She found him dead. He'd been shot multiple times.

  • Music

    November 5, 2009

    The New Release from 60 Watt Kid Is Positively Incandescent

    Thanks to a little NorCal love, the new release from 60 Watt Kid is positively incandescent

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Spooner is Hidden Gem at Newport Beach Film Fest

    Herman (Matthew Lillard) and Rose (Nora Zehetner) get a jump on their relationship in "Spooner."This post is based on one of life's happy accidents. Folks at the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs through Thursday, asked weeks ago if I wanted to write about a film called Spooner, which was dire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    A good day to own a record player: Marvin Gaye's 70th Birthday

    With only minutes to go until the afternoon sun leaks through my bedroom windows, I should probably be doing something productive like getting ready for work, finishing up an article or at least mowing the lawn or something. But I'm not, it's my day off. And luckily, it couldn't have come at a bette ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2007

    Vegan Food and Audrey Kawasaki

    UPDATE: Photos from the Ephemera show are up. There has to be a good reason for me to travel to Huntington Beach. . .especially on a Saturday when all the hot, toned bodies are walking around half-naked, and I'm walking around doughy, sweaty, and out of breath. I guess it's a jealousy thing, but I ... More >>

  • Music

    July 13, 2006

    Can Go Home Again

    The Over-Reactors are over Orange County

  • Culture

    April 6, 2006

    Real Fakes

    Richard Pettibone, F. Scott Hess click in Laguna

  • Food

    February 23, 2006

    Moo Shoo Muslim

    Sister Jamillah returns with Mas Islamic Chinese Restaurant

  • Music

    September 25, 2003

    Kraut Demon Rock!

    Living Science Foundation meets the space invaders

  • Features

    June 5, 2003

    Don Brens Phallus Complex

    Billionaire Builders Disregard for Family Planning Evident in His Bedroom and Developments

  • News

    January 14, 1999

    Newport City Haul

    The latest scandal in the city conservatives built