Fresh From O.C.
This is Europe, but not blockbuster Europe: There is nothing like the Coliseum in Leiden, nor is there a Versailles. But really, who cares? You’ll be sitting in a serene biergarten alongside one of the meandering, tree-lined canals, Vermeer’s pale, watery sunlight filtering through the branches.
O.C.’s Burnt Truck serves sliders, and Dogzilla offers Asian-fusion hot dogs. Now the owners of both trucks, who gave up finance jobs to pursue culinary careers, combine their talents in the brick-and-mortar BurntZilla Modern Eats in their native Irvine. Its modern comfort-food hits include an Angus-beef cheeseburger with avocado aioli, and a PBJ slider with […]
At heart, the luxurious Kayotei is a traditional Japanese ryokan: a quiet inn. Nestled among ancient trees in a small hot-springs village, this ryokan offers ten spacious, serene suites, with a tea ceremony pavilion at the center of each. Floors and walkways are covered by fragrant tatami mats, and the Japanese aesthetic of rustic simplicity governs all aspects of Kayotei’s design. It’s difficult to determine the point at which the refined interiors end and the delicate gardens begin.
The hardest part of writing about this particular beer dinner is it’s already happened in the past. By all means, step into my ultra-cool time machine that I just made up and boom, you’ve been transported to TAPS Fish House & Brewery at 6 p.m. on a Thursday night. As you step out of the […]
Following a walking map for a food-sampling event in downtown Santa Ana, my wife and I find ourselves in front of a red brick building adjacent to Tootsie’s ice cream shop. It looks more bar than restaurant, and the sign out front that reads “Eqeko” seems misspelled. The sidewalk staff offers us ceviche—by far our […]
It’s the bomb—the meringue bomb, coming next week to Pandor Bakery inside the Anaheim Packing House. An inspiration of Pandor co-owner and head of pastry Tiffany Sepetjian, the bomb is a decorated, lightly crisp meringue dome filled with luscious, vanilla-flavored Chantilly whipped cream and various garnishes, including classic chocolate. The $5 treat is eminently shareable, […]
The ice-cream-sandwich options at CREAM—an acronym for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me”—seem endless, with 20 ice-cream flavors as diverse as Green Tea and Cinnamon Chill, 20 fresh-baked mix ’n’ match cookies, and nearly 20 toppings. The first location opened in Berkeley five years ago; there are about 20 others open or in the works. Kyle […]
Early next year, the Ark at JFK will open its doors, making it “the world’s only privately owned animal terminal and USDA-approved, full-service, 24-hour, airport quarantine facility for import and export of horses, pets, birds and livestock.” Which makes it sound as if traveling animals are merely going to be subjected to the tedium of […]
We go from Henn-na—a bizarre yet sincere attempt at travel innovation—to Dismaland, an ironic yet totally successful attempt to plunge visitors into a haunting dystopia. Brought to all of us, whether we like it or not, by Banksy, the darkly witty and subversive street artist from Bristol. The installation was built in secret, and appeared […]
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I read something on the internet one recent evening that made a brief and tangential reference to a serial killer preying on Marines in Southern California in the 1970s and early ’80s. Having been stationed at Camp Pendleton, I thought, “How come I never heard about this?” I had returned to the East Coast upon my discharge in September 1980, but still. So I searched “serial killer California Marines 80s” and came up with the name Randy Kraft.
Victoria Patterson picks the place we meet for lunch, Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, where years ago she waited tables. It’s lunchtime and crowded, but a server finds us a quiet table on the patio. Walking to the back, she spots a magazine article pinned to a bulletin board. It’s about the son of a […]
Overlooked in the speculation about luring the NFL back to Southern California is the fact that two professional football teams are already here, both with ties to Orange County. So why does our Gridiron guinea pig think the term “professional” is misleading?
Laura Linsenmayer, a Laguna Beach native and cosmetologist, decided a few years ago that we should pay more attention to what’s in our beauty products. “It was a common-sense shift,” says Linsenmayer, 36. Her business plan included learning all aspects of the industry so she could open Roots: The Beauty Underground, a Laguna Beach boutique […]