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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
When I hear the term "Broadway," I think of lots of things, but mostly I think of New York City, bright lights, people wearing pea coats, taxis and how bummed I am that I never got a chance to see those failed "Spider-Man" previews. However, thanks to Saturday's Long Beach Symphony POPS! concert, ... More >>
Skiers know the dilemma. During a long, cold day on the slopes, you yearn for a steaming beverage to warm you up, but getting those clunky things off your feet, and then finding a safe place to store them, is so much of a hassle that you'd rather just eat snow. Enter the world's first ... 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 >>
If Starbucks raised its already high prices would you notice? The question might go in the same rhetorical category as the if-a-tree falls-in-a-forest-does-it-make-a-sound brain teaser. The answer is, by the way, "yes" if someone like me in the press writes about it and makes a big stink. So he ... 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 >>
Halloween has come and gone. Our costumes are once again being put away, packed in boxes or hung in closets, pushed to the corners of our minds until next year. But one culinary theme remains throughout the rest of autumn: pumpkins. While your squash-based sculptures won't keep through November, ... 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 >>
I hate Starbucks. Not because it overroasts its coffee beans, though it does, and not because I'd rather chew a jumbo roll of aluminium foil than order using the irritating, obfuscating jargon, though I would, but because I hate its cups -- more specifically, the lids.You know what I'm talking ab ... 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 AblemanAfter ill-advised over-expansion and a really ill-advised accounting scandal, Krispy Kreme is rebounding. Business Week reports that last month, the donut purveyor posted its best quarterly profit since 2004. Now it's got its sights on the likes of Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.H ... More >>
Flickr user ubercultureAnother great week wrapped up in the wackiest food blog this side of Fast Food Maven. Legitimate highlights after the jump!
Flickr user theimpulsivebuyThere's not enough brown sugar in the world to make this appetizing.Tired of Starbucks and their awful, industrial pastries and burnt coffee? Sick of the insipid pancakes from IHOP, drowned in butter and artificially-flavored syrup? Can't hack another packet of instant ... More >>
Flickr user madmarv00This was Cinco de Mayo week, so we understandably went more Mexican than usual. But after the jump are non-Mexi delights and more!
Last week, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters entered into a minor public spat with Glee overlord Ryan Murphy when he announced that none of his music would ever appear on the FOX-TV hit. Grohl is not the first rock star to issue a No Glee statement to the press-- Coldplay and Guns n' Roses did th ... More >>
Flickr user neoliminalStarbucks' original logo: Perhaps the most-graphic American corporate example of vagina-as-sweet-food EVERYa 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 >>
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.
The perfect antidote to those post-holiday blues--and that post-holiday debt: Free (and cheap) food! Today from 4 to 7 p.m., get a free 12 oz. latte at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Choose from the Scottish Breakfast Tea Latte, the English Breakfast Tea Latte or the Vanilla Latte. Exc ... More >>
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!
Why eating in your car should be an act of desperation, not a conscious choice
Flickr user Hello_QuynhFrom jelly rats to racist PR debacles, see what you missed this week in Stick a Fork in It after the jump!
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 >>
When he enrolled at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco at the tender age of 17, Vincent Muraco was its youngest student ever. Since then, his culinary career has taken him to the Park Hyatts in that city and in LA, as well as Vix in Miami. Muraco is now Executive Chef at Zimzala, th ... 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 >>
Summer Wilshire buck Starbucks and shine
A birds-eye view of 9/11
'Westward Toward the East'
June 15 - June 22: Os Mutantes!
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 >>
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Winter Music Issue
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