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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
ProfessorSalt.comTacos & Carnitas SahuayoIt'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 >>
Flickr user BlanzerA frog, not THE frogOne 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 >>
MontesAt 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 >>
Flickr user evangYou 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 >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why aren't Americans taking jobs away from Mexicans?
It replaces Irvine's Nice Time Deli, but is it worthy of the legend?
Edwin GoeiWell 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 >>
Flickr user Drab MakyoYou 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 >>
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.
Thanks to a little NorCal love, the new release from 60 Watt Kid is positively incandescent
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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