• Film

    November 13, 2014
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    August 7, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Five Ways to Make the Most of OC Restaurant Week

    If you haven't already checked out the 2014 Orange County Restaurant Week selections, now's the time. Recommending five good places is like listing 10 great (fill in the blank), it will generate the kind of commentary that makes me wonder if people know how to read intros. It's a list, people. Like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Tim Tebow Calls to Join L.A. Kiss in Anaheim Drown Out News of New Coach Bob McMillen

    Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley today introduced Bob McMillen as the first head coach of their Arena Football League team that will play in Anaheim starting next year. But this afternoon's announcement at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip is being drowned out by calls growing louder than ever fo ... More >>

  • News

    August 22, 2013

    Dana Rohrabacher Is Moscow's Mule

    [Moxley Confidential] The Huntington Beach congressman falls smitten with Russian strong man Vladimir Putin

  • Film

    July 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    University Synagogue's Jewish Film Festival Rolls on with Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Grey

    The expansive Jewish Film Festival continues tonight at University Synagogue of Irvine--and, yes, that's continues as your humble servant was slow on the uptake to promote the full schedule of movies that started rolling in October and continue through April at the synagogue, Regal's Westpark 8 in I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    No. 5: Spontanaé Menu at Marché Moderne

    South Coast Plaza typically isn't a haven for bargain hunters, but for several years the prix-fixe lunch at Florent and Amelia Marneau's Marche Moderne has had one of the best lunch specials in the county.Dinner for two at Marche can easily top $100, but like Rachael Ray taught us on $40 a Day, expe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    No. 6: Anything By Taco Maria

    I have been known to wait outside Taco Maria for 20 minutes, desperate to be the first in line before the masses come. I've been known to drunkenly tweet that if you don't know Taco Maria, you don't know Mexican food, and fight with people over said sentiments. I've plugged Taco Maria God-knows-how- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    No. 8: Pot Pie Purse at the Crosby

    Aside from La Palma Chicken Pie Shop and a handful of chain restaurants (Claim Jumper, KFC, Marie Callender's), there just aren't enough places doing pot pie anymore. And if they are, it's certainly almost never beef pot pie.Comfort food in the wrong hands can be too much of a good thing--over-porti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    No. 7: Venison Filet Mignon at Mare Culinary Lounge

    Mare is supposed to be known for its seafood. But you should know by now that Alessandro Pirozzi of Cucina Alessa fame has the golden touch, even with game meats, as it turns out. The venison filet mignon he serves at his newest restaurant, two cubes the size of a baseball sitting on opposite side ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    No. 11: Picadita at Alebrije's Grill

    You can join the thousands of non-wab Orange Countians who have visited Alebrije's on the corner of Main and Cubbon streets in SanTana, eat nothing but their legendary taco acorazado (which we named our favorite dish in Orange County in 2010 because it was), and you'd be in our good graces forever. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    No. 12: Blowtorch-Seared Mackerel At Izakaya Ku

    The menu said the mackerel would be seared tableside; but I didn't expect the hand-held flamethrower. I admit it:I was nervous. I inched away in my seat a little when the waiter lit it and the thing whooshed like an acetylene torch. We were sitting in an all-wooden booth shrouded with noren, the tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    No. 14: Tri-Tip Benedict at Rocq Cafe

    Rocq Cafe has already established itself as the place in South County for intense, incredible macarons, but even the hungriest of cookie monsters (sorry! Had to go there!) needs a real meal sometimes.Much of Rocq's menu is on the lighter side--sandwiches, salads, housemade pastas--and those suffice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    No. 15: Porkabello At Bacon-A-Fair

    As we approach the home stretch of our favorites, we look back on one helluva fair season. Between our team's participation in culinary chowdowns (Go Dave!) to our interviews with Robert Irvine and Fabio Viviani, one thing is clear: It's all about the grub. Usually deep fried, and always incredible, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    No. 17: Sashimi Sandwich at North Shore Poke Company

    The picture you see above is crappy, and it shows only a quarter cut. The sandwich isn't much to look at anyway. Its appearance isn't important. What's important is that it is possibly the best dish at North Shore Poke Company, which is little more than a cold station with the proprietor, Shawn Gole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Dash Berlin at Sutra, March 13, 2012

    ​ Dash Berlin March 13, 2012Sutra, Costa Mesa This weekend I had the privilege of seeing Laidback Luke, one of my favorite DJs in Hollywood and then San Diego. I would have been perfectly content if the weekend ended there but DJ Mag's number eight DJ in the world, Dash Berlin was making a speci ... More >>

  • Columns

    March 1, 2012
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    February 23, 2012

    How the Church of Scientology Responds to a Reporter's Repeated Requests for Comment

    ​Asshole. Prick. Handsome. I've been called all three. But Karin Pouw, a spokesthetan for the Church of Scientology, dropped a u-bomb on me in a Feb. 20 email. She called me "unprofessional." Sniffle. Between Feb. 13 and 18, I called the church's media-relations outfit in Los Angeles t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    No. 22: Almond Croissant at Layer Cake Bakery

    ProfessorSalt.comLayer Cake Bakery's almond croissant​Irvine's Layer Cake Bakery and  Westminster's Au Couer de Paris Bakery went toe-to-toe in Battle Almond Croissant, and the Irvine shop happened to win. I felt bad about calling that close race based on the humid weather that caused the oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    No. 25: Happy Hour Pho at Pho Thanh Lich

    ​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011. Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry.Dave, Edwin, Shuji and I are still pretty pho'ed out from our epic Final Pho tournament earlier this year; otherwise, the winning Pho Thanh Lich would've pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    No. 26: Longsilog at Manila Groove

    Photo by Das Ubergeek​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011. Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry.Like the recent entries, any breakfast is grand at this Filipino dive. But I cannot lie: I almost always pick the longsilog.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    No. 27: Paletas from Nevería Flor de México

    Photo by Todd Barnes​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011. Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry. My apologies for the spate of entries here that are more a species than an actual entity, but some places perfect a particular genre to ... More >>

  • News

    January 13, 2011

    Mike Carona: No More Excuses

    [Moxley Confidential] Federal Appeals Court upholds the ex-sheriff's conviction, and he's finally headed to prison

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Election 2010: Gustavo Drinks Through the Election, Or: Trashing the Dems and Bashing Whitman

    ​Updated throughout the day, with the freshest post on top. Click after the jump for vignettes on Barbara Coe, Loretta Sanchez, Meg Whitman, and Borat!Midnight. Drink of choice: pockets hurt. Loretta Sanchez has pulled away by thousands of votes, but we'll wait until the official ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    #1 AKA The Best Dish in Orange County RIGHT NOW: Taco Acorazado at the the Two Alebrije's Grill

    Photo by the Elmo Monster...​This is it, cabrones: the best dish in Orange County! Want the best restaurant? You'll have to pick up our Best of OC issue next Thursday. Gracias for all the comments, the criticisms and other randomness. 'Til next year, or the next mass list of something or other!Som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    #2. Uni Spaghetti at Cafe Hiro

    Edwin Goei​We're one spot away to the #1 dish on our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Stay tuned for that tomorrow. Then, next week, make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC 2010 when it hits the newsstands Thursday, October 14!

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    #17. Mexican Teriyaki Bowl at Mos 2

    ​You'll have noticed we're changing who writes this feature on a day by day basis: this is how you know we're getting close to the end of our countdown. Make sure to pick up a copy of our Best of OC 2010 when it hits the newsstands October 14!Decades before Kogi was an "inspired" idea in the he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Supervisor John Moorlach Defends Crooked Ex-Sheriff Mike Carona

    Moorlach is suffering from frightening amnesia​This afternoon on a radio talk show, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach defended former Sheriff Mike Carona who was arrested by FBI and IRS agents and convicted of public corruption in 2009 after a federal trial.Moorlach, a conservative Republican ... More >>

  • Film

    May 6, 2010

    'Iron Man 2' Was Built to Last

    Comic-book-based film will likely lead to more sequels, but that doesn't mean it should

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Can Joe The Juror Help Mike Carona in Corruption Trial?

    Brian Sun, the Los Angles-based lawyer representing indicted ex-Orange County sheriff Mike Carona, emerged from U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Guilford's Santa Ana courtroom this afternoon all smiles. Minutes before, Sun and federal prosecutor Ken Julian had selected a panel of 12 citizens to hear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008

    Sam Zell's gonna cut you, man

    Joseph Pulitzer, famed newspaper magnate and founder of the Pulitzer Prize once said, "Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together." Sam Zell, billionaire and CEO of the Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Co. once said, "Everyone likes pussy. It’s un-American not to like pussy." With such ... More >>

  • Features

    November 1, 2007

    They Got the Sheriff

    OC Sheriff Michael S. Carona’s reign has been equal parts tragedy and comedy. With his indictment, it enters its final act.

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    The Arts and Other Highfalutin' Stuff

    Actors, troubadours, campfire singers, cowboy poets & purty pictures (Please don’t  shoot the piano player!)

  • Film

    August 2, 2007

    A Star is Bourne (Again)

    Amnesiac-spy trilogy culminates in a thrilling Ultimatum

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2007

    All's Fair in Love and OC

    When it's the opening day of the Orange County Fair, you have plenty of time in traffic — an hour, in fact, just to get from Santa Ana to the fairgrounds — to realize just how poorly the 55 is designed. Immediately after some major road feeds into it, forcing a mass slowing as a new torrent of c ... More >>

  • Film

    April 19, 2007

    More Festival Reviews . . .

    What's playing at the Newport Beach Film Fest

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    Your Effing Country

    Chili cheese fries eating competition

  • Food

    April 13, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This week in one-of-a-kinds

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2006

    Finally a Blow Sheriff Carona isn't Enjoying

    According to the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs website tonight, incumbent Sheriff Mike Carona has received a major vote of no confidence in his leadership after eight, scandal-ridden years in office. The group reports that Carona received just 44 percent of the vote of men/women in h ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 16, 2006


    Catching up with the guy who made the scariest movie everand then did opera

  • Culture

    August 18, 2005

    The Little Girls Understand

    Change is afoot at Ballet Pacifica Academy

  • Food

    July 15, 2004

    This Hole-in-the-Wall County

    Orange Countys 74 Greatest Holes-in-the-Wall

  • Film

    September 11, 2003

    Thats Our Bush!

    The presidents re-election campaign kicks off with a shameless 9-11 docudrama

  • Features

    July 24, 2003
  • Film

    March 15, 2001

    Tuva or Bust!

    Genghis Blues exposes "lost" land, art

  • Film

    December 28, 2000

    In a Lonely Place

    Soderberghs Traffic, plus Cast Away and The House of Mirth

  • Culture

    December 14, 2000
  • Culture

    October 12, 2000

    It Lives!

    Finally, a good Chekhov production

  • Columns

    April 29, 1999
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