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  • Calendar

    July 10, 2014
  • Calendar

    May 1, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Talking With OC's Woman Brewers: The Grit and the Glamour

    A one-ton pallet of grain arrives outside the Tustin Brewing Company. All 40 sacks must be carried one at a time up the long flight of stairs for storage. Any glamour associated with beer brewing quickly drowns in the sweat of the brewer's brow. The work is so grueling and so time consuming that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Mexicali's Craft Brewer's Guild Wants to Judge Your American Beer

    Ever wanted to see how your homebrew stacks up against others in the growing Baja craft beer scene? Mexicali's Craft Brewer's Guild is finally giving you the chance by allowing--for the first time since cerveza artesanal from the northwestern Mexican state began capturing American tourists' attent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Knott's Windseeker Doesn't Meet California Safety Regs So Ride is Moving to Missouri

    If you can't satisfy California safety regulations, move your theme park ride to Missouri. That the attitude Knott's Berry Farm has taken with its Windseeker attraction in Buena Park, the iconic tall swing ride you can see for miles--and where two riders got stuck last year.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Anaheim City Council Continues to Tackle Issues That Really Matter. This Time? Public Street Car Sales

    After having seriously curbed yard sales last year and then laughably putting a positive spin on it in Anaheim Magazine, the Anaheim City Council is zeroing in on another pressing threat to the city's residents: public street car sales. Long the complaint of NIMBY's in Anaheim proper, the latest h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Pepsi-Flavored Cheetos Is Real!

    It has come to this. Frito Lay, which is owned by PepsiCo, has put out Pepsi-flavored Cheetos. Yes. Pepsi. Flavored. Chee. Tos. When news of it went viral earlier today, the reaction from the Interwebs was swift, but swang from the most disgusted yucks to the most enthusiastic yaays.

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Medieval Times ... The Movie?!

    Here ye, here ye, my lords and ladies! Medieval Times, the famed fake castle where you can watch a jousting tournament while gnawing on a turkey leg and chugging ye olde Diet Pepsi, may be headed to the big screen. Deadline reports that production companies Benderspink (The Hangover Part III) and ... More >>

  • Food

    January 31, 2013

    The Orange County Beer Trail

    A map to all of our fine craft breweries, liquor stores and pubs pouring the good stuff!

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Roberto Gonzalez Barrera, Founder of GRUMA/Destroyer of Mexico's Tortilla Industry, Now Rotting In Hell

    See Also:* "Five Reasons to Hate GRUMA, Makers of Mission and Guerrero Tortillas, Maseca, and Other Tortilla Evil"* Read about REAL tortillas in our weekly feature: Tortilla Tuesdayst's amazing--scratch that. It's disturbing as hell how ill-informed the mainstream media is and how damn laz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    The Bruery Goes Global: Bottles Spotted In Netherlands--Ishn't Dat Vierd?

    We all know the Netherlands is the place in Europe to get great pot and decent-looking legal prostitutes, but bottles from Orange County's own craft beer creators (and subject of last year's cover story) The Bruery? Yup.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Haven Gastropub Celebrates American Craft Beer Week

    Wait, what? It's American Craft Beer Week? Here I thought it was Bike to Work Week, and I could have been sucking down beers instead of pedaling to the office, uphill and into a stiff headwind both ways. Wil Dee, the Beverage Director at Haven Gastropub and enthusiastic road cyclist, can celebrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    5 Reasons To See Jiro Dreams of Sushi, in Theaters TODAY

    ​​​Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the exquisite documentary about Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old chef at the famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. (Read a Q&A with director David Gelb here.) Need a reason to drive out to L.A. to catch the film, which opens today? Here are five delicious ones. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Barbie v. Bratz, Part XVI: Mattel Wants Off the Hook for MGA's $310 Million Payday

    ​We told you earlier in the week that a federal judge in Santa Ana rejected MGA Entertainment's claim for a $1 billion judgment against Mattel, which the same jurist had previously ordered to pay the smaller toy company $310 million for stealing trade secrets involving Bratz dolls. Now, the maker ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    5 Most Important Video Game-Related News Stories of 2011

    ​2011 has come and gone, and the year that seemingly slipped right past us was full of major events--some of which may very change the landscape of the video gaming industry forever. Everything from new a new Nintendo console to the death of a computer pioneer was all crammed into the previous yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Stone's Greg Koch To Sign Books and Share Rare Beer Flights at The Bruery Provisions on Thursday Koch​The founders of Stone Brewing Co., Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, have written a book on how they built SoCal's biggest and arguably best-known craft brewery. The Craft of Stone Brewing Co. reveals the 15-year history of the Escondido-based brewer, and includes recipes for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Huffington Post Gets Punked by Fake Ben & Jerry's Arrested Development Ice Cream Flavor

    ​It is amazing (and hella disturbing) how most people even bother to scan, let alone read a story anymore before spreading it around the Internet. Sign of the times, I guess. But when the offending organization is the Huffington Post (which carries my ¡Ask a Mexican! column), such a rush for web ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    AEG Wants to Build an NFL Stadium in Downtown LA (What Traffic?), OC Supervisors Want City of Industry

    AEGA stadium will be built ... somewhere in LA County.​An NFL stadium is coming to the greater Los Angeles area, at some point. The sponsorship deal with Farmers Insurance has been sealed, the promotional propaganda has been spread, the LA city council has voted unanimously in favor of a tentative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Hardees Commercials for Fried Bologna Biscuits

    ​ You may or may not like Carl's Jr's. commercials. They're purposely polarizing and provocative. The ads use either tits or creepers to capture your eyeballs and your wallet. Now they're using both at the same time--creepy old man moobies to sell Hardee's Fried Bologna Biscuit breakfast sandwic ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 30, 2011

    Art Alexakis

    Coach House

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    I MiX What I Like! An Interview with Jared Ball (Part II)

    ​Yesterday, we published the first part of an interview with Jared Ball, author of I MiX What I Like! A Mixtape Manifesto, where the "Funkinest Journalist" talks about the politics of hip-hop and popular culture. Read the first part of the interview with Jared Ball here; in this second installment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    [UPDATED with Tribune Talks Back On:] Sale Could Lead to One Company Owning All SoCal Dailies

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 16, 9:22 A.M.: Now that merger talks with MediaNews have broken down, Irvine-based owner of the Orange County Register Freedom Communications has revived negotiations with that other Southern California newspaper  publisher.No, not the Los Angeles investment company that bought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    As Food Prices Rise, is an Economic Slowdown Our Only Hope?

    ​Well this is a great story: mega-chains ranging from McDonald's to Nestle, Cracker Barrel to Whole Foods, are raising their prices, not because they're trying to milk you dry, but because the cost for food is going up, up, up. Yay!The United States Department of Agriculture had already forecast t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Press-Telegram Kills Sports, Photo and Features, Allows Staffers to Reapply at Daily Breeze

    ​The Long Beach Press-Telegram, whose history extends back to 1897, is reportedly eliminating its sports, photo and features departments.In Long Beach, anyway.Some members of those departments will be swallowed up by the Torrance Daily Breeze, which shares news the P-T and other MediaNews Group pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Chili's Allegedly Serves Alcoholic Mudslide Instead of Chocolate Shake to 4-Year-Old

    It was first Applebee's, then Olive Garden, and now this. Chili's is the third restaurant in the last few weeks to be accused of serving an alcoholic drink to a child. This time it's in Chicago, and the drink was a Mudslide allegedly mistaken for chocolate shake.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    What's Happening in OC/LB on Record Store Day? Your Handy Event Directory

    ​Since its inception in 2007, the fandemonium over Record Store Day has only grown. Drak, owner of Vinyl Solution in Huntington Beach, expressed his awe of fans last year who flooded into his store "like mice after a piece of cheese. It's amazing." It's no wonder they do--each year on the third Sa ... More >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    Volcom Sues Jay-Z

    [Mental Notes] More important, what's going on for Record Store Day in OC?

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Beer Makers Raising Prices on Budget Beers to Make Consumers Buy More-Expensive Brands

    ​Better load up on the Pabst Blue Ribbon, Keystone Light, and other budget brews that help this Great Recession go down a bit smoother: the nation's beer cartel is openly raising the prices of such beers in a blatant effort to squeeze consumers into buying their more-expensive brands. So much for ... More >>

  • Music

    April 7, 2011

    Foo Fighters at Fingerprints!

    [Mental Notes] Record Store Day, Andrew W.K. and Honeypie at Detroit Bar

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Carl's Jr., Hardee's to Sell Turkey Burgers--Chain Finally Going Healthy?

    Is this burger going the way of Carlos Jr.?​Carl's Jr. has spent most of the last decade boasting of its waistline-busting burgers, proudly proclaiming their entrees are for sloppy guys who think a salad and any thought of health is one fey thang, hanging their hat on 1,000-calorie-plus creations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Lupe Fiasco, 'Lasers,' and Artistic Freedom​ Lupe Fiasco's Lasers, one of the most embattled albums in recent hip-hop history, finally finds its way to shelves and digital downloads today. It took a fan organized protest deemed "Fiasco Friday" back in October to force Atlantic Records to preemptively announce a release date f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    New Rumors of a Merger Between Freedom and MediaNews

    ​Yesterday, Dean Singleton, the controversial chairman and CEO of MediaNews Group, which owns dozens of newspapers including the Denver Post and LA Daily News, announced he was stepping down from his longtime post. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting, two new members of the board of director ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Haven Gastropub Expanding to Pasadena

    ​OC's own Haven Gastropub is opening a second, Pasadena location in late 2011. It's not just a clone of the Old Towne Orange restaurant, but an ambitious expansion into their own, on-site beer brewing operation.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Orange County No Longer the Promised Land for Fast Food?

    ​Taco Bell, Del Taco, In-N-Out, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.--the list of fast-food chains with headquarters in Irvine is among the largest in the country. They came to our land of plenty not just because of a friendlier business environment, but also because Southern California has always offered delive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Delaware North Says its Offer for John Wayne Airport Food Contract Won't Rip Off Consumers, Like Rival Bid HMSHost would

    Flickr user b r e n t​Many of ustedes are probably going through John Wayne Airport for points north and east this week, probably munching on food you brought with you from home lest you get ripped off at Mickey D's or Starbucks. Many of you are hoping that the Orange County Board of Supervisors a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Toyota's Record $32.4 Million Fine Settles Federal Probes But Not Suits Brought by OCDA and Others

    ​Toyota's agreement to pay a record $32.4 million to settle U.S. Department of Transportation investigations into the giant automaker's handling of two recalls does nothing to resolve civil lawsuits brought by the Orange County District Attorney's Office and the families of those killed or injured ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    WTF of the Week: The Grammy Noms

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyEminem, nominated for 'Recovery'​WTF:Despite the fact that the way the world listens to music has changed radically over the past decade, the Grammys ostensibly continue to reward bands based on a model en vogue 50 years ago. This year's list of nominees reflects that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Embassy Suites Irvine, Hotel Facing Worker Complaints and Union Push, is Sold

    ​HEI Hotels & Resorts just sold the 293-suite Embassy Suites Irvine-Orange County Airport for an undisclosed price.The Norwalk, Conn.-based investor in hotel properties reportedly says the sale will allow it to implement further cost-cutting at the hotel by managing the property. But it also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Record Stores Hold Nationwide Vinyl Sale on Black Friday; Here's a Handy List of Local Participants

    John Gilhooley/OC WeeklyFingerprints Record Store​A few weeks ago, the people behind Record Store Day announced their plan to host "Back to Black Friday," where indie music stores will be carrying exclusive and limited vinyle and CD releases by Metallica, U2, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    The Thing About the North Park Music Thing

    ​The thing about the North Park Music Thing, explains founder Kevin Hellman, is that he wants the two-day festival in San Diego to be as regional as SXSW. And some day, maybe bigger.  "The first year it was called North by North Park, but the folks in Austin (home of SXSW) threatened to su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    LowBallVideoChatter: LynnMarie & the Boxhounds, "Squeeze Box" (plus Grammy rant)

    God, I hate the stupid fucking Grammy Awards, an annual music industry wank-off that I've seriously been railing against ever since I was 12 -- in 1980, the year wus-pop icon Christopher Cross swept all the big awards, beating out classic recordings like Pink Floyd's The Wall (which somehow flew und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Vinyl Considered Groovy—Again

    An employee at a Fred Meyer store in Portland, Oregon mistakenly ordered vinyl LPs of R.E.M.'s latest album, Accelerate, instead of the CD-DVD version, and a funny thing happened: 20 of the vinyl copies sold the first day they were put on the shelves. Now this retailer is going to stock the format t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2008

    Parents Television Council Loves TBN, Is Full of It

    Tomorrow, those boob tube rubes known as the Parents Television Council will impart its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ (their trademark, not our lame irony) on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. "We commend the TBN Networks for upholding the positive values that families hold dear," states a PTC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 11, 2008

    The Grammys: Drunk on Winehouse

    Every year the Grammy Awards ceremony proves—among other things—how far out of step my tastes are with mainstream music, a state of affairs with which I came to terms, oh, in the early '80s. It also reveals the dearth of imagination/adventurousness of the nominating committee. Most of the music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2007

    Comic-Con 2007: Wall-E

    "What if mankind had to evacuate Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off?" This is the idea behind Wall.E, which stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth class (pronounced "Wally," as in George). Director Andrew Stanton is determined to capture the epic spirit and sense of wond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2007

    Best Story of the Day: Cow Anus Burger?

    Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels wins for the best story of the day. In the business section, Semuels reported on the increasingly comical burger wars in Southern California. According to Semuels, CKE Restaurants Inc., owners of Carl's Jr. and Hardees, sued Jack in the Box on Friday in Oran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2006

    Karaoke: Cruel and Unusual

    As home to the country's largest concentration of Vietnamese-Americans, any story about Vietnam is liable to generate strong opinions in OC. But regardless of how one feels about the current government of Vietnam, I think we can all agree that a story in today's Long Beach Press-Telegram shows that, ... More >>

  • News

    March 21, 2002

    Dropping In

    Following his sale to Nike, Bob Hurley has global reach

  • Food

    September 20, 2001

    Hi-Fi Food!

    Oranges Filling Station pumps up the vittles

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