Irvine (California)

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Free Fluff Ice at Fluff Ice Grand Opening in Irvine Tomorrow

    What's a Fluff Ice? It's the same as a shaved snow. What's a shaved snow? Shaved snow, for those uninitiated, isn't shaved ice. It starts as a block of flavored frozen milk, which is planed by blade into long, ribbon-like sheets that are fluffy, airy and absent ice's granular crunch. This becomes th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Wow Bento, Pokinometry-like Restaurant, Opens in Irvine

    Pokinometry is a successful concept. And with all successful concepts, it was going to happen sooner or later: you're going to get copycats. If you look at the menu, Wow Bento in Irvine looks to be a nearly exact copy of Pokinometry's menu and assembly line setup: you either want a poke rice bowl ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Happy Dining, OC's First "Dry Pot" Restaurant, Opens in Irvine

    You have, of course, heard of the Mongolian hot pot, right? Served at places like Little Sheep, hot pot is the spicier/bolder/funkier cousin to Japanese shabu shabu, where you encounter not just the standard bearers of sliced beef, lamb, chicken and pork, but also the decidedly kinkier diversions of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Irvine is Best-Run U.S. City: USA Today

    Irvine is the best run city in the country, according to USA Today. Meanwhile, my hometown, San Bernardino, is ranked the worst-run city. I think I'm more surprised by Irvine's placement on the list than Smog Berdoo's.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Pho Kobe Opens Second in Irvine

    Ever since the loosely connected Pho Bac group of restaurants went their separate ways and renamed themselves Photasia, Pho Ba Co and Pho Bac Ky, there hasn't been a pho dynasty in Irvine. Now there may very well be the beginnings of one. Pho Kobe, which opened its first store last year on Irvine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    UC Irvine is Again Ranked One of the Nation's Coolest Schools ... No, Not That Kind of Cool

    For the fourth straight year, UC Irvine is listed among America's top 10 "Coolest Schools." No, that's not due to an overabundance of mustaches, craft brews and aviator frames on campus. This particular honor comes from the Sierra Club, which ranks UCI third on its seventh annual list of the nation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Irvine Hits It Out of the Park to Land Among Top 10 U.S. Cities for Recreational Activities

    NerdWallet, an online source for consumers to compare the best credit card, checking accounts or savings account terms, apparently gets out and stretches its NerdWallet legs sometimes. It's put together a list of the top 10 cities in the country when it comes to recreational amenities. Irvine feet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Irvine Women Ranked Among Top Earners in the Nation from Online Auctions of First Dates

    Ladies in Irvine auction off first dates to the highest bidder--who knew? knows, having ranked the land of bland No. 10 on its list of "Top 13 Cities Where Women Date-for-Dollars." Irvine got the nod because during the first week of May, 56 women from the city joined the website t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Restaurant Roll Call for February 2013

    Compared to other months, February seemed slow on restaurant openings, or at least that's what it felt like. Here's our monthly roundup of eateries that we noticed were new; and one restaurant we noticed closed. Do you see any we neglected to list on either front? Share them in the comments.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    [UPDATED with Hot Gassing Defended:] Christopher Jordan Dorner War Is Over!

    See the update at the end of page 5 on the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department defending the use of "hot gas," which could have sparked the cabin fire, on the suspect.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 7, 9:48 A.M.: The word coming out of the Los Angeles Police Department this morning is meant to apply to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Korean Burrito Joint Opens Across From UCI

    There's no doubt that the Chipotle-style of operation has inspired a lot of copy-cats. We already have an Italian burrito concept in Costa Mesa, countless assembly pizza joints like Pieology and the like, not to mention actual Mexican fast-casuals that aspire to be as successful as Steve Ells' burri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Taste Test: Kiki Bakery in Irvine

    Irvine is still 85 Degrees C's turf, but it isn't stopping other Taiwanese bakeries from vying for a piece of the pie. Kiki Bakery is a third the size of 85 Degrees C, but it hails from SGV, where there are more of them, in Monterey Park, Alhambra and Rowland Heights. This is its first venture into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Taste Test: Tender Greens at The Irvine Spectrum

    Tender Greens opened its first OC outlet this weekend at the Irvine Spectrum. For those of you who have not tried the L.A. or San Diego branches, here's a quick "Taste Test" review.In a word: good. In nine words: better than I thought a salad-centric restaurant could be. 

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Irvine Is The Most Fashionable City In America, Says A Real Study

    Turns out the most fashionable people in America don't dwell in Manhattan or LA. They live in Irvine. Yes, Irvine, California, USA.  That's according to research by Bundle, which measured the percentage of "fashion conscious households" in the country's 50 largest cities. The data company ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    10 Great Korean Restaurants in Orange County

    Edwin Goei​This list was a difficult one. How to just pick 10 restaurant out of the rich bevy of delights found at our Korean District? Or the burgeoning centers of Korean cultures in Buena Park and Irvine? No list could ever be definitive enough to be absolutely conclusive or comprehensive enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Eat Here, Not There: Pork Rice At First Class Sandwich

    ​ Had I put this out as a Guess Where I Ate item, no one would ever get it. Not ever. It is from First Class Sandwich, a food court vendor in Irvine whose menu consists entirely of, well, sandwiches. That is, with the exception of two items scribbled on a whiteboard and offered by its Chinese owne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Jimmy Z Returns With A New Irvine Restaurant

    ​Those who've lived in Irvine near UCI about a decade or so ago should remember Jimmy Z Grill at Campus Plaza. It folded and then the sushi restaurant that followed it also failed. Now at the vacated spot, another sushi restaurant is poised to open.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Contestants for The Great Food Truck Race Season 2 Revealed

    SeabirdsTruck.comThe Seabirds girls in Vegas​We already know The Lime Truck and Seabirds are in the midst of competing in the second season of The Great Food Truck Race at this very moment. Seabirds' website has a picture of Stephanie Morgan and her two gal pals pre-race, along with this not-so-cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    New Zealand Blogger Paints Larry Agran Red

    ​A New Zealand libertarian blogger who has compiled an online list of socialist politicians in the U.S. ("Red Reps" as he calls 'em) has at No. 6 Irvine City Councilman Larry Agran.And, no, this is not another April Fools joke.

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Korean Fried Chicken

    Edwin GoeiBBQ Chicken's chicken​This week on Dueling Dishes, we compare and contrast the golden fried birds from BBQ Chicken versus that from Pizza & Chicken Love Letter, the two preeminent Korean fried chicken chains in Orange County. Why these two? Well because they're also the only the tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Michael Jackson's Ghost Spooks Propofol Maker Teva

    ​The worldwide scorn directed at those closest to Michael Jackson in his final days may have extended to the drug Propofol and its Irvine-based maker, which announced it is laying off 200 employees this year after having already let go 70 workers.Teva Pharmaceuticals maintains it already discontin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Ex-OC Congressman Dubbed "Rotting Meatbag"

    ​A letter to KFI's John & Ken Show from a "Concerned OC citizen" contains what may be the most colorful description evah of a certain former local congressman who went on to national shame in the Bush Administration.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Shizuma Ramen Opens in Irvine

    Edwin Goei ​As we blogged back in May, a new ramen shop called Shizuma Ramen was being developed in Irvine in the same plaza as Pho Ba Co and Layer Cake Bakery. Well, earlier this month it opened.

  • Music

    July 15, 2010

    Twitter Says Lilith Was Lame

    [Mental Notes] Plus, grubbin' with Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, making the band with Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    So What If You Missed Lilith? Twitter Tells All

    Megan Strouse​Watch our slideshow here!Due to family obligations, day jobs and matters of taste, OC Weekly couldn't cover the Lilith fair stop at Irvine (which their Web site called the LA stop, duh) last Saturday. As Entertainment Weekly said, "by the time Lilith rolled into Irvine, Calif.'s Veri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    #98. Pork Chop Anything at Nice Time Deli

    Welcome to a new feature on our blog called 100 Favorite Dishes, where we countdown, um, our 100 favorite dishes at local restaurants. We'll be sharing these with you every weekday until our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy! #98. Pork Chop Anything at Nice Time Deli Technically, you don't hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Jack Johnson Announces Tour Dates, 98 Percent of Orange County Celebrates

    Christopher VictorioJack Johnson, wearing a Save Trestles T-shirt, performing at the Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on August 29, 2008.​​Chief mellow music maker Jack Johnson has announced a new slew of tour dates for his upcoming To The Sea Tour, spanning from early July on the East Coast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2009

    Dueling Dishes Soft Tofu Battle: BCD v. Kaya

    This episode of Dueling Dishes is about soft tofu. Korean soft tofu. This week we pit together two houses of curd, BCD Tofu House and Kaya, who compete in the same town, serving the same dish. That town would be Irvine, where there exists six or maybe more restaurants who offer the same speciali ... More >>

  • Food

    December 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 25, 2009

    New Santa Ana Rule: Please Do Not Defecate In The Elevator

    ​An Irvine, California-based property management company was forced last week to remind tenants in a Santa Ana housing complex about common rules of decency. In a letter mailed to each unit, the manager urged tenants to "please be considerate" by using trash cans for trash, keeping noise down at n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2009

    Take Note, Budding Moviemakers: Kimera Is Running An Ad-Making Contest

    ​The Irvine restaurant is already offering a movie-related tie-in (each diner purchasing a $20 two-course or $30 three-course Movie Night Menu gets a free film ticket, but you must book--and mention the deal--in advance).But this is different--something that will actually get people thinking. Alth ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009

    Orange County Mud Run

    Hidden Valley Park

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 7/2

    Film Screening: Rear Window, 7 p.m.View this Alfred Hitchcock classic starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, as it was intended to be seen: on the big screen.UC Irvine, Winifred Smith Hall, W. Peltason and Campus Dr., Irvine, CA; 949-637-0749 Salsa Group Class and Dan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    To Do Tonight - 5/13

    Open Mic Night, 9 p.m.Bring your poetry, acoustic music and snaps to Long Beach's favorite (non-chain!) coffeehouse.Portfolio Coffeehouse, 2300 Fourth St., Long Beach, CA; 562-434-2486 ASID/OCC Design Tour, 3 p.m.New ideas for summer tabletops from Lynn Chichi of Chichi's Tabletal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Incoming: No Doubt Returns to Orange County! Eventually.

    Full tour dates have finally been announced for archetypal OC success stories No Doubt's tour with Paramore--we've known for a while that they were going on tour at some point and the first date would be May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in NJ, but now we've got the whole sched, and the three month-is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    To Do This Weekend 2/20-2/22

    The Great Skate, Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. through March 15Irvine's Great Park (you know, home to that dollar-sucking Great Balloon) brings the simple, youthful joy of ice skating to the park in an attempt to well, just do something fun and care-free for the community in these bleak times.Great Park, Sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    To Do Tonight 2/2

    Immigrant Lives in the OC & Beyond Exhibit, until May 1 The UCI Langson Library presents a photo exhibit examining the lives of those who have taken that giant leap, legally or not, and showing how they have contributed throughout history to the development of our region. University of Califor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 12/5-12/7

    Lighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, Friday 6 p.m.Santa Claus himself will kick off the holiday season by flipping a giant switch to light more than 50 impressively illuminated and decorated Christmas trees situated in the tranquil waters of the bay.Back Bay Bistro, 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    To Do Tonight 11/18

    Tight Wad Tuesdays, 8 p.m. We're in a recession people! Spend wisely. $3 drinks all night. 195 Grill and Sports Bar 195 W. Center Street Promenade Anaheim, CA 714-999-8699 Masters of Adornment: The Miao People of China, 8 p.m. Featuring approximately 80 objects, mostly drawn from the Bowers Museum' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    To Do Tonight 10/14

    Bad Parents, 10 p.m. Expect a spanking. $5 The Prospector 2400 E. Seventh St. Long Beach, CA 562-438-3839 Oktoberfest, until November 7 Go on a Sunday and watch the dachshund races if you’re in the mood for laughs, or head in any ol’ day if you’re in the mood to say prosit a lot. Old World Vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    To Do Tonight 9/24

    420, 9:30 p.m. Breathe it in. Mai Tai Bar 97 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 562-435-1200 Sling Shot, 8:30 p.m. You'll shoot your eye out. Cook's Corner 19122 Live Oak Canyon Rd. Trabuco Canyon, CA 949-858-0266 Ride the Great Park Balloon, Daily High flying. Orange County Great Park Off the 5 Fwy. Ir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 9/5 - 9/7

    Jay Mohr, Friday 8 p.m. Gimmie Mohr. Brea Improv 120 S. Brea Blvd. Brea, CA 714-482-0700 An Italian Straw Hat, Friday - Sunday 8 p.m. A play with flavors of vaudeville, ragtime, light opera and even barbershop quartet, following a hapless young bridegroom through turn-of-the-century New York as he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 8/22-8/24

    Debra's Girls Present: Going Green Theme Party, Friday 7 p.m. Long Beach's favorite gay bar pitches in to help the environment. Ripples 5101 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 562-433-0357 Hootie & The Blowfish, Friday 8 p.m. Hold My Hand! House of Blues 1530 S. Disneyland Dr. Anaheim, CA 714-778-2583 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    OC Music Fest 09 Partners with Be The Shirt for Contest

    What are you doing in May 2009? Not sure yet? Well, try to pencil in a few days for OC Music Fest 09, which happens in about 10 months in Irvine and promises to feature nearly 100 established and up-and-coming bands. In the meantime, you creative types may want to enter the Be The Shirt band/artis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2008

    $40 Omakase at Gen Kai in Irvine

    If you are at a sushi bar and the guy slicing the fish is the also the guy from which the restaurant is named, you are all but guaranteed exceptionally great sushi. In this category, there's Ikko, Hamamori, and Shibucho -- just to name a few in Orange County where the chef responsible for your meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2008

    Avocado Pizzas at Stonefire Grill in Irvine

    Pizza isn't something you'll see very often on this blog. Don't get me wrong. I eat plenty of it. But this is Orange County, not Chicago or New York. Pho, tacos, and ramen we got in spades -- just as good as those served in in Vietnam, Mexico and Japan, some might say. But pizza? So far, what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    OC Homewreckers Hung Out to Dry

    According to a Department of Justice press release and reported by the Register, Charles Head, a 33-year-old from La Habra and several accomplices have been charged with illegal activities purportedly using the latest mortgage scam to come through the pipeline. One can only expect more scams to su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2006

    Irvine Offends Thousands of Its Citizens

    An Orange County Grand Jury recently decided that the Irvine City Council is trying to hijack the Great Park, and that the OC Board of Supervisors (who initially approved of Irvine's actions) might look into litigation in order to return control of this huge local resource to the county itself. Irvi ... More >>

  • News

    April 6, 2006

    Kill the Poor!

    Irvine proposes low-cost housing for toxic land

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2006

    The Ghost of Malthus in OC

    Only four days after OC was named the third wealthiest county in the country (with 113,299 millionaire households), news comes that Irvine is taking measures to ensure low-cost housing remains available. Given the state of low-cost housing in OC (mostly nonexistent), and the fact that the LA Times ... More >>

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