Now that you've eaten your weight in bánh chưng at Little Saigon's Tet Festival this past weekend, how about the Indonesian equivalent called bacang, or how about sate, or gado gado?
The cuisine of the fourth most populous country on Earth behind, China, India and us (it's true, look it up), wil ... More >>
Four Sea, the Chinese breakfast purveyor that we said would open at the plaza where Sushilicious closed last year, has now opened.
As expected it serves hot soy milk, deep fried crullers and all the wonderful starchy things that a billion or so people enjoy in lieu of cereal and Egg McMuffins. And ... More >>
A family guy who enjoys a round of golf, Christian De La Vara shares a little insight into his hectic life. He says it like it is in the second half of his chef interview. Happy Holidays and see you next year!Read our interview with Christian De La Vara of Brunos, Part One.And now, on to Part Two . ... More >>
2012 was a busy year for marijuana. It began with what looked like the beginning of the end of the medical marijuana industry in California and ended with the legalization of recreational weed in both Colorado and Washington State. Looking back through the posts in Navel Gazing's Cannabis Chron ... More >>
Anne Marie broke the news that Sushilicious in Irvine closed suddenly earlier this week. But just as that concept fizzled, a tipster told me about another restaurant that's close to opening across the same parking lot.
*See bottom of post for update: ORIGINAL POST, Oct. 10, 2:44 p.m.: As we reported last month, an Ace Hardware store in Long Beach drew the ire of Long Beach pot activists when it began protesting against the nearby Fourth & Olive marijuana dispensary. Folks protested the store and threatene ... More >>
On Wed., Oct 3, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men in connection with three different houses where some 2,000 pot plants and 20 pounds of marijuana was discovered. The men arrested were Binh Ly, 43, from Rosemead and Thank Chiem, 45, of San Jose. Because of the fac ... More >>
The OC Register's Jon Lansner broke the news today that 85°C Bakery Café--the bakery that to this day attracts lines that some people have called "retarded"--has just purchased a 70,492-square-foot industrial building in Brea for $5.64 million. He quotes a representative from the real estate compa ... More >>
"When savory trucks are looking to expand their lot -- or trying to bring more attention to certain menus -- if you're a popular dessert truck, you add a different dimension," says George Wu of Waffles de Liege. Want more insight on Liege waffles? We receive a history lesson tomorrow.Read our interv ... More >>
You may not know it, but Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot is big in China. KFC big. When you're there you're liable to see the cute mascot as part of the urban landscape as you are likely to see the Golden Arches and the Colonel. There is about 450 restaurants in China with 22 more overseas, including ... More >>
Yesterday we talked about how Class 302, the Rowland Heights staple for shaved snow, was planning a store in Irvine. Today, we talk about Little Sheep, which is to Mongolian hot pot what McDonald's is to burgers (and I mean that in the world-conquering sense, not a dig on its quality).& ... More >>
Photo from Boiling Point WebsiteJust in time for the cold snap (it'll be in the 60's by the end of the week), the Taiwanese hot pot restaurant called Boiling Point has opened in Irvine offering gurgling, simmering stews that on its website it describes as "So hot. So bubbly. So sti ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 7, 11:50 A.M.: The FBI has arrested the man they believe to be the "No Band Bandit" shown at right.He is Joseph William Kipp, 52, of Anaheim.Kipp is accused of robbing US Bank branches in Hacienda Heights and Santa Ana, showing a teller a gun in the latter job, according to FBI spoke ... More >>
Edwin GoeiIf you recall, I wrote earlier this summer that 85°C Bakery Café, the Taiwanese bakery that introduced squid ink bread and lines as persistent as those at the unemployment office, has plans to open a second outlet in the U.S. Now they've set a date for the opening. As reported by Eate ... More >>
Photo from Boiling Point WebsiteWhat you see above is a Taiwanese hot pot from a restaurant called Boiling Point, a popular San Gabriel mini-chain that started sometime around 2007 specializing in the Sterno-heated dish. There are stores in Arcadia, Hacienda Heights, and Monterey Park, not to men ... More >>
Flickr user cleverCl@i®ê UPDATE, JUNE 7, 1:46 P.M.: Opponents of the Confucius Classroom, a Chinese culture and language school program, have stopped their efforts to recall the four members of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School Board who voted to implement it. A small group of resident ... More >>
Usually, it's LA County that imports its Taiwanese eateries to OC, not the other way around. For two examples of this, see Liang's Kitchen and the recently opened 101 Noodle Express in Irvine.But now perhaps the biggest of all--the Taiwanese answer to Starbucks, no less--85°C Bakery Café
will ... More >>
Flickr user cleverCl@i®ê Four members of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School Board have been targeted in a recall effort. The basis for the recall? They support a middle-school Chinese-language-and-culture program funded by the Chinese government.
Recognize the guy on the right? The FBI and several Southern California law-enforcement agencies would love ever so much to know who he is, as he has been linked to seven bank
robberies in the region since August 2009.His last hit was the Jan. 15 robbery of a U.S. Bank branch in Long Beach. He's ... More >>
UPDATE: In an email to the Weekly, the owner of A Little Dynasty denies there is any basis for the criticism of his new Chinese school in Irvine (see end of post) . . . Could the Quail Hill Village Center in Irvine become the next hotspot for anti-communist crusaders fighting the spread of ... More >>
Kai Chen may not have got the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda to remove its life-size statue Mao
Tse-Tung, but the Los Angeles-based, Chinese-American activist and others are claiming victory in their spat with the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.District ... More >>
85 Degrees Celsius (pardon me if I don't use the ° from here on out), local Asian bakery and unstoppable juggernaut was featured in an NPR story a few weeks ago (yes, this post is a bit late on reporting on the report), but the piece by Neda Ulaby for Morning Edition is still worth a listen if you ... More >>
Jay Chen, a member of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education, informs on his Facebook page that The Daily Show With Jon Stewart segment on a district school's controversial Confucius Classroom airs tonight."My Daily Show interview with Aasif re: our Chinese Class is sch ... More >>
flickr user elkitBreaking the news.The campaign against a public school's "Confucius Classroom" by the Chinese-American activist who last
demonstrations over the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and
Tse-Tung statue is about to get national media exposure--f ... More >>
KaiChenForum.comKai Chen and his daughter Alex, then a Yale basketball player, at home in 2005. Los Angeles-based, Chinese-American activist Kai Chen, who last September organized demonstrations against the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda for including in its permanen ... More >>
It was Oliver Wendell Holmes who opined that a new truth is better than an old celebrity-tinged news item, or at least he would have opined that had he lived in our celeb-obsessed times. So it is in that spirit these 15 Orange County brushes with famous folks in '08 are unveiled.
1) Newpo ... More >>
Gossip-mongering TMZ.com breaks the story that an Orange County jury today convicted Vincent Dean Malicek on one count of armed bank robbery for a September heist at a Wells Fargo Bank in Santa Ana.
What's that? You've never heard of a celebrity named Vincent Dean Malicek? That's because he ... More >>