Athlete, handyman, air traffic controller. Our subject of the week has no shortage of skills, but family man is his preferred job. He shares memories about both his parents, plus gives advice about where not to fight in today's installment. Read our interview with David Paul Fune of Splashes, Part ... More >>
Chef Justin Miller isn't one to hobnob with guests; he spends his time perfecting the menu at Pizzeria Ortica. He grew up a water baby, but learned cooking was his real passion. The importance of food was instilled early in his life, making for some great stories in this week's OTL. Could you elabo ... More >>
The big food story in Southern California this weekend was the West-Coast debut of Keizo Shimamoto's Ramen Burger. If you're just tuning in, no, it's not a restaurant; it's simply what it sounds like: a burger that's sandwiched between two grilled hockey-pucks of ramen. The blogger introduced it a ... More >>
Don The Beachcomber
We try our best to meet up with OTL subjects in person. But in the case of James Nunn, it wasn't possible. His responses are succinct; his personality a bit snarky. Jimmy's may be under construction, but this former Guttermouth musician is ready to rock. Tell us about the cuisine at Jimmy's. How wi ... More >>
A map to all of our fine craft breweries, liquor stores and pubs pouring the good stuff!
While this Forker knows she's not tall, I felt exceptionally space-efficient meeting up with Dino McDonough of the growing Slater's franchise. It's no wonder; as he's six-foot-three, I was content to sit on the raised bench in the Huntington Beach locale to conduct our interview. He's been with t ... More >>
Wikipedia CommonsDon't worry, this kinkajou is yawning.Just to be clear, a kinkajou is not a sex act performed in the back alleys of Thailand. It's the South American cousin to the raccoon. And one wandering near a Santa Ana elementary school was scooped up in October.After brief stays at county ... More >>
Flickr user namillionaireeBetween infographics on Flamin' Hot Cheetos and much more, it's been quite a week on your favorite infernal blog. Best of the week after the jump!
Myspace.comSan Diego-based drone-pop duo Crocodiles--comprised of Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell (and sometimes accompanied by three other members)--met as teenagers in their local punk scene about 10 years ago. They became best friends and put out their debut album, Summer of Hate (Fat Possu ... More >>
But what's been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty
The Transworld Surf magazine-sponsored, race/scavenger hunt livened up the Ritz-Carlton pool
The thing about the North Park Music Thing, explains founder Kevin Hellman, is that he wants the two-day festival in San Diego to be as regional as SXSW. And some day, maybe bigger. "The first year it was called North by North Park, but the folks in Austin (home of SXSW) threatened to su ... More >>
San Diego Comic-Con is a week away, but it's not too early to start strategizing about what you should see when you're there. Especially if you've seen the size of the event's program schedule.But there's no reason to battle eye strain. We've put together a list of the 10 comic-related events to ... More >>
So much for another online media empire thingy.
Democrats around the nation are feeling a lot of ire at America's electoral system lately. Even though Dems have still got a 59-41 majority in the U.S. Senate, the election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown means they won't be able to get health-care reform--which was crazy-close to being p ... More >>
The Hype: After winning the "Best Pop" category at the San Diego Music Awards last year, the members of The Silent Comedy have been hard at work on a new album. For LA (formerly OC) band Mississippi Man, the completion of their album, The Snake Oil Sales Men, early last ... More >>
Not Deleica Holt's campaign poster but her booking photo.Delecia Holt, 48, of Aliso Viejo, ran as a Republican in special elections to replace Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach), who left Congress in 2005 to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-San Dieg ... More >>
Long Beach Convention Center
The original line-up of one of Southern California's first punk bands, the Zeros, is playing Alex's Bar in Long Beach Aug. 21. Before punk became synonymous with mohawks and chains, the genre was like a sped-up version of '60s bubblegum rock (basically, what the Ramones did). The Chula Vista -bas ... More >>
Ska is Dead Tour
Newport Beach/Costa Mesa-centric blog A Bubbling Cauldron breaks news this morning that ex-Daily Pilot publisher Tom Johnson and ex-Pilot editor/LA Times journo/current Orange Coast columnist/impending book whore Bill Lobdell are teaming up to start a new community pub that will cover the two burgs, ... More >>
Review by Reza Allah-Bakhshi Album Leaf Detroit Bar February 21, 2008 Better Than: Wishing you could inherit Jimmy Lavalle's talent simply by touching him. Download: “On Your Way” vid by Album Leaf I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a rainy Thursday night than to kick back with a br ... More >>
Or, How I learned to stop worrying and love sleep deprivation, huge crowds and wonderful toys
Well that sucks. Los Angeles Times pop culture reporter Geoff Bouche was covering the con when he got jumped on a sidewalk in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. He writes: "In the 15 years I have been writing for The Times, I have covered wildfires, riots, gang murders and plenty of other mayhem. I never ... More >>
LYT crashed (OK, was invited to) last night's Lionsgate party on the roof of San Diego's Ivy hotel. He got pictures of a host of celebs, including Jessica Alba, Vinnie Jones and SAW director Darren Lynn Bousman (below). Click the photo to see those and more.
This is the real ghost train. San Diego, Wednesday night, downtown, after dark. All that's here is a smattering of oases of light, from cheap drug stores to greasy spoons offering a "really big Taco Plate" for $3.50. The streets, for now, are mostly empty, and those riding the trolley around you ar ... More >>
WEB EXCLUSIVE! How to have the maximum amount of fun at Comic-Con
San Diego has no business in San Diego County. At least, that's what their City Council seems to think. In our Best "Best of OC" Issue yet, Dave Wielenga eloquently described one of the major problems with the Save Trestles campaign: apathy. Surfers and the surf industry pay lip service to their be ... More >>
If you're not doing anything today, drive down to San Diego, where Fullerton Republican Congressman Ed Royce will chair hearings on the illegal-alien menace. Scheduled to appear, according to the Orange County Register, will be our Anti-Immigrant All-Stars, the folks (of all ethnicities, as they lov ... More >>
Special Summer Festival Edition: You are the star!
San Diego wakes up, finds an Orange County freeway in its yard
10News San Diego is my hero of the day. On April 9-10 they aired an editorial on the proposed Foothill-South (241) toll road extension. The station's vice president and general manager Derek Dalton speaks for just over sixty seconds on the Transportation Corridor Agencies' plan, the Attorney Genera ... More >>
Rebecca Schoenkopf takes on the presidents drug war
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Or, how I learned to stop worrying and hate the wall