A man in Florida went to a McDonald's drive-thru last Friday and allegedly demanded a free meal. He claimed he deserved it because he said he was a cop who had just come back from a sting operation. He flashed a gun and a badge. That was when the restaurant called the real cops.
You should already be quite familiar with California Fish Grill, the largely local seafood chain that has spawned a lot of copy cats trying desperately to replicate its formula of reasonably-priced fish meals with rice or French fries. That many of its imitators have failed is a testament that the o ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterPretty in purple - Iliana as Part Two's spokespersonLadies' month at On the Line continues with Iliana Chiarini. If you frequent Cafe Chiarini, she has probably greeted you by name. I was thrown for a loop by her humor the first time, her warm greeting (as though I were fam ... More >>
Facebook.com/BruxieWafflesThere's a holiday for everything these days--this month alone: All American Breakfast Month, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month, Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month (no, seriously), Fall Hat Month, International People Skills Month, Happy Cat Month. . .But ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comYou'd be hard-pressed to find this sandwich in our fair county. That's your hint. There's not that many places that make it, so someone ought to guess the answer pretty quickly. What is this dish, and where did I eat it?
Dave found the burger deal of the month, but I stumbled upon the taco deal.At the Mexican chain that is drama-free compared to Taco Bell, the magic coin total is 29-cents for a regular taco this Wednesday, August 10, only. Take your starving (metaphoric or literal) self down to the nearest Del Ta ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comSeeing how this dish is a very specific thing served at only a handful of restaurants in the Weekly's coverage area, this ought be solved fast.What is this, and where did I eat it? Your hint: the lighting.
Edwin GoeiOn a recent trip to Irvine Spectrum, I noticed that Le Napoleon, the coffee shop that boasted Intelligentsia coffee and Cream Pan pastries was gone from its perch underneath the merry-go-round. I was going to put it on the list of restaurant casualties for the month...
Photo by Meranda CarterSouth County is represented this week, as we sit down with Joe Youkhan and discuss his Italian-inspired, Rancho Santa Margarita-based luxe lonchera, Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon. An East Coast transplant, he loves his butter, salt and vino. Learn how this father of two ... More >>
Various online media outlets have been reporting Facebook is experiencing a numbers slump. Sky news writes approximately 6 million North American users deleted their accounts in May, in addition to 100,000 British users. This is a drop in the bucket when considering Facebook reportedly has roughl ... More >>
Photo Courtesy of Two 40 South's FacebookPane e Vino, the Italian restaurant that's been in Brea Downtown for as long as Brea Downtown has been, closed around March. Now a new wine and tapas restaurant called Two 40 South has taken over the space at, you guessed it, 240 South Brea Blvd.
Flickr user john.murdenA farewell to childhood. It's the end of an era. The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Trustees has banned flavored milk in school cafeterias, and corn dogs and chicken nuggets are also off the menus. Who knows what's next? No word on whether OC schools are ... More >>
Everyone's posting this, so we should as well--along with our own Whole Foods Nazi experience!
Edwin GoeiPhoto is of Ngu Binh's Hue dishesYou know what OC needs more of? Restaurants that serve banh beo, those button-cute mini Jell-O shots of steamed rice flour batter from the Hue region of Vietnam.
You had us at the Knight Rider theme song. The TV spot for Australia's Hahn Beer was directed by Tom Kuntz, known for his award-winning campaigns for Old Spice and Skittles.Now, take us to this superbrewery!Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on&nbs ... More >>
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook wunderkind, shocked his 847 "friends" when his status update read, "I just killed a pig and a goat."What does that mean, Zuck? Do we Like? Dislike? Please share more. The 27-year-old billionaire elaborated to Fortune, emailing them a pretty thorough explanation o ... More >>
Oscar MeyerHere's a luxe-lonchera we can wholeheartedly endorse: to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its iconic Wienermobile, the country's first gourmet food truck (Gustavo note: not really, but let's play along, shall we?), the hot dog giant has trotted out a mini-version from which its frank ... More >>
Angry Bird Droppings Facebook PageIt's a bird! It's a plane! It's . . . actually a bird. An angry bird! On a soapbox! Flying through the finish line at the always-wacky Red Bull Soapbox Race was Angry Bird Droppings, a Garden Grove-based team made of former UCI engineering students. W ... More >>
John Gilhooley/OC WeeklyHere's a treat: We're doing a free ticket giveaway today instead of our usual Tuesday extravaganza because Jack's Mannequin is headlining! OC native, frontman Andrew McMahon, will be at the Roxy in LA on Wednesday to kick off 7-Eleven's 4-concert series (all tickets are on ... More >>
DC Central KitchenSay cheese, grilled-cheese sandwich. A school district in San Antonio has installed a system of cameras that takes a picture of what kids are eating and not eating for lunch.
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Berkeley DogBerkeley Dog's third and newest outlet soft opens tomorrow at the University Center, across from UC Irvine. Finally, the hot dog stand that emulates (and is supplied by) Top Dog in Berkeley fulfills its purpose: to feed a collegiate body in need of sausage sandwich sustenance. It's ot ... More >>
Searching the High Road.Checking in on the Newport Beach Film Festival at its halfway mark, viewers have been treated in this 12th year to the option of sticking to one genre of presentations--say, only shorts or comedies or Spanish-language movies--or creating their own cultural bouillabai ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 2, 1:10 P.M.: We just had a royal wedding. Now comes a Royals funeral.After months of negotiations, seemingly done deals and obviously un-done deals, the NBA's Kings are staying in Sacramento at least one more season, dashing hopes of regular season home games by the renamed Anaheim R ... More >>
Ah, Florida: your insane residents haven't appeared in this column enough. I think "indecent exposure" is written into your state constitution--but also peeing, then eating a burrito? GROSS...
Chad Sengstock/OC WeeklyWe just gleaned this from Fingerprints Records' Facebook page a few minutes ago: "Oh, look. We just found 30 spots on the guest list, no purchase necessary, for today's performance by The Airborne Toxic Event. It's at 1:00pm, and you can bring your lunch. Lets do this. ... More >>
Photo by Das UbergeekDos Chinos about to get even more national exposure!Facebook is abuzz about Cooking Channel's Eat Street heading to the OC. Per Edwin's article last week, Eat Street is a new show from the Cooking Channel documenting the food truck craze. Destinations covered so far include e ... More >>
After reading some of the comments posted on bands and fans during my reviews of this year's OC Music Awards, douchebag probably rates somewhere in the middle of the richter scale. Yet when I saw Daniel Morones, the 32-yer-old singer, guitarist of Tustin folk duo Foxxhound had called me just that ... More >>
From JIB's Munchie Mobile Facebook PageCarl's Jr. has one; so does In-N-Out. Last week, ball-headed Jack got a truck of his own. Jack In the Box's so-called "Munchie Mobile" is tricked out in side graphics featuring the typically business-suited mascot all muscled-up in a He-Man pose and ri ... More >>
And you thought J.K. Rowling kept us in suspense. . .At last night's KCRW Good Food/OC Weekly fete at the Crosby, the topic, of course, kept coming back to food. One place in particular piqued our interest--Chapter One: the modern local. Located in the Artists Village area of Santa Ana, Gus ... More >>
This guy just gave a talk in Orange County. . . . Better change the title of that book, son!UPDATED, 10:50 P.M. Those dingbat Dervaeses won't give up. Rather than take their licking and apologize to the authors, bloggers, and libraries who dared use the term "urban homestead" or "urban homeste ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyThe five finalists for Best Live Band and Best Live Acoustic Showcase Series have been chosen! These 10 bands will perform at the Showcase Finals on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 where the category winners will be announced on stage at the end of each night. Find out who wo ... More >>
"Like Akram Lotfy from Alexandria, Egypt, wrote on his Facebook wall before the shutdown, 'A government that is afraid of Facebook and Twitter should govern a city in Farmville.'"--Posted by Roqaya Ashmawey, one of the many young Arab-American activists looking to rename Anaheim's stretch of Broo ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 18, 11:24 A.M.: Drunk drivers in Surf City will not be shamed--on Facebook, at least. Last night, the City Council voted down the recommendation to post mug shots of repeat DUI offenders on the social network, with council member Kevin Bohr saying the proposal "might be well- ... More >>
Huntington Beach Police DepartmentUpdate, Jan. 12, 12:15 p.m.: Huntington Beach police may have a lead in the 1968 slaying. A person recognizes the woman in the composite sketch, believing her name was Rosie. Based on the information the person gave, police believe that Rosie moved to Long B ... More >>
Get your hands on Dusty Rhode's tasty synthThis week's edition of news stories we didn't write: Buy a piece of Dusty Rhodes- their Prophet 5 synthesizer is now for sale on eBay. Perfect for if you are planning on creating a River Band cover band after they break up. [eBay]
The GrowlersAnd in this week's edition of news stories from other sources, we have: Souncheck speculates that Coachella may continue with their pattern of naming classic rock legends as headliners for 2011. Rumor has it that The Rolling Stones have been offered $5 million for a top spot at the up ... More >>
The AquabatsThis week's edition of news we didn't write involves our mainstays (who else?) the Local Natives, No Doubt's Adrian Young and Bayside...read on after the jump.
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyHere it is! The weekly list of links to music coverage (that we didn't write) around the OC music blogosphere.
John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyWhen Brian Williams asked President Barack Obama what he thought of all the people who suspected he was born outside of the United States, Obama had a snappy, headline-generating answer: "I can't spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead." ... More >>
User pages with photos and drawings of marijuana leaves are all over Facebook, but one place you will no longer find such images is in advertisements on the nation's largest social network site.Just Say Now reports the nationwide pot-legalization campaign was informed last week that its leafy im ... More >>
UPDATE: A Sims-style video based on the police account of the two murders Daniel Wozniak has been accused of carrying out has been posted on YouTube. More details throughout . . . The video was created for NMA World Edition, the YouTube page for Taiwan-based Next Media Animation, "the largest full- ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWould you want people to know you're eating your fifth Big Mac in a week at exactly the moment you eat it? McDonald's and social networking giant Facebook will let you do just that. The two companies are reportedly teaming up to use Facebook's upcoming geolocation feature, which could ... More >>
Have you guys heard of the Golden Bear Club? It's a Huntington Beach venue that, according to the OC Register, "was demolished in 1986 that hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry, including B.B. King, The Doors and Bob Dylan."
facebook.com/RAsushiHuntingtonBeachRA Sushi in Huntington Beach is a nightspot popular with the young crowd. Most of the regulars probably weren't alive when Full Metal Jacket came out in 1987, which may explain why the restaurant's tasteless promotion quoting the film lasted for nearly a month b ... More >>
The Pike, Holiday Skate Center
Facebook.com/TheTollRoads"Thank you, please come again."Were it not for being stuck in traffic, this Time Winder would have had this yesterday like the Los Angeles Times did, but Orange County's toll road agencies would forgive $40 million in fines and pay $1.4 million to drivers who claim they w ... More >>
In a world where people are losing jobs over blog posts, websites, and MySpace and Facebook photos, we're just left wondering how long until we all start learning of career-death by tweet. Then again: Some people still don't care. Eh. Here's our weekly roundup of some of the best--and worst--tw ... More >>
Starbucks is giving away a total of 20,000 complimentary pints of its own-brand ice cream from now until July 19 (that's around 800 an hour). The catch? You have to be on Facebook, and you have to nominate a "Friend" to receive the coupon (redeemable at local grocery stores).I've not tried the froze ... More >>