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Charles Lam

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    You Can Help Make the Pizza Cake Happen

    I am, for the most part, not one for food mashups. Cronuts? Meh. Ramen burgers? Eh. Pizookies? Only when I'm in the mood. But I have to admit, there's one food mashup that's piqued my interest lately -- the Pizza Cake. I mean, just look at it. Holy shit. It's kind of late for an April Fools joke gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Watch Aziz Ansari Try His First Bánh Mi With Guest Cameo By Jonathan Gold

    For a guy who calls himself a sandwich expert, it's a shame that Aziz Ansari hasn't tried bánh mi until just lately, especially since he lives in Southern California. Thankfully, that transgression was rectified in his latest video, Food Club, which was created with Tim and Eric's Eric Wareheim and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Häagen-Dazs Is The Most Technologically Advanced Ice Cream Ever With New App

    Ever wait for your ice cream to thaw and think to yourself, "Man, I wish some virtual musicians were playing for me right now"? I'm going to assume no, but someone at Häagen-Dazs apparently thought it was a cool idea because their pints of ice cream each come with honestly one of the coolest, most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Watch a (Sort Of) Irish Brewmaster Taste America's Favorite Shitty Wine

    Surprisingly, playing slap the bag in college didn't really develop my palate for wine, so seeing someone actually try to taste whatever the grape version of swill is is kind of.. bewildering, in an entertaining sort of way. Like the video of a wine expert tasting shitty beer before it, BuzzFeed's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    The 5 Most Horrible Things To Have Ever Happened at a Dive Bar (Possibly)

    As Taylor "Hellcat" Hamby knows and frequently reveals in her wonderful weekly column, Dive, Dive My Darling, some weird (and often times horrible) shit goes down at your local dive bars, from vagina-shaving discussions to the worst bruschetta in Orange County, and much more in between. Need more p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Coming Soon to Japan: A Convenience Store/Karaoke Booth Hybrid!

    Those that had ridden with me in a car know that I'm prone to randomly bursting into song. Put a microphone in front of me, whether at American karaoke à la Linbrook Bowl or Asian Karaoke à la Plush, and I'm ready to go. Honestly, the only thing keeping me from singing nearly all of the time is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Tyson Recalling Tons of Chicken After Possibly Shoving Plastic Everywhere

    Are you one of the rare, rare unicorns in Orange County that goes to Sam's Club instead of Costco? If you answered yes -- and if you bought Tyson Foods Chicken Nuggets -- you might want to check your freezer. Tyson Foods is recalling over 75,000 pounds of chicken shipped to Sam's Club because of wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Taco Bell Fires Back At McDonald's (After They Fired After Taco Bell Fired) w/Another Diss Commercial

    Think the Breakfast Fast Food War of 2014 was done after McDonald's tried to undercut Taco Bell by offering free coffee for the next two weeks? Nope. Taco Bell debuted another McDonald's-specific breakfast ad yesterday, taking a shot at how dated the McMuffin is. That's near blasphemy levels. It's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time Back With a Lethal Lasagna

    2011 was a weird time for the Internet. People were finally starting to figure out how to how to present content correctly, the first nascent YouTube networks were gaining footing, and Epic Meal Time -- who recently recruited the OC Baking Company to create giant sandwich buns for former Governator ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    The 5 Most Egregious Big Mac Rip-Offs Of All Time

    The fast food war is a rough life. No one thinks eating food from out of a window is a good thing to do anymore. The market for fast food isn't growing. So marketing fast food today is more about who's hip and who's cool than it is about the quality of the food. To grow, companies need to literally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Watch McDonald's Executive Chef Make a Big Mac from Sort Of Scratch

    Say what you will about fast food, but McDonald's has long unlocked some arcane proportion of fat, salt and beef that gives their burgers just the right amount of addictivity that you just can't cooking for yourself. A burger on the grill is nice and all, but does it hit the spot when you're cravin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Miso Soup Saves Hawaiian Man's House

    What do you do when you're house is on fire? Throw anything wet you can find on it, including miso soup as was the case in Hawaii last Saturday. Hawaiian man Reuben Prensky woke up to the sound of fire Saturday, finding a plastic sink in flames when he went looking for the source of the noise, acco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Stages of Romantic Relationships Through Meals: A Completely Fictional Study

    Relationships are perilous minefields of miscommunication. Countless people have spent countless hours trying to figure out if it's the right time to wear sweatpants or go without makeup. How are you supposed to know when the honeymoon period is over and you can stop turning on the shower each time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Four Loko Is (Spiritually) Dead

    Well, that's it. Nearly a decade after it was first introduced and four years after it removed caffeine (and two other stimulants) from its formula, the Four Loko that once was is finally dead. Chicago-based Phusion Projects came to a settlement Tuesday with 19 different state attorney generals and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Stephen Colbert Fires Shots at North Carolina Barbecue While Interviewing NC Congressman

    It's no secret that Stephen Colbert feels strongly about his barbecue. He grew up in South Carolina, one of the major centers of American barbecue, after all, so what'd he do when interviewing G.K. Butterfield, the representative of North Carolina's first congressional district? Take a few (not part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Ommegang Brewery's Game of Thrones Beer Will Debut March 31

    Good news for you Game of Thrones fans: Ommegang Brewery, the brewery behind one of my favorite beers -- Three Philosophers, will be releasing their limited run Game of Thrones beer on March 31, just in time for this season's debut on April 6. This year, the GoT-themed beer is an ale -- Fire and B ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Portland, Maine Bakery Gets a Cease and Desist Over Their 'Crauxnut'; Renames It the C&D

    What do you do if you get sued for calling your fried, dough-nut-shaped, layered (and probably overrated) pastry a "Crauxnut"? If you're Little Bigs Bakery in Portland, Maine, you take a pot shot and change the name. According to the Bangor Daily News, Little Bigs owners James and Pamela Plunkett r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Students Petition Janet Napolitano to Drop Charges Against 2 UCI Student Activists

    How does a university get rid of an activist problem? Well, according to a Change.org petition that began circulation yesterday, the university threatens visible student activists with disciplinary action and criminal charges. The petition, entitled "Stop the Suppression of Student Activism at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    You Can Order Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Straight From the Factory, But Why Would You?

    So, I learned the other day that you can actually order Reese's Peanut Butter Cups straight "from the factory." Just go to Hershey's website and give them about $30 (plus extra for shipping and even more extra for fancy, schmancy cold shipping if you're in a state not hit by a polar vortex), and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Google Now Lets You Compare Ingredients Information

    Google is cool. When I want to translate something, I can just paste it in a search box. Math? Who even needs a calculator when you have Chrome. And now, I'm super excited to let you guys know about another new search box feature. Type in a basic food item like celery or shallots followed by "vs" a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    We Eat It So You Don't Have To: Afters Ice Cream's Ice Cream-Stuffed Donut

    Everyone knows that I hate when people smash two different foods together and call it magic. Cronuts? Meh. Ramen burgers? I don't even want to pick one up. And don't even get me started on Pizookies. So, I had to have been belligerent when I heard about Afters Ice Cream's "Milky Bun," a warm donut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Crazy Scot Teaches Journo To Taste Scotch With $50,000 Bottle

    The sad part of this story is that the journo in question is not me. A few years ago, Master Scotch Blender Richard Paterson taught Vancouver Broadcast Anchor Sophie Lui how to taste scotch, topping off his five-minute presentation with a vial of $50,000 scotch. The entire clip is an education, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    For People Still Without Plans, Shuck Oyster Bar Offering 'Fourplay' Valentine's Menu

    Wait, you still don't have Valentine's Day plans? It's literally tomorrow. Well, okay, luckily for you, Shuck Oyster Bar at the OC Mix at South Coast Collection (that's still a mouth full, even with out the whole Mix Mart, Mart Mix thing going on) is offering a special "Fourplay" four-course menu f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Connecticut Police Looking For Man Who Rammed a Mini Mart to Steal a Banana

    Police in Newington, Conn. are searching for a man after he pulled off one of the most ingenious heists they've ever seen, reports The Courant. In the dark of the night, he snuck up to a closed mini mart to test its glass. After discretely tapping on the windows, he RAMMED HIS CAR INTO THE FRONT OF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes Are BACK at IHOP

    I have gone on record about my disdain for the pancake, so, when I first saw that IHOP was bringing back their all-you-can-eat butter milk pancake batter-vaganza, my first instinct was to gag a little bit. But I'll admit that that opinion is probably my most unpopular (of very many) opinions, so her ... More >>

  • News

    December 26, 2013

    OC Weekly's Year In Review 2013

    Tacos and terrorists, chopped-off dicks in the desert, and drinking with Marines in Coachella cap off our year that was

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Hundreds of Workers, Students Strike At UC Irvine

    Activists chanting "si, se puede" and "UC, escucha, estamos en la lucha" drowned out the traditional "$2 boba" chants at UC Irvine yesterday as workers, students and their supporters rallied and marched during a UC-wide strike by AFSCME 3299 and sympathy strike by UAW 2865. AFSCME represents the uni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    The Better Sazerac at Memphis at the Santora, Our Drink of the Week!

    I have always had an affinity for the French. It runs in my family: There's French blood on my mom's side, I spoke with my grandfather better in French than Vietnamese, and my dad sang me French songs when I was a child, so it shouldn't be a surprise that when 14-year-old Charles Lam had to choose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    We Eat It So You Don't Have To: McDonald's Pumpkin Pie

    The world went stupid crazy about pumpkin spice this year. The first leaf hadn't yet fallen from a tree (bare with me, I was in Seattle at the time), and Starbuck's had already made a giant deal about the yearly debut of its pumpkin spice latte. They weren't alone, every chain from Tully's to Peet's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Yushoken Ramen to Replace Asia Noodle Cafe...Eventually

    The kids at UC Irvine are getting a ramen place to replace their old noodle spot. Signs for Yushoken Ramen recently went up in the space once occupied by Asia Noodle Cafe, the 19-year-old Asia Noodle Cafe restaurant that closed earlier this month. Yushoken will also offer sushi and sake and is set f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Amazon Fresh Begins OC Service; Pants No Longer Needed for Groceries

    Some people in Orange County no longer have to wear pants while grocery shopping, as AmazonFresh, Amazon's home grocery delivery service, is now active in parts of the county. AmazonFresh debuted in Los Angeles earlier this summer and has been operating in the Seattle metro since 2007. "Since we la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    This Week In Food: NY's Under Appreciated Mexican Food, Cheese with Maggots, and Look Ma! No Pants!

    Howdy ladies and germs; welcome to October! Let's take a look at this week in food... Edwin visited the intriguing Blind Pig in RSM and said it's definitely worth the trek out there. Then he announced that Bruxie may be opening even more locations and that the Starbucks shops in the UK have begun m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    UCI's Anthill Pub Puts Kibosh on Quarter Club, Its Legendary Drinking Tradition

    Beer aficionados at UC Irvine's Anthill Pub have spent years getting their names carved into the walls by joining the Quarter Club, a collection of people--students, staff members, random people off the street--who have managed to drink at least one beer or glass of wine a day for an entire academic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Five Ways to Drink Coffee When It's Burning Hot Outside

    Orange County gets the shit end of the stick when it comes to coffee culture. We have great roasters and beautiful coffee shops, but when it's time for a cuppa joe'? It's 105 degrees outside, and you could brew a pot by just setting it out in a parking lot. No wonder Seattle claims caffeinated bragg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Coming Soon: Newport Beach Restaurant Week

    Is it that time of year again? When restauranteurs are fishing for a reason to lure patrons into their dining rooms with fabulous specials? Ah, yes. Restaurant weeks are making their rounds, and you betcha the frugal neighbors in and surrounding Newps will encounter commuter traffic reminiscent of l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    The 5 Best College Drinking Games Since Beer Pong

    Let's face it: No one enjoys beer pong. It's a drinking game where four people are having fun while everyone else is crowded awkwardly around a table afraid that they're going to miss their team being called. It's a game of skill played during a time when most people can't even urinate standing up. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    This Week in Food: Sexual Cleansers, Suckling Pigs, and More Good Eats in SanTana

    The New Year means at least two great things for Orange County. One, we made it through the end of the world and lived to see another day behind the orange curtain (Hooray?!) Two, 2013 is going to bring us even more fabulous places to eat. We've grown a reputation for only having chain restaurants, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    5 Things You Should Never Do With Your Restaurant's Website

    The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is wake up my laptop and check Twitter. When I leave the house, the first thing I check for when I do my three-pat pocket test is my phone, not my keys or my wallet. The first thing I do when I get into work? E-mail. Then coffee. Let's just say that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Soup for You! Seinfeld Food Truck Stops Off In Newport

    The Seinfeld Food Truck made its first stop on its eight-city national tour Wednesday afternoon in Newport Beach.

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    April 16, 2012

    Dillon Francis at the Observatory, April 16, 2012

    Dillon Francis The Observatory, Santa Ana April 14, 2012 LA-based producer Dillon Francis visited the Observatory last Saturday, playing to a crowd largely made up of white trash and Asian ravers. The doors, originally scheduled to open at 7, opened an hour and a half late. By the time audience memb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    STRFKR at the Observatory, Feb. 23, 2012

    ​ Starfucker The Observatory Feb. 24, 2012 Starfucker was last in Orange County in January, but they might as well never have left.The first of their two-show Southern California mini break from recording left fans cheering their name as they dispersed across the parking lot of The Observatory.

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    February 22, 2012

    Starfucker/ STRFKR: "Josh just wanted the stupidest name possible so it would never get serious"

    ​ Starfucker, the indie pop sweethearts behind the music from Target's "Pepto Pink" commercial, is taking a break from recording and heading down to SoCal to properly fuck some stars. They'll be playing at The Observatory this Thursday, with Robert Delon & White Arrows. Before they left the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    This Week In Food: The Loogie In The Deputy's Burger; Bruxie is a National Treasure; Creepy Corn Flakes

    ​ I'd like to take the time to welcome our newest Forker, Charles Lam, to our blog. He made his debut to day and he's already caused foodie-discourse in the comments. Welcome!Now on to our weekly round up of what happened this week on the blog!

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