• Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    The 10 Best Prog Metal Bands

    Progressive Metal, unlike other sub genres of heavy metal borrows heavily from hard rock, classical rock and early heavy metal influences. Although several of the bands on this list might not technically considered metal, we group hard rock and metal under the same umbrella for the sake of clarity. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Coming Soon to Japan: A Convenience Store/Karaoke Booth Hybrid!

    Those that had ridden with me in a car know that I'm prone to randomly bursting into song. Put a microphone in front of me, whether at American karaoke à la Linbrook Bowl or Asian Karaoke à la Plush, and I'm ready to go. Honestly, the only thing keeping me from singing nearly all of the time is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Toshiro Konishi: Guru of Peruvian-Japanese Cuisine

    Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of world cooking. Today, she interviews Toshiro Konishi, one of Peru's most famous chefs. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Colonel Sanders' White Suit Bought For $21,510 At Auction

    The Colonel's white suit and the skinny clip-on bow tie is iconic as the man who wore it, and when it went to auction this past Saturday, it fetched a whopping $21,510.

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    There's A Ramen Burger, You Guys

    This was bound to happen someday, and of course, it happened in Japan. Burger joint Lotteria teamed up with ramen restaurant Menya Musashi to create a--you guessed it--ramen burger. Two burger buns sandwich a pork cutlet, mayo and a bed of lightly fried ramen noodles. The concoction is served wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Gyu-Tan, Beef Tongue Restaurant, Opens at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Costa Mesa

    Here's how I know we've come a long way from teriyaki chicken bowls: A new restaurant inside Mitsuwa Marketplace called Gyutan Tsukasa is a beef tongue specialist. The original Gyutan Tsukasa hails from Sendai, Japan and serves the BBQ'd meat with barley rice, ox tail soup, and pickles. 

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    KFC Japan Offers A Trip To Osaka To Eat All-You-Can-Eat Chicken

    About this time, every year, someone out there like me writes an article about how the Japanese have made eating KFC a Christmas tradition as we have made eating roast turkey and stuffing. I know this because I tried to write one last year only to be informed by our web editor that she already wrote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Who Invented The California Roll?

    For sushi novices, it's the gateway dish. The California roll can be found everywhere from grocery-store fresh-food aisles to cafeteria menus in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Typically packed with crab or imitation crab, avocado and cucumber, then rolled "inside out," the nonthreaten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Burger King Introduces Black-Bunned Burger With Squid Ink Ketchup In Japan

    I'm really not sure what the appeal here is. A few weeks ago, it was McDonald's that offered black and white burgers in China. Now, it appears the Burger Kings in Japan are getting into burger noir act, too. Starting this Friday, September 28, the Japanese arm of the King will start selling the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Watching The News Can Make You (Physically) Sick, UC Irvine Study Finds

    Planes crashing into the Twin Towers. Bodies washing up on the shore after the Japan tsunami. Bloodied victims being rolled out of the Aurora movie theater.    We watch on our TVs and computers in horror and heartache. And it may be making us sick.  Researchers at UC Irvine studied ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Mochi Cream, New Dessert Shop, Opens At Mitsuwa Costa Mesa

    The Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa has a new sweet addition to complement its roster of savory food stalls like Santoka and Sky Express. Mochi Cream is a, well, mochi cream, specialist--a dessert that's made by wrapping the sweet, glutinous rice paste called mochi around flavored fillings like red bean.The p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    The "World's 50 Best" List Is Published, Is Usual Steaming Pile of Irrelevance

    Oh, look, this year's edition of "The World's 50 Best Restaurants", sponsored by San Pellegrino and its subsidiary Acqua Panna, has come out. Cue the precious online debates and the bored yawns from the rest of the world.Ranked lists of the best anything are patent bollocks: they necessarily reflec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Man Orders a Whopper with 1,050 Pieces of Bacon; Attempts To Eat It

    So a man walks into a Burger King in Japan and orders a Whopper with 1,050 pieces bacon, and Burger King, true to their "Have It Your Way" slogan, gives it to him.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    VIDEO: Ramen Gets Set on Fire at Kyoto Restaurant

    I just returned from an awesome trip to Japan, home of sakura blossoms, crazy vending machines, maid cafes, kawaii adorableness, Pocky and ramen--so much ramen. I slurped my weight in noodly goodness. Oh, pork broth and soft-boiled soy sauce egg, how I love thee. The most unique ramen experienc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    5 Reasons To See Jiro Dreams of Sushi, in Theaters TODAY

    ​​​Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the exquisite documentary about Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old chef at the famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. (Read a Q&A with director David Gelb here.) Need a reason to drive out to L.A. to catch the film, which opens today? Here are five delicious ones. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    New Trailer for Anticipated Sushi Documentary Released

    Magnolia Pictures​There is already a movie about ramen. It's called Tampopo, which isn't just one of the best food movies, but in my opinion, one of the greatest films of all time. Now there's a documentary called Jiro Dreams of Sushi where the central subject is Japan's other ubiquitous dish: sus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Shonen Knife's Naoko Yamano: 'I'm Ashamed to Write Songs About Love'

    Shonen Knife​It's been three decades since beloved all-female Japanese pop-punk trio Shonen Knife formed, and although they have only one remaining original member, singer/guitarist Naoko Yamano, they still pump out an endearing mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy that has attracted fans all ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Japan Has More Top Restaurants Than France Says Michelin Guide

    ​In the battle of sushi versus foie gras, sushi wins. Or so says the Michelin Guide, which has decreed that Japan has more top restaurants than France for the first time since the book started rating restaurants in The Land of The Rising Sun in 2008.

  • Calendar

    July 7, 2011
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    June 30, 2011

    'Hand Pulled' Opening Reception

    Grand Central Art Center

  • Culture

    June 23, 2011

    OC Art Galleries Will Feature Japan, Shag and More!

    [SUMMER GUIDE] Highlights from Orange County and Long Beach galleries for the summer

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    This Week in Food: Cone-Ing, Breastaurants, and Tamal vs. Tamale!

    ​Always awesome weeks here, so jump after the jump to learn what made us jump this week!

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011 and Select Boutiques Donating Net Proceeds to Japan Disaster Relief Tomorrow

    ​It's now the world's most famous mouthless white cat's turn to help out Japan: Tomorrow, and select participating boutique locations will donate all net proceeds toward Japan disaster relief.The company (whose stateside headquarters is housed in Torrance) seems to be following in the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    This Week in Food: Italian Holiday, Final Pho, and Arrested Development Pub Quiz!

    ​Between the start of our epic Final Pho tournament and news of quizzes that we can actually win, it was quite the week here at your favorite infernal blog. Highlights after the jump!

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Japanese Tsunami Aid: Chef Eric Ripert

    This just in from New York's Le Bernadin restaurant. From celebrity chef Eric Ripert's Twitter feed:​ It's a big move from a high-profile chef which might prod others into their own ways of helping victims in Japan. Know of others doing their part? Let us know in comments!

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Oh Really? OC Nuke Plant Safe, Say Nuke Plant Officials

    ​Now this is a big relief: Southern California Edison, which operates the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, or SONGS, says that their nuke plant--you know, those two pendulous white domes on the beach between San Clemente and Camp Pendleton--is totally safe. And by "totally safe," they mean i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    In Memoriam: Bassist Mick Karn Dead at 52​Mick Karn, long-time bassist for Japan and then Dalis Car, has lost his battle with cancer. Karn was born Andonis Michaelides to Greek Cypriot parents in Nicosia, Cyprus. His family moved to London, England when he was a young boy. He met the other members of what would become Japan as ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 11, 2010

    Blonde Redhead

    The Glass House

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Choreographed Calligraphy Competition Movie Shodo Girls!! Makes Continental Premiere

    ​Tonight, Santa Ana will be the site of the U.S. continental premiere of a film about a group of high school girls who decide to turn their economically battered town's fortunes around by hosting and competing in a calligraphy contest.Ryuichi Inomata's Shodo Girls!! is based on a popular televised ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    So, How's Mexican Food in Japan?

    Flickr user marshallkiyoshihigaHappy person enjoying a meal at El Pancho.​Maybe you have some preconceived notion of what it would be like to work in the same office as Gustavo Arellano. Maybe you imagined that whenever you announce you're leaving the country for a vacation, Gustavo says something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Japanese Airline To Serve Draft Beer On Flights

    Flickr user smullComing soon to an airline near you: keg stands in free fall.​All Nippon Airlines announced today that they will begin serving draft beer on internal flights, principally to and from Okinawa. The advertisement states that prices per cup will be 800¥-1000¥ (US $9.15-$11.43).

  • Culture

    July 1, 2010

    Shu Uemura Closes Up Shops in U.S.

    [Trendzilla] Sad. So very, very sad . . .

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    "The Cove" Filmmakers Wade Into Edwards University

    The Cove, a documentary about the annual massacre of more than 25,000 dolphins in Wakayama, Japan, created quite the buzz when it played at the last Sundance festival. An Orange County audience gets a chance to meet the creators of that buzz tonight. Filmmakers Charles Hambleton and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    This Week In Food

    Our fave grub blogs of the week: Gustavo educated us on the Japexican delights (specifically, the jalapeños stuffed with spicy tuna) at Wafu of Japan. Edwin brought us news of two Domino's employees indulging in acts of unspeakable grossness relating to pizza ingredients an ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008
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    October 12, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Special Rip-Off Edicion

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2006

    Atomic Action Beanball

    A coincidence, but one which raises a question. The coincidence: last night Japan won the title game in the World Baseball Classic, and last night I happened across a curious minor relic of the relationship between baseball in the U.S. and baseball in Japan. The question it raised in my mind: do th ... More >>

  • Food

    July 14, 2005

    The Asian Persuasion

    Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them

  • Culture

    June 16, 2005

    Kabuki Dreams

    How a former Huntington High drama student became a cultural insider

  • Food

    February 10, 2005

    Ramen Wars!

    Slurping through Orange Countys steamiest Ramen bowls

  • Music

    October 14, 2004
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    December 4, 2003

    Shadow Warriors

    The Last Samurai gets lost in a tendentious haze

  • Columns

    November 27, 2003
  • Music

    October 2, 2003
  • Food

    May 8, 2003

    Domo Arigato, Mr. Natto

    Learning to love Japans stinky weapon of culinary destruction

  • Culture

    September 20, 2001

    Im the Worlds Wealthiest Fascist!

    Reintroducing the Greatest Generation to historical complexity

  • Film

    May 31, 2001

    Fear Factory

    Jin-Roh shows anime at its most terrifying

  • Columns

    May 31, 2001
  • Features

    September 21, 2000

    Gettin Shig-ee With It

    Shigetoshi Hasegawa pursues baseball, golf balls and the American dream

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    December 31, 1998
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