• Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Now There's Tequila-Flavored Beer

    What the hell is it with beer companies trying to Mexicanize their product for an American market? Recently, they tried to push micheladas on us, to crappy sales; earlier, they tried to push margarita beers on us, to crappy sales. Now, Heineken is going to debut something called Desperados, a tequi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Provenance in Newport Beach Now Open; Q & A With Chef Cathy Pavlos

    Cathy Pavlos, chef/owner of LUCCA Cafe in Irvine, opened her second concept yesterday in the Eastbluff neighborhood of Newport Beach. There's much to say about Provenance, but I got Pavlos to discuss her sophomore effort, answering all those questions you're thinking. Take it away, Cathy! What is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Philippe Labbe, Rising French Cooking Superstar, in Conversation with Geeta Bansal!

    Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a conversation with French superstar Philippe Labbe. Enjoy!

  • Calendar

    April 11, 2013

    A Flea in Her Ear

    Long Beach Playhouse

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Geeta Bansal Interviews Pierre Albaladejo About Alain Senderens, Legendary Michelin-Star-Shunning French Chef!

    Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a chat with Alain Senderens. Enjoy!

  • Film

    September 20, 2012

    David France on the Plague Years

    The history and survival of ACT UP

  • Film

    September 20, 2012

    'How to Survive a Plague': Who Saved the World?

    David France on the stirring history of ACT UP

  • Film

    August 16, 2012

    Julie Delpy Rocks 'New York'

    Always more than an ingenue, she's taking on everything that's wrong with movies—and she's bringing Chris Rock

  • Film

    August 9, 2012

    'New York' Vacation

    Julie Delpy brings the 'Paris' gang to the city

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Police: Welcome To Anaheimistan; Now Obey Our Whims or Die

    It's a historical fact that the biggest threat to the citizens of any nation isn't outsiders but their own government's police and military--the folks with all the guns, arrest powers and unwavering insistence that their own violence is committed only as a means to peace.For proof, glance at the his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    New Music: Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra's 'Last Odyssey'

    There's something geographically astounding about a Costa Mesa-based record label putting putting out a band from France who specializes in the fiery polyrhythms of Ethio and Nigerian funk. That's pretty much the situation when it comes to Ubiquity Record's latest signee, Afro Latin Vintage Orc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    The "World's 50 Best" List Is Published, Is Usual Steaming Pile of Irrelevance

    Oh, look, this year's edition of "The World's 50 Best Restaurants", sponsored by San Pellegrino and its subsidiary Acqua Panna, has come out. Cue the precious online debates and the bored yawns from the rest of the world.Ranked lists of the best anything are patent bollocks: they necessarily reflec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    McDonald's McBaguette Debuts In France

    This week we learned that Brits get a hot dog stuffed into the crusts of their Pizza Hut pizza, and the French? Why they get their own custom sandwich catered to local tastes from McDonald's.The French branch of the Golden Arches announced Tuesday that it will launch the McBaguette on April 18th for ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 5, 2012

    Harold Chapman Asks: Will the Beat Go on?

    OMC Gallery's Parisian bohemian retrospective of the legendary photographer evokes a yearning for yesteryear

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Macarons and Cooking Classes Highlight New Rocq Cafe in Lake Forest

    ​For some reason, the rest of Orange County thinks South County is a culinary black hole. As someone who lives south of the Spectrum I take offense to that. First, haters, let's not forget that we have Break of Dawn. But we're also home to the boss burgers at Riders Club in San Clemente, the impre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Chanel Owns a Winery--And Karl Lagerfeld is Designing the Label of a Special-Edition Bottle

    ​Hey, fashion-savvy friends. Your new must-have label for spring is . . . a wine label. According to Glamour, Chanel owns a winery, the centuries-old Chateau Rauzan-Segla in the Bordeaux region of France. Next month, it will release a special 2009 Gran Cru Classé to celebrate the chateau's 3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Silent Protest Against Turkey's Armenian Genocide Denial Campaign to Happen Tomorrow at UC Irvine

    ​Earlier this week, the French Senate passed a resolution making it a crime in France to deny the Armenian genocide, a historical reality accepted by everyone except the Republic of Turkey and many of its citizens. As a result, many Turkish-American organizations in this country are already blasti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Why is McDonald's Doing So Well in France?

    ​Fascinating article out on the Motley Fool yesterday. Written by a trio of students from Wharton, the paper chronicles in detail how McDonald's managed to succeed in France in spite of initial push-back from French society in general.McDonald's now boasts more than 1,200 restaurants in France, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Japan Has More Top Restaurants Than France Says Michelin Guide

    ​In the battle of sushi versus foie gras, sushi wins. Or so says the Michelin Guide, which has decreed that Japan has more top restaurants than France for the first time since the book started rating restaurants in The Land of The Rising Sun in 2008.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    French Baker Creates 24-Hour Baguette Vending Machines

    Flickr user roboppy It's well-known that the Japanese have gone vending machine crazy. Not only can you get a cup of instant ramen (which is child's play) by inserting a few coins into the machines, you can also pick up fresh produce and even lobsters.

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    French Restaurants Realize They're Too Expensive

    Flickr User WallyG​Reuters had a report that fancy eateries across France will cut down their prices for a week in September (from the 19th to the 25th) to attract those who were previously put off by the pretentiousness and scared away by the cost. For example, a three-course meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Cheddar? Please. Five Proposals for New Burger Cheeses

    Flickr user chiropractic​Not that a slice of really great Cheddar isn't a treat by itself, and not that we're attempting to foment rebellion here, but can we please have a break from the same old five cheeses on our cheeseburgers? Cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, pepper Jack (oh look, now it's a spicy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Why Can't We Have Café Gourmand in OC?

    Flickr user handyandy88​On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to meThree small desserts, two tiny spoons and a minuscule cup of coffee.Orange County, the time has come for you to embrace the Gallic wonder known as the café gourmand, or as we say in American, the dessert sampler.

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    OC's Broken School Lunches

    Flickr user bookgrlAs sad as this is, it's better than CUSD's high school lunch.​Earlier this year, the Conseil régional de Bourgogne (Regional Council of Burgundy, France) released a four-year charter called "Qualité de la restauration scolaire"--the quality of school food. It states that at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Five Explanations For the French Paradox

    Flickr user stuckincustoms​If you've never heard the term "French paradox", it's used to refer to the concept that French people, who are as a rule slim and svelte, seem to eat whatever they want: tons of white bread, cheese, butter, bacon, and far too much dessert for their own good. Everything f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Cinco de Mayo 2: Electric Boogaloo

    plasticpeople, under Creative Commons license​There were fans running through the streets of downtown Long Beach this afternoon, blowing vuvuzelas like they were in Polokwane, South Africa. They wore Dos Santos, Marquez, Fernandez and Blanco El Tri jerseys because, yes, Mexico just beat France in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2010

    Daniella Foletto Exhibit

    Bayside Restaurant

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Champagne With Wild Hibiscus Flowers

    ​BevMo! carries just about every type of alcohol you could possibly need and if they don't have it in stock, they will special-order it. Their most under-appreciated aisle happens to house all of the non-alcoholic items. There is just about every flavor of rim salt and sugar possibl ... More >>

  • Film

    February 4, 2010
  • Calendar

    October 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Eight Questions with D-Strutters

    ​Long Beach has a lot of bands, but none of them exemplify pure rock 'n' roll as well as D-Strutters. The group--singer/guitarist Joe Roads, guitarist George Velvet, bassist Tony and drummer Heath--leave all pretense behind for a straight-ahead bombastic blast like the Stones would be writing if t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 1, 2009
  • Food

    December 18, 2008
  • Columns

    October 25, 2007

    !Ask a Mexican!(r)

    "The same women who complain about ‘sleazy’ Mexican men go to France and giggle about ‘how flirtatious’ French men are"

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2007

    Tease Me: A Little History

    One of the reasons many people still don't know what to say when their sister or co-worker or mom says she's taking an exotic dance or pole fitness class is because many of us only associate what they're saying with one thing: strip clubs – low or highbrow, they are the places where women dance fo ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 26, 2007

    We'll Always Have Paris . . .

    . . . Well, this Thursday and Saturday at UCI, anyway

  • Food

    August 17, 2006

    A Sweet Life's Work

    The Ritzs Jean-Francois Lehuede leaves em wanting more

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2006

    Sic Transit...

    It seem there might be a princess– princess in the sense of being the child of a European royal– somewhere in the Inland Empire. Albert Grimaldi, the ruling prince of Monaco (and one of the least inbred of Europe's royal relics, thanks to the genetic material of Grace Kelly), is reported ... More >>

  • Music

    July 22, 2004
  • Food

    February 26, 2004

    Parlez-Vous Dien Bien Phu?

    A tour of Orange Countys French-Vietnamese restaurants

  • Food

    August 14, 2003

    Crepes Cest Bon!

    Dreaming of Paris in America

  • Food

    May 22, 2003

    Loaves of Love

    Five Cultures, Five Sandwiches

  • News

    April 3, 2003
  • Food

    April 3, 2003

    Kiss My Cassoulet!

    Flabby Francophile defends Gauls, dines at Bistro le Crillon

  • Film

    March 13, 2003

    Fear and Loathing on Death Row

    Death Letters explores injustice of capital punishment

  • Film

    February 20, 2003

    Heroes, Villains and the Rest of Us

    Now playing at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival

  • Food

    February 6, 2003

    Guillotines and Escargots

    Enjoy a bit of Paris in Little Saigon

  • Film

    January 3, 2002

    Without Words

    Picking the top movies of 2001

  • Film

    January 4, 2001

    Clip and Save

    The year in great movies

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