For a little over a year, Portola Coffee Lab has been educating, surprising and inspiring the caffeine-deficient in OC and beyond, prompting java lovers to hang up their Starbucks mugs for good. The Costa Mesa shop has surely won us over with its specialty beans and unique brewing processes--check o ... More >>
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 >>
Flickr user camknowsCheap, cheap facsimile: reject this if financial straits allow!It's difficult to write about ramen because the simple dish of yellow noodles in broth is fetishized by its partisans; ramen arguably inspires more heated discussions than any other element of Japanese cuisine. It' ... More >>
Citrus Fruit earrings gift set by GoodsauceOpen the papers or turn on the TV, and you're practically hit over the head with ads for after Christmas sales. Did you know you can score great deals on indie arts and crafts after the holidays, too? It's simple - do a search for "clea ... More >>
Photo from KappaRamen.com There's no shortage of places to slurp ramen in OC these days. We've seen a handful of new ramen shops opening. In Irvine, Shizuma and Mizuki debuted this year. And now we're learning of a new ramen-ya in Anaheim called Kappa.
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OC Weekly sent this reporter to Japan for two weeks to study karaoke. Or, this reporter took a vacation. Not saying either way. Regardless, even in the land of the rising sun and the plentiful vending machine, Orange County wasn't ever far from mind. Three examples follow...
My how times change. The boost that 9/11 gave the oily men in the White House was as short-lived as any post-Seinfeld sitcom starring Jason Alexander. It seems like only yesterday that Dickless Cheney was defending our latest Blood for Oil campaign by suggesting Americans essentially have a God-give ... More >>
It's one of those things you're liable to hear whenever the rain starts pelting down: "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." It's one of the few lines of Mark Twain's that just about everybody can quote. Two problems: first, it's not a Twain quote; second, it's not t ... More >>