• Food

    September 18, 2014

    El Camarón Borracho's Drunken Shrimp Taco

    [Hole In the Wall] Epic dishes abound at this Santa Ana treasure

  • Food

    September 4, 2014

    El Portón Colombiano Has Paisa Power

    [Hole In the Wall] This Huntington Beach restaurant offers great Colombian grub

  • Film

    June 26, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    A Plea for the Art of Fast Food, Or: Why "Bad" Food is Good, Damnit

    Down here in Weekly World, LP and I are desk neighbors, so that means that every time I decide to eat "badly" for lunch (my quotes, not hers) I get an earful; it's kind of endearing, really. A few (dozen) chicken nuggets? Yup. A McDonald's cheeseburger? Mhmm. That one time I ate Hot Cheetos with cho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Pepsi-Flavored Cheetos Is Real!

    It has come to this. Frito Lay, which is owned by PepsiCo, has put out Pepsi-flavored Cheetos. Yes. Pepsi. Flavored. Chee. Tos. When news of it went viral earlier today, the reaction from the Interwebs was swift, but swang from the most disgusted yucks to the most enthusiastic yaays.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Tapatio-Flavored Cheetos and Lay's to Debut Nationally NEXT WEEK!

    Everyone who follows the food world knows the phenomenon that is Flamin' Hot Cheetos, a product created by a Mexican that's now the scourge of elementary schools everywhere. Well, those namby-pamby administrators better get ready to worry again: next week, Frito-Lay is debuting two new flavors in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    On the Line: Raquel Jubran of the Attic, Part Two

    If there is one thing diners should know about cuisine at the Attic, it's that it is an all-scratch kitchen. Sometimes it takes a little longer for food to come out of the kitchen. There isn't a walk-in freezer or pantry full of cans, and the staff put out breakfast, lunch and dinner. For example, e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    On The Line: Scott Brandon of LinX, Part Two

    There was a moment during our interview when we thought, "Is this guy for real?" Yeah, he's the real deal. A chef who has paid his dues, traveled, and survived enough restaurant drama can finally call a place his own. With a team that includes the talented Jared Cook (formerly of VINE in San Clement ... More >>

  • Food

    December 20, 2012

    The Attic: Old Folks At Home

    The Long Beach gem serves great Southern fare in a creaky Craftsman house

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Forget Medical: Colorado Legalizes Recreational Weed

    If there's anything that Californians have learned in the 16 years since voters passed Proposition 215, it's this: medical marijuana is a mess. On the one hand, marijuana has gotten a lot easier to come by over the years. What used to be only available on the street or in a few scattered dispensarie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    [UPDATED] Gregory A. Diamond, OC State Senate Candidate, Went Postal in the Wee Hours of the Morning

    [UPDATED at end of the article with additional, disturbing revelations about Mr. Diamond's mental health.] Original post, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m.: Despite our sincere prodding to get Gregory A. Diamond to drop his jumbo Cheetos bag and fall off his sofa to do what he promised Orange County Democrats he w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Schools Crack Down On Flamin' Hot Cheetos

    For teachers and school officials, there is no snack more reviled than Flamin' Hot Cheetos.  They're unhealthy and messy (that addicting red powder gets everywhere) and kids can't get enough of the stuff.  It makes them crazy and causes them to burst into song.   Now ABC News rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    'Hot Cheetos & Takis': An Awesome Song Made By Awesome Kids

    Kids (and all other humans with taste buds) looooooove Flaming Hot Cheetos. They love it so much, it makes them crazy. And apparently, it also makes them burst into song. A group of Minneapolis youngsters from an after-school program called North Community Beats and Rhymes have come up with a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    VIDEO: Three Stupid Reporters Eat One of the Nation's Spiciest Burgers

    Michelle introduced us to the monstrosity that is Slater's 50/50's "50 Alarm Burger" last week. It was heralded by the infamous mini-chain as a burger so hot you need to wear gloves and sign a liability waiver to eat it. The burger consists of a fire beef patty with sliced jalapenos, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    What Will The Drive-Thru of The Future Look Like?

    I'll admit I don't give a ton of thought to the state of drive-thru restaurants (they're quick, they're cheap, they're making us all obese--what more is there?), but one team of consultants has been watching them slowly become food-industry dinosaurs. Ohio-based Big Red Rooster, a "multidimensional ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Eat This Now: Szechuan Fried Tofu at Chong Qing Mei Wei

    Fried tofu was never something I thought I'd associate with the words "exciting" and "addictive" and "I want this in my mouth every day." But the cubes served up at Chong Qing Mei Wei make me crazy--Flaming Hot Cheetos crazy. The golden outer layer is cooked to a subtly sweet crisp, while the i ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 5, 2012

    Get Skin Like a Korean Soap Opera Star

    [Trendzilla] BB cream is the miracle balm that gets your skin dewy

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Book on the History of Fritos® Just Released

    ​I'm not the only one writing books on the history of Mexican food in the United States. Just this week, Kaleta Doolin released Fritos® Pie: Stories, Recipes, and More via Texas A & M University Press. Doolin is the daughter of Charles Elmer Doolin, founder of Fritos. We're going to interview ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Taco Bell Hurting Because of Fake-Beef Lawsuit

    ​Remember that lawsuit alleging Taco Bell engaged in false advertising because its beef really wasn't beef? It was pretty goofy to begin with and eventually dropped, but it did bring out to the world that Taco Bell does use filler in its beef, which anyone who has eaten there in the past, oh, 80 y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Houston, We Have The Flaming Hot Cheeto Hollandaise Burger

    Houston Press Jaws dropped, eyes bulged, clouds parted and fingers typed "Houston airfare" when we came across this post from our sister paper, Houston Press. The Flaming Hot Cheeto Hollandaise Burger, oozing with hot cheddar cheese and topped with an egg and spicy Cheetos, is served at on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Study: Poor Californians Eating Healthier, Still Fat

    ​The past decade has seen nonprofits, government officials and foodies across California do everything possible to get poor people off their junk-food- and processed-food-heavy diet and eat healthier. And the push seems to be working: A report sponsored by the California Endowment shows that one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Trader Joe's Baked Jalapeño Cheese Crunchies Rather Bland

    ​Trader Joe's is legendary for taking the ideas of other food producers, improving on the product, then selling them at its stores under the Trader Joe's name. So on a rare trip to the store, I figured the above snack would improve on Cheetos, not only in the health arena, but also in the flavor-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Not an April Fool's Joke--Andrew W.K. Brings His Positive Work Ethic to Irvine

    ​Normally, the news that UC Irvine will be the location for a "motivational performance" by Andrew Fetterly Wilkes Krier, with a focus on both spoken-word presentations and music, might not sound like the most exciting way to spend your evening on Friday, April 22. Except this is, in fact, Andre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Tapatio-Flavored Fritos Now Available at Costco, Coming to a Store Near You

    ​Last week, I interviewed the Saavedra family, the clan behind the wonderful Tapatío Hot Sauce, for my book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. I might release some details of it later, but this one can't wait a year: Sometime in February, Tapatío-flavored Fritos hit Costco, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    This Week in Food: Bánh Mì Rants, Awesome Catfish and Kittens in Pots (But Not Cooked)!

    Flickr user namillionairee​Between infographics on Flamin' Hot Cheetos and much more, it's been quite a week on your favorite infernal blog. Best of the week after the jump!

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Gross Or Genius? Taco Bell's Beefy Crunch Burrito Is Stuffed With Flaming Hot Fritos

    ​Taco Bell's new, limited-time-only Beefy Crunch Burrito sounds like the culinary creation of a drunken frat boy.Dude, you know what would be awesome in this burrito? Flaming Hot Fritos. Fuck yeah!  That's exactly what it is--a burrito stuffed with seasoned ground beef, nacho cheese, sour cre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Thank 7-Eleven for Chicano Music Heaven?

    7-Eleven: A one-stop shop for all your Chicano music needs!​Record stores in OC have been in decline this past decade. Tower Records is long gone and the block of the Virgin Megastore in Orange is a fleeting memory--but it's still forever captured in the Sasha Baren Cohen movie Borat. In ... More >>

  • Music

    November 25, 2010

    Get Lost In the City

    [Locals Only] This all-girl trio make Joan Jett proud

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Kurkure Naughty Tomatoes

    Edwin Goei​Name: Kurkure Naughty Tomatoes Origin: India Found at: Saral Indian Grocery, Tustin Cost: $1.49 Ingredients: Rice Meal, Edible Vegetable Oil, Corn Meal, Gram Meal, Sugar, Salt, Tomato powder (1.4%), Spices & Condiments (Chilli powder, onion powder, Black pepper powder, Ginge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Wacky Snacks: Crispy Snack - Anchovy Fish

    Edwin Goei​Name: Crispy Snack Anchovy Fish Origin: Thailand Found at: 99 Ranch, Irvine Cost: $2.99 Ingredients: Anchovy, Palm Oil, Salt, Sugar, Sesame, Sodium Metabisulfite.

  • Music

    July 2, 2009
  • Culture

    July 31, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2008

    Snap Judgment: Clean It or Leave It

    I had visions of hordes of Long Beach ocean-view apartment inhabitants spilling out onto the beach this past Saturday for the monthly (second Saturdays) half-hour "Clean Alamitos Beach" event. After all, if you run here, ride your bike here, walk your dog here, bring your kids here, stroll here, pla ... More >>

  • Features

    August 2, 2007


    Santa Ana teenager Ronny Rios has fought his way into contention for the U.S. Olympic boxing team. He didnt do it alone

  • Columns

    June 14, 2007


    'I hold an ASS'

  • Columns

    May 31, 2007

    !Ask a Mexican!

    'Please fully explain your answer and include economical, cultural and quality-of-life issues in 25 words or less'

  • Columns

    October 6, 2005

    Eight Days

    Oct. 6 - Oct. 13

  • Features

    August 25, 2005

    Fat Like Me

    A pigs-eye view of the Happiest Place on Earth

  • Film

    April 29, 2004

    Bar Fight:

    Moore vs. Brosnan in Laws of Attraction

  • Columns

    April 1, 2004


    Bonus: All the dives we love to love!

  • Music

    July 3, 2003
  • Columns

    February 13, 2003

    Two-Buck Chuck

    Let them drink Charles Shaw

  • Music

    August 29, 2002

    A Robert Hilburn Follow-Up

    Can we kick you in the pants, too?