• Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Capital Noodle Bar: Ni Hao, Hainan

    The last time I had a perfect plate of Hainan chicken rice, it was in Singapore at some random hawker center I probably couldn't locate now if you gave me a map. Other than Savoy Kitchen in Alhambra, the undisputed king of Hainan chicken rice in Southern California, I've found very few restaurants h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    "Mr. C" Tom Bosley was Unwittingly Tied to $13 Million Scam Led by Fugitive-Turned-Convictee

    The hammer finally came down this week on a scamster who fled the country 15 years ago when the FBI started investigating his Newport Beach company, which used telemarketers to reach investors into a supposed family-oriented entertainment website whose spokesman was "Mr. C.," the late actor Tom Bosl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    On the Line: Shirley Chung of TWENTY EIGHT, Part One

    Shirley Chung is one busy chef. You may recognize Chung from her stint on Top Chef: New Orleans. Yesterday she wrapped up a cooking demo at the inaugural Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival. Now her focus is on the final touches to get TWENTY EIGHT ready for opening in October. This week, she make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    On the Line: Tarit Tanjasiri of The Crema Cafe, Part Two

    I have a few more inquiries for Tarit before we can sit down and break bread. Read our interview with Tarit Tanjasiri, part one. And now, on to part two . . . Where did you grow up? If you're not from Orange County, what brought you here? Bangkok, Singapore, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, then OC. M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Man Caught Shipping Restricted U.S. Military Jamming Technology To Communist China

    A Chinese national locked in federal custody without bail in Southern California since his December arrest after attempting to transfer restricted military technology to the People's Republic of China (PRC) confessed this month. Exactly what Jian Dai (a.k.a. "Michael Tan") admitted isn't known beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    International Water and Political Leaders to Brainstorm in Newport About Water Reuse

    U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has been invited to participate in a water reuse and wastewater recycling roundtable coming to Newport Beach that is to include America's ambassador to Qatar, a Singapore national water agency official and the chairman of the Orange County Water District board of direct ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 24, 2013

    Halloween Foodtacular

    OC Fairgrounds

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    La Guerrerense: The Most Famous Street Cart In the World For a Damn Good Reason

    How is it possible that we haven't written about La Guerrerense in these pages? Sabina Bandera runs arguably the most famous street stand in the world. Andrew Zimmern was struck (momentarily) speechless; Anthony Bourdain called her seafood Michelin quality; she was invited to Singapore, where she se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Elephants Invade Dana Point!

    Elephants are parading through Dana Point, not to promote a circus but to draw attention to the plight of the endangered Asian elephant species. After debuting together for VIPs at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort Thursday morning, 30 life-size elephant sculptures were sprinkled throughout Dana P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Touche Amore Tell Us Why They'll Never Play Warped Tour

    Looking into the hardcore punk landscape today, if you're an outsider, things tend to get a little confusing. Touche Amore is a post-hardcore band that is changing what it means and sounds like to be a punk band, combing elements of '90s screamo and post-hardcore with an intense work ethic and never ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    On The Line: Shawn Xa Of XA Sweet and Savory Cafe, Part One

    "My cooking is a reflection of my life, very clean and straightforward." To call Shawn Xa confident is an understatement. Tell him what you are looking for in a meal (or not, if you're vegan or gluten-free), and he'll come up with a flavor profile on the spot. Situated across the street from CHOC, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    La Guerrerense's Sabina Bandera Takes on Singapore as Ensenada Represents Mexico at the First Annual World Street Food Congress

    Fresh from an appearance at MesAmerica, Mexico's most prestigious international chef conference founded by Chef Enrique Olvera of the legendary Pujol, our own Sabina Bandera of La Guerrerense has been given the honor of representing Mexico at the 1st annual World Street Food Congress in Singapo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Orange County Woman Caught Smuggling 8-Year-Old Vietnamese Boy Into United States

    Little Saigon's Kathleen Thi Hoang Luong thought she could smuggle another woman's eight-year-old Vietnamese boy into the United States illegally, but she had no covert activity skills.Luong owns a small Garden Grove food catering business.On the night of March 17, 2009, she flew out of Vietnam  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2013

    Chef Javier Plascencia Gets in Touch With His Inner Taquero at Via Mercado

    "Just when I thought I was out--they pull me back in."--Michael Corleone, Godfather Part III. There has been a lot of press about the Baja Med explosion, and Baja fine dining--on both sides of the border--what really makes our hearts flutter here in the U.S. is street food. In trends, you can always ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kim Ji-Woon Make Last Stand at Busan West Film Fest at Chapman

    Getting director Kim Ji-Woon to open the 2013 Busan West Film Festival at Chapman University is enough of a coup, so it's just piling on to consider the star of Kim's debut U.S. feature will also be tagging along.Perhaps you've heard of him: Arnold Schwarzenegger?

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    #JusticeForDamini Locks Arms in Santa Ana and Irvine

    "If there is somebody in this situation or this has happened to them, I think (this vigil) is a great example to them that if they come out and speak up, we have her back, we will stand with her, we will hold her hand, and we will lock arms."-Minu Singh, the founder and honorary director of Sikh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    McDonald's Introduces Lamb Burger; KFC Offers Shrimp Stars; Pizza Hut Creates a Pizza That Squirts

    Depending on how you look at it, the fast food consumers abroad get the best or weirdest stuff from our American chains. Over the past few days there was news that Australian McDonald's has introduced a Lamb Burger (seasoned with oregano and rosemary, topped with a fried egg); the Colonel has s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    The Playground Hosts A Southeast Asian Street Food Night On Aug. 20

    The Playground, never one to leave any stone unturned or cuisine un-tackled, is taking on Southeast Asian food in its latest pop-up. On Aug. 20, sous chef Frank DeLoach will be heading up "Bites: South East Street Food," a casual, night-market-style event featuring dishes "inspired by the deliciousn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Tomorrow: Rob Floyd, Lead Bartender at The Bazaar, To Mix Vintage Cocktails At South Coast Plaza (Plus: A Special Recipe!)

    Devout cocktail enthusiasts not only know how to mix vintage libations, but can tell you the stories behind them. For instance, the Sidecar was first created during World War I in Paris when an American soldier ordered the drink and it was served aboard the sidecar of his motorcycle. The Singapore S ... 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 24, 2012

    On the Line: Phillip Chang of Yogurtland, Part One

    We are used to some unique personalities here at On the Line. Phillip Chang was not only cool, but also calm and collected. I dropped by Yogurtland headquarters in Anaheim to understand his driven personality. What I got was a new level of respect for a pioneer in the frozen yogurt industry. Love hi ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 12, 2012

    Nail Polish: The New Handbags

    [Trendzilla!] Alexander Wang, Sally Hansen, even Spider-Man have their own collections

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Brainfeeder Audio-Visualist Strangeloop Needs Your Help To Make Sci-Fi Short 'Anamnesia'

    ​This past summer, Brainfeeder audio-visual artist Strangeloop--aka David Wexler--released Fields, a beautiful experiment in sight and sound. Now, he's embarking on a new project: a short film/interactive website/gallery show called Anamnesia. It's the sci-fi film he's dreamed of making since he w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Why We Hope Anthony Bourdain's Second Travel Channel Show Will Be Better Than No Reservations

    ​The guy who has the job every foodie wants, Anthony Bourdain, will get a second show called The Layover. A Travel Channel press release announced that the premiere of the new, 10-episode long series will be November 21.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    OC Foodie Fest 2011 Announces Food Truck Lineup

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyLast year's event. ​This is the big one, folks. The Coachella of OC food truck events. Get out your walking shoes, elastic waistbands/maxi dresses and dollar bills. The OC Foodie Fest 2011 is coming to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim in two weeks--Sat., Aug. 27. It' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Care For a Glass of Cold, Refreshing Pee Water?

    Flickr user riebart​With Texas facing a nasty drought, some folks are going deep into the bowels of, well, bowels, for drinking water.  The town of Big Spring is breaking ground on a $13 million plant that will take treated wastewater, normally discharged into a lake or creek, and blend it in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Chomping the Chomp Chomp Truck

    Dave Lieberman​Singaporean food is not exactly commonplace in Orange County; there are exactly zero Singaporean restaurants here, and even Los Angeles is not teeming with stalls dishing up chilli crab, Hainan chicken rice and popiah. So it was exciting to hear of the Chomp Chomp truck, a new, O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Two Truck Events, Two Days, Two Charities

      Photo by Christopher Victorio​Food truck gatherings happen practically every day, but few usually benefit charities. Those happening today and tomorrow do. Today, a so-called "Gourmet on the Go Food Drive Event" is happening at the OCEA (Orange County Employees Association) office in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Carl's Jr. Gets Voted as the Best Burger Singapore?!

    How many burgers can beat this? Let us count the ways...​Singapore is one of the world's great food centers. CNN is one of the world's great news organizations. Together, they have come to a bizarre conclusion: Carl's Jr.'s Portobello mushroom burger is the best on the island.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Rustica To Open At Fashion Island In June

    Irvine Company​Grant MacPherson, a chef whose cooking experience has included stints at The Raffles Hotel in Singapore to the James Beard house in New York, is opening a new restaurant called Rustica in Newport Beach's Fashion Island. His menu will feature modern Italian, such as Peppered Beef Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Vietnam Shoots Down Loretta Sanchez's Travel Hopes

    Vietnam has a Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy too​Saving itself a couple of news cycles of international embarrassment, Vietnam has denied a visa to Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who had been traveling in Asia and hoped to enter the country to meet with disgruntled citizens who say the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Chinese, Part 2

    Arguably the most familiar Chinese regional cuisine in the United States, Cantonese food got its start with the first Chinese immigrants to San Francisco. At that point they had to make do with what ingredients were available to them. Cantonese food in the US isn't like that anymore.tracyhunter @ fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Sharpies and Coffee Cups and Mr. Boey

    Photos Courtesy of Cheeming Boey​Boyishly grinning in his black hoodie and jeans, artist Cheeming Boey easily blended into the crowd at Laguna Art Museum's OsCene. (Read Dave Barton's review of the whole exhibit here.) Yet, his exhibit--simply titled "Sharpie on Styrofoam Cup"--stole the spotlight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Esty Seller SouZouCreationsComplete with veggies and seafood--and a floating pair of chopsticks, of course. $12.50.​Another week of eating, recipes, crime and general food-related goodness has come and gone at Stick a Fork in it, and with Grace off on a vacation, I'm standing in for a roundup of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Häagen-Dazs Serves Sushi Ice Singapore

    Photo from Keropok Man​ Move over Farrell's. Eat your heart out B&R ice cream cakes. I have seen the next ice cream fad and it is sushi ice cream, which looks more fun to eat than Dibs and a whole lot prettier, too. The rice is made of macadamia ice cream; the nori belts are strips of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Five Foods First Eaten Out of Desperation

    Certain foods are obviously tasty just from the look; ripe strawberries, rice and rabbits all look delicious. Certain foods don't look delicious, but are close enough to delicious-looking food to understand how humankind got started eating it; bitter melon, cow's milk and Seville oranges fall into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Wacky Snacks: Zooland & Carland Printed Biscuits

    ​ So it's been a while since we've done one of these "Wacky Snacks" posts.  It was put on hiatus not because there was a lack of "Wacky Snacks" out there, but because it takes a lot of time to produce an episode, er, blog post, what with the picture taking and ingredient li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2009

    Best News EVER? LA's Mozza Might Be Coming to OC

    ​This really is the most exciting thing I've heard in a long time.According to the LA Times' Daily Dish, Mozza is considering expanding its brood into the OC. No word yet on whether we're talking Osteria or Pizzeria or--dare we even think it?--both.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Singapore Burger King Ad. Tasteless? Maybe. Successful? Absolutely.

    Just a short Friday post here.  What you see above is a Burger King advertisement currently running in Singapore that's been getting all sorts of tongues wagging (double entendre intended) over the last month. The blogosphere has been aghast about how "tasteless" it is. Ever the moral compass, ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Too Much for a Tuesday: Lenka, Speach Impediments, Steelwells and more

    I'm torn...and confused. Is a Tuesday night in Orange County supposed to be this good? This diverse? Driving through city borders in Central and South Counties offers plenty in the way of eclectic sonic energy. Tonight's assorted showcases offer everything from flirty Coachella-esque pop (sorry, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Coming Soon To Diamond Jamboree: Ajisen Ramen

    I mentioned in the Tokyo Table review that ran a few weeks ago that Ajisen Ramen is coming to Diamond Jamboree. Now, they've put up a few signs that gives away the location. It will be directly across Guppy Tea House, next to a beauty salon, and the first store you'll encounter on your right as y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2008

    New Flavor at Beard Papa's in Costa Mesa

    Unless you follow foodie bulletin boards and blogs, chances are you haven't heard of or had a Beard Papa's cream puff. That goes double if you don't normally venture out of Orange County, where there are only two outlets of this Osaka-based chain. There's one at Santa Ana's MainPlace Mall, and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007
  • Film

    May 24, 2007


    Its the end of the world as they know it, and the pirates feel fine

  • Features

    June 22, 2006

    Open-Air Cinema

    Watch movies outside? Where?

  • Columns

    June 15, 2006

    Commie Girl

    Burning Down the House: Al Gore lights our fire

  • Film

    April 1, 1999

    Beyond Politics

    Asian fest films get personal

  • Columns

    October 8, 1998

    The Straight Guy at the Gay Pool Party

    And other tales from the political season

  • Features

    September 10, 1998

    Give It the Old College Guide*

    The finer (and lesser) points of local institutions

  • News

    August 20, 1998

    Fringe Benefits

    Web gives all gubernatorial candidates a forum

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