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  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    On the Line: Scott Raczek of Tavern Bowl, Part Two

    On Wednesday, June 25, Tavern Bowl teams up with Yelp to benefit Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. This 21 and over event is being held from 7-9 p.m. and includes a DJ, raffle, discounted bowling, select comped beverages and passed appetizers. 100% of the donations and raffle procee ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 6, 2014

    Lulu Le Men

    [Trendzilla] Bizarre app lets gals rate guys without the guys butting in

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Ultimate Beerfest Shuts Down Early, Pisses Off Literally Everyone

    The Orange County Ultimate Beerfest nearly became an Ultimate Fighting preview last Saturday due to poor logistical planning and the cancelation of the second half of the event. According to social posts by attendees, the event was mired by long lines, a lack of staff, missing vendors, ridiculousl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Five Ways To Identify a Bullshit Food Writer

    I read a lot of food writing. A lot of it--in fact, at least 80 percent of my RSS feed is food--and I'm getting tired. I'm tired of having to sit there and mentally analyze every article I write for the signs of bullshit food writing, because the signal-to-noise ratio of food writing is headed strai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Five Reasons Tasting Menus Are a Dining Scourge

    Done well, a tasting menu is a wonderful meal where the chef picks a theme and the kitchen shows off what it can do; you leave satisfied and awe-struck, and wanting to come back to taste the kitchen's prowess again. I've had great tasting menus in Orange County and outside of it, and I've had absolu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Yelp Says Hipsters in OC Only Exist in Santa Ana, Fullerton, and Barely in Fullerton

    Sometime this week, those crazy Yelp kids unveiled a feature that allows you to gauge cities' neighborhoods on a map by keywords drawn from user reviews, letting you know where to go if, say, you're looking for an area heavy in cocktails or hangover cures. Since OC's is mostly cities, and distinctiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Kwang Choi "K.C." Joy was Suspected on Yelp of Being Maribel Ramos' Killer Before His Arrest

    Who did better work identifying Kwang Choi "K.C." Joy as the suspected murderer of Maribel Manriquez Ramos? Police investigators or a Yelper?There's no doubt police quickly had 54-year-old Joy in their sights, as the suspect himself admits in a bit.But someone on Yelp got clued in before Joy's arres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The Top 15 Orange County Dive Bars

    Over the past few months, we've dropped into the smallest, darkest corners of local nightlife to bring you a list of the best dive bars OC has to offer. It hasn't always been pretty. But our search brought us in contact with plenty of stiff drinks, salty drunks and crazy stories. Whether you're lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    This Week In Food: Hilarious Restaurant Chalkboards, EFF if Effing Closed, and Names That Sounds Like Vagina

    Hey, it's May! Let's take a look at what this week in food brought us... Edwin reviewed Urban Seoul in Irvine and feasted upon their post-modern bibimap. Then he shared the closing of Endless Food and Fun in Huntington...and I will keep all ironic comments about it to myself. Then he posted a phot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Inmates Have Been Reviewing Prisons On Yelp!

    Yelp is many things to many people: a bully pulpit or simply just a bully to businesses barely trying to make it. It's been ridiculed, parodied, and satired...but this next story is so surreal, even the people at Yelp probably didn't see it coming. The Washington Post ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Top Five Dive Bars in North Orange County

    The last horse finally crosses the finish line! As we conclude our OC dive bar hunt, the north corner of the orange curtain contains a few noteworthy watering holes within its borders. Before you decide to burn a tank of gas getting to LA, don't forget the gloriously grimy crevices lurking between L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 12

    The Red Pencil Diaries return this week with five more reviews culled from the primordial grammatical muck that is Yelp Orange County. It's truly amazing what people will write and then attach their names to. You'd think that they'd realize that Yelp is social media like any other, that Yelp reviews ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 11

    First of all, let's provide this paper's coverage of the much-maligned Reviewer Card, which you can hand to restaurant staff in order to inform them that they are under review by or whatever your 7-pageviews-a-day food blog is called:If you get one of these c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 10

    Once, in a fit of creative madness while writing for this august publication, I wrote a review of the Viking Truck as a filk of the Völuspá, the Icelandic heroic saga. Our beleaguered editorial staff kindly let it through, and now when I read it, I feel like an adult looking back at a goofy candid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Is The Playground Overdoing the No-Modifications Thing? Maybe. Does It Matter? Probably Not.

    Usually, the letters our mero-mero editero receives accuse us of everything from low IQ to being in league with the devil for any of a whole litany of sins. Our music critics are accused pretty much weekly of being tone-deaf, and anything we write about politics guarantees angry letters from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 9

    Happy New Year! Won't you make a resolution this year to suck less in your Yelp reviews?Luckily for Yelpers, Christmas and New Year's Day fell on Tuesdays this year; the blithering goons who infest that corner of the Internet had two whole weeks to abuse good sense and the English language.Now that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 8

    Oh, Yelpers. You get your knickers in a twist over the dumbest, pettiest things. Maybe it would be better if Yelp offered a 0-to-100 scale, like in school, or a 0.000-1.000 scale, like in baseball; then you could ding restaurants to your heart's content and not have such an immense impact on their r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 7

    It was a good week for the Red Pencil Diaries. We got a new professional comrade over at the Orange County Register, someone who knows a great deal about food (though Neapolitans, like all Italians, eat pizza with a knife and fork and don't have to worry about droopy slice tips); I was excited for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 6

    Today in the Red Pencil Diaries: people who actually manage to stuff relevant content into a few sentences! Yes, there are actually succinct Yelp reviews that don't totally suck! (Shocking, isn't it?)Sadly, they are far outweighed by people who change their minds without telling anyone why, and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 3

    Welcome once again to the den of poor writing, poor taste, and poor judgment known as Yelp Orange County. This week's edition runs the gamut from reviews obviously written by stringing together CAPTCHA challenges, inside information on those seedy Vietnamese bars, and people who accidentally happen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 2

    Ever wonder what it's like to work in food service, retail stores, or really any customer-facing job? Just read the reviews of pretty much any business on Yelp and you'll see the heaping helping of entitled behavior you'll be subjected to on a daily basis. Of course, everyone wants perfection, but e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Dave Reviews OC Yelp Reviews, Part 1

    I have bad news for all of you power-tripping, I'm-a-real-food-critic-now Elite Yelpoids out there: your little tales of woe are totally and completely useless. All those complaints--when I do look at them I read them aloud in a neo-Valley Girl accent--don't actually mean a damn thing, because nobod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Top Five Comedy Clubs in Orange County

    Contrary to a lot of what we write about our little county, there are times when people in OC are actually funny on purpose. Not typically thought of as a stronghold for stand-up comedy, you'd be surprised at the gloriously irreverent, local and nationally touring comedians that line up to have thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Top Five Dive Bars in South Orange County

    Despite south Orange County's polished reputation for being pristine,upscale and, well, boring, there lies a couple of dark secret spots in the cracks and crevices of this conservative paradise. It's within those blind spots you find south county's most remarkable, crazy and just plain creepy charac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Snooki As Read By Anthony Bourdain

    If you've ever wondered what the words of Snooki would sound like spoken by Anthony Bourdain, wonder no more (see the clip below). Is it newsworthy? No. Is it funny? Kinda, if only to hear the author vocalize Snooki's musings on Aquanet. What I'm waiting for is actually for Bourdain to put his sarc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Game of Burgers: Burger Barons, Third Round

    God (or your choice of deities reviewed by the OCeeker) bless whichever faceless Yelper first pointed out G Burger to the hungry, clawing masses. May your Yelp reviews be read by Morgan "God" Freeman as part of the Real Actors Reading Yelp Reviews series. And damn you, La Habra, damn you for bein ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Another "Real Actors Read Yelp" Video Is Up...This One's Also About An OC Venue

    Ask, and ye shall receive. We in the food blogging world all willed the production company that's already put out the viral hit "Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews" to come out with more episodes. Now, it has. But with this third and latest installment, I'm noticing something odd.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Professional Actors Read Yelp Reviews on YouTube

    They did something similar with Gwyneth Paltrow's much ridiculed cookbook-memoir My Father's Daughter. Now a new group has mined the pages of Yelp and given them the proper gravitas as professional actors emote the anguish of not being a completely satisfied customer in a restaurant. Now this, is, g ... More >>

  • Food

    May 3, 2012

    Song Long Bakery Is the Elder of Euclid

    [Hole In the Wall] This Garden Grove Vietnamese restaurant makes great pastries

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    ¡Ask a Comida Critic!: How Can I Request a Re-Review?

    From Irene in the Land of the Intermittent Showers:My family recently took over an upscale Chinese bistro in downtown Portland, Oregon. We just had our first review by our local free weekly paper, Willamette Week, and it's a bad one. We feel it was not a true and fair review of what we are, and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Hazel Quimpo To Leave Yelp OC

    Hazel Quimpo announced Wednesday that she is stepping down as Yelp OC Community Manager.I don't interact very much with the Yelp community--I use it as a research tool, mostly for things like phone numbers and websites--but Hazel is a gem, one of those rare people who bridges both Yelp and the blogg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Is Yelp Making Us Unadventurous Diners?

    Flickr user jakrapong​It's practically a reflex. The moment a friend suggests that we check out a new restaurant, at least one person in the group has already pulled out her smartphone and logged onto Yelp, searching what's nearby and has the most stars. Anything in the red or orange warrants a fu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Jason Quinn to Yelp Reviewer: 'Burn in Hell'

    ​In the earlier days of Yelp, restaurant owners had to sit on their hands as amateur critics weighed in on their businesses, spewing out reviews that were sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes completely unfair. Now they get to respond, whether by thanking folks for coming in, apologizing to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Bruxie Is Yelp's No. 2 Restaurant of 2011 . . . for the Whole Country

    ​We take a certain amount of homegrown pride to let you know Orange County's very own Bruxie took the No. 2 spot in Yelp's Most Popular U.S. Restaurants for 2011. Congratulations, Bruxie!Well, Yelpers, Stick a Fork In It broke the news about Bruxie's real-deal Wisconsin frozen custard, and our rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Five Things You're Doing Wrong With Mexican Food

    Flick user Ryan Leighty​We love Mexican food 'round here, and not just because I'm doing a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States. It's the native cuisine of Southern California, something many Americans have seamlessly assimilated into their day-to-day lives--and an easy subject ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Old Vine Cafe Starts Petition Asking Yelp to Hold Members Accountable For Libelous Reviews

    Mark McDonald, moving on up​We've always loved Old Vine Cafe and the McDonald brothers, Mark and Brandon, who run it. We've also loved how the two will engage with any criticism leveled at them over at Yelp. Some might call it being thin-skinned; I say it's instantaneous response to any slights th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Google Buys Zagat

    ​Two years ago, Google tried to plunk down $500 million for a little site called Yelp. But that didn't pan out; the deal fell apart. Then it launched a competing site called Places and hoped that it would get the same amount of free, user-generated content that Yelp, for better or for worse, seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    New York Times: Is Yelp Being Gamed?

    ​Last year Yelp was slapped with a class action lawsuit that alleged unfair business practices and accused the company of running an "extortion scheme." This year, the New York Times reports that there may be even more sinister forces at work, one that the company itself is trying to stem.This wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    The Inquisitive Diner's Field Guide to Yelpers

    ​Yelp is a huge force in the restaurant review world. They've taken a motley assortment of amateur writers and given them legitimacy and a huge platform from which to express their opinions. The site is a huge trove of information, written by normal people who don't see their name splashed across ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Five Search Features Yelp Should Add Instead of "Hipster"

    ​So news is going all around that Yelp added "Hipster" to its possible categories for a location's ambiance (which spelling is correct again?), and the first reaction that came to my mind is "redundant." Isn't Yelp the epitome of hipsterdom, of a sea of shallow reactions and It buzz, with the crea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Five Words, Terms, or Gimmicks That Need to Be Eliminated From Food Writing

    Flickr user AndyRob​Whenever I speak to young students about journalism, their ears always perk up when I talk about food writing. It is the greatest job in the world--eating for free (via reimbursements, of course) and getting paid to do it. But I also tell the students that writing well about fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Yelp Savages Red Medicine

    "Real people, real reviews," my hind foot.​Gustavo wrote on Wednesday about S. Irene Virbila being unmasked by the partners at Red Medicine; I agree with him, with the following clarification: the restaurant was perfectly within its rights to decline her review and her reservation. Posting her pic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Orange County Interwebs Horror Show Surfs Cities

    ​This week's Orange County Interwebs Horror Show goes from city to city to see what is being said about them on the Interwebs. Mayors, chambers of commerce officials and visitors and convention bureaucrats may want to skip this one. (Especially in Fullerton, Santa Ana, Mission Viejo, Huntington Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Against "Street Tacos"

    At least they didn't call them "cantina" tacos, I guess...​So the country is wild about street food right now, luxe-loncheras and the like, and I can live with that. Debate rages about what constitutes "authentic" Mexican food as opposed to the "fake" stuff, and I like debates like that.What I can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Shizuma Ramen Opens in Irvine

    Edwin Goei ​As we blogged back in May, a new ramen shop called Shizuma Ramen was being developed in Irvine in the same plaza as Pho Ba Co and Layer Cake Bakery. Well, earlier this month it opened.

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    3hree Things: Essential iPhone Apps For Touring Musicians (Or People Who Often Find Themselves Disoriented In An Unfamiliar City Every Morning)

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California, being an OC native and, of course, music.​I'm lucky (and eternally grateful) to be able to travel as much as I do fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    This Week in Food

    Flickr user LoveBones​This week in food:Dave spills the date that convenience store, 7/11, will start carrying private label wine... classy.Vickie shows how creative you can get with a little rice and a LOT of time in The Art of the Bento Box.We discover that Bodhi Tree Cafe's currently stellar ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    OC Music Awards Showcases: Surprising for a Couple of Reasons

    I was at the OC Music Awards Showcase last night at Detroit Bar, and a couple of things stand out. One, I was (pleasantly!) surprised at how busy it was: Parking lot was full, and it was crowded inside. Sure, it was a free show, but it was also a Tuesday night. Nice to see enthusiasm for an all-loca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    The Laughable 2009 Zagat Orange County Guide

    On one hand, it's great that Zagat Survey thinks so highly enough of Orange County that it should publish a naranja-only version of its insanely popular guides. On the other hand, how serious can you take a dining book that recommends Rainforest Cafe as a place to go?!Such is the double-edged sword ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 10, 2008

    His Way

    Tribute to Sinatra

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