• Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    On the Line: Tarit Tanjasiri of The Crema Cafe, Part Two

    I have a few more inquiries for Tarit before we can sit down and break bread. Read our interview with Tarit Tanjasiri, part one. And now, on to part two . . . Where did you grow up? If you're not from Orange County, what brought you here? Bangkok, Singapore, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, then OC. M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Eat This Now: Khao Soi at Playground

    Remember last year, or maybe it was the year before, when the mavens at Playground started playing around with ramen? They started out with a pretty good product and then, as the days and weeks wore on, it improved. Now they're doing it with the Thai noodle dish khao soi.

  • News

    November 14, 2013

    The Government of Free Vietnam Is No Republic for Old Men

    From Garden Grove, the organization tried to bring down its former country's Communist regime. Instead, it gave American diplomats a giant headache

  • Calendar

    October 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Honda Center's Culinary Makeover, Marche Moderne's Pig-Out, and More!

    Another week, another edition of the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830. As usual, we turn the mic over to producer/co-host Andy Harris to guide is through the fun. Enjoy!

  • Food

    August 15, 2013

    Bangkok Spice: The Persistence of Thai

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant serves Thai standards, with a few surprises

  • Calendar

    May 23, 2013
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    October 22, 2012

    Top Five Videos of People Eating Live Shrimp

    Did you read Michelle's post this morning on the Craigslist poster in Irvine who tried to give away a dish of shrimp because they didn't realize it included the heads? I have to assume it was those wee beady eyes. In a society where meat is often faceless, limbless, skinless and boneless, seeing the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Lying on a U.S. Passport Application Earns How Much Prison Time?

    Orange County's Chrisstian Pax Joseph Manshack lied on his U.S. passport application so he could flee the country for Asia in the hopes of outrunning domestic violence charges.But any relief Manshack felt when he first landed in Thailand evaporated while in China.Communist agents arrested him for ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    The Playground Hosts A Southeast Asian Street Food Night On Aug. 20

    The Playground, never one to leave any stone unturned or cuisine un-tackled, is taking on Southeast Asian food in its latest pop-up. On Aug. 20, sous chef Frank DeLoach will be heading up "Bites: South East Street Food," a casual, night-market-style event featuring dishes "inspired by the deliciousn ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 2, 2012

    The Silent Comedy

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    10 Great Thai Restaurants in Orange County (and Long Beach)

    For this list of ten great Thai restaurants, not only have I included those from Long Beach (a non-OC city that's always been under this paper's jurisdiction), but also some Thai-Cambodian, some Thai-Laotian, and even a Thai-sushi hybrid, because if variety is the spice of life, then why not even mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    KFC in Thailand Issues Apology After Tsunami Facebook Update

    There are times when it would be appropriate for a fast food chicken restaurant like KFC to remind people to pick up a bucket of chicken on a Facebook update. Sometime this Friday, April 20th, when certain segments of the population will get the munchies, for instance, would be quite opportune--and ... More >>

  • 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!)

  • Food

    September 22, 2011

    Sutha Thai Kitchen's Salad Days

    [Hole In the Wall] This Tustin Thai restaurant, while delicious, wants to offer more

  • News

    September 8, 2011

    Dave Gibbons Is a Church Misfit

    Newsong was on its way to becoming Orange County's next big megachurch—then its pastor decided to pull back and go small

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    No. 75: Roti at Bangok Taste

    ​Welcome to the Weekly's list of our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2011! Tune in every day until we get to número uno! Now, on to the latest entry. . . Thai Nakorn rightfully gets all the praise for local Thai, but I still find myself more often at Bangkok Taste because it offers rarities even Thai Nak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    On The Line: Brent Palmer of Mesa, Part Two

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​Part two of On The Line provides a little more insight on Mesa's Brent Palmer. Learn what he really thought of the restaurant's infamous unisex restrooms and how influential Thai cuisine is. Stay tuned for Thursday's finale as our chef breaks down a recipe. To view part one, cl ... More >>

  • Film

    May 26, 2011

    'The Hangover Part II': Bros Roofie-ing Bros

    Didn't we already see this movie?

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Anthrax's Scott Ian to Skip Touring Due to Birth of First Child

    ​Scott Ian, Anthrax's rhythm and lead guitar player, just announced he's not going to be touring with the band he formed 30 years ago due to the upcoming birth of his first child. He said, "This decision to miss these shows was a deeply personal one. I co-founded this band July 18, 1981, and for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! Which Thai Restaurants are Authentic Thai, and Which are Americanized?

    ​From my cousin Plas:We love that Thai place (Win Thai). Do you consider that "American Thai" or "good Thai."Ah, Win Thai Cuisine in Anaheim: across the street from Norms, behind a car wash, in the Thai Corner section of Anacrime--and the first restaurant I ever reviewed. The place sells its pinea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: Non-Pho Beef Tendon Dishes?

    ​From a close friend:Recently been enjoying beef tendon only pho. Looking to kick up the tendon experience. Have you had any beef tendon salads in OC? Looking for that Chinese dish, but hopefully there are variants in other ethnic foods.Ah, tendon: that slippery, tender band that Asians adore, L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Five Foods First Eaten Out of Desperation

    Certain foods are obviously tasty just from the look; ripe strawberries, rice and rabbits all look delicious. Certain foods don't look delicious, but are close enough to delicious-looking food to understand how humankind got started eating it; bitter melon, cow's milk and Seville oranges fall into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Wacky Snacks: Crispy Snack - Anchovy Fish

    Edwin Goei​Name: Crispy Snack Anchovy Fish Origin: Thailand Found at: 99 Ranch, Irvine Cost: $2.99 Ingredients: Anchovy, Palm Oil, Salt, Sugar, Sesame, Sodium Metabisulfite.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Mickey Mouse Justice for Mom Who Wanted to Bring Kids to Disneyland

    An Australian mother of four daughters who planned to bring her brood to Disneyland to celebrate her release from detention in Thailand for stealing a bar mat was denied a U.S. visa so the trip has been scrubbed, reports today's Herald Sun. Annice Smoel, 36, of Melbourne, hoped a visit to the Magic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Commentator Shout-Out: Hungrymomma and Hungrypoppa

    Almost a month ago, I invited ustedes to eat with me and get a free dessert at Bangkok Taste in SanTana. Only two readers did: Hungrymomma and Hungrypoppa, a young Latino couple who leave some of the best comments on this infernal blog. We talked food, the Paramount Swap Meet, SanTana, and so many o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Gustavo's Top Five Hole-in-the-Walls of 2008

    I tend to stay away from lists 'cause they're so easy to spit out, but guess what? With crazy deadlines this week, a cover story to turn in ASAP, and the fact that most of ustedes are probably too drunk to get up and read, you get lists for the next three days from me! Here's the first one: my top f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Bangok Taste Closed for a Week--No Worries. I Hope.

    Had dinner earlier this week at Bangkok Taste in SanTana, my current fave Thai restaurant, with the mysterious Ben Dayhoe (contrary to popular rumor, he's not Mr. X). We enjoyed soups, fried tofu, their famous roti dessert, and the peanut-butter soup called khao soy. After our dinner (we ate with ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Thai Food: Endangered

    Reuters had an enlightening article today about how in Thailand, authentic Thai food is endangered because of "changing tastes wrought by globalization." And most lamentably "culinary shortcuts (that) have ended up changing Thai flavors, and placing some dishes in danger of extinction altogether."& ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    The See & Sprout Project

    If your shiny new camera has permanently replaced your dust-collecting old digital  point-and-shoots, consider donating them to a  good cause while simultaneously supporting the arts. Founded by Stacie Krajchir, along with tsunami orphans from Thailand, the See and Sprout Project is an int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008
  • Food

    July 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 13, 2008

    Last Night: Savage Republic at The Press

    By Waleed Rashidi Savage Republic January 12, 2008 The Press Better than: Savage Garden fronted by Fred Savage, that's for damned sure. Download: A live version of "Jamahiriya." Some bands get back together because the money's too good. Others reunite simply 'cause it's supposedly the honorable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007
  • Film

    August 30, 2007

    Surf City Celluloid

    The SoCal Independent Film Fest goes big

  • Features

    June 28, 2007

    From Hunter to Hunted

    In his quest to free slaves around the world, Aaron Cohen thought hed seen it all. Then he went to Myanmar

  • Food

    March 22, 2007

    Beware the Larb

    Diho Siams incendiary salads

  • Food

    September 28, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    September 21, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    August 31, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from OC'c best damn dining guide

  • Food

    April 13, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Goodbye, Ramen. Hello, Thai and Laos Market

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2006

    Look Out Below!

    Mark Taggatz, who identifies himself as the president of a company called Aquentium, Inc., has invited the Weekly to Palm Springs at the end of this month for Media Day-Housing Invention for Disaster Relief. "We will be unveiling our newly developed housing solution for disasters," Taggatz writes. " ... More >>

  • Food

    July 14, 2005

    The Asian Persuasion

    Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them

  • Food

    October 9, 2003

    Suds for Studs

    Devouring beers, babes and board at Karl Strauss Brewery Restaurant

  • Unknown

    April 10, 2003
  • Food

    March 6, 2003

    Piscean Post-Prandials

    Five birthday desserts, free like your mom

  • Food

    March 16, 2000

    Eat Cheap

    Part Two

  • Features

    February 17, 2000
  • Food

    August 20, 1998

    High Boss

    Grabbing respect - and good grub - at Thai This

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