South America

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Ramen Samurai Returns to Battle Ninjas in Manchester

    Remember Nissin's Ramen Samurai from when he did battle in Brazil? Well, he's back, and this time he's doing battle in Manchester. And he's not just fighting some random street tough. No, this time the ramen company has him squaring off against three ninjas during what looks like a soccer half time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Another Year, Another Decadence: An Overview

    Another year, another Decadence, and what an event it was: Over 40 Orange County vendors set up their table cloths, heat lamps and tiny plastic plates for approximately 2,000 guests this past weekend at our 11th annual food festival. For all you crazy cats who missed the feasting, the slideshow will ... More >>

  • Food

    September 4, 2014

    El Portón Colombiano Has Paisa Power

    [Hole In the Wall] This Huntington Beach restaurant offers great Colombian grub

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Sneak Peek at Decadence 2014 Vendors!

    Our 2014 Decadence party will be here before you know it - and we still have tickets available! Yet we think it best to give you a little preview of what this year's food ball has to offer...

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Watch a Brazilian Reporter Fail at Pranking Mexican Soccer Hands with Not-So-Hot Sauce

    Seems like Brazil just can't win against Mexico lately. First, the ran up against great wall of Ochoa, and now they can't even prank people correctly. A Brazilian reporter took the streets earlier this week to try to prank some Mexican soccer fans into eating some obscenely hot salsa. The only prob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Tustin's Acai Republic Takes You Back to Brazil

    Acai Republic, a tiny, one-counter Tustin Brazilian juice bar flanked by a small movie theater and an MMA gym, serves the kind of food that Orange County needs during the cruel Southern Californian Winters. How else are people supposed to deal with the bright sun and mid-70s temperatures without chi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 9, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Toshiro Konishi: Guru of Peruvian-Japanese Cuisine

    Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of world cooking. Today, she interviews Toshiro Konishi, one of Peru's most famous chefs. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Video: Molotov Are the Mexican"Jägermeisters"

    Molotov may not be Jägers, but they are definitely "meisters" (masters) when it comes to their music. Since 1995, the quartet from Mexico City has raised desmadre everywhere they go. From Buenos Aires Argentina to Moscow Russia, Molotov captivates the crowds with songs filled of controversy, satire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Fresh Kabobs Replaces Renzo's A Taste of Peru

    Renzo's A Taste of Peru was beloved by its cult, but its location stank. The storefront might as well be hidden under a rock. Most who come to the parking lot where it stood until it closed suddenly last year ignore it for the food court which anchors the plaza.

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Mesamerica 2013: Dispatch by Geeta Bansal, Part 1!

    Every week, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of world cooking. Today, she regales us with a dispatch from Mesamerica 2013, one of the world's premier chef conferences. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    On The Line: Tony Lu Of The Slummin' Gourmet - Part Two

    This week's chef/husband/father looks back on his employment that inspired The Slummin' Gourmet. We also learn about the (soon-to-be) newest addition to the TSG family. Read our interview with Tony Lu of The Slummin' Gourmet, Part One. And now, on to Part Two . . . What did you do prior to runni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Geeta Bansal Interviews Virgilo Martinez, Peru's Newest Chef Star

    Every Monday, Clay Oven Irvine executive chef/owner Geeta Bansal shares an interview that she's done with some of the heavyweights of European cooking. Today, she regales us with a visit to Peru, where Virgilio Martinez is currently the toast of the country's cooking scene. Enjoy!

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    NBFF Latino Showcase: Newport Goes Tropical with Tropicalia

    WHERE MY LATINOS AT?! Wednesday night, they were being celebrated for their recent achievements in cinema at Newport Beach Film Festival's Latino Showcase through three spotlight films from Mexico, Chile, and Brazil at the Lido, Triangle, and Big Newport theaters, respectively. While I wish I coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Greg Long, OC Weekly People Issue Star, Wins Big Wave World Tour Crown

    Greg Long, the San Clemente big wave rider who recently starred in OC Weekly's inaugural People Issue, has been crowned the winner in this year's Big Wave World Tour contest. The event, now in its fourth year, was cancelled after just three of five rounds (in Todos Santos, Baja California and P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Student Nurse Accidentally Kills Patient By Injecting Her With Coffee Instead Of IV Fluid

    Coffee addicts may long for a java IV-drip but there is now proof that this is a very bad idea. A student nurse in Brazil has been indicted for involuntary manslaughter after accidentally injecting a patient with coffee instead of IV fluid. The patient, 80-year-old Palmerina Pires Ribeiro, died ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    On the Line: Arthur Gonzalez of Roe Restaurant & Fish Market, Part One

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2012

    Bomba Estéreo


  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Ana Tijoux Spotlights Chile's Student Protests in 'Shock' Music Video

    ​Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux debuted her video "Shock" yesterday to audiences across the globe. The song is the lead single off of Tijoux's forthcoming sophomore album La Bala, which features collaborations with Jorge Drexler and Cuban rappers Los Aldeanos and is due for release on January 31. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Pilar Díaz Checks in from Chile (and Talks About the Los Abandoned Reunion Show)!

    On site in Santiago filming a new music video for 'La Vitrola'​ While Southern California has been slugging through an often humid summer full of music events and festivals, singer-songwriter Pilar Díaz has been chillin' in Chile as inverted seasons make the country a winter wonderland. Hard at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Festival Colombiano O.C. Gets Its Empanada On

    ¡Co-lom-BIA!​Celebration of Colombia's Independence Day officially kicked off ten days early on Sunday at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim with the Festival Colombiano O.C. The day-long event featured food & drink stands, gift booths, musical stylings, and more sombreros volteados than you could s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Report: Pasta the Most Popular Dish in the World

    ​Grand, overarching summations derived from research papers must always be viewed skeptically, but the global organization Oxfam is well-regarded for its research, and its only real agenda is feeding folks, something they've been working on since the 1940s. They know a bit about global food trends ... More >>

  • Food

    April 28, 2011

    At Renzo's, Life Is a Ceviche

    Surfer Renzo Macchiavello creates Incan favorites in Irvine

  • Calendar

    April 21, 2011
  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    CSS Are Recharged and Ready to Rock

    The Brazilian new rave combo is back in SoCal looking for 'something crazy'—and Double-Doubles

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2011


    The Glass House

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Five Words That Signify a Foodstuff in One Latin American Country, But a Crude Term for 'Vagina' in Another

    Flickr user neoliminalStarbucks' original logo: Perhaps the most-graphic American corporate example of vagina-as-sweet-food EVER​Ya gotta love Latinos. Even though we share the same language (except for those retrograde Brazilians and pinche indios), regional variations lead to more than a few sni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Ana Tijoux: Chile's Grammy Nominated Rapera

    Courtesy of Nacional Records​ Chile, the longest and thinnest country in our hemisphere, has culturally gifted the world in literature, poetry and music. After all, it is the land of Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda and Violeta Parra. For the past couple of decades in Chile, the legacy of artful lan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Win Tickets to Tango Buenos Aires Dance Performance on Saturday

    ​The tango is one of Latin America's most sensual and enduring contributions to the world of art. Tango Buenos Aires will bring their dramatic-yet-sophisticated brand of Argentinean dance to the Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa this Saturday. "The Fire and Passion of Tango" features intri ... More >>

  • Food

    January 6, 2011

    Colombian Cuisine Back In OC!

    [Hole In the Wall] Colombian Cuisine at Mitzi's Kountry Kitchen in Laguna Hills reintroduces the hearty South American cuisine to OC stomachs

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Meat Me in Buenos Aires: A Parrilla Report in Photos

    Michelle Woo ​There's one major tragedy in traveling to Argentina. You'll probably never be able to fully enjoy American steak again.  I just returned from my two-week honeymoon and despite the country's stunning scenery, insane nightlife and raging political culture, when anyone asks me abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Piaggio on Wheels Continuing to Class Up the Luxe-Lonchera Experience

    ​Take a look at the photo and try to figure out exactly what it has to do with the headline. A clue, then the answer, after the jump!

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Lollapalooza Goes to Chile

    Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyPerry Farrell​Say you were going to be in Santiago, Chile on April 2 and 3 next year. That would mean you'd be able to go to the first ever Lollapalooza held abroad!Throughout its history Lollapalooza has toured the country many times, but this is a first. Mastermind Perr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Wacky Snacks: D'Onofrio Pezi Duri Lucuma Ice Cream

    Edwin GoeiName: D'Onofrio Pezi Duri Lucuma Ice Cream Origin: Peru Found at: Aji Limon, Buena Park Cost: $10 Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Milk Whey, Lucuma Flour, Milk Protein, Skimmed Milk, Glucose, Emulsifiers (Mono and diglycerides, Guar Gum, Garrofin Gum, Carragee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    True Food Kitchen in Fashion Island Sets Opening Date​Remember True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island? I wrote about it back in January. Well, the projected Spring 2010 opening date has come and gone, but this week, there was a press release that the restaurant--which touts itself as "celebrating high quality, locally-sourced ingredients ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 8, 2010

    Destination: Venezuela

    Museum of Latin American Art

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2010

    En La Noche

    Museum of Latin American Art

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    July 16, 2009
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    March 19, 2009
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    August 21, 2008
  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    En Fuego

    Tango Fire

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2007

    Pumped Up On Reading

    Many, many books get delivered to the Weekly. Some of them are likely Very Important Books that Very Serious Thinkers would spend much time mulling over. But some of them are little escapist gems of chick lit, my own frothy, guilty pleasure. I've been scooping up books from the receptionist's office ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 30, 2005

    Hey! Its You!

    Selling your childhood back to you

  • Music

    May 27, 2004
  • Film

    January 22, 2004

    All the News Thats Not Fit to Print

    Press consolidation, foreign correspondence and the Venezuelan coup

  • Music

    January 8, 2004
  • Food

    June 27, 2002

    Vamos, Vamos a Reginas

    Food, soccer and more of each

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