Food Manufacturing

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Tyson Recalling Tons of Chicken After Possibly Shoving Plastic Everywhere

    Are you one of the rare, rare unicorns in Orange County that goes to Sam's Club instead of Costco? If you answered yes -- and if you bought Tyson Foods Chicken Nuggets -- you might want to check your freezer. Tyson Foods is recalling over 75,000 pounds of chicken shipped to Sam's Club because of wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    California Raisins Memorabilia... You Know You Want It

    Yes, The California Raisins were a viral marketing ploy consisting of a claymation band of pruny grapes, but they released four studio records; reached the Billboard Hot 100; and won an Emmy. Pretty impressive for fictional group of food characters. Merchandise and memories are all that remains of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Pepsi-Flavored Cheetos Is Real!

    It has come to this. Frito Lay, which is owned by PepsiCo, has put out Pepsi-flavored Cheetos. Yes. Pepsi. Flavored. Chee. Tos. When news of it went viral earlier today, the reaction from the Interwebs was swift, but swang from the most disgusted yucks to the most enthusiastic yaays.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Valenza Chocolatier Making Things Sweeter In Costa Mesa

    We stepped into a kitchen space known as The Hood (conveniently located down the street from our offices) for a ribbon cutting. This commercial rental space is now the home of Amy Jo Pedone. Her chocolate journey began with the passing of her dear cousin to ovarian cancer. Despite her finance degree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    The Ben & Jerry's Truck Is In OC Today! Free Ice Cream!

    Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream! Today! The Ben & Jerry's Truck will be roaming Orange County, announcing where it's at via Twitter (@BenJerrysTruck). Tell 'em where you want it to stop. @BenJerrysTruck My stomach. Thanks. Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    PETA Bringing Factory Farm to UC Irvine--You, Too, Can Get Into a Pig Crate!

    Over the past couple of years, PETA and its members have really stepped up its presence in Orange County, and it's about time given that the group's senior vice president, Dan Mathews, is a Costa Mesa boy through and through. But tomorrow promises to bring one of PETA's highest-profile campaigns yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Frito-Lay Gets Huge Bill In California Sales Staff Wage Cheating Case

    Frito-Lay, makers of the popular Fritos, Tostitos and Doritos chips, routinely cheated more than 2,100 sales employees out of money owed for overtime work in California, according to a class action lawsuit. Earlier this year, the Texas-based snack food company agreed to settle the case before a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Tootsie Roll Pop "Indian Wrappers": Myth or Smartie Marketing?

    We recall a childhood of hoarding the chocolate pops this time each year, but nary a recollection of free candy for discovering a specially designed wrapper. Rumor has it that ones sporting an Indian shooting at a star were coveted and rewarded. We're feeling kinda gypped. Urban legend and snopes si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    [UPDATED, W/IN-N-OUT STATEMENT--WON'T STAND FOR COW HATERS] Claim: In-N-Out Buys Its Cheese From Cow Abusers

    Updated, with new information at the bottom...ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 10, 11 A.M. If there is one fast-food company that gets universally positive coverage, it's In-N-Out--hell, even anti-fast-food crusader Eric Schlosser praised their practices at the end of his epic Fast Food Nation (and how cool that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Roberto Gonzalez Barrera, Founder of GRUMA/Destroyer of Mexico's Tortilla Industry, Now Rotting In Hell

    See Also:* "Five Reasons to Hate GRUMA, Makers of Mission and Guerrero Tortillas, Maseca, and Other Tortilla Evil"* Read about REAL tortillas in our weekly feature: Tortilla Tuesdayst's amazing--scratch that. It's disturbing as hell how ill-informed the mainstream media is and how damn laz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Katella High Students in Finals of National Cooking Contest RIGHT NOW

    As I type, a group of students from Katella High School are prepping as California's entrant in the national Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) STAR culinary arts finals in Orlando, Florida. Let's all stop reading, close our eyes, collectively send good karma their...and back t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Five Reasons to Hate GRUMA, Makers of Mission and Guerrero Tortillas, Maseca, and Other Tortilla Evil

    If you're a fan of Mexican food in this country, you're most likely a consumer one way or another of GRUMA, the world's largest tortilla maker. Their American brands, Mission and Guerrero, are the top-selling brand in the United States and a favorite of Mexican households, respectively. Their masa, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Ben & Jerry's 'Euphori-Lock' Protects Your Pint From Ice Cream Thieves

    It's a scary world out there, folks. As we speak, there there could be thieves hovering around the freezer with a spoon, ready to swipe a bite of your ice cream and hope that you don't notice. How will you protect yourself? 

  • Food

    April 5, 2012

    How Doritos Were Born At Disneyland

    Adapted from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    A "Pink Slime"-Using Beef Producer Files For Bankruptcy

    The Wall Street Journal reports that AFA Foods, which contributes to about 2% of total U.S. beef production has filed for bankruptcy protection.  The company's products are sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Burger King Holdings Inc., Jack in the Box Inc., Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., Wendy' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    AB1616, the California Cottage Food Bill: Support This!

    ​California does not have a cottage food law. Currently, if you bake a cake at home and sell it to the public--let's say at a bake sale--you are breaking the law. If you make a few pints of jam from the fruit in your backyard and sell them from a shop, you're breaking the law. There's no way to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Were Doritos Invented at Disneyland?

    ​Over the weekend, I gave my short history of Mexican food in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center's Samueli Stage as part of its hosting of the awesome, ribald Chautauqua! show. Since I doubt I'll ever grace any stage at the Segerstrom again, I decided to focus my 10-minute lecture on OC's two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    On the Line: Chris Kim of Rolling Sushi Van, Part One

    ​What can you say about someone who pimps sushi out of his nontraditional wheels? Chris Kim's luxe lonchera is a Mercedes Sprinter van, and he has even fewer square feet to work with than any New Yorker (assuming they're using their kitchens). While he recovered from the New Year's Eve event at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    New (Fake) Ben & Jerry's Flavor: OccuPie Wall Street

    Tauntr.comSpeaking of fake Ben & Jerry's flavors, this one is 99 percent awesome. Illustrator John Defreest created the conceptual OccuPie Wall Street, described as "apple pie ice cream with some other good stuff in there, we think. We're not really sure. No one can explain it to us."  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Huffington Post Gets Punked by Fake Ben & Jerry's Arrested Development Ice Cream Flavor

    ​It is amazing (and hella disturbing) how most people even bother to scan, let alone read a story anymore before spreading it around the Internet. Sign of the times, I guess. But when the offending organization is the Huffington Post (which carries my ¡Ask a Mexican! column), such a rush for web ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Five Things You're Doing Wrong With Mexican Food

    Flick user Ryan Leighty​We love Mexican food 'round here, and not just because I'm doing a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. It's the native cuisine of Southern California, something many Americans have seamlessly assimilated into their day-to-day lives--and an easy subject ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Apple Accuses Chinese Noodle Maker of Trademark Infringement

    ​About the same time that Dave revealed that Kellogg's was threatening a non-profit for using a toucan as a logo, news that Apple has a similar complaint about Chinese company spread through the web. According to a report from GoChengdoo, the computer maker is alleging that Sichuan Fangguo Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    As Food Prices Rise, is an Economic Slowdown Our Only Hope?

    ​Well this is a great story: mega-chains ranging from McDonald's to Nestle, Cracker Barrel to Whole Foods, are raising their prices, not because they're trying to milk you dry, but because the cost for food is going up, up, up. Yay!The United States Department of Agriculture had already forecast t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    A Review of New Sun Chips Flavors

    Edwin Goei​I have a love-hate thing with Frito-Lay. I hate some of their products but love others. Sun Chips goes in the "love" column. I don't buy into the idea that they're really any healthier than a regular snack chip. Junk food is junk food. Furthermore, I think their "multigrain" compo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day is April 12!

    ​Yep, it's been a whole year: Ben & Jerry's free cone day is coming up on Tuesday, April 12. And as much as we love classics like Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia, why not try one of four new (or newish) flavors? There's even one that contains chocolate-covered potato chips. And it's tastier th ... 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

    March 2, 2011

    Tapatio-Flavored Fritos Now Available at Costco, Coming to a Store Near You

    ​Last week, I interviewed the Saavedra family, the clan behind the wonderful Tapatío Hot Sauce, for my book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. I might release some details of it later, but this one can't wait a year: Sometime in February, Tapatío-flavored Fritos hit Costco, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Can We Please Stop Freaking Out About S.510 (the Food Safety Modernization Act) Now?

    Flickr user paullew​The large food safety overhaul has passed the U.S. Senate after a clerical error and a deal between the Democrats and the Republicans to keep it out of the continuing resolution that will keep the government running, and is now headed back to the House for final passage (and, u ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 18, 2010

    Pumpkin Launch

    Titan Stadium

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Free Cone Day a Raging Success; Free Pastry Day, Not So Much

    Dave Lieberman​Did you get your free pastry yesterday? What about your free Ben and Jerry's ice cream cone?

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Have Your Robo-Responder Contact My Robo-Responder and Set Up a Virtual Lunch, Madame Senator

    This is either Sen. Dianne Feinstein or her screen saver.​Have you ever been leaving a political website when a pop-up asks you to weigh in on an issue? And have you ever decided it would be just as quick to click a couple boxes indicating your support/opposition as it would be to close the pop-up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Stockpile the Snickers! America Might Run Out of Sugar!

    ​That was the dire prediction made this week by a group of major food manufacturers such as Kraft, Hershey, Mars and General Mills, who claim that import restrictions will soon leave us bereft of the sweet stuff. Apparently, domestic sugar supplies are falling dramatically (the Agriculture Departm ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Is Barbara Coe a Slow Food Movement Acolyte?

    I've written before about the Slow Food movement, an effort by foodies to buy local, organic produce and food products in order to support our regional farmers and culinary traditions. Now, this mostly-lefty, mostly-wealthy philosophy seems to have found a new acolyte: California Coalition for Immig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    This Week In Food

    Our fave grub blogs of the week: Gustavo educated us on the Japexican delights (specifically, the jalapeños stuffed with spicy tuna) at Wafu of Japan. Edwin brought us news of two Domino's employees indulging in acts of unspeakable grossness relating to pizza ingredients an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Chuao Chocolatier Gone From Irvine Spectrum (And Other Closures I'm Late To Report)

    So I'm walking through Irvine Spectrum the other day, between Macy's and Nordstroms, when I realized something was missing:  Chuao Chocolatier was gone.  The fancy-pants chocolatier, from whom I bought a box of nine decadent morsels for $15 in 2005, was history, now replaced with a specialty sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    New Ice Cream Flavors: I Like Where This is Going

    On the Chowhound boards a few years ago, I remember someone asking for tips on where to find green tea ice cream.  We pointed him to the frozen dessert section of 99 Ranch or Mitsuwa. This weekend, I found it green tea ice cream at Vons.  Let me repeat:  AT VONS!!! What's even more amazing was t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2008

    Dark Indeed

    The Dark Crystal

  • Film

    January 3, 2008

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the Week: The 400 Blows

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2006

    Coyote Sale

    Friends of Coyote Hills—the group battling valiantly to protect the last undeveloped land in Fullerton—hold their fifth annual Garage Sale Fundraiser from 7 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturday at 925 Valencia Mesa, Fullerton. Promising "tons of bargains" (and advising shoppers to arrive ear ... More >>

  • Features

    January 15, 2004


    Four Reasons to Throw Away this Issue NOW!

  • Columns

    March 21, 2002

    Felony Foods

    Bushs DEA criminalizes hemp foods