The OC Fair & Event Center released some fun facts the 23-day Orange County Fair that ended its run in Costa Mesa on Aug. 10.
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our bold editor-in-chief, Gustavo Arellano takes over for web editor Taylor "Hellcat" ... More >>
If you originally thought a restaurant by the name of Puck's Tavern was a play on words, that's understandable. I didn't expect to see a celebrity chef, much less Wolfgang "I cater for the Oscars" Puck launching a culinary experience inside a sporting/concert venue--ever. Yet he did, late last year. ... More >>
Another week, another edition of the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830. As usual, we turn the mic over to producer/co-host Andy Harris to guide is through the fun. Enjoy!
Did you watch Wrestlemania XXIX a few months back? I didn't. I also haven't had a Mountain Dew in seven years. I guess this means I'm finally an real adult, which means I should do the mature thing and write a list for an audience of people who are mostly hung-over and sitting in cubicles. This week ... More >>
Delta Spirit Playboy Mansion May 10, 2013 Sometimes you have to go to grungy clubs to review rock bands. Fortunately, on this particular night, Delta Spirit was playing a private industry event at the Playboy Mansion. Sponsored by Jack Daniels, the event coincided with a fundraiser for Operation Gr ... More >>
For the past 18 years, faithful readers of the OC Weekly have counted on our music section for the continuous cycle of sniffing out the local albums. It goes something like this: We search for them (yeah, we get a shit ton in the mail too), we listen to them, separate the wheat from the chaff, remin ... More >>
Kids: let me tell you about the most magical food festival of them all--not some overplayed clustertruck, but the Southern Foodways Alliance's annual symposium in Oxford, Mississippi. The SFA, of course, is an awesome organization devoted to celebrating and documenting Southern food, and their sympo ... More >>
Besides their on-board dining options, Chef Henderson pointed out their newest seasonal exhibit about to debut: CHILL, a wintery collection of ice sculptures, activities, and festive food and drink for all ages. Read our interview with Todd Henderson of The Queen Mary, Part One.And now, on to Part T ... More >>
Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us ev ... More >>
We couldn't wait until next month for the Orange County Fair to kick off, so we motored down to Del Mar this week and checked out some of the fan-freaking-tastic snacks working their way up the 5. Our first stop was Biggy's Meat Market, and Dominic Palmieri was more than ready to share his wares.Pal ... More >>
Deciding on a place to conduct an interview with a chef can be tricky. Luckily, our secret weapon is a hit, as Austin Lee circles OC Mart Mix thrice to locate Portola Coffee Lab in time to beat the Paul Mitchell students on break. With his Asian upbringing (plus Italian and Brazilian childhood influ ... More >>
This week, Pat Carney of The Black Keys 'apologized' to Nickelback regarding his 'controversial' yet true comments about the Canadian quintet. In my eyes, the drummer of the Akron-bred band had no reason to apologize, true or not true. Over the past decade or so, rock (not hip-hop, which deserves ... More >>
Joachim GarraudSutra-Costa MesaFeb. 13, 2011Sutra was invaded all the way from Paris, France, as Joachim Garraud took over with keytar in hand. The resident DJ, Drew Pierce led the crowd in a prelaunch ritual for Joachim Garraud with club hits "Bounce," "Turn Me On" and "We Found Love."
Photo by Meranda CarterIn our continuing interview, chef Gretchen Beaumarchais discusses her inner Julia Child and what we might expect to find cooking in the massive stainless-steel smoker. Get familiar with her stories of Boston, Beijing and Buttercup in Part One. Oh, and take note of where she ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterShe caters to evvvvvverybody!It's one thing to serve hundreds of guests per day, but how about thousands in a single night? That's the monumental task Gretchen Beaumarchais prepares for during hockey season and concerts. Amidst cameras setting up for UFC and Ducks skating t ... More >>
Flickr user spencekeSeptember is National Bourbon Month. As the weather cools off (OK, everywhere except Southern California), it's a good time to consider one of the finest drinks made in America. Uncork a bottle, pour a little into a snifter, add a little pour of cool spring water, and lean bac ... More >>
For nearly 60 years, tourists have traveled from all across the globe to visit Disneyland. And for just as many years, tourists have been leaving a lot of crap behind them before making their way back home.But if you lost it at Disneyland, odds are one of the park's numerous Cast Members have fou ... More >>
Just when we thought the sicko geniuses at Epic Meal Time couldn't out-gross themselves (yeah, who are we kidding?), they went there. In honor of Mother's Day, the YouTube chefs created a live birth scene, pulling a "baby rabbit bastard," dripping with red Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauce, out of a ... More >>
Street fights, bros 'n' hos, toxic surf, free-flowing hooch, corrupt politicians--whatever gave Nicole Santa Cruz the idea that Huntington Beach is the Jersey Shore of Orange County.Cruz foists that premise in a Los Angeles Times story about Surf Shitty's boisterous bar scene.MTV is no doubt Mapq ... More >>
[via Idolator]Ke$ha's new video is set in an gritty, urban, '80s Mad Max glitter fest where people are partying and drinking all night long. Obviously, dirty isn't the most unusual part of Ke$ha's aesthetic, but random product placement in videos are a new thing (at least for her). See if you'll ... More >>
Jay BrockmanUpon entering AVIA, you will quickly forget that you're in downtown Long Beach--instead you will think you're in a trendy New York City hotel. The lounge is located directly to the right of the hotel's front doors and is dimly lit with sleek and simple furniture. It's the bartenders a ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyArena food tastes better when garnished with Canuck tears.Q: What's better than an awesome cheesesteak at OC's home of hockey?A: An awesome cheesesteak with a Ducks home victory on top. Cue the Bro Hymn!
Photo courtesy of Prego RistoranteThe Place: Prego, 18420 Von Karman Ave., Irvine; (949) 553-1333; www.pregoristoranti.com The Hours: 4:30 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Deal: $4 beers, $4.50 wine, $5 well drinks, $4 appetizers.
An initiative to legalize marijuana has made the November ballot, according to state election officials. Polling shows a majority of California voters favor marijuana legalization. The pot-position (how about Prop. 4/20?) would allow adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of weed for perso ... More >>
It would appear that the Continental Room might not make the best location to take a date for Valentine's Day this year (unless nooses somehow turn you on). But for everybody who has managed to escape Cupid's arrows, this weeks edition of Notes From the Underground promises to be quite a memorable ... More >>
I know. I know. Is Orange County comedian Sharon Barragan funny? Try fucking hilarious. She's done stand-up at legendary venues like the Improv, the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, and even dropped a set at the University of Notre Dame. Sharon Barragan sucking downing a double helping of Jack-N-CokeBa ... More >>
Yes, it's not a state secret...Wednesdays are boring. Usually. But then again, there's always room for surprises. Like the whoop-ass Texas-born punk of The Riverboat Gamblers. Passing through California on a west coast stint, this furiously energetic tattooed five piece makes a stop at Detroit Bar, ... More >>
Subway has been flogging its five-dollar foot-longs for ages--I'm sorry, they should be paying us five dollars to eat that slop--but now TGI Friday's is joining the gang, meaning we we eat out for around the same price (or thereabouts, if we're frugal). I'm not a big fan of the chain, I admit. Call ... More >>
BY NATE JACKSONLast Night: Allensworth, Boogaloo Assassins at Detroit Bar; Saturday, January 10.Better Than: Break dancing on hot coals.Despite years spent incessantly trolling for talent on the local music scene, there is still something oddly special about showing up early to a great gig. You know ... More >>
Scroll down for updates as they come... Just received word that the Catholic Diocese of Orange just settled a civil suit filed against it and former Mater Dei High School boys' basketball coach Jeff Andrade. Strange, considering diocesan lawyers were publicly proclaiming they were raring to start t ... More >>
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Aug. 25 - Sept. 1
The Revamping of Assault On Precinct 13
Descending into hell at the International Street Fair
Falling in love with the club you love to hate
But Ronnie Van Zant spins in his grave
Cruising Huntington for someone to say hi to
GameWorks Rock N Roake will make you a star!
The best presents you could give Wild Gift
Is the Korean liquor soju the next St. Johns Wort?
O art, where art thou?
Animal rights, A Civil Action and other teenage drivel
Fire-breathing bands and fictional porn stars