The new restaurant called Popcorn Chicken doesn't serve just those spice-dusted morsels of fried poultry you chomp in between sips of boba milk tea. The popcorn chicken is just a springboard to all manner of fried things the restaurant has behind its glass display case--things that include calamari ... More >>
We once could have imagined The New York Times sending a future reporter to a completed Orange County Great Park in Irvine for an awe-inspiring article in the paper's "Great Homes & Destinations" section. Don't laugh. There's no shame in being fooled a decade ago. That's when Irvine political boss L ... More >>
Newly obtained evidence reveals Larry Agran--the Irvine political boss who wrecked the Great Park plan by diverting millions of dollars to his pals in no bid contracts and lost control of the city in the 2012 elections--is hoping his November campaign slate with Melissa Fox and Mary Ann Gaido will r ... More >>
As we wrote about earlier this year, a restaurant specializing in the Taiwanese snack popcorn chicken was slated to open in Irvine. Last week, the restaurant opened, but it's not just popcorn chicken they're selling.
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I usually avoid using the too-easily misconstrued word to describe anything. But not since Kappo Sui in Costa Mesa have I encountered a more authentic Japanese restaurant in OC than Jinbei. No other word suits it. If John Wayne were a man's man, then Jinbei is a Japanese restaurant's Japanese rest ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on the charges and possible punishments facing the trio. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 10:03 A.M.: Apologies to Gao Yang Zhou, because the just-convicted brothel owner may have had competition when it came to running the best little whorehouse in Irvine. The polic ... More >>
Edwin reported earlier this year that the family behind Capital Seafood was expanding their empire to include a noodle bar. Their location couldn't be more strategic, as they now share a parking lot with a number of well-received concepts in the last year like Creamistry, Urban Plates (that never-en ... More >>
Irvine has been named the fifth best place in the country for soccer moms (and dads), which shouldn't surprise anyone who has had a kid on a club team from elsewhere in Orange County. Seems like they were always playing games in Irvine or against a team from there. A couple other OC cities cracked t ... More >>
A site that ranks Irvine the No. 4 best place in the United States for pet lovers has Anaheim way down at No. 30, but the municipal box that holds Disneyland does finish tops in the country in specific pet-related categories.
The opening of another Pieology is typically not newsworthy, especially in Irvine, where there's already one at the Spectrum. But we talked about the opening of another outlet of Blaze Pizza, which is another one of its custom pizza competitors, because it was doing a giveaway. Now we talk about th ... More >>
I think the only good thing to come out of the Great Park is the proposal to reopen Wild Rivers there. Everything else has been one giant mess of accusations, counter-accusations, counter-counter accusations, and a bunch of money being blown on...a giant balloon? Now, of course, as Mox detailed las ... More >>
When I saw that an Orange County city had been named among the 10 best places in the country for families, I figured it must be Irvine. It's constantly ranked America's safest city after all. When I discovered the rankings were based on public-school districts, I KNEW it had to be Irvine. Just sh ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on more checkpoints and "saturation patrols" all holiday weekend. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 3, 6:02 A.M.: The Irvine and Buena Park police departments hold DUI/drivers license checkpoints tonight. Where? Read on ...
I've lost count on how many Farmers Markets go on in Irvine these days. There's, of course, the big one everyone knows about across the street from UCI on Saturday mornings, and then there's there's one at the Great Park on Sundays, at the Katie Wheeler Library at Jamboree and Irvine Blvd. on Tuesda ... More >>
Veggie Grill is kind of everywhere now, having infiltrated markets as far as Washington since it began in Irvine in 2006. There are four in Orange County alone (three in Irvine, one in Laguna Niguel), and now there's going to be a fifth, which will be its 25th store overall. The 2,900 square foot l ... More >>
As of June 22, 2014, Paradise Perks, the best coffee shop in the City of Irvine has closed its doors. Why? Was business poor? Was foot traffic not enough? No. Paradise Perks closed for the most stereotypical Irvinian reason ever: Its Wednesday night open mics, which ran from 7 to 11 p.m., attracted ... More >>
If you aren't Filipino or haven't been to the Seafood City in Cerritos, you'd probably think it's some sort of Chinese restaurant. It isn't. It is a supermarket--a Filipino one that is opening its first store in Orange County at a space vacated by Shoe Pavillion (2180 Barranca Pkwy.) and flanked by ... More >>
Let's all get as tanned as Don Bren!
See the update at the end of this post on two of the incidents involving Irvine's Boomers! and the company's response. ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 29, 7:03 A.M.: The refusal of Boomers! amusement parks to allow religious head coverings on attendees who want to ride go-karts is spurring multiple complain ... More >>
This Irvine restaurant serves fabulous Szechuan-style beef soup with—you guessed it!—noodles
You might remember that about a year ago I wrote a post about Crispa Crepes opening, taking over the space of a froyo shop in an Albertson's-anchored shopping center in north Irvine. Or perhaps you didn't much notice the post. Or the restaurant itself. The business folded (pun not intended) a few we ... More >>
UPDATE Mar. 31, 4:23 p.m.: Check the end of the story for size, number of taps, and a nice quote from founder Joe Manzella. Good news, Irvine: TAPS Fish House and Brewery will be expanding to the Irvine half of the Market Place next February (sorry Tustin). While the new location will be without a ... More >>
A jury Thursday found a former mechanic at Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach guilty of twice raping an Irvine woman and trying to rape a Newport Beach woman after breaking into their homes. Travis Dewayne Batten Jr., 31, of Irvine, sobbed as the guilty verdicts were announced, according to ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with images of and more details on Brea's flasher. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 14, 6:05 A.M.: The Irvine flasher may have struck again, and now police have released a sketch of him in color (at right). Meanwhile, the Brea Police department is looking for a guy who l ... More >>
Power Houses, a feature-length documentary about collegiate students competing in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO last October at the Great Park in Irvine, premieres at 7:30 this evening in the Irvine City Hall council chambers. The City of Irvine hosts the free screening ... More >>
If you think you know PdM Kitchen, think again. While it may have sister bakeries and cafes, this particular spot near the intersection of Jeffrey and Alton has something the rest do not: dinner. Full-service meals of roasted chicken, flat iron steak, plus beer and wine. This found within a chain no ... More >>
A 29-year-old tennis instructor pleaded guilty Thursday to committing lewd acts on a 13-year-old male student in Irvine and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail. Jarrid Thomas Baldogo of Irvine pleaded guilty to eight felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child younger than 14, and ... More >>
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