I finally got a copy of the "new" Orange County Register yesterday, magically finding an extant copy in downtown San Clemente, and an amazing thing happened: it took me four minutes to read the paper, instead of the usual three. WOW, tens of millions of dollars spent to marginally upgrade the produc ... More >>
It's been three months since we broke the news that the Orange County Register was hiring award-winning food critic Brad A. Johnson, and about a month since he started doing restaurant reviews for the Reg. SO...how's he doing? Not bad--not bad at all, actually. He's everything we'd say he'd be, for ... More >>
It was a good week for the Red Pencil Diaries. We got a new professional comrade over at the Orange County Register, someone who knows a great deal about food (though Neapolitans, like all Italians, eat pizza with a knife and fork and don't have to worry about droopy slice tips); I was excited for t ... More >>
Next week, new Orange County Register food critic Brad A. Johnson will unveil his first review--and OC chefs are already a'trembling. See, Johnson wrote an "My name is..." story this past Wednesday in which he not only eviscerated OC institution Zov's (I mean, insulting Zov's is like insulting your ... More >>
The story of the Orange County Register has always been one step forward, one leap back. Take their food section, which has held so much promise for so long with various generations of reporters but always seems to want to fail. The Reg did a great hire with Brad A. Johnson, whose first review is se ... More >>
We've been openly speculating/ridiculing who might become the new full-time food critic for the Orange County Register, their first in years and one hired under an audacious experiment to elevate the paper from its troglodytic readership and into the realm of the literary. We figured that the new fo ... More >>
OC Weekly continues its winning ways in 2010, following up regional and national journalism honors with 22 awards from the Orange County Press Club last night.Multiple winners included Nick Schou, R. Scott Moxley, Gustavo Arellano, Spencer Kornhaber, Vickie Chang and the Navel Gazing news blog.