It's that time of year again: Hatch chile season is right around the corner. And while expat New Mexicans have always lined up for green chile to assuage their homesickness, the peppers have started to worm their way into the hearts of non-New Mexican Californians. Here is a running list of this yea ... More >>
A new study by NASA and UC Irvine scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources, meaning our parched state and region is even worse off than previously feared.
Learning to appreciate wine is like learning to appreciate anything else. It takes time and an openness to trying new things. I learned that with wine, it's not about what it pairs well with as much as it's about what you like (although the adage about red wine with red meat is spot on). Drink what ... More >>
Are those still a thing? If you're a band trying to sell merch, they are
Is the still-undiscovered Los Alamitos restaurant the best of its country's cuisine in OC since Thai Nakorn?
It's safe to say that knows professional wild man Steve-O created his own breed of celebrity. The kind that comes from sticking crazy things up his ass, stapling his nuts to his leg, and for being completely fearless while doing outrageous stunts that seem impossible to live through while on MTV's " ... More >>
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 >>
Attorney John S. Haw of Aliso Viejo was sentenced Monday to a year of confinement--to be split between a halfway house and home detention--for his role in an illegal kickback scheme involving construction work at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.The 52-year-old pleaded guilty in federal cour ... More >>
At least you can say this about Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach): He's no Ken Calvert, the House Republican out of Riverside who says he might consider some kind of legal status for members of the undocumented class who jump through hoops, but not full citizenship. Rohrabacher, m ... More >>
Mozza, Ortica, Il Dolce, meet your newest competitor. A new pizzeria by the name of Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana is planned for Crystal Cove Promenade in Newport Beach, and they're pretty much offering what every new pizza joint that isn't Pielogy and 800 Degrees is offering these days: pizz ... More >>
We can't speak for San Diego or Pasadena, but the bar at Slater's 50/50 in Lake Forest is loooooooong. Like slide a pint across the countertop, Coyote Ugly dancing long. And full of male bartenders (not that we minded). Rodrigo, Bean and Tony can recommend what's on tap anytime. Our task: remember w ... More >>
FBI agents have arrested two Southern California men, Tony Phan of Little Saigon and Troy Chattariyangkul of Los Angeles County, for their alleged involvement in a mortgage loan fraud kickback scheme, according to records reviewed at the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.Phan, a 35-year- ... More >>
"I just like to see the locals come in, try new things and just come back, and back and back. Most hotel guests you never even see again. I know this community pretty well, so it's a lot of fun to be out shopping somewhere and see someone who just dined here."Read our interview with Roy Hendrickson ... More >>
Kalpna Singh-Chitnis says the hardest part of staging last year's first ever Silent River Film Festival was mounting the sequel, which is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday in Irvine.Dealing with programming, logistics and clashing personalities in your first year is one thing, but now that the n ... More >>
There's no bacon shortage over at Slater's 50/50. OC's bro-food empire, which has given us artery-clogging wonders such as the bacon milkshake, a burger patty made of 100% bacon and a peanut butter and jelly burger topped with bacon, is expanding.
Striking hotel workers at the non-union Embassy Suites Irvine walked off the job today and are taking their two-year long labor dispute to Pasadena. The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, which held its monthly board meeting there this morning, is a dominant investor in the ownersh ... More >>
"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 >>
Back in May, Haven Gastropub released its first batches of house-crafted beer--a double IPA and a pale ale--but to our sadness, the restaurant was only pouring the brews at its Pasadena location, where the micro-production was taking place. Finally, we'll get a taste. Haven Brewing will ... More >>
"There's always a great love behind a great man.", per Chef Castan. His wife, Maria, is equally talented in the fine arts as a painter. She attends workshops, and has hundreds of works completed. Maria often travels with Frederic, but admittedly prefers the climate close to home. Good thing he didn' ... More >>
Do you like gospel music? What about Disney California Adventure?Well, if you like both prepare to have your mind blown, because those two worlds are about to collide when "Celebrate Gospel" (an annual celebration of gospel music... duh) makes its way back to the park this Saturday.Lea ... More >>
Brandon FergusonUPDATE DEC. 12, 1:15 P.M.: Though there were several incredibly tense moments at the Port of Long Beach this morning as protesters and police squared off, the day ended without any serious incidents. Between 200 and 300 Occupy activists from Irvine, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, La ... More >>
Michelle Woo/OC WeeklyUnder the warm evening sky, Idina Menzel glided onto the stage and opened with the jazzy "Life Of The Party," a fitting selection because for the next hour and a half, she most certainly was."I got a new dress for you!" she announced, showing off her flowing fuchsia evening ... More >>
Screw Carmageddon. The weekend of culinary desmadre in the Southland is ON. Since the original post, we've discovered that not only will OC be represented at Eat Real, but OC Weekly will--Gustavo is leading panels at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, and I will be demonstrating preserved lemons ... More >>
Photo by Kevin LaraOur second installment of On The Line explores the people and experiences that shape Peter Stavros of Peter's Gourmade Grill. We delve into a little family history and learn about what makes him speechless. He even recalls the job that caused his foodservice epiphany. To catch ... More >>
lobstatruck.comLet's finish our trio of luxe lonchera updates with this: Michelle told you two weeks ago about the Lobsta Truck coming to Orange County. Starting today, they'll be dropping anchor in our local waters. Turn the page for the locations!
Javier CabralSpicy Miso Pork Ramen and Curry Rice Soba Noodle Combo: Both for Under $20 Being an (unpaid!) intern at any publication is really a selfless act into publishing martyrdom. Yes, the experience is invaluable for a blossoming journalist who refuses to let the grim realities of print j ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyWhat'd you do this weekend? And what'd you miss? There was Sugar Rush (a "cupcake extravaganza"), The Get Up Kids performed at the Glass House, Social Distortion performed a sold-out show at the Palladium, and Throw Rag helped Alex's Bar celebrate its 11th anniversar ... More >>
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.The lady and I headed up to Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon to see what the first-ever LA Ti ... More >>
[Summer Guide] The fast-growing sport has several homes in OC
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...
Singer/guitarist Keith Slettedahl is a happy-go-lucky guy, as witnessed by his band the 88's irresistibly upbeat lyrics and catchy hooks. But the last couple of years were a little dark for the serenely-married Pasadena dad. The band got signed and dropped by Island Records. But they did manage to l ... More >>
Of all the chefs and restauranteurs we've profiled on this blog feature, I can't say that I've met any of them in person. But I can say that I have had the pleasure of meeting James Sar of Cambinos Asian BBQ . If you eat at there, you will too. James will be the one taking your order and serv ... More >>
Andrew YoussefLast Night: U2, at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena; October 25, 2009. (More photos here!) Better Than: Any other stadium tour I have witnessed.Historic. Epic. Magical. These are just a few of the words that come to mind in describing U2's performance at the Rose Bowl. Even as I watch the re ... More >>
Chris SansenbachU2 in Anaheim, April 2005.U2, YouTube. It just makes too much sense.We talked earlier this week about how massively packed the Rose Bowl in Pasadena will be for the U2 show this Sunday, with 100,000 cross-generational music fans coming from across Southern California--really, just ... More >>
Bruce McNallThe State Board of Equalization list of California's top sales and use tax delinquents has welcomed 17 new members who owe nearly $22 million as a group--and, yes, some locals are among them. Richard Steven Lansburg of Long Beach-based Best Billiards and a Fullerton filer for ban ... More >>
Following a lengthy countrywide search, the Montage has announced Craig Strong as Executive Chef of Studio, replacing James Boyce, who left earlier this year.Strong, until yesterday Chef de Cuisine at The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa (formerly Ritz-Carlton) in Pasadena, was a semifinalist for ... More >>
The OC Weekly--as in ORANGE COUNTY Weekly--plot for Los Angeles media market domination has been slow to achieve but persistent, as evidenced by the impressive showing Weeklings make on the Los Angeles Press Club's list of finalists for the 51st annual SoCal Journalism Awards.Winners will be announc ... More >>
While the nation struggles with two wars, financial disasters, devastating hurricanes, regular political sex and ethics scandals, ridiculously priced gas and global warming, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) has been busy attempting to solve the already solved 1968 assassination o ... More >>
Inaction Action! In their hunt for additional pay and perks, Orange County sheriff’s deputies flexed their muscles again Friday by delaying the transfer of incustody folks to court for criminal hearings. The, if you will, inaction action is designed to frightened county supervisors at the negotiat ... More >>
The Guinness Book of World records has announced a gigantic photo taken from an airport hangar turned camera obscura at Irvine's Great Park, the former Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro, is the largest in the world! According to a release from the Great Park's marketing people, “The Great Pict ... More >>
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