Lake Forest

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Jerry J. Zechmeister, Lake Forest Chamber Director and Ex-Planner, Popped for Child Porn

    A Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce director and former city planning commissioner is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography using file-sharing networks on his personal computer.

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    10 Best OC Concerts on the First Day of Summer

    By mid-June, most people are already sweating and spending money like it's summertime. But we're here to remind you that the first day of the season doesn't officially start until June 21. That's why for the next few days, we suggest you save up those hangovers and do some planning. Specifically, h ... More >>

  • Food

    April 24, 2014

    Grill Cafe Should Rename That Koobideh!

    [Hole In the Wall] This Laguna Hills restaurant sells awesome Persian under a terrible name

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Pennysaver Ad of the Week is Dyin' for Netics

    Today's Pennysaver ad of the week is brought to you by the letters Tom and Cruise.

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Blackstar Canyon Brings Horrors of Black Star Canyon to Big Screen and Printed Pages

    Black Star Canyon is getting ready for its Hollywood closeup. The spooky spot known for mysterious pentagrams, dumped bodies and all sorts of things that go bump in the black night seems made for a horror flick, which is what OC-based independent filmmaker Greg Beville figured for his project Black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Disney's California Drone Adventure or a Sly Marketing Campaign for Planes Flick?

    See the update on Page 2 that has me wondering if this whole drone tale is clever marketing for the new animated Disney flick Planes. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 9, 10 A.M.: It's a world of laughter, it's a world of ... drones? That's what an Anaheim Disney resort employee--excuse me, cast member--is repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Justin Alvin Masao Tombleson Gets 30 Years in Fatal Stabbings of 2 Outside Lake Forest Eatery

    Justin Alvin Masao Tombleson escaped murder counts when the 30-year-old Lake Forest resident was convicted in May of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbings of a Santa Margarita Catholic High School hockey coach and his friend in 2011. But the sentence Tombleson received today was still stiff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Sabatino's Sausage Company Coming to Lake Forest

    Fire up the grills! Sabatino's Sausage Company is opening a new location in Lake Forest! Winner of the Weekly's Best of 2012 Sausage category, Sabatino's makes an Italian sausage studded with chunks of sheep's milk cheese and fresh parsley that'll take on any comers from Chicago, New York, and even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Both Sides Ready to Debate Orange County's Pervs-in-Parks Ban Before Appeals Court

    When a panel of three Superior Court judges last month nullified the County of Orange's ordinance that bans registered sex offenders from county parks and recreational areas where children gather, the Orange County District Attorney's office responded it looked forward to, as the judges recommended, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    This Week in Food: Feelin' Cozy at The Attic, Top Drinks and Restaurants of 2012, and How to Make Homemade Tamales

    The holidays are almost over, and you can return to spending your money on more selfish things. Let's take a look at some favorite food and drink from this year, as well as new places on the horizon. Edwin's weekly food review covered the cozy Attic in Long Beach that serves creative Southern, Caju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Federal Lawsuit Challenges Sex Offender Bans in Parks of Four Orange County Cities

    Just days after District Attorney Tony Rackauckas honored Fountain Valley for approving on first reading a ban on registered sex offenders in city parks--based on a county law he co-wrote--word came that a registered sex offender has sued two cities bordering Fountain Valley and two other Orange Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Newport Beach Film Festival News and Notes

    Random notes, observations and stuff plucked off the cutting room floor from the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs through Thursday night.The hierarchy of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is the main antagonist in Macky Alston's excellent documentary Love Free or Die, which is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Three New Eateries Planned for Irvine Spectrum: Pieology, TavernaBlu, & Luna Grill

    Anne Marie Panoringan​The Fullerton Chipotle-esque pizza purveyor Pieology is planning its second store at Irvine Spectrum. Details are sketchy on where exactly in the sprawling complex it will be located. But it will be joined soon by two other new eateries. Luna Grill is a San Diego-based " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Cooking: Chez Panisse--But What's a Panisse?

    Dave LiebermanPanisses and some dandelion--yes, dandelion--empanadas I made the other day.​You've all heard of Chez Panisse, Alice Waters' breakout restaurant in Berkeley. You can't have avoided mention of it--and it is, to be fair, an outstanding restaurant. But if you aren't French, specifically ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Lake Forest Pot Club Owner Gets Probation, No Jail Time

    ​Until last week, Tara Sorenson, co-owner of Lake Forest's Health Collective, was looking at the possibility of spending up to six years behind bars if convicted of selling marijuana, as prosecutors charged. But as reported today in the Orange County Register, Sorenson agreed to a deal last Friday ... More >>

  • Food

    June 23, 2011

    Neveria Flor de Mexico Offers a Treatise on Icy Treats

    [SUMMER GUIDE] Where to go this summer for frozen fun you can eat

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Avoid Pink Elephants and Roving DUI Patrols Tonight

    ​Take a cab, plan an alternate route, or get your drink on somewhere else: roving sobriety patrols will be out tonight in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita."These multi-city DUI teams will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI-related arrests and collisions," reads an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Another South County Massage Parlor Stung by Fake Cop

    ​Another day, another South County massage parlor stung by a fake cop.Three days before a retired Chicago-area police officer managed to yank a free rub out of a Lake Forest spa by pretending to be an active-duty cop "inspecting" the joint, the unknown man pictured at right pulled a similar stunt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Orly Taitz Seeks Help From Cyberstalking Florist

    ​Is a crazed former Orly Taitz patient who may be violent, used to be a lawyer, is now a florist, may need boner pills, may or may not be from the Valley, more than likely resides in Lake Forest or Coto de Caza, and goes by the nickname "Foggy" when he is not going by the nickname "Captain Cock" s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    A Trend That Needs To Go: Charged-Admission Food Truck Festivals

    Christopher Victorio​When the food truck phenomenon first started, parking and setup were very much a fly-by-night operation: a single truck would find a spot, park, then Tweet its location to hungry fans. There was a sense of stealth to it; it was almost like electronic samizdat.When the first tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    3.7 Quake Shakes North OC and Long Beach

    ​I was sprinkling a light dusting of blueberries and Trader Joe's Organic Granny's Apple Granola on top of my bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat cereal at 9:06 this morning when it sounded as if something was trotting across the attic over the kitchen cabinets.My wife in bed with a col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: Non-Pho Beef Tendon Dishes?

    ​From a close friend:Recently been enjoying beef tendon only pho. Looking to kick up the tendon experience. Have you had any beef tendon salads in OC? Looking for that Chinese dish, but hopefully there are variants in other ethnic foods.Ah, tendon: that slippery, tender band that Asians adore, L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! Why Don't You Guys Write More About South County?

    ​This is a question that has been asked over the years about our coverage in general, but it's also come up at SaFII recently because of our Top 100 List. To wit:Why don't you guys cover more restaurants in South County?Frankly, my dears, because South County generally sucks at food.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    5 More Plausible, Purpose-Driven Explanations for Pastor Rick Warren Nearly Going Blind

    ​As our man Kevin Short tells you here, Rick Warren, tweeted this week that his eyes "were severely burned by a toxic poison" during a gardening mishap that nearly blinded Saddleback Church's Purpose Driven® pastor.We not only ain't buying this explanation--and by "we" I mean "Spencer Kornhaber, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Thank God It's Thursday: We Choose Shows So You Don't Have To​Don't know where to go this weekend? Heard Mentality makes it easy--here's the rundown of great music coming to town.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Judge Denies Restraining Order to Keep Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Open

    ​A federal judge has denied a restraining order aimed at keeping medical marijuana dispensaries open in Costa Mesa and Lake Forest while the court considers a lawsuit filed on behalf of four MedMar Patient Care Collective patients and based on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Anyone Missing a Red-Tailed Hawk?

    Red-tailed hawk ... but not THE red-tailed hawk.​With all the media tales chronicling the disconnect between the public sector, the private sector and regular old folks, it's refreshing to see the three came together beautifully when it came to rescuing a red-tailed hawk stuck atop a utility pole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Over the Weekend: Cat Party on Saturday at Gypsy Lounge, Lake Forest

    The Hype: With The Sockets, Des Roar, and Cat Party all making an appearance Saturday at the Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest, how could you not been giddy?? Not to rub it in, but the place was seriously packed! I'm talking sardines people! Ali LermanCat PartyThe Show: Costa Mesa trio Cat Party might loo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Warren Can't Carry Oral Roberts' Holy Jock Strap

    ​From the Associated Press:LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Evangelical pastor Rick Warren's plea for donations to fill a $900,000 deficit at his Southern California megachurch brought in $2.4 million, Warren announced to cheers during a sermon at the church on Saturday.Well, whoop-dee-freakin'-doo!

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Irvine and Mission Viejo Shoot It Out Over Which Is Safer

    ​For five straight years, Irvine has billed itself as "America's Safest City," but new FBI rankings show it's not even the safest city in Orange County. This leads to an obvious question: What's your problem with Irvine, FBI?

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    This Week in Food

    Flickr user LoveBones​This week in food:Dave spills the date that convenience store, 7/11, will start carrying private label wine... classy.Vickie shows how creative you can get with a little rice and a LOT of time in The Art of the Bento Box.We discover that Bodhi Tree Cafe's currently stellar ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Crime Time: Boozy Mom, Asshole Cop, Thieving Aliens, Fast-Acting Pharmacist and Lotsa Stabbers

    It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more boozy moms, asshole cops, fast-acting pharmacists, apartments full of thieving aliens and loads of stabbings!Courtesy of Costa Mesa Police DepartmentCraig Anthony McVay, 48, of Garden Grove, was in the midst of three years probat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Easy Writer Part 2: Gettin' Greasy

    ​Once you decide on the bike that suits you best, make sure it's in good mechanical shape by either going through it yourself if you're into working with your hands, or take it to a reputable motorcycle shop in the area. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Starbucks News, Including Four Imminent Closures

    Yet another round of Starbucks closures was recently announced, including a dozen locations in Orange County. Combined with those from the previous wave that are yet to shutter, that makes 15, four of which (in bold below) have definite closing dates at this time.The branches set to close are:Anahei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    TONIGHT: Cat Party at the Gypsy Lounge

    It's an eerily quiet malicious-lie-masquerading-as-hilarious-joke April Fools' Day, but here's a show: Cat Party, part of our Citizen Blast local music compilation from last fall, are playing the Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest tonight. They're going on at 11, with The Guilty Hearts and The Stabbings op ... More >>

  • Food

    February 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part IV

    Friday night took Reid Sheldon to The Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest, where he noted three mid-set stage exits, an impromptu rap and two wardrobe malfunctions as he documented "death doo-wop" group Jail Weddings. Check out Reid's Last Night review (the first of many, we hope, for 2008) over here. Mean ... More >>

  • Food

    April 5, 2007

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    January 4, 2007

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    November 23, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    September 14, 2006
  • Food

    August 24, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    May 25, 2006

    Grub Guide

    The best damn dining guide in Orange County

  • Food

    January 12, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This week in the county, S-Z

  • Columns

    November 18, 2004

    Why Im Great

    Ayn Rand Is a Sociopath

  • Food

    July 22, 2004

    Pig Pickin Paradise

    Dine with local Cack-a-lacks at Kill Devils

  • Features

    October 30, 2003
  • Music

    December 16, 1999
  • News

    September 9, 1999

    Lets Call It Theft

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 117

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