• Blogs

    November 15, 2014

    Ceaser Ramirez-Rafael I.D.'d as Fatal Stabbing Victim at Volcano Tea House in Garden Grove

    UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 15, 11:01 A.M.: Ceaser Ramirez-Rafael, 24, has been identified as the worker who was fatally stabbed at Volcano Tea House in Garden Grove Friday, according to Garden Grove Police Lt. Ben Stauffer. The department spokesman did not yet know the relationship between the deceased and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    5 Amazing Pumpkin Products at Trader Joe's

    Pumpkin: the edible symbol of America; the squash that represents togetherness (read: gluttony). The annual autumn muse of Trader Joe's. Okay fine, pumpkin is everyone's muse during the fall. But Trader Joe's is different. It's that overachiever in class everyone wants to hate, but can't because th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    The 5 Best Breakfast Beers in Orange County

    Apparently, September is National Breakfast Month, so happy National Breakfast Month, everybody! But instead of writing another list of breakfast restaurants (which you can read here), here's a list of all the best Orange County beers that would be pretty great for breakfast. Note: I'm not telling y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Mikawaya Mochi Ice Cream Introduces 5 New Flavors

    Think back to the first mochi-wrapped ball of ice cream you ate -- I'm going to guess it was either green tea or Kona coffee flavored. Chances are, it was made by LA's Mikawaya, a century-old purveyor of Japanese dessert whose founder was the first person to think to stuff some ice cream inside som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    We Eat It So You Don't Have To: Afters Ice Cream's Ice Cream-Stuffed Donut

    Everyone knows that I hate when people smash two different foods together and call it magic. Cronuts? Meh. Ramen burgers? I don't even want to pick one up. And don't even get me started on Pizookies. So, I had to have been belligerent when I heard about Afters Ice Cream's "Milky Bun," a warm donut ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 20, 2014

    Dyeing Your Hair the Natural Way

    [Trendzilla] Calendula, chamomile and other ingredients that'll help you lighten, darken and even redden your locks

  • Calendar

    August 29, 2013

    Humdinger Night

    Club Ripples

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    The Tea Room Opens In Newport Beach

    I found out about a new afternoon tea venue called The Tea Room in Newport Beach not by stumbling into them while on the road or through tips. To announce their arrival, they've practically plastered the social coupon websites like Groupon and Amazon Local with discounted tea time meals. They open ... More >>

  • Food

    June 27, 2013

    Portola Coffee Lab's Jeff and Christa Duggan Are the Deans of Caffeine

    With their Costa Mesa coffeeshop, plus a second location opening in Old Towne Orange, the Tustin couple are re-defining OC's coffee culture, one cup at a time

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    On The Line: Shawn Xa Of XA Sweet and Savory Cafe, Part One

    "My cooking is a reflection of my life, very clean and straightforward." To call Shawn Xa confident is an understatement. Tell him what you are looking for in a meal (or not, if you're vegan or gluten-free), and he'll come up with a flavor profile on the spot. Situated across the street from CHOC, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Seventh Tea Bar Debuts Steampunk Brewing Tomorrow With Twitter Giveaway

    While folks are hardcore about their lattes, we mildly obsess over Seventh Tea Bar's newest contraption: Alpha Dominche's Steampunk 4.0. It's got brains and beauty, like many of our Weekly counterparts.Admittedly, some of the terminology is over our heads. Owner/Mad ScientistJeff Duggan got all Alto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    Checking In To Tea Service At Seventh Tea Bar at the OC Mix

    More often than not, when we think holidays, we think FEAST. Overindulging, eyes bigger than your stomach, "Where's the Aperol?" feasting. But what if your family is a single parent (or comparable mini-family) who wants peace and quality over quantity? Our holiday alternative to the big brunch resid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Newport Beach School Officials Try to Suspend Student for Bringing Kombucha to School

    I am not a fan of kombucha, the fermented drink that health nuts swear by, but that doesn't mean I'm going to impose my beliefs on others. If people want to drink that fizzy stuff, then God bless them. If a mom wants her child to drink some, awesome. But woe is the idiotic school official who catche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    McDonald's Introduces Bubble Tea Drink in Germany; Some Call The Ad Racist

    The news fluttering about the blogosphere isn't that McDonald's in Germany is selling bubble tea (also known as boba, those drinks with the chewy, starchy balls made from tapioca), it's that a few sites are questioning whether the ad they've developed to market the product is racially insensitive.Th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 17, 2012

    Jack's Tea Room


  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    "That's What She Said" at CUCINA enoteca, Our Drink of the Week!

    There are drinks you order because it's your usual. There are drinks you order to get drunk in as few sips as possible. But then there are those drinks you order because the name made you laugh, and also, made everyone else at the table laugh. The "That's What She Said" is that kind of drink.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Strickland's Ice Cream's Way of Celebrating St. Paddy's Day

    ​While we're on the subject of St. Paddy's Day specials, check out what Strickland's Ice Cream in Irvine will be churning out of their machines on St. Patrick's Saturday: Green Pistachio, Green Mint Chocolate Chip, and Green Green Tea.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Presents For Tea Snobs

    Etsy seller KeepCalmShop​Beneath the frenetic cult of coffee addicts sits a quieter community of tea drinkers, those who know to use steaming, not boiling water, and will always choose free-swirling leaves if they can help it. Here are some gifts to make them happy sippers. 

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    5 Funny & Sexy Food Commercials from Thailand

    ​Pick a random country and there will be TV commercials employing humor and sex to sell food. Here's a few of the best from Thailand in what I hope to be an ongoing series of similar posts (YouTube search, don't fail me now!)

  • Calendar

    November 24, 2011

    Holiday Tea

    Ritz Carlton

  • Food

    August 4, 2011

    Seventh Home Coffee and Tea House Shows There's No Place Like It

    This teahouse caters to Korean chicks, but you should go, too

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Stricklands Ice Cream Introduces New Flavor Tomorrow: Thai Ice Tea!

    Edwin GoeiA classic: Cookies And Cream!​I've been to Strickland's Ice Cream in Irvine this summer more than I care to admit. I've lost count actually, but I can tell you that since May, I've cashed in about three stamp cards. When I tell you that each stamp card has nine slots and entitles me to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Why Aren't There Any Hong Kong-Style Cafes in Orange County?

    Flickr User Roland​The question came from a reader on my personal blog who simply asked: "During my stay in the OC I have not been able to locate any Hong Kong cafes or restaurants. Do you perhaps know of any?"Which made realize, no I don't. It got me thinking that the last Hong Kong-style cafe to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Starbucks' Trenta in Real Life

    My unsweetened iced green tea, all 31 ounces of it. ​The verdict: It's big. (But it still fits in a cup holder. Win.)

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Starbucks Introduces Its Biggest Drink Size Yet

    Starbucks has announced that it is introducing a new size of coffee called the Trenta cup. As "Venti" means "twenty", "Trenta" means "thirty"; but observant caffeine-junkies will notice that the new container is actually a 31-ouncer.  Conspiracy-theorists might wish this was Spinal Tap refer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    LA Water Cocktail

    Jorge Negreros​When it comes to the battle of OC versus LA, at least we don't have a cocktail named after our murky drinking water. 

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Ethnic Eating 101: Chinese, Part 6

    Despite the fact that we could go on for years about the variations and nuances of Chinese cuisine, we are going to close this week with a visit to Taiwan, because after Cantonese, the single most available regional cuisine in the Southland is Taiwanese, due in part to the great number of Taiwanese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Chinese, Part 2

    Arguably the most familiar Chinese regional cuisine in the United States, Cantonese food got its start with the first Chinese immigrants to San Francisco. At that point they had to make do with what ingredients were available to them. Cantonese food in the US isn't like that anymore.tracyhunter @ fl ... More >>

  • Food

    April 1, 2010

    Tranquil's Bodacious Tea

    The proprietors of Tranquil Tea Lounge in Fullerton do it all for the love of the leaf

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    This Friday: Free Drink At The Coffee & Tea Leaf

    ​Free stuff, even if it's just a cup of tea, is still free stuff. And that's exactly what participating Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations are giving away this Friday, February 12, from 4-7 p.m. Except for locations inside Ralphs, campus, casino, and airport locations, you can get a 12 ounce c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Southern Pear Tea at Memphis Cafe

    Jessica Ford Southern Pear Tea​You can't experience the South without having a glass of sweet tea, and Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa is taking the Southern staple and adding what any bar should--alcohol. Memphis' Southern Pear Tea is the Drink of the Week because it actually tastes like rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Teas To (Allegedly) Cure Just About Everything That Ails You

    Edwin Goei​Simple things make me chuckle. Like this display that I came across while hunting for Wacky Snacks at the Bodega R Ranch Market in Tustin, for example. It's just a rack of herbal teas. But look at it! It's teas especially formulated to cure a litany of ailments! Going through men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Life on the Veg: Noorani Halal Tandoori in Garden Grove

    Dal Urad​Noorani's Halal Tandoori Restaurant is a hole-in-the-wall type establishment that is pretty easy to overlook, particularly amid the clusterfuck that is Little Saigon's urban design. If you do notice, chances are you'll experience a moment of severe disorientation when you realize you're l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2009

    The Sushi's The Real Deal At Wasa, But The Entrées Are Dull

    Had a great meal at Wasa Sushi at the Bluffs, Newport Beach, on Saturday night. The mall location is pretty uninspiring, as is the shouty 'WE'RE OPEN' sign in the window, but once you're inside the diminutive space it's a different story.The sushi excels, but the main courses lack inspiration. Put i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Midastee Brews A Mighty Fine Cuppa In Brea

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Gustavo's Top Five Drinks of 2008

    Hint to restaurants: you'll get in my better graces if you offer great, non-alcoholic drinks. Beverages rank high on my palate, and I'll never forget the banana soda offered by a long-gone Honduran restaurant. Here, then, were my favorite drinks of the year.1. Maker's Mark, neat, at Memphis at the S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    New Ice Cream Flavors: I Like Where This is Going

    On the Chowhound boards a few years ago, I remember someone asking for tips on where to find green tea ice cream.  We pointed him to the frozen dessert section of 99 Ranch or Mitsuwa. This weekend, I found it green tea ice cream at Vons.  Let me repeat:  AT VONS!!! What's even more amazing was t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    Diamond Jamboree = More Asian Eateries = More Fun

    Good things do happen in Irvine, even if it's going to make traffic even more hellish. It's called Diamond Jamboree Center, a sprawling shopping complex you might have seen being built on the corner of Alton and Jamboree Rd. So far, just the signs are up. Finishing touches are still being made. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2008

    New Flavor at Beard Papa's in Costa Mesa

    Unless you follow foodie bulletin boards and blogs, chances are you haven't heard of or had a Beard Papa's cream puff. That goes double if you don't normally venture out of Orange County, where there are only two outlets of this Osaka-based chain. There's one at Santa Ana's MainPlace Mall, and a ... More >>

  • Food

    April 24, 2008
  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    Mmm . . . Vittles

    Hardtack, biscuits & gravy, salt pork, beef jerky, burritos, falafel, & banh mi—you know, cowboy  food

  • Calendar

    August 23, 2007

    Pinkies Up

    Holiday Tea

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    Morning cream

    Score! Japanese pastry chain Beard Papa's is opening its first OC "Sweet Cafe" in Santa Ana this morning. This place is a cream puff haven - one I first stepped into in the Philippines and was delighted to see in West L.A. last year. And now, right down the street? Oh ho ho. Just when I thought you ... More >>

  • Food

    February 23, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This Week in Numbers

  • Food

    January 5, 2006

    Steaming Art

    Tea, Korea-style, at 419 Cafe Veronese

  • Food

    May 12, 2005
  • Food

    March 10, 2005

    Tea and A

    Enjoying the beautiful ambience, ass conversations at the Tea House on Los Rios

  • Food

    August 31, 2000

    Cha, Cha, Cha

    Tea bar brews superlative stuff

  • Features

    June 1, 2000


    39 of the best things about the next 104 days

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    Is That a Badge in Your Pocket? Or are you just happy to see me?

    Are OC's cops a little too excited about busting men for gay sex?

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