• Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    This Week In Food: Hatch Chiles, Hopscotch's Kitchen Walkout, and Shattering Craft Whisky Dreams

    You better read this dining digest or I will stick a fork in you! Just kidding :) But let's take a look at what happened this week... Edwin went to PokiNometry in Anaheim for his food review. Then he continued our countdown of the Weekly's favorite dishes with the 10-item plate at Thuan Kieu Noodle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Cops Throughout Orange County Target Drivers Texting or Using Cell Phones Today

    The Orange County Sheriff's Department and the police forces of Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Santa Ana are among California law enforcement agencies targeting drivers who are texting or using their cell phones today. The special Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign continues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    What's Going On With Assi Natural Market In Irvine?

    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 >>

  • Food

    October 31, 2013

    Eat Meat At All That Barbecue

    All you need to stuff yourself silly at this Irvine Korean barbecue palace is $20

  • Columns

    May 2, 2013

    Orange You Happy?

    [Hey, You!] Someone really likes oranges—really

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Lenten Friday Lunches: Cream Pan

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Restaurant Roll Call for January 2013

    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."

  • Columns

    September 20, 2012

    Not In My Front Yard

    [Hey, You!] Rolling up the welcome mat for tourists in Old Towne Orange

  • Food

    June 28, 2012

    Sit Like a Shogun at Honda-Ya

    The Tustin haunt brings its formidable brand and izakaya food to Fullerton

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Win Tickets To OC Weekly's Summer Carnivale This Saturday!

    Have you picked up OC Weekly's annual Summer Guide yet? It's on newsstands now. In it are all sorts of awesome food stories that fit our "Barely Legal" theme, from a guide to making your own absinthe to an inside look at OC's top-secret Hidden Dinner eat-easys.For us Weeklings, the issue marks the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Manila Groove Closes :-(

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Tustin's Most Cursed Restaurant Location Claims Another Business; New Cajun Joint To Try Next

    Edwin Goei​I 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    East Coast Meets West: Tasti D-Lite Opening In Tustin

    Tasti d-Lite Facebook page​Of 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 >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011

    Foxxhound Keep It Together

    [Locals Only] Despite the unlikely pairing, this folksy duo make their music work

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Dueling Dishes: Battle Cappuccino

    Dave LiebermanKean Coffee's Italian cappuccino​As 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Geeks Who Drink Present: No Touching! An Arrested Development Quiz

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Dekopon Invades OC

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Tustin's Curtain Call Dinner Theater Closed; Building For Lease

    Edwin Goei​It's curtains for Tustin's Curtain Call Dinner Theater. The 30-year-old institution took its final bow last month, and is now closed for good. On its marquee is a "For Lease" sign. I'm a bit late in posting this, only hearing about its shuttering a few weeks ago, never having the chan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Tustin, Cypress, La Habra, Costa Mesa, Dana Point and Garden Grove Hold DUI Checkpoints Tonight, a Bunch More Follow Through the Holidays

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    This Week in Food: Belgian-Waffle Sandwiches, Bad Bánh Mìs, and Gobble Gobble Hey!

    Flickr user WishUponaCupcake​Given 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!

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Le Napoleon Sells Cream Pan, But About the Spelling...

    Edwin Goei​It'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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    What You Missed: OC Mr. Gay, Avenged Sevenfold, Surfing Dogs, Reel Big Fish

    Mary Bell/OC Weekly​What'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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    A Front Of The Line Report From Henry's Farmers Market Opening In Tustin

    Photo by Brekkie Fan​Tipster 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    #87. Beef Teriyaki Bowl, Teriyami

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Thank God It's Thursday: Shows You Don't Want To Miss! The Police = Wang Chung​Got 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Pocky Sighting At An Unlikely Location

    Edwin Goei​As I was waiting to pay for my Borders book purchases at The District in Tustin, guess what I saw at the checkout line? Not Snickers. Not M&M's. Pocky!

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Sam Gupta of Traditions, Part 2

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Yesterday we heard from Sam Gupta, proprietor of Traditions in Tustin. Today, he shares a recipe. Not just any recipe: their recipe for chicken tikka masala, which according to food lore is purportedly more English than Indian. It's still delicious no matter ... More >>

  • Food

    February 25, 2010

    Hebaragi's Cheeky Barbecue

    From pig jowls to beef stomach to plain old steak, it all tastes amazing at this Korean eatery

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    New Location of Koo's Catering Truck

    Edwin Goei​Without 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.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    This Week in Food

    ​ 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 >>

  • Food

    October 22, 2009
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    June 5, 2009

    This Sunday: Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

    Perhaps the greatest South Park episode ever made is "Scott Tenorman Must Die." If you've seen it, then you know where I'm going with this. Yes. I am making the connection between Cartman's Chili Con Carnival with this Sunday's Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off. Seriously, if you haven't, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2009

    Coming Soon to Tustin: New Indian Restaurant in Old Roderick's Space

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Coming to The District in Tustin: Asian Mint

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Grab It - Premium Jelly Snack

    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 Boug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    The Curious Case of Triple S

    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 >>

  • Food

    January 1, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Tustin's Newport Blvd. is Sweet and Spicy!

    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 tribu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Skwinkles Salsagheti

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2007

    To Do Today - 10/06

    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 KIDSFAIRE, 10am This is one to take the whole ... More >>

  • Food

    January 4, 2007
  • Food

    November 9, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from OC's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    November 2, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    July 20, 2006

    Grub Guide

    Tasty morsels from the county's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    June 29, 2006

    Grub Guide

    A sampling of Orange County's best damn dining guide

  • Features

    July 26, 2001
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    February 1, 2001
  • Food

    March 16, 2000

    Eat Cheap

    or expensive. or somewhere in between

  • News

    November 4, 1999

    Homeless Base

    Affordable housing at El Toro faces the bulldozer

  • Columns

    October 14, 1999
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