The Wall Street Journal reports that AFA Foods, which contributes to about 2% of total U.S. beef production has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company's products are sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Burger King Holdings Inc., Jack in the Box Inc., Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., Wendy' ... More >>
I think I once ate at Pick Up Stix--I can't remember. If I did, I think I found the food serviceable but not enticing--not nearly Chinese-American enough, not nearly 369 Shangai enough. But the San Clemente-based company has made a name for itself in the world of fast-casual restaurants, enough to m ... More >>
Soon to cost double-digits?If we know one thing about corporate-speak in America, it's that the truth is the opposite of what they say or claim they hope to accomplish. So when Carl's Jr. CEO Andrew Puzder told analysts in a phone call that his company wants to keep prices at the same level despi ... More >>
How many burgers can beat this? Let us count the ways...Singapore is one of the world's great food centers. CNN is one of the world's great news organizations. Together, they have come to a bizarre conclusion: Carl's Jr.'s Portobello mushroom burger is the best on the island.
I've always been a fan of Penn and Teller and love their show, Bullshit! Alas, I don't watch as much television as I should and thus missed out on their episode this past summer in defense of fast food. And their premier case for it? Carl's Jr.YouTube still only allows 10-minute video segments so cl ... More >>
I haven't eaten at Carl's Jr. in years--still sore at them about eliminating their small cheeseburger--and do not understand the appeal of Foursquare. So maybe I'm not the most ideal person to report that Carl's Jr. has created a smartphone app--but the premise is pretty good.
Image from Google Maps Gustavo told me recently he heard news that Carl's Jr. opened its first franchise in Indonesia this month. And then on the same day, in a sort of bizarre cosmic coincidence, I got word a new Indonesian grocery store opened in Fullerton. In a bit of food quid pro quo, OC ... More >>
The Orange County Fair, nightly concerts in Pacific Amphitheatre and potential new owners measuring the closets aren't the only things going on at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa these days. Tonight through Sunday, the Action Sports Arena there will be taken over by skateboarders seek ... More >>
Andrew YoussefPearl Jam at the Gibson Amphitheater last SeptemberThere was a time when leveling the word "sellout" at a band was the equivalent of pinning a scarlet letter to a musician's leather jacket. For some of those bands who made it big in the '90s, fame was ostensibly a lamentable state o ... More >>
Doyenne of the locavore movement, defender of the schoolyard organic garden and quintessential Berkeleyite Alice Waters spoke at the L.A. Times Festival of Books yesterday morning. A crowd of nearly a thousand gathered to watch her present, completely extemporaneously, a series of demonstrations on ... More >>
Yes, that's right. I put my cardiac health on the line today. I drove to the KFC on Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove, steeled my nerves, crossed myself, walked in and ordered a Double Down. Let no one say I never take one for the team.Dave LiebermanNote to the KFC in Garden Grove: the kids in this p ... More >>
Dining out can be a lovely occasion, and the temptation to overspend is very great, because extravagance lends a sense of occasion to the meal. Restaurants do what they can to maximize the profits; they're businesses, after all. The reality for most of us, sadly, is that budgets are a way of life ... More >>
The chica's parents bought me a Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas, so this cheapskate finally splurged on Mark Kurlansky's The Food of a Younger Land, which collected excerpts from a long-forgotten WPA program that sought to capture America's regional food traditions. It's a great read, ... More >>
Dave LiebermanClick on the picture to the right. How many sizes of smoothie do they sell at Juice It Up in the Stadium Lofts in Anaheim?Did you guess "two", as I did when I went in today to get a smoothie?Wrong. They sell THREE sizes; the advertised 24 oz. and 32 oz. sizes, and a smaller 16 oz. s ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local crimes and police calls--now with more . . . um . . . you'll see. (Not that you'll want to.) TUESDAY, NOV. 10 Nothing to See Here Folks. . . . Seriously, You Don't Want to Look This call came in around 1:10 p.m. concerning activ ... More >>
The picture at left is a mango shake with chamoy, the most mindbending non-alcoholic drink in all of OC. Never heard of chamoy? Neither have most people in Orange County.Chamoy (accent on the first syllable) starts as apricots that have been soaked in brine. The sweet liquid is mixed with s ... More >>
Not me. But its quality is something I wonder about every time I pass by the OC steamed hams icon. I've seen the Carl's Jr. truck in action, eaten at an In-n-Out version, and virtually live at taco truck. But I've only seen the TK truck in person at their Costa Mesa location, loading up to service s ... More >>
On Tustin's Newport Blvd., there are already several Indian businesses. Masala Bowl, an Indian fast-food joint that has franchise aspirations, started here. India Sweets and Spices is across the street, offering cheap vegetarian lunches and groceries. And if you veer off Newport Blvd. into its tr ... More >>
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(Category: World-Is-Going-To-Hell) SELLING LUST, NOT HAMBURGERS "I am appalled every time I see the new Carl's Jr. ad about 'flat buns.' These ads certainly are helping to destroy our culture. The ads degrade both teachers and students. Please tell Carl's Jr. and the television channels that air th ... More >>
So I'm cruising over the 241 toll road Monday listening to the Angels-Yankees game on 710, when a Del Taco commercial drifts over the airwaves. There's some blah-blah-blah, and then the ad does exactly what the Lake Forest-based fauxMex chain's marketing department hopes it'll do: It gets my attenti ... More >>
Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels wins for the best story of the day. In the business section, Semuels reported on the increasingly comical burger wars in Southern California. According to Semuels, CKE Restaurants Inc., owners of Carl's Jr. and Hardees, sued Jack in the Box on Friday in Oran ... More >>
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