[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexican cholos dress like gang members?
The cronut craze has inspired some knock-offs, most of them just renamings of the same croissant-donut formula. But now even the corporations are getting into the game. Starbucks in the UK has introduced something called the "Duffin", its attempt at cross-breeding breakfast pastries. What is "duffi ... More >>
UC Irvine Police are looking for a pervert. No, that's not an insight into officers' personal lives but a warning to the campus community about a white man, age late 50s to early 60s, who has been bothering females who appear to be college students in and around UCI.
'Give us five minutes, and we'll change the world'
If you weren't reading this article, would you have even noticed that certain Starbucks drinks will have cost 10 more cents this week than last week? The price of some beverages at the coffee giant will see an increase effective tomorrow, June 25, the first price change in about two years. It will ... More >>
Wake up and smell the calories! Beginning next week, all Starbucks nationwide will begin posting calorie counts on the menu ahead of the federal mandate that will go into effect later this year. The company is already required to do so at New York stores and calorie counts for its drinks and food ... More >>
It ain't free, but compared to what Starbucks charges, it is. Burger King, in efforts to promote their new line of coffee by Seattle's Best (which is owned by Starbucks, if you didn't already know), is offering a small 12-ounce cup of either their hot or iced coffee for 25-cents.
MSNBC reports that a 66-year-old woman has lost 85 pounds by eating all her meals at her local Starbucks. She has an oatmeal and coffee in the morning, and resorts to those pre-packaged boxed meals in the display fridge for her lunch and dinner. It's all about those nutritional labels, she says. It ... More >>
After a night spent out late on Sixth Street or in the pulsating, mind-altering nightclub known as Clássico, the body needs two things: restorative caffeine, and something chile-spiked and offal-y. The latter is easily found anywhere in downtown Tijuana, with menudo and birria practically bursting ... More >>
For a little over a year, Portola Coffee Lab has been educating, surprising and inspiring the caffeine-deficient in OC and beyond, prompting java lovers to hang up their Starbucks mugs for good. The Costa Mesa shop has surely won us over with its specialty beans and unique brewing processes--check o ... More >>
Wired Magazine equated the $25 million investment the coffee giant recently made to a mobile startup called Square to when eBay decided to partner with a little startup called PayPal.The techies are gabbing about how big a deal this is for Square, vaulting them to "it" status with the words "game-ch ... More >>
The library is a wonderful place of information and literary gems to be enjoyed by all. Well, all except those who stink up the place with their rank-ass BO. Last night, the Newport Beach City Council approved a new policy that allows employees to order people to leave for a "lack of per ... More >>
Starbucks got Americans hooked on coffee--can they do the same with tea? The coffee empire is opening its first Tazo tea store in Seattle this October. Bloomberg reports that the shop will offer more than 80 varieties of loose-leaf tea, priced by the ounce, and feature a tea station where custo ... More >>
Fresh from what seem like a victory against the "pink slime" beef, now there's some controversy about what Starbucks is starting to put in their Strawberry Frappuccinos.The substance is called cochineal extract, which is a food coloring made from crushed bugs. It's not new. Also known as carmine, ... More >>
By 2010, Southern California home building executive James E. Lockington lost 99 percent of his $14,500 monthly income, short sold his house to prevent foreclosure, loaded his credit cards with debt and moved into his sister's house to avoid becoming homeless, but Superior Court Judge Ronald P. K ... More >>
Last week was opening day for John Wayne Airport's newest arrival, the Anaheim Ducks Breakaway Bar & Grill. Located in expanded Terminal C, between Southwest Gates 18 and 19, passengers can leisurely await flights with cocktails, sandwiches and flat-screen televisions. We scored a booth overl ... More >>
flickr user Yosuke HasegawaAn Irvine-based doctor who allegedly did his shady business transactions at Starbucks was arrested last night after a year-long investigation.Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, 43, allegedly met with more than 10 "patients" a night -- usually at a Starbucks -- and wrote them pres ... More >>
Starbucks good, DUI bad...If you manage to scrape yourself off the floor after a rousing Cinco de Mayo, stumble into your nearest Starbucks for a sobering happy hour. Reusable mug, coupons, and secret phrases not required.Starting Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 15, participating stores will ha ... More >>
Flickr user b r e n tMany of ustedes are probably going through John Wayne Airport for points north and east this week, probably munching on food you brought with you from home lest you get ripped off at Mickey D's or Starbucks. Many of you are hoping that the Orange County Board of Supervisors a ... More >>
Original image: heidigoseek @ flickr.com CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Ding-dong, the witch is dead, the witch is dead, the witch is dead...The Baker's Square on Harbor Blvd. in Garden Grove closed at some point. I'm not sure when, but I only noticed it a few weeks ago when we had friends staying in the area an ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsPhoto of Eibar's namesake town...Okay, I'm late to this story, but still beat the Orange County Register and those crazy Yelp kids, so the scoop: downtown SanTana now has another coffee shop to give the venerable Gypsy Den a challenge in the name of Eibar Coffee.
Brea, Brea, what is going on with your downtown? The grand civic experiment that housed some of the only non-chain restaurants in the entire city is now sprouting more and more blank doorways as restaurants close.
Dave LiebermanDid you get your free pastry yesterday? What about your free Ben and Jerry's ice cream cone?
Original image: nataliemaynor @ flickr.com CC BY 2.0As predicted, the crowds at the Irvine farmers' market this weekend were thinner; New Year's resolutions that require getting up before noon on Saturday are hard to keep. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera handy to capture the visual gag I s ... More >>
By "anti-Starbucks" I don't mean they've launched campaigns against the coffee behemoth (not that I know of, anyway), but that in terms of look, feel and menu they're the antithesis of the chain everybody loves to hate. The Gypsy DenOf the two locations (Costa Mesa and Santa Ana), I prefer the la ... More >>
Starbucks is giving away a total of 20,000 complimentary pints of its own-brand ice cream from now until July 19 (that's around 800 an hour). The catch? You have to be on Facebook, and you have to nominate a "Friend" to receive the coupon (redeemable at local grocery stores).I've not tried the froze ... More >>
As well as at least four Starbucks, seven restaurants closed for good. This time it was the City of Orange and Santa Ana's turn to bear the brunt.In Orange, the Cask 'n Cleaver and Mustard's Cafe both shuttered; the latter will be replaced by gastropub Haven later this summer (August, officially). ... More >>
WikicommonsYou know what's funny? Earthquake coverage. To be specific: coverage of moderate earthquakes. NPR's coverage of the devastating Chengdu tremor in 2008 can be called many things, but not "funny" isn't one of them.When a 4.7 quake hits Southern California, as one did last night, you have to ... More >>
UPDATED! Orange County Register: The first Orange County Starbucks targeted for closure is (drum roll, please) . . . the one at 24502 Del Prado, Dana Point. . . . Based on the photo that pops up (and out!) when you open this, a flotation device turned out for The Real Housewives of Orange C ... More >>
I'm always in favor of the underdog, or at least giving them a shot, and, when it comes to eating out, that basically means anything that's not a chain.That's why it was nice to discover a new tea shop in Brea. The nearby Starbucks had closed anyways (it's about to be replaced by a branch of Yogurtl ... More >>
So what's up with the dude on this coffee package? The label says "high octane," but he looks like he's just kinda chill. Maybe the motorcycle drank the coffee instead. I don't even like coffee much, but Starbucks keeps sending me stuff in the mail, like a $5 gift card recently -- II guess the make ... More >>
Add in a completely substandard produce section and meat that I could find cheaper elsewhere, and you have the perfect storm of crap
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Have your tea and eat it too at Chuao Chocolatier in Irvine
July 12 - July 18
June 28 - July 4
(Dont know what that means, but I like it)
Fabrice Gygi feels your fear
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