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  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Five Great Pumpkin-Less Fall Treats

    Satirist John Oliver put it best in his recent rant on the pumpkin spice gimmick: Come autumn, we look at pumpkins and go "I don't know why, but I simply have to drink that." There are plenty of valid (and delicious) applications for pumpkin, don't get us wrong, but there are a myriad of other fal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Coffeebar Byul: OC's Most OCD Coffee Shop

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Scott Ruvolo, Ex-Asst. Track Coach at Calvary Chapel High, Shot Secret Video of Women Undressing With Whom We Want to Talk: DA

    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 >>

  • Film

    August 15, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Long Beach Lunch: Royal Cup Cafe

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Caffe Sospeso: Third-Wave Coffee Comes to Tijuana, No Sugar, No Milk

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Paradise Perks: Irvine's Unlikeliest Cool College Coffeehouse

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Could You Survive On $1.50 Per Day? A Bunch of People Tried It for a Week, and Here's What Happened

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Man Orders The World's Most Expensive Starbucks Drink

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    SNL Skewers Starbucks Verismo Machine In a Parody; But Is It Racist?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    OC Music Awards: Night 2 Puts Singer-Songwriters On a Frosty Pedestal

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 8

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Five Awesome Murals Honoring Dead Musicians

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Michael King Lim Sought for Selling Phony Theme Park Tickets Thanks to Arrested Brother

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Starbucks To Open at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    TopBrewer: A Revolutionary iPhone-Controlled Coffee Faucet

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Ethan Rosenfeld: Court Rejects OCDA's First Degree Murder Conviction

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Weekend Guide: Rare Beer, Spooky Bites and Yummy Anniversaries

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Shaw Bruce Warrington Accused of Meeting with "13-Year-Old" After Posting Craigslist Ads Seeking Moms and Daughters for Sex

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Daniel Shemtob Chats About The Lime Truck's Semi-Permanent Home in Costa Mesa

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    This Week in Food: Bánh Mì Rants, Awesome Catfish and Kittens in Pots (But Not Cooked)!

    Flickr user namillionairee​Between 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!

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Starbucks' New 'Trenta' Size Latest Subject of CGI Ridicule

    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. 

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    On the Line: Britta Kvinge Pulliam, Part Two

    Photo by Todd Barnes​Part two of our interview with Britta's Cafe owner Britta Kvinge Pulliam. First one is at this link; the latest batch after the jump!

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Eibar Coffee in Santa Ana Finally Open

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Self-Caffeination As It Was Meant To Be Done

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Irvine's 85°C Bakery on NPR

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Starbucks to Offer Free, Easy Wi-Fi July 1

    ​Beginning July 1, all corporate-owned (i.e., not franchised) Starbucks locations will offer free, unlimited, registration-free Wi-Fi to all customers.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Spotted: Batman Retires in Boca Raton

    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. 

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Free Pastry at Fourbucks This Morning!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Why Not Just Post The Price, Juice It Up?

    Dave Lieberman​Click 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Is There ANYTHING Salvageable from the Weekly's Best of OC Reader's Poll Food Winners?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Black Keys Hip Hop Project: Good Thing or Great Thing?

    James Carney​We 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    You Really Can't Live a Day Without a Gay

    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 >>

  • Food

    November 27, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 26, 2008

    No Starbucks? Not a problem!

    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 >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    The Accidental Band

    Summer Wilshire buck Starbucks and shine

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Flying Blind

    A birds-eye view of 9/11

  • Culture

    September 7, 2006

    Telephoning Buddha

    'Westward Toward the East'

  • Columns

    July 20, 2006

    Diary of Mad County

    July 12 - July 18

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2006

    Who Let the Power Out?

    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 >>

  • Culture

    February 3, 2005

    Men Are From Long Beach, Women Are From Orange County

    Two new books dissect the local dating scene

  • Features

    November 18, 2004

    What Goes On

    Winter Music Issue

  • Food

    October 14, 2004
  • Columns

    August 19, 2004

    State of the Union

    Vacation, time to get away

  • Columns

    April 1, 2004
  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • Food

    January 24, 2002

    Coffee Crusade

    The great Little Saigon coffee inquiry

  • Unknown

    September 27, 2001

    La Habra

    Discount capital of OC

  • Features

    September 14, 2000
  • Columns

    July 8, 1999
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