Belmont Shore in the summertime is about as far from Paris, France as you can get. The oceanfront locale and its onshore breeze, the chaotic flurry of visor-wearing tourists and the sea of college-age day drinkers constantly stumbling down the enclave's main drag, Second Street, is the near cultural ... More >>
How the OC hotel developer became a conservative Catholic business hero and a Santa Barbara LGBT friend
Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a conversation with French superstar Philippe Labbe. Enjoy!
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a chat with Alain Senderens. Enjoy!
Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit to Luxembourg, where René Mathieu wows both royalty and commoners alike. Enjoy!
Monday, January 14 Pop Noir The Constellation Room After spending a year laying low, Huntington Beach's own Pop Noir are ready to resurface with a month-long residency at The Constellation Room in The Observatory. Brothers Luke and Joe McGarry have used this time out of the limelight to carefully ... More >>
After spending a year laying low, Huntington Beach's own Pop Noir are ready to resurface with a month-long residency at The Constellation Room in The Observatory. Brothers Luke and Joe McGarry have used this time out of the limelight to carefully craft some new tunes, including a cover of British el ... More >>
Boublil and Schönberg's gleaming icons cannot be dulled, but this movie remains in chains
When the establishment you've worked at for so long changes their focus, do you stay? In David Kesler's case, the answer was clear. He took the opportunity to cultivate a CaliFrenchian space of his own. Between a calming color scheme and his charming wife monitoring the dining room, Bistro Bleu pres ... More >>
Always more than an ingenue, she's taking on everything that's wrong with movies—and she's bringing Chris Rock
Julie Delpy brings the 'Paris' gang to the city
OMC Gallery's Parisian bohemian retrospective of the legendary photographer evokes a yearning for yesteryear
Joachim GarraudSutra-Costa MesaFeb. 13, 2011Sutra was invaded all the way from Paris, France, as Joachim Garraud took over with keytar in hand. The resident DJ, Drew Pierce led the crowd in a prelaunch ritual for Joachim Garraud with club hits "Bounce," "Turn Me On" and "We Found Love."
Joachim Garraud is one of the most well-known techno personalities in the world; his Iconic Space Invader mask has terrorized every country he has visited--in a good way. (Proof is in his Youtube Channel). All the way from Paris, France, Garraud will be invading Sutra on Friday night with his key ... 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 >>
Now they've done it. Jay-Z and Kanye West have formed a hip-hop supergroup called The Throne. And yes, there will be an album, and yes, there will be a tour called (wait for it) Watch the Throne. It will be available digitally on August 8, exclusively on iTunes. On the same day, tickets will be ... More >>
July 3rd marks the 40th anniversary of the Doors' legendary frontman Jim Morrison's death. Fans worldwide will celebrate his life and his massive contribution to music--just imagine how many bands now owe their sound to the Doors--with tribute shows, exhibits, and even ceremonies. The Rock and Ro ... More >>
Best of the best: Our picks from the strongest festival in years
[CANNES REPORT] Halfway through, and it's clear: Cannes 2011 has issues
When news broke that our beloved System of a Down was reuniting and playing in Europe for two weeks in June 2011, my brain started shorting. After going on indefinite hiatus in 2006 (just a few months after releasing their fifth album, Hypnotize), System of a Down left a discernible gap in ... More >>
Photo by Todd BarnesOrange County--fleeting, impermanent, forever-discarding Orange County--is severely lacking in longstanding food personalities who aren't afraid to open new places while keeping a signature style. There's the Goodells, Pascal Olhats, Chef Abe and...who else? Definitely on that ... More >>
Flickr user stuckincustomsIf you've never heard the term "French paradox", it's used to refer to the concept that French people, who are as a rule slim and svelte, seem to eat whatever they want: tons of white bread, cheese, butter, bacon, and far too much dessert for their own good. Everything f ... More >>
Flickr user jo-hIf you're a regular reader of Fork, you've probably noticed I haven't been around much lately. This is because I am stuffing myself silly doing research on regional French food and drink. While I love Paris, get out into the countryside and French food becomes more approachable, c ... More >>
Flickr user elswifterinoOne day, I was in a café in Paris' foodie black hole, place de la Madeleine, and I asked why there were so few Italian restaurants in Paris."Bof, la cuisine italienne ! Enlevez les tomates et y aura que la cuisine française mal faite," the waiter sneered--take away the t ... More >>
[Summer Guide] Flicks to help you enjoy the great indoors
Jonathan Gill/ / CC BY 2.0A different grain for dessertWhen it comes to desert and grains, wheat is by far the king, with flour turning up in nearly every treat you could put together to end a meal with. But rice, too, has its place in the sweetest course, with its natural, unadorned flavor lendi ... More >>
[Sex Issue] Take Your Lover to One of These Dining Hot Spots, Then Have Each Other for Dessert
Dave LiebermanAs I was scarfing down empanadas today at El Gaucho #2 in Anaheim, my eyes were drawn to cases and cases of wine below the all-fútbol-all-the-tiempo big-screen TVs. Cases of wine are not exactly out of place in an Argentine market with a fantastic sandwich counter, but somehow this ... More >>
If there were airport police dogs who could sniff out the delicate, old-wood scents of a violin worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, Anthony Eugene Notarstefano would have been caught years ago. The alleged violin thief from Long Beach connected to the 2006 robbery of violonist Mark Kashper's Hol ... More >>
Okay, maybe that headline was a little strong. I don't "hate" you, "envy" is a better word. Those waiting with baited breath for the next time this ravenous band of fluffy-haired art rockers would travel anywhere near OC had to swallow a bitter pill when The Mars Volta's first tour dates in support ... More >>
Details at 11, or, rather, as soon as we have them, because everyone is remaining tight-lipped about this at the moment. But French 75 did confirm that famed French chef Olhats is joining them "within the month", that he isn't closing any of his other restaurants and that there will a new menu to ce ... More >>
Suffering from chocolate overload, thanks to the English tradition for vast amounts of huge chocolate eggs at Easter, I was intrigued by this article about an inhalable, zero-calorie form of the stuff called Le Whif. Harvard Professor David Edwards, who created the canisters filled with tiny pa ... More >>
Via Coachella.com: FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does it Offend yo ... More >>
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"The same women who complain about ‘sleazy’ Mexican men go to France and giggle about ‘how flirtatious’ French men are"
That companies which use magical accounting practices to rewrite history to fatten the bank accounts of their executives would try to squeeze money from corpses isn't really too surprising, but it is still disgusting. And it's happening in Irvine. The Wall Street Journal reports that dozens of co ... More >>
If this is hell, where do I sign, Mr. Wilhelm?
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