OC doesn't have its own Thai Town, but this doesn't mean that we don't have great Thai restaurants. It only means that the ones we have are scattered throughout our fair county--the proverbial Easter eggs waiting to be found. Some of the greatest--Coconut Rabbit in Los Alamitos, Sutha Thai in Tustin ... More >>
Mattern Deli, LinX and all the other places to get a banger (and a green chorizo and longanisa and bratwurst) in your mouth
Well, hello ladies and germs, it's time again for food news in an easily digestible format. Have a look... First off, Edwin visited Pagolac Restaurant at their new location in Westminster, and while the food was still great - the new location was not so much. He spread the rumor that there will be ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Lake Forest eatery has great grub, a bad name
Authorities put out an alert this morning for fugitive Jesus Gomez Montes, who is accused of sexually assaulting three girls under age 10 in homes he shared with them. A $1 million arrest warrant has been issued for the Lake Forest 34-year-old, who could receive a 130-year prison sentence if capture ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the council vote on second reading. ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 5, 9:39 A.M.: The Lake Forest City Council voted Tuesday night to repeal its ban on registered sex offenders in city parks. These are the same city leaders that last year passed the ordinance establi ... More >>
There's no bacon shortage over at Slater's 50/50. OC's bro-food empire, which has given us artery-clogging wonders such as the bacon milkshake, a burger patty made of 100% bacon and a peanut butter and jelly burger topped with bacon, is expanding.
To give herself unearned resources to buy a stash of methamphetamine, Anaheim's Kimberly Dawn Keister stole mail earlier this year from at least 24 residences or businesses in places like Lake Forest and Mission Viejo.In January, police stopped Keister's vehicle in Costa Mesa and found drugs as well ... More >>
With so few Indonesian restaurants around, and so many that have come and gone without no one so much as noticing, I've decided it's good to, once in a while, check the pulse of the ones I actually frequent.I'm happy to report that Indo Ranch--the Indonesian grocery and food-to-go shop in sleepy Lak ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 8, 11:11 A.M.: In addition to the sheriff's department's DUI patrols in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Ranch Santa Margarita, city police agencies hold sobriety checkpoints tonight in Westminster, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.The Westminster and Garden Grove police departments did not ann ... More >>
For some reason, the rest of Orange County thinks South County is a culinary black hole. As someone who lives south of the Spectrum I take offense to that. First, haters, let's not forget that we have Break of Dawn. But we're also home to the boss burgers at Riders Club in San Clemente, the impre ... More >>
Apart from being a wine store, beer pourer, and restaurant, Brü Grill & Market is also one of the few establishments on Lake Forest's El Toro Rd. not ruled by some distant corporate overlord. As such, it's the only place I know of in this bedroom town that has the cojones to do beer can chic ... More >>
Most of you are probably waiting anxiously for Black Friday deals; but me, I'm looking forward to this Saturday, which is the day American Express will credit $25 back to me if I patronize a small business and spend $25 or more with my American Express Card. To get the details, click here. You do ... More >>
Small but deadly to land developers.Readers of the Weekly before there was a Weekly may recall the California gnatcatcher, a cute little bird who managed to stop development in its tracks in Orange County in the early 1990s, cause Donald Bren to forever be saddled with a menacing Mr. Burns squint ... More >>
Photo from Brü Grill & Market's FacebookLast week at a public hearing, the city of Lake Forest put its stamp of approval on Brü Grill & Market, a project slated for the spot once occupied by Carino's at the Orchard Shopping Center on El Toro Road.
[Hole In the Wall] This Lake Forest restaurant offers Afghan cuisine and the best dumplings in the world
For anyone who has wondered what dedication for a cause is, it's something like cycling 512 miles to support music programs for children with Autism and related disorders. Anthony Riedelsheimer and Danny Thompson (drummer for punk band Face to Face), the founders of the Music Factory School of Mu ... More >>
Big Bad Wolf Big Bad Wolf www.soundcloud.com/bigbadwolfmusic The quintet of fellows who make up Big Bad Wolf--who'll be celebrating the release of this free EP at a Gypsy Lounge show this Thursday in Lake Forest--clearly have ambition when it comes to their work, no bad thing at all. Their self ... More >>
Gentle readers, we are a large and diverse county. We have enclaves of ethnic wonder: Little Saigon and Santa Ana are just the start. The problem is that these places are, by and large, in the northern half of the county (and Irvine). As such, our coverage might be perceived to have a (slight) no ... More >>
Edwin GoeiMore than a decade ago, the Thai Spice in Costa Mesa--a take-out shack if ever there was one--begat more locations in and around Irvine and Lake Forest than you probably realize. At one point, I counted at least five Thai Spices doing business in the area. You might be aware of the o ... More >>
Flickr User burkeshire 1The last 24 hours have wrought havoc on the Kingdom Plantae, that is, at least in the oh-too-ironically-named town of Lake Forest.
Brooklyn Museum ArchivesDid somebody order a designated driver?If you're driving in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo or Rancho Santa Margarita today, you may notice more sheriff's patrol cars on the road than usual.And, if you've been drinking:1) What are you doing driving, butt wipe?2) The deputies in ... More >>
At the most recent meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens got the five supes to approve $77 million in annual police service contracts with 11 cities throughout the county.That amount represents a slight increase (primarily due to deputy benefits) over the last ... More >>
Those aching for an update on Costa Mesa's the New Limb are in for some excitement.
It's the Weekly's weekly police blotter--now with more alleged rummy mommies, ex-cop robbers, sticky fingers, douches on bikes and really bad karaoke singers.MONDAY, NOV. 23 Insert car here.That Walled-In Feeling A man crashing his black Toyota Corolla into a wall at the Shell gas station at Lake ... More >>
Over the last year or so, news on the The New Limb has become coin of the realm on this blog. If you've been checking out Heard Mentality at all lately, you've seen them around. And you've had plenty of opportunities to see them on stage in 2009.For those two or three of you who haven't, it seems ... More >>
Edwin Goei Among all the posts that I've written here this year, none have gotten more comments and curiosity than the one where I announced that the Utah-based chain Cafe Rio was opening its first California outlet in Lake Forest. Nevermind that there's already excellent Mexican all over our fi ... More >>
Watch out, sinning citizens of OC's sinningest towns. The OC Sheriff's Department will be on the streets tonight looking for drunk drivers as part of a federal anti-DUI program that targets "areas that have a high incidence of DUI related arrests and collisions."So, naturally, they're headed for ... More >>
Cafe RioAn observation: Lake Forest seems like it's becoming prime proving grounds for out-of-state chains. Don't quote me on that. I really only have one other data point to support my argument: Boneheads, which is based in Georgia.Now, there's Cafe Rio, which reports that it has just signe ... More >>
Okay, you know the drill now. Say it with me. "Another new Mimi's Cafe, another gift card giveaway". Seriously, I've lost count on how many there have been. This time, just like the last one in Lake Forest, they'll be giving out $3,000 worth of gift cards ranging from $25 to $100 to firs ... More >>
Hint to restaurants: you'll get in my better graces if you offer great, non-alcoholic drinks. Beverages rank high on my palate, and I'll never forget the banana soda offered by a long-gone Honduran restaurant. Here, then, were my favorite drinks of the year.1. Maker's Mark, neat, at Memphis at the S ... More >>
New alt-country at its finest? Howzabout New Mexico singer/songwriter (and former bull rider) Ryan Bingham and his band, the Dead Horses, playing this Saturday night at the fabulous Gypsy Lounge in Lake Forest? Dude's been on Leno and Conan, and got a nice, long profile in March from the LA Times (s ... More >>
The big news of the weekend was the OC Weekly's two wins at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Awards in Philadelphia. Gustavo Arellano took home the award for Best Column with "Ask A Mexican" while R. Scott Moxley bagged second place in the prestigious public service category for his cover ... More >>
BMX Ride Sessions
Mr. Irrelevant arrives: A week of partying has begun at Newport Beach to honor Ramzee Robinson, the 255th player chosen in the NFL draft. No license, new ride: A 16-year-old Santa Ana teen's perfect attendance at school snagged him a new car. Now, if only he could drive it. Temporarily derailed: An ... More >>
Grinch and bear it
Lake Forest gets a park called Etnies
Voice-over pro Beverly Bremers
We used to be El Toro!
The Wish List They Don't Want You to See!