Bento is the Japanese word for "boxed lunch," one that's generally housed in a to-go container that is separated into different compartments. Bentos usually hold everything from rice and fish to meat, veggies and fruit, and they're so common in Japan that you can find them sold everywhere. The bento, however, has been since turned into an art-form, with tons of fans all over the world pouring energy into carefully arranging their lunch boxes into familiar characters, cute animals or even entire scenes. Check out some of our favorites.
Legendary surfer, shaper and Hall of Famer Chris Hawk passed away at 58 after a battle with oral cancer. On 11/1, surfers, friends and family gathered for a memorial and traditional surfers' paddle-out in memory of Hawk on the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier.
All the kidlets came out for the free sugar on Long Beach's 2nd Street. There were chickens, gnomes, Mike Wazowskis and much more... it just left us wondering one thing: Kids still know who the hell Pipi Longstocking is? All photos by Keith May.
On 10/31, the Huntington Beach City Council on Aging (HBCOA) hosted the 2009 Southland Senior Olympics Surfing Competition on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier to promote "active aging." The competition is open to men and women at the age of 50 and over who surf longboard and shortboard.
On 10/30, the largest ever Halloween party to grace Orange County happened at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Entertainment--in addition to the costumes, of course--included performances by Korn, Shiny Toy Guns, Shwayze, Girl Talk, I Am Ghost, Iglu & Hartly and more. All photos by Mike McDougal.
It may be almost November, but you'd never be able to tell by looking outside. Take a look back at all the (great) crap that happened in October--Wookiees in Anaheim, Gay Days at Disneyland, zombies in Newps, fucking BONO at the Rose Bowl, etc.--and scroll through our month in photos.
Did you make it out alive? On 10/25, U2 played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena--the largest event ever to take place there--and blew a sold-out audience of over 96,000 fans away. The Black Eyed Peas opened. All photos by Andrew Youssef. Click here for the live review.
Tons of fabulous zombies dragged themselves to Newport Beach on 10/24 for the first ever Newport Beach Zombie Pub Crawl. Sponsored by LocalHipster.com, the all-day event featured plenty of braaaaaaains and beer.