Consumer Non-Cyclicals

  • News

    March 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Alcatraz Brewing Company Closes in Orange: What's Going to Replace It?

    The last time we had worthy intel, we couldn't get verification. Two months later, Slater's 50/50 announced plans to open in Lake Forest. We were ticked. So even if nobody will confirm nor deny this piece of gossip, we're gonna run with it until the 'Coming Soon' signage is put up. The latest blip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Valenza Chocolatier Making Things Sweeter In Costa Mesa

    We stepped into a kitchen space known as The Hood (conveniently located down the street from our offices) for a ribbon cutting. This commercial rental space is now the home of Amy Jo Pedone. Her chocolate journey began with the passing of her dear cousin to ovarian cancer. Despite her finance degree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Top Five Dive Bars in North Orange County

    The last horse finally crosses the finish line! As we conclude our OC dive bar hunt, the north corner of the orange curtain contains a few noteworthy watering holes within its borders. Before you decide to burn a tank of gas getting to LA, don't forget the gloriously grimy crevices lurking between L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    On The Line: Alfonso Ramirez Of Pinot Provence, Part One

    Ch-ch-ch-changes happen all the time in the restaurant industry. Chefs leave, and are replaced by someone with a vision more aligned with that of the establishment. Alfonso Ramirez helms the kitchen within Westin South Coast Plaza's fine-dining establishment, Pinot Provence. Where have you worked in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    PETA Bringing Factory Farm to UC Irvine--You, Too, Can Get Into a Pig Crate!

    Over the past couple of years, PETA and its members have really stepped up its presence in Orange County, and it's about time given that the group's senior vice president, Dan Mathews, is a Costa Mesa boy through and through. But tomorrow promises to bring one of PETA's highest-profile campaigns yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Katella High Students in Finals of National Cooking Contest RIGHT NOW

    As I type, a group of students from Katella High School are prepping as California's entrant in the national Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) STAR culinary arts finals in Orlando, Florida. Let's all stop reading, close our eyes, collectively send good karma their...and back t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Five Reasons to Hate GRUMA, Makers of Mission and Guerrero Tortillas, Maseca, and Other Tortilla Evil

    If you're a fan of Mexican food in this country, you're most likely a consumer one way or another of GRUMA, the world's largest tortilla maker. Their American brands, Mission and Guerrero, are the top-selling brand in the United States and a favorite of Mexican households, respectively. Their masa, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Spend $80 At One Of These Irvine Spectrum Restaurants, Get Two Tickets To The Circus

    It's rare that Donald Bren's empire will give you something for nothing...and this isn't one of those times; but the free Circus Vargas tickets The Irvine Spectrum is offering (with purchase) is more than I would usually expect from Bren & Co. So here it is: if you're going to spend $80 at one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    3hree Things: On Kate Upton's Carl's Jr. Commercial

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native. That's Carl's Jr.'s new commercial for Kate Upton's boobs the Southwest Patty Melt, an 890 calo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    AB1616, the California Cottage Food Bill: Support This!

    ​California does not have a cottage food law. Currently, if you bake a cake at home and sell it to the public--let's say at a bake sale--you are breaking the law. If you make a few pints of jam from the fruit in your backyard and sell them from a shop, you're breaking the law. There's no way to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Five Things You're Doing Wrong With Mexican Food

    Flick user Ryan Leighty​We love Mexican food 'round here, and not just because I'm doing a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. It's the native cuisine of Southern California, something many Americans have seamlessly assimilated into their day-to-day lives--and an easy subject ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Why Local Craft Brewing Is Important: The Atrocity that is Budweiser Select 55

    ​Left to his or her own devices, your local craft brewer will come up with things like amber beer brewed with sweet potatoes, rye IPA that's meant to complement a pastrami sandwich, or a revival of the California Common beer.Left to their own devices, Anheuser-Busch came up with... whatever that i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Anaheim Brewery Opens

    Dave Lieberman​Orange County's latest craft brewery, Anaheim Brewery, has had their soft opening at the Anaheim Packing House, the retail center being developed by the company behind the Lab and the Camp in Costa Mesa. The brewery continues the 130-year-old tradition of brewing in OC's original Ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2011

    First Wendy's in Russia Skanks Up Chain's Iconic Mascot

    Flickr user Mykl Roventine​If we think of all the mascots in the fast-food hamburger chain galaxy--McDonald's Ronald, Carl Jr.'s galaxy of gals, Jack, the Burger King--perhaps the most boring is Wendy's, um, Wendy. It's intentional, of course: she was modeled after the daughter of Wendy's founder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Will Eating Sea Kelp Save Us From Radiation?

    ​The officials have assured us we're fine, a very safe distance from the radiation that's still emitting from the disaster-hit nuclear plant in Japan, but that hasn't stopped folks around here from taking extra precautions. People are flocking to local health food markets such as Mother's and Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Cappuccino

    Dave LiebermanKean Coffee's Italian cappuccino​As hard as it may be to believe, I am not a die-hard coffee snob. I do not care to memorize the names of coffee estates as though they were domaines in Bordeaux, I don't trust any place that gives me a palate cleanser before my espresso, and I'm not y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! Was Carl Karcher Really That Much of a Dick?

    ​From Armando:Gustavo, love your stuff, but I found an obituary you wrote about Carl Karcher, and it was pretty mean. Was he really as big of a dick as you made him out to be?I don't think I made him out to be too evil. If anything, that obit spelled out my mixed feelings about the founder of Carl ... More >>

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    The Myth of St. Curt

    Mayor Pringle wasnt a racist then, and he aint Cesar Chavez now