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 >>
Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!
The ingredients for Inspiration are simple: peppermint, rose hip and rose petals. At least, that's what the only hand-written label on the line of glass jars holding dozens of types of tea at Paradise Perks states. The dark-tainted leaves in that jar don't look like inspiration; they just look like ... More >>
Dear Sweet Readers, It's about time that you know we love you. We couldn't do it without you (oh, and our many "colorful" ads) and that's why we plan events like this year's Summer Fest at Newport Dunes. We appreciate food and alcohol as much as you do and want to share the experience together.
If you haven't booked something by now, you're screwed. At least, that's what most people think. If you believe there needs to be roses and grand gestures of champagne and caviar on Thursday, you're wrong. Unless your someone special is that high maintenance, and then it's a Catch-22. Instead of the ... More >>
First of all, let's provide this paper's coverage of the much-maligned Reviewer Card, which you can hand to restaurant staff in order to inform them that they are under review by DouchebagNoshingDeliciously.blogspot.com or whatever your 7-pageviews-a-day food blog is called:If you get one of these c ... More >>
We used to be addicted to their Malibu Dream Ice Blendeds. But lately, free is our beverage of choice. Wednesday is not only National Crossiant Day, but Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL for those texting) will toast their 50 year anniversary with one hot deal: FREE coffee or tea!In addition to the s ... More >>
Oh, Yelpers. You get your knickers in a twist over the dumbest, pettiest things. Maybe it would be better if Yelp offered a 0-to-100 scale, like in school, or a 0.000-1.000 scale, like in baseball; then you could ding restaurants to your heart's content and not have such an immense impact on their r ... More >>
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As if we needed another reason to load up on caffeine, it's National Coffee Day this Saturday. (It just happens to come the day after National Drink Beer Day--thank you, calendar gods!) A handful of chains are offering coffee freebies (and cheepies). Here's where to go to score a cup of joe. ... More >>
We are used to some unique personalities here at On the Line. Phillip Chang was not only cool, but also calm and collected. I dropped by Yogurtland headquarters in Anaheim to understand his driven personality. What I got was a new level of respect for a pioneer in the frozen yogurt industry. Love hi ... More >>
You probably don't know it, but every time you go to a Starbucks, 14 people behind you in line are shooting daggers at you and trying to kill you by modulating their alpha waves . . . and yes, it's your fault. You're the inconsiderate, self-absorbed douchebag, and you infest every coffee shop in ... More >>
Martin Diedrich. The father of the coffee revolution in Orange County, owner of the first coffee shop to make an unapologetic, small, truly Italian cappuccino, as well as the first to introduce la naranja to the idea that coffee needn't be roasted to dust in order to taste like something.Jeff Dug ... More >>
TMZ.comChad Muska arguing with one of the security guards.New York-based pro skater/musician Chad Muska was arrested on July 13 for felony vandalism--tagging his last name on both the El Capitan Theater and a Coffee Bean location in Hollywood. That story in itself, actually, is pretty boring. The ... More >>
Young the Giant, the band formerly known as the Jakes, and formerly residents of Newport Beach via Irvine, have had a very good year. After releasing their self-title debut to critical acclaim (even Morrissey is a fan, saying "I could break down with happiness at the new debut-CD by Young The G ... More >>
Not to be outdone by the frappuccino mixologists at Starbucks, rival Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will one-up them with absolutely free Ice Blendeds this afternoon. Their open house hours are even reasonable enough to swing by after work, so why not check them out?Three featured concoctions will be ... More >>
On Feb. 28, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf stores throughout Orange County will be selling two new blends, one coffee and one tea, that the company says will "capture the true spirit" of our unique county. OC Blend Coffee is "a light citrus aroma with a malty flavor, smooth body and a caramel finish" t ... More >>
Flickr user www.courtneycarmondy.com My one (and only) restaurant work experience included a stint as a server, and not a very good one: My signature spiel went something like, "Don't save room for dessert; Consider sharing." The following two deals from Jamba and Coffee Bean were made for pa ... More >>
The perfect antidote to those post-holiday blues--and that post-holiday debt: Free (and cheap) food! Today from 4 to 7 p.m., get a free 12 oz. latte at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Choose from the Scottish Breakfast Tea Latte, the English Breakfast Tea Latte or the Vanilla Latte. Exc ... More >>
Men's HealthMen's Health, which publishes the eye-opening brand known as "Eat This, Not That", has released their "20 Worst Foods of 2010". It's the kind of read that makes me want to cheer for the nanny-state calorie counts on menus in places like Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.Crushed Doritos on a sa ... More >>
Flickr user egor.gribanovCoffee snootists look away! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is offering an array of free 12 oz. iced drinks today.
Free stuff, even if it's just a cup of tea, is still free stuff. And that's exactly what participating Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations are giving away this Friday, February 12, from 4-7 p.m. Except for locations inside Ralphs, campus, casino, and airport locations, you can get a 12 ounce c ... More >>
We've barely gotten over the summer and already it feels like we're deep into fall. Perhaps it's the browning leaves and the chilly nights, or the invites to festive-season press parties that are already starting to clog up my inbox.But there's one autumn tradition that none of us will ever get ... More >>
We all have our Friday rituals, our little celebrations that the standard work-week is over. Mine involves stopping at the Coffee Bean near my house to buy a mocha latte instead of drinking the crappy coffee I've made for myself throughout the week. One Friday ritual many creatives engage in is a li ... More >>
Just as the hot weather hits, we get wind of two more giveaways, both in the name of charity.First up, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Drop by tomorrow, Thursday, May 7, between 4:00pm and 8:00pm, and they'll give you a free 12oz iced coffee. For every one served, CB&T will donate 25¢ to commun ... More >>
Seeing as I'm English, it's only right that it's me who brings you news of free tea. More specifically, a free 12oz Over Ice Tea Latte, at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, next Thursday, March 5, from 2 to 6pm.It's at participating locations (duh) in California, which I'm told means most of them, jus ... More >>
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