My, my, a lot of stuff opened in October. We had the Hidden Dinner folks finally opening their long-anticipated brick-and-mortar called Ketri in Santa Ana; there was that Michelin-rated chef opening an oyster bar in Orange; more hot dogs and G Burgers; and that's just a few of what we wrote about on ... More >>
A 21-year-old guy has been popped for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 in canned baby formula from three different Irvine stores. Joshua Campos was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary Thursday, according to an Irvine Police statement that indicates officers who saw him surveillance vide ... More >>
There's something in the water. I see dead people. No, these were not plucked from old movie posers but the cities of Irvine and Newport Beach, where two people killed themselves in or near bodies of water this week and a third tried to do the same recently.
The City of Irvine, which likes to boast about being a melting pot, is perhaps a fitting location for an immigration reform rally. Actually, it does not matter if it is fitting or not because it is getting two such protests Saturday morning, although it's more likely two heads of the same monster.
If you've been to Tender Greens at the Irvine Spectrum and Lemonade at Fashion Island, you've already got a good idea of what to expect when Urban Plates opens today at 11 a.m. at the Crossroads in Irvine. The yuppie cafeteria concept continues here. Expect such dishes as grass-fed steak, free-range ... More >>
Here we are with another week in food, folks. Hopefully you'll be joining us at our ridiculously huge food party tonight - Decadence. If not, well then this blog is all you get. Edwin had the amazing experience of going to Surfas Culinary District for his weekly review. He named the Flying Horse La ... More >>
The Silent River Film Festival's Silent River Film and Literary Society, which its founder compares to the Orange County Film Society run by the Newport Beach Film Festival staff, has scored quite a coup in Irvine. For the Silent River society's first-ever, non-festival event, it is honoring visiti ... More >>
An alleged Irvine madame is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on charges related to a brothel run out of her apartment in an upscale Irvine apartment. Mingshu Jin--which for the record is not a phony name supplied by a sneaky NTSB intern--faces felony counts of pimping and pandering and a maxi ... More >>
Look for orange cones, flashing lights and, if necessary, a ride in Irvine and Garden Grove tonight as police departments in both cities run DUI checkpoints tonight. Over in Laguna Beach, saturation patrols will be deployed Saturday night in areas known for drunken driving arrests, collisions and f ... More >>
See Update No. 7 on Page 3 about a hearing on Meshael Alayban's GPS monitoring device and her attorney saying the truth will set her free. Update Nos. 5-6 at the bottom of Page 2 are about the Saudi Arabian princess making her $5 million bail and being freed. Update Nos. 3-4 on Page 2 are about her ... More >>
As I wrote back in August of last year, Tasty Garden, the chain of Hong Kong-style cafes (cha chaan teng) with branches in the San Gabriel Valley, is planning to open in Irvine.
Comedy titan Dave Chappelle has been popping up all over with spontaneous appearances lately and if you are getting pissed that he hasn't popped into Orange County, you can push your anger aside because, HE IS COMING!! Oh my god, calm down. No screw it. WE CAN'T! WE'RE WAYYY TO EXCITED!
See the update at the end of this post about prosecutors declining to proceed in the church-burglary case against James Allen Dorscht and detectives trying to resurrect it, as well as Daniel Ruben Cortes already being sentenced after pleading guilty.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 12, 10:40 A.M.: Irvine Police ... More >>
Pita Grill, the Lebanese purveyor of shawarma in Irvine that we highlighted in an Eat This Now post a few weeks ago and in our current print issue, has suddenly shuttered. According to a comment I received from a reader this weekend, Pita Grill's last day was last Sunday. When I went to check it ou ... More >>
There's been a slew of new Mediterranean eateries invading our southern borders lately. Luna Grill, a San Diego-based chain that calls itself a "kabobery," opened not just one but two locations recently (Irvine and Lake Forest). Then there's Taverna Blu, which is technically Greek. They opened in Ir ... More >>
As Anne Marie said in her blog post of a few months ago, Irvine's Layer Cake Bakery was planning a second store in Downtown Fullerton. Well, the day has come: Ehrline Karnaga's ode to butter, sugar, and flour has now opened Layer Cake Part 2 at 101 N Harbor Blvd.
A private tennis instructor was arrested Thursday afternoon for alleged lewd conduct with one of his 13-year-old students. Jarrid Thomas Baldogo, 29, is believed to have had inappropriate physical contact with the student between February and April of this year, but police fear there may be other vi ... More >>
Harry's Deli just can't catch a break. First it was closed longer than expected due to a schedule-busting remodel; now, after just six and a half months, it's closed again, this time due to fire damage overnight. Harry Kho posted to Facebook late last night that a fire started in the deli's soiled ... More >>
For those disenchanted by reports of continued high unemployment, sequestration and the devaluation of your hard earned dollars, take heart, apparently it's not all doom and gloom. According to a study conducted by the California Public Policy Center (CPPC), we in the media haven't been entirely vig ... More >>
Assi, the Korean market that replaces Stein Mart in the Woodbridge neighborhood in Irvine, is having its grand opening this Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m. There will a ribbon-cutting by Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, live entertainment and giveaways, including rice cookers and other household appliance ... More >>
This Irvine restaurant serves Chinese early-morning staples—like, really early
Where smoothies and then froyo have failed before, now comes ice cream. Creamistry will take over the space left behind by Yogurt Passion at The Crossroads in Irvine. Yogurt Passion itself replaced Tropical Smoothie Cafe about three years ago. So what distinguishes Creamistry from the Baskin Robbi ... More >>
Since the founding of Harvard back in the 1600, college students have always frequented the open-til-two or the 24-hour restaurants, whether it was grog they were seeking or ramen, either as a study break or after a long night of partying at the generic frat house. Six hours of sleep and under ha ... More >>
Irvine is reportedly the sixth worst place in the country to drive through.That's based on CNN Money rankings that may hold a clue as to how Irvine can afford to be one of America's safest cities.
I'm not sure why Veggie Grill is opening another restaurant in Irvine. It is a very good vegetarian restaurant to be sure, but there's already two in the city thus far (at University Center and at The Irvine Spectrum). Those represent the entirety of its presence in Orange County (though it has seve ... More >>
So many restaurants opened this month, despite January being a notoriously slow month for the business. Irvine continues to see a boom in Asian eateries and Tustin is now home to an El Toro Bravo and their ginormous burritos. Here's our monthly list of "open and shut cases."
What I thought I was watching last night as I sat down in front of the TV to eat dinner was one of those incessant "Food Paradise" shows, which, frankly, I've grown tired of. It only takes a hundred pronouncements by the people they interview proclaiming their local hot dog, burger or BBQ is "to die ... More >>
As chain-laden and conservative as Irvine is, we have to admit it draws the luxe loncheras. Great Park, Irvine Lanes, (Teller Lot, RIP) and even certain apartment communities are regular stops for our meals on wheels. Yet there's always the haters who proclaim, "It's too expensive!" Well, here's you ... More >>
January, as most of you know, is a slow month for restaurants. And thus, as part of a so-called "California Restaurant Month," some eateries in Irvine are participating in a so-called "Irvine Restaurant Week." I say "so-called" because among the restaurants listed is Mastro's Steakhouse, which is ac ... More >>
Justin Bartha--the George to his Hangover movie franchise co-stars Bradley Cooper's John, Ed Helms' Paul and Zach Galifianakis' Ringo--was just asked on the KTLA Morning News, about The Hangover Part III setting given the infamous closure of Route 73.SAM RUBIN: Does Irvine and Newport Beach play a p ... More >>
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 >>
Remember the time Kogi, at the height of its popularity, decided to descend upon the Diamond Jamboree shopping center in Irvine, an Asian food Mecca that already has 85 Degrees screwing up the parking situation?
The New Year means at least two great things for Orange County. One, we made it through the end of the world and lived to see another day behind the orange curtain (Hooray?!) Two, 2013 is going to bring us even more fabulous places to eat. We've grown a reputation for only having chain restaurants, ... More >>
Under George W. Bush, federal funding for education increased 59.8 percent from 2000 to 2003. I don't know if American schools performed better than they had before during those years, but a "Global Report Card" from the Dallas-based George W. Bush Institute suggests richer school districts do bette ... More >>
The most historic, local moment of Tuesday's election happened around 9 p.m. when elated (literally jumping up and down) Orange County Republicans realized they were finally on their way to not just finally defeating Larry Agran but also taking control of Irvine.But the GOPers were also fuming becau ... More >>
William Scott Spalding, the 47-year-old Irvine "gemologist" and "movie producer" who conned a single Huntington Beach mom out of $280,000 in a fake gold investment scam, pleaded guilty to a laundry list of charges today and was promptly sentenced to 10 years in state prison.He was also ordered to pa ... More >>
A new Asian tapas restaurant opened in Huntington Beach. No not that Asian Tapas, which is just a name for what has evolved to be a typical Northern-style Chinese restaurant.Scraps seems to be a real Asian tapas-style eatery. The menu consists entirely of small dishes made to be shared--dishes ... More >>
It's official: By 2017 the Great Park will be the only place to see big-ticket entertainment in Irvine. Please excuse us while we struggle to contain our enthusiasm. As of last week, the Irvine Company and the Irvine City Council both confirmed that a new amphitheater is being proposed to ... More >>
Unless you don't know how to read or just enjoy blatantly ignoring road signs, then you know that the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 101 will be closed this weekend for another round of Carmageddon in L.A. Though the closure is more than 50 miles away from Irvine, locals aren't exactly out of the wo ... More >>
While fondue may be their specialty, we've spent many a happy hour at The Melting Pot's bar bitching about stupid people over the other liquid nourishment. In their Irvine spot, bar stools are closest to both restrooms and kitchen, conveniently meeting our personal and gastronomical needs. One can e ... More >>
Dragan Fustars' eyes are oddly askew, but that's not a valid excuse for the Irvine contractor to con elderly people out of more than $126,000.This week, Fustar pleaded guilty to 10 felony charges surrounding the swindling of senior citizens from May 2010 to December 2011 and received a six-year pris ... More >>
I didn't know much when the shell of a space that was working its way to becoming Chef Kitchen in Irvine appeared a few months ago. Now the restaurant has opened and it appears to be a Taiwanese restaurant much like the others in this 99 Ranch-anchored plaza on Walnut and Jeffrey. See also:Liang's ... More >>
Adam Elmahrek over at the Voice of OC published an informative article today on the latest skirmishes over the controversial development of Orange County's non-existent, so-called "Great Park" in Irvine.City officials--who have tripped over themselves for years to create one of California's most cor ... More >>
Well, it's finally happened. The Cajun/Vietnamese crustacean craze that has given Garden Grove and Westminster the case of the crabs has now infected Irvine's busiest Asian-centric food mall, too.
Irvine Police say they broke up a prostitution ring Wednesday afternoon, and to illustrate the bust the cop shop released booking photos of everyone who was arrested, including suspected madame Soon Keun Kim shown here.That should read mugs were put out there of everyone busted except the lone male ... More >>
OC Greeks have their yearly celebration at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine and the fried food fiends have got the OC Fair, but until this weekend, the Indians of OC has not yet, to my knowledge, held a food festival of their own.
They always seems to come in bunches don't they: Vietnamese restaurants. In the past couple of weeks I've observed not one, not two but three new Vietnamese restaurants opening in our fair county. And those are just the ones I know about. Who knows what brand spanking, new businesses have sproute ... More >>
Omar Ali Rizvi graduated from law school in San Francisco and earned a Masters of Laws degree in securities and financial regulations at Georgetown University Law School in the nation's capital, but its obvious that the Irvine man never learned to obey the law.In the last decade, Rizvi has been conv ... More >>
The Irvine's quintet are house-hunting, but not ready to leave us just yet