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