When you think Vietnamese cuisine, it's no question that pho comes to mind, and it's completely reasonable that it does. However, it'd be a shame to miss out on other Vietnamese soups that, though blood brothers of California's favorite soup, play on completely different flavors, smells, and texture ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Movoto's ranking of America's most fashionable city includes Westminster—but that makes sense!
Last month we brought you the gropings of three women's butts in Huntington Beach and Westminster, the arrest of Matthew Andrew Linville and the Westminster 19-year-old's not-guilty plea. So all's well that eee- ... check that: the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) reports they are dealing ... More >>
[Editor's Note: We all know local music and dive bars go hand-in-hand. So in the interest of merging the two together on Heard Mentality, we bring you our newest nightlife column Dive, Dive, My Darling. Read this week as our Mexican-in-chief, Gustavo Arellano stumbles into the dive bar scene to find ... More >>
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 >>
Gokhan Kucuk of Huntington Beach, John Giang Ly of Westminster and Garden Grove shoe shop owner Joon Heung Son are facing felony charges stemming from "Operation Fashion Faux Pas," an Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation of Orange County retailers suspected of dealing in counterfeit des ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Westminster spot brings Pakistani food to a county sorely needing it
UPDATE, JUNE 8, 11:11 A.M.: In addition to the sheriff's department's DUI patrols in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Ranch Santa Margarita, city police agencies hold sobriety checkpoints tonight in Westminster, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.The Westminster and Garden Grove police departments did not ann ... More >>
Have you been wondering what your kids and other young people will want to blow their disposable incomes on next? Judging by recent openings, the next new trend to follow cupcakes, frozen yogurt and boba drinks will be the shaved frozen milk dessert called snow.
Seventeen of the 19 people swept up in last spring's crackdown on illegal gambling machines in Little Saigon have reportedly pleaded guilty to misdemeanors.Charges were dismissed against an 18th arrestee, California Café manager Anh Viet Quach, 34, of Westminster, while Cafe Miss Cutie owner Ha ... More >>
Courtesy of OCDAPasquel Raul LoeraFifty-year-old Dennis Koire was in a coma for the 13 months after he was shot in the head on Feb. 14, 2010. The Westminster man succumbed to his injuries this past March.In announcing the death penalty will be sought for Pasqual Raul Loera, who is also accused of ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 20, 3:16 P.M.: Our last post about the Los Alamitos City Council approving on first reading an ordinance--based on the county's--banning registered sex offenders in parks left you hanging about what the Mission Viejo City Council did the same night. The South County town's council vo ... More >>
Sobriety checkpoint fever heats up tonight in Buena Park and Saturday night in Westminster.Buena Park Police's DUI/drivers license stop will be at the intersection of Stanton Avenue and Beach Boulevard from 7 tonight to 3 a.m. Saturday. Cops there note that over the past three years, DUI collisio ... More >>
Yes, remaining sober in Westminster is a chore, but if you plan on drinking and driving through that fair city Saturday night, you may want to ditch the drinking part until you reach your destination.Police there are running a sobriety checkpoint at Westminster Boulevard and Magnolia Street from ... More >>
UPDATED, JULY 27, 11:59 A.M.: The ordinance that would ban red-light cameras in Orange passed yesterday with a preliminary 5-0 vote. A second reading will take place at the Aug. 9 City Council meeting.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 26, 8:00 A.M.: Those paranoia-inducing red light cameras may be sh ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 22, 10:09 A.M.: While expressing some concern the county pervs-in-parks ban is too broad, the San Juan Capistrano City Council did decide Tuesday night to bring a local ordinance back for a vote July 5.Among the options the city with huge swaths of open space will explore are applyin ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 3, 4:57 P.M.: Two more defendants have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the multi-agency sweep of Little Saigon cafes alleged to have operated illegal gaming machines.Hien Thanh Thi Nguyan, 41, of Garden Grove, and Quy Huu Tran, 61, of Santa Ana, both pleaded guilty to misdem ... More >>
DMVVanessa MunozUPDATE, MAY 31, 12:58 P.M.: The woman who was killed in Thursday night's presumed murder-suicide in the 6100 block of Navajo Road in Westminster has been identified as Vanessa Munoz, 23.The doctor's office employ and her unemployed 34-year-old brother, Frank Munoz, had been arguin ... More >>
Erin RunnionUPDATE, MAY 27, 3:40 P.M.: An Orange County supervisor, the district attorney and perhaps the most famous mother of a local crime victim today applauded Westminster officially enacting a ban on registered sex offenders from city parks.Cheers from Supervisor Shawn Nelson and District A ... More >>
Have you seen the fellow at the right? I mean, picture that face on a real-life face first. (He's not made of charcoal.) For a larger view, continue past the jump. The Westminster Police Department is concerned a fellow matching this description is getting quite brazen in his attempts to pull fem ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 4, 4:30 P.M.: Do you spell that name "Lior" or "Liar"?Lior Bitton, who owns a Westminster jewelry store, accepted a plea deal today that had him declaring his guilt to falsely reporting a 4.21 carat diamond had been stolen and fraudulently collecting more than $99,000 from his insura ... More >>
Just like the headline says--I for my discussion of the seven-course goat feast at Binh Dan in Westminster; Eddie for a luxe lonchera ride-along and his legendary retelling of eating his wife's placenta. Enjoy!
Update, December 2, 9:20 a.m.: Earlier this year, Westminster police arrested 36-year-old Los Angeles jewelry store owner Lior Bitton, who was accused of fraudulently collecting more than $99,000 from his insurance company after falsely reporting a 4.21 carat diamond stolen. Now, the Orange Cou ... More >>
Courtesy of Westminster Police DepartmentHelena Nguyen is accused of selling alcohol to minors.Westminster Police say "numerous tips" from parents, children and school officials throughout Orange County led to a sting operation that netted Westminster Dairy owner Helena Nguyen for allegedly selli ... More >>
Grace LeCrème Brûlée So, at most restaurants the most you can hope for is a complimentary after dinner mint or, if you're lucky, a fancy pants restaurant might cough up a chocolate square to soften the blow of the bill. Well, at Lua Bistrot, a brand-spankin'-new Vietnamese and French fusion re ... More >>
Grace Le"Hue" Style Vegetarian Noodle Soup A swankier spin-off of its Westminster counterpart, Brodard Chateau specializes in Asian fusion, but essentially Vietnamese cuisine. Despite what you may expect, this actually leads to some pretty great perks. For example, you don't have to put in any of ... More >>
If you're getting your drink on in Anaheim or Costa Mesa tonight or Westminster tomorrow night, beware: the cops have DUI checkpoints set up.UPDATE: In addition to all the towns mentioned in Spencer's post and, according to someone commenting on this one, Fountain Valley, the Irvine Police Departmen ... More >>
Garden Grove Police had such a swell time at its Dec. 4 DUI checkpoint that it will have its officers "saturate" the city looking for drunks behind wheels on Friday before conducting another checkpoint on Saturday. Hick.
It's the Weekly's weekly roundup of local police calls and assorted mayhem.MONDAY, NOV. 2". . . and I don't like you!" "I'm Talking Tina . . . and Things Are Going to Be Different Around Here" A woman called 9-1-1 around 3:45 in the morning to say she heard a baby toy go off downstairs in her hom ... More >>
Oh boy. Look at these dudes."Post-hardcore." Post, hard, core. Three words that, at one point, wouldn't have made a lick of sense when placed together. But now, it's almost impossible to imagine them without each other. What a world.
It's the third OC location for the self-serve, Irvine Company-owned venture (the others are in Fountain Valley and Westminster). It's on the site of the Tropical Smoothie Café that shuttered last year.So, what sets Yogurt Passion apart from its competitors? Not a lot, as far as we can tell, althoug ... More >>
According to KTLA News, there was a gun fight overnight at the Alerto's Mexican Food parking lot in Westminster. Two people were shot, one critically.
Say you've been invited to potluck but you can't cook. Or your family's hungry, and you don't have much time or money to burn. There are a myriad of options, of course, most of them involving take-out. But for my hard-earned cash, there's Little Saigon's food-to-go shops -- establishments that ex ... More >>
Westminster’s 50th Anniversary Sock Hop
Frequent Clockwork and Blotter commenter El Serracho just received a little present from a Westminster school district parent: hate mail. Someone named Stephanie Erickson apparently googled herself and found her name referenced on a blog post about the Westminster school board rescinding Dr. Kim Oan ... More >>
Getting calls from my various Chicano yaktivist pals, and they're saying the kids are marching out of Westminster, Garden Grove, and Anacrime. Reports of police beating up kids on Bristol and Warner in SanTana, although the kids supposedly through rocks. Pendejos. Off to take pictures. . .
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