Monday, January 26, 2015

Gloomy Monday in the OC

It may not be a historic storm or blizzard, but Orange County had some gloomy weather too - check out the time lapse video posted on Twitter by @NewportBeach.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Conan Visits Taco Bell HQ in Irvine!

Visiting that "tiny little Mexican village" known as the Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, Conan O'Brien took the head of his IT department (and Taco Bell "super fan" ) on a tour of the restaurant's headquarters.

It's kind of neat to finally see the inside of a building I used to drive past everyday.

Friday, September 12, 2014

How Orange County Remembered 9/11

This year Orange County remembered 9/11 with bursts of color and moments of reflection - here is a round up of how some cities chose to pay tribute to the ones we lost thirteen years ago.

Fullerton resident Scott Townley is one of many around
Orange County who paid tribute to those lost in 9/11
(image via OC Register)
Scott Townley has decorated his lawn with patriot flags and white crosses, each one with the name of someone lost on 9/11. He planted 3,500 to 5,000 flags, and has 343 crosses. The crosses bear the names of the fallen firefighters, Port Authority and New York City police officers. He's also included a large wooden cross with names of the first responders who died from cancer and other illnesses associated with the debris they helped to clear up in the aftermath.

A passerby takes in Scott Townley's 9/11 display
(Image via NBC Los Angeles)
Townley, an Orange County Fire Authority engineer, explained, "I want a complete memorial done out of respect and dignity for everyone we lost."

Costa Mesa
Hosted by Catholics at Work, there was a ceremony held at the Hilton that included artist Jon Krawczyk, who sculpted a cross that is now in place at Ground Zero. 
Jon Krawczyk's cross, which he describes as
wavy, so viewers not only see themselves, but
the world and faces around them (image via
Catholic Vote)
He was commissioned to create a cross as an artisitic replacement for the "9/11 Cross" famously created by the steal beams that appeared among the rubble of the World Trade Center.

Trabuco Canyon
Since 2004, firefighter Garry Biggerstaff and his motorcyclist friends take a ride from Cook's Corner to Long Beach in commemoration of the fallen heroes on 9/11. 

What began as unexpected trip with a group of firemen has become an annual tradition that has grown from 50 to over 1,500 participants. Now known as "Remember 9/11 the Ride," the hope of the group is to continue to "raise awareness and support for those who continue to keep our city, state and nation safe and sound all year round." 
"Remember 9/11 the Ride" starts in Cook's Corner and ends in Long Beach
(image via Facebook)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Places in OC for Comfort Food

Sometimes there is no better cure (or reward) for a tough day at work/school/insert-your-institution-here than some good old fashioned comfort food. A couple of places in Orange County recently opened up, here's a quick description and location for where to head to the next time you want to make your heart and tummy happy:

Celebrity Soul Food Buffet is one of OC's latest comfort food
restaurants (image via Yelp user Alyssa B.)
Celebrity Soul Food Buffet
Lake Forest

If you're all about southern cooking, you might want to check out Celebrity Soul Food Buffet. You can load your plate with all types of comfort food: fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and peach cobbler. That's a short, short list of what's available here. You can go traditional and add collard greens, fried okra or black eyed peas to your mountain of food, or you can just order a one, two, or three item entree that comes with a couple of sides.

Yelp reviewers are enthusiastic of this place that's been open for about a month - they gave it four out of five stars (out of 122 reviews).

Socal Locale offers more info about the place in their article, "Soul Food Has Come to South Orange County and It's All You Can Eat."

The buffalo wing mac from Elbows Mac N' Cheese (image
via Yelp user Coco T.)
Elbows Mac n' Cheese

At the top of the comfort food chain, macaroni and cheese has got to be in the top three. Or maybe it's even number one. Regardless of the ranking you give it, Brea has a restaurant devoted to the artistry of pasta and melted cheese.

They also serve cheese melts from the classic grilled cheese to a fancy chicken pesto melt, and they serve a wide variety of sides like bruschetta

The real star, though, are the mac and cheese dishes. From a pizza mac with pepperoni, (called the "Do You Want a Pizza Me") to a southwestern take with cheddar, jack cheese and fire roasted peppers (called "Living Fajita Loca"), there's going to be a variation that's got your name on it.

The reviews on this place seem lukewarm though - Yelp reviewers gave it three and a half stars out of five (out of 24 reviews).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Spend an Awesome August in the OC

Orange County is heating up in August! Here's a handful of
some of the fun events to check out (image via rockdamullet)
The competition for OC's entertainment money has gotten so intense it's bordering on bizarre. It seems like every weekend there's some fun nostalgic event to hit up. Don't believe me? Check out a sampling of some of the cooler/weirder/boozier things to do this month in Orange County.

August 14th - En Vogue in Anaheim

Remember En Vogue? I loved them, but they seemed to drop off the face of the musical universe after the 90s. Well, if you're in the mood for some good music and nostalgia, they'll be performing at the City National Grove of Anaheim on Thursday, August 14th. Yeah, the group members have changed over the years, but the music is still undeniably infectious. So as OC Weekly predicts, [you] "better believe there'll be some love makin', heart breakin', soul shakin' going on. 

En Vogue will be giving you something you can feel on Thursday, 
August 14th at the Grove in Anaheim.

Get ready for some beer, beaches, and bros in HB on August
23rd (Image via Rockstarbeer)
August 23rd - Huntington Beach Beer Festival
Get ready for some beer, beaches and bros over at Huntington Beach - on Saturday the 23rd, you can have unlimited access to craft beer samples from 20 breweries, with entertainment and food trucks to keep your evening buzzing. General admission is $35 ($40 at the door), or bump up to VIP status for some cocktail samples and rare beer craft samples.

August 26 through August 31 - Troubies: A Midsummer Saturday Night's Fever Dream

Disco and Shakespeare collide as
Midsummer Night's Dream gets the
Bee Gees treatment
(Image via
Are you looking to get some night fever? The Troubies know how to do it! For a limited run, they will be taking on their disco interpretation of the Shakespearean classic, A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Laguna Playhouse. As the Playhouse description says, "The star-crossed lovers steam and scheme, and the Bard's most famous fairy, Puck, will be Jive Talkin' as this assorted band of merrymakers heats up into a Disco Inferno."

Thursday, August 7, 2014

OC Kid Sets Himself Ablaze for "Fire Challenge"

The fire challenge: douse yourself in something flammable, set
yourself on fire, then try to put it out. Wonder how it ends...
(image via TheNewsNerd)
Yes, this is real: as part of a social media trend known as the "fire challenge," teenagers have been setting themselves on fire and uploading the video to Facebook and YouTube.

Taking the fire challenge involves pouring some kind of accelerant on yourself, setting yourself on fire, and then trying to put the fire out before it seriously injures you. Fun, right?

So far it's happened in Kentucky, Texas, New York, and now, Orange County.

In Santa Ana, a 16-year-old boy thought it would be...funny? Cool? Impressive? If he doused his chest in NAIL POLISH REMOVER and lit himself on fire. For reals. This is not made up.

The kid suffered first and second degree burns on his face, neck and hips, but fortunately, his injuries are not life-threatening.

Others have not been so lucky, the 15 year-old boy in New York died as a result of his wounds. As a result of this stupidity, Facebook is deleting all videos that show the fire challenge.