Specialty Eateries

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    John Oliver Kills Pumpkin Spice With Newest Rant

    I've been kind of over pumpkin spice since last year, when the major coffee chains came out with their autumn drinks in August during a Seattle heat wave (they happen, and they're horrible), but I never gotten around to writing one of my rants about it, and now it might be too late. Why? Well, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Seventh Tea Bar to Open at the OC Mart Mix Jan. 2

    Six weeks ago, we told you that the coffee nerds at Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa's OC Mart Mix were going to open a tea bar called Seventh Tea Bar. They were hoping to open this year, but it looks like the holidays are going to intervene; instead, the tea bar, adjacent to the coffee lab, will op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Starbucks Buys Bakery Chain To Make Its Food Better

    It's a common complaint that the food at Starbucks isn't very good--overpriced fodder customers often equate to airplane food if they're being generous. Yesterday, Howard Schultz and company announced they plan to do something about their weakness. They've bought up a San Francisco-based bakery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Cappuccino

    Dave LiebermanKean Coffee's Italian cappuccino​As hard as it may be to believe, I am not a die-hard coffee snob. I do not care to memorize the names of coffee estates as though they were domaines in Bordeaux, I don't trust any place that gives me a palate cleanser before my espresso, and I'm not y ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2011

    Jesse Thomas

    Viento Y Agua

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    Satisfaction's Michael Rosas Acoustic Tonight!

    If you need to get your Satisfaction fix, good news: front man Michael Rosas will be performing tonight at Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, which has to be one of the coziest little coffee houses in Orange County—let alone Newport Beach. Rosas goes on at 9:20 p.m. and he promises to get his "acoust ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2008

    Hot Quirky Freaks

    Au, PWRFL POWER and Parenthetical Girls

  • News

    February 2, 2006


    Xtine Hanson takes on corporate coffee with

  • Culture

    August 28, 2003
  • Features

    August 9, 2001

    Whos Acai Now?

    Eat exotic fruit, surf and save the rain forest