• Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Meet The Amazing Race's Amazing Orange County Couple Dennis Hour and Isabelle Du

    Perhaps an indicator that an Orange County immigrant community has finally made it is when some members join the casts of network television reality shows--within weeks of one another. Previously we told you about Bri Nguyen of Westminster being part of the new Fox reality show Utopia that debuts Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    On the Line: Mike Doctulero of Scott's Restaurant & Bar, Part One

    Follow-up meetings with chef subjects often start with sharing something we have in common. In the case of Mike Doctulero, it was his memory of washing the starch from a batch of rice for dinner-- a standard task most Asian kids were trusted with doing. Well-seasoned both in the kitchen and with lif ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 27, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    TAPS Craft Beer Festival TOMORROW

    Why should Orange and Huntington Beach have all the fun? Brea's brewing something special this weekend, as TAPS Fish House & Brewery launches its Craft Brew Festival tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    An Open Letter To My Fellow White People At the Juice Bar

    Dear fellow white people:Enough.Enough with the damn $10 cups of juice.Enough pretending to be dedicated to local, organic, sustainable food when you then turn around and order a glass of can-you-even-still-call-it-juice with lúcuma from Peru, açaí from Brazil, mangosteen from Thailand, spirulina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Ask Exene:Another Tax Accountant Who Wants to Try Tranny Sex

    Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. 
If you want to ask the legendary vocalist for advice, send an email to Dear Exene,I'm currently perusing the back of an adult m ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 25, 2012

    Share & Do Good Is Consciously Fashionable

    [Trendzilla] Lilly Tokuyama's Fullerton boutique sells cute products to help fund charities worldwide

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    McDonald's Introduces Lamb Burger; KFC Offers Shrimp Stars; Pizza Hut Creates a Pizza That Squirts

    Depending on how you look at it, the fast food consumers abroad get the best or weirdest stuff from our American chains. Over the past few days there was news that Australian McDonald's has introduced a Lamb Burger (seasoned with oregano and rosemary, topped with a fried egg); the Colonel has s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Who Should Be the Orange County Register's New Restaurant Critic?

    People sometimes wonder why I follow the editors' Twitter accounts when they tend to be full of promotions of their papers' own links. The picture to the right (click to enlarge) is why.It's no secret that the Orange County Register's new benevolent overlord publisher, Aaron Kushner, is a print guy. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    On the Line: Donald Williams of Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, Part One

    Donald Williams was careful to explain that the operation is a team effort. There is no designated chef at Coco Ichibanya. Sauce, protein, starch, and perhaps a veg. There's a certain amount of assembly (and a whole lotta curry) involved. He also mentioned their next location in K-town, opening in t ... More >>

  • Food

    July 12, 2012

    MaDee Thai Kitchen Is the Lou Gehrig of Thai Cooking

    [Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa restaurant stays with the safe to be great

  • News

    July 5, 2012

    Calvary Chapel's Mothership Connection

    Are Potato State perverts threatening the church's OC base?

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    R.I.P. Chaleo Yoovidhya, Creator of Red Bull

    ​Chaleo Yoovidhya, the man who created Red Bull, has died in his native Thailand. He was 90 or 88 or 80--sources can't seem to agree. The New York Times obit has a wonderful quote about Yoovidhya, who created antibiotics before concocting the caffeine and taurine-loaded beverage we're al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    This Week In Food: Sushi Documentary, Where The Fuck To Drink? and Beer Nog

    ​ Why yes, that is Vincent Van Gogh's Stary Night made out of salts and spices. Read all about this masterpiece and others in this week's edition of highlights from the blog.

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Kinkajou From South America Somehow Winds Up in Santa Ana

    Wikipedia CommonsDon't worry, this kinkajou is yawning.​Just to be clear, a kinkajou is not a sex act performed in the back alleys of Thailand. It's the South American cousin to the raccoon. And one wandering near a Santa Ana elementary school was scooped up in October.After brief stays at county ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    A Secret History of Thai Food in Southern California

    ​By now, any true Southern Californian eats Thai food as part of their regular diet, whether at Thai Nakorn, Bangkok Taste, Siam Taste of Asia, or any of the dozens of Thai restaurants in OC and the hundreds in Southern California. But ever wonder how we became the beneficiary of so much great foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Starfish Opens Today in Laguna Beach

    Starfish​Nancy Wilhelm's Starfish opens today at the Albertsons plaza in Laguna Beach. As I said in an earlier post, if the name sounds familiar, she's the woman behind Tabu Grill and David Wilhelm's former wife.

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    On the Line: Brent Palmer of Mesa, Part One

    Photo by Amy Kaplan​When Mesa first opened, it was like the Skull and Bones Society: a secret society with no calling card, website or markings on the building. Now, the vibe is LA hipster without the commute and better food. Chef Brent Palmer helms the back of this house, and he has allowed us ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    k'ya Street Fare as Strong (and Strange) as Ever

    The non-po' boy po' boy​A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a guest speaker at Cal State Fullerton who stayed at the Hotel Menage in Anaheim. After his lecture, we invited students for a post-lecture eat at k'ya Street Fare, which we reviewed way back in 2009. I had never been, but remembered Edwin li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Junip's Tobias Winterkorn: Five Favorite Things About the USA

    ​Swedish folk-psych band Junip knows a little bit about traveling the world--their stand-out song "Rope and Summit" is about conquering metaphorical mountains, and between their recent international break-out and singer/guitarist Jose Gonzalez's earlier solo career, they've conquered plenty of l ... More >>

  • Film

    December 23, 2010

    Ten for 2011

    The year 2010 is old news. Here are 10 to watch out for in 2011

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! Anything Good in the Anaheim Hills Area?

    ​Asked via Facebook, but I'm paraphrasing:So, I have a dear friend whom I'm taking out to dinner. It has to be around Anaheim Hills, though. Any recommendations? Can't be too expensive!

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Plagiarism?: Video Game Art That Looks Like the Movies

    We live in a world in which everyone's copying each the work of others. Musicians, artists, and writers often depend on outside sources as inspiration for their own "work." Unfortunately, the video games and movie industries are no exceptions. On numerous occasions, the artwork of video games and mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Rub a Dub Dub Them Elephants Are Tubs!

    Photo by Keith MaySpray today, perform tonight.Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus scored a rare two-fer today, generating attention to what it considers generous treatment of its performing animals and butts in seats for a 12-day run that begins tonight at the Honda Center. Actually, make ... More >>

  • Food

    March 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    O.C. Restaurants With No Corkage Fees

    I got the following e-mail from a reader named Dorn: I know you are not an alcohol drinker, but I suspect many of your foodie fans love wine. I would love to see a topic covered on OC restaurants that do not charge a corkage fee. Considering that most restaurants mark-up their wines 200% - 300%, thi ... 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 >>

  • Columns

    August 7, 2008
  • Food

    January 10, 2008

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Thai and Thai Again

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007

    SoCal Independent Film Festival: The Winners

    The award winners have just been announced, and they are: Best-in-the-Fest and Best Feature both deservedly went to the dysfunctional-American-brothers-in-Thailand drama The Elephant King, which I picked as best and gave a film pick to, so I hope some of you readers saw it. This probably boosts its ... More >>

  • Film

    July 5, 2007

    Sad Is the New Funny

    Amusing movies about depressed young men are in at the Los Angeles Film Festival

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2007

    LAFF 2007: Bluey, Da Ba Dee Da Ba Dah

    Raise your hand if you thought Gavin Rossdale of Bush could be a decent actor. Or a decent anything. Yeah, he got his face melted in Constantine, but that proved nothing. But Mr. Gwen Stefani really shows something in HOW TO ROB A BANK, as a pill-popping criminal named Simon (after Simon Le Bon of ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 1, 2007

    John, Long Gone

    A final introspective, before the Sympathy records founder moves

  • Film

    January 18, 2007
  • Culture

    October 26, 2006

    A Little Michelangelo, a Little Rodin, a Little Rockefeller

    Sculptor Tuan Nguyens long journey to arrive

  • Columns

    September 14, 2006


    'I guess its just not bad enough that we have a bunch of rich elite dressing up in womens clothes, getting drunk and stoned . . . With articles like yours, who needs government-sponsored propaganda?'

  • Food

    August 24, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    June 8, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Orange County's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    June 1, 2006

    Grub Guide

    The best damn dining guide in Orange County

  • Food

    May 25, 2006

    Grub Guide

    The best damn dining guide in Orange County

  • Film

    January 19, 2006

    New Reviews

    End of the Spear, Family, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, Underworld: Evolution, Zinda

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • Columns

    October 6, 2005

    So Board With the USA

    Seeking low wages and lax environmental laws, OC boardmakers reluctantly find themselves in Asia

  • Unknown

    September 22, 2005
  • Food

    May 26, 2005
  • News

    January 20, 2005

    Fountain Headache

    Ayn Rand Institute tries to twist tsunami disaster

  • Film

    October 2, 2003


    Kavee Thongprechas journey from Thailand to Graceland

  • Food

    June 19, 2003

    Checklist Please

    Five frozen fancies

  • News

    December 27, 2001

    Are These Things Just to Be Pissed Upon?

    President Nixon solves your holiday quandaries

  • Columns

    January 11, 2001
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