First impressions of chefs are generally positive. While it might be a dog and pony show for me, instinct will say whether they are genuine in their demeanor and response. The first time I met Chris Tzorin, he was working alongside Pascal Olhats during a culinary competition I judged. While he hamme ... More >>
Vacation happens so few and far between, I'm happy to leave home and not have to make my bed. Striking up a conversation is second nature when I travel, and somewhere between a barefoot bar and dinner at Pappadeaux inside DFW, I hung out with new friend Adam Gertler. You may recognize him from Kid i ... More >>
You read the headline correctly. Burger King is offering mojitos, Long Island iced teas, daiquiris, and Cuba Libres. But wait...before you head out the door to get your drink on, I should add that it's only being offered at select Burger King stores in Japan.
Someone on Reddit posed a question to bartenders: "What do drink orders say about people?" The responses that followed are enlightening and pretty hilarious. Redditor pres82 wrote this definitive guide. (Note to self: No White Russians ever.)
Culture guide gurus Flavorpill have teamed up with Sony to present the "Sony Sessions," an event that celebrates the local culture of six US cities including Houston, Long Island, Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and our very own Costa Mesa.The fact that we made it into the company's lexicon of pos ... More >>
Professional boxers who have been banned include the famous and unknown: Muhammad Ali, Luis Resto, Paul Griffin, Dong-Kih Choc, Nadya Suleman.Yep, you read that right, La Habra's Octomom has been banned "from any future Celebrity Boxing matches," informs CEO Damon Feldman in an email.
For those of you not in the know, this past weekend up at the Commons in Calabasas, teen idol Justin Bieber allegedly punched a photographer. Yes, that's right, you read correctly. The Biebs, that little squeaky-clean fella who once caused a riot at Roosevelt Field in Long Island because he didn't s ... More >>
Photo by Ben DayhoeSO...remember how I wrote about the above space in downtown SanTana, and that the rumor was it was going to be a bistro of sorts? The cat is out of the bag--sort of. The name of the restaurant will be Floral Park Cafe, and all that they'll say right now is that it'll be a "new ... More >>
The Get Up Kids singer gets ready for the annual Where's the Band? tour
Pre-fightWith the Hollywood crowd on her side, the "Literally Broke" Lefty out of La Habra, Octomom Nadya Suleman, defeated "Long Island Lolita" Amy Fisher in three Celebrity Boxing rounds last night.In other Octomerde, it was reported over the same weekend that the unemployed single mother of 14 ... More >>
Gabbi Patrick and her namesake Mexican Kitchen in Old Towne Orange has rightfully earned praise for her meals, which skip across Mexico to offer different regional treats (go right now while they're offering her take on chiles en nogada, featuring fluffy picadillo and a walnut sauce so sweet it ... More >>
Long Island rock band Brand New are reissuing their debut, Your Favorite Weapon, in November. The set was originally released on Nov. 21, 2001, but the 10-year-anniversary edition will have new artwork, liner notes and a download card with previously unreleased demos.
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Edwin Goei The Place: The Balcony Grill & Bar, 2710 Alton Pkwy. Ste 215, Irvine, (949) 387-0888; thebalconygrill.com. The Hours: Drink specials, all day Sunday through Thursday. Open till 2 a.m.
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.Tis the season to be an asshole jolly. A caveat: I love giving gifts, and love that the hol ... More >>
Jorge NegrerosWhen it comes to the battle of OC versus LA, at least we don't have a cocktail named after our murky drinking water.
Jessica FordSakura in Huntington Beach features shabu-shabu, a Japanese dish in which you to cook thinly sliced pieces of meat and vegetables in a personal pot of boiling water or broth. This restaurant caters to groups and has a large outdoor eating area as well as a full bar to begin t ... More >>
The Wu-Tang invasion of Detroit Bar continues. Following GZA's show in March, fellow Wu-Tang member Raekwon will hit the westside Costa Mesa venue on August 7, a mere month before the release of his much anticipated Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, quite clearly the sequel to 1995's Only Built 4 Cuban Li ... More >>
It's been a while since we've heard from the fine young men of Aushua, but here comes some news: they're about ready to release an EP, Limbo, featuring six new tracks. As is the custom 'round these parts, they're celebrating the release with a show at Detroit Bar on July 11, with We Barbarians and R ... More >>
Haha.I don't know all that much about Long Island hardcore band Dr. Acula, other than the fact that they're playing Chain Reaction tonight. But really, what do you need to know? Their name is "Dr. Acula," and they have songs with titles like "Beer Pong Massacre" and "Go Eat Worms." Whether or not th ... More >>
Derick Martini works his no-budget magic.Lymelife, which opens the 10th annual Newport Beach Film Festival tonight at Edwards "Big Newport," was written by Derick and Stephen Martini, based on their experiences growing up on Long Island in the early 1980s. It would stand to reason the character of J ... More >>
Tickets for the 10th annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF), which runs April 23-30, are now on sale here. Those will cost you $12 for general admission (or $8 if you are a student or senior buying before 5 p.m.); $30 for all Spotlight films and parties; $55 for the Opening Night film and party; ... More >>
Classic Boat and Yacht Festival
Do You Hear the Drums, Fernando? We look under rocks in Joshua Tree
Rakims lyrics of fury
At Newport's El Ranchito, Margaritas come fast and blurrious.
Special web Exclusive Anthology
Deck the malls with rounds of Stoli
20 years later, Lee Rocker is still rockabillys biggest fan
You, too, can live off happy hour food
The Rain People hit the pavement
Le Tigre has the roller-skate jams
Dick Loderhose's immense organ keeps an era alive
Eastern Standard not nearly scary enough
Neil Simon not worse than painful afflictions
OC gets the treatment in Everett Beekin
Big-Ass Music Weekend!