• Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Mikawaya Mochi Ice Cream Introduces 5 New Flavors

    Think back to the first mochi-wrapped ball of ice cream you ate -- I'm going to guess it was either green tea or Kona coffee flavored. Chances are, it was made by LA's Mikawaya, a century-old purveyor of Japanese dessert whose founder was the first person to think to stuff some ice cream inside som ... More >>

  • Food

    January 2, 2014

    Little Saigon's Café Queen

    With hot drinks and even hotter girls, Natalie Nguyen is trying to uncloak the area's most enduring mystery: Vietnamese coffee shops

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    The Tea Room Opens In Newport Beach

    I found out about a new afternoon tea venue called The Tea Room in Newport Beach not by stumbling into them while on the road or through tips. To announce their arrival, they've practically plastered the social coupon websites like Groupon and Amazon Local with discounted tea time meals. They open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    William Grant & Sons and Young's Market Company Celebrate 125 Years With Rare Glenfiddich

    In 1887, William Grant founded an independent, family-owned distiller in the United Kingdom. However, it wasn't until 1963 that United States markets were able to purchase their Single Malt Scotch whisky. After 125 years in the industry, William Grant & Sons wished to commemorate the milestone with ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 11, 2013
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    April 1, 2013

    Lucille Kring, Anaheim Councilwoman, to 'Pop the Cork' in Wino Fundraiser With Resort Elite

    This is no April Fool's gag, but the joke's on Anaheimers: Three-time city councilwoman Lucille Kring successfully campaigned last year as an 'independent' politician. "I special interest support," she told working-class Latinos at an Anna Drive candidate forum last October. "I always say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Laguna Beach A La Carte Starts Thursday

    Despite the departure of restaurants in Laguna Beach this past year (The Royal Hawaiian, The Cottage, French 75 and now Katsuya), the third annual A La Carte event hasn't skipped a beat. The four-day celebration begins this Thursday with kick-off dinners galore. There are events and specials through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 11

    First of all, let's provide this paper's coverage of the much-maligned Reviewer Card, which you can hand to restaurant staff in order to inform them that they are under review by or whatever your 7-pageviews-a-day food blog is called:If you get one of these c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    The Spicy Lover at South of Nick's, Our Drink of the Week!

    This column usually highlights serious cocktails and manly drinks sipped and reviewed by Gustavo and Dave who can tell you what brand of rot gut went into it simply by sniffing. This isn't one of those articles. When I troll for drinks to feature, I'm looking for funny names or weird ingredients. An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Oktoberfest 2012: Where To Get Your Oom-Pah-Pah On In OC

    There's so much to love about Oktoberfest--old men in cute little hats and suspenders, buxom beer babes, drunken sing-a-longs, sausages galore, the bicep workout you get while chugging out of steins. "Oans, zwoa, drei, Gsuffa!" (One, two, three, drink up!)     We're in the height of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Joy And Good Beer: OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival Comes To The Phoenix Club

    Great news. Beer festival season isn't over yet. The organizers of the epic OC Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival are making sure 2012 ends with--yippee!--more amazing ales. The inaugural OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival, happening from noon to 4 p.m. at Dec. 8 at Anaheim's Phoenix Club, will fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    Oh, You Fancy, Huh? Boxed Wine Now Comes In A High-Fashion Handbag

    Classy gals would never get caught lugging a Costco-sized cardboard box of wine to a party. But what if it was pretty? In an attempt to estrogen up a universal product (booze), a Swedish company has created the Vernissage "bag-in-bag" wine. It's your typical boxed wine with "a woman's touch." M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    XXII Fiestas de la Vendimia, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California: 50 Ways to Leave Your Liver at Baja's Annual Wine Harvest Festival

    On Friday night I attended the kickoff party for the 22nd annual Fiestas de la Vendimia at the Riviera Casino in downtown Ensenada which runs from August 3rd through the 19th. Around 3,000 attendees sipped Mexican wines from the Valle de Guadalupe, sampled the finest Baja cuisine from various booths ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Starbucks Introduces New Fruity Energy Drinks Made From Unroasted Coffee Beans; Free Samples This Friday

    It was early last month that Starbucks announced it was buying a San Francisco bakery in an effort to improve its food offerings. It was late last month that it said it was opening a standalone store dedicated to serving its Tazo brand of tea. This month Schultz and Co. is getting into the energy dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    On the Line: Frederic Castan of Motif Restaurant, Part One

    We've met many multicultural chefs while doing On the Line, but Frederic Castan might be my first Frenchman. Distinguished and worldly, he represents the eclectic European cuisine served at Motif. A fan of West Coast wines and excellent cheese, our interview strings together anecdotes from experienc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Trace Element at TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Our Drink of the Week!

    ​TAPS in Brea? Of course. One of the few places populated mostly by the hoi polloi--crammed with them, really--that actually impresses with their offerings, whether it's perfectly barbecued oysters, Cajun-style taquitos dating back to the late 1990s but whose charms remain eternal, award-winning b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Chanel Owns a Winery--And Karl Lagerfeld is Designing the Label of a Special-Edition Bottle

    ​Hey, fashion-savvy friends. Your new must-have label for spring is . . . a wine label. According to Glamour, Chanel owns a winery, the centuries-old Chateau Rauzan-Segla in the Bordeaux region of France. Next month, it will release a special 2009 Gran Cru Classé to celebrate the chateau's 3 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 26, 2012

    Kevin Nealon

    Irvine Improv

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Napalm Death at Casanova, Our Drink of the Week!

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Scotland ... where the men wear kilts and the sheep are nervous. Home of the world's greatest Scotches, one of them being Drambuie that figures in over 100 drink recipes, including Kiltlifter, Ball Bag, Sexaholic, Felcher (after a sexual practice we are not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Five Things You Didn't Know About Bourbon

    Flickr user spenceke​September is National Bourbon Month. As the weather cools off (OK, everywhere except Southern California), it's a good time to consider one of the finest drinks made in America. Uncork a bottle, pour a little into a snifter, add a little pour of cool spring water, and lean bac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Drink of the Week: Ventura Limoncello

    Dave Lieberman​Ventura County produces more lemons than any other county in the United States. A drive inland along Highway 150 from Santa Barbara to Santa Paula goes past thousands of acres of lemon trees, but limoncello, the lemon liqueur that's on every bar shelf in Italy, was never produced lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Starbucks "Secret Menu": The Key Lime Pie Frappuccino

    Daniel Tomita​So it's no secret that there are all sorts of crazy personalized concoctions people foist upon their local Starbucks baristas, but this is the first time we heard of this one. OC Weekly Twitter follower @RikiYamada (follow us on Twitter at @OCWeekly and @OCWeeklyFood) was kind enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Coors Light Exec: "Budweiser is Going Down, Baby"

    ​As I always point out, I'm not a beer drinker, but that doesn't mean I don't taste it. And I've never understood why anyone would bother with either Budweiser or Coors, or their Light derivatives--it all smells like piss to me, and tastes barely better. But that obviously means nothing to America ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Drown Your Sorrows: Affogato at Cafe Lucca

    Flickr user nicoleleeNot Cafe Lucca's affogato; just a general idea.​Cafe Lucca in Old Town Orange--which is not to be confused with Lucca Cafe, a Cal-Italian restaurant in Irvine's Quail Hill--was our pick for Best Gelato in OC Weekly's Best of 2009. The prices haven't changed, and the gelato is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Dave's New Year's Resolutions: OC Food Edition

    ​It's not fair to impose resolutions on OC diners when I myself have failings. Some of those failings will have to stand (I absolutely despise white chocolate, for example--if a bakery specializing in white chocolate ever opens, it will be down to Gustavo, Edwin or Shuji to review it), but some ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Strawberry Basil & Kick-Ass Margaritas at Tia Juana's

    Jessica Ford Strawberry Basil Margarita​It's time to encourage double-fisting for our Drink of the Week. Tia Juana's in Irvine makes two specialty margaritas that stand out from the rest: the Strawberry Basil and the Kick-Ass. Of course you can choose to have just one, but if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    LA Water Cocktail

    Jorge Negreros​When it comes to the battle of OC versus LA, at least we don't have a cocktail named after our murky drinking water. 

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    When Drinking Pink is Good: Battle Rosé

    Pink alcohol has long had a bad rap. From cosmos to white zin to Wasilla-distilled smoked salmon vodka, a glass of pink often points to a drinker with little taste, class or sanity. Or all three. We've done our share of salmon vodka bashing here on Stick a Fork in It as of late, but in the interest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Offering Free Iced Drinks This Afternoon!

    Flickr user egor.gribanov​Coffee snootists look away! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is offering an array of free 12 oz. iced drinks today. 

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Drunk After Work: 320 Main

    320 Main​The Place: 320 Main, 320 Main St., Seal Beach; (562) 799-6246.The Hours: 3-6 p.m. daily (including weekends); all day Sunday. Closed Monday.The Deal: $4 draft crafts, $4 house wine, $4 well drinks, $4 appetizers. $5 speciality cocktails Tuesdays.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Calimocho: Red Wine & Coca-Cola

    Jorge Negreros​Calimocho comes from combining two drinks most Americans would never think to mix: seriously cheap red wine and Coca-Cola. This concoction originated in Spain and is enjoyed mostly by younger drinkers because it's inexpensive and easy to make.

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010


    nostromoo @ CC BY-NC 2.0​The first time I had gin was at my local bar in the town in rural Iowa where I used to live. A friend ordered gin and tonic in a place called the Checkered Flag, a place that sold Budweiser for 70 cents a glass and Grain Belt "Primo", the world's most insipid be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Asiana Martini at Kimera Restaurant Lounge

    Jessica Ford The blur must be from those beer goggles...​Kimera Restaurant Lounge, located near the Irvine Business Complex, attracts mostly young professionals looking for a place to unwind after work. The extensive drink menu here covers wines, beers and specialty cocktails, and the ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Drink(s) of the Week: The Ricardo's $3 Menu

    ​Gustavo probably wouldn't have many kind things to say about the food at Ricardo's Place in San Juan Capistrano. It's one of those brightly-colored, family-friendly joints with big plates of just-ok-if-you-don't-know-any-better Mexican-American standards. For the record, I don't know any better, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Tasting Party At Laguna Canyon Winery Tonight

    ​The winery, whose tipples were awarded four medals at this year's OC Fair wine competition, holds the event every month. (In September, also look out for the fab-sounding Annual Barrel Tasting Prime Rib Dinner Event).Tonight you'll get to sample the winners (a Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and two s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2009

    McDonald's Coffee Update--And "Free Mocha Mondays"

    Every Monday from July 13 through August 3, participating McDonald's will be handing out one complimentary reduced-size cup of hot or iced mocha per person as part of a "nationwide sampling". An estimated 10 million cups will be served over the four weeks.As for whether or not McD's attempt at corne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Calling All Loquat Tree Owners!

    Ernest Miller is a cook at the Disneyland Resort who also blogs at Culinary Safaris and is enrolled alongside my chica in the Master Food Preserver that has me going to San Bernardino more times than any non-909er should ever have to. He has an interesting request for SAFII readers: anyone has loqua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Masters of Mixology Hit Bloomingdale's This Week

    As a preview to the upcoming Happy Hour Week (which kicks off this Sunday, April 12--more on that later in the week), Bloomingdale's at South Coast Plaza is playing host to local mixologists (and a chef), who'll showcase some of the drinks and snacks that will be offered during the event. Non-alcoho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Classy Stuff--This Time At Charlie Palmer, Bloomie's

    OK, so Marché Moderne's cooking classes are all booked up - as I noted last week. But if you're quick off the mark you can sign up for one of the "kitchen technique" classes at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's, South Coast Plaza. According to our sources, they're likely to sell out very quickly.Run ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2008

    Red Orchid Restaurant Grand Opening

    Red Orchid Restaurant Grand Opening

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2008
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    March 3, 2008

    Because You're Ugly: Rock the Runway

    The Art Institute is seriously starting to become my favorite place to visit in Santa Ana - every time I'm there for some event or other I wonder why my USC education couldn't have had the kind of cool events these folks seem to put on on a regular basis. Rock the Runway, this past Saturday, was a f ... More >>

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand

    Flora Springs Wine Dinner

  • Features

    May 19, 2005

    Tapping Margarita

    At Newport's El Ranchito, Margaritas come fast and blurrious.

  • Music

    September 30, 2004

    Now Youre A Boner!

    Cest Si Bon: for those who love to drink with those who love to drink

  • Food

    February 28, 2002


    An open letter of apology to the Orange County Wine Society

  • Columns

    January 11, 2001
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    June 1, 2000


    39 of the best things about the next 104 days

  • Food

    September 9, 1999

    Meaty Byproducts

    Pondering the German festival and knee-high socks

  • Columns

    May 20, 1999
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