• Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Eat This Now: Pork Chop Rice at Popcorn Chicken

    The new restaurant called Popcorn Chicken doesn't serve just those spice-dusted morsels of fried poultry you chomp in between sips of boba milk tea. The popcorn chicken is just a springboard to all manner of fried things the restaurant has behind its glass display case--things that include calamari ... More >>

  • Film

    May 29, 2014

    Summer Movies Don't Have to Suck

    Flicks to look into on the edge of tomorrow—and the next months

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Eva Airways Falling Luggage Lawsuit Settles in Federal Court

    During a February 2012 Eva Airways flight from San Francisco to Taipei, sleeping passenger Cathy Hanh Nguyen of Anaheim was injured when another passenger opened an overhead compartment and a heavy piece of luggage landed on her head and right shoulder. Upon arrival in the Republic of China, Nguyen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Tofu King Opens in Irvine

    Did you feel a little earthquake last week? That tremor was the July 1 grand opening of Tofu King at Irvine's Taiwanese restaurant epicenter. The Orange Tree Square Shopping Center, a small shopping center backed up hard against the 5 freeway at Jeffrey Road, gains another strong player in the cuis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Din Tai Fung Is Coming To South Coast Plaza

    Oh, yes. Din Tai Fung, purveyor of the famed Shanghai-style xiao long bao soup dumplings that burst in your mouth upon consumption, is coming to South Coast Plaza. Arcadia's Best reports that the 8,000 square-foot restaurant won't be here until April 2014. Sigh. Still, SCP sounds like an ideal spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Ten Great Rice Dishes in OC (and Long Beach)

    We've made a list of great sandwiches, even devoted an entire issue of our dead tree edition to notable noodle dishes, but what about rice? We often take it for granted because, well, because it's rice. But rice is essential, rice is good, rice is the giver of life and what makes these next ten dish ... More >>

  • Music

    November 29, 2012

    Battle-Tested DJ Shogun Finally Returns to OC

    [Locals Only] The first Asian American DJ on Armin van Buuren's trance label traveled the world to prove himself

  • Food

    March 29, 2012

    Class 302: A Course to Audit

    The Irvine restaurant teaches you well with its grade-school theme and Taiwanese food

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    New Artists Just Added to SXSW's 2012 Lineup

    Mary Bell/OC WeeklyDelta Spirit at BuskerFest in Long Beach in 2010​South By Southwest revealed a whole slew of new acts confirmed to play at official showcases during the annual music and film conference in Austin. This is the third list of musicians to be released. The venues and dates they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup Restaurant to Open at Diamond Jamboree

    ​A few years ago, there was a noticeable upswing in ramen activity. We saw not one, not two, but three ramen-yas opening in Irvine (Ajisen, Mizuki and Shizuma), all within the span of two years. Now it seems we are in the midst of another noodle-soup arms race in Irvine. This time, it looks l ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 19, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    UCI Fall Film Program Hosts Pedro Costa, Tsai Ming-Liang, Stanley Kubrick, Yes Men, Kirby Dick and Closeted Gay Politicians

    Kirby Dick is coming to Irvine to screen "Outrage," his documentary on closeted gay politicians.​UC Irvine's Film and Video Center was late in releasing details of its fall program because the FVC's tiny and tireless staff was unsure whether there would even be a program. (Thank you, UC system acr ... More >>

  • Food

    August 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 26, 2006

    Now I'm No Lawyer

    But it seems to me Irvine is in violation of the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979. The TRA set up diplomatic-ish relations between the US and the Republic of China on Taiwan. Instead of an embassy we have the American Institute in Taiwan, and whenever China drops a missile off Taiwan's coast we're requi ... More >>

  • Film

    January 24, 2002

    Let It Flow

    Tsai Ming-Liangs cinema of tears and laughter