Conroy's and Chinez, the Chinese restaurant that has been a fixture at Westpark Plaza on Alton in Irvine, have closed. In its place comes two new restaurants. In Chinez's space will be another outpost of Luna Grill, the "Near-East and Mediterranean Ultimate Kabobery" that already has stores in Lake ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post with the DA's office alleging Oscar Morlett used "a type of axe" to kill his step-mother, Jeanne Ellen Morlett. Update No. 1 I.D.'s the suspected killer and victim. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 9, 2:12 P.M.: Homicide detectives have been called to a residence in Lake ... More >>
Orange County sheriff's deputies were called about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday to Portola and Alton parkways in Foothill Ranch, where witnesses reported hearing an explosion and seeing white smoke. It was too dark for a responding deputy to see anything, so he surmised to a dispatcher it coulda been a meteor ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 18, 12:32 P.M.: The Freedom Communications' fire sale continues.A day after announcing the sale of four Midwest newspapers, the Irvine-based parent company of the Orange County Register disclosed it is also dumping all its Texas papers.
UPDATE, APRIL 25, 10:53 A.M.: As expected, the Irvine City Council Tuesday night called for the shutdown of the nuclear power plant 22 miles away, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).Among the more than 200 people who turned out for the agenda item was Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear ... More >>
Rubber-neckers beware: that car accident you're going to stare at Thursday won't be real. Keep it moving, please. Woodbridge High School in Irvine is planning a simulated drunk driving collision at West Yale Loop, between Alton and Barranca parkways, as part of the "Every 15 Minutes" program t ... More >>
Korean supermarkets are one of the best-kept secrets for a quick lunch; nearly every one has at least one lunch counter, and some--like the H-Mart in Garden Grove's Korean District--have entire food courts. The H-Mart at Diamond Jamboree, though, is suffering: there's a Korean bakery with the u ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 20, 5:07 P.M.: And then there were none. A week after Occupy Santa Ana ended its formal occupation of the Civic Center, Occupy Irvine has decided to do the same. According to activist D'Marie Mulattieri, who was responsible for setting up the original Occupy Orange County Fac ... More >>
Construction began a few weeks on Itriya Cafe, the latest development to take shape at Diamond Jamboree. If you've passed by Jamboree or Alton, you can't miss the signage. Itriya Cafe is the fusion restaurant (I hate to use that outdated "f" word, but there's no better descriptor) that merges Ita ... More >>
First the news from Alton Brown that Good Eats is going bye-bye. It was the only show left on Food Network worth watching. Today, on the Rachael Ray Show, the annoyingly spunky Ray announced a new show premiering this summer on the Food Network with faux-bro co-host Guy Fieri.The elevator pitch? "It ... More >>
EXCLUSIVE! Super-secret plans are afoot to name Orange County's largest public-works project after the Great Communicator
Edwin GoeiCream Pan's Strawberry CroissantToday, we pit two strawberry croissants from two local bakeries against each other. The defending champion is Cream Pan's famous strawberry croissant ($2.30): the one thing that trumps everything else it does, a pastry that sells out by the afternoon, it ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.The McRib is back and coincidentally, so is explosive diarrhea. I used to have a gullet of steel ... More >>
Is it really time for the City of Irvine's Global Village Festival again? And is it really going to be October in few days? Why yes, yes it is. And this Saturday, and this Saturday only, on October 2nd, Bill Barber Park will, once again, be the site of the city's we-are-the-wor ... More >>
UPDATE: Irvine PD reveals location of its checkpoint (detaIls after jump) . . .Is there a better way to celebrate your freedom than involuntarily stopping for a government enforced sobriety checkpoint?
Jessica Ford Capital Seafood in the Diamond Jamboree Center of Irvine has all of the necessary qualities of a fine dining establishment--linen napkins, chandelier lighting and attentive servers--without the prices such touches suggest. This most upscale outpost of the mini-chain of Chinese ... More >>
As previously blogged, Anaheim Police conducted a DUI checkpoint and saturation patrols Friday evening through the wee hours Saturday, while the Orange County Sheriff's Department also stepped up patrols aimed at getting drunk drivers off the streets of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills an ... More >>
I mentioned in the Tokyo Table review that ran a few weeks ago that Ajisen Ramen is coming to Diamond Jamboree. Now, they've put up a few signs that gives away the location. It will be directly across Guppy Tea House, next to a beauty salon, and the first store you'll encounter on your right as y ... More >>
It happened so slowly it seemed unnoticeable, but as one food stall after another called it quits, the writing on the wall became more obvious: Cafe Court was dying. If your office wasn't nearby -- like say within the area bordered by Redhill, Alton, Jamboree and Barranca -- you probably didn't re ... More >>
Good things do happen in Irvine, even if it's going to make traffic even more hellish. It's called Diamond Jamboree Center, a sprawling shopping complex you might have seen being built on the corner of Alton and Jamboree Rd. So far, just the signs are up. Finishing touches are still being made. ... More >>
If the Iraq War is so noble, why are Georges kids still on their barstools?