UPDATE, NOV. 21, 4:21 P.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department just announced that it, too, will conduct a checkpoint tonight, from 9 p.m. through 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of 1400 South Bristol Street.
See Update No. 2 on Page 2 about a federal judge in Texas setting a hearing date for Orly Taitz's "emergency request" aimed at border crossers. Update No. 1 is on the Department of Justice's response to Taitz. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 9:05 A.M.: Texas likes to brag about wooing businesses away fro ... More >>
Sunnin' by the lake
It feels like yesterday when Cismontane Brewing opened its doors in Rancho Santa Margarita.Time flies when you're old, kiddos (also - when you've been drinking). Still, we were knocked back somewhat to hear that Evan Weinberg and Ross Stewart are marking four years of bustling beer-making success a ... More >>
The Tustin Police Department's Traffic Unit holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint and the Orange County Sheriff's Department's DUI Task Force will be out in force in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and Rancho Santa Margarita tonight.
The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is in hot water after a Rancho Santa Margarita station T-shirt made to raise funds has only raised ire instead. The design features a fire truck, a chicken perched atop it, cholo firefighters, a 50-cent tamale stand and a pit bull with Old English lettering th ... More >>
A Rancho Santa Margarita attorney who has been published about liberties denied due to closed deportation hearings is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of killing a bicyclist with her car while buzzing on prescription drugs. Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 39, is charged with a felony count of v ... More >>
Given the events in D.C., think law enforcement on the Left Coast might be jumpy? Orange County sheriff's SWAT officers have been sent to a possible barricade situation in the 32800 block of Brookseed Drive in Rancho Santa Margarita.
When we broke news of Bruxie coming to Irvine, it was luck. We spotted the teaser printed on the back of their Huntington Beach take-out menu when they opened. Finding out about this one was happenstance, but more on that later. It's about time we start classifying The Bold Fold as a chain, because ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Rancho Santa Margarita restaurant sells artisan pizzas from a tiny storefront
As we said earlier last month, The Blind Pig was ready to open in Rancho Santa Margarita. The restaurant's official opening was yesterday. A "Blind Pig," by the way, is another name for a speakeasy, so it's supposed to be a "throwback" to a time when there was a need for such nicknames. In its kit ... More >>
A "Blind Pig" is another name for a speakeasy, but it sure makes for a funny logo, apt for T-shirts which are, by the way, already printed up, waiting to be sold. And the new RSM restaurant which takes the name and is located at the edge of Rancho Santa Margarita Lake, isn't even open yet.
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post with results from the joint Costa Mesa Police Department and California Highway Patrol checkpoint Friday night. Update No. 1 on the next page had Anaheim Police announcing its DUI checkpoint that night.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 24, 8 A.M.: Another long holiday weeke ... More >>
What is it about April that causes people to open breweries? Michelle posted about Bootlegger's 5th anniversary party yesterday, and this weekend is also the 3rd anniversary of Cismontane Brewery in Rancho Santa Margarita. They're celebrating all weekend, starting at 3 p.m. today.
Anyone want to help lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/BSN Orly Taitz of Rancho Santa Margarita continue to clog courts across America with racist/partisan/unfounded/BSN litigation against the country's twice popularly elected president?Well, then, you may be in luck.
See the update at the end of this post on the defendants' guilty pleas and sentences.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 25, 8:02 A.M.: A mother and son are scheduled to be arraigned in Newport Beach this morning on charges of abusing and abandoning 30 dogs in a South County park. Rancho Santa Margarita's Flordel ... More >>
See update at the end of this post on the body of the missing woman being found under a bridge in Rancho Santa Margarita.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 5, 6:10 P.M.: Have you seen this woman?Michele Ann McKay was last seen leaving her home in the 25000 block of Alta Loma in Lake Forest around 10 p.m. Monday,& ... More >>
Lissen up, Benjamin: unsafe working conditions at a plastics plant in Rancho Santa Margarita led to a 2009 explosion and the deaths of two workers, according to a civil suit filed by the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA). The complaint filed against Solus Industrial Innovations, LLC, E ... More >>
Earlier this year, Starbucks reported plans to test-market beer and wine sales in a few, select markets across the country, and named Southern California as one such region. We learned the chain has chosen two Orange County locations where their baristi won't have to change their job titles, since t ... More >>
Cismontane has been producing standout beers for nearly two years. Now the tucked-away Rancho Santa Margarita microbrewery is becoming less of a secret--and less tiny.
UPDATED, Nov. 10, 1:30 P.M.: There's an interesting story on the Rancho Santa Patch website about the city's recent moratorium. In it, city attorney Greg Simonian, who came up with the idea along with city manager Steve Hayman, basically tells reporter Martin Henderson that the city is just using ... More >>
Legend has it that at the end of a toll road that stretches far off over the horizon, there is a magical land the pixies who live there refer to as "Rancho Santa Margarita." And somewhere in this Smurfy berg there is a busy street, inhabited by pixies in pixie-mobiles. At times they get whiffs of ... More >>
A 50-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita man attempted suicide by setting himself on fire.The Orange County Sheriff's Department and Orange County Fire Authority responded to a call that came in around 11:15 p.m. Friday from a neighbor who heard the man screaming on the deck of his condominium on Blu ... More >>
Someone actually asked this months ago, but it got lost in the pile along with my W-2 (eep!). Anyhoo, the query:What's the best chile relleno in Orange County?I must admit: I never order the dish. A chile relleno is never about subtlety; it's supposed be greasy, gooey, eggy, a glop to be mixed al ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comGrilled chicken marinated in achiote with pineapple riceIf you thought I meant Papas and Beer, that south-of-the-border mega-bar, calm down. This is Tapas and Beer, a new restaurant that seeks to fuse a small-plate concept with a neighborhood sports bar.And the place looks like a ... More >>
Time was, all the good weed came from Mexico. After all, that's where it'd been grown for who knows how long, up in the hills of Sinaloa, Michoacan and Oaxaca. Now, the good stuff is grown north of the border, and with the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes now 15 years in the making, ... More >>
Bill O'Reilly, Mike Huckabee and other Fox News blowhards yammer on and on about the "War on Christmas" waged by progressives who choke baby Jeebus in the cradle with their "happy holidays" chatter. Some dare call this fear mongering or lefty smearing, but those patriots are right: There is a War ... More >>
Flickr user Hydro-ManAnother amazing week on this infernal, yummy blog. After the jump: the best of the best!
The Catch Facebook Page The WTF Burger at The Catch in Anaheim is a stomach-busting stack of eight pounds of meat, five avocados, 15 strips of bacon, 24 slices of cheddar and a heaping pile of fried peppers.Yes, America, this is why you're fat. Ah, well. Unbutton those pants and win some stuff! & ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comSloppy but good: tacos of beef morita, tinga, and lenguaMaybe I don't get down to the sleepy bedroom enclave of Rancho Santa Margarita enough, because I was surprised to see today that quite a few mom-and-pop restaurants have encroached in this land of chain franchisees. Hell, th ... More >>
Flickr user soundfromwayoutSome of the many highlights this week on this infernal blog after the jump, and including more than what the descriptive title promises!
Dave LiebermanThere aren't many reasons to go to Rancho Santa Margarita when you're a food blogger. It's nice to head to the Pavilions on Antonio Parkway to see the orange trophy wives shopping in their terry-cloth yoga pants, and of course Pane e Vino and Rice and Spice (our best Thai this year) ... More >>
What in the devil is going on in Rancho Santa Margarita?Essentially a giant master planned community, the 10-year-old city boasts neighborhoods with rows of million-dollar homes, locations where most of The Real Housewives of Orange County are filmed and, until the past 13 days, no reported homic ... More >>
Brooklyn Museum ArchivesDid somebody order a designated driver?If you're driving in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo or Rancho Santa Margarita today, you may notice more sheriff's patrol cars on the road than usual.And, if you've been drinking:1) What are you doing driving, butt wipe?2) The deputies in ... More >>
Also known as "a concrete cage without walls."The 241 extension saga in a nutshell: Transportation Corridor Agencies propose extending a toll road from Rancho Santa Margarita to the Interstate 5 in San Diego County, environmental groups flip out at the prospect of a freeway potentially encroachin ... More >>
The holidays are supposed to be about sharing good will (and a boozy eggnog or two) with others - and it's always nice when you can use your crafty talents to help a great holiday cause as well! This Friday from 4-7pm, Spa Gregorie's and Mainplace Mall in Santa Ana are proud to host the second annua ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly roundup of local police calls and assorted mayhem.MONDAY, NOV. 2". . . and I don't like you!" "I'm Talking Tina . . . and Things Are Going to Be Different Around Here" A woman called 9-1-1 around 3:45 in the morning to say she heard a baby toy go off downstairs in her hom ... More >>
The life of a local hip hop artist is a saga that usually leaks its way into the inspiration of their rhymes, more so than any other genre. And in that regard, tracks by Rancho Santa Margarita emcee The Lost Art is rife with true life tales. I spoke of him a while ago when he released his s ... More >>
It's our weekly Weekly roundup of Orange County police calls--with suspect mugs!TUESDAY, JULY 7Courtesy of Cypress Police DepartmentAlison Le Anne EbertAt Least She Left the TV On Officers responding to an anonymous, 4:45 a.m. report of child abuse in a home in the 8500 block of La Homa Street in Cy ... More >>
Orange County Register: Fans gathered around a makeshift memorial outside Angel Stadium to honor pitcher Nick Adenhart, who died in a car accident. . . . A woman driving a car with a baby aboard was shot and killed in Santa Ana after leading police on a high-speed chase that began in Buena Park ... More >>
Gustavo's pal Howard F. Ahmanson Jr. just missed the top spot on the Dishonor Roll published online by Californians Against Hate. The Knights of Columbus of New Haven, Conn., gave $1.425 million to the campaign for the same-sex-marriage-barring Prop. 8, while Howie only ponied up $1.395 million.Hey, ... More >>
Is your activist streak feeling unloved after watching footage of yesterday's protests in LA against the passage of Proposition 8? Well, here's your chance to vent (peacefully, people, peacefully...). Tonight (Friday), the Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Center is organizing a protest march down Broadway, ... More >>
Some readers have shared their fire photos with us. Click the photo to see them. So far, we have snaps of the blaze from Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest and Foothill Ranch. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description (and the photographer's name) and we'll add them to the slidesho ... More >>
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