I know, I know: where the hell does a born-and-bred Mexican from California get off telling the rest of the world about the glories of Tex-Mex cuisine? But hear me out, world: I am Tex-Mex's most arduous non-Texan defender. I've crisscrossed most of the state doing research for my Taco USA: How Mexi ... More >>
Andrew Stopler eyes the foam running down the glass of the craft beer he just took a swing from at the SideDoor in Corona del Mar as he launches into an explanation of his noble experiment. The former federal prosecutor and his ex-FBI agent business partner recently opened Crux Capital, a new Irvin ... More >>
Things haven't exactly been looking up for Kobe Bryant. He ended his last season with a torn Achilles. His Lakers made a quick exit from the playoffs. Now, he won't be handing the LA superstar baton to Dwight Howard, who left for Houston. Oh, and Vanessa's back! But at least we can now recognize ... More >>
The Texan trio reprise its role as the vanguard of southern hip-hop
To conquer his fear of guns, a British immigrant takes a road trip to gun lovers' mecca: the NRA Convention
Kirk Franklin is easily one of God's greatest hype men. On stage, his ball of ad-libs, inspiration and intensity breaks through the angelic roar of every choir he's ever put together. Not an easy task, considering he's surrounded himself with some of the world's greatest vocal talent since since he ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And what's a good book on ranchera music?
I still miss Fatburger, which used to hold court here at Park Place in Irvine. It's not that the plaza was exactly burgerless (you could technically get a burger at Ruth Chris, Houston's, or even the employee cafeteria in one of the buildings if you can find it), but open finally this past week ... More >>
Despite much hesitation about Googling their name, Houston-based band Young Girls were not, in fact, girls. Being of the distinct opposite sex, these Texas boys knew how to put on a good show, even if Still Water's often reputed 'older' Wednesday night crowd was sparse at best. The two-ye ... More >>
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Houston to do a book signing for my book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Afterward, I went with friends and fans to enjoy some awesome Tex-Mex at El Real Tex-Mex, and among those who attended were two colleagues/pals from our sister paper, the Houston P ... More >>
How a small village outside Houston influences the Asian restaurants of Little Saigon, Long Beach and beyond
We've all seen those mandatory gratuities of 17-20% that restaurants tack on the bill if your party gets to a certain size. But what if you decide that the service didn't warrant it?CNN's Eatocracy reports that a family was locked in by a Houston, Texas restaurant after they refused to pay the manda ... More >>
For this list of things eaten between two slices of bread, I've limited it to those that couldn't possibly be mistaken for a hot dog or a burger (thank goodness we already did those lists). Even then, the problem with these 10 listicles is that I still had to cut out a great many sandwiches for spac ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how can I help fight those pendejos?
Lemuel Uy Libunao co-owns Plaza Pharmacy in Santa Ana, Blue Rose Pharmacy in Buena Park and Value Plus Pharmacy in Long Beach. Of Philippine-Chinese descent, the 42-year-old "Emerging Asian" was a shoo-in for the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from the Asian Business Association of Orange Count ... More >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyWhat does it mean when Radiohead confirms the first 10 dates of its forthcoming 2012 U.S. tour? It can only mean the dates--mostly East Coast and Midwest stops--will be a precursor to their Coachella appearance on two weekends this April, since there are no West Coast date ... More >>
Horton Foote's masterpiece on the universal desire for one's roots
As we reported earlier, Jay-Z and Kanye West have new dates for the Watch The Throne Tour due to the "overwhelming response to presale tickets." The North American tour will now begin on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Philips Arena. All fans who purchase their tickets online will r ... More >>
Pitchfork reported yesterday that Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has released a new ep for his side project, cryptically named ††† (or, Crosses, if you want to say it out loud). The five-song release features Moreno's trademark echo-moans, which listeners usually hear soaring above the chug ... More >>
Flickr user tsandHow is drinking Bud Light 713 Beer like having sex in a boat? Both are fucking close to water.Our sister blog, Eating Our Words over at the Houston Press, reported that Anheuser-Busch's parent company, AB InBev, has applied for trademarks on the number 713--which just happens to ... More >>
Houston Press Jaws dropped, eyes bulged, clouds parted and fingers typed "Houston airfare" when we came across this post from our sister paper, Houston Press. The Flaming Hot Cheeto Hollandaise Burger, oozing with hot cheddar cheese and topped with an egg and spicy Cheetos, is served at on ... More >>
The Department of Homeland Security announced today that among the materials Navy SEALS found in Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan hideout were al-Qaida plans to hijack and detonate oil tankers last summer to provoke an "extreme economic crisis" in the West.Officials disclosed no specific U.S. targets. ... More >>
StarfishAh, Laguna Beach. If there was a rallying point where the high-concept restaurants flock, it'd be here. There are at least three new restaurants slated for the Laguna coast this year, all of them fit for a town that seems to demand a new restaurant or bar to go to every weeken ... More >>
Even if you're not that psyched about a Jane's Addiction reunion, you're still curious about what The Great Escape Artist, their first new studio album in eight years, sounds like. Frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins are giving away a free download of ''End ... More >>
Last weekend, the Honda Center got in on the March Madness action by hosting some men's Division I college basketball games leading to this Final Four weekend.This weekend, you can still watch games live from a comfy chair in Anaheim with suds, dogs and other concessions nearby. You just won't be ... More >>
Shannon Cottrell/Houston PressWu-Tang ClanVillage Voice/Frank 151 SXSW PartyMarch17, 2011Austin Music Hall Of course you wish you were there. According to Houston Press, the all-night line-up for the 2011 Village Voice and Frank 151 Showdown at SXSW was one of the festival's most anticipate ... More >>
We we we so excited: contrary to what The OC Register reported earlier, there IS a Rebecca Black mall tour that will kick off her first series of live performances on April 19 at Los Angeles' Hollywood & Highland Center. The three-month tour will take her across the country -- from malls in S ... More >>
Flickr user svenskThe New York Times' coverage of Vietnamese food has always been laughable--who can ever forget its decade-late feature on Sriracha or it declaring 2009 the "year of the bánh mì" (while neglecting to mention Little Saigon among the nation's Vietnamese enclaves) about seven year ... More >>
Directions: Squirt directly into mouth.EDIT, DEC. 2, 9:55 A.M.: We've taste-tested CREAM and put it up against our own homemade version. Read our review here!ORIGINAL ITEM: When we first heard about CREAM, the alcohol-infused whipped cream in a can being touted as the next Four Loko, we were pret ... More >>
Dave Lieberman"You're taking a picture of the Coke can?" "Yes." "O-o-okay."I was in Washington, D.C., last week, and on my first leg flight from John Wayne to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, I asked for a Coke to settle my stomach. It had a very familiar taste; imagine my surprise ... More >>
Flickr user prayitnoI never liked Forrest Gump, and thought that its spin-off restaurant, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., would go the way of Planet Hollywood, the Superman SNES game, and other horrid synergy attempts. I think most people thought like me on that issue, and boy, were we wrong. The Bubb ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native. If memory serves me correctly, this Halloween will be just the second that I've spent at home s ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Mexican radio, used-tire stores and more!
The million-dollar home in San Clemente where a retired psychologist and second-grade schoolteacher shot and killed her daughter, 2- and 4-year-old granddaughters and herself last December has sold.Actually, the two-story, Spanish-style house on a quiet cul de sac at 13 Calle Sonador in the gated ... More >>
www.myspace.com/ericchurchCountry singer Eric Church: still singing at Irvine's Country ThrowdownThe Country Throwdown Tour is cancelling four upcoming shows: Houston on June 9, Dallas on June 10, San Diego on June 17 and Phoenix on June 18. Tickets from the Houston, Dallas, San Diego and Phoenix ... More >>
Large fries come with each home"Most people tend to overdo it out here, but it doesn't have to look like a mega-mansion from Orange County."--Successful technology company entrepreneur Bill Nguyen, 39, in this month's WSJ magazine feature ("La La Land") addressing the difference between Orange Co ... More >>
Photo by Jennie WarrenMarc Salomon jumps for his Camp Chuck director of photography Justin Ostensen."One thing our executive producer Bob Hrobak loves to do while on location shooting in Texas is fish. And who wouldn't, with the convenicence of Chuck's personal lake not a stone's throw away from ... More >>
'Why do wabs have to use so many goddamn syllables?'
Why won't Mexicans tip?