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
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 >>
The Little Sheep chain introduces the Chinese fad to Irvine
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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.
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 >>
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 >>
[Hey, You!] If my big bare head is wrong, I don't want to be right
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The city of Irvine proudly proclaims itself America's safest city, and it surely is when it comes to your garden variety rapes, assaults and murders. But even America's safest city must deal with scam artists, boiler room operators and FBI informants who infiltrate mosques. Indeed, it's that ball ... More >>
There are exactly three restaurants dedicated to shabu shabu in Irvine: House of Shabu Shabu at the 99 Ranch plaza on Jeffrey, Ayame Hot Pot on Portola Parkway, and SWSH at Diamond Jamboree, which was the last entrant in a city that previously only had one a few years ago.
Edwin GoeiThe latter half of last year saw three new Vietnamese restaurants opening in Irvine, with Pho So 1, La Pho, and Pho Saigon Pearl vying for the wallets and mouths of the rice noodle-slurping public. It continues this year as The Irvine Company revealed that at least one more Vietnamese r ... More >>
The County of Orange has been sued, scolded and ordered to reduce jail overcrowding for years. Just as regularly, attempts to expand the number of beds at the James A. Musick Facility in Irvine have been met with resistance--and court battles--from that city and nearby Lake Forest.It's happening ... More >>
The news came fast and quick. Shortly after our post about Fatburger at Park Place in Irvine biting the dust, two readers e-mailed us with the tip that its neighbor, Taleo in Irvine, was too, going to shutter. I called the restaurant during lunchtime on Friday, and the person who answered not onl ... More >>
Dense in the head that I am, it still took me all of 3 seconds to realize how the City of Irvine came to host the Irvine Korean Cultural Festival tomorrow. Steven Choi, city councilman and a candidate for mayor, is also its founder. Why tomorrow? Well, because today, January 13th, is the day the ... More >>
Despite a reputation for raucousness, some 40 Occupy Orange County members gathered quietly outside of Fullerton city hall last night to discuss the future of the local movement after Wednesday's dismantling of Irvine's three-month protest.While two Occupy leaders outlined negotiations with Fulle ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 20, 12:39 P.M.: My morning coffee obviously had not kicked in yet when I posted the original version of this item on Irvine and Santa Ana appearing on dueling lists of the safest cities in America. For, had I been fully awake, I would not have read right over Mission Viejo being rank ... More >>
Agran (at right): Can he finally do something progressive after years of being a tool?This summer, the city of Irvine and its apologists made much about its decision to force any contractors doing work for the city to pay its workers a living wage, that progressive wet dream in effect wherever fo ... More >>
Daniel KohnYoung The Giant The Observatory (formerly the Galaxy Theatre) 12/16/11 Last Friday night's gig at the Observatory in Santa Ana was a victory lap of sorts for Young The Giant. A successful 2011 saw the Irvine-based quintet tour across the globe (including many of the country's huge fes ... More >>
Mitsuwa.comAlthough it's technically open now, this Saturday is the official grand opening of Mitsuwa's Irvine store, the ninth outlet of the chain in the country, the second in O.C. And it wouldn't be a grand opening without fanfare and a celebrity.
YouTubeThey call him the streak.A thief was fully clothed when he stole a Hummer limo at gunpoint in Irvine Saturday night.But, as a helicopter officer informed after the man who led cops on a bi-county chase jumped out of the stretch in Whittier and started running, "He's naked!"
Jana Marie Spires, a 39-year-old Irvine resident, convicted serial arsonist and previous Weekly Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week model, has been sentenced to a year in jail, a year in a residential drug treatment program and registration as an arsonist for a series of fires she set beginning in th ... More >>
Edwin GoeiTwo new Asian concepts, both from the Carolinas, are coming to the Square at the corner of MacArthur and Main in Irvine, near the airport. Twisted Noodles is an import from North Carolina and will be serving Thai food. It's actually not the first Twisted Noodles restaurant to open in O ... More >>
Yesterday we talked about how Class 302, the Rowland Heights staple for shaved snow, was planning a store in Irvine. Today, we talk about Little Sheep, which is to Mongolian hot pot what McDonald's is to burgers (and I mean that in the world-conquering sense, not a dig on its quality).& ... More >>
Will the third time be the charm? Those who live and shop in Tustin know that the supermarket space on Redhill and Walnut has changed hands more than a library book. Up until a few months ago, it was Freshia, a Korean supermarket. Before that it was called HK Market, the Korean market that preced ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comCoCo Ichibanya's Pork Katsu CurryDo you love Japanese curry but long for more heat in the otherwise-mild-mannered dish? The Japanese chain restaurant CoCo Ichibanya offers spice levels you can customize to your taste, all the way to a brow-sweating, nose-running level 10. "Comin ... More >>
Wiki CommonsIf you haven't yet decided on a way to celebrate today's weird-looking date, 11/11/11, might we suggest heading to your nearest Korean market for a snack? Nov. 11 is Pepero Day in South Korea. Pepero, for those unfamiliar, are skinny biscuit sticks dipped in chocolate and sometim ... More >>
Eleven UC Irvine students and sympathizers were convicted today of being disorderly on campus, and if you think your intrepid reporter has been conked on the head and is re-reporting the outcome of the "Irvine 11" case, you are wrong.Well, you are this time.These 11 with freshly minted rap sheet ... More >>
Photo from Boiling Point WebsiteJust in time for the cold snap (it'll be in the 60's by the end of the week), the Taiwanese hot pot restaurant called Boiling Point has opened in Irvine offering gurgling, simmering stews that on its website it describes as "So hot. So bubbly. So sti ... More >>
It looks like UC Irvine students are going to try their hand at the Occupy game once again with another protest. The Irvine contingent of Occupy Orange County has been Tweeting support for the event, which is set to take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. on Ring Road, the main drag throu ... More >>
Occupy Orange County organizer D'Marie Mullatierri said Irvine activists got a rude awakening this morning when the sprinkler system on the lawn in front of the Irvine city hall suddenly activated. This is the same lawn where the group, who is standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Str ... More >>
National Lawyers GuildAssemble the lawyers: The Mass Defense Committee of the National Lawyers Guild sent out a press release this morning announcing their intentions to help Occupy groups in what co chair Mara Verheyden-Hilliard called "The single largest support effort for protesters since the ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyJust as they proclaimed they'd do after hearing the guilty verdict last month, the 'Irvine 11' defense team has filed appeals on behalf of the 10 students convicted of disrupting a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren. Attorneys contend that the Californ ... More >>