The Orange County Ultimate Beerfest nearly became an Ultimate Fighting preview last Saturday due to poor logistical planning and the cancelation of the second half of the event. According to social posts by attendees, the event was mired by long lines, a lack of staff, missing vendors, ridiculousl ... More >>
A man who is not enrolled at UC Irvine stabbed another man during a fight at a party on campus early today, according to UCI officials.The victim's wounds are not considered life-threatening, and UCI police are still looking for the 22-year-old suspect, according to the university.
UC Irvine-led research reveals two young galaxies that collided 11 billion years ago are rapidly forming a massive galaxy about 10 times the size of the Milky Way.The revelation, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is being likened to discovering a missing link between winged dinosaurs and ea ... More >>
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If there's one thing we learned about Jonathan Rollo, it's that he doesn't stay still. We grew tired just reading about what he does in his free time.Read our interview with Jonathan Rollo of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Part One.And now, on to part two . . . .When you're not in the kitchen cooking, ... More >>
TV-music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas talks about small bands making big dollars in primetime
A new Asian tapas restaurant opened in Huntington Beach. No not that Asian Tapas, which is just a name for what has evolved to be a typical Northern-style Chinese restaurant.Scraps seems to be a real Asian tapas-style eatery. The menu consists entirely of small dishes made to be shared--dishes ... More >>
Drink beer and eat burgers with other blasphemes at this Long Beach brew house
"I think it's time that Orange County made its mark in the country by being a restaurant scene. It's going to take some time. . . It's simmering, but we need to make it boil."It's unfair to associate Pascal Olhats with only one establishment, since he's spent the last 20-something years parlaying hi ... More >>
Another one of our favorite local restaurants is expanding beyond the Orange Curtain. Today, Slater's 50/50 announced its newest location on Facebook.
Wait, what? It's American Craft Beer Week? Here I thought it was Bike to Work Week, and I could have been sucking down beers instead of pedaling to the office, uphill and into a stiff headwind both ways. Wil Dee, the Beverage Director at Haven Gastropub and enthusiastic road cyclist, can celebrate ... More >>
I think it was about 2005 that the Chowhound boards went mad for macarons, those colorful, chewy, crispy, filled cookies of Parisian persuasion. I remember it well because there was a particularly lively debate over whose macarons were better, Boule's or Jin Patisserie. Boule's long gone now, but ... More >>
When the Old Towne Orange hotspot opened a second location in Pasadena, it added " Brewery" to its name. David Larsen, the former sous chef at the original OC spot, is now Haven's brewmaster, and is ready to show off his first batches--a double IPA and a pale ale.
Something was odd, I thought. After congratulating tired runners at the Rock n' Roll Marathon in Pasadena last Sunday, I entered the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden not really expecting much. About half of the people there were busy procuring free beer, some others looked too tired to still be standin ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times announced today that it will expand Times Community News (TCN) coverage into Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and the Orange County arts community beginning Aug. 26.If part of that sounds like deja vu all over again, it is--with a twist. A June 30 memo from Times Media Group to ne ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times is pulling the plug on Brand X, a website and print insert with event and cultural coverage aimed at young adult readers.Today marks the final print version of Brand X, while the website will cease to exist after July 8.Some good news for Brand X editors and photographers wh ... More >>
Atheists, skeptics, humanists, church-and-state separatists and others punching cards for one-way trips to H-E-DOUBLE-MATCHSTICKS gather in Irvine this the Lord's Day to get their godless freak on.Sunday's second annual Freethought Alliance Conference at the Hilton Irvine presents 11 secular spea ... More >>
The Ma and Pa Kettle of the legal world?Remember that humongous controversy earlier this year when a weirdo Pasadena family not only successfully got a trademark for the term "urban homesteading" (used in American English for decades), but began sending threatening legal letters to entities who u ... More >>
Courtesy of the California Department of CorrectionsSirhan Sirhan's latest prison photoSirhan Sirhan is scheduled to go before a California parole board for a 13th time Wednesday, bringing to my mind two memories.The most recent involves Shane O'Sullivan's documentary RFK Must Die, which I caugh ... More >>
Say what you will about the dingbat Dervaeses of Pasadena, the family that stirred a national controversy when they decided to trademark the terms "urban homstead" and "urban homesteading," but at least they're remaining consistent. They've maintained their innocence from the start, blaming a conspi ... More >>
This guy just gave a talk in Orange County. . . . Better change the title of that book, son!UPDATED, 10:50 P.M. Those dingbat Dervaeses won't give up. Rather than take their licking and apologize to the authors, bloggers, and libraries who dared use the term "urban homestead" or "urban homeste ... More >>
OC's own Haven Gastropub is opening a second, Pasadena location in late 2011. It's not just a clone of the Old Towne Orange restaurant, but an ambitious expansion into their own, on-site beer brewing operation.
Photo by Mary Bell Meet Ross Pangilinan. Born in Tennessee and raised in Orange County, Chef Pangilinan studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena before going off to cut his teeth in fine-dining establishments here and in Michelin-starred restaurants in France. Now he commands the kitchen as th ... More >>
Photo by Flickr user Flying House StudiosWe're lucky to have a great many ethnic groups and their native cuisines heavily represented in Orange County, but North African foods aren't among them. Sure, I've eaten at Moroccan restaurants a handful of times, but in fact, I know bupkes about the spic ... More >>
Chronicle Books"There's the weather and then there's Surfer. During the past 50 years, no two elements have affected the surfer's life more profoundly," documentary filmmaker, professional surfer and former longtime editor Sam George says in Surfer Magazine: 50 Years, the San Clemente-based pub's ... More >>
Just last night an acquaintance was mentioning how her car, which she had fallen a couple payments behind on, had been secretly towed from Newport Beach to Pasadena, where she can be reunited with it for a cool $2,700.Meanwhile, the Los Angeles City Council is considering a crackdown on so-called ... More >>
Hey haters and hater-watchers! Sorry for the lapse in writing this column. I was off for a brief vacation to Colorado, where I engaged in my favorite Nordic winter sports while also admiring the whiteness of the terrain--and its inhabitants. Speaking of whiteness...
Tricks and treats at Calypso Apartments and Lofts in Irvine.You know those tony "boutique apartments" rising to the clouds in the area of Jamboree Road and Alton Parkway in "Safest City in America" Irvine? Crime couldn't possibly be occurring in the heart of the Irvine Business District? Not a sh ... More >>
Top Chef fans may already know that recent winner Michael Voltaggio now cooks at The Langham in Pasadena. Well, Voltaggio's getting Craig Strong's sloppy seconds. Strong was the Chef de Cuisine there -- earning both himself and the restaurant accolades from Michelin, Gourmet Magazine, ... More >>
Are you into Munnys, Dunnys, Bunnys, Qees, Bees, Gwins, Skullys, and Bullys? (Ok, I made a few of those up) If you love vinyl toys, then you need to drive up to DesignerCon this Saturday in Pasadena! The show brings together vinyl toys, art, design, clothes, and more, with appear ... More >>
Andrew StevenPlaying the House of Blues in Anaheim is a big deal for a national touring act, but for a local band, the opportunity to gig at one of Orange County's premier venues--nestled in Downtown Disney, no less--has to be even more of a treat.
Photo by Matt Coker Karyl Ketchum and Mike Wiggins talk about the hell their 17-year-old daughter Hail endured at Corona del Mar High School last school year.Three varsity football players at Corona del Mar High School posted a video on the school's Facebook page in January in which they describe ... More >>
The new lineup for Bravo's hit show--which kicks off on August 26 and is filmed in Vegas--has just been announced, and there's not a single SoCal (let alone OC) chef on the list. UPDATE: OK, there's Michael Voltaggio, although, weirdly, Bravo's own press info has him cooking both in LA and in Pa ... More >>
Post Parade: Showcase
Boat shoes? They actually look kinda cool now
David Serby & the Sidewinders
Dread Zeppelin ushers in a world where nothing really matters
This week in duck
Bluffmaster, Wolf Creek, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Fun With Dick and Jane, Mrs. Henderson Presents, The Ringer, Rumor Has It, The White Countess
J. Rocc buys everything that says jazz on it
Crown City Rockers keep tradition of MCs rhyming with live musicians
Fox re-enters the soap business with The O.C., the best show ever about Orange County
Bulldozer Ballet symbolizes OCs love of art and construction
Sex and death and death and sex and . . .