One of the greatest joys about eating in Long Beach is finding that unassuming, unexpected and surprisingly authentic ethnic fare; and this column has proved that you can easily wander your way through the cuisines of El Salvador, Cambodia, Trinidad and Peru, all without ever leaving city limits. ... More >>
To tourists, if Anaheim is New York, Buena Park is Chicago: Orange County's second city, the one they go to after they've exhausted all that Disney has to offer. But to locals, Buena Park is more than just the territory of Knott's and knights; it's also the home of a burgeoning Korean population and ... More >>
From my sources I heard that the folks at the Playground were hiring people and expanding. The rumor was that they were taking over the space about to vacated by Moya's Panderia next door to the Playground and were going to turn it into a bakery of their own. So I asked Robert Quinn, father of Play ... More >>
Steamers has been open a long damn time. Like before obnoxiously drunk college kids realized there was no better place to get in fights, pee on walls, and just generally go buck wild-long time. But its seniority and location a ways down from the hobbling girls trying to cross the street has made it ... More >>
As they sit in a conference room at Capitol Records, Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant can barely hide their smiles. The next day, they'll play KROQ's Weenie Roast before zipping up the freeway to Mountain View for BFD. In less than two years, Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant have gone from hearing th ... More >>
To be honest, I usually avoid ordering Pisco Sour, or that bubble-gum-flavored Inka Cola, or anything other than plain ol' ice water whenever I visit a Peruvian restaurant. I am forever in search of a properly made saltado--that classic melting-pot stir fry of Chinese wok-technique and Incan ing ... More >>
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 with Carme Ruscalleda, the renowned Catalan chef. Enjoy!
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 >>
Let's get to it, shall we? Here's the Restaurant Roll Call for September: our monthly run-down of what we've noticed opening and closing. Slow month? Well, in terms of restaurant closures, that's a good thing. See also:Restaurant Roll Call for August 2012Restaurant Roll Call for July 2012Restaurant ... More >>
Local thrash heroes Hirax announced last week that they are hitting the studio in June to record the band's fourth full-length album. Joining the five-piece will be producer/engineer Bill Metoyer, whose resume includes working with Slayer, Morbid Angel and Armored Saint.
I'm not saying that every Mexican chain like Cafe Rio is trying to copy Chipotle. Even though it says it's not, Taco Bell is doing it. And why wouldn't they? It makes business sense to aspire to the same kind of success that Steve Ells Mexi-chain has achieved. There's nothing wrong with that. Bu ... More >>
San Diego State University's Center for Surf Research may not be quite what you may think or hope it is. The curriculum will not include watching North Shore, analyzing the behavior of Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High or studying the hydrodynamics of a surfboard riding upon ... More >>
You may know "Weird Al" Yankovic" as the "Eat It" guy (check out his bio on Twitter). After all, until 2006 his parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" was his highest charting single. And although he's made a name out of using other artists' songs to write funny stuff, he's gotten a lot of critica ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also, the Vandals make a movie and ask you to do the same!
UPDATED, May 13, 9:51 a.m.: Lloyd Knibb's wife Enid said her husband died from liver cancer late Thursday. According to the Associated Press, "Knibb had been receiving treatment in the U.S. but returned to Jamaica this week. Knibb's manager, Ken Stewart, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that he wa ... More >>
The monster swells can be big business, but for one group of OC surfers, it's still all about the ride
Cloning won't be necessary to see every band participating in the Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles. Through some organizational tic-tac-toe, a number of the acts play multiple shows over the next four days scattered around the east side. Despite the abundance of gigs, those who don't stra ... More >>
The opening moments of Highwater, Dana Point documentarian Dana Brown's latest film opening today in Orange, were worrisome.With his 2003 directorial debut Step Into Liquid, Brown continued the pioneering work of his filmmaker father Bruce Brown, who turned the masses onto surfing with The Endles ... More >>
And Winter and Fall and Spring! Where to eat, drink and be merry during the most important holidays
Long before the Interwebs were awash with lists like "Top 10 Squeaky Cat Toys" and "Top 25 Geeky Video Game Comic Book D&D Tie-Ins," the FBI was issuing its top 10 lists of most-wanted criminals.Perhaps you've even seen them at the post office.The long arm of the bureau extends beyond the 50 ... More >>
Our coffee culture, sadly, tends to run toward Starbucks and drive-through at It's A Grind. Largely missing from la naranja is the local, artisanal small-batch roaster whose singular focus on the product raises the coffee bar. Sure, we have Martin Diedrich, and the lines out the door at his two coff ... More >>
ACLUHalime SatA woman who was barred from flying out of the Long Beach Airport is among 10 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the American Civil Liberties Union is representing in its constitutional challenge of the government's "no-fly list."Halime Sat joins a disabled veteran of the U ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big heart. But not this big
[Summer Guide] Flicks to help you enjoy the great indoors
Just another happy Newport Coast familyThe poopy wrongful termination lawsuit brought by Kobe and Vanessa Bryant 's former maid has been settled out of Orange County Superior Court for $200,000--with $130,000 of that reportedly going to Maria Jimenez after her lawyers take their cut.
Chill the Red Bull, re-heat the coffee and warm up the crack pipe: your eyeballs are about to get a workout from local screens in the days ahead. "Imagine This" took a film crew high into the Andes Mountains. First, Laguna Beach Film Society screens the documentary Imagine This tonight. Eion ... More >>
Spent most of last week in Dallas, where I only had to eat once to match my needed calories for the week by gorging on a chicken-fried steak (my Facebook status update after the momentous event: "Gustavo Arellano ate chicken-fried steak in Dallas yesterday. Mmm...breaded-beef-smothered-in-gravy-on-t ... More >>
The Orange County Register seemingly made history earlier this month when it announced that Marti Buscaglia would be its new publisher. Buscaglia would've been the first Latina publisher at a major daily and would've started July 9. We speak in the past tense because Buscaglia unexpectedly announced ... More >>
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Napalm Death brutalize the very concept of brutality with crushing, brutal crushingness
Richard Pryor: done fucked enough
How the Brotherhood of Eternal Love Became OCs Hippie Mafia
U.S. Plans to Boot OCs Thi Dinh Bui. How about the rest?
Moncrieffs Blue Car, plus Malkovichs The Dancer Upstairs
Ken Bucchi says he was a drug-running spook. The CIA says hes an impostor
OCs Tom Umberg leaves the White House for the Big Bucks
Feds to teens: Just say no, dude
Gerardo Chavezs dung-colored glasses