A San Clemente man pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to secretly owning a chain of nine medical marijuana clinics in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Because John Melvin "Pops" Walker has drug-related priors and was caught with firearms, the 56-year-old was looking at the possibility of l ... More >>
Gruff New Yorker attitudes don't last long on the laid-back, breezy streets of Long Beach, but there is always room for a cured-meat-filled, Italian-style sandwich with some East Coast sass. Signal Hill's Rocco's Deli Italiano just opened a second location in the East Village Arts District, and its ... More >>
Unless you've been living under a rock or a parallel dimension, you know this Sunday marks one of the biggest unofficial holidays of the year: the Super Bowl. When the 49ers taken the Ravens Sunday, the 47th edition of the Super Bowl is expected to be one of the most watched events of the year, if n ... More >>
There's usually something borderline awkward about listening to rapper's CD while you're in the car with them. You hope you like it, but what if you don't? What if you can't hide the fact t that you don't like it? The possibility that their anger and disappointment inspiring them step on the gas and ... More >>
Twelve people were arrested this morning for conspiracy to distribute marijuana in a case that federal authorities claim involves a ring of pot dispensaries that operated in both Orange County and Long Beach. A 31-page indictment released by the U.S. attorneys office today claims that the shops--nin ... More >>
Who needs three days what you can get done in two? We're tightening up the OTL format to allow more time to eat out work on other interviews. Art provides a little more insight on his life outside of Roe, then treats us to a fan favorite recipe. Oh, and their dining space is on track to be restauran ... More >>
A couple of chairs flipped right side up in the middle of a gutted dining space. That is how we roll with Chef Gonzalez in his unfinished room, also known as Phase Two in the grand scheme of things at Roe in Belmont Shore. Thanks to some dedicated parking spots, we start our session on time and with ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are black beans of a higher class than Mexican beans?
See end of post for update on drone possibility.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 11, 2:45 P.M.: A reported sighting of a UFO over Huntington Beach has been affirmed . . . in New Mexico.Four unidentified Surf Citizens were looking at random things in the sky through a backyard telescope just after 9:30 p.m. Satur ... More >>
Dozens of Bootlegger's Brewery fans packed the council chambers in Fullerton last night in order to show support for the craft brewery's opening of a tasting room in downtown Fullerton's Soco District. The room was already crowded with a troop of Boy Scouts, two city commissions receiving meritoriou ... More >>
UPDATE: Tomorrow, I have my first book signing for the book at the Fullerton Library's main branch on Commonwealth. 7 p.m.--see you there!ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 2: Gentle readers: it gives me great pleasure to announce the first leg of my book tour for Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. ... More >>
Bob ran late for our interview, so I did the next best thing: Grill his team. Ben, Daniel and Justin were more than happy to share stories between orders. Like this one time, when their Spudrunners luxe lonchera's engine fell out while Daniel drove up the 57. Bob pushed it with his Kia rental, and t ... More >>
Gentle readers: it gives me great pleasure to announce the first leg of my book tour for Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. I'm burning the midnight coal with both ends of the candle's oil (or however that pinche metaphor goes) putting even more street corners on the agenda, but below ... More >>
I'm currently in New Mexico for...something...and the statewide tradition of roasting just-harvested chiles is beginning anew. Last evening, as I drove down the old Route 66 in downtown Albuquerque (now Central Avenue), the sweet-smoky, full-bodied scent of those enchanting pepper pods getting roast ... More >>
Oh, no they did-n't. The style writers at GQ penned a list of of the 40 Worst-Dressed Cities in America. It's filled with stereotypical haterade (and possibly truth?). Our own Newps comes in 29th after other "sartorially-challenged metropolises" including Santa Fe, Vegas an ... More >>
All Hail Kale! (It's the name of their dish, not our exhortation--although kale is good...)In yet another Earth Week celebration special, the gang over at Veggie Grill is holding a Virgin Night this evening from 4-10 p.m. at ALL locations. Before we lose you to your imagination, take a pause to p ... More >>
Not Hiltscher, but SO adorable!In Fullerton, the surname Hiltscher is one of the oldest, one whose holders made their mark on the city in its earlier days. Patriarch August ran a farm off Orangethorpe Avenue; his sons operated the Center Meats butcher shop for decades. August Jr. was a Fullerton ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] Also, hot and sexy Latin chicks on telenovelas!
The BrueryThree months ago, Edwin broke the news that the Bruery, the popular craft cervesería that operates out of an ugly warehouse in a forgotten corner of Placentia, would be opening a brewpub in Placentia's Placita Santa Fe district.Well, that's all correct, except for the brewpub part and ... More >>
Courtesy of the BrueryGot your tickets yet?The Bruery's second anniversary is coming up, weekend after next, and you'll need a ticket for the festivities. They are actually breaking down the party into four-hour chunks, two per day, so they can host as many people as possible without the ridiculo ... More >>
Santa Fe Express Cafe
I'm currently in New Mexico to research for my coming book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. One of the chapters will deal with the Southwestern cooking phenomenon that spread across the country during the late 1980s and early 1990s and has now largely disappeared to the point ... More >>
When you think of the small bar scene clustered in the corner of Fullerton's "SoCo District" (south of Commonwealth) most can agree that it's the only section of downtown where live music truly exists. You've heard plenty about the stages at the Continental Room, Slidebar, Steamers, Stubriks and ... More >>
Yesterday, it was announced that Long Beach psych-rock jam artists Free Moral Agents (pictured) are hitting the road with their El Paso compadres Zechs Marquise. Their tour, which starts November 7 in ZM's hometown, is set to run for about three weeks at this point, with dates to be added shortly ... More >>
Tan Dollar--just last night at the Tribal Cafe in LA!Jessica and Kady Bell, fresh talent (and sisters!) making their OC Weekly debut in our latest issue, told you about Irvine/Tustin's Tan Dollar in Locals Only. They've got a couple of shows coming up this week--tonight in Fullerton at the Santa ... More >>
My chica had never eaten at Cowgirl's Café, a SanTana breakfast institution located in the city's industrial area. We ate there yesterday, one of only a couple of customers on a Monday morning--damn recession. She ordered French toast; I wanted a Santa Fe omelet. Both impressed--a long serrano acco ... More >>
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