• Food

    March 6, 2014

    Nice Food Restaurant: More Soup

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurants focuses on Taiwanese food, with Chinese favorites as well

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    The Best Dive Bars to Drink at in Your Neighborhood

    As you may have noticed, we can't stop yapping about our largest issue of the year, Best Of 2013, and we're not done yet. A chunk of our Food & Drink awards go to awesome neighborhood, hole-in-the-wall and dive bars around the county each year. South County, North County, Coastal--even Long Beach--t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 26, 2013


    Shanghai'd Room

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    No. 90, Salted Egg With Bitter Melon & Scrambled Egg at Tasty Noodle House

    Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!! Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Din Tai Fung Is Coming To South Coast Plaza

    Oh, yes. Din Tai Fung, purveyor of the famed Shanghai-style xiao long bao soup dumplings that burst in your mouth upon consumption, is coming to South Coast Plaza. Arcadia's Best reports that the 8,000 square-foot restaurant won't be here until April 2014. Sigh. Still, SCP sounds like an ideal spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Eat This Now: Salted Egg With Bitter Melon & Scrambled Egg at Tasty Noodle House

    Tasty Noodle House's specialties are vast and all-encompassing. There's everything from Shanghai soup dumplings to stinky tofu to cold noodles slicked oily with peanut sauce. There are delicate, greaseless fried fingers of fish seasoned with seaweed and snakegourd simmered in a thickened clear gravy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Saveur's "150 Classic Recipes" Has Unexpected Depth

    Have you seen what Saveur has done? To commemorate their 150th issue, they've put out an indexed list of "150 Classic Recipes" from old issues. Normally, this wouldn't have gotten my attention. I figured it'd have, you know, the usual mac-n-cheese, Zuni Cafe's roast chicken, yadda yadda. But wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    Great Park Indie Film Series Opens Tonight with Shorts and Ends Nov. 15 with Fishbone

    Independent cinema seems to be popping up everywhere, even in an uncompleted park that remains Orange County's largest public works project.Witness the weekly Independent & Inspired Film Series, which debuts this evening at the Orange County Great Park, skips a Thursday (Oct. 11) and then picks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2012

    Apartment in Athens, Nazi Drama from Italy, is Big Winner of Newport Beach Film Fest Awards

    Wait, there's more: And the Other Newport Beach Film Festival Awards Go To . . .Apartment in Athens was the big winner of jury awards at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival, which officials say was attended by about 52,000 patrons between April 27-May 3, about the same as last year. Weekly picks H2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2012

    And the Other Newport Beach Film Fest Awards Go To ...

    As you can read here . . .Apartment in Athens, Nazi Drama from Italy, is Big Winner of Newport Beach Film Fest Awards. . . NBFF awards have been dished out for the weeklong cinextravaganza that ended Thursday night. But, like American television producers, I feel even more awards need to be bestowed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    The "World's 50 Best" List Is Published, Is Usual Steaming Pile of Irrelevance

    Oh, look, this year's edition of "The World's 50 Best Restaurants", sponsored by San Pellegrino and its subsidiary Acqua Panna, has come out. Cue the precious online debates and the bored yawns from the rest of the world.Ranked lists of the best anything are patent bollocks: they necessarily reflec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: How Can I Request a Re-Review?

    From Irene in the Land of the Intermittent Showers:My family recently took over an upscale Chinese bistro in downtown Portland, Oregon. We just had our first review by our local free weekly paper, Willamette Week, and it's a bad one. We feel it was not a true and fair review of what we are, and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Newport Beach Film Fest Opens Tonight, But You Never Would Have Thunk It Days Ago

    The week-long 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival opens tonight with a Big Newport presentation of Jewtopia, one of 16 world premieres at the 13th annual event, followed by the boozy, schmoozy opening night gala at Fashion Island.However, to be in the busy festival offices across from John Wayne Airpor ... More >>

  • Film

    April 19, 2012

    Newport Beach Film Festival's Social Network

    A curated sample of socially relevant offerings at the 2012 festival

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Ten Great Chinese Restaurants in Orange County

    ​Orange County doesn't have the San Gabriel Valley, lined end-to-end with great Chinese restaurants. We do, however, have Irvine, which is where most of these recommendations are, and where you can eat well from just about any region of China.As with all these sorts of lists, there will be the ine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    CNNGo Publishes First Ever Worthy National-Media List of Chinese Restaurants

    ​Whenever I read a best-of list in the national media, I wince internally. They're usually either cobbled together by looking at the Internet and seeing which ones are mentioned most often--which results in a kind of small-scale Zagat guide, prone to the hype machine--or they're put together by pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Jollibee Sign for Anaheim Location Up!

    Hope the Chris & Pitts sign it replaced is being taken care of--but it's probably in a landfill :-(​Maybe it's only me and Edwin who are totally pumped about the Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee coming to Anaheim, but whatever! We're nerds for Filipino food, which doesn't nearly get enough ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    On The Line: Wing Lam of Wahoo's Fish Taco, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​One-third of the founding brothers behind Orange County's quick-casual eatery simply known as Wahoo's is not just On The Line, but on the go. We accompany Wing in the carpool lane one afternoon as he reflects on his education and passion for cooking to the masses. Buckle up ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 8, 2011

    Author Lisa See

    Newport Beach Library

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Ajisen Ramen Busted By Chinese Authorities For Lying About Soup

    Photo by Keith May​Typically when you hear about food scandals in China, it's dire stuff, dangerous stuff that endangers lives. This one, by comparison, seems like a minor drop in the bucket; but it is making waves just the same. Ajisen Ramen, the giant ramen chain which has 588 stores in China (a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    American Airlines Now Sponsoring Fortunes in Chinese Fortune Cookies

    ​Two nights ago, my family and I went to Shanghai Palace in Torrance to celebrate my dad's birthday. As we reached the end of the meal, the waitress handed us our obligatory fortune cookies. Exciting! As I opened up the plastic wrapper, I wondered what fate would be revealed on that two-inch white ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Soup Dumplings in Mini-Tart Tins: Why Hasn't Anyone Else Thought of This?

    ​Ocean Star, in LA's new Chinatown in Monterey Park, now serves Shanghai-style soup dumplings, called 小籠包--xiao long bao. The problem with most services of soup dumplings is that they arrive four or eight to an order still in the steamer basket, and the act of transferring them to a spoon, d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Mall Food Court Turo-Turo: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

    Dave Lieberman​I don't know why it never occurred to me that Filipino turo-turo ("point-point") food is a perfect fit for a mall food court. You almost never see Filipino food in malls, even though you see takes on Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian.

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2010

    Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi

    Cerritos Center

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Chinese, Part 4

    I desperately wanted to do a piece on Qinghai food in the area, given the news recently; I figured they may have relatives back home to support, but unfortunately Qinghai is not renowned for its food; not a single place could I find that sells niangpi (dough cakes) or caterpillar fungus (ranked with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Deep End Dining's Eddie Lin's First Book Out In Stores Today

    Photo Courtesy of Eddie Lin​You may have seen, heard, or read Eddie Lin before. That was him you saw chomping pig's ear and nibbling crickets with the jolly-Buddha-meets-cueball Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern on the Los Angeles episode of Bizarre Foods. That was him you heard regaling NPR li ... More >>

  • Film

    August 28, 2008
  • Food

    August 2, 2007

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Film

    July 12, 2007

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the Week: Caddyshack

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines & Surprises

    Top U.S. Secrets to Crooks, Idiots and Dopers: The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C., reports this morning that the Pentagon, the guys running the Iraq War, now want Congress to allow national security clearances for government employees who are “ex-convicts, drug addicts and mentally incompeten ... More >>

  • Film

    May 10, 2007

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the Week: Superstar in a Housedress

  • Film

    April 19, 2007

    Ten for the Money

    There are more than 182 features at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Here are 10 weve seen

  • Culture

    March 1, 2007

    A Great Mystery

    Many of the artisans are anonymous, but the influence of "Treasures From Shanghai" is undeniable

  • Food

    August 10, 2006

    Cock & Bull

    Eating bull penis at Pho Nguyen Hue

  • Food

    August 3, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from OC's best damn dining guide

  • News

    June 29, 2006

    Twisted Sister City

    Irvine shanghais Taiwan

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2006

    Irvine Wants Communist $$$ for the Great Park?

    The controversy surrounding Irvine's new "Sister City" relationship with Communist officials in Shanghai and the bizarre snub of democratic Taiwan began with numerous "irregularies," including breaches of protocol, "odd" outside influences and possible "deliberate deception," according to a June 21 ... More >>

  • Film

    May 4, 2006

    Cruise in Control

    The Syracuse kid saves the world in style

  • Food

    February 2, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This Week in Belated Happy Lunar New Year!

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2006

    Google Dolls

    The other day, while getting the website that mirrors your favorite OC alt.-weekly pub ready for ya'all, Clockworken noticed something interesting upon opening Gustavo Arellano's popular column !Ask a Mexican! (Special Cesar Chavez Edition). Along the top of the virtual page was a Google advertiseme ... More >>

  • Food

    January 19, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    369 SHANGHAI:

    1, 2, 3 Eat

  • Film

    December 22, 2005

    New Film Reviews

    Bluffmaster, Wolf Creek, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Fun With Dick and Jane, Mrs. Henderson Presents, The Ringer, Rumor Has It, The White Countess

  • Food

    November 10, 2005
  • Culture

    October 20, 2005
  • Columns

    December 30, 2004
  • Film

    August 12, 2004

    Genetically Modified Desire

    In Michael Winterbottoms Code 46, science decides who you love

  • Columns

    January 15, 2004

    Whos Your Daddy?

    Its Rebecca Schoenkopf!

  • Food

    October 23, 2003

    Dog Day Cafe

    Stephen Lemons Lies Down with Dogs and Gets Pleased

  • Film

    November 16, 2000

    I Cover the Waterfront

    Love and mermaids in Suzhou River

  • Film

    April 6, 2000

    Ethnic Fare

    Foreign films survive Newport festival shake-up

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