• Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Eat This Now: Coconut Strawberry at It's Boba Time

    If you've been to any new boba shop or Asian drink/dessert shop lately, you've probably noticed that they like lists--Top Tens of their most popular items, to be exact. "It's Boba Time" (yes, that's the whole name), the new outlet of the drink chain that recently opened at The District in Tustin, ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    David Elifar Verduzco is GUILTY of Preying on Little Girls While with Agape House of Prayer

    A jury in Santa Ana Wednesday afternoon found David Elifar Verduzco guilty of molesting a 12-year-old girl who was taking piano lessons from him at Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim and of sexually assaulting the 9-year-old daughter of churchgoers inside her Tustin home. Verduzco, a Santa Ana reside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Annual "I Love Poke Festival" To Happen On June 30th

    These are the days of poke. There are more and more places that sell the Hawaiian foodstuff of legendary deliciousness--including the Costco in Tustin, and the recently opened Pokinometry in Anaheim--that it proves mainlanders are finally warming up to this often neglected cousin of ceviche and sash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    This Week In Food: Homemade Bitters, Night Market, and Correctly Popping the Cork

    Hi guys! It's time for another week in food... Edwin went to the clean and beautiful Provenance in Newport Beach for this print review. He shared the opening of Calivino Wine Pub near the Angels' Stadium and previewed the OC Night Market that will be held at the Fairgrounds this weekend. Last, he a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Bonefish Grill in Tustin Reveals Opening Date

    As I promised in an earlier post I did, here's an update on Bonefish Grill being built in Tustin Marketplace, the seafood-centric restaurant that's part of a chain that started in St. Peterburg, Florida and has gone to expand to 32 states. The Tustin location will be the first in California.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Aria International Supermarket Sold To Bahraini Mall Developer

    Aria International Supermarket in Tustin, which opened last year in March in the ginormous space previously occupied by Sears Home Essentials, has been sold to Ansar Gallery International, a shopping mall developer based in Bahrain. The market remains in operation, as is the in-store restaurant, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Pieology To Open Its Third OC Store in Irvine

    As we mentioned not too long ago, Pieology has plans to aggressively expand and get ahead of its competitors like Blaze Pizza and 800 Degrees in the DIY pizza business. About six stores are planned all around Southern California. The first store outside of the Fullerton original opened in Irvine N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Cafe Opens In Long Beach

    Pandor, the Newport Beach bakery I reviewed around this time last year and said this: "[Pandor's] Tropézienne and kouign-amann are just some of many eclectic regional French specialties that will inspire the kind of where-have-you-been-all-my-life epiphanies as the first time you tore into the Tai ... More >>

  • Food

    August 15, 2013

    Bangkok Spice: The Persistence of Thai

    [Hole In the Wall] This Anaheim restaurant serves Thai standards, with a few surprises

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    The Opening of G Burger At The Irvine Marketplace Imminent (Either Today or Tomorrow)

    Hey Irvine, are you ready for the burger where you don't tell the counterman what you want on it; you tell him what you don't? G Burger is opening today at the Irvine Marketplace next to Thai Spice. Or if that doesn't work out, definitely tomorrow.

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Father's Day Dining in OC: Something Besides Golf and Ties

    Mothers may carry us for nine months, but Fathers are parents, too. So we're taking a moment to check in on a few dining options this weekend. Let's pretend dad doesn't want to grill for once, but have someone cook for him. It's also less clean up in the kitchen. Reservations are always recommended. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Pita Grill in Irvine Closes

    Pita Grill, the Lebanese purveyor of shawarma in Irvine that we highlighted in an Eat This Now post a few weeks ago and in our current print issue, has suddenly shuttered. According to a comment I received from a reader this weekend, Pita Grill's last day was last Sunday. When I went to check it ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Irvine Joins Anaheim, Placentia and Buena Park in DUI Checkpointing Saturday Night

    The Irvine Police Department just announced a DUI checkpoint Saturday night at Jamboree Road and Birch Street.This is the first of eight such ops the department has scheduled in coming months.

  • Calendar

    December 20, 2012

    A Song for Christmas

    Encore Dinner Theater

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Thieves Busted For Stealing $200,000 Worth of Swimsuits From Tustin Warehouse

    It sounded like the perfect summertime crime. Early in the morning on May 27, six men cut through a fence and entered Tustin's Raj Manufacturing, the maker of swimwear lines such as St. John, Hurley, Guess and Reef. They grabbed $200,000 worth of bathing suits, loaded them into a white van and fled, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Eat This Now: Cake Donut at Cream Pan

    ​If I need a baguette and I'm in the area, chances are I'm headed to Cream Pan. Fellow Forker Dave Lieberman recently honored the Tustin bakery with the top spot on his "Ten Great Bakeries in Orange County" list for having the best strawberry croissants, baguettes and epi in all the land.I'm not g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Nieuport 17 "Aviation" Pop-Up Dinners Taking Flight

    ​The unofficial definition of a pop-up restaurant is one where a singular chef rules the back of the house of an establishment typically open during daylight hours only. Think Joseph Mahon's Wednesday-through-Saturday stints at downtown Fullerton's Rialto Cafe (until he announced his very own Burg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    [UPDATED with 2nd Victim, Charges:] David Elifar Verduzco Accused of Molesting 9-Year-Old Girl

    ​UPDATE, NOV. 16, 3:01 P.M.: An Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement on the sexual assault charges against David Elifar Verduzco reveal that the 32-year-old now has an alleged 12-year-old female victim to go along with the 9-year-old girl he is accused of molesting, and that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    This Week in Food: Lime Truck Good and Bad, Racist Register Readers, and Fake Poop Meat!

    Rally 'round our Lime Truck boyos!​Another great week in Forker land--highlights after the jump!

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    New Japanese Restaurant Coming To Tustin

    Will you mess with the Gohan?​In one of the too many strip malls along Newport Avenue in Tustin, another competitor has dared to go up against local samurais Cream Pan and Honda Ya. Its name: Gohan. Not to be confused with a bad Adam Sandler movie or the Dragonball hero, loosely translated, it mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    iPhone App Helps You Navigate Asian Markets

    ​We've sung many praises for our trusty Asian grocery stores--locally, we've got 99 Ranch, Freshia in Tustin, Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa, Thai & Laos Market in Anaheim, all treasure troves of wildly flavorful ingredients at affordable prices. But for the amateurs, or even experienced shoppers, navi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Ben & Jerry's Truck Brings Free Ice Cream to SoCal, Now Accepting Locations

    @BenJerrysWest​Now these boys can come over anytime. Ben & Jerry, makers of yummy and wittily-named ice cream, have a truck that will hand out free scoops throughout SoCal for the next six weeks. There are only a couple OC stops on the schedule so far--Whole Foods in Tustin on June 1 and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    New $10 Million Dinner Theater to Debut Feb. 1 in Anaheim

    Last year, we saw Tustin's Curtain Call Dinner Theater take its final bow. This year, starting on Feb. 1, Anaheim will up the net gain of dinner theaters by one. Battle of the Dance is Medieval Times meets Dancing With the Stars--a dinner theater show that aims to cover Bollywood, Michael Flatley a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    This Week In Food: Luxe Lonchera Porn, Getting "Whited" at a Restaurant, and Four Loko-Run Cars?!

    Flickr user Annie Lindgren​The first week of the year is done--just 100 more to go before the Mayan calendar finishes! To get your mind off that horrible deadline, the best of last week after the jump!

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2010

    All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Bar Replaces HK Tofu & Grill in Tustin

    ​Considering nearby Irvine has no shortage of Korean soondubu (soft tofu) restaurants, you might not have noticed that Tustin's lone soft tofu restaurant, HK Tofu & Grill, is now gone, replaced by a Japanese All-You-Can-Eat sushi bar called Kami Sushi. You might even wonder where exactly ... More >>

  • Food

    October 14, 2010

    No Sushi, No Problem at Izakaya Meijiya

    Another (delectable) attempt to make a small-plates Japanese eating-and-drinking concept work in OC

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Car Repossession That Shifted into Police Standoff Ends

    ​UPDATE: See end of post for formal charges filed against  Bernard Veldhuizen . . .Frustrated by the economic forces piling against him, 46-year-old Bernard Veldhuizen of Tustin allegedly took repossessee-on-repo-man violence to a new level. After barricading himself in his home for 11 hours, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Native Foods Cafe Opens At The District in Tustin

    Edwin Goei​As most Weekly readers know, Native Foods occupies a yurt at The Camp in Costa Mesa, one of the first stores to debut at the alternative mall. But Native Foods was actually started 15 years ago in Palm Springs by its founder, Tanya Petrovna, who's authored two cookbooks on the su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Restaurant Closures During September--More Than In Previous Months

    ​Following a period in which the number of closures was down, they've now increased again. September saw five OC places shut up shop for good. They were:Wienerschnitzel, Mission ViejoJaponaise Bakery, Tustin (for Edwin's full report, CLICK HERE)Contodo Mexican Grill, OrangeVessia Ristorante, Irvin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    This Week in Food

    ​In the last seven days, we:Seethed and fumed about a new "Mexican" eatery in Brea. Ingested gazillions of calories. First by eating our way around Disneyland, stuffing in gumbo, Dole Whip, turkey legs and more, and second by chomping through two green curries. It's a tough job, but someone's got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    This Week in Food

    ​Over the last seven days, we:Brought you tales of exploding trash cans outside a Taco Bell in Tracy, California.Broke news about openings: Belacan Grill (a Malaysian coming soon to Tustin), the Counter (another outpost of the gourmet burger joint coming soon to Newport Beach) and Daily Express (a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Monday Night = Zov's Kebobs

    ​For $13.95 you get three kebobs (angus beef, chicken and harissa tuna), rice and two sides...We went last Monday to Zov's Bistro, Bakery & Café in Tustin to check it out. It's a generous fill--not tons, but certainly enough (we took a box of leftovers home, only to wolf them down the minute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Just Another Orange County Weekend

    Business was brisk Friday night at the Swinging Door Saloon in Tustin, but whooping it up in one corner more than anyone else in the watering hole known for its calendar girl bartenders was a small group of women and maybe one or two dudes. The leaders of the pack seemed to be a couple thin bl ... More >>

  • Food

    June 11, 2009
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    March 27, 2009

    This Week in Food

    Our favorite SAFII posts of the week:Gustavo unearthed another Taco Bell Crime of the Week. The "restaurant" overcharged a Washington family by $135, not including overdraft fees (which TB subsequently paid on his behalf).Edwin ate in the dark one night--no, not because he didn't pay his electricity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    This Week in the OC Weekly

    Find out what our greatest blogs of the year were in our year end blogapoloza! We've lifted the best blurbage from Navel Gazing, Heard Mentality and Stick a Fork In It, each of which you need to peruse daily. Plus... • The Weekly's standing columns, ¡Ask a Mexican!, Hey You! and Savage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Bistro West to Open Mid-Month, Marmalade Cafe in Spring

    It's full steam ahead at The District in Tustin, despite the failing economy.  Bistro West and Marmalade Cafe are close to being done.  For Bistro West, this will be the second location.  The original is a few miles south, in Carlsbad.   For Marmalade Cafe, this will be the ten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Curly Tops

    Name: Curly Tops Origin: Philippines Found at: Pinoy Mart, Tustin Cost: $1.59 Ingredients: Refined Cane Sugar, Milk Powder, Hydrogenated Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Whey, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin and Cinnamon Powder, Iodized Salt. Why I Bought It: Apart from the name, which is, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Every Burger

    Name: Every Burger Origin: Japan Found at: Freshia Market, Tustin Cost: $1.99 Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Cacao Mass, Milk Powder, Palm Oil, Shortening, Margarine, Lactose, Cocoa Butter, Sesame Seed, Butter, Condensed Milk Powder, Egg, Corn Starch, Poppy Seed, Maltose, Wheat Meal, Gluco ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2008

    The Verdict is In

    Michael Connelly

  • Food

    August 7, 2008
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    May 17, 2008

    Found: Salteñas in the City of Tustin

    Why is it that when you hear eye-witness accounts on Bigfoot and Nessie, it's always the chance encounter by the drunkard who just sauntered out of his local pub? It's never the guy who actually goes out looking for them -- like that determined scientist with grant money and expensive equipment? S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2008

    What You Missed Over The Weekend Part XV

    On Friday night, Dave Segal watched London duo, Black Ghosts, put on one of the better hipster-dance live shows he's seen in a while. Saying, "It was kind of like a combination of Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers, full of aggressive beats, filthy synth textures and sing-along tunes." Saturday found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    To Do Tonight - 01/02

    DINING IN THE DARK, 6 p.m. Ever wondered what it would be like to be blind? The Foundation Fighting Blindness will help you experience the latter for $250 over dinner. (Or you could just stay home and eat ice cream in the dark.) Fairmont Newport Beach, 4500 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach BRAZI ... More >>

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    October 8, 2007

    To Do Tonight - 10/08

    “BOO” PLAQUE, 5:30pm If you’re artsy and into scrapbooking, this may be for you. Larwin Square, 502 E. 1st St., Ste. C, Tustin, (714) 838-1200. BILINGUAL STORYTIME FUN!, 7pm With stories in Spanish and English, this is definitely one for the little ones. El Modena Branch, 3 ... More >>

  • Food

    June 28, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Pricey (Get Over It) Sandwiches at Zon Baguettes

  • Food

    July 6, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    April 14, 2005
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    November 16, 2000
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    March 16, 2000

    Eat Cheap

    Part Two

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