Fountain Valley recently welcomed Afters, a new dessert shop that stuffed ice cream into its donuts. By comparison, the new Donut Bar, with its maple bacon topped donuts is old hat. This new donut shop is officially titled Orange County's Donut Bar--the original is called San Diego's Donut Bar.
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are there any happy Mexican films?
Near the end of last month, the Smiths (real family, pinky promise) came to visit California from Australia, ending their vacation with a trip to Disneyland. They last saw it on either the Karmel Shuttle Service to the Disneyland Hotel or at the Earl of Sandwich. It's happened to the best and worst ... More >>
Last night, the floor of the Glasshouse floor was packed. Pushed tight up against the stage, crowd surfers climbed over, jumped on, and smashed into one another. For one hour, Pennsylvania punk rockers Title Fight put on an amazing performance. The set included older songs like "Symmetry" and "No On ... More >>
Laguna Art Museum's latest exhibit uses everything from frogs to cupcakes to question our culture fetish
With all of the adoring fans and success that Zane Lamprey has had over the years with Three Sheets, Have Fork, Will Travel, and Drinking Made Easy, one might wonder why any TV network would keep us from being able to witness what we love watching him do the most--drink his ass off. Well, travel aro ... More >>
If you love McDonald's but hate that there's no waiter to tip at the end of your meal, a franchisee in Warilla, Australia has the answer. According to the Illawarra Mercury, the McDonald's in town began testing table service with china, glassware and cutlery. The test was green lit by corporate.
By the time you read this, most of The Dillinger Escape Plan will be back home on the East Coast, settling down for the holidays with lady friends and family members. But for the last two months, members of the legendary mathcore/metal band have been living under the radar behind the Orange Curtai ... More >>
We probably need to start a new blog category for food items some branches of our homegrown fast-food brands are coming up with overseas. That hot-dog in a pizza crust at UK Pizza Huts was genius. McDonald's in Australia's lamb burger is an idea whose time has come.See also:McDonald's In China Sells ... More >>
Shawn Gole's Huntington Beach restaurant finally gives the Hawaiian standard its full, undivided attention
Bicycle Dreams, an award-winning documentary that follows men and women riding in the Race Across America, rolls into Cinema City Theatres in Anaheim tonight for a screening that benefits the Orange County Bicycle Coalition.RAAM riders, as they are known, "deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mo ... More >>
This must be bizarre-stories-of-violence-in-fast-food-restaurants month. There was the story about a woman being Tased after line cutting at McDonald's. Earlier this afternoon, Gustavo blogged on the machete attack at a Taco Bell in Guam. Now there's news that a manager at a McDonald's in Austral ... More >>
The last time I saw Madonna, it was 2006 and I paid $352 for a floor ticket. Madonna, fresh off the success of her Super Bowl halftime show, is going on a World Tour beginning May 29 in Tel Aviv, Israel. While we have no idea how much tickets will be going for, we do know she'll stop at&nbs ... More >>
Our sushi entrepreneur continues rolling out answers as we learn more about Chris Kim's biggest influence, as well as how honey factors into a perfect dish. His no-nonsense interview begins in part one. If you're curious about his recommended dishes, stick around tomorrow for some langostino.Hard ... More >>
Bret McKenzie, one half of New Zealand's "4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo" Flight Of The Conchords, has been busy making the rounds promoting The Muppets movie, which featured several tracks he penned, including Oscar nominee "Life's A Happy Song." A few ... More >>
Because it hasn't yet invaded our bodies (only our minds and souls), Google is becoming drinkable. Yep, it turns out the Google tech geeks are also beer geeks. The internet behemoth has teamed up with craft brew pioneer Dogfish Head to create a limited-edition Belgian dubbel called URK ... More >>
Earlier this week, Sting announced his Back to Bass Tour, a series of intimate performances marking the 25th anniversary of his solo career (a boxed set, Sting: 25 Years, arrives on the 27th). As long-time Sting detractors, we greeted this news with alarm - another year, another shitstorm of St ... More >>
Sue IsmielUPDATE, SEPT. 9, 11:35 A.M.: Nad's brand of hair-removal products founder Sue Ismiel, who is also CEO of corporate parent Sue Ismiel & Daughters, Inc. (SI&D) of Australia, accuses her former president of U.S. operations in Garden Grove of falsely alleging he was fired due to h ... More >>
Photo by Das UbergeekWhat is a burrito if not a chapati wrapped around tandoori chicken?We all know that tacos are big in Sweden, that fish tacos have been big in Australia for nearly 40 years now, that Mexican restaurants are across Europe and even Japan.Now comes word from India that Mexican fo ... More >>
It's not KROQ's fault copious amount of sonic garbage spew from their massive antenna on Tonga Peak in Glendale. No matter how cutting edge they purport to be, they're a mainstream radio station with salaried programming directors who strictly adhere to a business model. As such, they are going t ... More >>
The Place: The Counter, 6416 Irvine Boulevard, Irvine, (949) 336-7272; www.thecounterburger.com.The Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyThe Brazilians will be celebrating Pupo's (yellow jersey) win tonight.UPDATE, MAY 7, 9:28 P.M.: In the end, Tanner Gudauskas couldn't be perfect. He was the only surfer left holding back the utter domination by the Brazilians. He held on until there were just minutes t ... More >>
A New Zealand libertarian blogger who has compiled an online list of socialist politicians in the U.S. ("Red Reps" as he calls 'em) has at No. 6 Irvine City Councilman Larry Agran.And, no, this is not another April Fools joke.
UPDATE, MARCH 11, 8:14 A.M.: Newport Elementary School has been closed.UPDATE, MARCH 11, 7:46 A.M.: Southern California is now under a tsunami advisory, rather than a warning. Waves could get as high as 7 feet up in the Central Coast, but should be more in the neighborhood of 2 feet on Orange Cou ... More >>
worldprosurfers.wordpress.comPay hefty travel costs only to have the board show up like this on the other end--priceless.Traveling with a surfboard is a bothersome venture. As soon as the board bag goes into the possession of the airline, that stomach-churning feeling sinks in and good luck ritua ... More >>
Edwin GoeiName: Vegemite Origin: Australia Found at: Cost Plus, Santa Ana Cost: $6.99 Ingredients: Yeast Extract (From Yeast Grown on Barley), Salt, Mineral Salt (508), Malt Exact (Frm Barley), Colour (150c), Flavors, Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folate.
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.Apparently, we're in for an uncharacteristically damp and gloomy week in Orange County. I can ... More >>
What are you up to this weekend? There's a whole slew of shows for you to watch the next few days--here's a few you must see.July 23, FridayTonight Ziggy Marley appears at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, bringing his easy-going take on life and love across the board to the OC Fair crowd ... More >>
House of Blues
A homeboy shares the stoke in BoardHeads.Homeboy Industries, whose mission is to take former gang members off the streets and show them there is more to life than gang-bangin', brought young men and women from Los Angeles to Huntington Beach last summer for surf lessons.
Wonder if Brownie sent any pedo-priests out here...This past Saturday, after traveling for nearly 24 hours nonstop, Joelle Casteix finally returned home after a week of giving pedophile priests and their apologists hell. The setting wasn't her usual stomping grounds outside any Diocese of Orange ... More >>
Pavement fans: the reunion that hits Coachella has begun (in New Zealand). Stereogum has the set list. Coachella co-headliners Gorillaz debut video for "Stylo"--first single off Plastic Beach album out March 9--starring everybody's favorite action hero Bruce Willis in bad guy role. Click to watch ... More >>
OK, so Marché Moderne's cooking classes are all booked up - as I noted last week. But if you're quick off the mark you can sign up for one of the "kitchen technique" classes at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's, South Coast Plaza. According to our sources, they're likely to sell out very quickly.Run ... More >>
Conservatives are livid about Nevada Senator Harry Reid's remarks that "coal makes us sick, oil makes us sick," and none is dumber with his analysis than OC's own talk-show blabbermouth, Hugh Hewitt. Instead of acknowledging that fossil fuels ain't exactly smelling roses (and if you don't believe th ... More >>
There's good news if you're one of those people infuriated by the sight of some idiot behind the steering wheel with a cell phone pressed to his head talking and not paying attention while driving-- that idiot's days are numbered. Come Summer 2008, that idiot will be replace by the new and improved ... More >>
Cell phones, as you know, can kill you. While there is still some controversy over whether your cell phone is capable of killing you slowly (e.g. brain tumors), there's no doubt about the cell phone's ability to facilitate a quick death (e.g. the idiot behind the wheel of a car whose phone conversio ... More >>
Our smoky links to unsavory characters