• Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    On the Line: Chari Reyes of The Ensaymada Project, Part One

    I learned of Chari Reyes a few months ago, while researching The Ensaymada Project. With a modest production kitchen tucked away in Tustin, she perfected a recipe for one doughy, sweet Filipino dessert I grew up on. I meet with Chari between batches to elaborate on family, baking and that messed-up ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    This Week In Food: Steaks For Breakfast, Changes for Lynda, and Bullshit For Food Writers

    Here we are with another week in food, folks. Hopefully you'll be joining us at our ridiculously huge food party tonight - Decadence. If not, well then this blog is all you get. Edwin had the amazing experience of going to Surfas Culinary District for his weekly review. He named the Flying Horse La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    More Than 1,000 People Line Up For The Ramen Burger In Torrance

    The big food story in Southern California this weekend was the West-Coast debut of Keizo Shimamoto's Ramen Burger. If you're just tuning in, no, it's not a restaurant; it's simply what it sounds like: a burger that's sandwiched between two grilled hockey-pucks of ramen. The blogger introduced it a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Did Judge in Santa Ana Toss the Smoking Gun in Federal Defect Case Against Toyota?

    You can't blame U.S. District Judge James Selna for wanting an end to the long, complicated unintended acceleration class-action litigation against Toyota, the Japanese automaker that landed in the federal courthouse in Santa Ana due to is U.S. headquarters being in Torrance. Selna, who last month a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    David Perdue Got His Pickup Truck and Self Shot Up by Cops Hunting Christopher Dorner and All He Got Was $20,000 ... So Far

    David Perdue, the LAX baggage handler whose pickup truck was riddled with bullets fired by Torrance Police officers on the lookout for now-dead rogue LAPD cop Christopher Jordan Dorner, has been paid $20,000 for his ride. But in announcing that payment from the city of Torrance, Perdue's attorney a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    The Mochi Donut Arrives At Mitsuwa Costa Mesa

    It seems that it is the year of the donut hybrid. You've probably heard of a little thing called the Cronut (croissant donut), which now has its own black market. And on National Donut Day earlier this month, CoolHaus in Culver City sold a donut ice cream sandwich, which I guess isn't exactly new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Who Saw This Coming? Man Shot at by Police Manhunters for Christopher Dorner Sues

    The last time we checked in with David Perdue, he was holding one of the bullets a Torrance police officer fired at him in those tense SoCal days in early February when rogue ex-LAPD cop Christopher Jordan Dorner was on the loose. As Perdue demonstrated, police were so freaked out by the threat pose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Margie Carranza, Emma Hernandez Get $4.2 Million for Being Shot by Cops Hunting Dorner

    The city of Los Angeles will pay $4.2 million to Margie Carranza and Emma Hernandez, the mother and daughter newspaper deliverywomen who had their small pickup--and, in the case of one, herself--shot up by LAPD cops protecting the Torrance home of a Chris Dorner target.Carmen Trutanich, the LA city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    [UPDATED with Hot Gassing Defended:] Christopher Jordan Dorner War Is Over!

    See the update at the end of page 5 on the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department defending the use of "hot gas," which could have sparked the cabin fire, on the suspect.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 7, 9:48 A.M.: The word coming out of the Los Angeles Police Department this morning is meant to apply to t ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    10 Who Have Been or Could be Mistaken for Manhunt Subject Christopher Jordan Dorner

    Thanks to Facebook, fan sites and law enforcement alerts, it seems as if we have seen every known photo and video of Christopher Jordan Dorner created over the past decade or so.But that hasn't stopped lookiloos, his hunters and conspiracy theorists from confusing the 33-year-old with a whole bunch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Michael Clark of Huntington Beach Guilty of Murdering Wife in Torrance 30 Years Ago

    A Huntington Beach man was convicted Wednesday of killing his wife in Torrance 30 years ago before changing his last name and moving to start a new life in Orange County.After deliberating less than a day, the Los Angeles County Superior Court jury found 59-year-old Michael Clark--formerly Lubahn--g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Mitsuwa's Hokkaido Fair This Thursday to Sunday

    When Mitsuwa holds these festivals, it's always fun, even if the parking is atrocious.This week, it's the Hokkaido Fair, being held from Thursday to Sunday. Here are some highlights of this year's event as Mitsuwa's own website can only describe them: See Also: - Irvine Mitsuwa Marketplace Food C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Chick-fil-A: "Tastes like Hate" Vandalism Hits SoCal Restaurant

    Kevin Lara/OC WeeklyHours before a scheduled nationwide, same sex "kiss in" to protest the owner of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage stance, police are investigating vandalism committed at a Torrance franchise of the fast food restaurant.Overnight someone committed a misdemeanor crime by spray p ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Mochi Cream, New Dessert Shop, Opens At Mitsuwa Costa Mesa

    The Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa has a new sweet addition to complement its roster of savory food stalls like Santoka and Sky Express. Mochi Cream is a, well, mochi cream, specialist--a dessert that's made by wrapping the sweet, glutinous rice paste called mochi around flavored fillings like red bean.The p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Michael Clark, Whose Wife Disappeared 30 Years Ago, Faces Trial for Her Murder

    A Huntington Beach man has been ordered to stand trial for killing his wife in 1981 despite her body never being found.Torrance Police in April arrested Michael Clark, 58, who changed his last name from Lubahn, for the cold-case murder of his wife Carol Jeanne Meyer Lubahn.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    It's No Secret Why Crowds Flock to Gomen For Lunch

    Dave Lieberman​Stanton: once a stretch of cheap motels catering to theme park tourists before the advent of the 5 freeway, then an industrial-looking, dingy gangland with no "there" there, and now increasingly a city on the vanguard of Orange County's gastronomic revolution. Hyperbole? Perhaps... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Huntington Beach Claims SoCal Edison Pockets Millions Set Aside for Street Light Repairs

    ​Huntington Beach is among eight Southern California cities that have formed the Coalition for Affordable Street Lights, which accuses Southern California Edison of pocketing millions in taxpayer money set aside for light pole maintenance and replacement.The coalition--which also includes Torrance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Is Kula Becoming The Walmart of Sushi?

    ​Some may remember that before it sold $2 sushi on moving belts, Kula's previous incarnation was as a high-priced, made-to-order sushi bar in Century City. When it failed to catch on after about one year, the restaurant made the move to the then still unproven Diamond Jamboree in Irvine. It was he ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 12, 2012

    Mr. Chiizu Makes You Say, 'Cheese!'

    [Trendzilla] IPhone app lets you create your own Japanese-style photo booth

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    First Taste: Ramen Yamadaya Costa Mesa

    ProfessorSalt.comYamadaya's Kotteri ramen​They're finally open! Back in November we reported that Yamadaya's first Orange County restaurant was opening by the end of that month. They put up hand-written signs in their papered-over windows counting down the days. "8 Days," the sign promised, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Irvine Mitsuwa Marketplace Food Court To Host Santouka Ramen

    ​It would've seemed a safe bet to assume that the new Irvine Mitsuwa Marketplace going into the 13,800 square feet space at Heritage Plaza that was formerly Ace Hardware would contain a Santouka Ramen. At every single Mitsuwa Marketplace in the US (Costa Mesa; Torrance; Los Angeles; Santa Monica; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Savory Spice Shop Opens at OC Mart Mix

    Dave Lieberman​Just in time for the holidays, Savory Spice Shop has opened its second location, inside the OC Mart Mix at the SoCo Collection off the 405 freeway. The original branch of the chain has been open for a couple of years in Corona del Mar Plaza, where people whose cars cost as much as m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Freshia Korean Market to Close Remaining OC Location :-(

    ProfessorSalt.comFresh out of meat at Freshia Tustin​What used to be a great place to buy good-quality beef and unusual seafood items such as fresh monkfish and live halibut is shutting down this week. According to a store manager I spoke with, July 31 will be the last day for local Korean superma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Federal Judge in Santa Ana Sets Trial For First of Hundreds of Lawsuits Against Toyota In February 2013

    ​A Santa Ana-based federal judge has picked the bellwether case in the slew of freak-acceleration lawsuits lodged against Toyota. The trial, which will undoubtedly influence the litigation of the other cases, is set to start on Feb. 19, 2013, according to a timetable housed on the court' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2011

    iPad-Equipped Restaurant Opens Tomorrow in Torrance; Cerritos in the Fall

    ​Our sister blog Squid Ink and other LA food sites have been writing about Stacked for months. The hook of the restaurant is that each table is equipped with an iPad from which you order and customize your burgers, pizzas and salads via dragging the ingredients on Apple's tablet computer. You pay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    American Airlines Now Sponsoring Fortunes in Chinese Fortune Cookies

    ​Two nights ago, my family and I went to Shanghai Palace in Torrance to celebrate my dad's birthday. As we reached the end of the meal, the waitress handed us our obligatory fortune cookies. Exciting! As I opened up the plastic wrapper, I wondered what fate would be revealed on that two-inch white ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011 and Select Boutiques Donating Net Proceeds to Japan Disaster Relief Tomorrow

    ​It's now the world's most famous mouthless white cat's turn to help out Japan: Tomorrow, and select participating boutique locations will donate all net proceeds toward Japan disaster relief.The company (whose stateside headquarters is housed in Torrance) seems to be following in the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Pork Overload at Yamada-Ya Ramen

    ProfessorSalt.comKotteri Tonkotsu soup with kakuni​Even though Orange County has its share of first-rate ramen shops, I'm afraid we've just been demoted to second-tier losers. There's an escalating pork arms-race waged by the new-school purveyors of tonkotsu (pork bone) soup in the South Bay like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Mitsuwa Marketplace Offers 20-Percent Off Everything Today!

    ​For one day only, Mitsuwa Marketplace in Costa Mesa is offering 20-percent off everything in the market--yes, that includes ready-made sushi, bento boxes, meat and seafood--and yes, the place is a fucking madhouse.

  • Culture

    May 27, 2010

    Hello Kitty + Skateboards = Art

    [Trendzilla] Girl Skateboards all decked out, Sanrio-style

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Celebrate Tax Day With a High-Tech Toilet, "An Inconvenient Tax" Film

    Second prize: steak knives.​Ah, Tax Day. What better day to get a spritz up your butt crack?

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    The Restaurant Re-Tread: Café Hiro, Cypress

    Monster Munching​Our own Edwin Goei has been lauding Café Hiro in Cypress for a very long time. Cypress isn't known for its culinary destinations, so when the opportunity came up to re-validate our capsule review, I jumped at it. While I was only able to visit once, I'm happy to report that it li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Ethnic Eating 101: Korean, Part 1

    phy @ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Korean restaurants have Seoul... get it?​Welcome to the new year of Ethnic Eating 101! Sorry for the unannounced hiatus; I was hung over--tequila is a delicious but cruel potion.While the wonders of Vietnamese cooking could fill up half a year's posts, the Vietnames ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    At the Farmers' Market: Buffa... er... Bison

    Lindner Bison​Don't call it buffalo. Buffaloes don't roam this continent, Brewster M. Higley VI notwithstanding. That lean, iron-rich meat you're about to chow down on is bison, and if you've been shopping at the Long Beach Southeast farmers' market in the Alamitos Bay Marina, it's grass-fed, huma ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009
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    July 29, 2009

    Scholarship Established For Ex-Weekly Reporter Vu Nguyen

    Vu Nguyen​The Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois at Springfield has created a website and scholarship in honor of former OC Weekly intern Nguyen Huy Vu, who died from a stroke on Mother's Day at the age of 34. Vu, who grew up in Orange County's Little Saigon, also worke ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009
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    December 12, 2008

    A Very Zimmerman Christmas

    Southern California's got a few neighborhoods known for their festive (or overkill, whatever you want) holiday displays, where entire blocks of houses do their very best to outdo and outlight each other: There's Candy Cane Lane in Torrance, Brea's got one off the Lambert exit of the 57, the Naples C ... More >>

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    "I will not love you long time"

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    May 17, 2007


    'There is no life left in the paper. No humor, no edge, no spank. You are plain and boring. I dont know what you did to all these good people to run away, but I can guess. I wont pick up OC Weekly The Digital Dump

    Randy Lewis wants your old computers. The Smithsonian doesnt

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    December 22, 2005

    The Digital Dump

    Randy Lewis wants your old computers. The Smithsonian doesnt

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    October 6, 2005
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    August 25, 2005
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    February 24, 2005

    Something to Share

    Oranges Backhausdance troupe has a spirit like a willow tree

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    October 14, 2004

    Stop Acting Scary

    Visionaries are not just a living, breathing Benetton ad

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