Javier Cabral

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    This Week In Food: Gourmet Chicken Nuggets, Nut Butter Recall, and Din Tai Fung Madness

    We've got a packed round-up this week, dead readers. Let's take a look at what happened in food news... Edwin felt comforted by the poutine at Biggie Baguette in Newport, he shared Afters Ice Cream's food truck addition, he announced the opening of a Dickey's BBQ in Fullerton, and he told us where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    The 3 Coolest Finds at Expo Comida Latina 2014

    Food and hospitality industry trade shows are all the rage these days. For the uninitiated, they are exactly what they sound like: huge conventions not usually open to the public, filled with everything from state-of-art restaurant equipment companies hustling their products, to hundreds of hungry, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    The Five Must-See Shows in OC This Weekend

    Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar Friday, March 28 Release the Bats! Que Sera Our favorite "hard-drinkin', foul-mouthed, in-yer-face American gothic dance club" swings back 'round the Que Sera for the Near Dark Tour 2014. It's always Bats Day inside these black a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    This Week In Food: Fresh Reese's, Algae Milk, and No More Homebrewers Festival

    Hey, you guyz, it's time for another week in food! Let's see what happened... Edwin went to Nesai California Italian Cuisine & Bar for his print review. He shared the opening of Minamoto Kitchoan, a Japanese sweet shop, at Fashion Island. And he told us about yummy pho sliders at a restaurant in Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    5 Places to Eat in OC If You're Dating a Vegan

    By Ryan Cady It's getting easier to be vegan nowadays, but dating a vegan--especially if you're a carnivore--is still kind of shitty. Sure, you could be an asshole and drag your animal-loving significant other to a Korean barbecue place and force them to watch, horrified, as you consume pounds and p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Expo Comida Latina 2012: The Food Trade Show of the Reconquista

    Latino this, Latino that, it seems like there's a new Latino spin-off of something every day. Expo Comida Latina is probably the coolest, though: "North America's only trade event focused on bringing authentic, specialty, gourmet and mainstream products from around the globe to retail and foodservic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    OC Punk Rock Picnic - Oak Canyon Ranch - 4/28/12

    If your vehicle was sturdy enough to get you to this year's Punk Rock Picnic at Oak Canyon Ranch (aka the middle of nowhere) -- meaning your car didn't overheat during the uphill slaloms or get stuck in the makeshift loose-dirt road parking lot -- then you experienced what was probably the best Punk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Ten Great Vietnamese Restaurants in Orange County

    ​Pity the other publications in the stable o' stallions that is Village Voice Media, because they have to come up with a list like this, too--and they don't have Little Saigon sitting smack dab in the middle of their publication area. How do we choose from the hundreds--yes, multiple hundreds--of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Ten Great Vegetarian Restaurants in OC

    ​Orange County, for all its Republican, meat-and-potatoes reputation, has a fantastic array of vegetarian restaurants; not just vegetarian, but vegan, and from a wide variety of ethnic traditions. We have little patience with hippy-dippy vegetarian places that skimp on flavor in order to emphasize ... More >>

  • Music

    June 23, 2011

    El Centro Cultural de Mexico Faces Eviction

    [Mental Notes] Plus: Introducing the softer side of Rob Zombie, and NYC inmate says he shot Tupac

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Gnarmageddon Fest 2011 at The Glass House Saturday Night

    Javier CabralBrian Brannon of JFA has been around the punk-rock block a couple of times​Gnarmageddon Fest 2011 June 18, 2011The Glass House The American Hardcore scene has produced (and destroyed) lots of amazing punk-rock legends. Darby Crash of The Germs, Stevo of The Vandals, John Macias of Cir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Confessions of an Ex-OC Weekly Intern

    Javier CabralMi Tran and I during our last intern lunch at Au Lac​Well, folks, looks like this is the end, unless...(*cough) they gimme a staff writer job at OC Weekly!!! Haha. No but seriously, like the great Zacatecano paisano Antonio Aguilar originally sang "[Nada] es eterno en el mundo,". Yup, ... More >>

  • Food

    June 16, 2011

    Chili Chutney Offers Spicy Charity

    [Hole In the Wall] This Lake Forest restaurant offers Afghan cuisine and the best dumplings in the world

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    The 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival in Las Vegas

    Javier CabralFans eager for Cock Sparrer to play​Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival May 27-31Downtown Las VegasHow do I even begin to describe the degree of epic-ness for an event like the 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival in Downtown Las Vegas? A lineup of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    OC Weekly Intern Lunch at Au Lac Vegetarian Restaurant

    Javier CabralIt's Now or Never...​Welcome to another edition of Intern Lunch! During the past few months, I've had a blast writing about music, tagging along and eating tasty lunches with fellow intern Javier Cabral. During my last week here at the Weekly world headquarters, I wanted to step out o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Intern Javier Gets Cover Story of This Month's Saveur!

    "Javier Cabral" is Huichol for "El Cabrón de Cabrones"​For months, Javier kept telling me about how he was working on an article for Saveur about food from Zacatecas, a subject I'm somewhat obsessed with as you gentle readers know. He's a zacatecano también, from a different part of the state bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Las Mamadas de Chuy: Thach Che Hien Khanh

    Javier CabralJose "Chuy" Tovar at The Real De Mexico Distillery​Introducing a new column I'm starting up to showcase tequila master Chuy Tovar's eclectic food wisdom he acquired while working for Patina (in Orange County!) for two years.For this week's Las Mamadas de Chuy, he bailed me out of Week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Protestors Say F-U to Foie Gras at Marche Moderne

    Javier CabralA Tasty Foie Gras Meatball I Ate Once From Chef Gary Robins​This just in: The coalition will protest directly in front of Marche Moderne at the third floor of the South Coast Plaza tomorrow, Friday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. The protesters want to make people aware of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    TASTEbud: Serious Cannabis Pastries For Orange County (An Early 4/20 Special)

    Javier CabralTastebud uses 1/2 Canna-Butter and half regular butter for their fudge-y brownies​April 20th is a national holiday to many. Hell, to some of my homies, it's bigger than Christmas! On this day, the world's counterculture gather and pay a hazy homage to cannabis, yesca, herb, pot, bud, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    OC Weekly Intern Lunch! Extremely Student-Friendly Fare at Mitsuwa Market

    Javier CabralSpicy Miso Pork Ramen and Curry Rice Soba Noodle Combo: Both for Under $20​ Being an (unpaid!) intern at any publication is really a selfless act into publishing martyrdom. Yes, the experience is invaluable for a blossoming journalist who refuses to let the grim realities of print j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Getting Drunk At The Office: Chuy Tovar of Real De Mexico Tequila And A Recipe For The Real Mexican

    Javier CabralJose "Chuy" Tovar at The Real De Mexico Distillery​I met Jose "Chuy" Tovar through a Facebook inquiry he put in to me about places to find the best menudo (yes, he saw me on T.V). It turned out he was the chief operating pinche-officer of Real De Mexico Tequila, a two-year-old tequila ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    The Adolescents and the Dickies at Alex's Bar Friday Night

    Javier CabralEager line waiting outside Alex's Bar​To those who didn't consider punk rock to be "just a phase" in high school, last Friday night at Alex's bar was somewhat of a culmination. The Grim, the Dickies and the Adolescents--all local, monumental '80s bands that started playing just a li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2011

    The Adolescents and The Dickies at Alex's Bar Friday Night

    Javier CabralRikk Agnew and Stan Lee of Dickies Together As One Amoeba​ To those that didn't consider punk rock to be "just a phase" in High School, this last Friday night at Alex's bar was somewhat of a culmination. The Grim, The Dickies and The Adolescents--all local bands that started in the ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    This Week in Food: (Possibly) Racist Peanuts, Pee-wee Herman, and Mimosas!

    Flickr user @jbtaylor​Always a busy week 'round here, and highlights after the jump!

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Announcing Stick a Fork in It's First-Ever Intern: Javier Cabral, aka The Glutster!

    It's rare that any publication ever gets celebrity interns, but we at SaFII are blessed with that scenario: Today is the first day that Javier Cabral joins our ranks!Cabral is better-known in food-blogging circles as the Glutster, and has already scored mentions in Jonathan Gold's column and the New ... More >>