• Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    'The Laramie Project' High School Production Gets the Boot in Fullerton

    Four years ago, Fred Phelps, the now banished (and the God-who-Hates-Fags-willing soon to be dead) founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, announced plans to boycott a Santa Ana staging of The Laramie Project, an oral history project turned play that documented the events surrounding the 1998 killin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    EDC Las Vegas 2013 Lineup is Here!

    After leaving fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the sold out 17th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Insomniac finally revealed the diverse lineup of musical "conductors" as founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella likes to call them. This year's list include ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Long Time Mom and Pop Store Rockit Music Closing its Doors

    After more than two decades of selling guitars, amps and drums to a fiercely loyal group of customers, Rockit Music in Brea will soon close for good. Though he declined to name a specific date, owner Ian Williams said the store will likely shutter its doors in two weeks."I think it's a fait accompli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    On The Line: Roland Rubalcava Of Rubalcava's, Part One

    Meeting Roland Rubalcava for the first time was a bit nerve-wracking. It's not often we're asked to interview someone who's friends with El Jefe. Yet Roland was more unassuming and chill than many of our subjects, despite the constant ebb and flow of regulars filtering through the market. From his s ... More >>

  • Film

    December 6, 2012

    'Lay the Favorite': One Day She'll Win

    Rebecca Hall bets big—and almost saves Stephen Frears' film

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Never Mess with Doug Stanhope's Sausage Army. Seriously. Don't.

    Comedian Doug Stanhope is one of the best storytellers around and it just so happens that when he tells you his take on things, it comes out entertainingly uninhibited and completely rantastic (yes, that is a word). Truth be told, sometimes we think he doesn't even have a set and really, he doesn't ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 27, 2012

    'Trojan Barbie,' or: Bella of Troy

    Long Beach's Garage Theater hosts Christine Evans bold, contemporary take on the Euripides classic

  • Food

    September 20, 2012

    Troy's Drive-In: Breakfast Burrito Beaut

    [Hole In the Wall] This Orange hamburger stand doesn't make great burgers—but the breakfast burritos are magnificent!

  • Calendar

    September 13, 2012

    Trojan Barbie

    The Garage Theater

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Tracy Flick is Alive and Well at Troy High School

    Tracy Flick is apparently alive and well at Troy High School.Brought to life deliciously by Reese Witherspoon, Tracy Enid Flick is a central character in Alexander Payne's 1999 film Election, which is based on Tom Perrotta's novel of the same title. The plot involves a high school student body elect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    [UPDATED w/ Beat Beef Squashed] Pete Rock's Not Feelin' Lupe Fiasco's New Single

    UPDATE MAY 23 1:57 P.M.: A recent phone call between Pete Rock and Lupe Fiasco has effectively put to rest the "T.R.O.Y." controversy that erupted following the premiere of "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)." The hip-hop legend was angered by the remake of his classic cut from twenty years ago voi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    How to Mess With a Plagiarist: A Lesson for Troy Holm from Doug Stanhope

    ​ I am pretty sure a lesson that was drilled into our heads as kids is that it's bad to steal. Whether you are stealing a car, some money, or heaven forbid someone's school work, it's just wrong. Actually, stealing has been frowned upon since biblical times as it is even listed as one of the Ten C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    No. 20: Chicken Pie at La Palma Chicken Pie Shop

    ProfessorSalt.comChicken pie dinner at La Palma Chicken Pie Shop​This 100 Favorites Dishes feature is all about comfort foods for this writer. Granted, I  include tacos de tripas and fish pho in that category, but it also embraces American classics like chicken pie. In Orange County, old-scho ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    No. 21: Mac and Cheese at Ecco

    ProfessorSalt.comFontina, gorgonzola and pancetta mac and cheese​You'd think a mac and cheese would be simple to pull off for a restaurant kitchen, but you'd be wrong. Never mind the technical difficulties of making a cheese sauce creamy-smooth,  balancing the flavor profiles and so on, we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    No. 23: ABC Burger at Peter's Gourmade Grill

    ​When Peter's Gourmade Grill opened last year, they staked a sign into the lawn across the off-ramp of the 55 freeway. The sign steered you toward a gas station, which just happens to host a terrific, if oddball, take-out restaurant.The first thing I ever tried in the early days of the restaurant, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Debt Ceiling, Schmebt Ceiling: Let's Eliminate Money

    ​While the debt-ceiling crisis was averted today, even President Barack Obama indicated that much more work needs to be done in a Washington, D.C., that's split between those who do not want to tax the super rich and those who do not want to cut services to the very poor.Perhaps everyone is focuse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    No. 55: Toum at Sasoon Chicken

    ProfessorSalt.comOooh la la Sasson!​It's the King Midas of Garlic. Though it's not a dish in itself, the Lebanese garlic sauce at Sasoon Chicken turns everything it touches turns into richly garlicky gold. Besides the small cup they provide with your order with your rotisserie chicken, you'll want ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    No. 56: Bacon Hash Dog at Berkeley Dog

    ProfessorSalt.comBacon. Hashbrown. Dog.​Some things sell themselves: sex and bacon, to name two. The most savvy marketers know you just need to whisper those words, or show a well-shot photo, and the mere mention will hook into your brain like a stainless steel gaff-hook.  The less you talk a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    No. 57: Blueberry Donut at M & M Donuts

    ProfessorSalt.comM&M's blueberry donuts​Every now and then, I'll overhear (accidentally, of course!) a great food tip while I'm eating at a place I love. One day, I'm lulled into a happy trance by the phenomenal nem nuong cuon at Dat Thanh when my ears perk up. One of the owners is raving abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    No. 58: Tempura Fried Poached Egg at Break of Dawn

    ProfessorSalt.comEggstatic!​The tempura-fried poached egg at Break of Dawn isn't normally an item served by itself -- it's the star of whatever ensemble it's cast with. It most often shows up in a dish of barbecue pulled pork piled onto jalapeno cornbread and served with an Asian slaw, but it migh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    No. 59: Mulitas from Tacos & Mulitas Ruben

    ProfessorSalt.comMulita de suadero at Tacos Ruben​When a restaurant names their business after their specialty, it's a no-brainer that you should order that thing. This time, it's a mulita from the Ruben truck of Santa Ana. The Ruben truck specializes in hand-patted masa, which you should always f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    #81: Quesadilla Chilanga at Alebrije's Grill​Since nobody could guess the exact name of last week's Guess Where dish, I'll tell you now. It's a quesadilla chilanga from the pink Alebrije's lonchera parked on Cubbon and Main Street in  Santa Ana. Some of you guessed almost right, but a quesadilla is not a taco,  no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    No. 86: Breakfast Burrito at Troy's Drive-In

    Dave Lieberman​Welcome to the 2011 edition of Stick A Fork In It's 100 Favorite Dishes. We've just kicked off our countdown to #1 (which will appear the same week as our compendium on all that's good and right about Orange County).

  • Food

    March 10, 2011

    Morangak Has the Seoul of OC's Little Korean

    [Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove restaurant is famous for its Korean barbecue—but there's more

  • News

    April 15, 2010
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    February 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    What Do the Angels Do Now That Rory Markas Has Died?

    Fox Sports NetMark Gubicza and Rory Markas (right) open a broadcast.​When play-by-play man Rory Markas started broadcasting Angels games in 1994, he could not end his call with "Just another Halo victory!" as often as he would in the 2000s, when Anaheim became a perennial playoff contender.Now, fa ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 26, 2009
  • Columns

    February 26, 2009
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    December 18, 2008

    Cool Kids

    High School Musical: On Ice

  • Film

    June 12, 2008
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    May 15, 2008
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    April 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    QWM (Quarterbacking While Mexican): USC Edition

    By law, I'm not allowed to say anything nice about the University of Southern California--I'm a UCLA grad (fire Dorrell!), and many of the lords of Orange County (from Theo Lacy to John Wayne to Mike Schroeder) attended Troy. But I always liked current Trojans quarterback Mark Sanchez, not just beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2007

    Rx Unlock the Vault

    The crowd merely tolerated the preceding bands. Sure, the scant opener-faithful were present but the overarching feeling, the predominant urge was in favor of the headliner. “RXB! RXB!” the crowd began to chant the moment the last note of the undercard rang out, and they settled down to endure ... More >>

  • Music

    August 9, 2007

    Prescription for Progression

    Rx Bandits continue to evolve and inspire fervor—and tattoos

  • Film

    July 5, 2007

    Special Screenings

    Movie(s) of the Week: Bible Madness and Dont Go In the Church

  • Columns

    September 21, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    Sept. 13 - Sept. 19

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2006

    Muzzling Troy

    Troy High School in Fullerton has a lot going for it. The combined public and magnet school is known for its high SAT scores, Troy Tech and International Baccalaureate programs, its wins or high placements in the U.S. National Science Olympiad and Western Regional Science Bowl sponsored by NASA/JPL, ... More >>

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    Eight-Bit Inspirations

    Horse the Band & Criteria

  • Culture

    October 13, 2005

    Exquisitely Sad

    Is Eugene Bermans 'Melancholy Sublime.' And thats good

  • Film

    September 2, 2004

    The Summer: No Bummer

    Thank God for big expensive favors

  • Film

    June 10, 2004

    Troy Story

    The greatest story forever told

  • Film

    May 13, 2004

    Homer Erotic

    Brad Pitts beefcake Achilles is a heel in a streamlined, digitized Iliad

  • Columns

    May 29, 2003
  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    God Bless Art

    The saving power of theater in a global crisis

  • Features

    August 9, 2001

    Pompeii Dog

    Irvine agitators stuff selves at San Pedros Elias Cafe

  • Culture

    April 22, 1999

    Bye-Bye, butt floss

    Wahine carves the new publishing style

  • Music

    January 28, 1999

    New Electronic Frontier

    Christopher Dobrian of UCI's Gassmann Studio lets the microchips do the jamming

  • Culture

    November 19, 1998

    What Is War For?

    Cal Rep's stunning-but ultimately lightweight-theatrical ride

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