• Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Bri Nyugen of Westminster Brings Skills and Desires to Fox TV's "Social Experiment" Utopia

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    This Week In Food: OC Fair Grub, Pizza for Dessert, and Never-Ending Nitrogen Ice Cream

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Understanding Beer: On Hops and Other Flavorants

    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 >>

  • Food

    November 14, 2013

    Ways & Means' Razor Clam Blues

    The Orange oyster house has a Michelin-starred chef and prices to match

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    John Cotton Sr. Reunited with 4 y.o. Son 4 Years After Ex-Wife Allegedly Took Boy to Zambia

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Elephants Invade Dana Point!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    On The Line: Tom Hope Of The Catch, Part Two

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Nicky Romero Is Dedicated to Being a Killer Producer, Mono Be Damned

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Charlie Murphy is Coming to Trip Out With You in Irvine

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    [UPDATED With Details] The Bruery Announces 2012 Black Tuesday Release Date

    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 . . .  

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Saveur's "150 Classic Recipes" Has Unexpected Depth

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Long Beach Lunch: The Small Cafe in Naples

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2012

    Ondatropica Combines Generations in the Name of Cumbia

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    The Bruery Goes Global: Bottles Spotted In Netherlands--Ishn't Dat Vierd?

    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.

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    New Exhibit at Laguna Beach Gallery Celebrates Bosnian War Survivors

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Back-Door Action Saves Historic Wooden Ship Shawnee

    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?

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    [VIDEO] Domino's Pizza Delivery Scooter in the Netherlands: Embarrassment On Two Wheels

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Rally Aims to Save Historic Ship The Shawnee

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Initiative Gathers 20,000 Signatures

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Freeway Pollution Linked to Brain Damage, Autism

    ​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 >>

  • Culture

    November 10, 2011

    Mykea Lets You Brighten Your BILLY

    [Trendzilla] No more drab IKEA bookcases for you with these vinyl prints!

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Meditation Flash Mob Comes To Long Beach

    MedMob Facebook page​​Is it just us or are flash mobs getting lazy? They've gone from full-fledged, song-and-dance spectaculars like this: 

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Report: Pasta the Most Popular Dish in the World

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    High Times Miss 2011 Hails From Newport Beach

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    YouPorn Shared More Than Sex Videos Claims Lawsuit Filed by Newport Beach Pair

    ​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.

  • Music

    July 22, 2010

    The Offspring Spring Forth

    Memories of growing up in OC mean no nostalgia from front man Bryan "Dexter" Holland

  • Calendar

    July 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Kinder Happy Hippo

    Edwin Goei​Name: 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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 10, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Documentary That Rethinks Our Car Culture Caps Long Beach Bicycle Film Festival

    ​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 >>

  • Columns

    April 29, 2010


    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And: Do Mexicans measure up?

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Europa ChocoVine at Mitsuwa Marketplace

    Grace LeEuropa ChocoVine​Chocowuuut?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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010


    nostromoo @ CC BY-NC 2.0​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Dude, Where's My VW Bus That Was Stolen 35 Years Ago? Oh, There It Is

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Five Great Finds at Irvine Farmers Market

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Nobody Does Ringtones Like KFC

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    UCI Scientist Helps Add More Culprits to the Global Warming List

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2008

    The Deciders

    Presidents of the United States of America

  • Culture

    January 17, 2008


    Women's fashion is where androgyny gets fun

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Pigs* Bust OiNK

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2007
  • Film

    April 5, 2007

    Rachel Stein, Showgirl

    Back home in Holland, Paul Verhoeven uses his basic instincts to craft slick Holocaust thriller Black Book

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2006

    You Better Not Pout

    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 >>

  • Music

    October 19, 2006

    Native Belles

    California Song Girls

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2006

    When the Smoke Clears

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2001
  • Features

    June 22, 2000

    Horror, Hiding and the Holocaust

    How Bert Jakobs outlived the Third Reich

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    Apple Bonging

    OC's 'War on Drugs': Joke or tragedy?

  • News

    January 28, 1999

    Never Die

    The Weekly's incomplete guide to an almost eternal life

  • News

    September 3, 1998

    Group Therapy

    Airport foes share their pain online

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