• 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

    October 9, 2014

    The Best Restaurants in Orange County, 2014

    Well everyone, its that time of the year again. We've pondered ever so hard and have come up with a list of what we think are the best everything in Orange County. Now, for those of you who can't click over to the Best Of section of our website, or pick up a paper copy (Seriously though, they're glo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Rita Corpin, Retired Teacher Getting $120k Pension, Found Dead Amid Hoarder Conditions

    Remember the room filled with pet cans in the classic documentary (and also HBO dramatization) Grey Gardens? Turns out Santa Ana has it's own version of this--times three!--as the discovery of a 73-year-old woman's body on her porch ultimately uncovered two dogs, dozens and dozens of feral cats and ... More >>

  • News

    February 27, 2014

    The Very Merry Un-Gangs of Disneyland

    Droves of tattoo-sporting, vest-wearing nerds roam the Happiest Place On Earth. They don't make war, they say­—they make magic

  • News

    December 26, 2013

    OC Weekly's Year In Review 2013

    Tacos and terrorists, chopped-off dicks in the desert, and drinking with Marines in Coachella cap off our year that was

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Akeem Johnson Thought It Was A Good Idea To Have Sex With Intoxicated Lady; He Was Wrong

    Here is a scenario: It's Thanksgiving night 2010 and you're a man in a Tustin bar where you see a heavily intoxicated woman, a tourist from Australia and a mother of two kids, who can't even walk on her own. Would you try to help her, ignore her or would you see a cheap opportunity for sex? For Ake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Anthony Bourdain Apologizes for Ridiculing New Mexico's Frito Pie Tradition--But How New Mexican is Frito Pie?

    My pal Russell Contreras over at the Associated Press' New Mexico bureau always pulls out amazing stories about the magnificent state (yes: he's the one who first gave nationwide attention to the Breaking Bad tourism industry that now rules Albuquerque), and he had a doozy yesterday about a controve ... More >>

  • Film

    September 19, 2013
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    June 27, 2013

    10 Songs to Celebrate the Defeat of DOMA

    According to my Facebook feed, apparently the gays can get married. Or something like that (I didn't read any of those posts). I'm excited not only because legalizing gay marriage is the right thing to do, but because I've learned weddings are the best way to pick up chicks. So, more weddings means ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Top 10 Concert Films Every Music Writer Should Own

    For music fans, there's nothing better than seeing your favorite band or checking out an up-and-coming act in person. While the records serve as a tangible finished product that fans can jam on until eternity, the live show experience explains more about a band than their recorded work. With concert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Can Orange County Register Columnists Stop Blowing Their New Owners Already?

    I say this with all sincerity: I want newish Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner's grand media experiment--invest in print and hire up instead of down--to succeed. Not only will it create a better daily in a county that desperately needs one, but it might also convince other newspaper owners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    On The Line: Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Part Two

    "I don't consider myself old in any way, but I'm old school now. Even Dee (Nguyen), Mike (Rossi) . . .we're old."One of the best things about interviewing a well-connected baker is the exchange of information. Dean reminds us that the community of chefs is full of friends and customers. Can you beli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    The Five Best Concerts in OC This Week

    Tuesday, December 11Food and MicsDetroit Bar The quantity of charitable donations around the country always spikes in December--all that holiday cheer really brings out the giver in most people. Detroit Bar, in association with Buford House, gets on the generosity wagon this week with a special Tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Suicide Silence Seek Donations For Mitch Lucker Memorial Fund

    Days after Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker died in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach, the band have launched a memorial fund to provide assistance to the family of the late singer. All proceeds donated to the official Mitch Lucker Memorial Fund will go towards the education of Lucker's fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    No. 89, Wagon-Wheel Bread at THE RANCH Restaurant

    While we're not the first to reach for the bread basket when waiting for dinner, this EDC-esque carb form has us mesmerized with its many spokes for varying tastes. Crafted specially for the dining room at THE RANCH in Anaheim, it rolls over any comparable chews we reckon in this county.A collaborat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    On the Line: Keba Parker of A Bite Truck, Part Two

    We were rather fortunate to run into some of Keba's friends at their first truck stop, and we thank them for contributing to our line of questioning. It made our interview even more entertaining. Our discussion turns to family, superheroes, and a certain quote, "Chefs are so crazy. If we weren't che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2012

    Little Saigon Asian Crip Who Killed At Asian Garden Mall Gets Bad News

    Armed with a baseball bat and a mop handle, members of the Asian Crips criminal street gang attacked a group of men and women outside the Asian Garden Mall in Little Saigon on Thanksgiving 2001 and murdered one of the victims.The crime went unsolved for eight years until Westminster Police Departmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Ten Great Mexican-American Combo Plates In Orange County

    Sometimes we want regional Mexican food--corundas and pozole from Las Brisas de Apatzingán or thick, rich moles from El Moctezuma--and sometimes we just want the familiar old combination plate with its orangey rice and its goopy beans and its two enchiladas where the sauce runs into the other parts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Kathleen Madigan on the Presidential Candidates, Going Overseas, and Getting Good Parking.

    ​Kathleen Madigan has been in the business for over 20 years and if there is one thing that she knows, it's how to make a crowd laugh. Honestly, real talk, and top notch delivery is what she's bringing and when Kathleen blows through town on February 24 for one night only at The City National Grov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Six Songs to Work Off the Extra Helping of Grandma's Stuffing and Those Seven Beers You Drank Thursday Night

    ​Look, you ate too damned much during the four-day Thanksgiving break. But it's cool. We've all been there. The good news is there's this little thing called exercise that's going to get you back to who you were last Wednesday. As an avid gym member (the girl at the front desk knows my name), I kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Dana Rohrabacher: Newt Gingrich is a Poseur

    ​The broken clock syndrome that saves Congressman Dana T. Rohrabacher from a continual series of embarrassing, boneheaded decisions has struck again. Rohrabacher didn't use his Thanksgiving Twitter soapbox to take his usual foaming-at-the-mouth-but-ultimately-limp swings at journalists who long ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Turkey On The Grill or Smoker

    ​ Thanksgiving turkey is one of those traditions you don't mess with - somebody in your family will cut you out of their will if you change the way you cook it. They'll expect the same, oven-roasted bird that's been the done the exact same way in your family since they landed on the Mayflower. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Support Your Local Independent Record Shops: Black Friday Record Store Day Sales Roundup

    ​Like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. As we all know, the big kick-off is Black Friday, when everyone shakes off the inevitable Thanksgiving food coma and hits the streets to forage for the best deals on gifts for friends and family. Rather than heading to the nearest mall to wait in hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Japanese Curry CoCo Ichibanya to Open in Irvine Nov. 25

    ProfessorSalt.comCoCo Ichibanya's Pork Katsu Curry​Do you love Japanese curry but long for more heat in the otherwise-mild-mannered dish? The Japanese chain restaurant CoCo Ichibanya offers spice levels you can customize to your taste, all the way to a brow-sweating, nose-running level 10. "Comin ... More >>

  • Film

    September 15, 2011

    'I Don't Know How She Does It' Sacrifices Nothing

    In the fantasy adaptation, working moms can have it all

  • Food

    August 18, 2011

    Belly Up to Slater's 50/50

    There's nothing halfway about the Huntington Beach eatery's embrace of America's bacon crush

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Rep. David Wu To Resign Amid Allegations of Sexual Misconduct With OC Teen

    ​Rep. David Wu (D-Oregon) announced this week that he will resign from Congress, post-debt ceiling vote, after an allegation that he had an unwanted sexual encounter with his friend's 18-year-old daughter.  According to The Oregonian, which broke the news of the scandal last week, Wu was visi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Rodney Alcala, Convicted Serial Killer, Demanded Payback for Candy and Playboys in OC Jail

    ​Larry Welborn has a fascinating piece on The Orange County Register site about the 26 claims serial killer Rodney Alcala filed against his Orange County jailers while he was holed up in Santa Ana defending himself in his third (and hopefully final) death-penalty trial.Among the items the jailhous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Book Review: Are You Gonna Eat That*? A Collection Of Crazy Culinary Concoctions

    ​With a cover like this, does one really need to read the introduction?  I didn't: I just jumped right in and came to three conclusions:1. The author must have an issue with combining sweet and salty flavors.2. He clearly consulted with pregnant women.3. What's the big deal?  Some of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    [UPDATED] Rachel Ann Hicks Busted for Allegedly Raping Maryland Boy She Met in X-Box Chat Room

    ​Update, Jan. 17, 3:14 p.m.: Lake Forest resident Rachel Ann Hicks, 36, signed a court waiver last week allowing her to be extradited to Maryland to answer to charges she had sex with a 13-year-old boy in his bedroom around Thanksgiving 2010.Hicks was being held without bail in Orange County for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Doesn't Make Spidey Sense: What Happened to Legitimate Theater?

    Wikipedia​This week's edition of Orange Curtains has nothing to do with Orange County theater. Which is why it has everything to do with Orange County theater... It will be several years before Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark AKA "steaming pile of actor crippling shit," will debut on an Orange Count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    X's Exene Cervenka: Beyond X-Mas

    Ali Smith​​Today's Weekly features an interview with X singer-songwriter Exene Cervenka in advance of Friday night's KROQ Presents X-Mas With X at the Anaheim House of Blues, where a 25th anniversary screening of W.T. Morgan's excellent "rockumentary" X: The Unheard Music will be followed by a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    New Hip-Hop Album Says Leonard Peltier Got a Bad Rap

    ​While many of us were helping ourselves to servings of turkey, stuffing and other offerings of the annual feast last Thursday, jailed American Indian Movement activist Leonard Peltier continued to serve time on consecutive life sentences. Peltier has spent more than three decades imprisoned fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    There's "Snow" Stopping Restaurateur Bruno Serato's Generosity Toward Needy Children

    ​Ten tons of snow were piled on the font lawn of the Anaheim White House restaurant this week.No, our freaky weather hasn't gotten freakier.Restaurateur with a heart Bruno Serato had the white stuff trucked in so local motel kids could enjoy a fairy-tale winter wonderland.

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Five Reasons to be Thankful for a 'Buffy' Reboot

    ​I'm a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan from back in the day. I admit that I didn't jump on the bandwagon from the beginning, but I was watching when the show was originally airing and fell in love with creator Joss Whedon's seminal series. In fact, I fell in love with Joss, too. Well, his work. (No o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic! A Good Mexican-American Restaurant in Anaheim?

    ​Someone asked this weeks ago; I just got to this today, too late to help the lady. Sorry, Hiromi :-(My boss wants to eat at a good Mexican-American restaurant in Anaheim. Any recommendations?Little-known secret about Anaheim, our county's finest dining town: it's the county's best place for Mexic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2010

    Sunday News Notes

    Happy 10-10-10 to you.​Weekend news highlights from various media sources include:Fred Phelps thinks he knows whyYou can thank UC Irvine researchers for this good news: The future "Big One" earthquake along the San Andreas fault will be much worse and much sooner than previously expected, accordin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    What to Expect from Disneyland's New ElecTRONica Spectacle

    ​As we mentioned earlier today, tonight marks the opening of Disney's California Adventure's "ElecTRONica" attraction, which ties in with the forthcoming release of TRON: Legacy in theaters on Dec. 17.What, exactly, is ElecTRONica? We're gonna say "PG version of the Electric Daisy Carnival." And d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2010

    Sunday News Notes

    ​Highlights include:The Latest Grocery Store Scam KCBS Channel 2 in LA is promoting its Monday investigative look into an area grocery store that pretends to honor product coupons but actually credits the shopper $0.00. No word on the identity of the alleged offender. The report is scheduled to ... More >>

  • Food

    August 12, 2010

    The Feast Days of Summer

    And Winter and Fall and Spring! Where to eat, drink and be merry during the most important holidays

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    What You Missed: The Anti-"Ex-Gay" Conference

    Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyExodus founder and critic Michael Bussee.​A small but impassioned group of gay-rights supporters convened in Irvine on Saturday in response to the upcoming Exodus International Freedom Conference. Exodus' notoriety for "praying the gay away" has effectively prayed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    The Best Taco in Orange County is..

    *Moved up, 'cause the conversation is raging--and where the hell are you, Cheeser???I love all of you, o readers and commentators (especially the commentators), and one of the most loyal is Cesar Madrid. He's always bilingually witty and profane, whether talking about Gunkist historians, the Catholi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Parents Have Been Complaining About Accused Pervert at Saddleback High for Years

    *Continually moved to the top to ensure this story doesn't get lost over the Thanksgiving holiday...When Julia Orozco found out that SanTana police arrested teacher's assistant Alonso Manuel Gonzalez on November 17 on suspicion of a lewd act with a disabled student at Saddleback High School, she "go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Harvey Milk: the Man, the Movie, and Orange County

    This past Tuesday night at the Edwards South Coast Village in Santa Ana, and an Orange County Film Society-sponsored advance screening of the new Gus Van Zant-directed, Sean Penn-starring Harvey Milk biopic, simply titled Milk. Go ahead and Google the name if you must -- it's not like Harvey's stor ... More >>

  • Food

    October 25, 2007

    Sashimi Surrender

    Let Ikko Kobayashi have his way with you

  • Food

    October 5, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    May 18, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Orange County's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    May 11, 2006

    Grub Guide

    The county's best damn dining guide

  • Features

    July 24, 2003
  • Music

    August 12, 1999

    The Shock of the Nude

    How would the Pageant of the Masters score Guernica?

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