Southern California is the land of the hamburger, an American foodstuff that has seen gourmet and street versions battle it out for decades and left the equally as all-American hot dog to wallow in its bacon-wrapped solitude. Forgetting the L.A.-reclaimed Sonora dog or the recent attempts to overs ... More >>
The Glass House
[Editor's Note: Longtime concert photographer and fellow Weekling Andrew Youssef found out almost two years ago that he had Stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events for us on top of other freelance work and holding a day job at a hospital, of all places. Th ... More >>
Read our interview with Ed Silkaitis of The Shore, Part One.And now, on to Part Two . . . You mentioned being active in the community. How so?Giving back as best as we can to the soldiers of Camp Pendleton who serve our country faithfully. And donations to the local schools. When you're not in the k ... More >>
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The Santa Ana City Council voted unanimously Tuesday for a resolution that discourages official visits to Orange County's seat from communist Vietnam. They were supported by residents of Little Saigon and the surrounding Orange County Vietnamese community, but Register commenters greeted the news pr ... More >>
You know that saying? "The more things change, the more they stay the same" So true. Especially when it comes to restaurant concepts that replace other restaurant concepts.First we have Bomburger which just recently took over the space left behind by Jimmy's Burger Joint (yes, it was actually called ... More >>
After a storm of controversy, it seemed that a figurative rainbow would finally be shining over Chick-Fil-A, the chikin chain under fire for its anti-gay stance. Last week, Dave reported that a Chicago alderman (aka council member) had secured a promise from the company to stop funding groups that o ... More >>
According to the Huffington Post, the Civil Rights Agenda, a Chicago-based LGBT advocacy group, has stated that a Chicago alderman (read: council member) has secured a promise from Chick-Fil-A to stop funding groups that oppose marriage equality and has welcomed the chain to open its doors in Chicag ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department was summoned at 10:32 p.m. Aug. 7 to a Laguna Niguel home where a husband had allegedly shot his TV because he did not want his wife watching it.Not to make light of 67-year-old Lawrence Paul Sentif's felony arrest--on suspicion of grossly negligent discharge o ... More >>
For a neighborhood with a lot of chain restaurants, the area around the Lake Forest/Mission Viejo border has a lot of independent pizza places. Rubino's cheesy slices, with their bread stick-like crust, tend to be my favorite, but Big O To-Go, the two (totally-different) Cicero's and Biagio's all ma ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do YOU have a big penis . . . for a Mexican?
Good news for punk rockers here in OC: Chicago's Rise Against will be playing the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday, September 29 as part of a month-long North American tour. In April, the band released an EP, Satellite, exclusively through iTunes. Openers for the tour include Gaslight Anthem an ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] The Orange restaurant, with its wondrous wieners, is well-suited to a college town
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, it's time to visit bella Carmina Casso at Ciao! She reminisces about the day she felt liberated, as well as her Chi-town roots. The homespun wisdom actually starts in part one, but we give props for her brutal honesty in today's segment.Hardest le ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comFontina, gorgonzola and pancetta mac and cheeseYou'd think a mac and cheese would be simple to pull off for a restaurant kitchen, but you'd be wrong. Never mind the technical difficulties of making a cheese sauce creamy-smooth, balancing the flavor profiles and so on, we're ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comBacon. Hashbrown. Dog.Some things sell themselves: sex and bacon, to name two. The most savvy marketers know you just need to whisper those words, or show a well-shot photo, and the mere mention will hook into your brain like a stainless steel gaff-hook. The less you talk a ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comM&M's blueberry donutsEvery now and then, I'll overhear (accidentally, of course!) a great food tip while I'm eating at a place I love. One day, I'm lulled into a happy trance by the phenomenal nem nuong cuon at Dat Thanh when my ears perk up. One of the owners is raving abou ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comEggstatic!The tempura-fried poached egg at Break of Dawn isn't normally an item served by itself -- it's the star of whatever ensemble it's cast with. It most often shows up in a dish of barbecue pulled pork piled onto jalapeno cornbread and served with an Asian slaw, but it migh ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comSince nobody could guess the exact name of last week's Guess Where dish, I'll tell you now. It's a quesadilla chilanga from the pink Alebrije's lonchera parked on Cubbon and Main Street in Santa Ana. Some of you guessed almost right, but a quesadilla is not a taco, no ... More >>
Welcome to the 2011 edition of Stick A Fork In It's 100 Favorite Dishes. We've just kicked off our countdown to #1 (which will appear the same week as our compendium on all that's good and right about Orange County).
I am from New Jersey. Central New Jersey, to be more exact. I grew up in a place where there was exactly one way to eat hot dogs: with brown mustard and sauerkraut. Sure, if you went a little bit north there'd be those onions in red sauce, which are pretty good, but the proper hot dog is a ko ... More >>
It's no secret airline travel has gotten worse in recent years, even before the 9/11 gut check. Normally, businesses facing that perception from customers would change their ways.Recent developments suggest the airline industry is doing just that: by totally giving up on the flying public. Five w ... More >>
Even though Laguna Beach is no longer the hippie bohemia of acid runners and the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, even though the billionaires have gentrified out the millionaires from the seaside town, Laguna dining has still relatively kept the chains at bay, especially in the non-fast-food scene. ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And do Mexicans care about mistranslations?
The Glass House
One of my favorite house tracks of all time is Gene Farris' "Richard's Word," (sample) which floats a skit by the late, great Richard Pryor above an optimistic groove that's laced with a flighty flute loop. Pryor is at his gut-busting best riffing, for example, on what it takes, power tools and a ... More >>
Shhh! Baltimore-born pop-punk band All Time Low has a new album out today, and they're celebrating it by playing three "secret" shows in three different cities across the county in 24 hours--Washington DC, Chicago and our very own delightful burg of Anaheim. The band will drag their tired, neatly co ... More >>
The Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, passed away Wednesday in Chicago due to complications following a May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. She was 80 years young.The woman born Cora Walton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1997, was nominated for eight Grammys and one won i ... More >>
This could be nothing, but the media-watching folks at The Atlantic and Gawker seem to think it very well could be something big. The executives of the nation's top newspaper companies -- Register-owning, Irvine-based Freedom Communications among them -- met yesterday in Chicago to talk about the fu ... More >>
One of my favorite columns after Savage Love is The Straight Dope, a decades-old column presided over by Cecil Adams in Chicago. Short description: Adams answers ANY question about ANYTHING. Recently, he branched off and began a separate column focusing solely on the Windy City. The latest installme ... More >>
Long Beach Terrace Theatre
DJ Colette Vox the House
The Daft Punk mothership lands in Chicago. Click the image for photos of Blonde Redhead, M.I.A. and other bands at the festival:
'If you dont like him, dont listen to him, you fuckin moron'
So some young, misdirected, religious zealots who authorities conceive were too impoverished and unsophisticated to carry out plots to blow up an FBI building and the Sears Tower in Chicago are arrested in Miami. By the way, the kids are black. Meanwhile, older, misdirected zealots who reportedly ha ... More >>
Tamale Time at Chicago's Best
Eleventh Dream Day, Zeroes and Ones (Thrill Jockey)
'When the Reconquista is complete, Chicago will be . . . well, Chicago to SanTanas New York.'
A Guide to Orange Countys Best U.S. City Meals
Lukes Chicago Pizza delivers the Italian beef