• Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Pump The Movie is a Real Gas So Get Out to See It at Frida Cinema TONIGHT!

    Our big sistah paper in NYC, Village Voice, called Pump the Movie a "compelling and cogent documentary," so since it ends its one-week run at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana tonight, get on over and see it (at 7:30 or 9:15 p.m.).

  • Film

    August 7, 2014
  • Film

    May 15, 2014

    Godzilla? Where Are You?

    The infamous movie monster plays a small part in this big-name flick

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    On the Line: Mike Doctulero of Scott's Restaurant & Bar, Part One

    Follow-up meetings with chef subjects often start with sharing something we have in common. In the case of Mike Doctulero, it was his memory of washing the starch from a batch of rice for dinner-- a standard task most Asian kids were trusted with doing. Well-seasoned both in the kitchen and with lif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    10 Essential Buena Park Restaurants

    To tourists, if Anaheim is New York, Buena Park is Chicago: Orange County's second city, the one they go to after they've exhausted all that Disney has to offer. But to locals, Buena Park is more than just the territory of Knott's and knights; it's also the home of a burgeoning Korean population and ... More >>

  • Film

    November 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Carl Kemp, Long Beach Pot Lobbyist, Wins Surprising Endorsement

    Carl Kemp is a well-known government affairs expert and lobbyist in Long Beach. He's been around city hall a long time, so it's no surprise that when councilwoman Gerrie Schipske (subject of a recent OC Weekly cover story) announced she was vacating her seat earlier this year, Kemp threw his name in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Asia Noodle Cafe To Close At Irvine's University Center After 19 Years

    UC Irvine and the neighborhood around it has recently lost Britta's Cafe, are about to lose Steelhead, and now it will see another departure: Asia Noodle Cafe, a fixture of that plaza when it was still called Market Place, will be calling it quits. It put a note on the door on college ruled paper wi ... More >>

  • Film

    May 16, 2013

    Here's to Frances Ha, the New New Girl

    Greta Gerwig plays a woman who's not quite a real person yet

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    TAPS Craft Beer Festival TOMORROW

    Why should Orange and Huntington Beach have all the fun? Brea's brewing something special this weekend, as TAPS Fish House & Brewery launches its Craft Brew Festival tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Charles Phoenix Brings Brea Retro Disneyland

    Charles Phoenix's slideshows of found photos from kitschy '50s and '60s always seem to sell out but there are still tickets out there for March 16-17 "Retro Disneyland Slide Shows" at the Curtis Theatre in Brea."Festive dress is encouraged but not expected," says your gentle host.

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    On The Line: Martin Tse Of Dogzilla, Part One

    While we normally don't prefer interviewing our subjects at their place of business, the one exception may be our luxe loncheras. Watching their team work in such a confined space, acting as host, order taker, cook and server is a daily lesson in camaraderie. We meet up with the gang from Dogzilla a ... More >>

  • Food

    February 21, 2013

    Fu Wing Low: Young At Heart

    [Hole In the Wall] This Fountain Valley restaurant is a Chinese-American classic

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Celebrate the Year of The Snake With Ching's Chinese New Year

    Ching He-Huang may be a self-taught chef but she was taught by some of the best, her very own family. With a long line of traditional heritage, Taiwanese-born Ching helped out with a lot of the cooking growing up and moves to South Africa and later to London helped mold her tastes and styles but luc ... More >>

  • Film

    January 3, 2013

    'Gangster Squad' Shows LA's Finest

    Cop-turned-screenwriter Will Beall faces the thin-blue-line edit

  • News

    November 29, 2012

    The Healing Fields of Long Beach's Cambodia Town

    The next generation of the city's Cambodian-American community steps up to help its elders—and itself

  • Food

    June 21, 2012

    Canton Restaurant Likes it Hot

    [Hole In the Wall] This Little Saigon classic specializes in scalding porridges and sizzling fish

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    FYF Fest 2012 Two-Day Lineup Announced

    FYF Fest 2012 just announced its lineup, including performances by Refused, M83 and Beirut. Not only does it look a hell of a lot like this year's Coachella lineup, it's also the first time in nine years that the indie-rock festival has cloned itself for a two-day event. In addition to other to ... More >>

  • Food

    May 17, 2012

    Pho Bo Vang, Ann's Pho & Teriyaki and Maison de Pho and the Closing of the Pho Frontier

    A pho proliferation in South OC bodes well for the assimilation of Vietnamese food

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Mysteries of Anaheim: A Chinese Boneyard Without Any Bones?

    ​Among the many jewels in OC's collection of body depositories, Anaheim Cemetery is perhaps the shiniest. Established in 1866, its soil is fertilized by the area's earliest pioneers. Home to the first public mausoleum on the west coast, (take that, Rose Hills), its garden of crooked headstone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    CNNGo Publishes First Ever Worthy National-Media List of Chinese Restaurants

    ​Whenever I read a best-of list in the national media, I wince internally. They're usually either cobbled together by looking at the Internet and seeing which ones are mentioned most often--which results in a kind of small-scale Zagat guide, prone to the hype machine--or they're put together by pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Shuji's Top Five Restaurants for 2011

    ProfessorSalt.comTacos & Carnitas Sahuayo​It's the time of year again when I select a short list of five favorite restaurants. I love places with a tiny menu, tightly focused on producing one thing or variations on the thing at which they excel. Often, that specialist is an ethnic hole-in-the ... More >>

  • Film

    December 22, 2011

    Theatrical Favorites of 2011

    [Year In Film] Powerful, introspective, big-theme cine-statements

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Nick Waterhouse at the Detroit Bar Last Saturday Night

    Matt OliverNick WaterhouseNick Waterhouse & The TarotsDetroit BarDec. 3, 2011With his Costa Mesa debut, Nick Waterhouse rocked out to a full house with his vintage R&B. With songs like "Indian Love Call," "Say I Wanna Know" and "Don't You Forget," Waterhouse had the crowd in a daze. Everyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    On the Line: Judy Fleenor of Cafe Chiarini, Part One

    ​There is a dynamic duo adjacent to Santa Ana's courthouse. (It's a trio if you count pastry chef Vicki Schrimmer.) Superfriends Judy Fleenor and Iliana Chiarini win patrons over with charm and a cure for everyday lunches. Part one with the soup Nazi Judy clues us in on their greatness, as well as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Matt & Kim Stage Diving at a Venue Near You

    ​Matt & Kim are well-known for their high-energy shows and positive vibes, but their recordings and performances never preach or cloy. They're all smiles on stage, and even the most cynical of listeners can't help but feel propelled by their warmth and good feelings. Equipped with synthesizer ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 8, 2011

    Author Lisa See

    Newport Beach Library

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    What Happened On Last Night's The Great Food Truck Race 2​For an hour-long show (has it always been an hour long?), last night's premiere of the second season of The Great Food Truck Race whizzed by like those sponsored VW pace cars. As you may already be aware, OC's born and bred luxe loncheras, Seabirds and The Lime Truck, are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Soup Dumplings in Mini-Tart Tins: Why Hasn't Anyone Else Thought of This?

    ​Ocean Star, in LA's new Chinatown in Monterey Park, now serves Shanghai-style soup dumplings, called 小籠包--xiao long bao. The problem with most services of soup dumplings is that they arrive four or eight to an order still in the steamer basket, and the act of transferring them to a spoon, d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Racist OC Register Reader Fustercluck of the Day

    ​Headline: Campaign Ads Targeting Illegal ImmigrantsComment by RDEIGHT: If current population trends continue, the U.S. population will reach 1.1 billion in the next century. This is exactly what Ted Kennedy swore wouldn't happen when he rammed his Immigration Act of 1965 through Congress ... Now ... More >>

  • Food

    October 21, 2010

    Aji Limon Is the Chifa Champ

    This Buena Park eatery just might be the county's first restaurant to specialize in Peruvian-Chinese food

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Gettin' Made: Renegade Craft Fair This Weekend in Los Angeles

    This weekend marks the return of Renegade Craft Fair to Los Angeles--don't miss their brand new location at Los Angeles State Historic Park. ​ Details about this massive outdoor craft spectacular after the jump.

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Gettin' Made: LA Craft Experience Call for Vendors

    A brand new weekly craft fair series is popping up in LA's Chinatown this August, and they're looking for indie craft vendors! Photo from the L.A. Craft Experience website​ Get all the details on the L.A. Craft Experience after the jump.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Good Shrimp/Fish Tacos, False Advertising at Baja Cachanilla

    Cachanilla is also a plant...​I've always enjoyed the shrimp and fish tacos at Baja Cachanilla in SanTana--each juicy, plump, on handmade tortillas and topped with one of the thicker, sweeter fish taco creams you'll find. It's better than Baja Fresh just a couple of blocks down Bristol, and Wahoo' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Last Night: Vampire Weekend at the Art Theatre in Long Beach

    Andrew Youssef​Last Night: Vampire Weekend at the Art Theatre in Long Beach (11/02/09)Better Than: the last time I saw them at the Glass House in September of 2008.After a secret show in Chinatown and a last minute show in Boyle Heights, Vampire Weekend "officially" kicked off their mini tour of C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Santa Ana City Council to Put Fix in on Trolley Project Tonight

    It's been almost to the year since I last wrote about how the SanTana City Council would most likely award a light-rail contract to Cordoba Corporation, a company whose president George Pla sits on the SanTana Business Bank alongside councilmember Busty Bustamante. I theorized a scam of Chinatown-es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    We The People Festival at L.A. Historic Park

    (Lede) I don't care what kind of music you came to see, thirty four bands, in thirty two acres of space turned a hot weekend in Chinatown into a non stop sonic binge. Last saturday, thousands of fans from all over So Cal trucked into the dust bowl parking lot across from L.A. Historic Park for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    Why Anaheim Historians Rule, and Santa Ana Historians Drool

    People frequently assume I'm a SanTana native, but that's probably because I devote so many stories to the Banana Republic. Fact is (as I've said a billion times in this paper and blog), I'm a proud fourth-generation Anaheimer (pre-order my coming book on the subject) who will proclaim Anaheim's sup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    Santa Ana's Grand Choo-Choo Conspiracy Continues

    Back in January, I theorized out loud about a SanTana scandal of Chinatown-esque proportions: the introduction of a light-rail system most likely involving the Cordoba Corporation, whose CEO sits alongside SanTana conflict-of-influenza-afflicted councilmember Carlos Bustamante on the board of the Sa ... More >>

  • Food

    July 14, 2005

    The Asian Persuasion

    Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them

  • Columns

    March 24, 2005
  • Food

    November 20, 2003

    Some Ziing New

    Our salacious savant seeks vintage erotica and miso-seared ahi in historic Fullerton

  • Food

    August 31, 2000

    Cha, Cha, Cha

    Tea bar brews superlative stuff

  • Food

    November 18, 1999

    The Raw and the Cooked

    Getting to the heart of Irvines Chinese subculture