Consumer Non-Cyclicals

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    John Oliver Kills Pumpkin Spice With Newest Rant

    I've been kind of over pumpkin spice since last year, when the major coffee chains came out with their autumn drinks in August during a Seattle heat wave (they happen, and they're horrible), but I never gotten around to writing one of my rants about it, and now it might be too late. Why? Well, the ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014
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    July 8, 2014

    Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations Now Online at Four Orange County Malls

    If your electric car comes with a portable plug, you can charge it up at home. More charging stations are also coming on line up and down the state. But here in Orange County, we love to shop. No sweat if you take to the aisles at four OC shopping malls.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Belmont Brewing Company

    The list of reasons why Belmont Brewing Company is the ultimate summertime lunch spot is a long one, but it starts with the incomparable waterfront view and ends with the award-winning house-made beer. In between is a thoughtful menu of beyond-brewpub eats, friendly local servers who have been aroun ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2014
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    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 6, 2013

    Parson Red Heads

    Detroit Bar

  • 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

    February 5, 2013

    First Flight: A Visit To Valiant Brewing Company

    Before Valiant Brewing Company officially opens for business Saturday, we hopped in for a drink (or four). Our guide: Jack Thomas, Assistant Brewing Technician. He gave us the lowdown on our four samplers featured above. This way, you'll be plenty informed about what to order come the weekend. Per J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Valiant Brewing Company in Orange Announces Grand Opening Date: Feb. 9

    Orange you glad it's the new year? We've got so much to report as of late, we barely have the time to sit down and post it. With new concepts featuring local craft brews launching every month, our excitement is over somewhere even more dear to us-- a brewery.Founders and spouses Brian and Kelly Schr ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012
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    September 13, 2012
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    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 18, 2012

    This Saturday: OC Brew Ha Ha To Preview 20 Craft Beers at Taste of Doheny

    OC Brew Ha Ha is one of the greatest craft beer events in Southern California. With more than 70 breweries and 175 beers, it's like Disneyland for brewers, beer enthusiasts and everyone who likes to drink.   Unfortunately, it's not until September. (Sob!) But to quell our thirst for t ... 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

    June 5, 2012

    Starbucks Buys Bakery Chain To Make Its Food Better

    It's a common complaint that the food at Starbucks isn't very good--overpriced fodder customers often equate to airplane food if they're being generous. Yesterday, Howard Schultz and company announced they plan to do something about their weakness. They've bought up a San Francisco-based bakery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Ben & Jerry's 'Euphori-Lock' Protects Your Pint From Ice Cream Thieves

    It's a scary world out there, folks. As we speak, there there could be thieves hovering around the freezer with a spoon, ready to swipe a bite of your ice cream and hope that you don't notice. How will you protect yourself? 

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Carl's Jr. Is Testing An Ice Cream Burger (AKA 'Brrrger') Only in Orange County

    Sometimes, we just luck out. Because look what we've got here. It's the new "Ice Cream Brrrger" from Carl's Jr., being tested only in OC. Don't freak out--they didn't simply add a scoop of rocky road to their Western Bacon Cheeseburger. Because that would be gross. Maybe. Nope, it's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    A "Pink Slime"-Using Beef Producer Files For Bankruptcy

    The Wall Street Journal reports that AFA Foods, which contributes to about 2% of total U.S. beef production has filed for bankruptcy protection.  The company's products are sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Burger King Holdings Inc., Jack in the Box Inc., Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., Wendy' ... 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

    January 3, 2012

    On the Line: Chris Kim of Rolling Sushi Van, Part One

    ​What can you say about someone who pimps sushi out of his nontraditional wheels? Chris Kim's luxe lonchera is a Mercedes Sprinter van, and he has even fewer square feet to work with than any New Yorker (assuming they're using their kitchens). While he recovered from the New Year's Eve event at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    John Freese's Holiday Shopping Guide

    ​You only have one holiday shopping weekend left. Freak ya out? In order to help your lazy, procrastinating ass, we enlisted the help of drummer extraordinaire Josh Freese. And why not? The man who rocks behind the kit for bands such as Devo and Weezer is also one of the greatest marketing ... 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 >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    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

    June 21, 2011

    The Mumlers at the Commonwealth Lounge Last Night

    ​The Mumlers June 20, 2011 Commonwealth Lounge, FullertonSan Jose's The Mumlers, whose vintage-rock stylings were the point of focus in Fullerton last night, represent an interesting bit of musical irony in the post modern indie scene: they sound incredibly soulful--for a bunch of disaffected pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Five Non-Slutty Carl's Jr. Commercials

    ​Eater published a fun, if predictable, collection of what it calls Carl's Jr.'s Slutburger ads--you know, those ads featuring hot chicks eating burgers that made founder Carl Karcher sad in the last years of his life due to their wanton sexuality.Of course, Carl's Slutburger phase is a relatively ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Toast The Royal Wedding With...Viagra Beer?

    Celebrate Big Willy style....​While all eyes will be on William and Kate next week in a wedding of epic proportions, Brits will toast the newlyweds with all sorts of bubbly, including one named Royal Virility Performance. This isn't the only commemorative beverage made for the special day, but it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Food Critic Jonathan Gold Reviews...The Olive Garden

    ​Sometimes an April Fools prank can backfire on the prankster. It happened to Jonathan Gold, our esteemed colleague and Pulitzer Prize winning food critic at the LA Weekly. His planned joke on his longtime food photographer Anne Fishbein to meet him at Olive Garden didn't go exactly as planned. ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2011

    Jesse Thomas

    Viento Y Agua

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Can We Please Stop Freaking Out About S.510 (the Food Safety Modernization Act) Now?

    Flickr user paullew​The large food safety overhaul has passed the U.S. Senate after a clerical error and a deal between the Democrats and the Republicans to keep it out of the continuing resolution that will keep the government running, and is now headed back to the House for final passage (and, u ... More >>

  • Food

    July 9, 2009
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    April 29, 2009

    TGI Friday's Goes Five-Dollar (and Five Cent!) Crazy

    Subway has been flogging its five-dollar foot-longs for ages--I'm sorry, they should be paying us five dollars to eat that slop--but now TGI Friday's is joining the gang, meaning we we eat out for around the same price (or thereabouts, if we're frugal). I'm not a big fan of the chain, I admit. Call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    This one is from last week and involves Taco Bell itself!A federal appeals court Friday ruled that Taco Bell is solely liable for $42 million in breach-of-contract awards to two Michigan men who created the diminutive mascot that starred in the Irvine fast-food giant's hit $500-million advertising c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week, Part I

    A weekly series in which we scan police blotters across the world to find the craziest crime occurring at an outpost of Orange County's most infamous fast-food chain... From West Virginia: A late night trip to get some fast food from Taco Bell in the Kanawha City area of Charleston, W.Va., landed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2007

    Steal a Base, Steal a Taco?

    Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. announced this morning that it will give a free taco to "everyone in America" if any player steals a base during the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series, which--as usual--won't include the Dodgers. The item at stake is the crunchy beef taco valued at 77 cents. Here ... More >>

  • Food

    March 15, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Pizza for Pesos: Chicago Pizza

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2006

    Eddie Rose on "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly"

    Eddie Rose writes: "In California this year, we have--with one notable exception--the WORST slate of candidates, including a man who can't pronounce the name of the state he claims to serve! Were it not for the importance of several ballot propositions, it probably wouldn't make much sense to go to ... More >>

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    The Myth of St. Curt

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

  • Food

    May 30, 2002

    Adobo a Go-Go

    Fast food done right