Diet and Nutrition

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Really, Folks: A Raw Vegan Diet Ain't So Bad

    There is one thing that a person on any kind of diet will advise, and that is to be prepared. When hunger strikes, rash decisions are made. I recently decided to try a new diet for three weeks after a little research. I learned that eating a raw vegan diet -- a diet consisting of mostly, if not exc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Joshua Campos Allegedly Ga-Ga Over Canned Baby Formula, Tied to 6 Thefts in 10 Days

    A 21-year-old guy has been popped for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 in canned baby formula from three different Irvine stores. Joshua Campos was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary Thursday, according to an Irvine Police statement that indicates officers who saw him surveillance vide ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 4, 2013

    Fitbit Steps Up the Steps

    [Trendzilla] The wristband watches your weight, wakes you up and more!

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Little Saigon Night Market, Cochon 555, and More!

    Just a reminder folks to tune in to the SoCal Restaurant Show every Saturday morning on KLAA-AM 830 because it's Anaheim-based and Weekling pal Jet Tila is the host. Here's the lineup for mañana, from producer Andy Harris--enjoy!

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Bobby Deen Loves His Mama But He's Not Dishing Up Her Meals.

    Sometimes there is just that one family you look at and think, I wish I could be related to them. For a lot of us who watch cooking shows religiously, it's the Deen family. Bobby Deen is lucky enough to be part of that family and while it seems like they get along so famously while the cameras are r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    Melissa d'Arabian Is Here To Help You Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping

    No matter your gender, there really does come a time when you notice a slow crawl in the ol' metabolism and at that point you might ask yourself, what can I do? With a New Year comes new resolutions we try to keep about eating better and living a healthier lifestyle and if you need a little extra he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Vegans Vandalize Beloved Huntington Beach Mural with McDonald's Characters On It

    I don't really care for McDonald's, but I do care for murals. I remember seeing a McDonald's-themed mural in Huntington Beach off Edinger Avenue and Edwards Street years ago but never really gave it any thought, figuring it was a bunch of corporate spinning. Of course, the truth was more fascinating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Monster Energy Drink Possibly Linked To Five Deaths

    The FDA is investigating reports of five deaths that may be linked to Monster Energy, the popular caffeine-and-taurine beverage in a big black can.A lawsuit against Corona-based Monster Beverage claims that a 14-year-old Maryland girl with a heart condition died after drinking two cans of the energy ... More >>

  • Food

    September 27, 2012

    Kale to the Chef at Healthy Junk

    Root for the vegetarian food, even though it's so-so, at Anaheim's deserted-for-now Center Street Promenade

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Vegetarians Petition For In-N-Out To Make A Veggie Burger

    One of the travails of becoming a vegan, as Ari Solomon has found, is that your choices are pretty limited at In-N-Out. The LA-based activist once enjoyed the chain's burgers but can no longer eat them. So in an attempt to make In-N-Out more vegetarian-friendly, he started a petition that calls for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    VIDEO: 'Do You Have Rice Milk?' And Other Shit Vegans Say

    ​Straight off the heels of the interwebz sensation "Shit Girls Say" (and its offshoots "Shit Black Girls Say" and "Shit Asian Girls Say") comes two videos for the non-animal-eating set.In "Shit Vegans Say" and "More Shit Vegans Say," soy-candle maker Ari Solomon compiles the key phrases that make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    Want to Eat Less? Eat With a Dude!

    ​Listen to this: According to a study published on Journal of Applied Social Psychology, if you eat with a man, you're likely to eat less food than if you dined with a woman. The experiment observed the habits of 127 college students and took note of what they ate and who they were with. From the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    INFOGRAPH: Are You a Vegetarian?

    ​ Apparently, the stars have aligned and it's Vegetarian Weekend here in the United States of Where's-The-Beef.Today is Hug-A-Vegetarian Day, sponsored by those lovable but disturbed whackjobs over at PETA. Not content with trying to get fish renamed "sea kittens" and actually driving more busines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    UK Dating Website Gets Dinged By Guv'ment: Claimed It's for Vegetarians, Yet Featured Mostly Meat Eaters

    ​Look at the page above. A quick glance would lead readers to believe this is a dating website for vegetarians, and that's how Veggie Dates UK initially advertised itself as. But now notice the tagline: "If you are someone looking to meet single people who lead a healthy lifestyle why not join.... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Seven Rap Songs about Eating Well

    Buff Love aka The Human Beat Box​Last week, the USDA introduced a new symbol for healthy eating to replace the decades-old food pyramid long considered ineffectual. The new graphic, called "MyPlate," replaces the pyramid with a plate-shaped pie chart demonstrating the importance of making fruits a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 26, 2011

    Phil Shane

    Original Mike's

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Study: Poor Californians Eating Healthier, Still Fat

    ​The past decade has seen nonprofits, government officials and foodies across California do everything possible to get poor people off their junk-food- and processed-food-heavy diet and eat healthier. And the push seems to be working: A report sponsored by the California Endowment shows that one o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    USDA Pushing for School Districts to Buy Food from Local Farmers

    Photo by Das UbergeekFrom the Irvine Farmers' Market: Will Organic Pears Make it into SanTana Unified?​Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama, take note: the United States Department of Agriculture has just announced that it's implementing a rule that is "encouraging" school districts to buy from local f ... More >>

  • 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

    March 28, 2011

    Five Things You'd Think Would Be Vegan--But Aren't

    ​It's not easy to be an observant vegan. None of us here at Fork are vegan, but we all know plenty of vegans, we respect vegans for the most part, and we know it's hard to follow that diet in a meat-centric world. Some foods are obviously not vegan: no tuna salad in the world is vegan, and Thai fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Chicago Mag Surprised By Children Who Don't Eat Crap

    Flickr user imeldaYou mean it gets better than this?​Chicago magazine--the Windy City equivalent of our Orange Coast--has an article by Carly Boers out this month about children who know and prefer real food in restaurants. The article goes on to create a revolting neologism for these children of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Will Eating Sea Kelp Save Us From Radiation?

    ​The officials have assured us we're fine, a very safe distance from the radiation that's still emitting from the disaster-hit nuclear plant in Japan, but that hasn't stopped folks around here from taking extra precautions. People are flocking to local health food markets such as Mother's and Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Report: Americans Drink More Alcohol Than Mexicans, But Mexicans Are Bigger Drunks

    Flickr user fczuardi​Last week, the World Health Organization released its massive Global Status Report On Alcohol and Health 2011. It's a fascinating read that breaks down the drinking habits of most of the countries in the world, along with morbidity rates and other fun stats. But for our purpos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    USDA to Require Nutrition Facts On Meat by 2012

    Flickr user mayhemComing soon to meat near you...​The United States Department of Agriculture will require the Nutrition Facts label, familiar to purchasers of packaged food, on 40 common cuts of meat and poultry, beginning January 1, 2012. The rule is being phased in slowly to give processors a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Put Down The Damn Cool Whip. Do It Now.

    Flickr user roadsidepicturesYou're not fooling anyone, you know.​Last week was a very stressful week, and when I get stressed out, I cook. The concentration required to work in a kitchen, a place with knives, boiling water or oil, fire, and slippery floors, takes my mind off whatever's gone wrong. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    El Patron Margarita at Yucatan Grill

    ​Yucatan Grill in Seal Beach is my go-to spot for tasty margaritas. This Caribbean-Mexican restaurant always makes their margaritas stiff (you have to get your money's worth in this recession!) and offers a variety of choices from a Suprema Yucatan (equivalent to a Cadillac Margarita) to a Pomerit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Is It Wise for Chick-Fil-A to Donate Their Chicken Sandwiches to the Poor?

    ​Far from me to criticize charitable efforts in these hard days but forgive me for being a bit cynical with a recent press release announcing that the Chick-Fil-A on Bristol and Macarthur in SanTana wants you to donate $5 so they can, donation by donation, give 30,000 hungry people in Orange Count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Tower of Terror Fall, Underage Drinking Confab Pump Up Schwarzenegger Bill Signing

    ​Two Anaheim events involving underage drinking are being used to amplify Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signing of legislation today that holds adults in California liable if youth they serve alcohol to are injured or killed.The signing comes during the 12th Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Annual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    McDonald's Introduces "Mouth-Watering Angus Snack Wrap"

    ​Hey, fast food junkies--good news. We think.Now the McDonald's Angus Third Pounder is available in a handy form: As a Snack Wrap. Cheeseburger shoved into a tortilla!

  • Calendar

    July 29, 2010

    Cold War Kids

    Huntington Beach Pier

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010


    Edwin Goei​Name: Crunky Ball Chocolate Origin: Korea Found at: H-Mart, Irvine Cost: $3.49 Ingredients: Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Corn, Vegetable Fat, Lactose, Whey Permeate Pwder, Emulsifer (Soy bean), Arabic Gum, Salt, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Artificial Flavor (V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    The Case Against HFCS

    Dave Lieberman​Last week's Dueling Dishes article, about the "Throwback" sodas made with real sugar compared to those made with the now-standard high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) garnered more comments than normal, including a reply from Audrae Erickson, the president of the Corn Refiners' Associati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Study Finds That Calorie Count On Food Labels Can Be Inaccurate​Trust labels much? Maybe you shouldn't. As a recent study conducted by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests, the calorie counts posted on restaurant and prepared food labels can be innaccurate, though not all are. For example, the label on Lean Cuisine's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    The Nutritional Content of Holy Communion

    vshioshvili @ CC BY-SA 2.0​It's the time of the year when people examine their eating habits. Every morsel that goes into one's mouth is scrutinized for its caloric content in hopes that reducing food intake a little bit will result in the body of your dreams. The one thing many people ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    TMI? Frighteningly Fattening Fast Food

    Time magazine has revealed a list of the top ten worst fast-food meals. "Worst", in this case, meaning the highest in calories, fat or sodium. Everything from salads to shakes, sold by everyone from Applebee's to KFC, makes the grade. Topping the bill is Outback Steakhouse's Aussie Cheese Fries, wei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    KFC Lays On Free Grilled Chicken Just For Us! (Hurry: One Deal Applies Today--Tomorrow It's El Pollo Loco)

    Yes, that's right. Not only is the whole country being offered a free piece of Kentucky Grilled Chicken today (Monday, April 27, aka UNFry Day), but Southern Californians are also benefitting from a further deal: buy an eight-piece or larger KFC meal from May 4 to May 31 and you'll receive four free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Nancy Silverton's Seasonal Sprouts Recipe

    I eat Brussels sprouts precisely once a year. On December 25, to be exact. I know they're good for me, with their fancy schmancy vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, fiber and sinigrin (the last two are believed to protect against colon cancer).But, yet, despite their impressive credentials, I could ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Only in Portland

    So last night I finally made it to this place called Casa Diablo. It's a strip club with an all-vegan menu and the dancers are not allowed to wear animal products. As a single vegan male alone in a city with nothing to do (and no restaurants open at 10 p.m.), I had to go. I get in and notice a heavi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Avanti Cafe International Tuesday Menu for January

    My continued favorite food happening is 2008 OC Weekly Best Restaurant Avanti Cafe's International Tuesdays, where $11.50 gets you a three-course meal of cuisines rare to these parts. This month's theme: regional cuisines of India, as follows. Note "Veronica" and "Bart" are the junior chefs at Avant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    FDA Wags Finger at Diet Coke's Vitamin Claims

    The FDA has issues with Coca Cola's new Diet Coke Plus.  It sent the company a letter earlier this month about the drink, which Coke purports to have a "refreshing taste...AND several essential nutrients" with "each 8 fl. oz. serving of Diet Coke Plus provid(ing) 15% of your RDI ... More >>

  • Food

    December 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Capri Sun's Water Flavored Beverage?

    Is corporate America trying to fleece me (more on this later), or have they stopped caring? Wait...I think I just answered my own question: It's both. Take a look at the packaging on this packet of Capri Sun. The word "flavor" appears four times, which in itself is overkill when you think about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    Mount Eerie, Jeffrey Lewis & Others At UC Irvine Thursday

    March 6 at UCI's Student Center promises to be an idiosyncratic indie-rock extravaganza of wild proportions. Mount Eerie, Jeffrey Lewis & the Jitters (also playing a free in-store at Fingerprints in Long Beach at 7 p.m.), BARR and Jeremy Jay will be performing, for free (all ages), starting at 8 p.m ... More >>

  • Food

    June 1, 2006

    Veggie Vexing

    Missing and loving Thuyen Vien

  • Culture

    January 19, 2006


    Don Ed Hardy

  • Unknown

    June 30, 2005
  • Food

    August 12, 2004
  • Columns

    January 22, 2004

    Numb at NAMM 2004

    The Music Industry Descends on Anaheim and Gives it a Hickey

  • Food

    April 10, 2003

    Temple of Tofu

    Luck for everyone at Van Hanh Vietnamese Restaurant

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