"It would be nice to be the prettiest girl in Utopia, that way I could have my pick of the men." -Bri Nyugen, 20, of Westminster, in one of the cast statements from the new Fox reality show Utopia, which network executives call "the largest, most ambitious social experiment on television." The seri ... More >>
Hi everyone! Time for another food round up; let's take a look at what's happened... Edwin reviewed the long-awaited and controversial North Left (aka the new Crosby) in Santa Ana. He also told us about M Cow, a new Taiwanese restaurant in Irvine, and about two liquid nitrogen, ice cream shops open ... More >>
California has a hop obsession. At any brewery, in any bar, you're likely to encounter the devout disciples of the bitter plant, known as hopheads, guzzling the latest hopped-up brew. Without doubt, beers like IPAs and Double IPAs (DIPA) are the quintessential California beers. But believe it or n ... More >>
The Orange oyster house has a Michelin-starred chef and prices to match
A Cypress man has been reunited with his four-year-old son, four years after his former wife allegedly abducted the boy and took him back to her native Zambia. Following custody proceedings in the Netherlands Wednesday, John Cotton Sr. flew home to California with his boy, according to the Orange C ... More >>
Elephants are parading through Dana Point, not to promote a circus but to draw attention to the plight of the endangered Asian elephant species. After debuting together for VIPs at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort Thursday morning, 30 life-size elephant sculptures were sprinkled throughout Dana P ... More >>
"All my memories of cooking are through restaurant experiences as a kid. When I was really young, my dad belonged to a club. It wasn't like a supper club, but it was a really cool club in downtown Chicago on the 60th floor. We would go in, and it was mostly tableside service with things like Caesar ... More >>
Nick Rotteveel--that's Nicky Romero to you--is a Dutch producer/DJ that rose out of the streets of Holland into super stardom after being taken under the wing of former number one DJ in the world David Guetta. Currently deejaying all over the world including Ultra Music Festival and Coachella this y ... More >>
When it comes to storytelling, no one tells them better than Charlie Murphy. And to be clear, we're not talking about "putting your kids to bed" stories or "tall tales," we're talking about real life occurrences and celebrity encounters that Charlie happens to deliver with inflection perfection. Not ... More >>
Find out how to get your bottles at the end of this post!It's almost here. Black Tuesday, the most famous beer to come out of Orange County, now has a release date. The Bruery announced that its epic 19.2% abv bourbon barrel aged imperial stout will go on sale via the web on . . .
Have you seen what Saveur has done? To commemorate their 150th issue, they've put out an indexed list of "150 Classic Recipes" from old issues. Normally, this wouldn't have gotten my attention. I figured it'd have, you know, the usual mac-n-cheese, Zuni Cafe's roast chicken, yadda yadda. But wh ... More >>
One of my favorite cafes in Amsterdam is a cozy corner spot on the Prinsengracht called t' Smalle Café that serves up hunks of fresh local goat cheese and grilled Dutch sandwiches called toastis. It is a great example of the 'Dam's "brown cafes"--casual, wood-paneled gathering spots where locals go ... More >>
Press your ear against Ondatropica's wall of classic, polyrhythmic Colombian sound and chances are you'll pick up on more than a few styles at work. But the eclecticism is more than cultural, it's also generational. The core 12-piece band of Cumbia musicians playing Sunday at the Mayan Theater (pres ... More >>
We all know the Netherlands is the place in Europe to get great pot and decent-looking legal prostitutes, but bottles from Orange County's own craft beer creators (and subject of last year's cover story) The Bruery? Yup.
La Jolla's weather--the mild, sunshine-filled air--reminds resident Sejla Holland of her hometown Mostar, located in southern Bosnia. It's why she made the cross-country move from New York to San Diego two years after fleeing the bloodiest fighting in Europe since World War 2. The 1992-1995 civi ... More >>
Dennis Holland, the old salt who for years has been restoring the historic wooden ship The Shawnee in front of his Newport Beach home, has apparently reached an agreement with the city that will spare him major fines for code violations and keep the sandpaper sanding. The solution?
We pity the minimum wage student trying to scrape enough cashola to ditch this gig for a real car. We'll admit to thinking Vespas are cool, but motoring around the Netherlands in a vehicle that barks "Domino's!" and "Pizza!" when we're revving is effed up. Don't believe us? Sit through one minute of ... More >>
There's a rally in front of the Ferris Wheel at the Balboa Fun Zone Saturday afternoon to save the Shawnee.That's not Shawnee, as in American Indians, but The Shawnee, an old wooden ship that a fellow named Dennis Holland has been restoring for years in front of his Newport Beach home, something ... More >>
The last few months of 2011 weren't exactly fun for advocates of medical marijuana in California. The federal government threatened to seize properties being used for illegally cultivating or dispensing marijuana, media organizations including this one were put on alert that they could be prosecu ... More >>
Robert Lee Hotz of the Wall Street Journal, of all places, put it best: "Congested cities are fast becoming test tubes for scientists studying the impact of traffic fumes on the brain."And what are these researchers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston, New York, North Carolina, Beij ... More >>
[Trendzilla] No more drab IKEA bookcases for you with these vinyl prints!
MedMob Facebook pageIs it just us or are flash mobs getting lazy? They've gone from full-fledged, song-and-dance spectaculars like this:
Grand, overarching summations derived from research papers must always be viewed skeptically, but the global organization Oxfam is well-regarded for its research, and its only real agenda is feeding folks, something they've been working on since the 1940s. They know a bit about global food trends ... More >>
Yesterday, on April 20, stoners across America were toking up at exactly 4:20 pm--4/20 and 420 is stoner code for smoking out, in case you didn't already know what your kids are talking, or texting about, as the case may be, with their friends. In honor of this important occasion, High Times maga ... More >>
Two Newport Beach men have filed a lawsuit accusing operators of the YouPorn adult video sharing website of "sniffing," which is not an exotic new sex act (well, at least not in this particular context) but the improper monitoring of other sites users have visited.
Memories of growing up in OC mean no nostalgia from front man Bryan "Dexter" Holland
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Edwin GoeiName: Kinder Happy Hippo Origin: Netherlands Found at: Cost Plus, Costa Mesa Cost: $3.99 Ingredients: Sugar, Vegetable Oil and Fat, Wheat Flour, Whole Milk Powder (.7.5%), Skimmed Milk Powder (5%), Fat-Reduced Cocoa (4.5%), Hazelnuts, Whey Powder, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Coco ... More >>
Sunday's Long Beach Bicycle Film Festival serves two purposes, helping to close out the three-day Long Beach Bicycle Festival that begins today and reviving the Long Beach International Film Festival, whose return is TBD.Actually, there is a third and fourth purpose: showcasing local documentary ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And: Do Mexicans measure up?
Grace LeEuropa ChocoVineChocowuuut?That's right, folks. Combining two of the things we love most, Holland has created ChocoVine: AKA Yoo-Hoo for grown-ups.The label clearly reads, "The taste of dutch chocolate and fine red wine," and proudly displays "Product of Holland," stamped--not once--but t ... More >>
nostromoo @ flickr.com CC BY-NC 2.0The first time I had gin was at my local bar in the town in rural Iowa where I used to live. A friend ordered gin and tonic in a place called the Checkered Flag, a place that sold Budweiser for 70 cents a glass and Grain Belt "Primo", the world's most insipid be ... More >>
Courtesy of U.S. Border and Customs ProtectionFound it!You never know what will turn up in a container at the Long Beach port. Sure, the vast majority are filled with legal products bound for store shelves all across this great land. But every so often inspectors will find smuggled guns, drugs, h ... More >>
Yes, I know about the fresh corn and the hummus, not to mention the sausages, but these five things were new to me when I visited on Saturday. The results were mixed, but it's always useful to expand the horizons. Pluots. There's a stand featuring nothing but this fruit (give or take some renegad ... More >>
Just when you think you've heard it all, along comes a crazy person from Holland with waaaaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands (and presumably waaaaaaaaaaay too much pot in their hands).Check out KFC's Dutch website: and click on Chicken Impossible. It's the whole theme tune, from start to finish. ... More >>
Anyone worth Al Gore's salt knows that cars, factories and farting cows contribute to global warming, but an international study that includes the research of a UC Irvine scientist has found drought and deforestation can also help fuel the pesky phenomenon and should be included in future climate pa ... More >>
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The BBC reports that British and Dutch police today have shut down the popular and flagrantly illegal music-downloading site OiNK and arrested its overlord, a 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough, England. That sound you hear is the celebratory high-5ing of major-label employees worldwide and Metallic ... More >>
Back home in Holland, Paul Verhoeven uses his basic instincts to craft slick Holocaust thriller Black Book
Local blogger El Serracho (or The Serrach) finds himself in the Netherlands at the moment, where he reports that it's Christmas season. El is a Global Internet Manager of Production (or GIMP), a job that has sent him to the Netherlands at least 15 times. Those wacky Dutch are so high they give out g ... More >>
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The good news? the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences is to publish a report on how marijuana smoked from a vaporizer (they cite the Volcano by name, which is really nifty) is a "safe and effective" delivery system. I.e. not dangerous. I.e. a major political argument for medipot, that smoked marijua ... More >>
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