This Mission Viejo restaurant brings the Argentine pastry to South County
And why there is no Filipino-American music scene in Orange County
A Garden Grove man who works as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at Los Angeles International Airport was arrested last week on charges of international arms trafficking. Wilfredo Maralit has company: his brother, Rex-Gene Maralit, a New York City police officer, was also arrested by fe ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans love tamarind so much?
The Vietnamese International Film Festival showcases a national and diaspora movie industry on the rise
A federal judge in Southern California has awarded $4.48 million to 347 Filipinos because a Los Angeles company violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) by tricking them into slave labor as teachers in Louisiana public schools.This week, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Kronst ... More >>
Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney are unlike any other touring couple in music. The duo, better known to the world as Big Harp, first met when their bands Art in Manila (Chris) opened for The Good Life (Stef) on a west coast run back in 2007. It was love at first sight and the two soon ma ... More >>
Sriracha may inspire crazy blog posts and foodie adoration; but when it comes to world domination, it's got nothing on Maggi. PRI's The World has a great story about the stuff in the distinctive genie-like bottle. The brand is so ingrained in just about every culture in every part of the world, it's ... More >>
Nine years ago, I was in this wannabe new-wave band based in Santa Ana. Back then, our big goal in life was to get featured in OC Weekly. The band imploded, as bands are wont to do, way before we even got a concert listing in the Calendar section (not even a Locals Only, sob!). The funny thing was, ... More >>
David Haldane went online, met a girl and married her. But this isn't your typical Internet-age love story. To meet this young lady in person for the first time, 63-year-old Haldane had to take a 16-hour plane ride to the Philippines, where her mother immediately inquired, "So, you want to marry my ... More >>
Why is Rakenrol so cool? The Philippine movie, screening today at 5 p.m. at UC Irvine, doesn't have a groundbreaking plot: it's the story of an indie band trying to make it big, where the members come of age, and there's a love story (natch) to boot. It's not just that the motley cast is endeari ... More >>
What to eat and expect at the Filipino fast-food giant's first OC store
You know you've made it when you have a comic book version of your life, ala Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Philippine boxer (and wannabe balladeer) Manny Pacquiao's comic biography, Winning In & Out of the Ring was made in the Philippines, where Pacquiao is considered a national hero, but it's ... More >>
Oh Joy! Chickenjoy, to be exact. Jollibee's first outlet in Orange County opened today at 7 a.m. in the space that previously held Chris & Pitts BBQ in Anaheim at the corner of Euclid & Crescent.I got the tip off from astute reader JB, who got wind of it from a Pinoy blogger and newly mi ... More >>
thepogiboytruck.comSince this whole food-truck thing happened, there have been a few Filipino food trucks to debut, including Tapa Boy, Manila Machine and White Rabbit. All are LA-based. But The Pogi Boy Truck, if I'm not mistaken, is OC's first Filipino food truck.
[Mental Notes] Also, Poreotics and the trans-Pacific dance heist.
Grand, overarching summations derived from research papers must always be viewed skeptically, but the global organization Oxfam is well-regarded for its research, and its only real agenda is feeding folks, something they've been working on since the 1940s. They know a bit about global food trends ... More >>
Edwin GoeiThose who are familiar with the Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee already know they're huge in the Philippines. They outsell even McDonald's there.The burger-fried-chicken mega-chain has recently announced its plans to invest $41 million in overseas markets. $16 million of it will be ea ... More >>
Flickr user judybaxterWhat a pity this isn't Scotland. There are chippies (that's fish and chips shops to us) where they'll fry just about anything. Frozen pizza, Twinkies, Mars bars, you name it, they'll batter and deep-fry it.Sure, we have our fried desserts here, our beignets and our doughnuts ... More >>
Scott Ian, Anthrax's rhythm and lead guitar player, just announced he's not going to be touring with the band he formed 30 years ago due to the upcoming birth of his first child. He said, "This decision to miss these shows was a deeply personal one. I co-founded this band July 18, 1981, and for ... More >>
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 >>
In yesterday's mail, I received the following: I blinked, did a double take and even pulled up Google Translator to make sure I wasn't seeing things. Indeed, McDonald's sent me a Filipino advertisement.
Photo by Mary Bell Today we continue our Q&A with Ross Pangilinan, the Executive Chef at Leatherby's Café Rouge in Costa Mesa. As promised this is the part of the interview where we get a little more personal with him. If you missed the first part, click here. And stay tuned tomorrow for ... More >>
Wrap your head around this: For the fifth year in a row, teams in 25 countries will perform the Thriller dance simultaneously tomorrow at the annual Thrill The World event. For Orange County, that means at 4 p.m. in Irvine, people will be "thrilling" at the Atomic Ballroom (17961 Skypark Cir. Sui ... More >>
Today, 'amnesty' is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
Edwin GoeiName: Labzter - Lobster Flavored Crackers Origin: Philippines Found at: Manila Groove, Tustin
Edwin GoeiName: Philippine Brand Dried Mango Balls Origin: Philippines Found at: 99 Ranch, Irvine Cost: $1.29 Ingredients: Selected Mangoes, Sugar & Preserved With Sulfur Dioxide Why I Bought It: It's easily the most wholesome Wacky Snacks I've profiled on this feature. Except for ... More >>
The Long Beach woman featured in this LA Weekly story a month ago pleaded guilty today, along with her husband, to charges of forced labor for illegally harboring two Philippine women in her home and forcing them to work in her elder care businesses after tricking them into coming to the U.S. The wo ... More >>
Name: Curly Tops Origin: Philippines Found at: Pinoy Mart, Tustin Cost: $1.59 Ingredients: Refined Cane Sugar, Milk Powder, Hydrogenated Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Whey, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin and Cinnamon Powder, Iodized Salt. Why I Bought It: Apart from the name, which is, ... More >>
A few things happened to Manila Groove since I visited last. First, about three months ago, Gustavo Arellano tipped readers about the little-known Tustin eatery and its constantly updated website menu in his This-Hole-in-the-Wall-Life column. Second, they've expanded by taking over the store ne ... More >>
"I hate going to the Philippines, like, against my will," Pinoy standup comic Rex Navarrete tells the mostly-Filipino crowd at the Irvine Improv club Tuesday night, recalling teen summers in San Francisco he was forced to trade in for drugged plane rides back to the motherland. . .where he stayed wi ... More >>
WEB EXCLUSIVE! Jungle Fever
Score! Japanese pastry chain Beard Papa's is opening its first OC "Sweet Cafe" in Santa Ana this morning. This place is a cream puff haven - one I first stepped into in the Philippines and was delighted to see in West L.A. last year. And now, right down the street? Oh ho ho. Just when I thought you ... More >>
'The only reason Mexicans come into this country illegally is because its easy for them'
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