Lola Gaspar

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    On the Line: Rashad Moumneh of Falasophy, Part One

    I thought luxe loncheras were starting to die down around here, until an acquaintance informed me he was about to launch one. Rashad's investment in Falasophy was a result of years of following a career path he wasn't particularly passionate about. His desire to provide a flavorful option to vegetar ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    This Week In Food: Hatch Chiles, Hopscotch's Kitchen Walkout, and Shattering Craft Whisky Dreams

    You better read this dining digest or I will stick a fork in you! Just kidding :) But let's take a look at what happened this week... Edwin went to PokiNometry in Anaheim for his food review. Then he continued our countdown of the Weekly's favorite dishes with the 10-item plate at Thuan Kieu Noodle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    67. Chili Lime Popcorn From Green Tomato Grill

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! My first job was doing concessions in a movie theater. There, co-wor ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2014

    Best Taste of Santa Ana

    Fourth St. and Ross St., Santa Ana

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    July 10, 2014

    Robbins Nest Wine Bar Opens in Downtown Santa Ana

    There's a new restaurant called Robbins Nest in Downtown Santa Ana--a wine bar to be exact, located at 207 West Second Street near Lola Gaspar and inside the Historic Gas Company Building. There's wines of course, and for the eating, small plates including grilled artichokes, charcuterie, a four-ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    The 10 Best Places to Watch the World Cup in Orange County

    Today marks the start of the FIFA World Cup, and this means either you're preparing for a month of ditching work or not giving a shit. But, culinary-wise, all of you should cheer this soccer tournament, as that means many OC restaurants will offer specials, open at special hours, and overall just be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Downtown Santa Ana Farmers' Market: New Hours Canvas Bag Deals

    Downtown Santa Ana's weekly farmers' market is your Thursday alternative. You get to walk off work frustrations, purchase goodies for immediate (or future) consumption and socialize as much or as little throughout, maybe extending your evening at a nearby establishment for dinner and a movie. If the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    On the Line: Alexander Dale of SeaLegs Wine Bar, Part One

    Chef Alexander Dale and I met the morning of Valentine's to go over his questionnaire. In the unusually peaceful wine bar, we covered topics that included his connection to Villa Nova and his juice obsession. You find culinary inspiration based on the weather. Any ideas for the recent rainfall and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    10 Great Desserts in OC and Long Beach

    You know the feeling: when they come around after you've demolished your meal, asking if you have room for dessert. You want something sweet to round off the night, but the dessert menu is the same tired list of cheesecakes and molten lava cakes that aren't even made there. So you lie, tell the wait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    This Week In Food: A Medieval Times Movie, Al Capone's Niece, and Bringin' Home the Banana Stand

    Whew, Mother's Day is over, and the rush for goodies and presents can die down until, well, whenever that paternal holiday is. Let's take a look at what the week after had to offer. . . . Edwin reviewed the South County chain Inka Mama's. Then he told us that Layer Cake Bakery is opening a second l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Eat This Now: The $5 Queso Fundido Burger at Lola Gaspar

    Lola Gaspar's Queso Fundido Burger will arrive at your table in nothing more than a paper food boat lined with brown parchment. There is no foliage nor pops of color. No truffle oil that costs more than the burger itself will coat the patty, and its sesame-seed bun won't make you wonder about its pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    On The Line: Alfonso Ramirez Of Pinot Provence, Part One

    Ch-ch-ch-changes happen all the time in the restaurant industry. Chefs leave, and are replaced by someone with a vision more aligned with that of the establishment. Alfonso Ramirez helms the kitchen within Westin South Coast Plaza's fine-dining establishment, Pinot Provence. Where have you worked in ... More >>

  • Food

    October 11, 2012

    Anaïs Tangie, Gourmet Gal

    [Best Of 2012] SoCo Farmers' Market empress on her other favorite things about Orange County

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Gypsy Den Owner and Julien-K Frontman Ryan Shuck Talks About Invading Anaheim With A New Restaurant Location

    See Also:*Hopscotch: Downtown Fullerton's New Beer and Whiskey Joint Also Serves Hillbilly Tunes*Identity Management Group and Insomniac Events Create EDM Power Merger in OC*Hank III - The Observatory - 8/21/12Dog adoption was the last topic I expected to be an icebreaker during a conversation with& ... More >>

  • Food

    July 26, 2012

    Lola Gaspar: The Santa Ana Redemption

    The downtown hipster haven finally grows up and becomes the restaurant we hoped it'd be

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    June 27, 2012

    Diatribe With Dave: Six Ways to Maximize Your Bar Dollar

    Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender Dave Mau tends bar at Memphis at the Santora and hosts Dinner with Dave, where he treats drinkers to free meals as the night progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us every Wednesday morning to a ra ... More >>

  • Food

    June 14, 2012

    Ole Spain Delishop Is Beyond Spanish Rice

    [Hole In the Wall] This Santa Ana strip-mall delight offers Spanish dishes and sausages—and the cheese!

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    June 8, 2012

    The Miablo at Three Seventy Common, Our Drink of the Week

    Three Seventy Common is where you'd want your friends to go drinking, even when they're not with you. The restaurant has set up this drink board, you see, where anyone can buy anyone else a drink on a future-based rolling credit system. Let's say you want to buy me one: just pay for it, and tell the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    On the Line: Keba Parker of A Bite Truck, Part One

    We met Keba Parker less than a month ago while following up on a lead regarding his new luxe lonchera, A Bite Truck. Our initial meeting might as well have been the chef interview, since there wasn't much left to ask. Now that we think about it, most of the conversation was Keba singing the praises ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    On the Line: Ryan Adams of Three Seventy Common Food Drink, Part One

    When interviewing a chef at their establishment, there's always the possibility that we'll be interrupted by one of their staff and our meeting will be cut short. In the case of Ryan Adams, it was quite the contrary. He assured us that interruptions wouldn't occur in their private dining room (a.k.a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    2 Teens Held in 2010 Murder of Artists Village Bar Patron Jeffrey Lee Chung

    ​Police have made arrests in October 2010's murder of Jeffrey Lee Chung, an Irvine 23-year-old who was shot to death outside a bar in the Artists Village area of Santa Ana that civic leaders have tried for years to turn into a safe and popular mecca for nightlife.Two teenagers who were 14 and 15 a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Jason Quinn to Open Fancy Restaurant in Downtown Santa Ana

    ​Ever walked through the pedestrian plaza on Second Street between Sycamore and Broadway? You walk past the Gypsy Den and Memphis, then Lola Gaspar and the soon-to-open Road Less Traveled and Belly Sprout stores, and then, on your left . . . scaffolding and an indescribably ugly fence closing off ... More >>

  • Food

    October 13, 2011

    WINNER'S CIRCLE: Dee Nguyen

    [BEST OF 2011: GAME ON!] Owner of Break of Dawn

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2011

    Gordon Ramsay Helps Luigi's D'Italia Turn its Beloved Irrelevancy into Something Better

    Forgot my camera, so no photos of the new Luigi's D'Italia--you'll have to see the restaurant yourself...​For 30 years, Luigi's D'Italia was the place you went when you wanted slops of good Italian food--but that was it. You didn't take a first date there, but rather the girl who already knew all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Downtown Santa Ana Is Happening--No Way!

    ​I'm a bit late on my reading, and I just encountered Adam Elmahrek's 10-years-too-late story on downtown Santa Ana's happening scene for the Voice of OC. I like Elmahrek a lot--his coverage of Mayor-for-Life Don Papi Miguel Pulido is nearly as brutal as ours--but this reads like one of those stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Drunk After Work: The Copper Door

    A beautiful, hip dank...​The Place: The Copper Door, 225 1/2 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. No phone number.The Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.The Deal: None on the pricing bit, no food: just a tasty jumble of craft beers.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Jeffrey Lee Chung, OC Homicide No. 47: Artists Village Robbery Gone Bad

    ​Jeffrey Lee Chung and a friend left a bar in the Artists Village area of downtown Santa Ana to get something from the friend's car in the parking structure near the 200 block of West Third Street.They were confronted by two other men who demanded their wallets. A struggle ensued, Chung's friend ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 19, 2010

    Posse on Broadway

    Downtown Santa Ana

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    July 27, 2010

    Four Reasons Why Patrón Tequila is an Affront to Mexicans--And One Reason Why It's Not

    ​Something called National Tequila Day happened this past weekend, and one PR hack or another asked us to write about it promoting some brand or other. No go. However, it does give me an opportunity to bash the Lola Gaspar of the tequila world: Patrón, elixir for fools, favored by those who still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    The Best Little Gourmet Taco Cart in Orange County: Soho Tacos

    Soho Taco's tacos​Sixth entry in our series where we promise to review, for better or worse, every "high-end" roach coach that visits the Weekly's world headquarters. A Hawaiian shaved-ice truck visits next Monday--when will YOUR mobile food truck come? Inquire with Jessica Ford at jeford@ocwe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Incoming: Posse on Broadway (Round 2) in Downtown Santa Ana, July 17

    ​Following a successful first run on the streets of Downtown Santa Ana, this year's Posse on Broadway summer block party is preparing for round 2. Unlike most sequels, this rousing weekend block party definitely stacks up to the first one--and then some. Abandoned Pools (pictured) and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    What You Missed: Midget Wrestling, Posse on Broadway With the Watson Twins, A Night of Dolls & Divas

    Christopher VictorioBlixx hangs out.​From uh, midget wrestling (their words, not ours!) at Santa Ana's Galaxy Theatre to kicking off a summer-long fest in Downtown Santa Ana with the Watson Twins, the weekend was a full one. After the jump: Even more photos. Including some from an event at the Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    The Watson Twins Kickstart Santa Ana's Summer Block Parties​A few weeks ago, we found out the Watson Twins were playing in Downtown Santa Ana ... but couldn't find out details such as venue, ticket info and time. Now we know why! The duo is performing for free! at Posse on Broadway: A Downtown Santa Ana Block Party.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Attention, All High-End Roach Coaches!

    Feed the Taco Man, por favor...​Dear High-End Roach Coaches: I admit it--I'm one judgmental pendejo. I have dismissed ustedes as mere scenesters, as ingrates who hopped onto a trend without acknowledging the Mexican pioneers who sued for the rules and regulations you can now easily navigate becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Battle of the Cuernavacans: You Sunk My Acorazado!

    Cuernavacan prideTaco acorazadoGet in mah belly.Dave LiebermanAlebrije's taco acorazado​

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub, Part 2

    If you missed the first part of our interview with Greg Daniels, executive chef and partner at Haven Gastropub, you can find it here. If you've missed the fantastic "spaghetti", the burger par excellence and the great beer, you can find that just south of the Orange Circle. Meanwhile, back to the qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Esty Seller SouZouCreationsComplete with veggies and seafood--and a floating pair of chopsticks, of course. $12.50.​Another week of eating, recipes, crime and general food-related goodness has come and gone at Stick a Fork in it, and with Grace off on a vacation, I'm standing in for a roundup of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Drunk after Work: Lola Gaspar

    Lola Gaspar seems to be one of Gustavo's least favorite restaurants, and his post on its opening is one of the most-commented posts ever to appear on Stick a Fork In It.It turns out they have a happy hour siesta hour, so it was time to see whether they'd found their groove, while sipping a cool marg ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    The Strangest Salsa in OC at Tacos Sinaloa?

    ​Tacos Sinaloa in SanTana works: a Mexican Norm's, a place where families can enjoy delicious takes on Mexican standards, where the rotisserie chicken crackles as good as any Armenian joint, where the fat burritos not only come with cebollitas and grilled jalapeños, even the to-go order comes wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2009

    Did Lola Gaspar Discriminate against Ethnic Patrons, Or Boot Out Jerks?

    Lola Gaspar does have a logo now, but I prefer ol' de Portolà...From my friend's Facebook status update last Wednesday: Lola's Gaspar [Gustavo note: the too-cool-for-school downtown SanTana restaurant] is on boycott status. The owner through out 7 ppl of color for no apparent reason. The only peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    TONIGHT: Posse on Broadway Returns to Santa Ana

    We all know what keeps any nightlife oasis going strong: "community", that's right. In that category, Santa Ana's cluster of clubs and haunts do a pretty good job of passing us from one bar to the next. One of the best examples of this continues to be Posse on Broadway, a beats and booze collaborati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Getting Ripped Off By Bland Food at Geisha House

    I've eaten at restaurants where the bill came to more than $300 for two (the late, great Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel). Where the buffet cost $100 for two (Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel again). Over $100 for omakase for one (Hanamori). Many other places too expensive and too superflu ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009
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    March 19, 2009

    Is Gustavo a Joke, a Prank, or is Someone Posing as Him?

    Of course I'm a joke, but that's besides the point for the purposes of this post. From one of my wonderful sources, from last month:Source: Did you call Lola Gaspar [on the date my source was there]?  Moxley's not the only one with sources everywhere!  Actually I was at the bar eating...wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    The Devolution of a Mater Dei Apologist

    Until we upgrade our blog, many of ustedes might not know about the many fights raging on blog posts of the past--the old posts that seem to get the most attention include those on local Armenian genocide denier Ergun Kirlikovali, Laotian Secret Army general Vang Pao, and my review of Lola Gaspar. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Proof that Organic is Better: The Curious Case of Chipotle

    Part One of a five-part series this week on tacos, burritos, and salsas...sorry, hungrymomma!Us editorial Weeklings always steal food whenever the paper's ad side order mass lunches during a special issue sales push, whether Best of, Summer Guide, or some other such blockbuster. Sometimes, the chow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Salty, Overpriced, Inattentive, Mild, Disappointing Lola Gaspar in Santa Ana

    *Moved up, 'cause I hear people are reading this and talking. Did you know that if you Google "Lola Gaspar," this is the first post that shows up? Another strike against Lola--if ustedes had a website, this phenomenon probably would've never happened...**Moved up YET AGAIN because people still keep ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Memphis Cafe's Extraordinary Chicken Sandwich

    Still shaken from my disastrous encounter with Lola Gaspar a couple of days ago, I enjoyed lunch with my colleagues one door down at Memphis at the Santora. You can find me here at least once a week in the evening, usually the Drinking Liberally OC event, making an ass out of myself. Those days, I t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Gypsy Den, Habana To Debut New Nuevo Latino Restaurant in SanTana

    *Updated, with new info on the bottom...**Moved up, 'cause it's timely!The colonization of downtown SanTana by Costa Mesan pioneering hipsters is complete. Both the Gypsy Den and Memphis have long successfully operated branches in the city's Artists Village, which always made us wonder why the other ... More >>