Big news for craft beer in Downtown Santa Ana the past few weeks: Native Son Alehouse has finally opened its doors for crowds and craft beer lovers alike. Currently serving beer from various Orange County breweries, the joint also aims to incorporate beer, wine and mead from around the world into it ... More >>
Bottle shares are the best part about the craft beer world. Brewers bust their buns for terrible pay all so we can crack a couple of bottles open with pals and spend a night tasting the brewer's hard work in the comfort of our own homes. These fancy BYOB gatherings are what turn this hobby into a li ... More >>
Why make changes to your menu if you've fared this long with your existing one? That's the question we wondered when Sir Bruno Serato (He was knighted recently, didn't you know?) began speaking to the group. It was simple, really. The reason had to do with perception. When callers would inquire abou ... More >>
Mothers may carry us for nine months, but Fathers are parents, too. So we're taking a moment to check in on a few dining options this weekend. Let's pretend dad doesn't want to grill for once, but have someone cook for him. It's also less clean up in the kitchen. Reservations are always recommended. ... More >>
Slowly but surely, we're rediscovering Sunday brunch. And so is everyone else, as SideDoor demonstrated last month. Expanding from their bar to the greenhouse, they also feature artists, DJs and other merriment in addition to brunch one weekend a month. But our first priority is that favorite meal. ... More >>
Did you know homemade doughnuts are the new health food? You didn't? Well, that's what Brooke Des Prez is telling us. We're liking that diet. Malasadas, lemon poppy seed, rosemary, Devils food and anything else she considers "healthy". Oh, and they are frying up the dough every hour. Count us in!Rea ... More >>
This Garden Grove tavern appears to be from a previous era, but its Belgian beers and food are wonderful
Scott Brandon is no stranger to the restaurant scene, but he will be making his Old Towne Orange debut next month, as LinX is ready to rock and roll. Scott made time to answer our burning questionnaire, and well, you've been warned. This chef interview is rated PG-13 for adult language.Your earliest ... More >>
On the first day of LA Beer Week, my true love gave to me: a schedule full of ways to drink beer for the next 10 days! (Yeah, we're not exactly songwriters here.) LA Beer Week is among us and it's packed with events throughout Southern California--beer crawls, a beer float showdown ... More >>
Who is Matt Strickland, and why are we interviewing him? That's the OTL question of the week. His job title is wood cellerman. No, really. Matt makes sure clients get their beer, and that it tastes exactly the way it should. Comparable to a winemaker, he works very closely with his product. You'll p ... More >>
We all know the Netherlands is the place in Europe to get great pot and decent-looking legal prostitutes, but bottles from Orange County's own craft beer creators (and subject of last year's cover story) The Bruery? Yup.
3hree Things is 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. I'm four days away from leaving for the (very brief) European/UK portion of Thrice's "Farewell Tour", and since my brain ... More >>
While researching an upcoming interview, we learned of a farm-to-table concept moving into the neighborhood this summer. Scott Brandon, known most recently for his work at Crow Bar Kitchen, plans to launch his next venture in Old Town Orange. Originally located at a historic space, Brandon's newer ... More >>
When you think of the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet--you know, right off the 5 right when the beautiful, wide roadway of Orange County gives way to the choking, backed-up awfulness of Los Angeles County--what do you think of? Tchotchkes, un-shrink-wrapped DVDs, and tribute bands, right?
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Hey, kids! This is Gustavo--but the review below isn't by me but rather submitted by occasional contributor Charisma Madarang, one of the great minds behind the UC Irvine publication Jet-Lagged. Enjoy!Located beside a Chipotle and a Pavilions at the newly opened Landing shopping plaza on the Balb ... More >>
http://www.lepainquotidien.us/You read Anne Marie's preview last week of the new Belgian bakery at Fashion Island by Anne Marie. Today, amid a flurry of press releases the bakery has announced Le Pain Quotidien is officially open.The chain, which started in Brussels in 1990, went on to conquer th ... More >>
LA Beer Week begins today, and this year, it's two whole weeks of craft beer mayhem. Beer crawls! Beer dinners! Beer workshops! The lineup is extensive with things to do for drinkers of every budget and neighborhood. Here's a sampling of the beer events happening in Orange County and Long Be ... More >>
OC's best brunches: The ethnic, the gorgeous views and the bottomless booze!
Flickr user tsandHow is drinking Bud Light 713 Beer like having sex in a boat? Both are fucking close to water.Our sister blog, Eating Our Words over at the Houston Press, reported that Anheuser-Busch's parent company, AB InBev, has applied for trademarks on the number 713--which just happens to ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyOdd Future just announced a few more California dates on their Tumblr, squeezing in a stint at the Indio Performing Arts Center and San Diego in between stops at Spain, Australia and Belgium.
Photo by Christopher VictorioToday we continue our Q&A with Dean Simon of Bruxie in Orange. Have no idea what Bruxie is? Where've you been? If you missed the first part, click here to read it. And stay tuned tomorrow for a recipe. What show would you pitch to the Food Network?My idea for a sh ... More >>
Myspace.comHot artists from Gorillaz to Lupe Fiasco are releasing new material. The cool part? The songs will be available online for download, and the cost ranges from totally free to "name your own price." These artists are among the most creative and challenging in popular music today, so ... More >>
The waffles are Belgian at this Old Towne Orange eatery, but the stuffing is pure Americana
ProfessorSalt.comThe Bruxie Burger!If you have the chutzpah to open a one-item restaurant with variations on that single specialty, that thing better be so amazingly good that people gladly line up around the block for it and wait, and wait... Bruxie, the brand new waffle restaurant in Old ... More >>
Despite Eggos might lead you to believe, waffles aren't just for breakfast. A few years ago, I was in Brussels. After a morning hunting chocolates and settling on a box from Leonidas, I had a few Euros left in my pocket, and a hunger for a snack--something to tide me over until dinner.
I've been overseas for a week, playing string of European festival dates. The fests we've played have been much like Coachella or Bonaroo back in the states; they're three or four day events, have multiple stages, feature bands of all sorts of genres, and are built around camping, imbibing, sunbu ... 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, being an OC native and, of course, music. At the time that this is posted I will be 35,000 feet above t ... More >>
Christopher VictorioYou get what your ask for. Deep fried butter, tasty Tijuana treats and more of what you missed this week in Stick a Fork In It after the jump!
Spencer Kornhaber / OC WeeklyBeer: Way more civilized in stemmed glasses.The Place: Brussels Bistro, 222 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach; (949) 376-7955.The Hours: 4 to 7 p.m. dailyThe Deal: Draft Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Blonde, and house Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, each yours for $4 ... More >>
Lilledeshan Bose[Via Consequence of Sound]Since U2 canceled their North American tour due to Bono's back injury, Interpol also had to postpone a few headlining shows originally scheduled around the band's opening dates for U2.
cogdog / CC BY 2.0Mothership WitWith the masses of craft beers now widely available--many coming out of our southerly neighbors in San Diego County--American beer doesn't have quite the same stigma as it once did. There is certainly still the watery, cheap swill to uphold that stereotype, but wit ... More >>
San Juan Cap's most famous eaterie has been home (literally) to Newport Beach native John Q Humphreys for the last 15 years. During that time it has built a reputation for low-key yet memorable grub, in particular a stellar brekkie/brunch. While succumbing to our inquisition, he gets fruity and v ... More >>
The booze-up, held at Irvine Lake from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature the county's best breweries, plus domestic and international brands, including ones from Hawai'i, Brazil and, of course, Belgium. Look out for The Bruery (from Placentia), TAPS (Brea), Bootlegger's Brewery (Fullerton) and the ... More >>
Sometimes nothing tastes better than a cold, smooth beer. And if you're going to pay over five bucks a pop, you might as well go with World Beer Championship's 1998 winner of "Best Beer in the World," Delirium Tremens (Latin for "trembling madness"). Don't let the name fool you, this Belgium brewed ... More >>
Of course, by 'mainstream' I mean that celebrities are now endorsing the campaign. Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney today launched a new website, Meat Free Monday, which encourages everyone to, yes, you guessed it, give up meat on Mondays. Other famous names weighing in include Kevin Spacey, Sheryl C ... More >>
Mixer for a Mission, 5:30 p.m. Held at the Diamond Club in Angels Stadium, Project Access assists low-income families and seniors of affordable housing to achieve self-sufficiency through access to onsite education, health and social services. Price: $35 Anaheim Angels Baseball 2000 Gene Autry Way A ... More >>
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You dont have to be English to appreciate Brussels Bistro, but it helps