Hours after a General Motors-hired arbitrator announced in Washington, D.C., there will be no limit on payouts to victims of accidents caused by flawed switches on GM vehicles, the Orange County District Attorney's office revealed it has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against the company in Sup ... More >>
Anaheim Convention Center
Yes, The California Raisins were a viral marketing ploy consisting of a claymation band of pruny grapes, but they released four studio records; reached the Billboard Hot 100; and won an Emmy. Pretty impressive for fictional group of food characters. Merchandise and memories are all that remains of ... More >>
After having seriously curbed yard sales last year and then laughably putting a positive spin on it in Anaheim Magazine, the Anaheim City Council is zeroing in on another pressing threat to the city's residents: public street car sales. Long the complaint of NIMBY's in Anaheim proper, the latest h ... More >>
Just after I wrote yesterday's post about progress finally being made by Creamistry--the liquid nitrogen ice cream shop in Irvine that's still being built as we speak--I leafed through through this month's Clipper Magazine coupon book that came in the mail and what should I find but a full page ad f ... More >>
Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream! Today! The Ben & Jerry's Truck will be roaming Orange County, announcing where it's at via Twitter (@BenJerrysTruck). Tell 'em where you want it to stop. @BenJerrysTruck My stomach. Thanks. Follow Stick a Fork In It on Twitter @ocweeklyfood or on Fa ... More >>
How do you bring new life to Dippin' Dots, the flash-frozen ice cream pellets that have been struggling to stay relevant? With booze, of course.
[Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant manages to serve great Armenian and Middle Eastern cuisine from a hidden location
Toyota will pony up $1.1 billion to make sudden-acceleration lawsuits go away, according to a proposal filed in federal court in Santa Ana today. As part of the largest settlement in U.S. history involving automobile defects, Toyota would send cash to eligible customers who sold or turned in their l ... More >>
We recall a childhood of hoarding the chocolate pops this time each year, but nary a recollection of free candy for discovering a specially designed wrapper. Rumor has it that ones sporting an Indian shooting at a star were coveted and rewarded. We're feeling kinda gypped. Urban legend and snopes si ... More >>
Updated, with new information at the bottom...ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 10, 11 A.M. If there is one fast-food company that gets universally positive coverage, it's In-N-Out--hell, even anti-fast-food crusader Eric Schlosser praised their practices at the end of his epic Fast Food Nation (and how cool that ... More >>
Is the Orange International Street Fair here again? Yes it is, reminding us that summer is wrapping up. For those unfamiliar, it ain't the OC Fair. Chicken Charlie will not be in attendance, but I'm sure there will be just as much fried foods there than is probably advisable to consume in any quanti ... More >>
The federal judge in Santa Ana assigned to Toyota's nationwide sudden-acceleration trial issued a tentative sanction against the automaker for an inspection of a crashed 2008 Toyota Camry. Judge James V. Selna writes that the inspection casts "a cloud of suspicion" over Toyota Motor Sales USA's beh ... More >>
Adapted from 'Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America'
UPDATE, FEB. 14, 2:31 P.M.: What a wonderful way to mark Valentine's Day: Adopt a Charger ("Accelerating the adoption of plug-in vehicles via fee-free electric car chargers") has established the Doug Korthof Memorial Charger Fund. Money raised will be used to install and maintain a charging stati ... More >>
Over the weekend, I gave my short history of Mexican food in Orange County at the Segerstrom Center's Samueli Stage as part of its hosting of the awesome, ribald Chautauqua! show. Since I doubt I'll ever grace any stage at the Segerstrom again, I decided to focus my 10-minute lecture on OC's two ... More >>
Tauntr.comSpeaking of fake Ben & Jerry's flavors, this one is 99 percent awesome. Illustrator John Defreest created the conceptual OccuPie Wall Street, described as "apple pie ice cream with some other good stuff in there, we think. We're not really sure. No one can explain it to us." ... More >>
Tokyo Game Show, the Japanese expo equivalent of Los Angeles' Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), was held over the past weekend in the midst of the Japanese scorching summer heat. Along with new information regarding Sony's PlayStation Vita, new game and hardware announcements along with hands-o ... More >>
About the same time that Dave revealed that Kellogg's was threatening a non-profit for using a toucan as a logo, news that Apple has a similar complaint about Chinese company spread through the web. According to a report from GoChengdoo, the computer maker is alleging that Sichuan Fangguo Fo ... More >>
PepsiOMGWTFPepsiIn a move that ups Coca-Cola's decades-old "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" campaign, PepsiCo introduced a new vending machine prototype that allows consumers to buy their friends around the world a soda.
News in the video game industry is typically slow within the few months leading up to the Electronics Entertainment Expo, since video game companies want to save their surprises for the biggest gaming event of the year. In a way, this is like the "calm before the storm." Nintendo, however, doesn' ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI have a love-hate thing with Frito-Lay. I hate some of their products but love others. Sun Chips goes in the "love" column. I don't buy into the idea that they're really any healthier than a regular snack chip. Junk food is junk food. Furthermore, I think their "multigrain" compo ... More >>
Flickr user bfhoytSomething called the American Chemical Society is holding its annual expo right now at the Anaheim Convention Center, and wouldn't it have been cool to have covered it à la the Natural Products Expo? Who knows how much food news is percolating through the floor right now, but t ... More >>
Flickr user joyosityAdAge is reporting (via the subscriber-only Beverage Digest) that "a historic shift for the beverage industry" has occurred: Diet Coke is now outselling longtime second-place holder Pepsi. Last year, Coca-Cola's junior product sold 9.9 percent of all sodas in the United States ... More >>
Last week, I interviewed the Saavedra family, the clan behind the wonderful Tapatío Hot Sauce, for my book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. I might release some details of it later, but this one can't wait a year: Sometime in February, Tapatío-flavored Fritos hit Costco, the ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 24, 12:47 P.M.: In my mailbox yesterday was a recall notice from Toyota for my wife's Highlander.Today I learned she is not alone: Having already recalled nearly 8 million of its models in the U.S., Toyota announced it is calling back another 2.17 million to correct brake and acceler ... More >>
UPDATE: Taylor Lautner responds to the pushup challenge (see end of post) . . . We just told you about Taylor Lautner suing an Irvine motorhome company over the late delivery of a $300,000 trailer the Twilight star wanted on the set of his latest movie.Brent McMahon, the 47-year-old owner of McM ... More >>
[Trendzilla] The Asian skincare sensation that's sweeping the nation
Myspace / Tim KirchDo you like All Time Low? Boys Like Girls? Good Charlotte? Third Eye Blind? Festivals? Free tickets to festivals? You're in luck then--we're giving away a pair of tickets to the Bamboozle Roadshow. Sure, it's moved from Irvine to The Palladium in Hollywood. And it's now going ... More >>
Toyota agreeing today to pay a $16.4 million fine imposed by the Transportation Department does not change anything as far as a lawsuit filed against the world's largest automaker by the Orange County District Attorney's Office goes.
Dave LiebermanDid you get your free pastry yesterday? What about your free Ben and Jerry's ice cream cone?
UPDATE: The Orange County District Attorney's Office this morning stepped up pressure on Toyota, unveiling a consumer complaint hotline, an online complaint form and access to its first civil complaint against the automaker (details after the jump) . . . Courtesy of Elizabeth JamesThis is where Eliz ... More >>
Don't call her ma'am, ma'am!Associated Press reports termed-out Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina, who are vying for the Republican nomination to face U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in November, are still mining fund-raising gold from a video of ... More >>
Orange Coast College
As part of bankruptcy proceedings today, Chrysler LLC says it wants to eliminate 789 of its 3,200 U.S. dealerships, including Union Dodge in Garden Grove and Urban Automotive Group in Foothill Ranch. In its motion filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, Chrysler said sales are too low at m ... More >>
Change is NOW
On the Chowhound boards a few years ago, I remember someone asking for tips on where to find green tea ice cream. We pointed him to the frozen dessert section of 99 Ranch or Mitsuwa. This weekend, I found it green tea ice cream at Vons. Let me repeat: AT VONS!!! What's even more amazing was t ... More >>
Think summer movies are just toy commercials? We check out the products theyre pimping
This past Saturday was the official release date for Transformers movie toys, and of the three toy-inspired movies coming out this summer (Bratz and Care Bears: Oopsy Does It being the other two), this was clearly the one with the must-have merchandise. Though the giant morphing robots in the movie ... More >>
Urban music in 2006 was typified by what it wasnt as much as what it was
Seemed like a good idea at the time . . .
Can one activist fight off Detroit, Japan, Big Oil and the Bush administration to keep EVs alive?
OC retailer runs afoul of state anti-sweatshop law
UC Irvine fest exposes worldwide injustice