Hey everyone, just a heads up: OC Weekly Junior Asian Corespondent Charles "Clam" Lam (me) will be headed up to Burbank this Saturday to appear on KFI AM 640's The Fork Report to talk about our upcoming Decadence tasting event as well as Orange County food.
So, apparently this Sunday, Aug. 24 is national waffle day. Woo. For those of you who get excited about that sort of thing, there's a little waffle shop in Lake Forest called Wafflette Café that's doing a buy-one-get-one-free promo for its waffle sandwiches both Saturday AND Sunday.
I headed out to lunch yesterday fully prepared to stand in line for three hours so I could get my hands on some soup dumplings at Orange County's newest DTF. I had my notebook ready and everything, and I as I walked towards the storefront (it's by Sears, just so guys know), I was already making not ... More >>
Everyone knows that you should never freeze a steak if you don't have to. Did you invest in a cow and now have several hundred pounds of beef to store? Alright, freeze it. But buy a steak today to eat tomorrow? Just leave it in a fridge. But how do you cook steaks that you've frozen for storage? Af ... More >>
It's kind of fun watching the United States fast food wars. The fast food customer base isn't getting any larger, so now for any of the big chains to grow, they literally have to steal customers from each other. We saw it a bit ago, with the reintroduction of the Big Carl, the Bonus jack, and every ... More >>
Looks like Santa Ana's going to be the next city in Orange County to get a fancy build-your-own pizza joint. PizzaRev, a Blaze Pizza / Pieology-style pizzeria will be opening the doors of its corner store on Bristol Street and MacArthur next Thursday, Aug. 14. And hey, they know how to celebrate a ... More >>
How far would you go to get back at someone who ruined day? Would you buy the last pie before they could? Would you buy the last 23 pies? That's exactly what one Redditor did.
Alright guys, time for more free stuff. This Wednesday, from 9 to 11 a.m., Jamba Juice will be giving away one free 12 oz. juice per person. Don't stop reading yet: It's not going to be the smoothies everyone knows and loves. Instead, they'll be giving away juices from their new line of hip, with-it ... More >>
I was never a big fan of chicken fries when they were at Burger King, but I know they were a pretty cult-y food, so this might be some good news for a few of you: Chicken fries might be coming back.. for a limited time.
Alright everyone, it's that time of the year again: This Friday is 7/11, the day 7-Eleven decides to grace everyone with a free small slushee slurpee. Same rules apply as always. Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., you can show up to a participating 7-Eleven and grab a free small slurpee. Not e ... More >>
Let's get this out there: Keurigs are kind of dumb. They're wasteful, the pre-packaged coffee isn't even that great, and what you get isn't even that awesome. If you really want a quick cup of coffee at work (seriously, no pour over? Casual.), just use a mini French press or an aeropress. Keurigs ar ... More >>
Seems like Brazil just can't win against Mexico lately. First, the ran up against great wall of Ochoa, and now they can't even prank people correctly. A Brazilian reporter took the streets earlier this week to try to prank some Mexican soccer fans into eating some obscenely hot salsa. The only prob ... More >>
So, after a 70-some episode run, TBS' The Pete Holmes Show will show its final episode tonight. I guess Pete tested better on the Internet than he did on cable. It's a shame really, because Holmes is a pretty funny and genuinely likable guy. Need proof? Check out this video of an interview he did ... More >>
No dinner plans for tomorrow and feel like going to a chain restaurant? Well, lucky for you BJ's is offering a free pizookie for anyone who downloads their new app tomorrow, no purchase necessary. If you don't mind another icon cluttering your screen, you can even get $5 off a $20 meal and stack it ... More >>
God bless the guy from Beer Mumbo. He promised his readers that if he reached 1,000 likes on Facebook, he's drink a can of Hu Dey Beer produced in 1988, the last time the Bengals went to the Super Bowl (Beer Mumbo is a Cincinnati-based beer blog, so it makes sense). Well, he did, and he did, and t ... More >>
Now this is the kind of marketing I can get behind. Every buy a penis cake pan for a bachelorette party (college guys use 'em too to troll each other) and not have any use for it afterwards? Well, I (I being PenisPans.com) have a list just for you. Not one additional use or two additional uses, bu ... More >>
Come on, SunnyD. Why you gotta do this. Sunny Delight has hopped on the "extreme" bandwagon that's been plaguing 90s food lately (Cracker Jack'd, Planters' Power of the Peanut, etc etc). They're currently testing a new line of carbonated "energy" drinks minus the taurine and caffeine. Where's the ... More >>
Earlier this week, I ranted about how much better dark chicken meat was compared to white chicken meat. Now, I have about 11 Michelin stars agreeing with me. Behold, Gordon Ramsay's recipe for Szechwan chicken, in which he says, "Chicken thighs do a lot of work, so they need more cooking, but cooke ... More >>
Another week, another write up. You guys are stuck with me again while LP's away. Let's take a look at the week that was in food:
Pizza delivery drivers see a lot of shit (figuratively and literally, I'm sure). Drugs? Yup. Sex? Mhmm. Abuse? Unfortunately. The poor drivers really just want to drop off their pizza and hopefully get a tip big enough to cover wear and tear on their car. But no, their jobs can't be easy, as evidenc ... More >>
Japanese variety shows are some of the best TV that has ever existed. Wacky, strange, and full of commentary and editing, Japanese shows just offer something that can't be found in American television. Case in point, this video series created by three Japanese exchange students in LA. They go on an ... More >>
Everyone knows I love Alton Brown, and his new grilled cheese video is amazing (especially that crunch at the end), but I'm going to tell you guys: it's only the second best grilled cheese video I've seen. First some background..
I normally refrain from publishing two rants back-to-back, but this next subject has got me so salty I can't wait. People really need to stop calling their random-ass food creations "pho" whatever. Seriously. In the last few weeks, I've seen a pho sandwich and pho nachos, and I'm sure there's a "ph ... More >>
Internet marketing is hard, and viral video marketing is even harder so when an obviously corporate-produced viral video actually makes me go wow, well.. wow. Hey Pass Me a Beer is a video of a series of more and more complicated beer hand-offs produced to promote Old Milwaukee beer, Pabst Brewing' ... More >>
Sometimes we like to do silly things in the hopes of entertaining our readers. Once before, it involved eating the spiciest burger on the planet (we think) and this time it involves alcohol, our favorite.
Alright everyone, I know some of you really, reallllly like Mountain Dew Baja Blast, the (until now) exclusive Taco Bell Flavor of Mountain Dew. Well, I've got some good news for you: You don't have to mix blue Gatorade with anything anymore because starting May 5, you'll be able to buy Baja Blast i ... More >>
Who wants to be the office hero and wait in line for hours Monday morning? Why? Well, Kripsy Kreme will be offering a buy-a-dozen, get-a-dozen promotion for their own personal Hero Appreciation Day. Hey, wait in line and you'll at least be appreciated.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 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.
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!