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  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    On the Line: Mike Doctulero of Scott's Restaurant & Bar, Part One

    Follow-up meetings with chef subjects often start with sharing something we have in common. In the case of Mike Doctulero, it was his memory of washing the starch from a batch of rice for dinner-- a standard task most Asian kids were trusted with doing. Well-seasoned both in the kitchen and with lif ... More >>

  • Food

    April 10, 2014

    Burrito Madness at Paul's Famous Burgers

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa diner sells a damn-good breakfast burrito

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Rick Bayless Insults Yet Another California City's Mexican Food Traditions

    My lord, does Rick Bayless want all Mexicans in the United States to hate him or something? Back in 2010, the celebrity chef of Mexican food notoriously said Los Angeles didn't have much of a Mexican food tradition, then denied he ever said that while trashing Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Bay Area Researchers Claim Cannabis Can Cure Cancer

    Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes--relieving stress and pain and fighting hunger and nausea--for centuries if not millennia. But now, a pair of doctors in San Francisco claim that they've compiled reliable data showing that a certain compound in cannabis--cannabidiol--may actually cure ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 28, 2013


    Burger Records

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Lou Reed Bows Out of Coachella and Several Other Gigs

    Looks like we won't be hearing any of Lou Reeds Metal Machine Music in Indio this year. The former front man of the Velvet Underground just pulled out of Coachella and scrapped shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Monterrey.

  • Columns

    February 21, 2013

    Are Burritos Supposed to Explode?

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And can you call Mexican women tortas?

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    On The Line: Scott Brandon of LinX, Part One

    Scott Brandon is no stranger to the restaurant scene, but he will be making his Old Towne Orange debut next month, as LinX is ready to rock and roll. Scott made time to answer our burning questionnaire, and well, you've been warned. This chef interview is rated PG-13 for adult language.Your earliest ... More >>

  • Food

    December 13, 2012

    Embarcadero: The San Francisco Treat

    The bistro brings a little bit of the Bay Area to the boonies we call RSM

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Anaheim is Keeping WonderCon For 2013...Suck It San Francisco

    OC comic book nerds can breathe a little easier this week with the announcement that WonderCon has decided to stay in Anaheim for 2013. The event is scheduled for March 29-31.Despite over a year of vacillating over the issue, convention organizers announced on Monday that they would not be returning ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 24, 2012

    The Avengers

    Alex's Bar

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Parade of Cross-Dressing Brides To Invade Long Beach

    ​Now who says we don't provide you with news you can use? If you've always secretly wished you could dress--or cross-dress--in a tacky wedding gown and parade around the streets of Long Beach to demystify the wedding as a manufactured fairytale, this party is for you. Brides of March is happening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    The Five Most Influential Cities in the Development of Mexican Food in the United States

    ​ much-promised book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America finally hits the bookstores next month (April 10), and review copies are slowly making their way around the nation's newsrooms. So I might as well start giving out bits and pieces to entice ustedes to preorder the damn thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Freeway Pollution Linked to Brain Damage, Autism

    ​Robert Lee Hotz of the Wall Street Journal, of all places, put it best: "Congested cities are fast becoming test tubes for scientists studying the impact of traffic fumes on the brain."And what are these researchers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston, New York, North Carolina, Beij ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Top 5 Defining MTV Moments (If You Were A Teen In The '90s)

    ​ Most people who grew up in the early '80s were lucky enough to witness MTV's revolutionary images but for many of us, who were just in grade school at the time, the cutting-edge visuals that appeared before us were too conceptual for us to comprehend. It wasn't until the early '90s (when we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    [UPDATED With Comment From Anaheim Convention Center] WonderCon Moving To Anaheim

    ​UPDATE: July 29, 2011, 7:50 p.m.: In a phone conversation today, Mindy Abel, the Senior Vice President of Convention Sales at the Anaheim Convention Center, clarified that nothing was confirmed regarding the change of venue for WonderCon. "We have been in discussion with Comic-Con International ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    [UPDATED with Ruling:] A Ban on a Circumcision Ban in California?

    UPDATE, JULY 28, 4:04 P.M.: ​Snip away. A Superior Court judge has ruled that the measure to criminalize circumcision in San Francisco violates both the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom, and a California law that makes regulating medical procedures solely a state matter, not a fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    San Francisco Health Officials Ban Restaurant from Selling Grasshopper Tacos

    Flickr user christine zenino​San Francisco is going to play quite a role in my coming book on the history of Mexican food in the United States--and that's all I'm going to say about that right now. But Baghdad by the Bay is in the Mexi-food news right now, because pendejo health inspectors have as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Health Officials Pooh-Pooh Cicada Ice Cream

    ​Earlier today Gustavo shared a story about a San Francisco taco purveyor forbidden by the authorities from serving grasshopper tacos. Meanwhile, CNN reports on a similar story with the video above, essentially the same deal: an ice cream shop owner in Missouri thought that his customers might en ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2011

    The Slow Poisoner

    The Pike Bar

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    California Proposes to Ban Shark's Fin Soup--Is it Anti-Chinese?

    A Hong Kong ad calling for people to stop consuming shark's fin. Bus ads in San Francisco urge the same.​A bill recently introduced in the California Legislature may strip shark's fin soup from Chinese restaurant menus for good. The move shouldn't come as a shock--environmentalists have long fough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Japanese Kids Go Crazy for SpongeBob SquarePants Happy Meal Toys, Or: Why Happy Meals Should Be Banned Everywhere

    Last November, the city of San Francisco banned toys from fast-food kids' meals unless they met certain nutritional requirements, effectively banishing the Happy Meal as we now know it. It's clear from this Japanese McDonald's commercial the real reason why. Turn down the volume on your speakers. Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Teal Wicks, UC Irvine Alum To Star As Elphaba In Broadway's Wicked

    ​Teal Wicks is going green for the role of Elphaba in the Broadway company of Wicked. The UC Irvine alum previously played the emerald-skinned witch in the Los Angeles and San Francisco productions. Video of a Wicked Wicks after the jump.  

  • Calendar

    September 2, 2010

    Chris Mata

    Irvine Improv

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    The New Limb Tour Diaries: Days 1 & 2

    ​(Alt-pop four-piece the New Limb went on tour for the first time EVER this week, so they're sending Heard Mentality missives from the road. They're going to take turns guest blogging; first up is lead singer/guitarist Joey Chavez about Santa Cruz and San Francisco--Ed.)These past two days have be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Train at the OC Fair Over The Weekend

    Mark Stouffer ​​TrainJuly 18, 2010OC Fair It's hard to feel sorry for Pat Monahan, lead singer for the San Francisco-based Train. Sure, the band may have peaked 10 years ago, when its Drops of Jupiter--fueled in large part by the inescapable titular song--sold more than three million copies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Arizona Boycott Won't Affect VVM. Because We're Special

    Flickr user KaCey97007No quarter for Arizona​Arizona has gone all apeshit crazy for documentation to prove an immigrant's legal status, and San Francisco is laying down the law with SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera calling for a total boycott of the state. You hear that, Arizona? You're on San Fran ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2010

    En La Noche

    Museum of Latin American Art

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    The Ferry Building and Costa Mesa "Mix"

    FerryBuildingMarketplace.comFrom San Francisco to Costa Mesa.​To get a flavor of San Francisco while in Costa Mesa, locals go to the Boudin Sourdough Bakery Cafe at Metro Pointe or the Yard House at Triangle Square for an Anchor Steam or their favorite local supermarket for Rice-A-Roni. But that a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 10, 2009

    Weathering the Storm

    Laguna Art Museum

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Gavin Newsom Drops Out of Governor Race

    ​Not OC news, but we are in California: San Fransisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has dropped out of the race to be governor.It now looks like Attorney General Jerry Brown--you know, the crusty guy who used to be governor--faces very little Democratic primary opposition. Meanwhile, the Republican nominatio ... More >>

  • News

    September 17, 2009
  • Music

    August 27, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Street Scene Favorites This Weekend....Any Thoughts?

    ​It's not much, but consider this meager post the first preemptive stitch to our coverage of the Street Scene '09 festival happening in Sand Diego this weekend, Aug. 28-29. Before you say anything, we know that San Diego is not in Orange County. Though it could be argued that some cities at the as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Gettin' Made: Head North This Weekend!

    Folks, I don't know if you realize, but it's summer out there. Aw, but times are too tight to fly somewhere for a little weekend vacation. Time to hit the streets for a crafty road trip to Northern California! Julia McCabe of JnJ Designs will be taking part in Saturday's Design Downtown block party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    TOMORROW: Local Natives and The Union Line at The Gypsy Lounge

    Okay, I guess we all saw this coming. Local Natives have officially changed their origin to Silver Lake on their Myspace page....sigh, okay guys. Well, hopefully you and the OC can still be friends. For those of you who have followed the harmaonizing echoes, rumbling rhythms and spangly guitar chord ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Incoming: Sum 41, Deerhoof, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien at the Glass House (Separately)

    Do you want to waste your time? And, perhaps, become another casualty of society? Well, then you're probably not interested in seeing Sum 41 at the Glass House on March 29. But those of you who are fans would probably be psyched to hear that tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday) at noon, and are only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2008

    LowBallVideoChatter: The Band, "Don't Do It"

    The Time: Thanksgiving, 1976.   The Place: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco.   The Occasion: The final concert by the original lineup of the Band, with a jaw-dropping number of guests (Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008

    Acid Test

    ‘In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor’

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    Bouncy, Trouncy, Flouncy, Pouncy

    ‘Tigers—Tracking a Legend’

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2007

    Costa Mesa Fashion Hits Haight-Ashbury

    Apparel News has an interesting story on Costa Mesa-based RVCA's first retail store which will open in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district in July. Deborah Belgum, senior editor at the publication, writes that "up until now, the company's line of vintage-wash T-shirts, jeans, shorts, fleece hoo ... More >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    Punk for Life

    TKO Records stays in the ring

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006

    Roughed Up on the Waterfront

    Never in a million years would we have thought that our August cover boy and esteemed UC Irvine professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o would suffer indignities and racial profiling in that ethnic melting pot San Francisco, but our pal Rick Reiff—the EE at Orange County Business Journal and host of his ow ... More >>

  • Features

    April 20, 2006

    'I've Had So Much Fun With Cops'

    NOT showing at NBFF: Pray for Me: The Jason Jessee Movie

  • Columns

    March 1, 2001
  • Columns

    November 16, 2000

    Throw the Baum!

    This weeks featured NFL matchup: Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Get soft on Crime

    National group lauds OCs youth-crime prevention program

  • Culture

    May 4, 2000

    Let the Bastards Burn!

    Wait a minute: Thats us in Birks war between the Californias

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