You hear all that buzz about China taking over the world? About it becoming the largest economy on Earth, about it taking over all our industries slowly but surely, about every corporation on Earth rushing to the Middle Kingdom to tap into its billion-plus population? It's happening to tequila, too: ... More >>
Today, famed iconic early hip-hop film Wild Style returns with a dazzling new 30th anniversary digital remaster on an incredibly detailed and loaded-with-extras double-DVD! We spoke to director Charles Ahearn, who also recently launched the brand new hyper-detailed and multi-faceted Wild Style websi ... More >>
This Irvine restaurant shows how people from Georgia like their Japanese food
This is it. The Mitsuwa food fair you've been waiting for. There have been others throughout the year, but in my opinion, the Hokkaido Fair is the one. And perhaps the folks at Mitsuwa realize it, too, because for the first time that I've noticed, they've hired a PR person to send reminders to peopl ... More >>
While our Burger Kings are putting fries in its burgers and our McDonald's are offering chicken wings, KFC's in Japan are reportedly deep frying soup.
Did you feel a little earthquake last week? That tremor was the July 1 grand opening of Tofu King at Irvine's Taiwanese restaurant epicenter. The Orange Tree Square Shopping Center, a small shopping center backed up hard against the 5 freeway at Jeffrey Road, gains another strong player in the cuis ... More >>
You read the headline correctly. Burger King is offering mojitos, Long Island iced teas, daiquiris, and Cuba Libres. But wait...before you head out the door to get your drink on, I should add that it's only being offered at select Burger King stores in Japan.
Mitsuwa is continually bringing us tastes of Japan in the form of limited-time special items, and this one caught my eye. It's the Ice Cornet, a swirl of soft-serve ice cream inside warm bread shaped like a cone. The picture above doesn't do the concoction justice--it's huge! The treat is popular ... More >>
This Irvine restaurant is the latest Kogi knock-off, but it's a damn great one
What kind of world would it be without Internet video? Most give The Food Network, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network a run for their money, and best of all, you need only commit to a few minutes of your time instead of a full half-hour.Here are my favorite videos of the year.
Got three minutes? Wanna go eat in Japan? Here's a video that proves that you don't need to be Anthony Bourdain to do mouthwatering food porn. You just need a good camera and to know where to point it. Combined with funky, 8-bit music, the gorgeously shot and edited 3-minute short was uploaded a few ... More >>
Can someone be too young and too handsome? Apparently if you've been anointed the new chairman of Iron Chef Japan, you can. Kotaku is reporting that Japanese fans of the original Iron Chef are up in arms over the striking good looks and youth of the new chairman producers have chosen to preside over ... More >>
Some critics have declared that Death By China is fueled by warmongering, anti-Chinese sentiment and others call the film/book another important wake up call to a looming disaster.You can make up your own mind Friday night in Anaheim when there will be a special showing of the controversial, 79-minu ... More >>
I'm really not sure what the appeal here is. A few weeks ago, it was McDonald's that offered black and white burgers in China. Now, it appears the Burger Kings in Japan are getting into burger noir act, too. Starting this Friday, September 28, the Japanese arm of the King will start selling the ... More >>
A chef in China has built an army of robots he's selling to noodle restaurants. The automatons have blinking eyes and a swiveling arm that slices noodles with a windshield wiper-like movements. Since production started in March, he's reportedly sold about 3000 of these robots for about $2,000 each, ... More >>
Even China can't shut up the artist/gadfly
We don't know if we were more surprised or relieved that Donald was a man of choice words. It might be because he used to teach English, and we were prepared to type a whole lot more. Either way, his demeanor was about as chill as could be right before a lunch service.Read our interview with Donald ... More >>
Donald Williams was careful to explain that the operation is a team effort. There is no designated chef at Coco Ichibanya. Sauce, protein, starch, and perhaps a veg. There's a certain amount of assembly (and a whole lotta curry) involved. He also mentioned their next location in K-town, opening in t ... More >>
See update at the end of this post. Click here for the original post and comments.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 22, 3:33 P.M.: For years, products from Urban Decay have been stamped with the same tagline: "We don't do animal testing. How could anyone?" How could anyone? Turns out, easily when there ... More >>
For years, products from Urban Decay have been stamped with the same tagline: "We don't do animal testing. How could anyone?" How could anyone? Turns out, easily when there are dollar signs involved. The Newport Beach-based makeup company, which long prided itself on its "cruelty-free" sta ... More >>
A 52-year-old Huntington Beach businessman got sentenced this week for exporting seven thermal imaging cameras to China in violation of U.S. national security controls.Jason Jian Liang, a 1985 immigrant from China and president of Sanwave International Corp., admitted that he did not seek export lic ... More >>
[Trendzilla] The Irvine store has a yen for big savings!
If Cooking With Dog isn't the most popular cooking channel on YouTube, it is certainly the most beloved. The series of cooking shorts that details, step-by-step, the creation of more than 70 Japanese dishes was recently selected for a YouTube Japanese Award. Our sister blog SFoodie shares our lov ... More >>
Here in the United States, we do silly things like honor our precious movie stars by naming sandwiches after them. To name a few, there are the "Woody Allen" at Carnegie Deli in New York, "The Salma" and "The Kiera" at Hot Doug's in Chicago, and "Marilyn Monroe"--a Thanksgiving-style turkey sandw ... More >>
Years back, Pizza Hut in China tried to put an end to the Homer Simpsons of the world by enforcing a one-plate-per-person rule for its salad buffet. Customers were all like, "What the heck, man?" And then they were all like, "CHALLENGE!" In stunning acts of engineering and douchebagg ... More >>
One day--one glorious day, when stock markets are raging, gas is a buck a gallon, and China is our overlords--someone's going to write the They Shoot Horses, Don't They? of gimmicks involving the opening of chain restaurants, the urging of making people camp for the chance to win free food for a ... More >>
California has made international news with our recent effort to ban the sale of shark fin soup, the Chinese delicacy that unfortunately is leading to the extinction of too many shark species. Now comes word from a Taiwanese fish farmer that he has a perfect solution, one that doesn't necessarily ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 12, 2:09 P.M.: Newport Beach fire officials still haven't found the cause of an explosion that sent four people to a hospital this morning. Three are in serious condition with burns to their arms and faces, while the fourth, who drove to the hospital, sustained moderate injuries. A ... More >>
Tokyo Game Show, the Japanese expo equivalent of Los Angeles' Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), was held over the past weekend in the midst of the Japanese scorching summer heat. Along with new information regarding Sony's PlayStation Vita, new game and hardware announcements along with hands-o ... More >>
You Offend Me You Offend My FamilyThe Cup Noodles Museum opens today! And no, I don't mean my old dorm room closet. Forty years ago, Nissin Foods introduced to the world what would become a food staple of college students, stoners, kitchen klutzes and overworked cubicle rats. To celebr ... More >>
Cupcake Camp OC Facebook PageIt's gonna be a crazy weekend 'round here. And it starts . . . now. TODAYOriginal Long Beach Lobster Festival What: Watch out, Sebastian! Loads of crustaceans will be steamed, buttered and served with coleslaw and watermelon at this beloved annual event. &nb ... More >>
Photo by Keith MayTypically when you hear about food scandals in China, it's dire stuff, dangerous stuff that endangers lives. This one, by comparison, seems like a minor drop in the bucket; but it is making waves just the same. Ajisen Ramen, the giant ramen chain which has 588 stores in China (a ... More >>
Pandora's Tower: A game that you may NEVER get a chance to play.This year's lineup of games for Nintendo's systems are running a bit thin. Sure, we've got The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and a few 3DS games to look forward to, but the number of games that are targeting the experienced gamer cr ... More >>
Recently available to Nintendo 3DS owners--of Japan and Europe, for now--is the Nintendo Video service. The service is expected to release "Nintendo-approved" 2D and 3D content to the 3DS with cartoons, comedy clips, and even music videos. Working alongside another application known as SpotPass T ... More >>
Earthquakes aren't the only thing that California and Japan have in common. For years Japanese youth have adopted and emulated lowrider culture and Chicano Rap as their own. This peculiar phenomenon attracted a promotional tour to Japan in 2006 by Always Running author Luis J. Rodriguez who brou ... More >>
Flickr user photographynataliaThis is just a stock photo of a typical supermarket shelf of drinks. Drinks shown are not necessarily any of the affected brands.News is that Taiwan and surrounding regions are dealing with the latest tampered food scandal. This time, the alleged offender has been pi ... More >>
Flickr user OliBacWe all know that North Korea's leadership is batshit loco, which has unfortunately left a populace that's hungry when not outright starving. It's almost impossible for South Koreans to send care packages to their brothers and sisters in the Hermit Kingdom--and even if they do, t ... More >>
Finally a story about food production in China that brings chuckles, not fear and panic. This video is funny because it involves exploding melons. Overzealous farmers used a growth accelerator called forchlorfenuron (a legal substance) too late in the season which made their whole crop of melons bur ... More >>
Dramatizingand weeping forthe carnage of the Nanking massacre in 'City of Life and Death'
Wiki CommonsPanda Express may introduce the people of China to . . . Chinese food--or at least the American bastardization of it.First, Taco Bell made its way to Mexico. Now, Panda Express, which we can thank for bringing glazed orange chicken to mall food courts across the country, may find a pl ... More >>
I just discovered the flickr set Kit Kats of the World, and boy, we Americans are getting gypped with boring milk chocolate. Japan's got much more intriguing varieties such as salt-watermelon, jasmine tea, chocolate & grilled potato, wasabi, grilled corn, sports drink and even "air-condition ... More >>
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Ever since the major catastrophe in Japan, people have been wondering how they can help the victims, who are just starting to put their lives back together again. For musicians, the best way to help is to put on a show and invite as many bands and DJ's as you can.
The always loud and festive Baja Sharkeez Newport Beach is stepping up to help the Japan relief effort by hosting a silent auction and raffle tonight from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. There's some serious loot up for bidding--Lakers and Angels tickets, autographed Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings equipmen ... More >>
Dana finally finds an issue he can't botchOkay, sure. Perennially goofy Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher occasionally makes a good point.This week in Washington, Rohrabacher and other Republican politicians questioned planned U.S. aid to China.What does the Obama administration want to ... More >>
After co-opting Japanese fashion for years, Gwen Stefani is giving back. Today, she announced that she donated $1 million to Save the Children's relief efforts for Japan. The No Doubt singer and fashion designer said in a statement: "I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love ... More >>
In the wake of the unfathomable disaster in Japan, musicians are showing their support through benefit shows, merch and other creative endeavors, rallying fans to help the country. Their efforts can make a real impact--Gaga's Japan-relief wristbands raised $250,000 in just 48 hours. Here's ... More >>