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Consumer Non-Cyclicals

  • Columns

    June 19, 2014

    Why Are Mexican Men So Flamboyantly Gay?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And why don't Mexicans learn English in Mexico?

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Watch 3 Japanese Guys Eat at 10 Burger Places in 1 Day

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Now There's Tequila-Flavored Beer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    LA Food and Beer Dominate Coachella

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2014

    Pizza Patron Under Fire for Marketing Special Offer as "La Chingona"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Corinthian Colleges Sued for False and Predatory Ads by State Attorney General

    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.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    California Raisins Memorabilia... You Know You Want It

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 20, 2013
  • Calendar

    June 6, 2013

    Parson Red Heads

    Detroit Bar

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    The Ben & Jerry's Truck Is In OC Today! Free Ice Cream!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2013

    John Galardi, Wienerschnitzel Founder, Passes Away

    The Weekly has learned that Wienerschnitzel founder John Galardi passed away yesterday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 75. 

  • Calendar

    November 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Tootsie Roll Pop "Indian Wrappers": Myth or Smartie Marketing?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    [UPDATED, W/IN-N-OUT STATEMENT--WON'T STAND FOR COW HATERS] Claim: In-N-Out Buys Its Cheese From Cow Abusers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Ken Hollingshead Sr., Grandfather of OC's Craft Beer Scene, Passes Away

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    McDonald's to Start Posting Calorie Counts On Menu Boards and Test Out Healthy Foods Like Egg-White Breakfast Sandwiches

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Orange International Street Fair This Weekend

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Cerveza Indio

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    May 24, 2012

    Byron Blocker & the Offbeats

    Pike Bar and Fish Grill

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2012

    California Wine Festival

    Dana Point Yacht Club

  • Food

    April 5, 2012

    How Doritos Were Born At Disneyland

    Adapted from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Brazilian Beer Company Creates Beer-Flavored Easter Eggs

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Were Doritos Invented at Disneyland?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    10 Great Gay Bars in Orange County (and Long Beach)

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    New (Fake) Ben & Jerry's Flavor: OccuPie Wall Street

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Wine Company Trying to Trademark Term 'Taco Truck'

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    [UPDATED: Tentative Agreement Reached] UFCW Cancels Grocery Contract, Removes Final Barrier To Strike

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Apple Accuses Chinese Noodle Maker of Trademark Infringement

    ​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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 16, 2011

    The Mumlers

    Commonwealth Lounge

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    The Bruery Collaborates with Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione on Japanese-Inspired Beer

    From left: Bruery head brewer Tyler King, Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione and Bruery CEO Patrick RueThe Bruery Facebook page​Some 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Former Karl Strauss Culinary Director To Open Restaurant in Huntington Beach

    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.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Pepsi Unveils Spambot "Be Social" Vending Machine

    PepsiOMGWTFPepsi​In 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.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Carl's Jr. Turkey Burger: Not Bad

    Flickr user keenanpepper​During 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    A Review of New Sun Chips Flavors

    Edwin Goei​I 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Coors Light Exec: "Budweiser is Going Down, Baby"

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Diet Coke Now Outselling Pepsi--Are the Cola Wars Finally Over?

    Flickr user joyosity​AdAge 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Tapatio-Flavored Fritos Now Available at Costco, Coming to a Store Near You

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn and Gabriel Zambrano of Soho Tacos Get into a Knife Fight!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Princeton University Doctoral Candidate Writing Dissertation Partly on Northgate Supermarket

    ​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 >>

  • Culture

    August 26, 2010

    BB Cream: Your Makeup Kit In One Tube

    [Trendzilla] The Asian skincare sensation that's sweeping the nation

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    It's Official: This Recession May Make You Fat

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Chuao Chocolatier Gone From Irvine Spectrum (And Other Closures I'm Late To Report)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    New Ice Cream Flavors: I Like Where This is Going

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Satisfaction's Michael Rosas Acoustic Tonight!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Foods to Show Country of Origin

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    Crazier than Crazy Bread

    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 >>

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