This chain of beer-and-burger-centered restaurants is poised to expand all over—but is it good?
It's been more than a year now since my "50 Reasons Why Orange County is the Worst Effing Place in America" listicle scandalized so many, and I still get crap for it. I'll always stand by it, because everything in it was true. But to the haters, I offer this olive branch: at least we're not Los Ange ... More >>
Since they put houses up and down from the Dana Point Headlands, the city, developers and owners of those "exclusive" pads have done all they can to keep the unwashed public (i.e., you and me) off public Strands beach. Hours have been restricted, access gates have been locked and tales of vandalism, ... More >>
For your consideration, 16 commendations that really matter
Past the kitschy Chuck Norris photos and vintage roller skates, to the left of the 5-foot, papier-mâché sea monster, California Lions unleashed their first folky, surf-inspired songs. The location was the backroom of Seal Beach's surf and kind-finds shop, Canvas, for the band's late-February CD-re ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Amanda Chinchelli answers the calls of surfer girls
Beach season unofficially begins Memorial Day weekend, and when it comes to the best beach on this blue planet, Huntington Beach has been Hasselhoffed.See what former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has to say about Surf City after the jump . . .
Taylor Hamby/OC Weekly KurosawaMesa is a purveyor of style, innovation and culture in this fair county, often compared to a LA lounge (even the unisex restrooms are hip) except without that whole LA douchebag hipster factor. It's a great venue for events, such as our upcoming Nov. 10 Happy H ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 2:30 P.M.: The coroner has confirmed a body found by a patrol boat Thursday at a Seal Beach jetty as that of Joewayne Benford. The 24-year-old Long Beach resident disappeared while body boarding with friends in strong rip currents off Seal Beach the evening of Aug. 31. Lifeguard ... More >>
Seabirdstruck.comFor an hour-long show (has it always been an hour long?), last night's premiere of the second season of The Great Food Truck Race whizzed by like those sponsored VW pace cars. As you may already be aware, OC's born and bred luxe loncheras, Seabirds and The Lime Truck, are ... More >>
If everyone in showbiz was lined up one a pole--and there is no evidence they are not--one would find Tom Hanks and Jim "The Poorman" Trenton at polar opposites.And yet, on live television this morning, the Hollywood mega-star namechecked Newport Beach's most famous sad sack, who in January pulle ... More >>
Surfer magazine's sometimes-wild, sometimes-mild 50-year ride
Went to write this week's collection of things written about and/or from Orange County on the Interwebs, and an episode of Entertainment Tonight broke out. The following batch includes celebrities and TV characters crossing our real estate before ending with La Habra's very own tabloid queen.
Edwin Goei This week marks almost exactly one year to the day that I posted on the opening of Fish Grill Factory on this blog, a hopeful new entrant a block away from South Coast Plaza in Santa Ana that tried to copy the success of California Fish Grill by doing pretty much exactly what it did: g ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Ws China Bistro, 17585 Harvard Ave. Suite A., Irvine, CA 92614, (949) 757-1588; http://www.wschinabistro.com. The Hours: Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; Monday-Friday 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. The Deal: $3-$6 appetizers. $8 entrees. $4 beer. $4 wine. $5 ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThe Place: Opah at Town Center, 26851 Aliso Creek Rd., Ste. C, Aliso Viejo, (949) 360-8822; www.opahrestaurant.com. Opah at the Marketplace, 13122 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (714) 508-8055;www.opahrestaurant.com. The Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 4-6:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9-11 p.m. The Deal: $6 marti ... More >>
Janet MacoskaCherie Currie performing with The RunawaysTalking with Cherie Currie on the phone is easy. What's not easy is fitting several lifetimes' worth of crazy days and recovery into 50 years in this planet. Who would ever dream of attaining the level of success that she achieved by 17 years ... More >>
AVP NIVEA Tour/Peter BrouilletThere are a few sports that should only be played under certain conditions: hockey should only be played in areas where there's natural ice (sorry, Ducks fans); football should only be played in the middle of a snowstorm; and horseshoes should only be played with a b ... More >>
Sequel struggles against nature to stay forever young
The Hype: The acoustically-pristine Fox Theater in Pomona seemed to be a perfect launch pad for Sonic Youth's trademark feedback. Thanks to Mark Ibold on bass, the show also served as a miniature sneak peak of sorts of the highly anticipated Pavement reunion. Lee Ranaldo--which we recently interv ... More >>
Sacramento correspondent Brian Joseph had an interesting post on the Register's OC Watchdog blog last week about the explosive growth of the San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation. Confirming with a group that follows the membership and money generated by nonprofits, Joseph reported that Surfrider ... More >>
Relax. It's not what it seems. New campaign-finance disclosure reports filed today in Washington, D.C., show that Irvine attorney Steve Young, a Democrat, has collected an impressive amount of contributions in his uphill bid to unseat Representative John Campbell. Included in the $64,555 Young ( ... More >>
Dana Point Gets a Celebrity! Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his wife, Cookie, have purchased a $7.6 million gated-community “vacation” home in Dana Point, according to the Times. Though “Hot Property” reporter Ruth Ryon didn’t share more details about the location, you can assume it’s at ... More >>
One California Day
"Thank you heros" read a the words in neon orange, painted onto a plank propped against the corner of Modjeska Canyon Road and, ominously, Shadowland. The spelling was off, but the sentiment was genuine. Photographer Christopher Victorio and I stood with our cameras at the side of the road, watchi ... More >>
A U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has refused Sheriff Michael S. Carona’s demand to dismiss a First Amendment complaint filed by former Carona challenger, ex-sheriff’s Lt. William Hunt, according to a press release issued this morning by Silver, Hadden, Silver, Wexler & Levine. Hunt attorne ... More >>
Orange County falls deeper into the infamous Malibu Ferrari crash
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Mercedes wins one
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Two Kooks and the King of Creedle is surfing verite
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Candy sets the summer on fire
David Weddles Newport Beach
Let them drink Charles Shaw
A civic leader strokes his manhood whilst a woman hood strokes Commie Girl!
Anthony Micheal Hall! Candy Apples! Sandra Ramos! The loney drunk guy 15 years past his frat-boy prime!
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