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Japanese variety shows are some of the best TV that has ever existed. Wacky, strange, and full of commentary and editing, Japanese shows just offer something that can't be found in American television. Case in point, this video series created by three Japanese exchange students in LA. They go on an ... More >>
What the hell is it with beer companies trying to Mexicanize their product for an American market? Recently, they tried to push micheladas on us, to crappy sales; earlier, they tried to push margarita beers on us, to crappy sales. Now, Heineken is going to debut something called Desperados, a tequi ... More >>
More and more each year, Los Angeles--the bands, the people, the fashion--comes to dominate Coachella's aesthetic and vibe. It has become the way the LA scene puts its best foot forward playing host for international scenesters and lookers on. This year, for the first time ever, Coachella allowed L ... More >>
Are you one of the rare, rare unicorns in Orange County that goes to Sam's Club instead of Costco? If you answered yes -- and if you bought Tyson Foods Chicken Nuggets -- you might want to check your freezer. Tyson Foods is recalling over 75,000 pounds of chicken shipped to Sam's Club because of wh ... More >>
Ah, Mexican Spanish: the language that, pound-for-pound, has more double entrendres, puns, and desmadre than any language on Earth. And a great example of the language's ever-charming vulgarity comes courtesy of Pizza Patrón, the Texas-based chain that sells pizzas marketed toward Mexicans and has ... More >>
Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges, which has previously been stung by a whistleblower, an investment manager and the Securities and Exchange Commission, now finds itself in the cross-hairs of the California Attorney General.
Yes, The California Raisins were a viral marketing ploy consisting of a claymation band of pruny grapes, but they released four studio records; reached the Billboard Hot 100; and won an Emmy. Pretty impressive for fictional group of food characters. Merchandise and memories are all that remains of ... More >>
Muckenthaler Cultural Festival
Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream! Today! The Ben & Jerry's Truck will be roaming Orange County, announcing where it's at via Twitter (@BenJerrysTruck). Tell 'em where you want it to stop. @BenJerrysTruck My stomach. Thanks. Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Fa ... More >>
The Weekly has learned that Wienerschnitzel founder John Galardi passed away yesterday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 75.
We recall a childhood of hoarding the chocolate pops this time each year, but nary a recollection of free candy for discovering a specially designed wrapper. Rumor has it that ones sporting an Indian shooting at a star were coveted and rewarded. We're feeling kinda gypped. Urban legend and snopes si ... More >>
Updated, with new information at the bottom...ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 10, 11 A.M. If there is one fast-food company that gets universally positive coverage, it's In-N-Out--hell, even anti-fast-food crusader Eric Schlosser praised their practices at the end of his epic Fast Food Nation (and how cool that ... More >>
Ken Hollingshead Sr., a pioneer in Orange County's craft beer scene, died in his sleep on Tuesday night.He was the founder of Hollingshead's Delicatessen, the eclectic deli and bar in Orange known for its Cheers-like atmosphere and unparalleled tap list. The Hollingshead family--Ken, along with his ... More >>
I know what you're thinking: Hasn't McDonald's always posted their calorie count on the menu boards? No, not yet. You're thinking of just about every other fast food chain that has. Calorie counts seem as commonplace as obesity, but it's only now that the biggest burger chain in the world has announ ... More >>
Is the Orange International Street Fair here again? Yes it is, reminding us that summer is wrapping up. For those unfamiliar, it ain't the OC Fair. Chicken Charlie will not be in attendance, but I'm sure there will be just as much fried foods there than is probably advisable to consume in any quanti ... More >>
Unless you've been living under a rock, you have to know that Indio beer has started being imported from Mexico into the United States. There are billboards; there are giant posters in liquor store and convenience store windows; there are radio ads in two languages. Suddenly, everyone seems to have ... More >>
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Dana Point Yacht Club
Adapted from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
I'm not a beer drinker, but I am a chocolate Easter Egg eater and Catholic. So there's no better way to celebrate the coming of Christ that to eat beer-flavored Easter eggs!Skol, a Brazilian beer company owned by Anheuser-Busch, announced last week that they had just released the product, but tha ... More >>
Over the weekend, I gave my short history of Mexican food in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center's Samueli Stage as part of its hosting of the awesome, ribald Chautauqua! show. Since I doubt I'll ever grace any stage at the Segerstrom again, I decided to focus my 10-minute lecture on OC's two ... More >>
A while back, we received instructions from the suits to put together a set of lists of the ten best in several categories. As Gustavo explained, this is meant to make our already awesome Best Of applications even more awesome...er.One of the categories was gay bars, and we all stood around sc ... More >>
Tauntr.comSpeaking of fake Ben & Jerry's flavors, this one is 99 percent awesome. Illustrator John Defreest created the conceptual OccuPie Wall Street, described as "apple pie ice cream with some other good stuff in there, we think. We're not really sure. No one can explain it to us." ... More >>
Today is something called National Taco Day, which is a total bullshit holiday made up in 2000 by Chuy's in Austin. It started as a marketing ploy, and Chuy's actually filed a trademark application for it, but it let its rights to the term slip, meaning hundreds of lazy bloggers and reporters can ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 11:50 A.M.: After an lengthy session that extended well past the end of the union's declared cutoff time, negotiators have announced that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the grocery stores; it looks like the strike is off for now, pending a vote by the union members. ... More >>
About the same time that Dave revealed that Kellogg's was threatening a non-profit for using a toucan as a logo, news that Apple has a similar complaint about Chinese company spread through the web. According to a report from GoChengdoo, the computer maker is alleging that Sichuan Fangguo Fo ... More >>
From left: Bruery head brewer Tyler King, Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione and Bruery CEO Patrick RueThe Bruery Facebook pageSome big news from The Bruery. Founder Patrick Rue, who we recently profiled in a Weekly cover story, is teaming up with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery on a specialty br ... More >>
Red Table Chef Louie Jocson grew up in Fullerton, studied at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and worked at Antonello Ristorante. He eventually became the Culinary Director of Karl Strauss Brewing Company.
PepsiOMGWTFPepsiIn a move that ups Coca-Cola's decades-old "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" campaign, PepsiCo introduced a new vending machine prototype that allows consumers to buy their friends around the world a soda.
Flickr user keenanpepperDuring last week's Carl's Jr. Missed Connection, I mentioned that I was waiting patiently for a turkey burger and a salad. This is a new development at Carl's Jr., whose advertising for the last half-decade has revolved around manly men doing manly things and eating 1,000- ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI have a love-hate thing with Frito-Lay. I hate some of their products but love others. Sun Chips goes in the "love" column. I don't buy into the idea that they're really any healthier than a regular snack chip. Junk food is junk food. Furthermore, I think their "multigrain" compo ... More >>
As I always point out, I'm not a beer drinker, but that doesn't mean I don't taste it. And I've never understood why anyone would bother with either Budweiser or Coors, or their Light derivatives--it all smells like piss to me, and tastes barely better. But that obviously means nothing to America ... More >>
Flickr user joyosityAdAge is reporting (via the subscriber-only Beverage Digest) that "a historic shift for the beverage industry" has occurred: Diet Coke is now outselling longtime second-place holder Pepsi. Last year, Coca-Cola's junior product sold 9.9 percent of all sodas in the United States ... More >>
Last week, I interviewed the Saavedra family, the clan behind the wonderful Tapatío Hot Sauce, for my book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. I might release some details of it later, but this one can't wait a year: Sometime in February, Tapatío-flavored Fritos hit Costco, the ... More >>
From Soho Taco's website, obviously...Kind of. The owners behind my top choices for the best restaurants of 2010, Break of Dawn (número 1) and Soho Taco (# dos), met at Dee Nguyen's Laguna Hills temple to breakfast and lunch. "But, it looks like Chef Gabe made an attempt to get express his culin ... More >>
Yesterday, I enjoyed a lunch at Zait and Zaatar in Anacrime while getting interviewed by Alejandro Rivas. He's a doctoral candidate in sociology at Princeton University, and his dissertation is...well, I'm not going to spill its thesis or main contents, but I am allowed to share one of the focuse ... More >>
[Trendzilla] The Asian skincare sensation that's sweeping the nation
Today is Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday), so it's fitting that I'm writing about how unhealthy we're becoming as a nation - indeed, as a planet. According to the Guardian, the number of new cases of diabetes being diagnosed in the UK is growing at a faster rate than in the US. Now that is depressing. A ... More >>
So I'm walking through Irvine Spectrum the other day, between Macy's and Nordstroms, when I realized something was missing: Chuao Chocolatier was gone. The fancy-pants chocolatier, from whom I bought a box of nine decadent morsels for $15 in 2005, was history, now replaced with a specialty sho ... More >>
On the Chowhound boards a few years ago, I remember someone asking for tips on where to find green tea ice cream. We pointed him to the frozen dessert section of 99 Ranch or Mitsuwa. This weekend, I found it green tea ice cream at Vons. Let me repeat: AT VONS!!! What's even more amazing was t ... More >>
If you need to get your Satisfaction fix, good news: front man Michael Rosas will be performing tonight at Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, which has to be one of the coziest little coffee houses in Orange County—let alone Newport Beach. Rosas goes on at 9:20 p.m. and he promises to get his "acoust ... More >>
According to various news reports and this one from ABC News, beginning this week, the USDA is requiring that all food retailers label some foods with their country of origin. The law, called COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) will mandate that the consumer is informed where all "raw beef, veal, lam ... More >>
As soon as I read this story last Saturday about Pizza Patrón, a Dallas-based pizza chain that primarily caters to Latino communities, accepting pesos as payment, I wondered how long it would be before I read a story about the company getting death threats. Answer: six days. The ... More >>