I was supposed to meet someone for a drink at the lounge inside the Island Hotel last month. Instead, I found the property deep in construction mode. The "bar" was a handful of stools across from check-in. Turns out it had been this way for months, with a buffet-style cafe set up for hotel guests on ... More >>
One-hit wonders. Dynamic duos. How 'bout them threes? Three French hens. Three of a kind. Threesomes. Bell Biv Devoe. There are some trios with swagger out there. And apple, fig 'n cheese combinations are definitely one of them. We weren't aiming to do a comparison, but ended up finding two complete ... More >>
I'm late in posting this. So late that if you're reading this right now, you have about half an hour before the last Stroll & Savor event of the summer starts, that is if you're not going to to the KCRW Good Food and Stick A Fork In It Happy Hour, which you should. The final Stroll & Savor' ... More >>
Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!!Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this fo ... More >>
The Santa Ana eatery moved into bigger digs, but its Venezuelan food is still wonderful
Edwin GoeiOn a recent trip to Irvine Spectrum, I noticed that Le Napoleon, the coffee shop that boasted Intelligentsia coffee and Cream Pan pastries was gone from its perch underneath the merry-go-round. I was going to put it on the list of restaurant casualties for the month...
Jamba JuiceJamba Juice, known for its fruity blended creations, is adding lettuce, carrots, broccoli, beets and algae to the mix. Yum. The chain has introduced three Fruit & Veggie Smoothies, each packed with a hefty dose of that good-for-you stuff Mom always forced you to eat. Berry Up ... More >>
Flickr user www.courtneycarmondy.com My one (and only) restaurant work experience included a stint as a server, and not a very good one: My signature spiel went something like, "Don't save room for dessert; Consider sharing." The following two deals from Jamba and Coffee Bean were made for pa ... More >>
Flickr user jamesbondsvDespite the fact that it's not native here, few foods are more in tune with the laid-back OC beach lifestyle than the smoothie. Whether it's a pick-me-up after a long morning out in the waves at Trestles or a meal replacement for a busy skate shop employee, smoothies are ev ... More >>
pierofix @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Hey you! Yes, you.Do you want a free cup of coffee? Then take a reusable travel mug and go to any Starbucks today for a free fill-up of brewed coffee.Other places are doing freebies or discounts as well, including McCormick and Schmick's, Cinnabon and Jamba Ju ... More >>
Dave LiebermanClick on the picture to the right. How many sizes of smoothie do they sell at Juice It Up in the Stadium Lofts in Anaheim?Did you guess "two", as I did when I went in today to get a smoothie?Wrong. They sell THREE sizes; the advertised 24 oz. and 32 oz. sizes, and a smaller 16 oz. s ... More >>
It's hard to keep on top of the glut of depressing news about the economy, especially when it comes to restaurants--that is, which ones are struggling and which ones appear to be financially robust. Although fast-food chains are so far weathering the storm better than many high-end eateries, several ... More >>
As exciting as eating Kashi Go Lean for breakfast every day is, once in a while a girl has to try something new... Especially when the weather's taken a turn for the worse and your stomach is craving something warm. You'll remember Edwin's recent post about Starbucks venturing into the world of brea ... More >>
In the smoothie game, if Jamba Juice can't shake it, then how can anyone else. The giant posted a $12.4M loss last quarter. So I suppose it should come as no surprise that the smaller players are being pulverized like fruit in a blender. Just recently I noticed that two smoothie purveyors in Irvi ... More >>
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Mike Sheldrake figured he was dead when Starbucks opened two stores near his indie coffeehouse. Now his business is up 40 percent.