Grassroots organizations who helped to beat Costa Mesa's anti-day laborer law are ready to party! In October, the city repealed an ordinance that banned day laborers with threats of $1,000 fines and up to six months in jail after legal groups sued the city in March 2010. After a long activist campa ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa restaurant is the first outpost of the Japanese pub chain to specialize in fast food
Ho, Ho, Ho, and a great big Hoe to one and all!!! 'Tis the season, "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year", and that means your 'favorite' activity, Christmas shopping!!!!! Don't you just love it...Going to the Malls, Fighting the Traffic, Buying online (while praying you don't get hacked), and most i ... More >>
A year after the city got the DEA to raid legit dispensaries, one remains open—and no one knows why
Who doesn't like free? You can get out of line, because two of the sweetest purveyors of tasty delights are giving away scream-worthy bites this Thursday to those with patience. And believe us, there will be waits in Costa Mesa. Let's start with the limited time offer. Our friends at Confetti Itali ... More >>
Slow traffic Friday evenings in Lake Forest and Costa Mesa is nothing new, but part of the delays on two streets in these cities tonight will be caused by sobriety checkpoints. Neither location was announced for the Orange County sheriff's operation in Lake Forest from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and ... More >>
When it comes to places to visit on my bucket list, near the top is the Alibaba Motel even though I have lived since 1989 a few miles from the Costa Mesa landmark known for its inviting dome roof. The delay in fulfilling that wish may owe to the, uh, colorful, dentally impaired tweakstes found wand ... More >>
A Costa Mesa man is suing the city of Newport Beach and its police department over being mauled by a police dog he claims was released near a garage where he was sleeping. Usyel Ocampo Roman, 34, wants his medical bills and other expenses covered and an undetermined amount of damages in the complai ... More >>
It was the city of Costa Mesa that alerted me to the fact that it had been named one of the top 100 places to live in the United States, but it was not until checking the list that I discovered the former Greater Goat Hill wound up at No. 99. That put Costa Mesa behind Anaheim (28), Irvine (36), Fu ... More >>
Flash mob meet flask mob: Four teens were arrested Tuesday afternoon after they allegedly tried to steal liquor from a Ralphs supermarket and then fought with store employees and police who tried to detain them.
A Costa Mesa resident got quite an eyeful recently: the sight of a strange, naked man who'd used the restroom, drank mouthwash and watched online porn in the home. The resident managed to hold down the intruder until police arrived and eventually booked the 26-year-old on suspicion of burglary and ... More >>
The Costa Mesa City Council shitcanning a controversial ordinance aimed at laborers seeking jobs was applauded today by civil rights organizations.
A Costa Mesa mom who embezzled more than $50,000 from a high school ban booster club pleaded guilty to the charges against her, was sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation and ordered to pay nearly $52,000 in restitution. Jennifer Borders-Piatti, 51, pleaded guilty to felony grand the ... More >>
See the update on the next page about an arrest in the murder of a handyman who was rehabbing the residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 9, 1:48 P.M.: A man's body was found in front of an uninhabited Costa Mesa building this morning, and police are investigating t ... More >>
As far as city restaurant weeks go, this is one of the good ones. Costa Mesa, home to a lot of one of the best restaurants in OC--such as Mastro's on the high-end, and newcomer Pie-Not on the low-end--will hold its annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week starting this Friday, August 16 and last till, you ... More >>
Hello food round-up readers, I've missed you so. Our Mexican-in-Chief returns to us next week so you can look forward to more of his usual rabble-rousing on the food blog again. Until then, let's take a look at this past week... Edwin visited H20 Sushi & Izakaya at The Triangle in Costa Mesa, and i ... More >>
A couple of years ago, I announced on this infernal blog that we were going to do a hot sauce/salsa contest. And then...nothing. I think I went on vacation or had to deal with internal politics or skinheads or SOMETHING, but I dropped the taco (kind of like Game of Burgers haha, but I'm getting ther ... More >>
The Costa Mesa ramen renaissance seemed to have hit a speed bump. A tipster named cbc commented on my recent restaurant roll call post that Jinya Ramen in Costa Mesa, which has only been open for a little more than a year, is going to be closing mid-month. The competition has been undoubtedly fierc ... More >>
The OC Tastefest is being held this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. It starts tonight at 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.; tomorrow, June 29th, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and concludes Sunday, June 30th, from noon to 8 p.m.
See the update on page 2 with the Costa Mesa City Council approving privatization of the city jail and the city workers union finding the Weekly's coverage of last night's vote lacking.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 4, 1:05 P.M.: Those concerned about keeping their jobs at the Costa Mesa city jail have a full ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the earthquake that struck Costa Mesa at 1:39 p.m. today.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 4, 1:47 P.M.: Did anyone else just feel that?About five minutes ago, I felt a quick jolt under my feet followed by what sounded like someone running across my roof.Someone on the ... More >>
With the violence in the world, a dry-ice bomb going off at the Happiest Place on Earth and an Infiniti splitting in two and killing all the teen occupants in Newport Beach, it's refreshing to hear there can be a happy ending to a grenade being found in a public park and near a high school.The happy ... More >>
Well howdy-do, and welcome to another week in food. This time around, Edwin reviewed Black Trumpet Bistro in Huntington Beach, and then he gave us the restaurant roll call for April. He announced the opening of Tootsie - a cute ice cream shop in Santa Ana. And last, he told us that MTV will soon ha ... More >>
Our monthly roll call of open and shut cases is a few days late, but here it is: the list of what we observed that's new and shuttered in the last month. Our general observation? A lot of stuff went down in Costa Mesa!
Nekter, a local juice-bar chain known for its green smoothies and other things that help us poop, surprised us with its latest offering: cocktail mixers. Hey, even health nuts need to put down their yoga mats and have some fun once in a while. The blends are called Nekter On The Rocks, a collecti ... More >>
Confession time: Like many in the media, I looked at Kevin E. Harris blowing himself up, having covered his Costa Mesa house in foil to prevent the government from reading his mind and writing the gubment was also behind the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson, John Lennon and everyone who perished ... More >>
Costa Mesa is OC's ramen country. We know this for a fact. But ramen isn't the only noodle game in town. There's also soba and udon, to name just a few other slurpable options. But so far, if I recall correctly, there's only one notable from-scratch udon maker in town: Sanukiseimen at the Mitsuwa Ma ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying the victim.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 11, 9:13 A.M.: Fifteen years ago or so, picking up my son at a friend's home, I stepped onto a skateboard in the driveway and was promptly thrown on my ass. It was then I realized skateboards should have an expiration ... More >>
See Update No. 7 on page 3 about a recently concluded press conference giving a complete overview of the latest events in Trabuco Canyon.See Update Nos. 3-6 on page 2 about the man being found alive, the search resuming for the woman, Kyndall Jack being found and airlifted out and how it all happene ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying the burned man and giving his condition.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 25, 10:13 A.M.: There's already a fake reality show (aren't they all?) called Burning Love (hilarious!) on Yahoo and the E! channel, so a fellow who walked into a Costa Mesa nail salon Sun ... More >>
*See bottom of this post for an update.Original Post, March 13, 8:27 a.m.: Sooner or later it had to happen: a kid gets his hands on a brownie, and not realizing it is laced with marijuana, he takes it to school and shares it with a bunch of his friends, all of whom become dizzy and sick to their st ... More >>
The corner stall to the right at the Mitsuwa Marketplace food court in Costa Mesa has seen many tenants come and go. The last one was The Loft, a satellite of the Hawaiian BBQ joint, which was successful elsewhere but faltered here where Santouka's ramen and Miyabi-Tei's bentos rule.
Food fundraisers feature some of the most lucrative combinations: Girl Scout cookies, pizza parties for soccer leagues and raffles involving hosted dinners are just a few that come to mind. Factor in a worthy cause, and you have the makings of something profitable. Deep pockets can whet their appeti ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with the checkpoint results released by Costa Mesa cops.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 15, 3 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department is conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Lake Forest starting at 6 tonight, while Costa Mesa kicks in with its own two hours later.Neith ... More >>
With a compound name like Greenleaf Gourmet ChopShop, it can be mistaken for vegetarian or carnivore eats. We still can't believe they sprouted last spring. Its spot on the corner of 17th and Westminster streets in Costa Mesa is bustling on a Tuesday, long after happy hour is over. So it's no surpri ... More >>
I think all of us who write and review restaurants get this question asked at least once, "Aren't you worried that you'll some day run out of restaurants to write about?"The answer is, of course, that it's impossible. Just as nurses will always be busy welcoming new babies into the world, we food wr ... More >>
Apparently there's a speakeasy in the back of the newly opened Pitfire Pizza in Costa Mesa, but you have to look in order to find it. I didn't know that, though, and I read the menu of cocktails available at the minuscule, no-seating bar up front. Then I looked at the garnish tray, which had mint, d ... More >>
Time for another restaurant roll call, folks, our monthly blog post that summarizes what's new and what's extinct. The big news was Surfas. Dave called it the "F.A.O. Schwarz for cooks and chefs" and after a few fits and starts, it debuted their first O.C. store in Costa Mesa's ever interesting SoCo ... More >>
Was it last year? I think it was, but anyhoo, I still have great memories of being a judge at SoCo Farmer's Market "Farm to Food Truck" contest, which pitted some of OC's finer luxe loncheras against each other in a Chopped-style contest utilizing the awesome produce found at the Costa Mesa treasure ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about a commenter to our original post being correct about the checkpoint location being in a minority neighborhood and stats from the police department.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 5, 6:09 A.M.: Sobriety checkpoints: they're not just for weekends and holidays any more. ... More >>
[Hey, You!] And then swipe all the other crap the candidates are leaving around town
Last week's arrest of Jennifer Border-Piatti for allegedly stealing $40,000 from the Costa Mesa High School Band Booster Club has not only spelled trouble for the nonprofit's 50-year-old treasurer.It may have also doomed the school's marching band and color guard program.
Strange transactions involving the funds of the Costa Mesa High School Band Booster Club led to a complaint to police, an investigation and Thursday arrest of the nonprofit's treasurer.Jennifer Border-Piatti was held on suspicion of embezzlement after a search warrant was served on the 50-year-old's ... More >>
We like our Costa Mesa Mitsuwa store for a lot of reasons. Find some of these reasons in our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown. They're also, of course, home to the venerable ramen purveyor Santoka. But then there's the reason why they always seem to grace the pages of this humble blog more often ... More >>
Unlike other city election guides that have graced the benevolent blog pages of Navel Gazing, this one will take on a different format. A brief mention of the proposed city charter, titled Measure V, will precede an outline of city council candidates. Current council members tried to bring the initi ... More >>