Multiple reports are flooding in from the field that Assi Natural Market, which took over the space from Stein Mart in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Irvine, seems like it's on life support. Among the e-mails we've received: "Seems like they're closing down, no fresh fruits/vegetables, only canned ... More >>
All you need to stuff yourself silly at this Irvine Korean barbecue palace is $20
"The food's been the same way for 40 years. Our regulars are 80 years old, and have been coming here for 40 years. So now we're really trying to aim for the next demographic, 30 to 60, and bring that next generation of regulars back here." Greg Moro's first job around food was at Claro's Italian Ma ... More >>
After serving 128 days in jail on charges of car jacking and second degree robbery, the cell bars slid open unexpectedly for Santa Ana rapper Kadillak Kaz at 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20. Released into the cold early morning air and hitched a ride from his father who took him to stay with a ... More >>
When there's not enough time to sit down and have lunch--or when you have a Family Picnic Day at your kid's school and aren't interested in yet another peanut butter and jelly sandwich--you need to think of the salmon onigiri at Cream Pan, the newly-reopened-for-the-umpteenth-time Japanese bakery in ... More >>
So many restaurants opened this month, despite January being a notoriously slow month for the business. Irvine continues to see a boom in Asian eateries and Tustin is now home to an El Toro Bravo and their ginormous burritos. Here's our monthly list of "open and shut cases."
The school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, continue to prompt police and school district officials in Orange County to assure parents everything is being done to keep their children safe.The Garden Grove Police Department has summed up its response in a letter to the community, while a Tustin Uni ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Rolling up the welcome mat for tourists in Old Towne Orange
Happy Labor Day, folks! August, and the summer, is now over. This month saw a lot of new restaurants, dessert joints, and a couple of Chipotle-style pizza purveyors. Though we didn't write about them all, herewith is a list of those open-and-shut cases we noticed.
The Tustin haunt brings its formidable brand and izakaya food to Fullerton
I only knew the bad (i.e. swear) words in Tagalog growing up, and they all resurfaced when I walked up to Manila Groove in Tustin yesterday to find the place locked up and desolate inside, save for some take-out containers on the ground.
By age 30, Paul Zhu wanted to be out of the corporate grind. With a background in management, finance, and operations, he set his sights on a spot with a lot of potential for growth. We grill him about Balcony's new menu and the future he has planned. (Ladies, he's ready to settle down and start ... More >>
Reader, tipster and friend JB says that Native Foods in Fashion Island is just a few mere weeks away from opening. The third OC location of the restaurant can be found in the mall's Island Terrace Court. He saw that their newsletter said early February would be when it will debut; but in checking ... More >>
Edwin GoeiI think I've become the unofficial and unintentional historian on the businesses that have come and gone at the shack on 14430 Newport Ave. in Tustin. Over the last five years I have been keeping track, there has been about four different restaurants trying and failing at that spot. Now ... More >>
Tasti d-Lite Facebook pageOf all cities in Orange County (even California!), an East Coast-dominating dessert chain is days away from launching on a sleepy corner at Main Street and Newport Avenue. Featured on episodes of The Apprentice and Sex and the City, Tasti D-Lite touts their frozen treat ... More >>
[Locals Only] Despite the unlikely pairing, this folksy duo make their music work
Dave LiebermanKean Coffee's Italian cappuccinoAs hard as it may be to believe, I am not a die-hard coffee snob. I do not care to memorize the names of coffee estates as though they were domaines in Bordeaux, I don't trust any place that gives me a palate cleanser before my espresso, and I'm not y ... More >>
FOXPageant of the Masters! Buster! George Sr.!On Wednesday, April 6, Geeks Who Drink will host at the Auld Dubliner in Tustin a quiz centered on the greatest show to ever take place in Orange County: Arrested Development. You're telling me I can win cash monies for knowing in what city the Bluths ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comMitsuwa Costa Mesa had 'em Is it an anime-monster playing card? No, it's a Japanese mandarin-orange hybrid, and it's available now in Orange County markets.Trumpeted by fruit expert David Karp in a recent Los Angeles Times as the most delicious of the 1,000 varieties of citrus h ... More >>
Update, December 17, 2:46 p.m.: Irvine Police announce a DUI checkpoint for Saturday night (weather permitting). Details on next page.Update, December 17, 12:11 p.m.: Two more DUI checkpoints will be held tonight, in Seal Beach and Huntington Beach.The Seal Beach operation runs from 6 tonight ... More >>
Flickr user WishUponaCupcakeGiven Thanksgiving is next week, it's natural that most of us spent this week giving ustedes tips on how to celebrate a better Thanksgiving. But we did more--highlights after the jump!
Edwin GoeiIt's no secret that most coffee houses source their pastries from elsewhere. Kean Coffee buys theirs almost exclusively from Pacific Whey Cafe. I'm sure other local java joints do the same. It's a symbiotic relationship as perfect as the pairing of their chosen specialties. What bet ... More >>
Mary Bell/OC WeeklyWhat'd you miss this weekend? We hit up the first ever Orange County Mr. Gay Competition, where Tustin native Tyron Jackson nabbed top honors. Next, we checked out Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Stone Sour and co. at the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival stop in Irvine. A do ... More >>
Photo by Brekkie FanTipster and friend Brekkie Fan is one of those who got up early today (5:45 a.m., she said) to wait it out for Henry's Grand Opening today in Tustin. Why? Well if you haven't already heard, the much anticipated grocery store is giving away groceries, a car, sandwiches, and o ... More >>
Because ustedes gentle readers love lists, and we lazy scribes love easy hits, behold the latest entry in our Top 100 dishes list that continues until Best Of--at which point, we'll give you MORE lists! Now, on with the show...Teriyaki bowls stopped being Japanese decades ago in Southern Californ ... More >>
www.myspace.com/wangchungthebandWham! The Police = Wang ChungGot no plans this weekend? We're here to help! From Casey and the Tall Boys in Tustin to Wang Chung will be at the Galaxy, mewithoutYou at Chain Reactio, Fitz and the Tantrums at the Detroit Bar and Swingin' Utters will be at t ... More >>
From pig jowls to beef stomach to plain old steak, it all tastes amazing at this Korean eatery
Edwin GoeiWithout fail, every time I drive past Freshia market in Tustin, I look at the space next to the left entrance for the Koo's hotteok stand. It has been over year since there was a sighting there and recently, I've come to terms with the sad realization that they might never come back.
Edwin explores the possibilities of "All Purpose Sauce" in Wacky Snacks, lists Five All Time Greatest Food Movies, answers the time-old question of what astronaughts do with taco sauce in space, and announces that it's that time again for tandoori Thanksgiving turkey! Dave gets Santiago Vallejo ... More >>
First, there's this: My source has informed me that Kogi's O.C. permit problems are history. As far as I can tell, they have the all clear and are go-for-launch. Or relaunch, actually. As I mentioned in other posts, they've been here before. Now that their permit issues ... More >>
Edwin GoeiSo here's how the conversation went between my friend and I when we drove past the Stater Bros.-anchored strip mall in Tustin on Redhill near the 5 FWY. Me: Did you see that? An Indian place called "Traditions" is going to take over Roderick's. Friend: What's Roderick's? Me: It's th ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhat surprises me about this new place to open at The District in Tustin isn't that it's called Asian Mint**; it's the fact that it isn't opening at Diamond Jamboree, which currently holds the deepstack in restaurants, lording over all its new tenants like a gambler on a roll counting his ... More >>
Name: Grab It Origin: Korea Found at: Freshia, Tustin Cost: $0.99 Ingredients: Filtered Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Corn Starch, Carrageenan, Malic Acid, Glucose, Non Fat Dry Milk, Vitamin C, Aspartame, Natural & Artificial Colors, Artificial Flavors, Salt, Vitamin B2 Why I ... More >>
There was once a Sizzler on Newport Blvd. in Tustin, beneath the shadow of the 5 Freeway overpass. Then around October of last year the owners severed their ties to the company. They decided that they would rebrand themselves "Triple S". Why "Triple S"? Well because they would serve "Steak, Seafoo ... More >>
On Tustin's Newport Blvd., there are already several Indian businesses. Masala Bowl, an Indian fast-food joint that has franchise aspirations, started here. India Sweets and Spices is across the street, offering cheap vegetarian lunches and groceries. And if you veer off Newport Blvd. into its tr ... More >>
Name: Skwinkles Salsagheti Origin: Mexico Found at: Bodega "R" Ranch, Tustin Cost: $2.99 for 12 count box Ingredients: Straws: Corn Syrup, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Dextrose, Sorbitol, Citric Acid, Partially Hidrogenated [sic] Vegetable Oil, Chili Powder, Glycerin, Iodized Salt, Wheat Fiber, Sodi ... More >>
GAY DAYS AT DISNEYLAND, 8am Come out and show your support for the 10th annual “Gay Days” at Disneyland. Numerous events will be held all day throughout the park. Remember to wear red. Disneyland, 1313 S Harbor Blvd., Anaheim www.gaydaysanaheim.com KIDSFAIRE, 10am This is one to take the whole ... More >>
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