Husband and wife Jae-Ho Synn and Jin Sun Ahn talk about coffee and tea as if they were the very nexus of art and science. Synn drops words like "manual agitation" and "calibration" when describing brew methods at Coffeebar Byul in Irvine, while Ahn refers to the shop's drinks as her art. But whether ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with prosecutors describing criminal video allegedly found in Scott Ruvolo's possession and asking female victims to come forward. ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 17, 4:42 P.M.: Not sure if Chuck Smith is in his grave yet but he's no doubt rolling over the news that an as ... More >>
'Give us five minutes, and we'll change the world'
All of the cool, independent coffeeshops in Long Beach tend to hug the coastline. On Broadway and Fourth Street, between Downtown and Belmont Shore, nearly a dozen small houses of jolt cling to street corners, filling up each day with latte fans and sandwich-seekers, many of whom spend hours on thei ... More >>
As a general rule, coffee in Baja is a disappointment. I don't mean the actual plants or the seeds that come from them; there's some truly amazing coffee coming out of states from San Luis Potosí all the way south to Chiapas. No, I mean that by and large, finding a good cup of coffee in Baja is j ... More >>
The ingredients for Inspiration are simple: peppermint, rose hip and rose petals. At least, that's what the only hand-written label on the line of glass jars holding dozens of types of tea at Paradise Perks states. The dark-tainted leaves in that jar don't look like inspiration; they just look like ... More >>
A buck fifty. Less than the price of an energy bar, it is the amount that 1.4 billion people in the world must live on each day. They are the ones who fall below the "extreme poverty" line, a sum set by the World Bank. Makes you kind of feel like an asshat for Instagramming a picture of your $4 St ... More >>
His name is Beau Chevassus and he claims to have just ordered the world's most expensive Starbucks drink. He has the proof on a YouTube video he shot of himself ordering what he calls a The Quadriginoctuple Frap, which cost the man $47.30. It has 48 shots of espresso in its 52-ounces (a mug he bro ... More >>
Have you seen the SNL parody commercial on Starbucks' Verismo machine? It has surprisingly sophisticated special effects for a late-night comedy show, but there's a significant amount of controversy over the content. The sketch uses African-American stereotypes that The ... More >>
OC Music Awards: Night 2 The District at Tustin Legacy January 15, 2013 The second night of the showcase series for the OC Music Awards featured five more acts to the mix of local hopefuls on Tuesday evening at the open-air District at Tustin Legacy. Dedicated patrons donned thick sweaters, jackets ... More >>
Oh, Yelpers. You get your knickers in a twist over the dumbest, pettiest things. Maybe it would be better if Yelp offered a 0-to-100 scale, like in school, or a 0.000-1.000 scale, like in baseball; then you could ding restaurants to your heart's content and not have such an immense impact on their r ... More >>
By: Rae AlexandraThe Los Angeles mural that has served as a site for Elliot Smith fans to pay tribute to the much beloved singer-songwriter has just been given a recent revamp, by Punk Rock Marthas -- an art-minded group of charitable folk -- who felt the mural needed a pick-me-up in honor of the ni ... More >>
After a Buena Park police sting that resulted in the arrest of Raymond John Lim, 23, of Walnut, for allegedly making and selling counterfeit tickets to Knott's Berry Farm and other Southern California theme parks, attention shifted to his brother, Michael King Lim.That's because Raymond implicated h ... More >>
PB&J. We always thought it was a neutral--albeit boring--lunch option. Seemed like the type of food that would stay out of trouble.We were so wrong.
The Happiest Place on Earth will soon become The Most Caffeinated Place on Earth. Starbucks will be coming to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, it was announced today on the Disney Parks blog. The first location is set to open in June at California Adventure. It will be located i ... More >>
There are things you want, and there are things you need, but some products cross into the very special territory of want-need-now. TopBrewer, developed by Denmark-based Scanomat, is an awe-worthy coffee machine built like a sleek faucet. It can produce four cups of coffee in a minute ... More >>
There's no doubt that alcoholic Ethan Emanuel Rosenfeld murdered his elderly mother in Leisure World, but two powerful legal entities don't agree on the strength of the district attorney's case.On May 30, 2005, Orange County paramedics found 82-year-old Helen Rosenfeld wrapped in bed "like a burr ... More >>
Blackmarket Bakery FacebookIt's beginning to look a lot like fall at Blackmarket Bakery.Here's our lineup--with a couple extra events for the week ahead! FRIDAYRare Beer Weekend At The Factory What: Drink up--these beers aren't so easy to get your hands on. As part of the final weekend ... More >>
If you were scanning craiglists personal ads and came upon this "men seeking ..." one, you'd surely stop and take notice:a mom and/or her daughter to have sex. I really don't mind what age. Young or underage is cool -- like high school and below.Unfortunately for a 21-year-old with a name that so ... More >>
During The Great Food Truck Race premiere party last Sunday night with The Lime Truck and Seabirds at the OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa (3303 Hyland Ave.), I noticed that there was a bar area set up inside with indoor seating and a wall of blackboards with "The Lime Truck" scribbled in gigantic lette ... More >>
Flickr user namillionaireeBetween infographics on Flamin' Hot Cheetos and much more, it's been quite a week on your favorite infernal blog. Best of the week after the jump!
Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese producer of CGI animation clips such as this, has topped itself with its latest and ultra-timely (how do they do it so quickly?) animated "reenactment" on the news that Starbucks is introducing its "Trenta" size. The spoof is equal parts satire and facts.
Photo by Todd BarnesPart two of our interview with Britta's Cafe owner Britta Kvinge Pulliam. First one is at this link; the latest batch after the jump!
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.
Our coffee culture, sadly, tends to run toward Starbucks and drive-through at It's A Grind. Largely missing from la naranja is the local, artisanal small-batch roaster whose singular focus on the product raises the coffee bar. Sure, we have Martin Diedrich, and the lines out the door at his two coff ... More >>
85 Degrees Celsius (pardon me if I don't use the ° from here on out), local Asian bakery and unstoppable juggernaut was featured in an NPR story a few weeks ago (yes, this post is a bit late on reporting on the report), but the piece by Neda Ulaby for Morning Edition is still worth a listen if you ... More >>
Beginning July 1, all corporate-owned (i.e., not franchised) Starbucks locations will offer free, unlimited, registration-free Wi-Fi to all customers.
J. Ming ZhuContrary to popular belief, the Batmobile did not lose its wheel... Spotted by a diligent reader in a Boca Raton, Florida Starbucks parking lot! After the jump: Detailed photos and the awesome, awesome vanity plate.
From opening until 10:30 a.m. (or whenever they run out) this morning, your local Fourbucks will be giving away a free pastry if you buy a beverage (iced, brewed or "handcrafted", whatever that means). While it's fun to mock Starbucks, they did get rid of the high-fructose corn syrup in their pas ... More >>
Dave LiebermanClick on the picture to the right. How many sizes of smoothie do they sell at Juice It Up in the Stadium Lofts in Anaheim?Did you guess "two", as I did when I went in today to get a smoothie?Wrong. They sell THREE sizes; the advertised 24 oz. and 32 oz. sizes, and a smaller 16 oz. s ... More >>
Fair is fair, folks. A couple of weeks ago, I blasted the Orange County Register's "Best of Orange County" for the horrible selections readers picked as the best representation of a culinary category (Peppino's as best Italian! Subway as best Sandwich! Daphne's as best Greek!). Our Best of OC iss ... More >>
James CarneyWe may be a day or so behind on this one, but in a quest to find some ever-elusive liner note credits for Black Key's Thickfreakness album, we stumbled onto something a hundred times better. Up until now, things were staying pretty quiet on the whole "rap-rock" front, at least for the ... More >>
The KTLA Morning News just ran a story about a campaign launched by West Hollywood's Sean Hertherington to have everyone "call in to work gay" today to demonstrate outrage over the passage of Prop. 8 and how, "You really can't live a day without a gay." The memo obviously did not reach Wo ... More >>
With 7,100 Starbucks locations closing tonight at 5:30 for a three-hour, nationwide "training session," what's a coffee addict to do? There are dozens of local coffeehouses that should be cashing in and welcoming new costumers. A few worth a visit: • Kean Coffee, 2043 Westcliff Dr., Ste. 100, N ... More >>
Summer Wilshire buck Starbucks and shine
A birds-eye view of 9/11
'Westward Toward the East'
July 12 - July 18
So Balboa Peninsula is always dark in terms of morals and decency. But now it's just plain DARK. Yes, I stood outside Cassidy's tonight and watched the lights flicker, waver, return to strength ... then bow out completely. After a few moments, SOME streetlights came on. And some of the neon signs in ... More >>
Two new books dissect the local dating scene
Winter Music Issue
Vacation, time to get away
The great Little Saigon coffee inquiry
Discount capital of OC