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  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    No. 90, Poke at Costco Tustin II

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! Poke is the food I crave as soon as the plane's landing gear hits th ... More >>

  • Food

    June 12, 2014

    Where to Buy Ice Cream in OC this Summer

    Sprinkles, Frozen Cow Creamery and other ice cream places to explore and get headaches at this summer

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Rap Shirts for White People is Hip-Hop Hilarity!

    What do you get when you mix Stuff White People Like sensibilities with hip-hop? The answer comes in the form of a hilarious new clothing line! Rap Shirts for White People puts a twist on famous lyrics while having fun at the expense of the world of whiteness. Can we all really picture Method Man's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Kawamata Seafood: New Poke Place Opens in Dana Point

    Could this be the turning point for poke, the Hawaiian raw fish dish, that up to now has played second fiddle to sushi? Let's look at the evidence: Costco in Tustin at The District is selling it on weekends, and new joints like PokiNometry in Anaheim are popping up and dedicating their entire menu o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Costco in Tustin's The District Will Sell More Poke This Weekend!

    If you read last week's post about the Costco in Tustin selling real Hawaiian poke, you weren't the only one. The post garnered nearly 3,000 likes on Facebook and because of this the warehouse store was overwhelmed. They reportedly ran out of poke by Saturday. They're going to be more prepared thi ... More >>

  • Food

    September 12, 2013

    Surfas Is a Chef's Toys 'R' Us

    The Costa Mesa branch of the legendary Culver City market has everything a serious cook needs, plus a café that makes a damn-good burger

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2013

    How To Replicate Cream Pan's Strawberry Croissants With Costco Ingredients

    Did you hear about the crookie? It's basically a croissant with an Oreo cookie baked in it, the latest croissant Frankenstein monster to go viral after the insanity that followed the cronut. Well, world, you can have you cronuts and your crookies. I've already encountered the best form a croissant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Newport Coast Chinese Furniture Importer Gets Prison For Bilking Banks

    A Newport Coast importer of Chinese furniture for stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, Costco and TJMaxx has been punished by a federal judge for cheating in a scheme to defraud banks involving a $130 million loan deal.This week inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, U.S. District Court ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    $1 Deals At Whole Foods Market Tustin This Saturday

    We rubbed our eyes and squinted before we reread it. A dollar sale at Whole Paycheck? We picture muffins sliced in half quarters, right?If you're willing to fight the hell known as The District parking lot, keep reading for what they're advertising.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 2

    Ever wonder what it's like to work in food service, retail stores, or really any customer-facing job? Just read the reviews of pretty much any business on Yelp and you'll see the heaping helping of entitled behavior you'll be subjected to on a daily basis. Of course, everyone wants perfection, but e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Costco Carries Great Paletas

    I'm still waiting for the day Costco has the good sense to stop selling the low-sodium-chicken-meat Spam and bring back the original fully-salted-pork-only Spam onto its bulk-buy pallets (in the meantime I buy my Spam at Fresh & Easy). A while ago, they also stopped stocking the Skinny Cow ice c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Costco Food Court Ditches Carne Asada Bakes; Introduces New Item

    Adios, Costco's carne asada bake. Howyoudoin' hot turkey provolone sandwich. The preeminent membership warehouse store has once again switched out one of their food court offerings for another. Replaced by the new sandwich, the aforementioned carne asada bake was itself a replacement for a turkey wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Aria International Supermarket to Open in Tustin

    ​Like a scene from The Game, where Michael Douglas searches for a company that doesn't really exist, Aria Supermarket is a little ambiguous with its public information. With a just-made Facebook page, we get address, hours and a ringing phone. And that's about it.Replacing the defunct Sears Essent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Total Wine & More To Open Third OC Store In Huntington Beach: Hiring Event Today

    Edwin GoeiPicture of the Tustin store...where there will be a hiring event for the HB store, today.​If BevMo seems like the Trader Joe's of booze and Hi-Time the farmers market, Total Wine & More would have to be the Costco.In 2008 the alcoholic beverage chain opened their first OC store in Tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    The District in Tustin Loses 3 Restaurants

    Edwin Goei​I noticed in walking around The District in Tustin last week how deserted the place was. No, not the Costco part or the part where Target and Whole Foods continue to snarl up traffic; but the area around the theater. After the failure of Borders and Chaparosa Grill a few months ago, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Woman Finds Live Tree Frog in Packaged Organic Salad

    Flickr user BlanzerA frog, not THE frog​One of the unintended consequences of the organic-food movement is that the lack of pesticides and focus on making everything seem as "natural" as possible means there's a higher chance that more critters just might make it into your home, and you're more li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    On the Line: Christian Murcia of Crepes Bonaparte & Brats Berlin, Part One

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​He may not be French (he's Hispanic), but Christian Murcia can make an authentic crepe. His business acumen has enabled him to launch Brats Berlin, a German-themed luxe lonchera featuring bratwurst, which debuted over the weekend. Join us as we tap the creativity behin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Hey, Look: Wasabi-Flavored Dorritos!

    Vickie Chang/OC WeeklyWasabi! Dorritos! TOGETHER!​Spotted at the City of Industry Costco location: Giant bags of Wasabi-flavored Dorritos. Are they delicious? And are they really that nuclear green color?

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Using Coupons Smartly for Super Bowl Sunday

    Anne Marie Panoringan​ >I used to consider just shopping at Costco and Target saving money. I was wrong. So very wrong. Thanks to The Krazy Coupon Lady for showing me the light.Anyway, if you're trying not to dash to the grocery store at the last minute, here's a deal for you. Pull the Sund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Alcoholic Chocolate Milk Now On Sale at Costco

    ​If this was the year of anything, it's the year of creative and not-so-creative alcohol-based products. You may have heard of Four Loko, the caffeinated alcoholic energy drink that became the subject of bans and dire FDA warnings. Then there was CREAM, the booze-infused whipped topping that our ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 9, 2010

    If It Doesn't Fit, Don't Have a Fit

    [Hey, You!] If you're being towed, don't act like a toad

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Rick LeBlanc of Rick's Atomic Cafe Goes On the Line

    Photo by Todd Barnes​From a hidden office in a hidden industrial park behind another hidden industrial park in Costa Mesa, Rick LeBlanc has been wowing foodies and office drones alike with his Rick's Atomic Cafe, an all-American eater given spins by LeBlanc's organic-obsessed mind and able hands-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    New Mexican Restaurant at The District in Tustin Slated For December Opening

    Edwin Goei​Remember Bistro West and the building they left behind when they shuttered at The District in Tustin? It turns out the restaurant that will take it's place won't be called Pablo McGinty's as some reports out there predicted.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    OC's Costcos Introduce New Food Court Item

    Photo by Edwin Goei​Adios Costco turkey wraps; cómo estás Costco Carne Asada Bakes! Yes, you heard that right. The change has been propagating through Southern California Costco's food courts this summer, and now it has finally reached OC (at least the one at the District in Tustin): ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    3hree Things: Why I Listened To Menomena's New Record 43 Times This Weekend (And Am Not Even Remotely Sick Of It Yet)

    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, being an OC native and, of course, music.​I moved from Irvine to back to Orange just over two months ago, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Total Wine & More Opens Today In Brea

    Edwin Goei​Attention North County booze hounds, you now have a Total Wine & More in your vicinity. The liquor superstore, which some liken to a Costco of alcohol, has opened its second OC store at 471 South Associated Road Brea, CA 92821 (at the Brea Plaza Shopping Center). They are open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Jonathan Munsayac of Tranquil Tea Lounge, Part 2

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Today we continue with Part 2 of our interview with Jonathan Munsayac of Fullerton's Tranquil Tea Lounge. Missed the first part? Click here. Otherwise, read on!

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Philippine Brand Mango Balls

    Edwin Goei​Name: Philippine Brand Dried Mango Balls Origin: Philippines Found at: 99 Ranch, Irvine Cost: $1.29 Ingredients: Selected Mangoes, Sugar & Preserved With Sulfur Dioxide Why I Bought It: It's easily the most wholesome Wacky Snacks I've profiled on this feature. Except for ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 22, 2009
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    October 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Dueling Dishes: Costco Pizza Versus Whole Foods Pizza

    Edwin Goei​This week on Dueling Dishes: pizza. But not just any pizza: supermarket pizza, bought from opposite ends of the retail spectrum. Yes, it's Costco's pizza versus Whole Foods'. One is unquestionably proletariat, a massive mass-produced pie, sold for price so low ($9.95) it's almo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Please Recycle, Pre-cycle, Free-cycle, Up-cycle, Down-cycle, E-cycle

    ​Just when you finally figured out that the three point-chasing-the-tail arrows means "recycle" along comes a whole bunch more terms without the helpful arrows. They are (drum roll):  pre-cycle, free-cycle, up-cycle, down-cycle and e-cycle.What does it all mean? California News Service's Lori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2009

    Irony Alert: Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips

    Edwin GoeiSaw this on sale at Costco this weekend and it was so thick with irony, I could not resist taking a picture. To me it seems like the worst case of brand dilution since what California Adventure has meant for Disney theme parks; but even more so. I suppose it's about the only option f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    How to Spend Disney Bucks? Let Mickey Count the Ways

    Everybody has cash to spare these days, so the big question is how to blow it to get the most bang for your buck. This is especially true, of course, of Mouseketeers. I mean, should those with valid Orange County addresses spend $99 for a three-day pass to visit Disneyland and/or California Adventur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Churro Station To Open Franchises in Santa Ana and Anaheim

    Move over cupcakes. Step aside frozen yogurt. There will be a new dessert in town. And his name is churro. He's been deep-fried, covered in sugar and cinnamon, and franchised by an outfit called Churro Station. The chain -- started by a woman who rightly realized that there were no churro franc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    The $1.50 Costco Hot Dog: Hebrew National Out...Kirkland Brand In

    I don't usually read the Costco Connection -- the corporate propaganda Coscto puts out every month and sends to every member in the mail -- but this month is different. The cover story was all about the food court, its past and future. And I've gotta say: it was quite an interesting read -- espec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2008

    Ajisen Ramen & Greek Islands Open at Diamond Jamboree

    I am not sure why they always seem to come in twos. This week, both Ajisen Ramen and Greek Islands debuted. Ajisen was already doing decent business at 4 P.M. yesterday,  attracting a few looky-loos like myself. Greek Islands, on the other hand, was not. It remains to be seen how Greek food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    Free Thanksgiving Feast Tasting This Saturday at Whole Foods

    I'm a sucker for free samples. You'll often see me at Costco on Saturday mornings making the rounds on the sample buffet, emulating Homer Simpson. Remember that episode? Anyway, it looks like I'll have two places to graze this weekend. All L.A. and Orange County Whole Foods will be doing a Thank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Total Wine Opens in Tustin: Ribbon Cutting Today

    Just made it under the wire for Oktoberfest. Total Wine, the alkie's Costco (well, that's not an apt methapor since Costco has booze too doesn't it?), has opened in at the Tustin Marketplace (next to Best Buy) in what used to be a furniture store. Now that last part should give you an idea of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2008

    The Accidental Critic: End Roulette at The District at Tustin Legacy

    Being new in town, I'm on the lookout for music wherever I can find it. And a young band looking to make a name is in no position to turn down a gig, no matter where it may be. So it might have been kismet that I found myself listening to Los Angeles-based four piece End Roulette last night at, o ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008
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    September 21, 2008
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    July 17, 2008

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    Splitting Images

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  • Food

    June 15, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    An Ethnic Costco: HK Market in Tustin

  • News

    June 3, 2004

    FDA FUs Plan B

    Plan Your Unplanned Sex Accordingly

  • Columns

    March 6, 2003
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    February 27, 2003
  • Culture

    November 16, 2000

    Great Slabs O' Dead Stuff!

    OCCCA's 'Extreme' is a 'Sensation'!

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    April 20, 2000
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