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.
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 >>
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 email@example.com. Dear Exene,I'm currently perusing the back of an adult m ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Lilly Tokuyama's Fullerton boutique sells cute products to help fund charities worldwide
In the summer of 2013, movie fans will likely be rolling in the aisles to The Hangover Part III, which is to reunite "The Wolfpack" (a.k.a. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha and our bearded opener page boy, Zack Galifianakis).But the road to boffo box office pisses off some locals who reported ... More >>
Kalpna Singh-Chitnis says the hardest part of staging last year's first ever Silent River Film Festival was mounting the sequel, which is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday in Irvine.Dealing with programming, logistics and clashing personalities in your first year is one thing, but now that the n ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Are Potato State perverts threatening the church's OC base?
There's a new editor-in-chief over at High Times magazine. Chris Simunek, author of Paradise Burning: Adventures of a HIGH TIMES Journalist, says he wants to reverse the rag's slow descent into pot porn and bring back its more ancient tradition of hard-hitting reporting on the drug war. Helping to i ... More >>
The artists that work, and basically live, inside the Santora Arts Building in downtown Santa Ana believe their historic structure is a place for expression without barriers. It is not a place, they say, for a church. Sitting under the painted-glass ceiling panels of the 84-year-old buildi ... More >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Edwin GoeiThai Spice's Pad ThaiAh, pad Thai: the gateway drug to a full-on Thai cuisine addiction. This stir-fry of humble means has not only become the national dish of Thailand, but also an emblematic representation of its culture throughout the globe. Even if you don't know much about Thailand ... More >>
StarfishNancy 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.
Photo by Amy KaplanWhen 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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Kevin LaraToday, we continue our Q&A with True Food Kitchen's executive chef, Nathan Coulon. If you missed the first part, click here to read it. And stay tuned tomorrow for a recipe. What show would you pitch to the Food Network?It would be an eat/drink/travel show. I would t ... More >>
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!
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Hamamori is pricey, but worth every bite
Thai and Thai Again
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 >>
Amusing movies about depressed young men are in at the Los Angeles Film Festival
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 >>
OnDVD: The Protector
Sculptor Tuan Nguyens long journey to arrive
'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?'
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Seeking low wages and lax environmental laws, OC boardmakers reluctantly find themselves in Asia
Ayn Rand Institute tries to twist tsunami disaster
Kavee Thongprechas journey from Thailand to Graceland
Five frozen fancies
The dangerous goodness of Cha Thai
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