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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Tacos and terrorists, chopped-off dicks in the desert, and drinking with Marines in Coachella cap off our year that was
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Seinfeld Food Truck made its first stop on its eight-city national tour Wednesday afternoon in Newport Beach.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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!