Oh, yes. Din Tai Fung, purveyor of the famed Shanghai-style xiao long bao soup dumplings that burst in your mouth upon consumption, is coming to South Coast Plaza.
Arcadia's Best reports that the 8,000 square-foot restaurant won't be here until April 2014. Sigh. Still, SCP sounds like an ideal spo ... More >>
second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary
bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at
Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live
music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great
night, Dave treats us ev ... More >>
You've seen them, the "Images of America" series books from Arcadia Publishing, a terrific outfit whose sepia-toned book covers and the jam-packed photos inside pick up the slack where big-time houses often fall down as regards local history. I own a half-dozen of these, including books on Silv ... More >>
Angel Toy Co.The company literature says Angel Toy Co. distributes teddy bears and other stuffed animals around the world.According to the sentences handed down today, sisters Ling Yu of Arcadia and Meichun Cheng Huang of Irvine are spending the next three years in federal prison for using t ... More >>
Lemuel Uy Libunao co-owns Plaza Pharmacy in Santa Ana,
Blue Rose Pharmacy in Buena Park and Value Plus Pharmacy in Long Beach. Of Philippine-Chinese descent, the 42-year-old "Emerging Asian" was a shoo-in for the Outstanding
Entrepreneur Award from the Asian Business Association of Orange Count ... More >>
Photo from Boiling Point WebsiteJust in time for the cold snap (it'll be in the 60's by the end of the week), the Taiwanese hot pot restaurant called Boiling Point has opened in Irvine offering gurgling, simmering stews that on its website it describes as "So hot. So bubbly. So sti ... More >>
Armored car guard Richard Chairez of Santa Ana has apparently found a unique way to relieve stress while on freeway runs.Make that unique and disturbing.The 25-year-old is accused of whipping open the passenger door while being driven on the Pasadena (210) Freeway through Glendora during the Mond ... More >>
Photo from Boiling Point WebsiteWhat you see above is a Taiwanese hot pot from a restaurant called Boiling Point, a popular San Gabriel mini-chain that started sometime around 2007 specializing in the Sterno-heated dish. There are stores in Arcadia, Hacienda Heights, and Monterey Park, not to men ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Edwin GoeiOpen for now, but not for long.The news came as a surprise: Nice Time Deli in Irvine will be serving its last meal tomorrow at lunch, Saturday, and then closing for good. Fellow Weekling Michelle Woo told me about it this morning, and my reaction was immediate sadness.
For many like m ... More >>
The Arcadia series of history books are always hit-and-miss affairs, with amateur historians authoring books on their home regions while excluding that with which they're not familiar. It's no surprise then, that most of the Arcadia books on Orange County don't bother with subaltern histories and ... More >>
It's now the world's most famous mouthless white cat's turn to help out Japan: Tomorrow, Sanrio.com and select participating boutique locations will donate all net proceeds toward Japan disaster relief.The company (whose stateside headquarters is housed in Torrance) seems to be following in the f ... More >>
Caramel Honey ToastThe Diamond Jamboree center in Irvine is somehow always packed, no matter what time it is. After navigating the parking lot, you'll find Tokyo Table inhabiting a corner of the center. Previously only found in Arcadia, this restaurant has the vibe of a dimly ... More >>
Once upon a time, there were two Beard Papa's in Orange County. Now there are none. Several months ago, the Beard Papa's shop in Santa Ana MainPlace, which was the last to debut in O.C., was the first to go. Last week, as reported by Weekly contributor and Chowhound Professor Salt, the very firs ... More >>
First, let's get it out of the way: The Yogurtland that I said was going to open in the Irvine Marketplace is now open. And yes, I tried it. And yes, I liked it. How could I not? It's even closer to me than ever now.Also in a previous post, I ventured a guess, actually a wish, that the ne ... More >>
Tokyo Table, the first restaurant of many at the new Diamond Jamboree in Irvine, will have its grand opening tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, at 5 P.M.
The restaurant's already got two outlets in L.A. County (Beverly Hills and Arcadia).
Other than the usual roster of rolls, teriyaki and tempura, ... More >>
Students of history can only expect so much from Images of America, those slender books of historical photos published by Arcadia Publishing. Most of the people who compile the pictures in this book are well-meaning antiquarians (of the philosophical and age variety), and the people who purchase suc ... More >>