• Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Anaheim's Little Arabia: Now an Official Tourist Attraction!

    After months of courting local communities, politicians and convention officials, Little Arabia marked another milestone yesterday. The ethnic enclave of family-friendly Middle Eastern restaurants and markets mostly along Brookhurst Street in Anaheim is now recognized as a tourist attraction by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Muslims Join Their Christian Counterparts in Feeding Downtown Santa Ana's Homeless

    One thing about the homeless who congregate near the Civic Center complex in Santa Ana: they can count on meals provided by Christians, including members of Orange County Rescue Mission, the Mariners churches of Irvine and Mission Viejo and, I'd argue most dependably, the Catholic Worker of Santa An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Five Ways to Make a More Efficient Ramadan Kitchen

    Ramadan--the holy month where Muslims forgo food and drink, including water, from sunup to sundown--is here. One of the five pillars in Islam, this month is one of spiritual discipline and renewal, as Muslims are instructed to spend extra time in worship and try to cut back on bad habits. The fast t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    No. 61, Olive Tree's Iftar

    Today marks the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month where the sons and daughters of Ishmael fast throughout the day, then stuff themselves silly on the iftar, the traditional meal that starts with the eating of a date and gets better from there. Most Little Arabia restaurants offer specials, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Christians vs. Muslims in Ramadan Prayer-off

    An unofficial prayer contest will be held during Ramadan this year. The combatants are Muslims, who will mark the holy month with prayer and fasting from sunrise to sunset from July 20 to Aug. 18, and Christians, who will ask God to stop Islamic countries from killing their brethren.

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Long Beach Islamic Center, the LBC's Second Mosque, to Open Soon

    There's only one mosque--Masjid Al-Shareef--in Long Beach. Its small space barely accommodates those who go to pray jumu'ah--a congregational prayer that takes place on Friday, usually after noon. A stuffy situation often ensues during the weekly ritual, which brings in high numbers of worshipers.&n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Guess Where Dave Fasted!

    ​Ash Wednesday was upon us before I really realized it, which meant I had to fast.Of course, fasting is a relative term; Muslims actually fast, abstaining from all food and water from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan. Christians in general and Catholics in particular don't come remotely close to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Whole Foods Scrambles To Do Damage-Control After One Region Buckles Under Islamophobic Pressure

    Whole Foods​Whole Foods wants to get one thing straight: Addressing a report from our sister paper Houston Press--Whole Foods: "We Should Not Highlight Ramadan"--which set off a maelstrom of attacks on the haute-hippie market, the corporate-run @WholeFoods has spent the day doing damage cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Olive Tree's Annual Iftar Begins

    Olive Tree's Facebook page​All is quiet on Brookhurst Street these days. It's Ramadan, the holy month of Islam. Muslims fast during the day (called sawm) in order to be reminded of the virtue of patience and humility, and restaurants are normally closed during the day.At the end of each day's sawm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Imane Boudlal, Battling Disney Over Head Scarf, Suspended Without Pay?

    ​UPDATED: As promised, the Disney statement (see end of post) . . . Sorry to disappoint the commenters demanding the Weekly to drop this story, but the Muslim restaurant hostess who has clashed with her Anaheim Disney Resort employers over the right to wear a religious headscarf on the job has bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! A Classy Little Arabia Restaurant?

    ​From a reader a couple of weeks back:I am a LA resident architect guy who plans to come down south with my Palestinian-German girlfriend to have a fine birthday meal with dear old Newport Beach friends in OC this Saturday eve. Inspired by your recent OC Weekly article about Andaluz, we are hopin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Imane Boudlal, Disney Worker Who Sparked Hijab Flap, Rejects New Company Compromise

    ​Imane Boudlal, who has repeatedly defied orders against wearing a traditional Islamic headscarf on the job as an Anaheim Disney Resort restaurant hostess, calls the company's latest attempt at a compromise "offensive." After the jump, see how Boudlal would like to appear at her public work statio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Imane Boudlal, Muslim Fighting Disney for Right to Wear Hijab: "We Should Just Accept Each Other and Respect Each Other"

    Keith May/OC WeeklyImane Boudlal​Imane Boudlal made national headlines Wednesday when she challenged the famously--and extensively--strict Disney dress code, which included a ban on the hijab. Speaking with the Weekly today, the 26-year-old Anaheim resident said, "we should just accept each other ... More >>

  • Food

    August 12, 2010

    The Feast Days of Summer

    And Winter and Fall and Spring! Where to eat, drink and be merry during the most important holidays

  • Food

    January 4, 2007

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2006

    Good News from Iraq (Fake news edition)

    Somehow it's fitting that the only good news to come out of Iraq recently is the fake news. The New York Times reports on a satirical news show that debuted on the Iraqi sattelite station Al Sharqiya at the beginning of Ramadan. This being Iraq, the show's title is somewhat darker than "The Daily ... More >>

  • Food

    October 13, 2005
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    November 25, 2004

    Grub Guide

    This week in intoxicating Indian eats

  • Food

    November 11, 2004

    Allah Carte

    Breaking the Ramadan fast with the Islamic Centers Auntie Fatima

  • Food

    November 4, 2004


    Enjoy the Islamic bounties of Lotus Chinese Eatery