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    August 28, 2014

    3 DUI Defendants Arrested in Courthouse Sting as End-of-Summer Enforcement Continues

    See Update No. 5 at the bottom of Page 2 on a courthouse sting involving people with licenses suspended due to DUI. Update No. 4 revised DUI arrest results during the end-of-summer crackdown. Update No. 3 is on a DUI task force sweep. Update No. 2 has opening weekend DUI arrest totals. Update No. 1 ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Henry Herrera Held After Taking Fire from Tustin Cop and Holing Up in Apartments

    A 20-year-old Tustin man has been arrested for allegedly carrying a rifle or sawed-off shotgun, sparking an officer-involved shooting and hiding in an apartment complex for hours while multiple area schools were locked down. The drama began shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday near the apartments in the ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Tustin Police Cast as Heavies by Movie Theater Patron of 300: Rise of the Empire

    "On 03/15/14 at 8:15 P.M. the Tustin Police Department received a call from mall security of two suspicious males entering the movie theaters at 2457 Park," reads a release from Lt. John Strain, the agency's spokesman. "One of the suspects was wearing a backpack. Officers responded to the scene and ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Gary Dalton Derusha, Accused of Being the Great Tustin Groper, Has a Creeper Past

    Police believe they have caught the Great Tustin Groper. We told you last month about a thin white guy, believed to be age 18-20, who came up behind females six different times since June, grabbed handfuls of ass and, in some cases, pulled their pants down ... and apologized. According to Tustin p ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Tustin DUI Checkpoint and Sheriff's Booze Patrols in 3 South County Cities Begin Tonight

    Tustin is running a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 7 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday. That's the same day and start time for DUI saturation patrols in Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, although those Sheriff's Department operations continue through 3 a.m. Saturday. Neither law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Myung Dong Kal Guk Su Closes In Tustin; Replaced by Ye Dang Korean Restaurant

    The signs were literally there that Myung Dong Kal Guk Su wasn't doing so well at the location it took up from the former Jamillah Garden in Tustin. A few years ago, the Korean knife-cut noodle peddler, which has a successful store in Anaheim, installed a banner advertising a lunch special that pla ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    Tustin Cop at DUI Crash Scene Injured in Second Suspected DUI Collision

    A Tustin police officer on the scene for the arrest of a suspected drunk driver who smashed into a pole was injured while sitting in his marked patrol car, which was rammed into by a car driven by a second suspected drunk early today.The officer's agency has not yet released his name, specified his ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    [UPDATED with Student-Receptionist-Stripper?] 4 Dead in A.M. Shooting Spree

    Updates throughout. The latest is Update No. 8 at the bottom of page 4 with conflicting reports about the female victim's employment.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 19, 8:22 A.M.: Three people were killed and two others were wounded in a 25-minute spree of shootings that began in an upscale Ladera Ranch neighbo ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Costco Selling Whole Suckling Pigs!!

    I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself: Costco (at least the one at The District in Tustin) is currently selling whole suckling pigs. I wasn't the only one gawking at the sight. People were taking photos of it, as did I.  Drooling just as much as I was was a Filipino man standi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Nothing Bundt Cakes: A Bittersweet Review

    Nothing Bundt Cakes is a national dessert shoppe that's been open well over a year in our neighborhoods, and we haven't reported much except that they existed. Why? I dunno, maybe because it's CLOSED every time we walk by. When we think cake, we think dessert. That time of day leisurely spent after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2012

    A Pictorial Essay On Tustin's "Most Cursed Restaurant Location"

    For those just tuning in, there is a shack at the corner of Newport and Walnut (right in front of the venerable sushi bar, Sushi Wasabi) that has gone through more restaurants than Elizabeth Taylor goes through husbands. Every town has one. This one is Tustin's.The latest eatery to attempt to surviv ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Zon Baguette, Tustin's Only Banh Mi Shop, Closed And Sold To Tan Hoang Huong

    I don't remember what blog it was that I was reading or if it was just a one-off Facebook post that first sighted what appears to be a dire predicament for Tustin's Zon Baguette you see above. From the picture, you would assume, just as that blog or Facebook post did, that Tustin's only banh mi purv ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Red Robin Opens At The District in Tustin

    You might remember the place as the short-lived Marmalade Cafe (though even that outlasted Pablo's) at The District in Tustin. Now the Red Robin chain has taken it over to give In-N-Out and Five Guys some burger competition.If you're thinking that this location is too close to the other Red Robin at ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    The New York Pizza Faktory Joins OC's Burgeoning Halal Scene

    The thought of eating an oozingly delicious all-halal BBQ chicken pizza at another restaurant besides Anaheim's San Giovanni's Pizza seemed blasphemous at first, but the more (halal) pizza, the merrier, right? The New York Pizza Faktory has opened its second location in Tustin, after having well-est ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    O.C.'s Second Honda-Ya Opens in Fullerton

    Effectively there are already two Honda-Ya's in OC: the one in Tustin and the one in Fountain Valley. But the Fountain Valley location is technically called Kappo Honda. It's a sister restaurant, not a clone. It's also smaller and doesn't offer a lot of what the one in Tustin serves.

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    May 3, 2012

    Another Concept/Name Change At "Tustin's Most Cursed Restaurant Location"

    If you've read this blog for the past couple of years, you'd know of my fascination about a particular shack on Newport & Walnut in Tustin. Every time there's a change in ownership and/or concept, I write about it. I am the unofficial historian of what comes and goes in what I joking referred to ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call for February 2012

    ​Judging by the final tally of this month's "open and shut cases", we gained more restaurants than we lost. But that still doesn't make the closure of Manila Groove, Tustin's only Filipino turo turo, sting less. What follows is our monthly compilation of new and shuttered restaurants.

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    February 23, 2012

    Total Wine & More To Open Third OC Store In Huntington Beach: Hiring Event Today

    Edwin GoeiPicture of the Tustin store...where there will be a hiring event for the HB store, today.​If BevMo seems like the Trader Joe's of booze and Hi-Time the farmers market, Total Wine & More would have to be the Costco.In 2008 the alcoholic beverage chain opened their first OC store in Tu ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Peter's Gourmade Grill Opens Again in Tustin After Move

    ​The Tustin gas station restaurant is no longer in a gas station, but it's still in Tustin. As we reported a few months ago, Peter's Gourmade Grill, a burger joint that became successful despite of (or is it because of) its location inside a Valero's gas station near a freeway offramp, has now op ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Prius Driver Self Important and Self Loving

    ​Police received a call at 10:38 a.m. Friday that a man was masturbating while driving a Toyota Prius at Irvine Boulevard and Browning Avenue in Tustin.Gentlemen (and Danica Patrick), start your en-jokes . . .

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    January 1, 2012

    Restaurant Roll Call for December 2011

    ​December's biggest debut was Irvine's new Mitsuwa, which constituted an uptick in the number of Asian markets by one and Asian restaurants by four, the latter in a food court the size of a studio apartment. In closures, the most cursed restaurant location in Tustin claimed one more victim, er, te ... More >>

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    November 30, 2011

    Man Who Beat and Robbed 88-year-old Woman Sought

    ​The Orange County Sheriff's Department is reaching out to the public to help find a man who robbed and roughed up an 88-year-old woman who'd returned to her Tustin area home after making a bank withdrawal on Nov. 22. He is described as a clean-cut Hispanic, 5-foot-6, 150 lbs. with short black hai ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    The District in Tustin Loses A Restaurant

    Edwin Goei​Chaparosa Grill at The District in Tustin has closed. When it was open, the place was noted for its Caribbean totems, color-splashed walls, and numerous ceiling fans that swoop the air as if the place was in the tropics. A large framed photo of their bald chef, Tony Corke, a native of E ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Drink of the Week: Dessert-ini at Bowlmor

    Edwin Goei​ Tucked upstairs by a rarely traversed outdoor escalator next to a discount shoe store, Bowlmor at the District in Tustin might as well be in stealth mode. It used to be called Strike, but it's always been part of the Bowlmor chain, which has the distinction of being the longest continu ... More >>

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    September 2, 2011

    Tapu Aniceto Sitagata Faces Murder Count for DUI Crash That Killed His Nephew

    ​Tapu Aniceto Sitagata and his hearty-partying family were kicked out of Newport Five Cocktail Lounge in Tustin in December for getting too rowdy. They were still in the parking lot when the bartender locked up at 2 a.m. So, the bartender offered to call the 27-year-old Santa Ana man a cab. He re ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Tustin To Mull Over Weekly "Family Fun Night" at Old Town

    ​I don't know why I was watching the Tustin City Council Meeting last night. It is usually just about as riveting as sitting through The Weather Channel's Local On the 8s ; but something they were discussing piqued my interest. During the meeting, the owner of Beach Pit BBQ, Tim DeCinces, stood ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011


    Viento y Agua

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    February 24, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle North Indian Versus South Indian Lunch Buffets!

    Traditions in Tustin​Soup Plantation, Hometown Buffet and Vegas are what dominate the mainstream conversations about restaurant buffets. But in Orange County, of course, the best ones are Indian, especially around lunch time: India Cook House, Clay Oven, Haveli, and many more. North Indian-style b ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Freebirds World Burrito Landing in Orange

    Anne Marie Panoringan​ If you 1.) are a UC Santa Barbara grad, or 2.) spent any time living in Texas, chances are this will be something to cheer about: Freebirds, the fast-casual burrito chain founded in Isla Vista in 1987, is coming to Orange County.

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    February 4, 2011

    This Week In Food: Pothead Fantasies, Jerk-Ass Burger Hostesses and Wacky Cranberries!

    Flickr user Half Chinese​Just like the headline says--and more!--after the jump!

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    January 10, 2011

    [UPDATED:] Wanted: Man Who Dumped Drunk Woman in Alley After His Friend Raped Her

    ​Update, January 10, 5:23 p.m.: The Orange County District Attorney's Office has released to the media surveillance photos taken from Godfather's bar in Tustin early Nov. 26 of a man who is believed to have participated in helping facilitate a woman's rape.On the following page, you'll see larger ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Are Medical Marijuana Dispensaries a Convenient Target Now That Prop 19 Failed?

    Illustration by Jay Brockman​Yes, short-term memory is challenging for many of you. But try extra hard thinking back to the not-so-distant past when marijuana legalization in California seemed to be a lock. Alas, Prop 19 was smoked in the statewide election earlier this month.Is it possible that t ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    New Mexican Restaurant at The District in Tustin Slated For December Opening

    Edwin Goei​Remember Bistro West and the building they left behind when they shuttered at The District in Tustin? It turns out the restaurant that will take it's place won't be called Pablo McGinty's as some reports out there predicted.

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    November 12, 2010

    Alert To Minors: Don't Be Out Past Curfew on Nov. 18

    ​Kids, here's some advice. The night of Thursday, Nov. 18 is a very good time to stay indoors. Police departments will conduct what they're calling the "largest-ever Orange County curfew sweeps." Cops in nearly every city--Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Five Reasons Omnivores Don't Eat In Vegan Restaurants

    Flickr user thegrocer​The Orange County Register published a review last week of Freesoulcaffe, a vegan restaurant in Tustin and posted a link on their food blog, Food Frenzy, asking if their review changed any minds about vegan food. The response was nearly universally "no," and it bears thinking ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Make Your Own Dosas and Idlis With the Help of Dosa Place!

    ​The picture says it all, ¿qué no? But there's more to the sign after the jump.

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    September 3, 2010

    Flickr Photo of the Week: Osprey at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

    Flickr user ctnelson (Tustin)​​Behind the jump: Check out this week's Flickr Photo of the Week, by Flickr user CTNelson (Tustin). Got some photos of life in or around Orange Count you'd like to share with your community? Join the OC Weekly Flickr pool!

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    July 19, 2010

    Jamillah Garden Gone; Myung Dong Kal GukSu Steps In

    Edwin Goei​Jamillah Garden, long a staple of the Tustin food scene and one of only a few Islamic Chinese restaurants in OC, has called it quits, finally folding and surrendering its corner spot in a hidden strip mall to a Korean noodle house called Myung Dong Kal GukSu. Myung Dong, as those who r ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    What Did The Henry's Market Early Birds Get For Free Today?

    Photo by Brekkie Fan​So are you wondering what those early birds got for free at the Henry's Farmers Market grand opening today in Tustin? Well wonder no more. What you see above is the haul that our friend, Brekkie Fan, came away with. Not too shabby for waiting out in the cold morning for two ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010
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    March 18, 2010

    Tasty Teriyaki at Teriyami

    [Hole in the Wall] The Tustin eatery offers some south-of-the-border touches with its basic bowls

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    March 10, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Juan Carlos Rodriguez, O.C. Homicide No. 2: 16-Year-Old Gang-Shooting Victim

    UPDATED WITH STILL ANOTHER ARREST . . . Suspect photos courtesy of Tustin Police Department​Arrested in the murder of 16-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez, who was gunned down around 2 a.m. Jan. 10 in Tustin and is shown at bottom right, are (clockwise from top left): John Saway; David Escobar; Pablo ... More >>

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    March 4, 2010

    Police Chase That Began in Tustin Ends at LAX

    The chase ended just up ahead.​A police chase that began with a residential burglary report out of the Peppertree Homes subdivision in Tustin seems to have just ended in the Sepulveda Avenue tunnel under the overpass that jetliners cross at the LAX south runway complex.Tustin Police Sgt. Jeff Blai ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    2009: Bad Year To Be In The Restaurant Biz, Or Was It?

    Edwin Goei​If you think the year that's passed was bad, try owning a restaurant. It was a tough 2009. The luxury brands predictably suffered. The likes of Savannah, White Horses, Manhattan Supper Club and even Tracht's folded as people got tighter and choosier with their budgets. And some ot ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Belacan Grill Now Open In Tustin

    avlxyz @ CC BY-SA 2.0​For years, the question of where to get Malaysian food in the LA area was answered on the Chowhound boards with "Belacan Grill in Redondo Beach or Tropika in Tustin."Then Tropika closed and we Orange Countians were forced to endure the awful, awful trek to LA's Sou ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Rollie's Bakery Gets the Good Food Treatment

    Tustin's wonderful Mexi-Bolivian eatery, first reviewed by Edwin then lovingly ripped off by me, was the subject of my latest OC restaurant conversation on KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food this past weekend. My wabby friends are already giving me grief for saying Mexican pan dulce is really just mestizo tak ... More >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Kingdom of Salt at Freshia Market

    Good for what ails ya--well, at least a little bit...​If you want deals for serranos, go to a Mexican supermarket. Curry spices? Laxmi Sweets and Spices. Ramen? Mitsuwa. Salt? As I've discovered by accident, Freshia Market in Tustin.I was at the Korean market to buy some burdock for my chica, and ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    The Auld Dubliner Attempts World's Largest Guinness

    ​ Join the Auld Dubliner in Tustin this Saturday as they attempt to pour the world's tallest Guinness--eight feet tall. Four-hundred gallons.And as tasty as the dark stout is, we all know it's not exactly the most diet-friendly beverage either. If successful, at 400 gallons, the world's largest be ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Global Warming Activists as Inescapable as Global Warming this Weekend

    ​Last week, we posted about the Global Climate Change Day of Action event taking place at Irvine Regional Park tomorrow. There'll be bells tolling, bikes biking, and a bunch of people forming a "350" for an aerial camera.But there are a bunch more of these shindigs tomorrow all over the world, inc ... More >>

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