• Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Kuro Kirishima Shochu at Kappo Suzumaru, Our Drink of the Week!

    Kappo Suzumaru in Tustin remains my favorite sushi spot in OC. Look, I know it's not the best--not even close. But it's where I took my wife on our first date (even though she says it technically wasn't a date), it's where I've had birthday parties, and it's where they still hang a review I did of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Eat This Now: Everything at Rocharin Thai Bistro

    OC doesn't have its own Thai Town, but this doesn't mean that we don't have great Thai restaurants. It only means that the ones we have are scattered throughout our fair county--the proverbial Easter eggs waiting to be found. Some of the greatest--Coconut Rabbit in Los Alamitos, Sutha Thai in Tustin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 9, 2014

    OCMA Live Band Showcase Night 2

    District Tustin Legacy

  • Food

    November 21, 2013

    Kolache Factory Is Czech-Mex

    Tustin's new restaurant bakes traditional Czech pastries with fillings that are all-American

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Snow Station To Open In Tustin With Free Gourmet Shaved Snow On June 8-9

    Who doesn't crave mound of honeydew-flavored shaved snow topped with rainbow jelly, mango popping boba balls, green tea mochi bits, Cap'n Crunch, Oreo cookies and fresh strawberries, all smothered in condensed milk? Snow Station, a shop specializing in Taiwanese-style shaved snow (it's like shaved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Habibi's Funnel Cake Closes; To Be Replaced By A New El Toro Bravo

    Habibi's Funnel Cake opened in the summer of 2010 in Tustin adjacent to a Starbucks, next to a busy freeway on ramp to Interstate 5. At the time, I not-so-quietly wondered that it seemed like an unlikely place for a funnel cake place (it's nowhere near a ferris wheel or anything remotely county-fa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2012

    International Food Festival

    Strata Tustin Center

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Five Great Local Places to Go When Hung Over

    ​Hangovers aren't pretty, and they're almost never subtle. They aren't things we really plan for--it's not like our calendars will reflect being hung over; your phone will never go off with a reminder that you're supposed to be hung over at any given moment. They aren't planned events; they're eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    [UPDATED with Trial Order:] Akeem Jelani Johnson Accused of Raping Drunk Australian Outside Bar

    ​UPDATE, JULY 7, 5:01 P.M.: Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals ruled Wednesday that Akeem Jelani Johnson must stand trial for allegedly raping a drunken Australian tourist outside Godfather's Bar in Tustin that day after Thanksgiving 2010.However, Goethals dismissed charges against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    [UPDATED with Bigamy Charge:] Antonio Potenciano Gana, OC Homicide No. 15: Allegedly Shot By Wife Accused of Also Shooting Son on Mother's Day

    ​UPDATE, MAY 12, 1:20 P.M.: A Filipino newspaper reports Antonio Potenciano Gana, the 72-year-old Mother's Day murder victim, is the former general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, which oversees the airport in the country's capital. The Philippine Star also claims the slai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Bundt Cake Bakery Chain Opens First OC Store Today

    ​Nothing Bundt Cake has one of those clever monikers that wraps a pun inside a title that's slightly more creative than Absolutely Phobolous and What the Pho. The franchise comes out of Sin City. The first of three Orange County branches opens today in Costa Mesa at 270 E. 17th Street, #4.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Bari Bari BBQ Closes in Tustin After Four Months; Now To Be A Gyu-Kaku

    Edwin GoeiBari Bari BBQ​I should've seen it coming. There were hints. Though the food was great, the restaurant was often deserted. Bari Bari BBQ, the mom-and-pop yakiniku that opened barely four months ago in Tustin after a long delay, has gone up in smoke. It is now replaced by one of the gia ... More >>

  • Food

    December 30, 2010

    Grab Bag o' Goodies

    Nine great posts from our Stick a Fork In It blog you might've missed

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Another Eatery Shuts Down At The District in Tustin

    Edwin Goei Can you tell me what's missing from this picture I took at The District in Tustin? If you guessed Valentino Chocolatier Café, you'd be right. The independent confectionary (at 2829 Park Avenue), which featured Belgian chocolates, crepes and cupcakes, has folded and has done so qui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Thank God It's Monday: This Week's Shows

    ​Today we're recommending something slightly different: bowling. That truly American pastime- just ask Homer Simpson-remains straightforward at its core, but the trappings have changed with the years; some will still remember the legendary and now sadly long gone Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa and its s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Second Dosa Place Opens in Tustin

    Photo Courtesy of​Dosa Place's second location had their grand opening recently, just across town in the same city that the original resides: Tustin. According to the India Journal, the mayor was on hand to cut the ribbon to with owners Vijaya and Randy Vedulla. Their newest site - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Dosa Place to Open Second Restaurant in Old Sevens Steakhouse Space

    Craig Medici​This news comes from fellow itinerant diner cdmedici, (otherwise known as Craig) who sent me an e-mail with only this in the subject line: "The old Sevens Steakhouse in Tustin" Attached was a photo, which you see above.  It really says it all.I was going to call Dosa Place to confirm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Five Great "Anti-Starbucks" Coffeehouses

    ​By "anti-Starbucks" I don't mean they've launched campaigns against the coffee behemoth (not that I know of, anyway), but that in terms of look, feel and menu they're the antithesis of the chain everybody loves to hate. The Gypsy DenOf the two locations (Costa Mesa and Santa Ana), I prefer the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Revolving Door of Malaysian Cuisine: Belacan Grill To Replace Defunct Tropika

    ​As excited as we were to discover last night that there's a new Malaysian restaurant in town (Tustin, to be precise), we soon realized that it's on the very same site as Tropika, also Malaysian, which closed in June. The new joint, Belacan Grill, is the second venture of the people who own the or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Kogi BBQ Truck Returns To O.C. This Saturday (August 1st): Tustin and Fullerton.

    ​As you saw first on this blog, I wrote on July 20th that Kogi will be making its triumphant return to O.C. in August.  Particularly, The District in Tustin.The date is set (although things can always change) for this Saturday, August 1st.  But first, the truck will make a stop in Fullerton.  T ... More >>

  • Food

    July 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Recipe: The Winery's Zinfandel Braised Bone-In Prime Beef Short Ribs, Carrot Pearl Couscous and Roasted Asparagus

    Here's a recipe that's more elaborate than others we've featured recently. It's from the Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tustin (where Yvon Goetz is Executive Chef and Partner), so it should come as no surprise that a whole bottle of the drink of the gods is a key ingredient. And if you can get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Dueling Dishes: Green Beans. Capital Seafood vs. Jamillah Garden

    The title for this new feature in Stick a Fork In It should be self explanatory. Each week, we'll try a dish, either deliberately or randomly, which may or may not be a signature item of the place from where we choose to try them, and then compare them against each other, concluding with what we thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Fun With Rotating Teasers

    We in the Biz call those little photos and story captions at the top of the OC Weekly home page "rotating teasers" because Flash technology allows promotions for several stories on our site to occupy the same space by fading in and out. It's all thanks to a patented process called "magic." Anyw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Muslims and Christians Talk Jesus at Interfaith Event

    Hot on the heels of President Obama's speech in Cairo, where he quoted from the Bible, the Koran and the Talmud, the Islamic Institute of Orange County hosts an interfaith discussion Sunday about the role and status of Jesus Christ in the Muslim and Christian faiths. "The Path of the Shepherd: Jesus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    One of O.C.'s Best Rice Dishes: Puliyogre at Dosa Place

    Dosa Place in Tustin remains the best Indian buffet in Orange County, not just because it's a rarity 'round these parts (a South Indian dive instead of a focus on tandoori everything, although that's available as well) and all-you-can-eat but because the food is excellent on all levels. Although the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Seen a Frozen Yogurt Shop Lately? **UPDATED**

    (May 1, 2009) MOVED UP (POSSIBLY FOR THE LAST TIME...unless there are still more out there).  This week, I got a few more submissions via comments and direct e-mail (THANK YOU ALL!).  We've built up an impressive list of sightings of yogurt shops in O.C.  This has been a fun project.  See the li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2009

    (Two Days Ago) Live from Coachella: Pictures! Glorious!

    OMGzerz! Not that these plain text posts haven't been TOTALLY FANTASTIC, but wouldn't you like to see some actual color photographs from Coachella? Guess what! We got some! Beth Stirnaman's pictures from Friday are right here, for your enjoyment. The pic above is of Morrissey, natch, and inspired th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Zov's Bakeries, Bars And Bargains

    Fans of Zov's might be miffed to hear that the bakery sections at the Irvine and Newport locations have been removed to give the bars more space. However, core items will still feature on the dessert menu (and others can be ordered in advance), and the full range is still available at the original Z ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Marmalade Cafe Opens At The District Today

    You might remember that I wrote about Marmalade Cafe's expected Spring opening date back in December. And here were are: It's barely spring, and lo and behold, they're open!  Honestly, I've never seen a restaurant promise a debut date and actually deliver. It's kind of a small miracle, and p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Recession-Time Sushi at Kappo Suzumaru

    You know times are tough when even a standard like Kappo Suzumaru in Tustin, still one of the better examples of serving serious Japanese food and sushi, was near empty on a Thursday night like yesterday. I've patronized this place for years, usually Thursdays for purely coincidental reasons, and ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Will The Feds Come After Tustin Hospitals Next?

    All the key swindlers in the homeless patient dumping scheme that sucked hundreds of thousands of dollars from Medicare and Medi-Cal programs in fradulent claims last year have been indicted -- except, that is, for the bad boys in Tustin who were also allegedly involved in the scheme. Last August a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Does Rutabegorz Serve the Best Gabacho Nachos?

    Nachos have an interesting existence--enjoyed mostly by gabachos yet of Mexican origins, but created to serve hungry gabachos. Edwin has written about the carne asada nachos Alerto's (or is it Alberto's?), and the county has enough renditions of Chili Billies to placate a Little League squad. But pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2008

    Koo's Catering Truck: Now Without The Truck

    This past summer I gorged on the hotteok from Koo's Catering Truck. I usually took a few back to the house and ate the Korean sweet pancakes as breakfast on Saturday mornings. It went well with a cold glass of O.J. I loved it so much, in fact, that I chronicled it for our Cheap Foods Issue. Othe ... More >>

  • News

    September 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    If Anyone Cares About Bowling Or OC Reality Shows

    Last night some new fancy schmancy bowling alley called Strike had a grand opening party in Tustin. Yes, bowling alleys are the next thing to hop on the glam wagon. And several reality show stars (or former stars) from The Hills and Real Housewives Of OC showed up because... hell, who knows. Here ... More >>

  • Features

    March 20, 2008
  • Food

    October 18, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Man meat extravaganza at Newport Beach

    If you're up at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, grab your binoculars and head to Newport Pier, where around a hundred lifeguards will be racing in honor of local legend Buddy Belshe. The 73-year-old was a lifeguard for 57 years - He retired earlier in the year, and now helps kids out at the Blue Buoy Swim Sch ... More >>

  • Food

    July 19, 2007

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Carbon Cabrones: Tacos al carbon at Taco Factory

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2006

    Caring for Creation is So Hot Right Now

    The Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment presents its 9th annual Caring for Creation Interfaith Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tustin. The event, which is open to all, explores "the moral imperative of all people of faith ... More >>

  • Food

    June 15, 2006

    Grub Guide

    A taste of Orange County's best damn dining guide

  • Food

    April 27, 2006

    This Hole-in-the-Wall Life

    Noodling Around On Noodle Avenue!

  • Food

    February 9, 2006

    Grub Guide

    This Week in Great Service

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
  • Food

    August 25, 2005

    Plum Pickings

    Two grand ways to eat at Kappo Suzumaru

  • Columns

    July 15, 2004
  • Features

    October 24, 2002
  • News

    September 12, 2002

    Can We Sleep in Your Great Park?

    Agran downsizes plan to turn military units into affordable housing

  • Features

    September 27, 2001


    Not full of hot air

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