• Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Irvine City Employees Doing Just Fine, Thanks!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Assi Natural Market Opens In Irvine

    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 >>

  • Food

    March 21, 2013

    Four Sea's Wake-Up Call

    This Irvine restaurant serves Chinese early-morning staples—like, really early

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Creamistry, Ice Cream Shop Using Liquid Nitrogen, To Open In Irvine

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    10 Late-Night Restaurants that UCI Students Are Grubbing At Right Now

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Irvine Called 6th Worst Place to Drive in U.S.

    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.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Another Veggie Grill Planned For Irvine

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Restaurant Roll Call for January 2013

    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."

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    85°C Bakery and IKEA Meatballs Featured on New Travel Channel Show

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    There's Such A Thing As A (Practically) Free Lunch Today with Viking Truck, Dos Chinos, SOHO Taco, and 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2013

    Irvine Restaurant Week Going On Right Now Until Thursday

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    The Hangover Part III: All Irvine, All the Time?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    The Counter Opens Third OC Restaurant

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    New Korean Taco Joint Serves Short Rib Arepas and Kimchi Quesadillas at Diamond Jamboree

    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?

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    This Week in Food: Sexual Cleansers, Suckling Pigs, and More Good Eats in SanTana

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Anaheim vs. Irvine Schools as Judged by George W. Bush Institute's Global Report Card

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Orange County Republicans Outraged That DA Tony Rackauckas Aided Larry Agran's Campaign

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    William Scott Spalding, Gemologist-Movie Producer, Gets 10 Years for $280k Gold Scam

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    New Huntington Beach Restaurant Serves Kimchi-Flavored Waffles

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Irvine City Council Will Try to Replace Verizon Wireless Amphitheater With the Great Park Cramphitheater...What Are They Smoking?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Forget Carmageddon, Here Comes Cowboygeddon!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Grapes Of Wrath At The Melting Pot, Our Drink of the Week!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Irvine Contractor Who Swindled The Elderly Wins Prison Trip!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    New Taiwanese Restaurant Serves Sausage Inside Another Sausage!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Irvine Officials Claim They Fear Rush To Build Great Park, Seek More Public Money

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Cajun/Vietnamese Crab Restaurant To Move Into Diamond Jamboree

    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. 

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Soon Keun Kim, Accused Madame, Among 6 Held for Alleged Prostitution Ring in Irvine

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    August 9, 2012

    Kiss & Motley Crue

    Irvine Meadows

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Indian Food Festival in Irvine This Weekend

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Three New Vietnamese Restaurants Open

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Irvine Investment Operator Penalized For Scam Claiming 1,000 Percent Returns

    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 >>

  • Music

    July 19, 2012

    Young the Giant Are OC's Next Great Band

    The Irvine's quintet are house-hunting, but not ready to leave us just yet

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Now You Can Camp Out at The OC Brew Ha Ha!

    Drink all day, play all night. We're in Irvine, trick! Yes, really. OC's greatest craft beer fest, the Orange County Brew Ha Ha, will be even more epic this year with an added activity: camping! Organizers are hosting an official Brewers' Party campout on Friday, Sept. 7, the night before ... More >>

  • Food

    June 21, 2012

    Mongolian Hot Pot Counting Sheep

    The Little Sheep chain introduces the Chinese fad to Irvine

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012

    Def Leppard

    Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    [UPDATED with DA Charges Shalabh Rastogi:] Jalina George, OC Homicide No. 18: Husband Held for Strangulation Murder

    UPDATE, MAY 23, 12:31 P.M.: Irvine's Shalabh Rastogi is being held without bail pending a scheduled arraignment in Santa Ana today on charges that he strangled and murdered his wife in the apartment they shared with their three children, prosecutors announced.The 39-year-old finance worker faces one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Eat This Now: Corn Chowder at California Fish Grill

    You should already be quite familiar with California Fish Grill, the largely local seafood chain that has spawned a lot of copy cats trying desperately to replicate its formula of reasonably-priced fish meals with rice or French fries. That many of its imitators have failed is a testament that the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Irvine Chocolatiers Build A 9-Ton Chocolate Mayan Temple, Break Guinness World Record

    Here's something to make you pause and wonder: What am I doing with my life? That's because you are not the chocolatiers at Qzina Specialty Foods in Irvine. They did what no man has done before, which is build an 18,239-pound ancient Mayan temple out of chocolate.  It took more the team mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Seabirds Truck and Tasting Spoon Join Forces For a Sit-Down Vegan Dinner Event

    Roaming the streets can be exhausting. It's always nice when OC food trucks hit the brakes every once in a while for some off-wheels cooking. Two of the county's favorite luxe loncheras, Seabirds and Tasting Spoon, are teaming up for a special prix fixe vegan dinner event at 6:30 on May 25 at N ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 3, 2012

    Irvine: America's Most Fashionable City?

    [Trendzilla] Bundle says it's true, so it must be!

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Irvine to Get A New Korean BBQ

    For quite a while I knew that a new business called "All That BBQ" was going to open at Culver Plaza in Irvine, but I had no idea if it was a restaurant or perhaps a BBQ equipment supplier like BBQ's Galore.

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2012

    Japanese & Korean Food Show at 99 Ranch Market in Irvine This Weekend

    If you've ever wondered what an aloe drink tastes like or what brand of instant miso soup suits you best, this is probably a good time to go to 99 Ranch Market in Irvine (the one on Culver) to find out via free samples. Today, April 21st and tomorrow, Sunday, April 22nd, the market is holding a Japa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    What We Learned, March 31-April 13

    It's another double installment, the last for a while one hopes, of stuff that happened and what we gleaned from it.MARCH 31: It's disclosed that Arthur Palomino, one of the children in Mendez, et al v. Westminster, et al,, Orange County's most famous civil rights case, passed away. What We Learned: ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 8, 2012

    Bike Nazi

    [Hey, You!] If my big bare head is wrong, I don't want to be right

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Planned Irvine Shabu Shabu Bar Gets Name Change

    ​This is an update to an earlier post I wrote about a planned shabu shabu bar in Irvine's Trabuco Grove shopping center called OOii Shabu Shabu. The restaurant was to occupy the space where a Daphne's once stood in the Kohl's-anchored complex on Jeffrey near the 5.On this front, nothing's changed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Honey Pig Korean BBQ Coming to Irvine

    ​The Korean barbecue restaurant Honey Pig is coming to Irvine this summer. Chin Kim, a co-owner of the original Los Angeles location, confirmed that Irvine will host the third outpost of the unusual K-BBQ restaurant owned by a loosely-affiliated group of relatives and business partners. Mr. Kim wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Another Pho Joint To Open In Irvine

    ​I've actually lost count on how many places there now are in Irvine to have pho. I'll date myself in saying that I remember a time where there was exactly one place that did. Last year saw three pho joints opening almost simultaneously as if it were planned that way.Now there's another planned fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Is Tortillaz Aspiring to be Chipotle?

    ​ I'm not saying that every Mexican chain like Cafe Rio is trying to copy Chipotle. Even though it says it's not, Taco Bell is doing it. And why wouldn't they? It makes business sense to aspire to the same kind of success that Steve Ells Mexi-chain has achieved. There's nothing wrong with that. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Keeping Track: Where Are All The Weekly Clustertrucks?

    ​UPDATE: Anne Eng informed us that as of now, the Wednesday clustertruck is not occurring every week. They are still coordinating with other luxe loncheras for a steady rotation. Best to follow Panfiniti for updates.ORIGINAL POST: Per our friends at Panfiniti, the newest clustertruck is on Wednesd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Is Kula Becoming The Walmart of Sushi?

    ​Some may remember that before it sold $2 sushi on moving belts, Kula's previous incarnation was as a high-priced, made-to-order sushi bar in Century City. When it failed to catch on after about one year, the restaurant made the move to the then still unproven Diamond Jamboree in Irvine. It was he ... More >>

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