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    September 19, 2014

    First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival Starts Today

    As Anne Marie hinted in a previous post, the first annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival officially starts today, culminating tomorrow with cooking demos by Richard Blais, winner of "Top Chef All-Stars", Rick Moonen, "Top Chef Masters" Finalist and Executive Chef of RM Seafood, and a whole bun ... More >>

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    September 11, 2014

    Meet The Amazing Race's Amazing Orange County Couple Dennis Hour and Isabelle Du

    Perhaps an indicator that an Orange County immigrant community has finally made it is when some members join the casts of network television reality shows--within weeks of one another. Previously we told you about Bri Nguyen of Westminster being part of the new Fox reality show Utopia that debuts Fr ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    Former American Idol Contestant Victim of Theft By Dummy

    Remember Todrick Dramaul Hall? If you don't, don't worry because we kinda forget his face too, but he was on American Idol back in 2010. But that's not why he's in the news this week. Hall was the victim of a theft while performing at a retirement ceremony for Hazard Elementary School's principal. ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    The Amazing Race Apologizes for Pissing Off Vietnam Veterans and a Token Fox News Liberal

    My colleague R. Scott Moxley recently wrote of the shitstorm kicked up after The Amazing Race had contestants visiting Vietnam watch a pro-communist musical show, recite a pro-communist poem and then gather at an anti-American military site in Hanoi. If there was increased interest (and ratings?) ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Margaret Cho

    Irvine Improv

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    August 27, 2012

    Life After Top Chef Show Announced By Bravo

    No one needs to know what Fabio Viviani, ex-Top Chef cheftestant and general media butterfly has been doing. He's everywhere, most recently at the OC Fair. But how about that Jen Carroll or Richard Blais. What have they been up to after the show? 

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    June 18, 2012

    Jamie Oliver's New Competitive Cooking Series To Debut In The Fall

    Anthony Bourdain is slated to do one. Now so is Jamie Oliver. I'm talking about yet another cooking competition show. This time, the British chef who was recently most notable for making America wretch over the substance called pink slime, is executive producing a new series called Chef Race: U ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012
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    November 3, 2011

    Top Chef: Texas--Five Predictions

    © Bravo​ Did you watch last night's first episode of Top Chef Texas? Episode summaries are usually Edwin's beat, and he usually weighs in toward the end of the season after we've learned which cheftestants to root for. I'm going to take a different approach at the head-end of the season and make ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011
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    October 13, 2011

    Yvon Goetz And Mary Sue Milliken Throw Down This Weekend In Irvine, Courtesy Of Cadillac

    Cadillac Facebook page​The Cadillac Culinary Challenge Test Drive pulls up to Irvine Spectrum this Saturday and Sunday. Why this sounds more like a hybrid between Cars and Coffee and the Top Chef Tour is a conundrum we'll never know the answer to. At least they're offering sleek cars and free eats ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011
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    September 26, 2011

    Canadian Band The Sheepdogs Sell their Souls to Rolling Stone, Tim Gunn​If this blog seems less than timely, I apologize. But I just can't get last Thursday's episode of Project Runway featuring Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs out of my mind. 

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    August 10, 2011

    Calorie-Counters Duped by Costa Mesa-based Galeos Salad Dressing May Be Entitled to a Full Refund

    ​Those who purchased a bottle of Galeos Salad Dressing got more than they asked for. Like love handles and a double chin.   In a real-life version of the Seinfeld frozen yogurt episode, the Costa Mesa-based manufacturer was sued last year for allegedly misstating nutrition facts. An inde ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Top Chef Coming to Tustin Market Place TODAY

    ​As Top Chef Masters heads into the finale this week, the timing is just right for a visit from some of the Jedis-in-training. Oh yes, the Top Chef Tour has reached Orange County. With promises of games, prizes, photo and autograph opportunities, the question remains: When will they find time for ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Michael Voltaggio Among Chefs to Appear at OC Fair

    Flickr User Erik Anestad​Michael Voltaggio, the brooding champion of Top Chef Season 6, will be one of four celebrity chefs who will talk, and perhaps do a cooking demonstration, at the upcoming OC Fair.

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    May 26, 2011

    'Burn the Floor'

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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    March 17, 2011

    Katharine McPhee

    Segerstom Concert Hall

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    February 18, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain in Cerritos Tonight!

    ​This post is for those of you who have this blog bookmarked or on Google Reader and do not actually venture anywhere else in our paper but here. There are, believe or not, other sections of this rag and its website, and some of it has some food-related news, such as the indispensable Calendar of ... More >>

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    January 31, 2011

    Lake Forest Christian Crusader Gets an Entire Chapter in American Idol: The Untold Story

    Idol InfernoLeesa Bellesi with Idol-judge-no-more Paula Abdul ​What does a pastor's wife in Lake Forest have to do with Fox's top-rated singing contest? Enough to fill an entire chapter in American Idol: The Untold Story, the new book by LA Times writer Richard Rushfield that gives a behind-the-sc ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Celeb Watching and Tasty Vittles at Bowlmor Lanes

    ​For heterosexual guys who think watching a show like Dancing With the Stars is only for those who are light in the loafers, it's time to wake up. Yes, the ABC dance contest features lots of muscular and semi-shirtless male dancers, but the females are beyond compare: Edyta Slwinska, Kym Johnson a ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010
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    September 24, 2010

    Margaret Cho at the Grove of Anaheim Last Night

    Ali Lerman/OC Weekly​Margaret ChoGrove of AnaheimSept. 23, 2010The Hype: Gays and straights packed the house and laughed in perfect harmony last night at Margaret Cho's "Cho Dependent" comedy show at the Grove of Anaheim. For a Thursday "school night" the size of the crowd was pretty impressive. T ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010
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    August 19, 2010

    Steven Tyler New 'American Idol' Judge

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​MSNBC reported yesterday that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is the new American Idol judge, although Fox officially says "no comment."   Apparently negotiations were finalized late last week, meaning Tyler got his request for a top-notch wardrobe and makeu ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010
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    July 29, 2010

    Ellen DeGeneres No Longer American Idol Judge

    ​The much-maligned ​Ellen DeGeneres won't be back as a judge on American Idol after just one season on the show. The LA Times wrote that DeGeneres "told the show's producers a couple of months ago that the show 'didn't feel like the right fit for me,' partly because of increased work commit ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Last Night's Top Chef Masters Didn't Have Me Saying "D'Oh!"

    ​Did you catch last night's Top Chef Masters? Finally, a worthy episode on what seemed like a season in danger of backsliding into the histrionics of regular Top Chef with the F-bombs and manufactured drama. That's not to say there wasn't some of that last night, just less.

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    May 11, 2010

    Local Bloggers Judge This Week's Top Chef Masters

    Photo Courtesy of Eddie LinFrom left to right: Jay Rayner, Kelly Choi, Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Food), Eddie Lin, Marc Moss (Weird Food Festival), Bill Esparza (Street Gourmet LA).​I know we write a lot about Eddie Lin. He--the author of Extreme Cuisine and the blog that started it all, Deep End ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Mario Lopez Signing

    Barnes and Noble

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    March 19, 2010

    Top Chef Tour To Include Stop at Irvine Spectrum on June 17​"Top Chef: The Tour," a 21-city tour -- which trots out recent and past chef'testants from town-to-town crammed inside the trailer of a semi truck like animals in a traveling circus (actually, I'm sure they'll be put up in posh hotels and stuff...but wouldn't it be funny?) -- will stop ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Travel Channel Bought By Owner Of Food Network

    Photo Courtesy Travel Channel​I don't like where this is going. Scripps Network Interactive Inc., owner of the Food Network, which has slowly but noticeably descended into semi-homemade mediocrity, bought a controlling stake in the Travel Channel last week. For Anthony Bourdain's sake, I hope ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009
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    May 5, 2009

    Taylor Hicks is Signing at the Wal-Mart in Orange. Apparently.

    As music editor, I'm trained to be on the lookout for HOT SCOOPS wherever they may be. Like a couple days ago when I was at the Wal-Mart at the Village at Orange, and made this enticing discovery: that American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks will be signing CDs at that store this Thursday, May ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009

    Top Chef Masters Contestants Announced; O.C. Chefs Shut Out

    The food blogosphere is on FIRE (pun intended) right now over the announcement of Top Chef Masters, airing on June 10th. Think of it as Top Chef meets Iron Chef America meets WWE Smackdown. If there's such a thing as a foodie-gasm, this is the thing to inspire it. The judges will be celebrities, ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009
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    December 4, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Fancy Footwork

    So You Think You Can Dance Tour

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    August 7, 2008

    Korean Exchange

    Ko Su Hee Korean Dance

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    July 3, 2008


    Don McLean

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    June 12, 2008
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    January 28, 2008

    MTV's Best American Dance Crew: Kaba Modern

    Though UC Irvine hip-hop dance team Kaba Modern has been making a name for themselves in underground circles and national and global competitions for some years now—including winning first place at the USA World Hip-Hop Championship and taking second at the International World Finals—it looks li ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008

    Dat Phan Begins

    Dat Phan and Friends

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    September 21, 2007

    Because You're Ugly: Project Runway

    It was revealed in late August by host Heidi Klum that the fourth season of the almost unimaginably successful Bravo reality fashion design show, Project Runway, will be premiering Wednesday, November 14. If second rate shows like Shear Genius (the network's haircutting competition show—seriously ... More >>

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    May 23, 2007

    American Idolatry

    The battle between lame and lamer is over. After months of weeding out kids with a sprinkling of talent, American Idol's sixth season came down to annoying Justin Timberlake-wannabe Blake Lewis and not-quite-powerhouse Jordin Sparks. Tonight, 17-year-old Sparks took the title. But you probably al ... More >>

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    February 13, 2007

    Public Enemy American Idol No. 1

    Over at her Deadline Hollywood Daily column, Nikki Finke charts all the controversies swirling around American Idol contestant Tom Lowe. Her piece begins: American Idol 6 would be nothing without its controversy. The latest: 28-year-old ex-British boy-band'er Tom Lowe is the target of not just one ... More >>

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