For Asian Americans, there's an odd sense of comfort in holding a mic and singing along to the midi version of schmaltzy pop hits. Whether they're tunes by Basil Valdez, Sin Sisamouth or Frank Sinatra, played in private rooms (such as at Ziller in Fullerton) or set against chintzy lights and throbbi ... More >>
"Where is this place?" my date asked nervously, looking around at the barely lit street and deserted sidewalks. We were driving through a desolate, industrial part of Costa Mesa we'd never been to and had no business being in before tonight. A factory with gigantic pressure vessels and pillars spe ... More >>
From Garden Grove, the organization tried to bring down its former country's Communist regime. Instead, it gave American diplomats a giant headache
A federal judge in Orange County has punished a crook who participated in a Southern California identity theft ring that victimized Walmart stores with fake credit cards. Neil Magbag Santos blamed methamphetamine for his crimes and claimed his attempt to avoid the reach of federal law enforcement o ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans love tamarind so much?
Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney are unlike any other touring couple in music. The duo, better known to the world as Big Harp, first met when their bands Art in Manila (Chris) opened for The Good Life (Stef) on a west coast run back in 2007. It was love at first sight and the two soon ma ... More >>
A feeling of Damonlessness clouds a franchise
Why is Rakenrol so cool? The Philippine movie, screening today at 5 p.m. at UC Irvine, doesn't have a groundbreaking plot: it's the story of an indie band trying to make it big, where the members come of age, and there's a love story (natch) to boot. It's not just that the motley cast is endeari ... More >>
Judging by the final tally of this month's "open and shut cases", we gained more restaurants than we lost. But that still doesn't make the closure of Manila Groove, Tustin's only Filipino turo turo, sting less. What follows is our monthly compilation of new and shuttered restaurants.
The body count is piling up in Orange County this last month of 2011, with some slayings so awful they made the following compilation of the 11 most ucked fup murder scenes of the year.Please note that this will also be my last list of 2011 that includes the Salon Meritage massacre. As much as I ... More >>
What to eat and expect at the Filipino fast-food giant's first OC store
ProfessorSalt.comKent mangoesThis time of year, we have all sorts of fabulous fruit in season: stone fruit and melons are peaking; cherries are still around, as are berries. While I adore the more common produce, my single favorite fruit usually comes from south of the border: mangoes.For much of ... More >>
DMVAnnamaria Mango GanaUPDATE, JULY 5, 10:01 A.M.: Prosecutors filed additional charges today against Annamaria Magno Gana, the 41-year-old accused of killing her husband and trying to kill her sons on Mother's Day at their Tustin Ranch home.Besides a murder count and sentencing enhancements, Gan ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 12, 1:20 P.M.: A Filipino newspaper reports Antonio Potenciano Gana, the 72-year-old Mother's Day murder victim, is the former general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, which oversees the airport in the country's capital. The Philippine Star also claims the slai ... More >>
Scott Ian, Anthrax's rhythm and lead guitar player, just announced he's not going to be touring with the band he formed 30 years ago due to the upcoming birth of his first child. He said, "This decision to miss these shows was a deeply personal one. I co-founded this band July 18, 1981, and for ... More >>
Edwin GoeiJollibee in CerritosWith the announcement that Jollibee is slated to replace Chris & Pitts in Anaheim came a few xenophobic comments, not just here, but on other blogs. The irony, of course, is that Jollibee is more American than Filipino. Take a gander at the menu and it's as if ... More >>
Huntington Beach's Fish Camp would be beloved by Melville's star
Garden Grove's TusCA is a notch above the typical hotel restaurant
So what if it's summer? Making your own soup is fun!
A few things happened to Manila Groove since I visited last. First, about three months ago, Gustavo Arellano tipped readers about the little-known Tustin eatery and its constantly updated website menu in his This-Hole-in-the-Wall-Life column. Second, they've expanded by taking over the store ne ... More >>
Third world logic stormed UC Irvine last night as former Native Gun rapper Bambu took the stage, promoting his newest CD, "I-Scream for the Children." As a Pinoy born and raised on the streets of Watts, Bambu's rhymes and perspective come from a place few people outside Manila or Downtown Los Ange ... More >>
"I hate going to the Philippines, like, against my will," Pinoy standup comic Rex Navarrete tells the mostly-Filipino crowd at the Irvine Improv club Tuesday night, recalling teen summers in San Francisco he was forced to trade in for drugged plane rides back to the motherland. . .where he stayed wi ... More >>
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OC Weekly series leads to federal indictment of celebrated AIDS doctor
Not full of hot air
A nurse says a prominent Newport Beach physician gave AIDS patients bogus drugs. The doctor says hes being blackmailed
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Mad props to Tone-Loc!
Mission founder Junipero Serra brought death and destruction to Californias natives. Now hes one step away from sainthood