Charles Grey

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    An Exploration of Steamers Jazz Club: The Good, The Bad, and The Magnificent Cocktails

    Steamers has been open a long damn time. Like before obnoxiously drunk college kids realized there was no better place to get in fights, pee on walls, and just generally go buck wild-long time. But its seniority and location a ways down from the hobbling girls trying to cross the street has made it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Beverly Hills Macaron Maker To Open In Fashion Island

    ​I think it was about 2005 that the Chowhound boards went mad for macarons, those colorful, chewy, crispy, filled cookies of Parisian persuasion. I remember it well because there was a particularly lively debate over whose macarons were better, Boule's or Jin Patisserie. Boule's long gone now, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Downtown Disney to Get an Earl of Sandwich

    ​Everyone knows the tale of the sandwich being invented as a way to eat during a card game, but it turns out the descendants of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, still have skin in that game. Fastforward 250 years, and the 11th Earl of Sandwich and family own a stake in the fast-food chain E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Sour Orange Season Almost Over

    ProfessorSalt.comSeville oranges at Super Irvine​Sour oranges caught my eye at the market this weekend not because they're delicious, sweet, or juicy, because they're none of those. In fact, these hard-to-find fruit are pucker-inducingly sour, bitter, pithy and full of seeds. So what's the appeal? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Dirt Don't Hurt

    If you're totally into the food truck craze, you best be accessorizing your passion for the meals on wheels with some fab food accessories! Lori of Dirt Road South hails from South Mississippi and creates amazing tiny snack-themed jewelry for your ears, fingers and neck. Let's check out some of her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Jonathan Munsayac of Tranquil Tea Lounge, Part 1

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Jonathan Munsayac and Michellee Phelps are the siblings behind Tranquil Tea Lounge, a loose-leaf tea bar which has become a sort of refuge in Downtown Fullerton for those who aren't feeling up to getting drunk at its many rock & roll bars or boozy cantinas. At t ... More >>

  • Food

    April 22, 2010

    Mizuki's Openly Flamed Ramen

    Is the Irvine noodle restaurant as overpriced and underwhelming as the Yelpers and Chowhounds make it out to be?

  • Food

    April 24, 2008
  • Food

    August 16, 2007

    The Sweet Art

    At Cafe Blanc, Tomi Harase makes desserts worthy of a gallery

  • Food

    August 17, 2006

    Not Just for the Sake of Crazy

    Have your tea and eat it too at Chuao Chocolatier in Irvine

  • Features

    October 28, 1999
  • Columns

    June 10, 1999

    The Zine Scene

    Highlights from the low life

  • Culture

    April 22, 1999

    The Waxman Cometh

    Are artists who make lots and lots of money soulless assholes?