• Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Long Beach Lunch: Alien Sandwiches

    In all my time living and writing about food in Long Beach, there is one culinary truth that continues to hold fast about the city's otherwise vibrant downtown: a good, cheap sandwich is hard to find. Sure, you can buy two pieces of bread stuffed with meat from a few corporate outposts around down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Long Live The Tonga Room's San Francisco Tiki Chic!

    Twice a month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau pops by Stick A Fork In It to chime in about a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!! San Francisco's Tonga Room is hardly a secret (especially since Tony Bourdain shone his spotlight on it awhile back) but it is off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Andrew Robert Harnen Gets 5 Years and Change in $154 Million Unity Medical Insurance Scam

    Another former employee has been sentenced for his crimes in the $154 million Unity medical insurance fraud scheme that involved thousands of healthy patients being recruited to undergo unnecessary and dangerous surgeries at a now-shuttered Buena Park facility so insurance companies could be fraudul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Orange County-Denver Ecstasy Pill Dealer Wins Prison Trip

    A federal judge has punished an Orange County man who illegally supplied Ecstasy tablets and cocaine for party-goers in Southern California and Colorado. Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) used court-approved wiretaps in 2008 to catch Thinh Cao Do arranging for Ecstasy an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Fare Thee Well Sweet, Sweet Bahooka

    Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us ev ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2013

    Ace Hoffman Is Tilting at 'Nofre

    The anti-nuke activist has spent years fighting the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Now, the impossible is on his horizon: its permanent shutdown

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Sriracha Stiletto Heels Now Available

    Sriracha water bottles. Sriracha lip balm. Sriracha underwear. Now there's apparently Sriracha stiletto heels for that fashionista who's also a hipster foodie.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    4 Get Prison Time (with More Likely to Come) in Massive Unity Medical Billing Fraud Scheme

    An attorney, an accountant, and two medical center administrators walk into a bar . . . oops, that should be behind bars--for their roles in the nation's largest medical fraud prosecution. Four people who should have known better Thursday became the latest Unity Surgical Outpatient Center muckity-mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Blowing Smoke: OC Weekly's Top Ten Marijuana Stories of 2012

    2012 was a busy year for marijuana. It began with what looked like the beginning of the end of the medical marijuana industry in California and ended with the legalization of recreational weed in both Colorado and Washington State. Looking back through the posts in Navel Gazing's Cannabis Chron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    $6 Million Worth of Marijuana Seized in Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights?

    On Wed., Oct 3, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men in connection with three different houses where some 2,000 pot plants and 20 pounds of marijuana was discovered. The men arrested were Binh Ly, 43, from Rosemead and Thank Chiem, 45, of San Jose. Because of the fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Sriracha Company Expands Its Empire

    Willy BlackmoreMove over, Sriracha imposters. We're gonna need more shelf space. ​The Cock is getting huge. (TWSS.) Huy Fong Foods, maker of the almighty Sriracha, aka rooster sauce, is relocating from Rosemead to Irwindale, building a 655,000 square foot corporate site and factory that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Panda Express Heading to . . . China?

    Wiki CommonsPanda Express may introduce the people of China to . . . Chinese food--or at least the American bastardization of it.​First, Taco Bell made its way to Mexico. Now, Panda Express, which we can thank for bringing glazed orange chicken to mall food courts across the country, may find a pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Belinda Exon, Surf City Escrow Chief, Gets 3 Years for Stealing $4 Mil in Poor-Housing Funds

    ​Why is your kid still huffing lead and other nasty toxins in your low-income housing unit despite the federal government having already sent your Orange County city funds to remedy the hazard?Blame Belinda Exon. The president of Rehab Financial Services, Inc., a now-defunct Huntington Beach comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    At Last: The Sriracha Cookbook

    ​We already squeeze gobs of it on our food. Now let's cook some into it, too! LA-based chef Randy Clemens has written The Sriracha Cookook: 50 "Rooster Sauce" Recipes That Pack a Punch, out Jan. 18. Think honey-Sriracha-glazed Buffalo wings, bacon-Sriracha cornbread and peach-Sriracha sorbet. Then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    $3.6 Million Fraud Plot Used Several Mortgages on Same House

    Not the home in question but an amazing facsimile.​A married couple from Fountain Valley and a Newport Coast mortgage broker are scheduled to be arraigned in a Santa Ana courthouse this morning for their alleged roles in a $3.6 million fraud scheme that involved several mortgages being taken out o ... More >>

  • Music

    May 7, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Broccoli, er, Barack Obama Remarks Are Best Served Prepared

    Prepared remarks for a town hall meeting? Isn't that why they used to unload on Bush? No, it was because ol' Dubya's questioners seemed even better briefed than he was. Observers say President Obama truly chose folks at random during his first presidential visit to Southern California and Orange ... More >>